December 31, 2012

Keep Christ In Xmas

I keep seeing all these "Keep Christ in Christmas" ideas all over the web and in real life. Here's a little tip for those who are not familiar with the Greek language: Christ in Greek is Χριστός - See the X ??? Yep, people who write Xmas are keeping Christ in Christmas, too. So please let's not have a conniption when people say: Merry Xmas!!! Got it? Good! :) #justsayin

He gently clears the way

Through waves, and clouds, and storms
He gently clears the way.

Jesus led me all the way

This my song through endless ages,
Jesus led me all the way.

All Your Journey Through

The Lord who "thus far" has helped you
Will help you all your journey through.

Thus far has the LORD helped us

Thus far has the LORD helped us. (1 Samuel 7:12)

December 28, 2012

December 24, 2012

Matthew 1: 23

“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.” ~Matthew 1:23

December 23, 2012

Isaiah 9: 6

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ~Isaiah 9:6

December 20, 2012

What does the bible say about Love?

Love is patient and kind, Love is not jealous or boastful, it is not arrogant or rude, Love does not insist on its own way. ~The Bible

I Am Not Alone

I am not alone, for my Father is with me. (John 16:32)

December 19, 2012

Jesus Is Not a Pharisee

God desires to heal His people from past hurts caused by rejection. He wants you to know He will never reject you. He says in Matthew 11:28, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (NKJV). This is referring to those who are laboring at trying to be perfect and then beating themselves down with guilty feelings when they fail.

Jesus was talking to the people who were trying to live under the laws of the Pharisees. It takes a lot to please a Pharisee, and they're still around today. I'm sure you know one, someone who conveys to you the message, "I'll accept you if you perform perfectly and please me. I'll reject you and withhold my love if you don't."

Jesus isn't a Pharisee. He says in John 3:18 that he who believes in Him will never be rejected. Believe in Him, love Him, cling to Him, rely on Him and trust Him. Then you can truly enter in to the joy of the abundant life He offers you.

Prayer Starter: God, thank You for loving me and always accepting me. I believe in You, love You, trust You and rely on You with all that is within me.

H/T: Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life - a Daily Devotional on YouVersion Bible App

December 18, 2012

More Than Conquerors

In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8:37)

December 15, 2012

Pray for Connecticut


Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief. ~Psalm 31:9 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. ~Psalm 32:7 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. ~Psalm 34:18 May your unfailing love be my comfort ~Psalm 119:76 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. ~Psalm 147:3 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted ~Matthew 5:9 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. ~Romans 8:26 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~Romans 8:38-39 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. ~Revelation 21:4

Trust In Him

Trust in him. (Psalm 37:5)

December 7, 2012

Neither Wind Nor Rain

You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. This is an easy thing in the eyes of the LORD; he will also hand Moab over to you. (2 Kings 3:17-18)

December 5, 2012

December 4, 2012

Jeremiah 10: 6


In celebration of the One who is everything!

Have a Wonderful Christmas and a Blessed New Year 

There is none like unto Thee, O Lord; Thou art great, and Thy name is great in might. ~Jeremiah 10:6 KJV

December 3, 2012

Matthew 7: 6


Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

December 2, 2012

Hebrews 2: 10

In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.

December 1, 2012

Proverbs 26: 11

As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.
~Proverbs 26:11

1 Corinthians 15: 57

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Joshua 21: 44

The LORD gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their forefathers. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the LORD handed all their enemies over to them.

Hebrews 4: 9

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;

November 29, 2012

Matthew 7: 15-16

A Tree and Its Fruit

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?

Songs of Joy

Where morning dawns and evening fades you call forth songs of joy. (Psalm 65:8)

November 25, 2012

Matthew 6: 25-34

Do Not Worry

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

November 10, 2012

George Mueller Quote

Remember, the very time for faith to work is when our sight begins to fail. And the greater the difficulties, the easier it is for faith to work, for as long as we can see certain natural solutions to our problems, we will not have faith. Faith never works as easily as when our natural prospects fail. ~George Mueller

Inspiration from C. H. Von Bogatzky

Abraham's faith seemed to be in complete agreement with the power and constant faithfulness of Jehovah. By looking at the outer circumstances in which he was placed, he had no reason to expect the fulfillment of God's promise. Yet he believed the Word of the Lord and looked forward to the time when his descendants would be "as numerous as the stars in the sky" (Gen. 26:4)

Dear soul, you have not been given only one promise, like Abraham, but a thousand promises. And you have been given the example of many faithful believers as a pattern for your life. Therefore it is simply to your advantage to rely with confidence upon the Word of God. And although He may delay in sending His help, and the evil you are experiencing may seem to become worse and worse, do not be weak. Instead, be strong and rejoice, for God usually steps forward to save us when we least expect it, fulfilling His most glorious promises in a miraculous way.

