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(Psalm 77:19, NLT)
Your road led through the sea,
your pathway through the mighty waters—
a pathway no one knew was there!
“You either believe it, or you don’t.” This was often my dad’s response when I would come to him with my deep, brooding questions about the Bible. He would offer to me his explanations and wisdom, based on God’s word, and when I’d just stare back at him, both of us unblinking for long moments while I mulled it over — passing it all through the filter of my skepticism — he would eventually break the silence by saying, “Well honey, you either believe it…or you don’t!”
When you’re tiptoeing through the hardest parts of your life, not knowing what to do next or how you’re going to make it through, it can be nearly impossible to truly trust God. In…
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Does God get angry?
Yes. He is a Father after all. Let’s go back to the scene where Moses went up to Mt. Sinai and the people ask for god from Aaron. They worship it and God was enranged.
Exodus Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. ButI will not go with you, because you are a stiff-neckedcob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ before you and drive out the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivited and Jebusites
In His anger, He is still faithful in His promise to Abraham. But blessing fulfilled is meaningless if God will never be there after. Life won’t be…
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The Song of Songs is, of course, a poem. It describes wonderful plants and beautiful animals. It describes special places. And it describes processions, dances and gardens. But the Song also has a more important meaning.
Parables and allegories are different types of stories. Both parables and allegories have a meaning. But there is a difference. Parables are very simple. And they are easy to understand. But allegories are very complex. Every detail in an allegory is important. And words have secret meanings.
There are many parables in the Bible. Jesus often used parables to each the people. The meaning of these parables is never complex.
Allegories became popular many centuries after the time of the Bible. People used to read allegories for entertainment, like novels today. And many people thought that the Song of Songs was an allegory. They tried to find secret meanings in its words. They thought…
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Philippians 1:6 says “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus”. Sometimes, we try so desperately to change on our own. We feel that we should be at a certain level in our faith. Sometimes we experience success in our efforts to change and other times, we fail. It is important to understand that failure does not mean there is no progress but rather a reminder that we are in the middle of the process of changing.
When we give our lives to God, He begins His work in us. Often times we feel that God has forgotten about us or that we have stopped growing spiritually. However, spiritual growth, like physical growth happens slowly over time. As the scripture reminds us, God will bring everything he has started in us to a completion. He is preparing us…
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“By faith, the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.”
“They” were the Children of Israel, God’s chosen people. Their leader at the time was Joshua who took over the reins after Moses’s death. Jericho was a city surround by a wall. God told Joshua the city was theirs for the taking, BUT… There was a but. God didn’t hand it over to them on a silver platter. Instead, God gave Joshua a battle plan to deliver to His people.
God delivered Joshua an unusual strategic battle plan. He was to have his armed men march around the city once each day, for six days, in total silence. No use of weapons, no jumping over the wall, and to keep their mouths shut. There were seven priests, too, bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. On the seventh day, they were…
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For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him….
– 2 Chronicles 16:9 (NIV)
Every day we make
Too many to count
about how we spend our time
how we treat people
what we will eat
how we will respond,
where we will go
what we will think about
Who or what we worship
my deepest desire
is for You to find me faithful,
for You to see me
and that the choices I make
are directed by You
Your eyes roam the earth
to find the faithful
and that’s who I want to be
one of the few
who seeks You wholeheartedly
and makes choices
in Your strength
and with Your wisdom
eyes on You
as You find me true
– Susie Stewart
God looks down…
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‘I am not ashamed of the gospel’. We all need to be able to say that with Paul. Yet shame is the very basis for this overwhelming power of God to be enabled.
‘If one is ashamed to confess me before men, then I will be ashamed to confess him before my Father’.
The shame of the gospel is OUR shame that the gospel reveals to us. We do not want that shame to be seen by others, so we hide it, we avoid the truth of the gospel. Conversely, the word says, ‘if a man’s works are good, he will come into the light, but if they are bad, he will (choose to) remain in the darkness’. (John 3-21). [all ‘quotes’ are paraphrased].
So the POWER involved, is the power to separate the wheat from the chaff, those who want separation from the world, from those who don’t. …
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In these days of takeaway and drive by meals being available, the habit of praying as a family is being lost to many in the present generation. This is NOT a tradition I’m talking about. This is something that should be natural in spirit to a Christian. The Christian life among many good things is a life of thanksgiving. This again, is not a tradition. I mean it’s not about some dedicated holiday in which give thanks to God for your blessing once a year. But rather the main thing is about thanking Jesus for giving you new life each and every day of your life. And this is what matters when you pray as a family; that each one present for meals is alive and alive in Christ.
Not everyone gets to meet up together for even a single meal as a family. Why so? Because some are stuck…
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