This article makes the point that, rather than offering God our gifts and talents, we should approach Him with empty hands, all the better to receive from God. From OpentheBible.org……..
Wow, are people angry these days. And it seems like Christians are just as sinfully angry as everyone else! This should not be. A helpful and convicting article from Crossway.org……….
The Value of Solitude
We have already seen what a large role solitude played in the life of our Lord and the great ones in His Way. In solitude, we purposefully abstain from interaction with other human beings, denying ourselves companionship and all that comes from our conscious interaction with others. We close ourselves away; we go to the ocean, to the desert, the wilderness, or to the anonymity of the urban crowd. This is not just rest or refreshment from nature, though that too can contribute to our spiritual well-being. Solitude is chosing to be alone and to dwell on our experience of isolation from other human beings.
Solitude frees us, actually. This above all explains its primacy and priority among the disciplines. The normal course of day-to-day human interactions locks us into patterns of feeling, thought, and action that are geared to a world set against God. Nothing but solitude can allow the development of a freedom from the ingrained behaviors that hinder our integration into God’s order.
From The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives. Copyright © 1988 by Dallas Willard. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers
This is a very informative and thorough look at the Book of Proverbs, especially in how Christ is prefigured in personified Wisdom. From Feeding on Christ………….
This short devotional reminds us that Jesus wants to quench our thirst.
“What do you think will make you happy? Even if you are looking for happiness in all the wrong ways, you are included in Jesus’ invitation. Jesus does not say, “If you thirst for the right things, come to me and drink.” He simply says, “If anyone thirsts.” From OpentheBible.org…………
Here is an excellent little article on the joys and benefits that can be found as we expectantly and patiently wait on God. From Gentle Reformation…………
God is our Rock, our strong Tower, a place of refuge! From Crosswalk.com………..
This is a lovely article from biblical counselor Paul Tautges on how God knows about and is concerned individually with our sorrows and disappointments. His title refers to one of the most precious images in all of the Bible – – – that God collects all of our tears in His bottle. From New Growth Press………….
This brief devotional article discusses 6 possible difficult scenarios that might make for a tough day, and then some promises from God to gain hope and encouragement to face the challenges. From Crosswalk.com……….
I find Daniel to be one of the most interesting persons in the Bible. He was exiled to Babylon as a teenager, became the second in command to the king, exercised great gifts and faith, and is not mentioned with any faults or sins. From Crosswalk.com………..