Answer: Very; more than we can imagine. And that is very good news! From Beautiful Christian Life…………………
This is a continuation of a recent series looking at the Book of Ecclesiastes. In this article, Jared Ingle is still in Chapter 3 of the book, but he digs a little deeper to ask what God’s will really is, and how should followers of Christ interact with what the Bible teaches about “following God’s will.”
The title of this article kind of says it all: That real rest in our society today does not come easily or automatically. So, it takes some work on our part to enter the rest that God has provided and gifted to us. From RickThomas.net……………….
This is an article that is eminently practical and biblical on the important topic of spiritual gifts. It comes from a trusted source of biblical wisdom and discernment, Randy Alcorn, so I hope you find it helpful! From Eternal Perspectives Ministries…………..
With this article, we have a concise and informative theology lesson on a very important topic: what is salvation? From Crosswalk.com……………..
It is important for us to remind ourselves that God is not far off, but is as close to us as our own hearts. But He also has walked among us in the earth….and still does today! From Core Christianity…………….
by Josh McDowell and Ben Bennett (Thomas Nelson Publishers; 2021)
The authors, well-known author and apologist Josh McDowell, and pastor and speaker Ben Bennett have joined forces to examine why so many Christians struggle through life rather than thrive as children of God. Due to their own experiences and their years of ministry, they believe most believers are suffering due to unmet needs in their lives.
McDowell and Bennett make the case that God has designed all people with seven basic needs:
- Acceptance — to be included and approved of, as you are, no matter what.
- Appreciation — the longing to be thanked and encouraged for something we have done.
- Affection — the longing to be cared for with touch and genuine emotional engagement.
- Access — the longing to have the consistent emotional and physical presence of key persons.
- Attention — the longing to be known and understood by someone who enters into your world.
- Affirmation of feelings — the longing to have our feelings validated and confirmed by others.
- Assurance of safety — we need to feel protected and provided for emotionally, physically, and financially.
The authors contend that hurting Christians with unfulfilled longings suffer because they try to satisfy those longings themselves or with other earthly things or people. But God placed those longings in us so that we might always go to Him with our needs.
McDowell and Bennett are unusually open and honest in sharing their own unmet longings and the adverse effects those had in their personal lives and ministries. Writing as fellow strugglers, they encourage readers to understand that they are not unusual in trying to satisfy their longings without God and give practical steps to begin looking to God for help and comfort. The book concludes with helpful appendices of the Longings Table and websites and books for further ongoing support. I heartily recommend this book.
It is very hard for me to understand in my heart that God actually likes me. But the Bible is full of proof that God loves His children with a love that is so great that we cannot fathom it! From Crosswalk.com………………..
When we were kids, we did not want to wait for our birthdays and Christmas, and if we are honest, as adults, we are not really big fans of waiting still. But God operates on His own timetable which is practically never on our schedule. Why is that? This article tries to answer that. From Two Journeys………………..
I have often wondered about this passage in I Corinthians, and this article addresses it with some possible answers. From The Gospel Coalition………………..