He generally waits to send His help until the time of our greatest need, so that His hand will be plainly seen in our deliverance. He chooses this method so we will not trust anything that we may see or feel, as we are so prone to do, but will place our trust solely on His Word~which we may always depend upon, no matter our circumstance. ~C. H. Von Bogatzky

H/T: Streams In the Desert

Abraham In Hope Believed

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed. (Romans 4:18)

November 9, 2012

Bad Company Corrupts

1 Corinthians 15:33
New International Version (NIV)
33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.

God Has Promised

Are you in danger of being crushed by a heavy and difficult trial? Then seek communion with Christ and you will receive strength and the power to be victorious, for God has promised, "I will strengthen you" (Isa. 41:10)

November 5, 2012

Two Kinds of Wisdom: Part 2

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. ~James 3:17-18

Two Kinds of Wisdom: Part 1


Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. ~James 3:13-16

Is anything too hard for the LORD?

Is anything too hard for the LORD? (Genesis 18:14)

November 4, 2012

VOTE Biblical Values


On November 6, the day before my 94th birthday, our nation will hold one of the most critical elections in my lifetime. We are at a crossroads, and there are profound moral issues at stake. I strongly urge you to vote for candidates who support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman, protect the sanctity of life, and defend our religious freedoms. The Bible speaks clearly on these crucial issues. Please join me in praying for America, that we will turn our hearts toward God. ~Billy Graham

November 2, 2012

October 31, 2012

The Spirit Helps Us

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. (Romans 8:26-27)

October 29, 2012

Knowledge

The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. ~1 Corinthians 8:2

Counterfeit Facts

We need to be very selective about our sources and even then to be very careful about accepting counterfeit "facts" for the real thing.

October 28, 2012

God Made Us Alive

Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions...And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-6)

October 27, 2012

October 24, 2012

You are Valuable, Loved and Accepted

What others say about you is not nearly as important as what God says. He says you're valuable, loved and accepted! ~Joyce Meyer

His Work

The sharper the Craftsman's knives, the finer and more beautiful His work.

New and Sharp

I will make you into a threshing sledge, new and sharp.
(Isaiah 41:15)

October 20, 2012

We also rejoice in our sufferings

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. ~Romans 5:3-5

Believe in the Lord Jesus

Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved (Acts 16:31)

The Good News

The Good News of the gospel is that Jesus has already done everything necessary for our salvation. We can’t earn it even if we try. We are saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ.

The Peace of God

The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

October 13, 2012

Search Your Heart

Search your heart several times a day, and if you find something that is disturbing your peace, remember to take the proper steps to restore the calm. ~Francis de Sales

Do not be anxious about anything

Do not be anxious about anything. (Philippians 4:6)

October 8, 2012

Quite a few Christians live in a terrible state of anxiety, constantly fretting

Do not be anxious about anything. (Philippians 4:6)

Quite a few Christians live in a terrible state of anxiety, constantly fretting over the concerns of life. The secret of living in perfect peace amid the hectic pace of daily life is one well worth knowing. What good has worrying ever accomplished? It has never made anyone stronger, helped anyone do God's will, or provided for anyone a way of escape out of their anxiety or confusion. Worry only destroys the effectiveness of lives that would otherwise be useful and beautiful. Being restless and having worries and cares are absolutely forbidden by our Lord, who said, "So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'" (Matt. 6:31). He does not mean that we are not to think ahead or that our life should never have a plan or pattern to it. He simply means that we are not to worry about these things.

People will know that you live in constant state of anxiety by the lines on your face, the tone of your voice, your negative attitude, and the lack of joy in your spirit. So scale the heights of a life abandoned to God, and your perspective will change to the point that you will look down on the clouds beneath your feet. ~Darlow Sargeant

It is a sign of weakness to always worry and fret, question everything, and mistrust everyone. Can anything be gained by it? Don't we only make ourselves unfit for action, and separate our minds from the ability to make wise decisions? We simply sink in our struggles when we could float by faith.

