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What Convinced James His Brother was God?

There are some very interesting insights in this article to ponder. From Stand to Reason……………

https://www.str.org/w/what-convinced-james-his-brother-was-god-

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Why Mary of Bethany is My Hero

This article by author Frank Viola discusses the unique story of Mary of Bethany, and especially the occasion where Mary anointed Jesus. Mary might become one of your heroes, too! From The Deeper Journey…………………

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Praying the Names of God: Logos — The Word

These writings on the various Names of God are always interesting and helpful. This particular name in the article is one of the most theologically rich Names for God — Logos, The Word. From Ann Spangler……………………..

Logos — The Word

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The Student Resembles The Master

Spiritual formation in Christ is the process through which disciples or apprentices of Jesus take on the qualities or characteristics of Christ himself, in every essential dimension of human personality. The overall orientation of their will, the kinds of thoughts and feelings that occupy them, the “automatic” inclinations and “readinesses” of their body in action, the prevailing posture of their relations toward others, and the harmonious wholeness of their soul—these all, through the formative processes undergone by his disciples, increasingly come to resemble the personal dimensions of their master. ‘A pupil is not above his teacher,’ Jesus said, ‘but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher’ (Luke 6:40).”

From Renewing the Christian Mind: Essays, In

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What Is a Theophany in the Bible?

An interesting article on theophanies in the Bible, with theophanies being visible, tangible appearances of God’s presence. From Crosswalk.com

https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/bible-study/what-is-a-theophany-in-the-bible.html

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Living in Trust

Trust is a funny thing. We talk about people with descriptions like, “She is a trusting soul,” or “He should not be trusted.” We all have to exercise trust in other drivers when we come to a stoplight. Or we trust in undeniable facts — even those we don’t understand, like gravity — as we live our daily lives. Trust is something all of us know and apply countless times a day. But for the believer, these everyday kinds of trust issues and situations cannot guide our spiritual lives like learning to trust in God.

Trusting God has always been a struggle for me, probably due to my tense relationship with my earthly father. But daily, I try to increase my trust in God in my actions and attitudes. As I see it, there are two necessary building blocks to a strong trust in the Lord.

The first category of ideas that make up a biblical trust in God is to understand and come to truly appreciate the attributes and character of God. While all of the attributes that theologians have delineated over the years, the most important for me are God’s omnipotence and His sovereignty. As I rack up my experiences with things like answered prayer and the teachings of Scripture, I can answer the first question about God: Can He take care of me? The more I dwell on God’s love demonstrated through the life and ministry of Jesus, the more I see and know what the Bible teaches about God’s power and His rule over all things in the world and my life. So, I recognize that God is powerful enough, aware enough, and loving enough to do good things for His children in any circumstance.

Then, to build a strong trust, I must also answer the question: Does God care about me in my struggle to live in this world and work with the Spirit to grow in likeness to Christ? In other words, God is good, and He is powerful and sees all, but does He actually know and like me? Is God only interested in some Christians and not others, or are my days lived out under God’s wise direction and knowing that He loves me individually. I believe we all have to come to a place where our emotions and even our circumstances are not the determining factors in God’s trustworthiness. So, I must choose to trust based on what I have seen God do in the past in my life, as well as the clear teaching of Scripture.

Jerry Bridges, in his book Trusting God, says:

“Let me emphasize that trusting God does not mean we do not experience pain. It means we believe God is at work even through our pain to bring about something good. It means we work back through the Scriptures regarding His sovereignty, wisdom, and goodness, and ask Him to use those Scriptures to bring comfort and peace to our hearts.”

Trust is absolutely essential for me to be able to cooperate with the Holy Spirit and to follow the leadings of God in my walk with Christ. I am not fully there yet but learning to truly trust God is the most important thing to me in living as a son of the Creator and Provider. 

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Praying the Names of God: Rabbi, Rabbouni — Jesus, My Teacher

This article fleshes out some of the biblical insight from the title that the disciples most used with Jesus during His earthly ministry — rabbi. From Ann Spangler……………..

Rabbi, Rabbouni — Jesus, My Teacher

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Praying the Names of God: Yeshua — Jesus the Savior

There are some wonderful insights and some warm words of encouragement for believers behind this name for the Second Person of the Trinity in His Incarnation…Yeshua. From AnnSpangler.com…………….

Yeshua — Jesus the Savior

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Teaching the Trinity: TRIUNE

Here, Bible scholar Michael F. Bird gives an acronym to help in an understanding of the biblical teaching and theological understanding of the Trinity. From Euangelion……………………..

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Praying the Names of God: Aryeh Lammatteh Yehudah — Lion of the Tribe of Judah

This is one of the more colorful names for God because it is prophetically tied closely to Messiah through prophecy. Read more about it in this article at AnnSpangler.com……………….

Aryeh Lammatteh Yehudah — Lion of the Tribe of Judah