#memoryverse "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men" Colossians 3:23 (NIV) thoughts: The first word that jumps into my head when I read this verse is: competence. I'm not sure when I first figured out that - as someone who professes faith in Christ … Continue reading #memoryverse: Colossians 3:23 ~ as working for the Lord, not for men
the quote: “One bold message in the Book of Job is that you can say anything to God. Throw at him your grief, your anger, your doubt, your bitterness, your betrayal, your disappointment He can absorb them all. As often as not, spiritual giants of the Bible are shown contending with God. They prefer to … Continue reading #IreadthereforeIquote: Philip Yancey ~ We can say anything to God.
#memoryverse "[...this is the Word of the Lord...] 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty" Zechariah 4:6b The other day, I listened as someone told my daughter that she needed to find and rely on her "inner strength." Inner strength. What exactly does that mean? Determination? Confidence? A … Continue reading #memoryverse Zechariah 4:6 ~ the source of inner strength
#memoryverse "[...this is the Word of the Lord...] 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty" Zechariah 4:6b Have you ever been in a situation where the harder you try, the farther away from your goal you seem to get? No matter how focused and determined you are, no … Continue reading #memoryverse Zechariah 4:6 ~ seek, listen, be a witness, plant seeds, pray, trust and wait.
When PinkGirl and I go to Disney, we often pray and look for opportunities to "speak life" to the people God places in our path. I wish I could say "always" instead of "often" but I can't. Sometimes we forget. Sometimes we are obliviously self-involved. But not today. I posted this on facebook last night: … Continue reading speak life.
In my previous blog post, practice God’s presence. forget. remember. repent. (repeat, ad infinitum), I talked about practicing the presence of God by pretending Jesus was physically present with me everywhere I went. I confessed that, despite my sincere intentions to be aware of God's presence with me throughout my days and my moments, I … Continue reading “Not by Might. Not by Power. But by My Spirit” says the Lord
In The Risk of Discipleship Practices, the second post in this blog series on the difference Between "a Good Christian Life" and Abundant Life in Christ, I talked about Brother Lawrence, a 17th century monk, and how he practiced the presence of God, no matter where he went or what he was doing. I decided … Continue reading practice God’s presence. forget. remember. repent. (repeat, ad infinitum)
In The Fallacy of a 'Good Christian Life' (the previous post in this series) I concluded with the statement: "All in all, I spent over 40 years striving to live a good Christian life. Some of that time was before I became a Christian. Sadly, some of that time was after I became a Christian." … Continue reading The Risk of Discipleship Practices.
This morning, I followed a link in my facebook news feed to an article about a family who was praying for a loved one fighting cancer. It wasn't the article that hit me. It was the comments. Comment. After comment. After comment. After comment. Strongly, condescendingly and sarcastically deriding prayer. And people who pray. The … Continue reading Happy atheists don’t care if Christians pray. They just don’t.