13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Neither do people light … Continue reading Spiritual Salt and Light
“Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.” -1 Corinthians 10:14
We’ve all heard about how jealous our God is. It can be seen from the old up to the new testament that our God surely doesn’t want anything or anyone removing our attention from Him. With this, some people already see God as a controlling, attention-seeking, insecure god. They see Him as someone who demands attention because He has the power to do so. People have already misunderstood God’s word. People have already been blinded by a false image of our God.
As I was having my quiet time one early morning, God revealed something to me about idolatry. He reminded me the reason why I and all others should anchor our hope in Him. God was also gracious enough to break my old notion of Him. At first, I had this mindset that God’s jealousy is not and will never…
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When I was younger (my teens and early 20’s) I would go on “dates” with my Savior. When I was living at home with my parents I would go out for a walk or be alone in my room… Yes I’d lit vanilla scented candles and sing songs to God in the dark. When I lived in San Francisco, I’d go on a hike to this beautiful cliff that looked over the ocean and spend time with God. I’d read books, cry, pray, sing,…etc. Whatever my heart needed. Now I go on coffee dates with my Jesus. So I did just that. I packed my journal and my Bible and I had a green tea today (I have a cold) and I spent time alone, on a date, with Him. (And when I drove home I saw a beautiful rose bush and I KNOW they were for me from Him…
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Attention Christian Parents
Your first ministry is your family. Rise up first thing in the morning and pray for protection over your spouse and your children against the schemes of the evil one. Peter warned us “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
Just like a fortified city, it is not sufficient to have just the door locked but we also have to make sure that there are no cracks in the wall from which the enemy can infiltrate.
These cracks are created very subtly and can be caused by multiple God displeasing acts. Today I will be focusing on two which we either never thought about or else we always take forgranted.
Cracks can come in the form of a children’s program and children games which convey an underlying anti Christ message which are not…
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I am writing this post specifically to support my summer Bible study small group, but the resources here can benefit everyone who seeks to explore God’s Word more deeply.
My hope is that you also will share the resources you have found helpful so that we can build a more complete and rich reference here.
I am a logophile, a lover of words, so the specificity of words and language matter greatly to me; they can change, reveal and sometimes completely change the meaning. That’s why I love to read myriad translations of Biblical texts when I really want to get to the heart of it.
I own an NIV study bible, The Message paraphrase and I just got my copy of the Jesus Bible. The New International Version (NIV) was a revolutionary translation created in the 1970s to make the Bible more accessible and easily understood to modern English speakers for whom…
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Unanswered Prayer Have you ever had those moments when you feel like God does not care about what is happening to you? For example, suppose you are in a financial or medical crisis. You pray earnestly for the Lord to deliver you from these trials. However, the more you pray, the more challenging the situation … Continue reading Prayer is Important
This is my problem. But God’s Word keeps my heartopen to who God is and what He can do. It compels me to seek Him instead of limiting myself to my own plans or my own thoughts or my own abilities.
Still, for all of Jonathan’s faith, he doesn’t presume upon God. He seeks God even as he begins to step out in faith. God’s Word is not a meant to be a book of formulas but of faith.
Let Him expand your vision and continue to guide you as you step out looking to and trusting in Him.
When you hear the phrase, “You’ve been set apart,” the first tendency is to take it negatively. You want to be included with everyone else and don’t want to be made different. Your nature is to fit in and conform with others. It can feel like you are being neglected, or put on the side line, when you aren’t a part of what everyone else is doing. But, is this how God feels about you being set apart?
Let’s look at what it means to be set apart in the New Testament when the Apostle Paul shared how we are to live and then let’s look at the Old Testament about what it meant to be set a part as a priest:
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who…
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I sat amazed and humbled as people went around and commented on what I had just said. I shared from Colossians 1:13-20 (one of my favorite passages) and I talked about the centrality of the cross in the life of the Christian. I am always dumbfounded when Christians make Christ’s atoning death on the cross out to be “Introductory Christianity”. But that wasn’t this group. They did not treat my message of the gospel as if it was Christianity 101. Instead, they gladly accepted the word that I brought and chewed on it.
Saw if it had any value.
And to them it did.
Tears began to well up in my eyes as I thought, “I don’t deserve to be here. I don’t deserve to be sharing with these people. I don’t deserve any of this, Lord.” But I was wrong because there I was…
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