Oh, for the grace to be silent! Oh, to "be still, and know that [Jehovah is] God" (Ps. 46:10)! "The Holy One of Israel" (Ps. 89:18) will defend and deliver His own. We can be sure that His every word will stand forever, even though the mountains may fall into the sea. He deserves our total confidence. So come, my soul, return to your place of peace, and rest within the sweet embrace of the Lord Jesus. selected

Peace your inmost soul will fill
     When you're still!

H/T: Streams in the Desert

October 6, 2012

Hebrews 12: 3

Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

1 Peter 2: 23

When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

2 Samuel 16: 11-12

David then said to Abishai and all his officials, “My son, who is of my own flesh, is trying to take my life. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the LORD has told him to. It may be that the LORD will see my distress and repay me with good for the cursing I am receiving today.”

Isaiah 53: 7

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

October 1, 2012

James 1: 17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

September 23, 2012

Streams of Living Water

Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him. ~John 7:38

September 21, 2012

Surpassing Greatness

I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. ~Philippians 3:8

September 10, 2012

Courage is Contagious

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened. ~Billy Graham

September 8, 2012

We are more than conquerors

In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Rom. 8:37).

Why didn't God help me sooner?

Why didn't God help me sooner? This is a question that is often asked, but it is not His will to act on your schedule. He desires to change you through the trouble and cause you to learn a lesson from it. He has promised, "I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him" (Ps. 91:15). He will be with you in trouble all day and through the night. Afterward he will take you out of it, but not until you have stopped being restless and worried over it and have become calm and quiet. Then He will say, "It is enough."

God uses trouble to teach His children precious lessons. Difficulties are intended to educate us, and when their good work is done, a glorious reward will become ours through them. There is a sweet joy and a real value in difficulties, for He regards them not as difficulties but as opportunities.

~Selected

Our Refuge and Strength

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)

God Knows Your Heart ♥


No matter what anyone thinks of you, God knows your heart and that's all that really matters ♥

Blessed are all who wait for him!

Blessed are all who wait for him! (Isaiah 30:18)

September 6, 2012

He who gives to the poor

He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses. ~Proverbs 28:27

This is the day

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. ~Psalm 118:24

August 31, 2012

It's that time of the week again


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John 20: 29

Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.
~John 20:29

August 30, 2012

Fair-Weather Faith

Remember, our faith is always at its greatest point when we are in the middle of the trial, and confidence in the flesh will never endure testing. Fair-weather faith is not faith at all. ~Charles H. Spurgeon

August 28, 2012

All This Time

Ethical Subjectivism

But what about ethical subjectivism? What kind of hero best exemplifies the ideal of believing that individual human beings define right and wrong? The heroes of ethical subjectivism go far beyond slackers, egocentrics, and individualists. Lived consistently, ethical subjectivism produces moral monsters, people who see no need to care about others, people who are unchecked and unaccountable to anything but personal fiat. As Beckwith and Koukl point out, "The quintessential relativist is a sociopath, one with no conscience." ~Doug Powell

Weather the Storm

It is better to weather the storm with Christ than to sail smooth waters without Him. ~J.R. Macduff

August 26, 2012

Prudent vs Simpleton

A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
~Proverbs 22:3

Which one are you?

August 25, 2012

Morals

Morals are not descriptions of the way things are. Morals are prescriptions of the way things ought to be. Just because things are a certain way does not mean they should be that way. When Popeye says, "I am what I am" he is making a statement of fact, not a moral claim. If he said, "I ought to be what I am," he would be making a moral claim.

August 24, 2012

Great Benefit Fundraiser!!!


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Truth is Light

Truth is light, and the Bible says that the darkness has never overpowered the light, and it never will. ~Joyce Meyer

STOP Making Excuses

Something in your past~a person, event or circumstance that hurt you~may be the source of your wrong attitude and behavior, but don't allow it to become an excuse to stay that way. ~Joyce Meyer

August 23, 2012

Impatience: Sign of Pride

Impatience is a sign of pride and the only answer to pride is humility. ~Joyce Meyer

Importance of Patience and Endurance


For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised. ~Hebrews 10:36 AMP

This Scripture tells us that without patience and endurance we will not receive the promises of God. And Hebrews 6:12 (KJV) tells us that it is only through faith and patience that we inherit the promises.

The proud man runs in the strength of his own flesh and tries to make things happen in his own timing. Pride says, "I'm ready now!"

Humility says, "God knows best, and He will not be late!"

A humble man waits patiently; he actually has a "reverential fear" of moving in the strength of his own flesh. But a proud man tries one thing after another, all to no avail.

