In recent days we've witnessed the outpouring of grief and personal memories that were triggered with the untimely passing of one of our great actor/comedians in Robin Williams. Th ...
For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing... Read more »
Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations–“Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,” which all concern things which perish with the using–according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed... Read more »
“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever–the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17 Healing comes from deep spiritual attention to the... Read more »
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15 Transitioning from the slavery of ‘have to’ performance to the freedom of ‘get to’ takes time, the encouragement of others, believing and applying the truth of God’s Word as well as the... Read more »
The LORD upholds all who fall, And raises up all [who are] bowed down. The eyes of all look expectantly to You, And You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing. Psalm 145:14-16 When our lives become dependent on pleasing others to establish our value, we gain a... Read more »
Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for [what is] not bread, And your wages for [what] does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat [what is] good, And let your soul delight... Read more »
For innumerable evils have surrounded me; My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up; They are more than the hairs of my head; Therefore my heart fails me. Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me; O LORD, make haste to help me! Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion Who seek to destroy my... Read more »
For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7 Because of the performance mentality that has engulfed our culture and is embraced by many, it is tough to distinguish from our true identity and how we behave. Our real identity is not based on performance or what others think about us but in who God says... Read more »
From my reflection this week, I learned… About God: That He is sovereign, being in control of all the events that surround my life working all things together for good, to those who are called according to His purpose About myself: That apart from Him I am wicked and depraved in need of His forgiveness. I know that I am... Read more »
For my grace (unmerited favor) you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 Are you trusting in yourself or God to save you from death and its consequences of Hell? On a scale of 0-100%, how sure are you... Read more »
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