John 14:15 says, "If you love me, you will keep my commandments."
I truly love the Lord. I obeyed to the best way I can. I want Him to feel that He is my first priority. But how will I completely express it if I have bondage that hinders me from expressing my love to Him?
I believed that it was God's plan that, when I was out of the country for a short vacation, I was invited on a Women's Encounter. At first I knew that it's like a retreat, a,d I have attended some before. But this was different, because at that time I had lots of bondage.
I want Him to feel my love so I grabbed the opportunity with a hope in mind that when, I go back to my country, I will be renewed, a person pleasing in His eyes.
Good morning, readers! Today is Sunday -- a day on which Christians all around the world gather together at their local churches to worship God, spend time with one another and receive thoughtful teaching. It's our hope here at Revelife that you will be able to participate in a service at your local church this Sunday.
But we also know that, for many of you, attending your regular church or any church at all will be out of the question for you today. Regardless of your life circumstances, we don't think you should go without engaging worship and powerful teaching this Sunday.
Today at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, Andy Stanley is kicking off a new series, Age of Kings. We've all heard that with great power comes great responsibility, and for the Kings of the Bible, that's certainly true. But that doesn't mean they made all the right decisions, either. Join Andy as he shares lessons learned from the sometimes irresponsible Kings of the Bible.
Jesus' theology was perfect. The rest of us, as smart or as Spirit-filled as some may be, have an imperfect, even muddled understanding of it. While there's no getting around the fact that if objective truth does exist (and I believe it does), some people are closer to it than others. However, I hope that no follower of Christ is convinced that he has such a stranglehold on "proper theology" that it rivals that of Jesus.
So why have we elevated theological understanding to a place of supreme importance in the Church, displacing priorities that Jesus obviously held to be critical? I would argue that we have done so in a bold, unashamed manner.
When was the last time you heard of a person or family leaving a church fellowship because that church body didn't serve the needy people in the community? I'm not sure I've ever heard of anything like that. How long has it been since you found out about a family leaving their church because the pastor seemed to be leaning toward Calvinism? Yesterday? Last month?
When we do what our flesh wants we lose what our soul wants.
Eating worldly food does not make our spiritual stomach satisfied. Just like spiritual food does not satisfy that hunger for that nice juicy steak. Your worldly hunger does not always have to be food. It may be money, power, sex, positional items, glory, comfort, 'friends' (popularity), or even looking attractive.
Spiritual hunger is always intertwined with god and the Holy Spirit. If you don’t have those two things your spiritual body will die. When you feed your worldly body with worldly things and don’t worry about your spiritual well being, the Holy Spirit will wither away and become faint, and God’s voice will eventually seem very small and insignificant.
Will God still forgive you if you commit the same sin over and over again?
From a young age, I don't really know why, but I've kept getting interested in watching kissing scenes and stuff. I have this weird feeling -- pleasurable, I guess? -- and I started masturbating without even knowing I was doing it until years and years later. I don't even know where I got it from!
And I keep feeling really guilty and remorseful every time I masturbate or watch some kissing scene. But everytime I do that, I know that it is a sin, but I keep having this urge to watch it and stuff. But after I do it, I suddenly "come back to my senses" and I feel really stupid for doing it. More Here...
This is not 'my' life. I've been bought with a price; I don't own myself. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) Likewise, you as a Christian are not your own. To be perfectly honest, no one is their own person; we are all either slaves to God or slaves to sin, the carnal body. (Romans 6:1-23) We were born into sin, (Romans 7:14) and cannot escape from it except by accepting salvation in Jesus Christ and allowing Him to pay the price for us, the wages of our sin, which is death. (Romans 6:23) Everyone chooses one or the other, there is no other option. Door A or Door B, that's it. And when we choose salvation, Jesus pays our debt with His shed blood. But we don't become free. We are still slaves, but are no longer slaves to sin. Instead, we have a new master. (Romans 6:17-19)
We tend to think of our lives as just that - ours. We have 'our' goals and 'our' dreams, and probably even 'our' plans to reach a few of those goals and dreams. But it isn't our task to decide at all what happens with this life, because we aren't free to live our own lives. That's actually a good thing. More Here...
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This is a first. Same song, second week. The tune is from “Jesus, Friend of Sinners”continues to rock my world. Last week I wrote about how we followers of Jesus do damage with snap judgments and lack of compassion for others. This week I have been thinking about these lyrics.
Nobody knows what we’re for only what we’re against when we judge the wounded What if we put down our signs crossed over the lines and love like You did
I decided to write down some things I am for and some things I do not believe but often get accused of by others. Some things I do not believe.
I do not believe you have to be of a particular political persuasion to be a Christian. Like it or not, heaven will be bipartisan and I am totally fine that there will not be sides of the golden aisles. More Here...
One of the main concepts in my book is that of ekphrasis art. I believe the artistic concept of ekphrasis can be readily applied to our lives. We can live ekphrasis lives, responding to God’s good work all around us, and in so doing, deepen our relationship with the one who is setting all things rights and making all things new.
Over the past couple years or so, I have followed the work of Mandy Thompson (you can get to know her here) and we have shared many thoughts and words by way of blog, email, and social network conversations. Mandy read an advance copy of the book, and was inspired to create in response. Ekphrasis!
I asked Mandy if she would be willing to create a piece specific to the book, and she agreed. What resulted was a beautiful mixed media art piece. More Here...