~Joyce Meyer
Battlefield of the Mind

Impatience is the Fruit of Pride

Impatience is the fruit of pride. A proud person cannot seem to wait for anything with the proper attitude. Patience is not the ability to wait, it is the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting. We need to learn to enjoy where we are while we are on our way to where we are going! ~Joyce Meyer (She BLOWS My Mind!)

How does each part know?

The world is too complicated in all its parts and interconnections to be due to chance alone. I am convinced that the existence of life with all its order in each of its organisms is simply too well put together. Each part of a living thing depends on all its other parts to function. How does each part know? How is each part specified at conception? The more one learns of biochemistry the more unbelievable it becomes unless there is some type of organizing principle~an architect for believers. ~Allan Sandage

Streams in the Desert

Restore our fortunes, LORD, as streams renew the desert. Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest. ~Psalm 126:4-6 NLT ♥

No Matter Your Circumstance

It is true that God helps those who help themselves, but He also helps those who are helpless. So no matter your circumstance, you can depend on Him every time. Waiting on God brings us to the end of our journey much faster than our feet. Many an opportunity is lost while we deliberate after He has said, "Move!" ~Streams in the Desert

August 21, 2012

Don't Fret or Worry

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

Philippians 4:6

Don't Grumble, Find Fault or Complain

14 Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [against God] and questioning and doubting [among yourselves],

15 That you may show yourselves to be blameless and guileless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish (faultless, unrebukable) in the midst of a crooked and wicked generation [spiritually perverted and perverse], among whom you are seen as bright lights (stars or beacons shining out clearly) in the [dark] world,

Philippians 2:14,15

The Danger of Complaining

We should not tempt the Lord [try His patience, become a trial to Him, critically appraise Him, and exploit His goodness] as some of them did—and were killed by poisonous serpents;

10 Nor discontentedly complain as some of them did—and were put out of the way entirely by the destroyer (death).

11 Now these things befell them by way of a figure [as an example and warning to us]; they were written to admonish and fit us for right action by good instruction, we in whose days the ages have reached their climax (their consummation and concluding period).

1 Corinthians 10:9-11

The Patience Suffering of Joseph

17 He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold as a servant.

18 His feet they hurt with fetters; he was laid in chains of iron and his soul entered into the iron,

19 Until his word [to his cruel brothers] came true, until the word of the Lord tried and tested him.

Psalm 105:17-19

(See Genesis, Chapters 39-50)

Humility, Meekness and Patience

I therefore, the prisoner for the Lord, appeal to and beg you to walk (lead a life) worthy of the [divine] calling to which you have been called [with behavior that is a credit to the summons to God’s service,

2 Living as becomes you] with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another.

Ephesians 4:1,2

Jesus As Our Example

21 For even to this were you called [it is inseparable from your vocation]. For Christ also suffered for you, leaving you [His personal] example, so that you should follow in His footsteps.

22 He was guilty of no sin, neither was deceit (guile) ever found on His lips.

23 When He was reviled and insulted, He did not revile or offer insult in return; [when] He was abused and suffered, He made no threats [of vengeance]; but he trusted [Himself and everything] to Him Who judges fairly.

1 Peter 2:21-23

The thing that pleases Him is our patient attitude-not our suffering

19 For one is regarded favorably (is approved, acceptable, and thankworthy) if, as in the sight of God, he endures the pain of unjust suffering.

20 [After all] what kind of glory [is there in it] if, when you do wrong and are punished for it, you take it patiently? But if you bear patiently with suffering [which results] when you do right and that is undeserved, it is acceptable and pleasing to God.

1 Peter 2:19,20 (AMP)

Notice the word "patiently" being used in this passage, which says that if someone treats us wrong and we handle it patiently, it is pleasing to God. The thing that pleases Him is our patient attitude~not our suffering. To encourage us in our suffering, we are exhorted to look at how Jesus handled the unjust attacks made on Him.

~Joyce Meyer

August 19, 2012

We walk by Faith and not by Sight

Does Sorrow lay his hand upon your shoulder,
And walk with you in silence on life's way,
While Joy, your bright companion once, grown colder,
Becomes to you more distant day by day?
Run not from the companionship of Sorrow,
He is the messenger of God to thee;
And you will thank Him in His great tomorrow~
For what you do not know now, you then will see;
He is God's angel, clothed in veils of night,
With whom "we walk by faith" and "not by sight"
[2 Cor. 5:7 KJV].

