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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 69: Enthusiasm for LifeAre you "burning" with enthusiasm about your life? If so, congratulations, keep up the good work! But, if your spiritual batteries are running low, prehaps you're spending too much energy focusing on your losses and too little time planning for future victories.
Writer Sara Jordan has this simple (but effective) advice: "Every day give yourself a good mental shampoo."
So if you're feeling tired or troubled don't despair. Instead, take time to count your blessings as you focus on things positive. And while you're at it, seek strength from the Source that never fails. When you sincerely petition God, He will give you all the strength you need to live victoriously through Him.
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 75: Share Your FaithGenuine faith was never meant to be locked up in the heart of a believer-to the contrary, it is meant to be shared with the world. But, if you sincerely wish to share your faith, you must first find it.
How can you find and strengthen your faith? Through praise, through worship, through fellowship, through Bible study, and through prayer. When you do these things, your faith will become stronger, and you will find ways to share your belief with your family, with your friends, with your dates, and with the world. And when you do, everybody wins.
Godly Relationships 97: Get Wisdom, Be HappyThe world has its own brand of wisdom, a brand of wisdom that is often wrong and sometimes dangerous. God, on the other hand, has a different brand of wisdom, a wisdom that will never lead you astray. Where will you place your trust today? Will you trust in the wisdom of fallible people, or will you place your faith in God's perfect wisdom? The answer to this question will determine the direction of your day and the quality of your relationships.
Are you tired? Discouraged? Fearful? Be comforted and trust God. Are you worried or anxious? Be confident in God's power. Are you confused? Listen to the quiet voice of your Heavenly Father-He is not a God of confusion. Talk with Him; listen to Him; trust Him. His wisdom, unlike the "wisdom" of the world, will never let you down.
Godly Relationships 88: An Escape HatchIf you feel like you're being boxed in by temptation, remember this: you're never completely trapped-there's always an escape hatch. And how, you ask, can you find the way out? Well, you can start by talking to God.
Beth Moore observed, "Because Christ has faced our every temptation without sin, we never face a temptation that has no door of escape." Her words apply to you.
So the next time you face a strong urge to do something wrong, slow yourself down and have a little chat with your Creator. When you talk to Him-sincerely, prayerfully, and as often as necessary-you can overcome any temptation. No exceptions.
Godly Relationships 98: How to start the dayDo you want to know God better? And do you want to let Him help you build a strong, healthy relationships? Then schedule a meeting with Him every day.
Daily life is a tapestry of habits, and no habit is more important to your spiritual health than the discipline of daily prayer and devotion to the Creator. When you begin each day with your head bowed and your heart lifted, you are reminded of God's love and God's laws.
When you do engage in a regular regimen of worship and praise, God will reward you for your wisdom and your obedience.
Godly Relationships 99: Countless DecisionsYour life is an adventure in decision-making...and the same thing can be said of your relationships. If you want to build strong, Christ-centered relationships, you must make wise decisions, and you must make them consistently.
Each day, all of us make countless decisions that hopefully bring us closer to God. When we obey God's commandments, we share in His abundance and His peace. But, when we turn our backs upon God by disobeying Him, we invite Old Man Trouble to stop by for an extended visit.
Do you want to be successful in life and in love? If so here's a good place to start: Obey God. When you're faced with a difficult or a powerful temptation, pray about it. Invite God into your heart and live according to His commandments. When you do, you will blessed today and tomorrow and forever.
Godly Relationships 86: TrustLasting relationships are built upon honesty and trust. Without trust, people soon drift apart. But with trust, relationships grow and flourish.
We should always try to be trustworthy, encouraging, and loyal. And, we should be thankful for the people who are loyal to us.
Do you want friends you can trust? Then start by being a friend they can trust. And do you want to build relationships that stand the test of time? Then build them on a firm foundation of trust.
