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What Do We Mean When We Say ‘God Is My Rock?’

I happen to live in Colorado, so it might be easier for me to grasp all of the meanings behind the phrase “God is my Rock,” than someone in Florida, say, so here is an article to help a little with that! From Crosswalk.com………….

https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/what-do-we-mean-when-we-say-god-is-my-rock.html

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What is Joy? — Dallas Willard

What is Joy?

Joy is a positive outlook of hopefulness based upon a pervasive, overall sense of well-being. Joy, like love, has a “feeling” component that is pleasant. Yet joy, like love, is not a feeling. Joy maintains a positive posture in life that assumes that good will be supported and eventually triumph over any apparent obstacle. Therefore, joy is fully compatible with the experiences of pain, disappointment, or sorrow, because joyfulness always takes a wider view of circumstances and works with hope to expect good to prevail. Joy enables patience, faithfulness to commitments, and the all-important ability to defer instant gratification. Joy gives one the ability to say no, or perhaps a very firm “not yet,” to the immediacy of desire. Both responses are evidence of joy’s ability to overcome the tyranny of the urgent, since one is joyful with the present state of affairs, whatever that may be. The bearing of joy on the good life should be obvious. It is indispensable to steady contentment and perseverance in any task. Joy liberates from the demand or temptation of immediate satisfaction, which resists waiting for what is good or best. Accordingly, joy is the best platform from which to make any sound investment.

From The Divine Conspiracy Continued: Fulfilling God’s Kingdom on Earth. Copyright © 2014 by Dallas Willard amd Gary Black Jr. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

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Bible Christian God the Father Walking with Christ

I Lift Up My Eyes to the Fields

This is a lovely article that reminds us of the loving care of our heavenly Father. And it mentions Pikes Peak, of which I live in its shadow! From blogger Glenna Marshall……………….

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Bible Christian Prayer

How to Pray When You’re Struggling with Your Bible Study

Just like any other important endeavor, we should ideally prayer before, during, and also after. From Crossway………….

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This link to the article on The Gospel Coalition site looks a little wonky, but I encourage you to go ahead and click on the article title because you will find it worth it due to all of the useful links and the helpful words from singer Bethany Barnard. By the way, she wrote one of the best lines I have heard in any Christian song: “You [God] can do in my waiting than I can do in my doing”……………………

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Why Study Church History?

C.S. Lewis once made the observation that modern people were intellectual snobs about the past, thinking that nothing about the past was better or instructive to us in the modern age. But that is so wrong for us in the Body of Christ. This article makes this point well. From pastor and author Andrew Davis and Two Journeys………………..

https://twojourneys.org/articles/detail/1887579/why-study-church-history/

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Being Led by the Holy Spirit — Sparkling Gems from the Greek

This article makes the important point that it is one thing to ask the Holy Spirit to bless something you have already decided to do, and another to determine to wait on Him and not do anything until you hear from Him! From Crosswalk.com…………..

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https://www.knowableword.com/2021/08/30/what-we-miss-when-we-skip-the-book-of-lamentations/?utm_source=SpecificFeeds&utm_medium=email

We might be tempted to skip this book in the Old Testament, because it seems like going to Barnes & Noble and looking for a book titled The Saddest Book Ever. But Lamentations has a lot of good things for us (like everything in the Bible, a mixture of some bad with much good). This article gives us the rundown. From Knowable Word……………

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6 Lessons from Philippians to Encourage Believers

The Epistle to the Philippians is one of my favorite parts of the New Testament, and this article highlights the encouragements to be gained from reading and meditating on this wonderful letter from Paul. From Crosswalk.com……………

https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/bible-study/lessons-from-philippians-to-encourage-believers.html

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A Lesson on Prayer from a Depressed Charles Spurgeon

Many people were not aware that the great 19th Century preacher and writer Charles Spurgeon struggled with often debilitating and crushing depression. This means he also labored with prayer. So, he provides a model for us mere mortals who also struggle. Here is a little tidbit: “The essence of prayer lies in the heart drawing near to God; and it can do that without words.” From The Chorus in the Chaos……………