August 11, 2012

Be not overcome of evil

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. ~Romans

I will be joyful in God my Savior

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

Habakkuk 3:17-18

August 10, 2012

Do not be afraid of being free thinkers!

Do not be afraid of being free thinkers! If you think strongly enough you will be forced by science to the belief in God, which is the foundation of all religion. You will find science not antagonistic but helpful to religion. ~Sir William Thompson, a.k.a. Lord Kelvin

The Ultimate Apologetic

When people see this~our love for one another and our unity through love~then they will in turn be drawn by this to Christ and will respond to the gospel's offer of salvation. More often than not, it is what you are rather than what you say that will bring an unbeliever to Christ.

This, then, is the ultimate apologetic. For the ultimate apologetic is: your life.

~William Lane Craig

When C.S. Lewis knew he believed

I have just passed on from believing in God to definitely believing in Christ-in Christianity....My long night talk with Dyson and Tolkien had a good deal to do with it. ~C.S. Lewis

Apologetic One-Upmanship

The Christian worldview is not proven in one or two strokes, but is rather verified by appealing to a wide and compelling variety of converging arguments.

Christianity is shown to be the best explanation for origin and nature of the universe as well as the human condition and the facts of history.

Moreover, Christians must be pastoral in their apologetic practices.

We must care deeply for the lost, not simply desire to defeat their arguments.

The stakes are too high for apologetic one-upmanship.

~Douglas Groothius

Understanding God

If these people understood who God really is, his wrath and his love, what he demands and what he offers, they would (or should) break down the doors to worship him. ~John M. Frame

Miracles

Miracles are "a less common kind of God's activity in which he arouses people's awe and wonder and bears witness to Himself." ~Wayne Grudem

All Religions

Anyone who claims that all religions are the same betrays not only an ignorance of all religions but also a caricatured view of even the best-known ones. ~Ravi Zacharias

Science is Watching God Work

... For science is indeed "watching God work." ~Merritt Stanley Congdon

August 8, 2012

Be God-minded

You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.

Isaiah 26:3

Use Your Weapons

For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,

[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),

2 Corinthians 10:4,5

Seek God's Wisdom, Knowledge and Leadership

Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; let Your good Spirit lead me into a level country and into the land of uprightness.

Psalm 143:10

Pray for Deliverance

Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies; I flee to You to hide me.

Psalm 143:9

Listen to the Lord

Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, for on You do I lean and in You do I trust. Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk, for I lift up my inner self to You.

Psalm 143:8

Ask for God's Help

Answer me speedily, O Lord, for my spirit fails; hide not Your face from me, lest I become like those who go down into the pit (the grave).

Psalm 143:7

Praise the Lord in the Problem

I spread forth my hands to You; my soul thirsts after You like a thirsty land [for water]. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Psalm 143:6

Remember the Good Times

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your doings; I ponder the work of Your hands.

Psalm 143:5

Depression Steals Life and Light

Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed and faints within me [wrapped in gloom]; my heart within my bosom grows numb.

Psalm 143:4

Identify the Cause of the Problem

For the enemy has pursued and persecuted my soul, he has crushed my life down to the ground; he has made me to dwell in dark places as those who have been long dead.

Psalm 143:3

August 7, 2012

Overcoming Depression

Psalm 143:3-10 give a description of depression and how to overcome it.

3 For the enemy has pursued and persecuted my soul, he has crushed my life down to the ground; he has made me to dwell in dark places as those who have been long dead.

4 Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed and faints within me [wrapped in gloom]; my heart within my bosom grows numb.

5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your doings; I ponder the work of Your hands.

6 I spread forth my hands to You; my soul thirsts after You like a thirsty land [for water]. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

7 Answer me speedily, O Lord, for my spirit fails; hide not Your face from me, lest I become like those who go down into the pit (the grave).

8 Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, for on You do I lean and in You do I trust. Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk, for I lift up my inner self to You. 9 Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies; I flee to You to hide me.

10 Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; let Your good Spirit lead me into a level country and into the land of uprightness.

