Monthly Blog Archives: August 2017

How to Learn God’s Will for Your Life

How to Learn God’s Will for Your Life

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Psalm 143:10 A popular question asked of children is, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As a Christian, you may have asked a similar question, “What is God’s will for my life?” Now for the child the answer usually comes without hesitation. My granddaughter recently changed her answer from veterinarian to architect. I’m pretty sure that in my younger years I wanted to be a cowboy. Later in life, the answer is not so clear. That’s when […]

Your Thorn of Trouble that Won’t Go Away

Your Thorn of Trouble that Won’t Go Away

Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 This passage has been something of a mystery. The application is relatively easy to understand, but the affliction that Paul called “a thorn in my flesh” has caused considerable disagreement among Bible scholars. If we allow ourselves to focus on the thorn and […]

How to Respond to Faith Under Fire

How to Respond to Faith Under Fire

17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. Daniel 3:17-18 You recall the story of Daniel’s friends; Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. They refused to bow down to the idols of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. As a result they were thrown in a fiery furnace with the heat turned up […]

Unbalanced Christian Faith

Unbalanced Christian Faith

Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so. Hebrews 13:9 Christianity grew out of the religion of the Jews. But the sacrificial rituals once used in the tabernacle were no longer useful or valid. The shed blood of Christ at Calvary was the once and for all sacrifice that satisfied God’s demand for sin. Christians need nothing more than faith in Jesus to enter God’s throne of grace. (For a better understanding […]

Praise the Lord Oh My Soul

Praise the Lord Oh My Soul

2 Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits — 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:2-5 Have you ever been so moved within your spirit that your heart poured out to God in praise? Seemingly, from out of nowhere, adoration and thanksgiving flowed from your heart to the heart of God. That’s the kind of praise described by the […]

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