Every seed you sow has a purpose

The Antoinette Show

Every seed you sow in your life has a purpose. What kind of seeds are you sowing?, Is it positive or negative, is it good or evil, is it flesh or spirit. The kind of seeds you plan to sow in your life do really determine the outcome of your destiny.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.Galatians 6:7-10

Many times when you get caught up in old patterns that have…

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Beware of the Unchallenged Teaching

Open Channel Ministries

Everyday I see on social media an inspirational bible quote with a pretty background and hundreds of likes. They are almost always scriptures that are taken out of context, or put there as feel good fluff. Some songs that are Christian are truly phenomenal because they are grounded in the Word and take on a deeper teaching. Other songs are in the self serving business, speaking more of ourselves than of our Lord. It is okay to have a good pick me up song when you are feeling down, but I crave a deeper theology.
I didn’t start this walk with God hoping for butterflies and sunshine. In fact when I cried out to Christ in repentance it was an all or nothing call echoed from the darkest day of my life. If I had not found a solace that was deeper in that moment then I would have faced…

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When God Calls Us and We Aren’t Ready

RACHEL SWEATT

Living in the adrenaline rush of the Holy Spirit seems to be a trend in my life lately. Don’t get me wrong, this is absolutely wonderful and something I have prayed for years about. I have always wanted to live a life that was so dependent on the Spirit that it seemed He never stopped moving in my life. This was a bold prayer, and I knew it every time I prayed it. I prayed for this because I wanted my faith to abound from experiencing Him so personally there would never be a doubt in my mind that God is real, God is here, and God is good. Well friends, for over the last year He has very clearly made it known to me that He in fact heard my prayers. He has pushed me out of my comfort zone, in ways that felt more like I was being…

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Response to Problems

Things I Should Have Said

Stress, problems and troubles are common. Each of us respond to them differently. Some respond through anger or outbursts or withdrawing socially. Some respond by striving, by doing what they can to meet the ultimate goal.

But what does the God say about this?

Romans 12:12 (NIV)
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Patience is the key. Know that God is in control. Know that He has plans for you, and that they are beautiful. Trust God.

Take heart and be glad in these troubles. They may even teach you things that only the experience of trouble can teach – character development, as you may say. They may even be your greatest testimonies. Through them, you can lead people to Jesus.

Most of all, pray. Talk to God. He’s listening. 🙂

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A Sinner’s Guide to Repentance

Josh Benner

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Repentance is sincere remorse or regret for an action. Theologically, repentance is associated with the idea of turning away from sin and turning to God.

James 4:7-10 gives what’s almost like a “how to” guide for repentance. It’s not exhaustive, but he says five things that are important to repentance.

1. Repentance involve submission to God

Repentance isn’t just about moralism. It’s about an actual desire for God.

It’s not “well I’ll just drink less” or “get control my temper better.” It’s not just “don’t do that,” but it’s a turning to God. It’s recognizing that God is greater than your sin, that he is better. That his ways are better. That turning from sin is turning to a better way.

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Star Wars & Jesus

King David of Portland

Get ready folks.

The Jedi Order has been running strong for thousands of years, maintaining peace and justice in the galaxy. Everything seems to be fine. And then Galactic Civil War breaks out.

Adam and Eve are hanging out in the Garden, chilling with God and checking out all the cool trees and animals. Everything is peaceful. And then they eat the fruit.

Suddenly, the Jedi are overwhelmed with the forces of evil. The Separatists and their Droid Army secure a sure victory if left unchecked. The galaxy is full to the tipping point with chaos and monarchical powers.

The temptation and power of sin prove to be too much for Man. They worship a golden calf while YHWH commands Moses a few thousand feet up. Their cities and people are fraught with sexual immorality and greed while the kings do their best but end up failing anyway. Nothing is…

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Like an Owl in the Desert

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Psalm 102 is often referred to as the “Prayer of an Overwhelmed Heart”. In it, King David compares himself to an owl in a desert … lonely as a solitary bird on a roof.  An avid fan of owls, I’m aware that deserts and owls don’t mix nicely. No mice and no trees, a desert-stranded owl has to make a drastic adjustment and learn to live on moths and to burrow in holes in the ground.

No, an owl in a desert would be a forlorn, desperate sight. Pitiful.  King David felt dried up; desperately far from God, with depression wrapping a thick hand around him. He was like that owl – vulnerable, exposed, alone.  Enemies taunted. He was a man without comfort.
Owl in the desert

I’ve wondered if Psalm 101 and 102 were meant to go together as one.  If so, we are given an intriguing insight into this king, known as a friend of…

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Oh, So Beautiful

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OH, SO BEAUTIFUL
a poem

Oh, so beautiful, — God’s at work within my soul
Spirit meek, a precious gem,
that will bring all praise to Him.

Oh, so practical, — God’s at work within my soul
Overturning selfish ways,
He’s the shepherd of my days.

Undeniable, — God’s at work within my soul
Daily trial and suffering,
work in me His will to bring.

Inescapable, — God’s at work within my soul
I’ve giv’n to Him the Title Deed,
and He supplies, yes, all my need.

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We are Not Immune, Stay Vigilant

Rawdisciple

I remember my first serious relationship. About four months into this relationship she told me how happy she was and that it had been the best relationship that she had ever been in. I remember because it was one of the nicest things anyone had ever said to me. What I didn’t realize was that that moment was also the beginning of the end of our relationship. Eight months later she broke up with me because our relationship had tanked.

When I looked back over the relationship I realized that as soon as she told me that and I felt like I had “arrived” at happiness I started to slack. I would flake here or there, perhaps I wouldn’t apologize this time because I felt that it wasn’t needed…. I had stopped giving it my all because I felt I was in such a good place that it wouldn’t matter…and…

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Listening and Doing

Speaking Spiritually

As Christians, it is the very essence of who we are to not only read and listen to the Word, but to live it out in our daily lives.

James 1:22-27 “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to…

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