H/T: Bible Gateway

Romans 8:6

Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever]. ~Romans 8:6

Romans 8:6

The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; ~Romans 8:6

A New Heart and Spirit

A new heart will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall heed My ordinances and do them. ~Ezekiel 36:26-27

The Mind of Christ

“For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?”
But we have the mind of Christ. ~1 Corinthians 2:16

August 6, 2012

My words will never pass away

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. ~Jesus {Luke 21:33}

All men will hate you because of me

All men will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. By standing firm you will gain life. ~Jesus {Luke 21:17-19}

My words will never pass away

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. ~Jesus {Matthew 24:35}

He who stands firm will be saved

At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. ~Jesus {Matthew 24:10-13}

Heaven and earth will pass away

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. ~Jesus {Mark 13:31}

He who stands firm will be saved

All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. ~Jesus {Mark 13:13}

August 5, 2012

Two Huge Lies

Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone's lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don't have to compromise convictions to be compassionate. ~Rick Warren

People go to jail for reading the bible


August 4, 2012

Hold onto your dreams and trust God

God places dreams and visions in the hearts of His people; they begin as little "seeds." Just as a woman has a seed planted into her womb when she becomes pregnant, so we become "pregnant," so to speak, with the things God speaks and promises. During the "pregnancy," Satan works hard to try and get us to "abort" our dreams. One of the tools he uses is doubt; another is unbelief. Both of these work against the mind. ~Joyce Meyer

1 Corinthians 1:27

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

Proverbs 16:22

Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools.

Proverbs 16:20

Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.

Proverbs 16:19

Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.

Proverbs 16:18

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

Psalm 34:14

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Matthew 7:14

But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

1 Corinthians 1:27

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things–and the things that are not–to nullify the things that are,

1 Corinthians 2:14

1 Corinthians 2:14

The natural person has no room for the gifts of God's Spirit; to him they are folly; he cannot recognise them, because their value can be assessed only in the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:14

1 Corinthians 2:14

But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.

1 Corinthians 2:14

1 Corinthians 2:14

The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1 Corinthians 2:14

1 Corinthians 2:14

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Mark 12:28-34

Mark 12:28-34

One of the scribes who had listened to them debating appreciated that Jesus had given a good answer and put a further question to him, 'Which is the first of all the commandments?' Jesus replied, 'This is the first: Listen, Israel, the Lord our God is the one, only Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: You must love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.' The scribe said to him, 'Well spoken, Master; what you have said is true, that he is one and there is no other. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and strength, and to love your neighbour as yourself, this is far more important than any burnt offering or sacrifice.' Jesus, seeing how wisely he had spoken, said, 'You are not far from the kingdom of God.' And after that no one dared to question him any more.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust wholeheartedly in Yahweh, put no faith in your own perception; acknowledge him in every course you take, and he will see that your paths are smooth.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Love... Your... Neighbor!!!!!

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself. Love. Your. Neighbor. As. Yourself. There is no commandment greater than these. Love Your Neighbor. Love Your Neighbor. Love Your Neighbor. Love. Your. Neighbor. Love... Your... Neighbor!!!!!

Mark 12:28-34

Mark 12:28-34

And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?

And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:

And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

The Greatest Commandment

The Greatest Commandment
Mark 12:28-34

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

“Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.

Psalm 139:13-16

Psalm 139:13-16

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

Colossians 1:13-14

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. ~Colossians 1:13-14

Psalm 32:1

Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. ~Psalm 32:1

Jeremiah 1:5

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. ~Jeremiah 1:5

1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. ~1 Peter 5:7

The High Priest of a New Covenant

The High Priest of a New Covenant

Hebrews Chapter 8

Psalm 51

Psalm 51...Look it up....It's Awesome! :)

Romans 8:1-2

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. ~Romans 8:1-2

Righteousness Through Faith

Righteousness Through Faith

But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished — he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith. For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law. Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.

(Romans 3:21-31)

The Word Became Flesh

The Word Became Flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’” From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.

(John 1:1-18)

Ephesians 1:7-8

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. ~Ephesians 1:7-8

Galatians 5:19-21a

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. ~Galatians 5:19-21a

July 27, 2012

Are you ready to be persecuted?

What happened to Jesus when they found Him offensive? They crucified Him and He still asked our Heavenly Father to forgive them because they had no idea what they were doing. It’s called persecution. Are you ready to be persecuted for your beliefs?

July 26, 2012

The Great Commission

The charge of the Christian is not to withdraw from the world and lead an insular life. Rather, we are to be engaged in the culture, to be salt and light. ~Doug Powell

Matthew 28:19-20 says:

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

July 25, 2012

You Can't Change the Truth


Truth is truth whether you believe it or not. Truth does not require belief in order to be true, but it does deserve to be believed. ~Doug Powell

Truth is Truth

Truth is truth whether you believe it or not. Truth does not require belief in order to be true, but it does deserve to be believed. ~Doug Powell