Find God - What does it take to know God? This will explain how you can personally begin a relationship with God, right now. What does it take to begin a relationship with God? Wait for lightning to strike? Devote yourself to unselfish religious deeds? Become a better person so that God will accept you? … Continue reading Knowing God Personally
The best, most wonderful, precious and amazing thing we can do is pray. But what happens when we don’t feel like it?
Most of my blogs are about prayer. Jesus spent a huge amount of His time in prayer. The answer to all things Christian is prayer. The modern Christian has little else to do but pray… But there are circumstances where prayer just seems out of reach.
We aren’t worthy, we haven’t been answered, we feel let down, we are stuck in a rut, angry at God, need a break, it hasn’t yielded positive results in months. And… etc.
Christians aren’t called to be perfect, but we are made to endure. The song “It is Well”, if you aren’t familiar with it’s roots, was penned by a man who just lost 4 children in a boating accident. He didn’t have the strength to do much. So he wrote. When…
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by Rachael Carman God’s provision is such a wonderful, amazing thing! He provides for us whether we deserve it or not, whether we appreciate it or not, and even whether we know it or not! Grateful for gratitude I don’t know about you, but I really like it when I give my children gifts and … Continue reading Gratitude & God’s Provision
"Thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work." - Psalms 92:4 Do you believe that your sins are forgiven, and that Christ has made a full atonement for them? Then what a joyful Christian you ought to be! How you should live above the common trials and troubles of the world! Since sin is … Continue reading Thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work
by Dave Zuleger What do you lean on when the pain won’t go away? What do you do when you can’t help the pain go away for someone you love? What do you do when suffering seems to saturate your life, seeping into every circumstance? Six years into my wife’s struggle with brutal and sometimes … Continue reading Two Lies Satan Tells Us in Suffering
The popular impatiens flowers are so named from seeming to be highly impatient! When their seed pods mature, they explode when touched, sending seeds several yards away. See how this picture illustrates the need for longsuffering, an important fruit of God’s Spirit!
July 22, 2017
The Fruit of the Spirit – Longsuffering
Anger and animosity can be the result of many negative influences. The evil influence we all are infected with is our own selfish nature. And our human abilities to make major improvements are pitifully weak. We need God’s help!
In Galatians 5:19-21, the apostle Paul refers to our human nature as “the flesh” and our selfish tendencies as the “works of the flesh.” These include “hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders”!
Clearly we need the antidote for these traits, which is God’s Spirit!
Paul went on to say, “But the fruit of…
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"The city hath no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it." - Revelation 21:23 Yonder in the better world, the inhabitants are independent of all creature comforts. They have no need of raiment; their white robes never wear out, neither shall they ever be defiled. They need no medicine to … Continue reading The city hath no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it.
Is there a special place you go that refreshes your soul? It’s as though you unlock something deep inside of you that has been kept from your consciousness because of the responsibilities you have to perform. I’m a people person. I love to be around people, I receive energy from being around people, and I feel connected with who I am around people. However, there are times I have to be away from them too; even people I love. The intensity of the feelings and energy it takes needs to be replenished by nature, quiet, and a place of memory – a place of pilgrimage. There are a few places that do this for me. Some are too far for me to travel to on any regular basis but a couple are close and it feels as though a battery inside of me is recharging as soon as I…
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by Cecelia Lester The thought recently came to me that we are all needy people. Some of us are not aware of the needs we have. Our primary need is that of salvation. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 … Continue reading Needy People
Disturb us, Lord, when We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love
Prayer by Sir Francis Drake