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"The reward of being 'faithful over a few things' is just the same as being 'faithful over many things' ; for the emphasis falls upon the same word; it is the 'faithful' who will enter 'into the joy of their Lord.'"- Charles S. Robinson
I suspect that most of the individuals who have religious faith are content with blind faith. They feel no obligation to understand what they believe. They may even wish not to have their beliefs disturbed by thought. But if God in whom they believe created them with intellectual and rational powers, that imposes upon them the duty to try to understand the creed of their religion. Not to do so is to verge on superstition. - Mortimer J. Adler
"This book (the Bible) will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from this book."
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Siphiwe's TestimonyI would like everyone to meet my friend, Siphiwe. We've been friends since Bible College 6 years ago, and he really has been a blessing to me. Without Siphiwe I would be, well, closed minded. He has taught me many things, and I've enjoyed seeing things from his perspective. We all need friends like this - friends who don't have the same background we do, friends who have had a very different life than our own. Today, he shared a very, truly, amazing testimony with me. Here is Siphiwe's testimony:
"Well this happened many years ago I would say about ten years ago while I was in High School. I had been suffering from Asthma since childhood and it would be even worse around winter times. My chest would block and I would not be able to breathe. I had to go to the nearby clinic for them to give me oxygen with medicine so that my chest can clear. I also had medicine that I had to keep at home so that I could drink immediately when I felt the symptoms. This
Living Ink IIThis beating mass of red pushes from my chest. The hope flowing in my veins, the pain intermingled. And I wouldn’t change any of it.
There’s a lot of things said about the heart in the Bible. That we need to keep His word in our hearts, to guard them from evil, like in Proverbs 4:23, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Psalm 73:26 says “My flesh and heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Our hearts are frail and imperfect; they leave us feeling incomplete. When we are cut and broken down we bleed the red that represents our sin. This is why God says in Ezekiel 11:19 “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.” He transforms us in a way so that when we are broken in this life we may not bleed red but bleed life, hope, and endurance.
We can choose to believe in God and
Paid ForPaid for. Signed for. Completed. Done.
Sealed with the blood, grace and suffering of God’s son.
Who I am I’ve given to you, all my ways I follow you.
This peace I feel is by your life, it keeps me well, keeps be true.
So if the son sets you free, you are free indeed!
Where am I going? What do I do? Where is this life of peace?
Their hearts are hard, they just won’t listen, the anger won’t cease.
The clouds won’t part, the shadows stretch longer.
The road grows long, I don’t feel any stronger.
I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God.
We walk as followers of God most high, whatever we face he is on our side.
He’s always with us, through the sun and through the moon, on his shoulders we ride.
We are unified in Christ, wherever we go, there are people of faith, we are never alone.
We are part of a body, a family, a kingdom to this mercy we are shown.
I have been crucified with Ch
Your actions, your responsibilityThis morning I believe God wants to reach out to some people out there who feel lonely, depressed, abandoned, distressed, or who don't know what to do with their faith.
I'm not saying who. You know yourself which of these is with you.
We're all humans, we all know those feelings one or another in different ways.
I once dealt with depression, and when things seemed to go strongly against me and it seemed as if nobody was there to help me out.
But now I know some important factors that affect how we feel in life. To keep it simple, I'll put them down in numbers.
1) Knowing the purpose to life.
Without a doubt, I have found that in Jesus Christ. As it is He who saved me from suicide, it is He who tore the veil between me and my Creator - the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
2) Take responsibility for your own actions (expectations)
There are things we can do and cannot do. We cannot always change our circumstances. But we can ALWAYS choose how to respond to them.
No matter what you may th
Endearing Letter to Future SpouseFuture Husband,
Will your speech be filled with love
Wisdom beyond your lived-out years
Of experience only you have known
Will your words reach my heart
Your song of God-given talent
Whatever you may possess
Cascade an abundance of overwhelm
Through these longing ears
Will your arms hold me so close
To your loving, beating heart
Help me feel your warmth only you can provide
As you would bestow a kiss upon my lips
Will you quietly wait for my approval
As I slowly but surely trust my heart in your hands
Please do not let go of this fragile organ
I have been dropped so many times
I do not wish for another day of broken pieces
To be shattered all over the floor
The remains of a hopeful romantic....~
Will you cite spiritual utterances
Once spoken by God Himself
Nurturing my spirit
As you impart verses from the Scriptures
In every good day and every bad day
Be my leader, in body and in spirit
Help me to hear His voice
Help remind me to keep looking up
As I will remin
Patience -4/30-Patience, patience
Teach me to follow Your heart
Into trust and rest
Wherein I find that all I crave
Is kept away for my sake
Or held in Your hand
Until the time is right
Let me lay my head on Your lap
Blinking up at future blessings
Until they warm and sweeten
Falling ripe at Your feet
Proving God's existence - Part 1I've decided to split this up into 2 parts, so not to overwhelm you - and to save Part 2 for Easter
This is once again a response to a 'debate' I've been having with someone (with a rather narrow mind-set [read: like a broken record]). There are two main areas I want to focus on when it comes to God's existence: the Cosmological Argument - because of what I've learned about just how "fine-tuned' our Universe is (plus a bit of Teleological Argument), and the resurrection of Jesus/the empty tomb.
Bear in mind these aren't the ONLY evidences mind you (nor is this a comprehensive list/view on the subjects, either), and along with the Ontological Argument, Teleological Argument, Transcendental Argument,
FulfillmentThe end of the age- the event of darkness and despair
brought a new beginning; Those present were unaware,
Prophetic Word told of the events as played
while the people could not see the price that was paid.
The Son of the living God- the Son of Man, marked of the world
was cast out and hung upon the tree of shame,
And despite the power that was His to command
He accepted the pain and torment of slaughter as the lamb.
The moment was marked with the tearing of the veil
A massive woven wall to keep the Spirit of a Holy God from burning a sinful man-
Rent top down- freeing a Holy Spirit to roam the world of man
in that moment began the new age on Earth.
The people of the land, did quiver in fear
watching the sun flee the sky,
While the dead abandoned their graves to walk the earth
and the lands trembled as if knowing of this birth.
Despite the Prophetic Word telling of these pass
Artist Feature with
Periodically we would like to feature one of the many gifted Christian artists in christians. This month we are featuring digital artist ForestHymn. Her gallery is loaded with Biblical themes and gorgeous animals, all for the goal of sharing Jesus through art. May her work "be a catalyst for other young people to give their best and their all to God, Who is worthy of it".
Read the interview here: fav.me/d95echb
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