In a time of great stress and contention all around us, hear is some great encouragement from my good blogging friend, Kathy. Also, some great art work by her husband Paul.
The world is changing every day and we just string along?
We follow like a herd of sheep who can’t tell right from wrong,
We listen to the experts, believing every word,
We think they know what’s best for us, but still our thoughts are blurred,
The well known politicians do naught but rant and rave,
But they’re no better than us, their words will never save,
A struggling population from an eternal grave,
We listen to the media, we listen to our boss.
We follow their direction, but still we will get lost,
We trust that all will tell the truth, our faith will quickly fade,
There will be broken promises, and none can make the grade,
Where do we turn when all seems lost, when things just don’t make sense,
There’s only One we can believe to give full…
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After a bit of an absence, here we have another great post here from Karina’s Thought. Blessings and enjoy!
Hello my dear readers! I am happy could come back to the blog with my own post and I am grateful to God in the middle of my busyness this evening I could write something to share.
A few days ago one of my business friends invited me to visit her new house. She built a new big and luxury house that surrounded by thick and high wall. I felt a bit weirdness when saw the house from the outside; the house looks more like a fortress. My husband jokingly said, “Maybe this wall could only be destroyed by missiles. Or we must march around for seven days like Jericho wall”
I smiled but suddenly remembered about the story of Jericho wall (Joshua 6:1-27). As we all know the Jericho wall destructed by the irrational and unique ways. After spending forty difficult years wandering in the desert of Sinai, they came to the eastern banks of the Jordan to take the Promise Land and they were facing first obstacle. The City of Jericho! Jericho city was surrounded by virtually impregnable thick massive stone. But Jericho wall was successfully destructed (seemingly) by a foolish strategy. This was a strategy that given by God to Joshua: All men of war and seven priests that bear seven trumpets of rams before the ark must around the city once a day for six days. On the seventh day they shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. When the sound of trumpets sounded they must shout with a great shout and the wall will fall down flat. (Joshua 6:3-5) Like most war stories, normally a giant fortress could be destructed only by enormous military force with all its weapons. But in fact, Jericho wall destructed not by military strategy and force but by beyond the logic supernatural power…..Read the rest of the post here: Break The Wall
As always, great stuff here from Elihu at Elihu’s Corner. Blessings and enjoy!
Last week, I shared with you why I ditched my Bible reading plan, and relayed my current plan for trekking through the book of Romans.
In the past week and a half, I have read through Romans three times. I’ve read and reread various chapters, trying to grasp the bigger picture of the letter. I thought, perhaps, that if I focused solely on Romans, I would draw more from the text.
Sadly, I STILL found myself continuing to tune out, fighting to keep my mind on the task at hand.
Granted… My mind has been engaged in a fierce battle with depression, among other things. October is a challenging month for me. Three years ago yesterday, my spouse endured a traumatic event that turned our lives upside down. In truth, near-death experiences are traumatic for both spouses. We both suffer from a degree of PTSD, (my spouse, of course, suffers from it on a far greater level than I). While we both try not to dwell on this past event, on some intangible plane, we find ourselves more restless during the month of October…….Read the rest of the post here: Why Study the Bible?
By Edward Jeffries at the Overcoming The Times Blog
As you and I read various news articles from around the Christian community, it is hard not to notice that many churches and denominations appear to be stepping away from “controversial” biblical teachings in favor of a world view version of the bible. I believe this means that tough subjects such as homosexuality, abortion, adultery, same sex marriage, and going to hell for not acknowledging Jesus as Lord and Savior, are no longer being discussed, let alone preached about in churches.
Moral relativism and congregational entertainment seem to be all the rage. Are we in the period prophesied in the Bible as the “great falling away” of the church; the age of the church apostasy?…..Read the rest of the post here: The Falling Away of the Church
Are we spiritually lethargic? Some great thoughts here from Cheryl Z and Inspirational Christian Blogs. Blessings and enjoy!
A lack of energy and enthusiasm considered lethargy. It is a state of being in which one is drowsy. Some would describe a lethargic person as lazy or slothful. The lack of enthusiasm to pursue spiritual matters is a symptom of spiritual lethargy and the cause of spiritual immaturity and stunted growth.
Lethargy is an attitude and a dangerous one at that. The Bible warns the devil is a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. If we are drowsy, we are not alert. Those with a spiritually lethargic attitude will either miss the devil’s approach altogether or discern it but lace the energy or desire to thwart it.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV)
The author of Hebrews exhorts believers to be sober and vigilant. Vigilance calls for hawk-eyed watchfulness and attentiveness. If we have our spiritual eyes closed, sleeping on the watch, it is likely the roaring lion will succeed in devouring us, or at the very least acquire a nibble or two.
“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now, our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.” Hebrews 13:11 (NKJV)
The book of Hebrews was written to a church struggling with spiritual lethargy. Apparently, they had settled into a deliberate state of spiritual infancy. Having received the gospel of faith, they opted to maintain a diet of spiritual milk and forgo the benefits of solid food. Healthy children do not consume a liquid only diet their entire lifetime. No, instead they move on to the pleasures and blessings found within foods that are more substantial……..Read the rest of the post here: Spiritually Lethargic
Another great Bible verse collection from Heather at Room to Breathe. Blessings and enjoy!
- Psalm 37:16 ESV
Better is the little that the righteous has
than the abundance of many wicked.
- Proverbs 15:16 ESV
Better is a little with the fear of the Lord
than great treasure and trouble with it.
- Isaiah 11:6 ESV
The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
and a little child shall lead them.
- Isaiah 40:29 ESV
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
- Zechariah 4:10a ESV
For whoever has despised the day of small things shall rejoice, and shall see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.
- Micah 5:2 ESV
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.….Read the rest of the post here: Bible Verses for When you are Feeling Small #AnywhereFaith
A good lesson from the Overcomingthetimes Blog. Blessings and enjoy!
II Corinthians 4:7
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
Just as apostle Paul was concerned and wrote to the church in Corinth, I am concerned for the spiritual wellbeing of our children, families, and our society on a whole today.
Paul writes, II Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
As Paul challenged the believers, I challenge you the believers to never let the gospel be hidden in our lives, but to let it shine for all to see.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
The New Testament speaks of salvation, in the past tense (Ephesians 2:8), the present tense II Corinthians 2:15), and the future tense (I Corinthians 13:11). In the past, the believer has been saved from the penalty of sin. In the present, the believer is being saved from the power of sin. In the future, the believer will be saved from the presence of sin.
Read the rest of the post here: The Heavenly Treasure In Earthen Vessels
Great verses here from Heather C. King at Room to Breathe. Blessings and enjoy!
- Psalm 118:8 ESV
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in man.
- Proverbs 29:25 ESV
The fear of man lays a snare,
but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.
- John 12:42-43 ESV
Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.
- Romans 8:31 ESV
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
- Galatians 1:10 ESV
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Read the rest of the post here: Bible Verses to help people-pleasers break free