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Godly Relationships 72: ConcernsThe Bible promises this: tough times are temporary but God's love is not-God's love endures forever. So what does that mean to you? Just this: From time to time, everybody faces disappointments and broken relationships-so will you. And when tough times arrive God always stand ready to protect you and to heal you. Your task is straightforward: you must share your burdens with Him.
As Corrie ten Boom observed, "Any concern that is too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden." Those are comforting words, especially during difficult days.
Whatever the size of your challenges, God is big enough to handle them. Ask for His help today, with faith and with fervor. Instead of turning things over in your mind, turn them over to God in prayer. Instead of worrying about your next decision, ask God to lead the way. Cast your burdens upon the One who cannot be shaken, and rest assured that He always hears your prayers.
Godly Relationships 16: Lasting RelationshipsIf you're trying to build a relationship based only on physical attraction, you'll be disappointed. Lasting relationships aren't built upon lust, they're built upon love. Real love.
How do you define love? Hopefully, you understand that it's something more than physical attraction. Genuine love is patient, understanding, consistent, and considerate. Genuine love doesn't just sit around and do nothing; it get translated into acts of kindness-large and small.
Love is always a choice. Sometimes we may "fall in love," but it takes work to stay there. Sometimes we may be "swept off our feet," but the "sweeping" is only temporary. Sooner or later, if love is to endure, one most plant one's feet firmly on the ground. The decision to love another person for a lifetime is much more than simple process of "falling in" or "being swept up." It requires "reaching out," "holding firm," and "lifting up." Love becomes a decision to honor and care for the other person.
Godly Relationships 23: Wait and be GladIf you choose to have sex before you're married, you're going to regret it. And you're not going to stop regretting it any time soon. In fact, the decision to become sexually active is such a big decision that you'll probably keep thinking about it for the rest of your life. So do yourself a huge favor: abstain from sex until you say, "I do!"
Whenever you commit a sin, God will forgive you when you ask Him-but you may have a much harder time forgiving yourself. So the best way to avoid a lifetime of regrets is to listen to your conscience and obey your Father in heaven. When you do, you won't regret it.
Godly Relationships 25: If Things Get SeriesIf you become involved in a series relationship, it's time for the two of you to start discussing your faith. And it's probably time to start attending church together.
We live in a world that is teeming with temptations and distractions-a world where good and evil struggle in a constant battle to win our hearts and souls. Our challenge is to ensure that we cast our lot on the side of God. One way to ensure that we do so its by the practice of regular, purposeful worship. When we worship God faithfully and fervently, we are blessed. When we fail to worship God, for whatever reason, we forfeit the spiritual gifts that He intends for us.
Every day provides opportunities to put God where He belongs: at the center of our lives. When we do so, we worship not just with our words, but also with deeds, and that's as it should be. For believers, God comes first. Always first.
Godly Relationships 18: Ask Him For HelpIf you want to know more about your life, ask God for His help! When you ask sincerely He will answer your request.
How often do you ask God for His guidance and His wisdom? Occasionally? intermittently? Whenever you experience a crisis? Hopefully not. Hopefully, you've acquired the habit of asking for God's assistance early and often. And hopefully, you have learned to seek His guidance in every aspect of your life.
Godly Relationships 85: Your GiftsYou've got an array of talents that need to be refined. All people possess special gifts-bestowed from the Father above-and you are no exception. But, your gift is no guarantee of success; it must be cultivated-by you-or it will go unused...and God's gift to you will be squandered.
Today, make a promise to yourself that you will earnestly seek to discover the talents that God has given you. Then, nourish those talents and make them grow. Finally, vow to share your gifts with the world for as long as God gives you the power to do so. After all, the best way to say "Thank You" for God's gifts is to use them.
Godly Relationships 87: Fear of GodDo you possess a healthy, fearful respect for God's power? Hopefully so. After all, the lesson from the Book of Proverbs is clear: "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction" (1:7 NKJV). Yet, you live in a world that often ignores the role that God plays in shaping the affairs of mankind. You live in a world where too many people consider it "unfashionable" or "unseemly" to discuss the fear of God. Don't count yourself among their number.
God maintains absolute sovereignty over His creation, and His power is beyond comprehension. As believers, we must cultivate a sincere respect for God's awesome power. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. So today, as you face the realities of everyday life, remember this: until you acquire a healthy respectful fear of God's power, your education is incomplete, and so is your faith.
Godly Relationships 60: The Golden RuleLife is simply better when we treat other people in the same way we would want to be treated if we were in their shoes. Things go better when we're courteous and compassionate. Graciousness, humility, and kindness are all virtues we should strive for. But sometimes, we fall short. Sometimes, amid the busyness and confusion of everyday life, we may neglect to share a kind word or a kind deed. This oversight hurts others, and it hurts us as well.
Today, slow yourself down and be alert for those who need your smile, your kind words, your hug, or your helping hand. Make kindness a centerpiece of your dealings with others. They will be blessed, and you will be too.