Live for Jesus not for a religionYou say I am being religious but I don't have a religion, I have Jesus, He lives in me. You say I am being ridiculous but doesn't it sound like your being ridiculous for not believing in Jesus. You see me and say, "he has changed, he found religion" but I say thank you Jesus. God crushed religions, it is an abomination, we don't need a religion we need Jesus. Was Jesus being ridiculous when He died for our sins? Jesus didn't die for us to have a religion. He gave us life so He might dwell in us. Now if He wasn't ridiculous for dying for us and He didn't do it for a religion. Wouldn't you say living for Jesus and giving your life up for Him isn't ridiculous? If Jesus gave up His life for us then why would we think we are not called to do the same for Him. Love God seek His glory in Jesus, if we beleive in Him and the word of God to be true then where does it say live in Jesus but also keep doing things as the world would do? Now I am not saying to change, you can't but what I am saying
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
The Worst Thing a Christian Could Say(3/15/2014)
Came across this old blog from 2012 that was responding to the deaths of children in December, basically describing the worst thing a Christian could say following that tragedy:
As much as I can empathize with the pain of those who have lost their loved ones--and perhaps the wording of that Christian's statement could've been better--what the blogger doesn't quite understand is why Christians respond with hope to things that people would typically see as tragic. Yes, Christians do feel pain and miss their loved ones just like anybody else does, but the reasoning behind it is different.
The thing is, an atheist sees death as the end and nothing more after it. But a Christian knows that the spirit lives on because there is life after death. To the Christian, the difference b
Word of GodHebrews 4:12
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Let God prepare you to face the world. God's word can live through you. God wants us to be God seeking people. He wants us trusting Him and doing His will through His Son Jesus Christ. Seek God's direction through the Holy Spirit. Jesus said He would send us a helper and all we have to do is trust in Him and live our life in God's word seek His glory through Jesus. Great is our God who sent us a savior and forgives us of our sins. Thank you lord Jesus for what you did and let us be more like you.
15 "If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,[f] to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither s
What Being A Christian MeansDoes being a Christian mean that I'm proud of every action I make? Of every thought I have? of everything that happens in my life? No. Being a Christian means that I realize that I am imperfect and will NEVER be perfect. Being a Christian is realizing that I need a savior, that I need someone to help me, someone greater than this world. I will discuss what happened to me today, not because I want support through this hard time, I'm getting that from my family, but I will share it because I know there are others out there who have gone through something similar and need to hear this and realize they're not alone.
Ever since I was a little girl, I told myself that I would stay pure until I was married. Well…when I was 5, my first time was taken by force, I didn't understand what sex was when I was I was that young. From then on I decided that I would wait until I was married to have sex. Yesterday…that goal was not met. I ended up having sex with a guy that I thought
Godly Relationships 66: Live TriumphantlyAre you living the triumphant life that God has promised? Or are you, instead, a spiritual shrinking violet? As you ponder that question, consider this: God does not intend that you live a life that is commonplace or mediocre. And He doesn't want you to hide your light "under a basket." He wants you to "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16 NKJV). In short, God wants you to live triumphant life so that others might know precisely what it means to be a believer.
The Christian life should be a triumphal celebration, a daily exercise in thanksgiving and praise. Join that celebration today. And while you're at it, make sure that you let everybody know that you've joined.
The TrundlerThe waste land behind the fire station is always silent. No birds sing there, and even the wild rabbits and feral cats avoid it. Weedy wildflowers nod their seasonal heads in the breeze. Lying fallow in the midst of housing developments, shopping malls, the new movie theater — the vacant lot stands out like a knife wound on a woman’s placid face, shocking, brazen, ugly.
It is always empty. Except for one thing: a ragged heap of old trash, all nasty black tar paper and vicious snarls of rusted wire, car parts and broken glass and other junkyard jetsam. The embodiment of injury waiting to happen, an invitation to a tetanus shot... the city never hauled it away. No one ever wants anywhere near it; it radiates an eerie sense of calculating watchfulness.
And at night, it wanders.
When darkness falls, and the last cars heading into the hives of tract housing stop illuminating the asphalt with moving-picture shadows, it… unfolds. Bitter, broken tangles, grotesquely mov
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