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 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…………
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……….
|What did Jesus intend for his “disciples”?|
After Jesus had completed all that he intended to do on earth “in the days of his flesh,” he left his little group of apprentices or “disciples” to keep on doing what he had been doing while he was with them, but now they were to do it worldwide. He told them to “make disciples of all nations” (all kinds of people) and to “teach them to obey everything” he had commanded them (Matt. 28:18–20). He told them to go to all the world (Greek kosmon) and announce the good news to all creation (Mark 16:15). The vision and the task were now cosmic.How are we to think about this task that Jesus set before his little troop?
The greatest danger for us now is that we will think too small, that we will think about it in terms of what we know from contemporary “visible” Christianity—churches, denominations, and so forth—and in terms of the political organization of the current world.
Above all, perhaps, we must not think of the task as one of making adherents to a particular brand of Christianity now current. If we do, we will then lose the cosmic viewpoint and see the task only in terms of religious organizations and political realities. Quite a very different type of enterprise!
From Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge. Copyright © 2009 by Dallas Willard. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
As this title indicates, the Book of Judges shows a very dark period in the history of the Israelites. So dark, it is hard to find any light or encouragement there ( When was the last time you saw a quote from there in an online meme? ). But this article serves as a reminder that the gospel can be found even there. From BibleStudyTools.com……….
I will be honest and say that I have always struggled with trusting God in the area of finances —- but I am getting better! Randy Alcorn encourages us to fear God by trusting Him for His provision. From Eternal Perspectives Ministries……….
I am a big introvert, and as such, I often feel like church habits and activities are designed and approved by extroverts only! This article might most resonate with my fellow introverts, and if so, just know you are not strange! From Crosswalk.com……..