by Pastor Bob Franseen All of us hate to wait. Waiting in traffic, at the doctor’s office, or for that pokey family member can cause even the most patient among us to become frustrated. Frustration occurs when something out of our control gets in the way of our plans and goals. And let’s face it, … Continue reading When God Says to Wait
And not only this, but [with joy] let us exult in our sufferings and rejoice in our hardships, knowing that hardship (distress, pressure, trouble) produces patient endurance; and endurance, proven character (spiritual maturity); and proven character, hope and confident assurance [of eternal salvation]. Romans 5:3-4 Holy Bible Amplified Version
When Jehovah assigns as difficult task for you to do are you obstinate, stomp your feet and say I refuse like a spoiled little brat? Even though He reasons with you with His Word, Christian Councilors and signs.
Or, if He directs you to stop doing something do you obstinacy refuse?
Jehovah only does what is for your good. So, if you refuse to listen to Him, you will pay greatly in the long run.
I have seen many obstinate folks refuse to listen and slowly sink deeper and deeper into a living Hell.
“The difference between perseverance…
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by Sheri Langton I have committed many scripture verses to memory. Philippians 2:14 isn’t one of them. “Do everything without complaining or arguing” conveniently slipped from sight whenever I read Philippians. Yet recently an evangelist parked on it during a church revival meeting. I squirmed. Oh, come on. Can’t Christians express their opinions? The evangelist … Continue reading The Danger of Complaining
August 12, 2017
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises. (2 Peter 1:4)
When a shipwright builds a vessel, does he build it to keep it upon the stocks? Nay, he builds it for the sea and the storm. When he was making it, he thought of tempests and hurricanes; if he did not, he was a poor shipbuilder.
When God made thee a believer, He meant to try thee; and when He gave thee promises, and bade thee trust them, He gave such promises as are suitable for times of tempest and tossing. Dost thou think that God makes shams like some that have made belts for swimming, which were good to exhibit in a shop, but of no use in the sea?
We have all heard of swords which were useless in war; and even of shoes which were made to sell, but were never…
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What do I say to You when you refuse a request, when you say “no” to me? I open up to You even farther. I have compassion on myself for my confusion in trying to know that You are always there for me. I have compassion on others, agents in your “no.”
I can’t just love You when You say “yes.” Maybe “yes” would not work out well for me. I can sense that now, though I don’t know the details.
Be with me today. Clear my confusion. I think that clearing my confusion is a prayer in Your will. And in mine, that of my Self, who is a part of You.
by Stan Smith I live in the desert, and it has been a hot one here. One week we had temperatures near or beyond 120°F. They were grounding aircraft and warning everyone to stay indoors. So, there I was, walking the distance to my afternoon bus that would take me home ... in the heat. … Continue reading The Furnace
from JO’s sermon tonight:
God wants to help you, not just in the big things; God wants to help you cooking dinner, driving in the traffic. He wants to help you with your school work, help you be more productive at the office. but God will only be involved in as much of your life as you allow Him to. alot of people have God in a Sunday morning box; that’s when they come to church, pray, think about God. during the week, they don’t really include God in their life. they love God, reverence Him, but they think, “there’s nothing spiritual about going to the grocery store, cooking dinner, meeting with a client.” because they keep God in this box, they’re missing the blessings and favor that God wants to give them.
Proverbs 3:6 (TLB)
In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts…
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There are really two types of people when it comes to airplanes: there are the talkers, and then those who would rather get a root canal than socialize with the person seated next to them.
Admittedly, I am the latter. Earbuds in, sunglasses on – I am a fortress. I am simultaneously praying for a) the plane not to go down, and b) my seat mate to not try to drum up small talk. Priorities, right?
But I love flying, I really do. Riding in an airplane is always a bit of an adventure. You never know who you’ll be sitting by, and for a couple hours, you’re completely out of control, and unplugged.
I was flying back to Ohio today from New York. And there are always a lot of emotions, seeing the intimidating city skyline of Manhattan slowly morph into the lush and fertile Ohio River valley…
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I go to a Southern Baptist Church. The members of the church are in a dispute regarding songs being sung during the church service - older people like hymns while younger/middle aged people like choruses with drums, guitars, etc. We also have a fairly new pastor who is trying to please everyone, so we have … Continue reading Contemporary Worship
by Christian George Do you ever feel like you’re wasting your life? Christian history is packed full of people who decided to make the most of their time in this world: John Calvin was 26 years old when he wrote the Institutes of the Christian Religion. David Brainerd was 29 years old when he died … Continue reading Making the Most of Your Life