What a great sermon by Pastor Tom! I especially appreciated his comment about praying for people who don’t claim to be Christians: He prays that they will become desperate for the forgiveness and grace they can have in Christ alone. And I say Amen.
Originally posted on Clear Bible:
It has never made sense to me to try and get people who do not trust Jesus to live according to His teachings. Many Christians condemn where they should not, and fail to correct where they should.
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Matthew #21 . Matthew 7:1-6
“Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged. For with the judgment you use, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, there’s…
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At a state park recently I took a morning walk among the trees. It had rained the night before, and I saw a stream flowing over large rocks making a couple of delightful cascades, and water pooled in a few low places.
It inspired me to pray, Father God, I love and worship You as Creator of everything. How faithful and merciful You are! Your Spirit is like a mighty river. May I be like a rock pool through which Your Holy Spirit flows, coming in at the depths of my heart and flowing over the top of my life. Let it wash away all the regrets and memories of failures from the past—even from yesterday. Please wash away any sadness or hopelessness that lingers. Stir up bad attitudes and ugliness that keep me from shining Your light in the darkness so I can repent and be clean. Break down any barriers that prevent Your love from filling my heart and flowing out to others. Amen.
Jesus said in John 7:37-38, “…Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.” –New Living Translation
A great post by my sister in Christ Tanya Nemley about God’s sovereignty.
Originally posted on God Speaks I Listen:
Psalms 103:19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.
We Christians NEED to know this!!!!
Sovereign means - supremeness, absoluteness, unlimited power, unrestricted rule, total control, boundless possibilities, final and ultimate will, dominate, chief leader, ruler, unconditional, fullness in every capacity, all powerful, supreme and infinite ruler, unlimited power, the power to do everything without accountability to anyone.
Has authority to execute His will over all at any time for any reason, superior over all decision making, is commander and has control over all according to his own mind, knowledge and intelligence, has preeminence and control over the entire universes, the present and infinity.
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Romans 11:33
In other words…..DON’T MESS WITH GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God has the final say so!!!!
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Psalm 67:2 “May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere.”
John 14:6 “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” (Both quotes New Living Translation)
Yes, Father, Your saving power is Jesus crucified and raised to life. Through His shed blood, I can approach Your throne of grace, covered with His righteousness. There I can receive mercy for my faults and failures, as well as help for each day’s living. You’ve made us who believe in Jesus Your children and Your representatives. Thank You. Please help us represent You well and to make You known to people everywhere. Amen.
Thoughts on John 6:44-47
Jesus says in John 6:44 that no one can come to Him unless the Father draws the person. However, in verse 45 He says that the Father draws everyone who hears and learns from Him(the Father). Then in verse 46, Jesus says no one except He, Himself, has seen the Father, so apparently people can hear and learn from the Father without seeing Him directly.
Indeed the Father has been revealing Himself through nature, through His interactions with people and through His Word throughout history. Then at the right time, He revealed Himself through Jesus. Those who receive and believe Jesus have abundant, eternal life through Him.
Eternal, loving Father, thank You for revealing Yourself to us. Please open our ears to hear Your voice. Thank You for placing all our sin on Jesus at the cross. Let me live only for You today. Let me have the humble mind in me that was in Christ Jesus in all my interactions with others. Amen.
(See also Hebrews 4:16, John 1:12, II Corinthians 5:20, and Philippians 2:5)
“And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” –Psalm 139:16 New King James Version
My days were planned
Before I began,
Each one prepared for me.
So let me walk
In my todays,
Living life, Lord, for Thee.
Fantastic blog post from River Walk.
Originally posted on The River Walk:
Ezekiel 37:1-38:23, James 1:19-2:17, Psalm 117:1-2, Proverbs 28:1
For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws. (James 2:10)
Relate: In college, unless I was the curve wrecker, I hated them. You know who I’m talking about. Lets say you have twenty students in the class and everybody is about average… except for that one girl who has no life. All she does is study every day from the moment she gets home until the moment she leaves in the morning. Everybody else gets a 70 or worse on a test. She gets a 98. The girl is wrecking the curve.
On the flip side are the curve helpers. I love these guys. Once upon a time they showed up for a class. Somehow, they score worse on multiple choice tests than they would…
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Originally posted on godsnumberis7:
A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, “Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side.”
Very quietly, the doctor said, “I don’t know.”
“You don’t know? You’re, a Christian man, and don’t know what’s on the other side?”
The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.
Turning to the patient, the doctor said, “Did you notice my dog? He’s never been in this room before. He didn’t know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other…
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