Who I am in ChristI am accepted by Christ. "Christ accepted you so you should accept each other, which will bring glory to God." Romans 15:7
God loves me and has chosen me. "God loves you and we know he has chosen you." 1 Thessalonians 1:4
I am a child of God. "But all who did accept him and believe in him he gave the right to become children of God." John 1:12
As a Child of God, I am an heir with Christ. "If we are God's children, we will receive blessings from God together with Christ. But we must suffer as Christ suffered so that we will have glory as Christ has glory." Romans 8:17
I am a friend of Jesus. "I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know what his master is doing. But I call you friends because I have made know to you everything I have heard from my Father." John 15:15
"If anyone belongs to Christ, there is a new creation. The old things have gone; everything is made new!" 2 Corinthians 5:17
I am no longer a slave but a child of an heir. "So now you are not a slave; you
Overcoming ObstaclesRecognize Your Vulnerability
The Lord has a beautiful plan for each believer’s life. But to thwart God’s purposes, Satan sprinkles obstacles in our path.
There are many types of hindrances, such as a difficult boss, contrary family members, and financial trouble. Anything that blocks a desired goal can cause anxiety and great frustration. But remember that no obstacle can touch you without God’s consent.
Consider Joshua’s army, which was no match for Jericho’s military. And the great wall protecting that city was an impossible barrier to cross. Yet God had promised the Israelite
Objective Proof of GodIf I tossed a coin 2000 times and called it right every single time, what would you think?
I can only imagine some of the things you would be thinking, but they would all stem from one rationalization: that what was happening defied logic.
To make sure we are on the same page, let me give you some quick facts about the Bible: The Bible was written over a span of about 1500 years (from 1445 BC to 95 AD) in 3 continents, in 3 languages, by 40 authors, and has 66 books. It's mostly a collection of letters written to churches. We can verify the dates of the books of the Bible through the efforts of historians, linguists, and archeologists.
" . . . a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. . . They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing." Psalm 22: 17-18
What event is this verse referring to? If you have a basic knowledge of Christianity, then you know this is talking about Jesus' crucifixion. If you
Part 1: Why does God allow bad things to happen?“I had heard about You before, but now I have seen You.”
This is part of a journal series examining the age old question, "Why does God allow bad things to happen?"
Part 2: http://fav.me/d6kwg5t "Why do bad things happen to good people?"
Part 3: http://fav.me/d6lobn0 "My end is my beginning."
Part 4: http://fav.me/d6mk391 "We don't know what good is."
Part 5: http://fav.me/d6nj8xh "Five points of light."
Part 6: http://fav.me/d6v2g6a "Why do bad things happen if God is good?" (audio)
The Father Who Gives You Strength
This excerpt is taken from "The Father Who Gives You Strength" by Max Lucado
It all happened in one day. One day he could choose his tee time at the nicest golf course in the country; the next he couldn’t even be the caddie. One day he could Lear jet across the country to see the heavyweight bout at the Las Vegas Mirage. The next he couldn’t afford a city bus across town.
Talk about calm becoming chaos. . .
The first thing to go is his empire.
Just a reminder to believers in JesusI just want to remind us as believers in Jesus we need to pray hard for new believers of Jesus. We need to lift them up to God and allow Jesus to work in them. I Pray for us to lead, teach, and guide them as they try to walk with Jesus. Lord do not let us judge them but show us how to love them. God I pray they seek you and find a church home so we can give them strength through the blood of Jesus. I pray when they fall we will be there to pick them up. I pray we can live for you Jesus and show the world your love. I pray most of all that we share with them you can't change, it has to come from Jesus. We need to share with them it will be a hard road and it won't be easy. I pray we tell them we must give up self and live for Jesus. I pray we show them what it means to live for Jesus. I pray we can help each other and have faith in God and seeking Him through Jesus, in Jesus name, Amen
Being a ChristianBeing a Christian is more than just saying we believe. It is more than just saying a prayer, if you say a prayer but have no change in your life then you may want to think about your salvation in Jesus christ.
John 3:6-7 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7. Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'
Mark 8:35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it.
Want more look up Galatians 2:20, Galatians 5:24, Luke 9:23
Too many people are worried about what God can do for them. Why not ask yourself what 'YOU' can do for Him? I am not calling you out I am just saying friends we need to know saying a sinner's prayer does not save you. It's not the prayer that works in you. It is Jesus who works in you. God did not send His son to die for our sins and we not have to serve Him. Jesus said carry your cross daily meaning to seek
Godly Relationships 24: Building RelationshipsDo you want to build a relationship that lasts? Then you must start by making God the cornerstone of your relationship.
God does not intend for you to experience mediocre relationships; He created you for greater things. Building lasting relationships requires compassion, wisdom, empathy, kindness, courtesy, and forgiveness.
If that sounds like a lot of work, it is-which is perfectly fine with God. Why? Because He knows that you are cable of that work, and because He knows that the fruits of your labor will enrich the lives of your loved ones and the lives of generations yet unborn.
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