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Sometimes life’s challenges are actually good blessings in disguise. As we go through hard seasons, God can use them to mold and grow us, turning those “bad” things into good.
So, what does this Scripture have to do with God’s command for us to live justly? He tells us this practice of double standards is detestable to Him. Other Bible translations use the word “abomination.” I don’t know about you, but that word grabs my attention and convicts me!
Jesus talks about Himself as the grapevine and His followers as the branches. If we remain in Him, we will flourish and bear much fruit, but apart from Him we can do nothing. So how can we remain in Him to ensure that we flourish in our faith?
Bob Goff writes, “Every time I wonder who I should love and for how long I should love them, God continues to whisper to me: Everybody, always.” Let this be our call to action today. To love like Jesus—everybody, always.
It’s easy to see the uncertainty and fear in the world around us, but as believers in Christ, we have a promise and a hope which roots us in the love of God. How we face the world depends on our foundation of faith.
If there is no partiality, favoritism, bias, or prejudice with our Heavenly Father who created us, then where did we get the notion this should ever exist in the first place?
Discover what we need most to persevere in the unknown. After all, most of us are starting this year out with a lot of uncertainty.
Although the commercial trappings of the holiday may be the focus and extravagant, celebrating love is not a new idea. Jesus instructed us to “…Love one another…” (John 13:34) It’s an imperative that is the canopy for the fifty-nine “one anothers” in the New Testament.
Each age group and generation brings a different perspective and gift to the local church, and that should be celebrated. Equality of age is a beautiful picture of the church and shows a necessary aspect that is needed to be a healthy and growing church.
When we release our judgments, the peace of God replaces those Ladder Lies, and the hierarchical ways of the world fade as our hearts are ruled by peace. We will then be “filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19).
Our worldview impacts our sense of meaning and purpose in life. This is the crux of the book of Ecclesiastes. When our worldview is earthbound and based on human nature, it’s easy to develop a cynical or pessimistic worldview. However, if we believe God is the Creator and Lord of all, we are more likely to see an order and purpose to our life that rises above the cynical and pessimistic view so often presented by those who don’t believe or trust in God.
What in my life would stop me from coming to Christ? What am I placing above Him that is hindering me from fully, and uncontrollably running after God? And what do I need to let go to devote everything in me to Him?
How do I explain my relationship with God to others, namely unbelievers? Isaiah 6:9 can help us find some answers.
1 Peter 5 includes many instructions for us to follow, making it easy for us to think these verses are all about us. Let’s take another look at this familiar passage to see what we can learn about the character of God.
Our life is a race and we want to be victorious in it. What can we learn from the runner that would help us in our walk?
This Christmas is so much different – a Christmas upside down. The world seems out of control with a global pandemic erasing our normal, sending waves of uncertainty, chaos, and fear. Maybe you are tempted to feel abandoned by God in such a time as this.
At this time of year, people frequently ask each other, “Are you ready for Christmas?” Of course they are referring to all the practical things that need to be done, but is there more than one kind of readiness?
But what was so special about the shepherds that the angel appeared to? And why Bethlehem? Why not Jerusalem, which was also is referred to as “David’s city?” It was in and around Bethlehem that the lambs were raised that were sacrificed in the Temple at Passover
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