A few months ago I posted about a man who was preparing for death. Not because death was imminent or because he had given up on life but because he knew death was inevitable. Reading his personal blog about life and preparing for the big surgery/treatment really helped put things in perspective for me. I have been keeping up with the caring bridge journal that Jeremy's wife Jen uses for updates and it's always a blessing to see how she consistently keeps things in perspective.
It's been a lot of ups and downs since Jeremy first went in. But it seemed that, with each hurdle that was placed before Jeremy, his body, through the grace of Jesus, was able to overcome. Today, 15 hours ago actually, was the first day that things seemed truly grave. Apparently Jen spent some quality time explaining the situation to her two older boys. She says:
"I told the boys tonight of the possibilities at hand. I went to a nearby park with the older two - we cried. we talked. we cried. and talked. It went better than I thought it could. Their instinct was to pray. To hope and not worry (tomorrow will worry about itself, Aedan said)."
"In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears." -- King David
Agony can lead a pure heart into filth, and emotional struggle can take its toll until the character of a man is questioned and thought unconscious. Multiple relationships torn apart, left bleeding with no solace or remedy, just festering sores gushing day and night in anguish and regret, confusion and depression.
What went wrong? Was it not perfect? What is perfection anyway? Dreams crushed, and zeal extinguished, the death of a loved one or the death of a child lie as an open mouth of a tomb ominously calling to the depth of the soul. More Here...
Sin has the power to take all that Jesus has for us and crumble it to nothingness. It waits for the moment that it can execute the most crippling blow possible. It tries to fight off all opposition. It seeks us out in advance before it strikes. It watches us. Sin knows when we are weakest. When it hits us it latches on like a leech, hoping to suck all that brings your life into this world away, feeding on your suffering.
But sin does not just stop at making you suffer. Sin will use you as a host. It is a parasite that seeks to reproduce to other targets. Once it’s hooked onto you, the sin will use you to make others fall into the cycle. Sin seeks out the best way to destroy our strong holds. Instead of attacking at our walls, it eats away the ground beneath us, causing us to fall into the pit of darkness where other sins lurk; waiting for their opportunity to strike.
One sin will easily blow through. Easily cured, you can continue on with little problems. But multiple sins will slow you down, they will drain your energy, making it possible for even more to catch up and climb aboard. More Here...
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...