I was elated to learn about the Proverbial Man of Noble Character. For a long time, I didn't even know this description existed.
Most Christians have or will study the Proverbs 31 woman. However, you rarely hear about the Proverbial Man of Noble Character, and his description is equally as important, awesome and relevant. Like the description for the Proverbs 31 woman, the description for the Proverbial Man of Noble Character is especially relevant for women contemplating marriage.
A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel. Pro 1:5 Reprove a wise man and he will love you. Pro 9:8
I am also weary much of the time. I wear myself out by not living out what I know, or by not truly being open to the grace and love of Jesus Christ. I seek to grow in trust, to let go of fear and at times I seem to be able to respond to graces invitation. Then as this love becomes more real something in me wants to pull back and hide, or run.
What keeps me on the path is the knowledge that all is already known. That I am loved and forgiven and that all things in my life will work out for the good.
Faith grows, deepens and it does that through the practices of prayer and study, but also through making hard conscious choices to believe and trust, to simply allow to happen what I already know is already happening -- to allow God's light fully into my own inner jungle of chaos, fear, anger and lust. More Here...
Growing up in the United States can be difficult in many respects. To be sure, there are many blessings living in this land but there are also pitfalls. For those who wish to know God and serve him whole heartedly, the "American Dream", capitalistic perspective, and consumeristic lifestyle are often heavy threats.
I'd say that it might just be me but I know I'd be lying. For many of us who wish to follow Christ and love God while living in the U.S. there are hurdles to jump over. Our culture tells us that we need more of everything and we need it to be fully ours. The new car, the trophy spouse, the nice job, the big bank account, the luxurious home, etc. Even in our congregations some of us have been told that we need to prioritizing obtaining a good spouse, to make money, to own a home, and more. More Here...
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I'm on a trip out on the West Coast, visiting family I haven't seen in over a decade. I've also been visiting with my Dad.
Yesterday as I was wrapping up my day I received a text message: "Good Evening. Sorry I did not get to see u but my prayer for u is 1 Chronicles 4:10. All the Way."
Now, I'm not one to memorize scripture references, so I had to look up this scripture:
"Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request." More Here...
2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
I haven't been on here in a couple of days because I've been in the hospital, and their wireless has Xanga blocked, so my iPhone was my only way of getting on here. Not so fun if you're trying to write a post.
Anyway, I got home last night at about 1am after a really horrendous discharge ordeal. The hospital changed its entire computer system this week, and no one seems to know how to use it. Because of a series of people and technical issues, it was nearly five hours from when the doctor told me I could go home to when I actually got to leave. Not the most delightful day. More Here...
None of us knows what today will bring, or even the next hour for that matter.Most of us don’t think about it, nor perhaps should we, at least not to the extent that it interferes with our lives. Getting on the plane or going to the corner store more likely than not runs according to plan -- then for some, things happen, accidents, freak storms and of course crime or a sudden medical emergency.
We live in a strange, wondrous and dangerous world; there is no doubt about it.It is no secret.We listen to the news, see pictures on the internet and then forget it for the most part -- yet we know that it could happen to any of us.This lack of control over unforeseen circumstances can be frustrating and terrifying if mediated on for long periods of time.As we age, whether we think about it or not, this reality becomes ever more real as we lose loved ones to unforeseen events and of course disease. More Here...
I'm not thrilled at some things I see going on in the lives of those whom I deeply care for. Sometimes the decisions of these folks impact the lives of many other people and can cause hurt, pain, and distrust. It's at those times when forgiveness needs to be exercised.
Forgiveness, like Love, is a decision. We must choose to forgive -- like we choose to love. It's also a verb, it takes a conscious decision to forgive someone else for their actions.
But, we must not forgive because someone was forced to apologize. We must forgive in spite of their actions. It's also not an action that is for the other person as well. It's an action for yourself. More Here...
Good morning, readers! Today is Sunday, and as you probably know, this is a day on which Christians get together at the local church to sing songs, listen to teaching and spend time with one another in community. We hope that you will be able to participate in whatever your local church is doing this Sunday!
But we know that there are always circumstances that prevent people from coming to church. Whether you've been burned by the church or you are physically unable to go, we know we can't replace the local church, but we hope to provide you with good music and a good message today.
Do you come from what you might consider a "messed up" family? As you look to the future and consider the family you want to build, there may be some things about where you come from that you want to avoid. So how do you do that? Today, Andy Stanley at North Point Community Church will take us back to the drawing board with a message entitled Future Family.
I appreciate Reverend Billy Graham. I heard him speak many years ago when he came to my college. I was struck by his humbleness and grace -- and met God there. I also appreciate the heart-felt concern he expresses in his recent open letter to America, and have noticed the behaviors he mentions. I'm disconcerted though by his carefully worded implications.
His letter references old testament Bible verses and implies that the behavior of Americans is similar to that of residents of Nineveh and Sodom, ancient cities that God threatened to or did destroy according to the Old Testament. He implies -- but doesn't directly state -- that America faces similar punishment from God. His solution to America's current problem is to evangelize the unchurched in every neighborhood in America, inviting them to repent.
Graham has a long history in 'tent evangelism' and has touched many lives, my own included, and he's totally gifted in that style of ministry, but does God punish 'nations' today and is repentance by the unchurched what God requires to withhold his punishment -- or to bless the people of a nation? More Here...