Enough!

It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord Mat 10:25 Spirituality Is Conformity to ChristThe highest praise that can be given to any man is that others, knowing him, should call him Christlike. That is the noblest ideal in the world. People who live long … Continue reading Enough!

I Love This Story! Please Read It

Faithrises

There was once a man who didn’t believe in God, and he didn’t hesitate to let others know how he felt about religious holidays like Christmas. His wife however, did believe, and she raised their children to also have faith in God and, His Son, Jesus, The Christ, despite his disparaging comments…

One snowy Christmas Eve, his wife was taking their children to a Christmas Eve service in the farm community in which they lived. She asked him to come, but he refused.  “That story is nonsense!” he said. “Why would God lower Himself to come to Earth as a man? That’s ridiculous!” So she and the children left, and he stayed home.

A while later, the winds grew stronger and the snow turned into a blizzard. As the man looked out the window, all he saw was a blinding snowstorm.  He sat down to relax before the fire…

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You’re Never Disadvantaged

Vistas of Hope

Dear Someone,

This letter is for you. You that is deeply hurt, you that have been loved less by those you expected to love you the most. You that have been let down by your family. You that was gracefully broken at a time you had no control over your emotions. You that have been a victim of real love but in bad timing. You that have received more rejections than acceptances. You that have received more rejections because of your address than your age and weight combined, this letter is for you.

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The Answer Is “No”

PRAYERS TO THE COSMOS

Dear God,

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.

Amen.

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I Can Ask God For The Small Things Too?

Dr. Beth Coke

Recently, I was listening to a book about prayer, and about how we need to be specific in our prayers and not leave out even the little things. I know that I struggled through this, and it took me a couple of days to make the decision to pray specific and include even the things I considered to be silly, or not as important to God as the other things we should be praying about. I mean come on look at the world around us, there is so much hurt and so much bad stuff, that is clearly more important than my silly request. But God, well he made it clear to me that He cares even about the little things.

One of the things that I learned in this process was that there is more than enough of God to go around. Just because He is answering my little…

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What can we learn from the life of Rahab?

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In the book of Joshua, we are introduced to one of the most thought-provoking and astonishing heroines of the Old Testament. Rahab, the prostitute of the Canaanite city of Jericho, ultimately is noteworthy for her great faith and for her place in the lineage of Jesus Christ. But a closer examination of the life of this remarkable Gentile woman can lead to deeper insights into God’s plan for His church and His dealing with individual believers in grace and mercy.

Rahab’s story is found in Joshua 2–6. This passage describes the conquest of the fortified city of Jericho by the Israelites. In its day, Jericho was the most important Canaanite fortress city in the Jordan Valley. It was a stronghold directly in the path of the advancing Israelites, who had just crossed the Jordan River (Joshua 3:1-17). Before entering the land west of the Jordan, Joshua

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Who was Ishmael in the Bible?

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  Ishmael is considered a patriarch of Islam based upon legends that have developed around him and information found in the Qur’an. But what does the Bible tell us about Ishmael?

Ishmael was the firstborn son of Abraham. God had appeared to Abraham and promised that he would have a son and that he would be the father of many nations (Genesis 15). However, as time went on, Abraham had no children. His wife, Sarah, had been unable to conceive, and they began to question just how the promise would be fulfilled.

In Genesis 16 Sarah suggests that Abraham should have a child with her slave Hagar, an Egyptian. Apparently, this was a somewhat common practice at the time (also practiced in Genesis 30 by Jacob’s wives): the wife would give a female slave to her husband, but any children born would be counted as…

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