I have not always felt this way about God, but the more I study His Word and reflect on His mercy and grace in my life, the more I can discern the gentleness of the Lord. A great article from Crosswalk.com…..
Here is a nice group of Bible passages for comfort and encouragement when feeling lonely. God knows us and sees us in our times of loneliness. From Crossway.org……….
This article provides an interesting proposition: In our Bible study, we know we should take note of what is in the text, but sometimes it is also important to note what is not in the text. From Knowable Word…….
A lot of encouragement to be found in this article. From Crosswalk.com……..
This is really an excellent article on how our view of the end of all things and the next life should be a positive influence in our life now. From The Gospel Coalition……..
This article makes a very interesting point: as bad as the so-called “prosperity gospel” is, to expect too little from God in the world and in our individual lives can be just as full of errors. We can’t make great things happen on our own, but it is certainly biblical to expect great things from our Lord. From Eternal Perspectives Ministries…….
Events in the world make it difficult, but we believers need to make the effort consistently to see God’s goodness. From Crosswalk.com………
Even if you as a man are not designated as a leader in your church or business, still each one of us can function as a biblical leader in some capacity in our daily lives. Here is a helpful overview of what the Bible had to say about godly leadership. From UNCOMMEN.org…………..
Knowable Word always does a great job with these overviews and breakdowns of the various books of the Bible. Here is an overview of the Old Testament Book of Haggai…………….
The point behind this article is to exhort younger Christians to lean into Jesus and the sanctification provided by the Holy Spirit now and not to wait until someday in the future when a person becomes “spiritually mature.” Taking steps to grow now is the only way to see those efforts bring about a stronger and more vital faith. From blogger Glenna Marshall………………….
Enoch is certainly one of the more interesting people in the Bible in that he did not experience physical death and was taken directly to Heaven by God. Here are some tidbits on Enoch from Crosswalk.com…….
There is a nice listing of prayers here really for any time, but a great way to start any day! From Crosswalk.com……
This article explores what the Bible teaches as a whole on God’s promises for prosperity and blessing. From Randy Alcorn and Eternal Perspectives Ministries………………….
This article encourages believers to use those occasional sleepless nights in constructive and godly ways. From Crosswalk.com……..
Soulcare is every bit as important as your physical and mental health. Here are some ways to give your soul the care it needs. From Crosswalk.com……
Do you know the answer to this question? This article will help if you don’t! From Crosswalk.com………
We all could use some encouragement, and this article provides some! From Crosswalk.com…….
“Because life can be challenging at times, especially during our later years, an accurate understanding of God’s sovereignty and providential care and control over everything that happens in the universe and every event in our own lives can be very reassuring as we face the inevitable ups and downs (Ephesians 1:11).” From Retirement Stewardship……………………..
“A woman giving birth suffers in a way directly connected to her impending joy. The child comes through suffering, and therefore the joy of having the child flows out of suffering. God transforms suffering into joy. Joy both eclipses and redeems the suffering.” From Randy Alcorn at Eternal Perspectives on Patheos.com………………..
This article argues that it is very important for every believer to get God’s Word deep into their hearts and minds, because it is the linchpin for the hundreds of daily decisions we face, as well as supporting a mindset to allow us to respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. From Logos.com…………………
Here is a thorough and enlightening look at the main lessons to learn from the Book of Jonah. From New Wineskins via Patheos.com……..
This week’s article in the ongoing series on “Gems from the Greek,” pastor Rick Renner focuses on the topic of spiritual warfare as described in Ephesians 6:12.
This article reminds us that God is good to His flock and can be trusted to provide and make safe. From OpentheBible.org………..
The Book of Job is one of my very favorite parts in the Bible, and this article does a really nice job of boiling its meanings for us. From Pierce Taylor Hibbs……….
Since reading and studying the Bible is like taking in water and food for your physical body, any expert advice on getting the most from your reading of the Word is of interest. Some good tips from GospelRelevance.com……..
Satan has been doing this since the Garden – – – convincing people that God does not have their best interests at heart. This article discusses some of the Enemy’s lies. From Beliefnet.com………..
|Jesus made the kingdom of God present|
What Jesus did in his special time on earth long ago was to make the kingdom of God, which he also referred to as the “kingdom of the heavens,” tangibly present among ordinary human beings. And the people of his time were “ordinary” all right, leading regular human lives. They were just like you and me in that respect. But they had also been prepared as a people, through a long and painful process of historical development, to tangibly receive the kingdom of God and to make it accessible to others, even to the whole of humanity. That is what his followers proceeded to do, and their successors are still doing.
From Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge. Copyright © 2009 by Dallas Willard. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
This insightful article parses out the meaning of Ephesians 1:4. From Sparkling Gems from the Greek………
In this installment of Praying the Names of God, the emphasis is on Jesus and His role as the Great High Priest. From AnnSpangler.com……..
As the sheep of God’s flock, our place is to trust where He leads and not to be influenced by where the path takes you. Easier said than done but oh, so worthwhile to pursue! From OpentheBible.org………….
This article says that rather than focusing on the order of events in the end times, we should focus on being obedient to Christ and excitedly await His return. From Counseling One Another…………..
There are some good ideas to chew on in this article. From StandtoReason.org…….
This is a pretty powerful piece on the shame that many men carry in their lives because of vocational, financial, educational and relational failures. From Richard E. Simmons……….
The more I study this Old Testament book, the more I get out of it. Here is a good overview from Biblword.net………..
In the Bible, these were often called “stones of remembrance” to mark an occasion when God had protected and provided for His people. This article discusses the seven types of situations we need to mark with our own stones of remembrance. From Crosswalk.com………….
This is another typically fine article from author and pastor Randy Alcorn. Here he is writing about faith, and since his wife only recently passed away due to cancer, he is able to bring the proper experience and focus to this important topic. From Eternal Perspectives Ministries via Patheos.com……………………..
Anxiety is a pretty constant fact in my life, but I am slowly beginning to lessen those anxious times through the grace and power of the Lord! This article has a lot of good things to take away. From BiblicalCounselingCenter.org……………………….
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (Rom. 8:31-32).
This article does a really nice job of explaining what the Apostle Paul meant about “all things” in the verse above. From Forward Prigress………..
Here is a thoughtful and thought-provoking article on God and the presence of evil and suffering in the world. From Beautiful Christian Life……….
Path of Liberation Through the Disciplines
Experimental, prayerful implementation of solitude, silence, fasting—and other appropriate practices, such as service, fellowship, worship, and study (there is no such thing as a complete list of spiritual disciplines)—will certainly liberate us into the riches of Kingdom living. They are the key to the keys. We do not have to live under the thumb of our circumstances. For most, it is a considerable test of faith to take control of how they spend their time. But that is up to us. And putting time-tested, biblical disciplines for the spiritual life into sensible practice will soon lead us into an abundance of the life that is eternal in quality and power.
From The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’s Essential Teachings on Discipleship. Copyright © 2006 by Dallas Willard. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
Not only is life on earth potentially full of things to fear, but also a growing awareness of God and the supernatural can be cause for great fear. But on both of these counts, the Bible is full of admonitions to not be fearful. This article gives you the author’s top 10 verses on this topic. From In Christ at Patheos.com……….
John Stott was a big influence in my early Christian life, as back in the 70s and 80s practically everyone read his bestseller Basic Christianity. Here are some quotes from him that might serve to introduce this godly man to younger believers today. From Logos.com………………..
This article reminds us that grace should not be taken for granted, and as we realize how far we were separated from God before He imparted His grace to us, then we will remain amazed by His grace. From Eternal Perspectives Ministries……………………..
This is a helpful article for loading up more tools in your bible study toolkit. “…one of the easiest techniques to use in doing good Bible study is that of observing repeated words and themes. Authors didn’t have bold and italics back then, so a common way to emphasize a point was to repeat it multiple times.” From Knowable Word…………..
Another excerpt from a wonderful resource and website — the Theology of Work Bible and Theology of Work Project. In these 3 chapters, Paul’s determination and courage are on full display. Yet, Paul was emboldened by the same Holy Spirit who indwells us right now!
This is a really important and overall encouraging article. As I have mentioned in previous posts, a key to living a life of peace and usefulness to God is the ability to trust Jesus in all situations…but especially when you can’t see why God is doing something in your life. From Randy Alcorn and Eternal Perspectives Ministries…………….
I have suffered all of my life with severe anxiety and depression. And this includes my 35+ years as a Christian. I know that many other believers struggle as I do, and maybe even get to feeling “faithless” and “unworthy” before God for feeling that way. But God is neither surprised nor angry or frustrated with our struggles.
I am a voracious reader and student of the Bible and have tried numerous methods suggested by the thousands of books and sermons one can find these days on how better to handle stress. But I have discovered something — or rather realized — a solution that has stared at me in the face from the pages of Scripture. And it begins with one word: Remember.
