I read this post from One Tenth Blog which gives Martin Luther’s explanation of the Nicene Creed and highly recommend it. http://onetenthblog.wordpress.com/the-reformation-project/readings-works-by-martin-luther/luther-martin-brief-explanation-of-the-nicene-creed-1520/
Thank you for getting me through this year. I’m trusting you Lord to be there for me in the rest of 2013. God… this year has been full of life changing events for this world. There is not one person that has not been affected by something that has happened in our lives or in the lives of those around us.
Lord, You’ve filled our lives with blessing on blessing:
Life overflowing, abundant and true;
Love that is growing and peace everlasting,
The delight of Your presence and mercies ever new.
Only in You, Lord, can we find life worth living.
Thank You for drawing us so we will seek You,
We bless Your great Name with hearts of thanksgiving.
We praise and thank You for all that You do.
And someday we’ll join in the heavenly chorus.
In that day, our journey on earth will be o’er,
And we’ll still have eternity always before us.
Lord, we’ll sing Your praises forever more.
I found this blog post by our pastor, Randy Huddleston, to be very helpful. Hope it will be a blessing and help to you also.
GETTING PAST THE “ME THING”
A huge obstacle on my way to the relationship with God He has prepared for me is “me.” Have you noticed that?
God wants to reveal more, but I am busy with me. God wants to show me His love, but I am filling my heart my way. Look at this in Galatians 5 for a tool to test when too much of “me” is running things. Ready? Check off any which show up in your life.
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Randy Huddleston, Pastor, Grace Bible Church Pryor, Oklahoma
One key to finding rest for my soul, perhaps the major key, is humility. Jesus said, “Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29)
Pride, self-focus, and fear of rejection (fear of man—Proverbs 29:25) can make me an approval addict. They may prompt me to try to manipulate others to get my own way. Learning to humble myself instead of letting pride, self, and fear run my life sounds like a step toward more peace for my inner self.
“LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty; neither do I exercise myself in matters too great or in things too wonderful for me. Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with his mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me [ceased from fretting].” (Psalm 131:1-2) I will be more able to calm and quiet myself if I don’t consider things that are out of my control or that are beyond my understanding.
Oh yes, Lord Jesus! Teach me Your humility and gentleness! Amen.
(Bible verses are from Amplified Bible.)
You don't know me, and my name is not important. I was never mentioned in the story that millions, if not billions have most likely read by now. I didn't play a major role, nor was I involved directly with the events that transpired that day. All I know is that I have been trying to erase the memories, with no success.
Friend, remember, wherever you are in your spiritual journey, it's always the right time to take another step towards God.
- We often become mentally and spiritually barren because we're so busy. -Franklin Graham
- You are either becoming more like Christ every day or you are becoming less like Him. There is no neutral position in the Lord. -Stormie Omartin
- The vigor of our spiritual lives will be in exact proportion to the place held by the Bible in our lives and in our thoughts.