The Christian faith isn't about being "good" and trying not to do anything "wrong." #Jesus wasn't just a good man Christians should strive to emulate. If I believe the eye witnesses, He was God himself, in the flesh. He came to restore my relationship with Him - a relationship severed by my rejection and … Continue reading #GoodNews – the Christian faith isn’t about being “good.”
It was Sunday afternoon. I was in "my" room. The living room. Looking out the window that spans nearly an entire wall, hypnotically watching a baby squirrel chowing down on the suet in the birdfeeder. I call it "my" room because it's lined with a 12 foot wide by 7 foot high wall of 12x12 … Continue reading and I know things now, many valuable things, that I hadn’t known before.
the quote: “...faith isn't the absence of doubt. It's believing and acting alongside your doubts... ...faith wouldn't even exist if doubt were not also present, because the essence of faith was the leap taken in the face of uncertainty. Faith wasn't a set of beliefs, or an ability to hold onto those beliefs without wavering. … Continue reading #IreadthereforeIquote: Jason Boyett ~ faith isn’t the absence of doubt.
the quote: “I don’t know that Lucifer’s sin was rebellion in the full sense of the word. He did not seek to replace God or overthrow God. He simply sought to act independent of God… the root sin of all sins is this desire to act independent of God.” (emphasis added) from True Freedom: What … Continue reading #IreadthereforeIquote: Steve Fry ~ the desire to act independent of God
the quote: “That when he had failed in his duty, he only confessed his fault, saying to GOD, I shall never do otherwise, if You leave me to myself; it is You who must hinder my falling, and mend what is amiss. That after this, he gave himself no further uneasiness about it. from The … Continue reading #IreadthereforeIquote: Brother Lawrence ~ on forgetting God
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.
I literally laughed out loud when I read this. How have I never seen it before? 24 At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.” of course, the pragmatic in me compels me to follow up with the next verse... 25 … Continue reading my life verse?
#memoryverse "By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit." 1 John 4:13 (ESV) I used to think the word "abide" referred to that part of prayer where I was supposed to shut up and listen. Like God and I were taking turns … Continue reading #memoryverse 1 John 4:13 ~ “abiding” in Christ. part 1 of…howevermany.
#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.