Psalm 139:14 says, "I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well."
During my adolescence and even up to early adulthood, I had this insecurity when it comes to skin because I was born hairy. I feel ugly. I was dreaming of having a flawless looking skin. Every time people notice it I had this feeling of humiliation from the way they commented about it.
I did ways to remove it but those were just temporary. I gave up on doing them. I felt self-pity.
I set limit on the choice of clothes, which was more long sleeves and pants. I became old-fashioned. It made me sad. More Here...
Good morning readers! Today is Sunday, which for Christians across the country is a day to get together at the local church, worship God, listen to teaching and spend time with one another. We here at Revelife value highly the local church, and we hope that you will take the opportunity today to attend a service close to home.
But we also know that, for any number of reasons, you or someone you know might not be able to make it to church today. Maybe your car broke down or you're sick. Maybe you just don't like church or are hesitant to return after being hurt by someone at church. We understand, and while we can't fully replace the local church, we hope we can still provide you with the worship and teaching this Sunday calls for.
Today, at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, Jeff Henderson is continuing in his series called Climate Change. Climate is something that isn't exclusive to nature. There are climates in your life, too, especially in the relationships you have with other people. For these relationships to improve, perhaps you need some climate change.
North Point's services are streamed online live at 9:00am and 11:00am with rebroadcasts at 2:00pm, 6:00pm and 10:00p (all times Eastern). We hope you will have a chance to join us for one of these services today!
If you enjoy the services at North Point Community Church, you should know that there are North Point Strategic Partner churches all across North America. Click here to see if there is one in your area.
I believe that when we are born, we have as it were a sense of nothing. Absolutely everything we do is new to our internal and external senses. Every plant we touch is a new and wonderful sensation. Every sunrise, and every sunset stroke us with awe like a bucket of ice cold water poured over head on a hot and humid day. The rain was thought to be tears of God and the sky after it rained was as if the Lord had kissed the earth with refreshing love and purity.
Animals were not common place; they were fascinating and evoked a sense of reverence and wonder that sent the youthful imagination souring into a blissful overload of contemplations and ponderings. Birds were marvels and distinguished from all the rest, merely for naturally being born with the ability that one could only dream of, to fly. The vastness of an ocean, the sweet melody of the tide crashing the shore, and the sweet smell of salt water erected in youth, silence and ponderings. The taste of bread, of sugar, and of honey for the first few times in life, they tasted so amazing, and so potently delightful that words still have no place in the experience. More Here...
So, I really like this one guy -- except he's not a Christian. My parents wanted me to date a guy that was a Christian, but I love him. He's not open up to religion, and I don't know how to change this. I need some advice.
What advice or encouragement can you give? Have you ever been in a similar situation? What did you do in your experience, and what was the outcome?
This week I faced my first real speed bump as a mother-to-be. I failed my glucose test, which means I might have gestational diabetes.
For some reason I took the news REALLY hard. Part of the reason is that I was so totally surprised by it. I don’t have any risk factors, I am healthy, I eat right (for the most part), I exercise, etc. And yet I failed the test, which led me to feel as though I had failed in some larger sense.
For one thing, I was afraid I had disappointed Ike. I also felt like I had somehow brought this on myself. I was wracked with guilt, and as soon as we got in the car I balled my eyes out. More Here...
It had been 48 hours since I had last seen my personal keys. No worries; I still had keys to the church, so I could walk next door and go to work and do what I get paid to do.
But I had no groceries in my house. Seriously -- I'm talking I was down to my last Ramen noodle packet. Not to mention the fact that the only key I own to my Jeep (which isn't even paid off yet!) was on the key ring. And for the past two days, I have been frantically tearing apart (and then, cleaning) my house looking for my keys. I couldn't even lock my house completely because I was too embarrassed to admit I had lost my keys so I just left one secret door (or window) unlocked so I knew how to get inside.
And tonight, after I searched for about an hour, I sat down and prayed, "Ok Lord, I'm sorry for doing this in my own strength. Please help me find my keys." (A technique that had proved quite successful in the past). After that little "prayer equation" didn't work and I didn't find them, I started bargaining with the Lord, "Ok Lord, if I find them in the next five minutes, I will do..." Nothing. More Here...
Every profession, academic discipline, social group, and Harry Potter fan club has its own vocabulary or “jargon.” For example, when a friend of mine who has a Ph.D. in neuroscience talks about her discipline I wrinkle my forehead and nod knowingly, despite the fact that I don’t have a clue what she’s talking about. That’s because I know nothing about neuroscience, although I believe it has something to do with your head.
The problem with jargon is that it often comes off as pedantic or exclusionary. I think this is especially true of “Christianese.” I’ve been thinking about this lately because I’ve noticed that many of the comments on Revelife are written in Christianese. That’s ok; most of us know what these folks are talking about because we are fluent in Christianese. In fact, that’s pretty much the only language I spoke for many years.
I’ve made a concerted effort, however, to step outside of that paradigm over the last decade or so and my ears have finally begun to hear Christianese the way someone who is not familiar with that language might hear it.
In other words, it’s started to sound pretty silly. More Here...
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The topic of jealousy has been weighing on my mind lately for no reason in particular, and I feel like the only way to figure this out is to really examine and study it. And anyone who knows me knows that the best way I process things is to write them out. So here goes.
Jealousy is a generally negative emotion and is at the base of things; wrong. I get this, I understand this, and like many people, I have fought it. James 3:14-17 says “But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”
So rather than submitting to the jealous emotions within in us we are called to seek out the wisdom of God from above so that we may be made pure. Simple enough right? More Here...