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8 Steps to Meeting God in Silence and Solitude

Have you ever tried to have a meaningful conversation with a person who would not shut up for 5 minutes? Well, God would like to speak with us more often, but sometimes we need to be more quiet. This article discusses that more in depth. From BibleStudyTools.com………………….

https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/tips/how-to-meet-god-through-silence-and-solitude.html

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10 Key Bible Verses on God’s Sovereignty

I feel that when we combine our understanding of God’s love with His sovereignty, this will equal a security and comfort for believers in every circumstance. Here is a helpful article from Crossway.org…………….

https://www.crossway.org/articles/10-key-bible-verses-on-gods-sovereignty/

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What Is the Purpose of Spiritual Gifts, and How Do You Discover Yours?

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…………..

https://www.epm.org/blog/2020/Oct/12/spiritual-gifts

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BOOK REVIEW: FREE TO THRIVE — How Your Hurts, Struggles, and Deepest Longings Can Lead to a Fulfilling Life 

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:

  1. Acceptance — to be included and approved of, as you are, no matter what.
  2. Appreciation — the longing to be thanked and encouraged for something we have done.
  3. Affection — the longing to be cared for with touch and genuine emotional engagement.
  4. Access — the longing to have the consistent emotional and physical presence of key persons.
  5. Attention — the longing to be known and understood by someone who enters into your world.
  6. Affirmation of feelings — the longing to have our feelings validated and confirmed by others.
  7. 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.

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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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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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Sparkling Gems from the Greek — A Partner To Help You When You Don’t Know How To Pray!

In this article from Rick Renner, rather than focus on one or two words in the Greek in a New Testament passage, he looks at Romans 8:26 as a whole. From Crosswalk.com…………………………..

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10 Bible verses about anxiety

Oh my goodness…this world certainly produces a lot of anxiety! But thank God we are not left powerless in the face of our inner and outer anxieties. From First15…..

10 Bible verses about anxiety https://www.first15.org/06/29/10-bible-verses-about-anxiety/

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Yahweh Shalom — The Lord Is Peace

I enjoy these articles from writer Ann Spangler on the Names of God. This one is Yahweh Shalom/The Lord is Peace…………….

Yahweh Shalom — The Lord Is Peace

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The value of one

To God, every one is of great and precious value. A devotional from Stuart Briscoe and Telling The Truth…………………..

https://www.tellingthetruth.org/read/individual-post/read/2021/08/10/the-value-of-one