Of course, anxiety and depression (like mine) often have some physical/chemical reasons, along with childhood trauma and emotional makeup that contribute to it. And I take medications and do most of the other things I can to reduce those feelings. But there is one beneficial thing that God Himself pointed out to us in His Word, and it starts with that little word “remember.”
In fact, if one were to do a word study on “remember,” that word appears over 230 times in the NIV, for instance. But here is the thing I discovered: I have to make a choice to remember what God has done for me in the past, and the character He displays all throughout Scripture. In other words, when I am stressed and anxious or doubting, I have to remember to remember.
This was apparently a problem for a large number of both individuals and tribes and nations to put into practice, too. Here are some examples of those who did not remember or forgot to remember:
- Moses and the Israelites: Nu. 15:39-40 — “You will have these tassels to look at, and so you will remember all the commands of the Lord…Then you will remember all my commands and be consecrated to your God.”
- Joshua: Jos. 1:13 — “Remember the command that Moses, the servant of the Lord, gave you….”
- David: 1 Chron. 16:12 — “Remember the wonders he [God] has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced….”
- Solomon: 2 Chron. 6:42 — “Lord God, do not reject your anointed one. Remember the great love promised to David, your servant.”
- Psalm 63:6 — On my bed, I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.”
- Jeremiah: Jer.15:15 — Lord, you understand; remember me and care for me.
- The women at the Empty Tomb: Luke 24:6 — “He is not here; He has risen! Remember how He told you while you were still in Galilee….”
- Hebrews 10:32 — Remember those earlier days after you had received the light when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering.
- Jesus to all believers: Rev.3:3 — “Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard: hold it fast, and repent.”
So, I am slowly learning that when I am anxious or doubting to stop and remember — not only all the hundreds and thousands of times that God never let me down. I also remember that folks in the Bible (even the so-called heroes), had to pause, stop, and remember on God and His love and faithfulness. So, REMEMBER to REMEMBER!
By Lori Vafiades
One of my greatest joys is encountering the creatives that are drawn to our co-op. My business partners and I represent over 20 Colorado Springs artists in our gift shop, Sanctuary Inspired Goods. We have never turned an artist away.
Charlotte and her busker fiancé dropped in one late afternoon. Her red hair was topped with an emerald green bowler hat, and her black tulle skirt adorned with silver moons and stars. Everything screamed “Artist.” She was pulled in by our energetic art community, how we love and support one another. “I love the vibes,” she said, then asked how she could join us. Charlotte grabbed her phone to swipe through photos of her art. I’ve done this with dozens of artists now, and it always reminds me of a grandma displaying pictures of her grandbabies or a cat mom sharing her kitty photo parade. I moved up next to Charlotte so I could have a better look at her art; both artist and art are precious to me.
“I’m a green witch,” she told me, looking closely at my face. I think she was looking for a reaction. In my years as an art coach, I have taught my facial muscles to remain still while looking at art and hearing the life stories of others. I nodded and said “uh-huh” a lot. But, if she had been able to read my mind, she would have heard, “gotta Google that one.”
Green Witch, according to Urban Dictionary: noun. A witch specializing in the earthen world. A green witch is typically female, practices solitarily, and is a Pagan. Green witches know much about the identities, myths, care, etc., of plant life and seek to preserve it. They attempt to connect with the earthen world with New Age methods such as meditating. They acknowledge magic and use it in tune with natural forces to accomplish a goal, aka using witchcraft. These goals may include but are not limited to: healings, protectings, blessings. Green witches are usually knowledgeable in herbalism.
Truth is, whatever she calls herself, God calls her beloved daughter, precious child, beautiful one.
And that is why we are here to look for organic opportunities; to remind daughters and sons of their name; to share with these creative ones their true destiny; to gently lead them to the Great Creator who is madly in love with them.
In my next blog post, I will talk about the encounter with the busker and why volume matters.
Here are some important words from Randy Alcorn which are also a comfort and encouragement to me. You see, very few of us are called to full-time vocation Christian ministry such as pastors, missionaries or those serving in parachurch ministries. Every job we do is important in furthering God’s kingdom on the earth….IF we work in an manner that honors Him and draws others to Christ. From Eternal Perspectives Ministries……………
Ask the Holy Spirit to cause you to grow more and manifest more of His fruits! From Randy Alcorn…………….