Here is a good sermon by Pastor Tom. God is indeed in control. He will accomplish His purposes, and those purposes are good and just and right–perfectly.
You need not fear the terror of night, or the arrows of war, or the plagues. God is in control of history. He is using the sinful and horrible works of humankind to bring about his purposes. In the simplest possible terms, God is putting things right. Even the sorts of things that make us think God is not paying attention are, in fact, being used to prepare the world for the end of the old, broken, sinful order and the beginning of the new, joyful, perfect order.
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Revelation #17. Revelation 6:3-17
I want to clarify a few things. My best guess about the seven seals (or, rather, the first six) is that they do not…
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My blogging friend, Tanya Nemley, offers these excellent words for our troubled times.
God Speaks I Listen
(This blog is a copy of a pamphlet I recently wrote and had 1,000 printed. I hand these out to people I meet and leave them everywhere.)
Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, floods, fires, mass killings, accidents and so on. At this point many are asking the question “what is going on?” After 9/11 many people flocked to their house of worship to find out what in the world is happening and is this the end. After the initial shock wore off it was back to usual from spiritual seeking. Since that time the list of disasters is so long that it’s surreal. If you’re reading this pamphlet you might be a follower of one of the 4,000 plus religions around the world or you might be an atheist. I can only speak to you about my own religion. There is a prediction in the New Testament of the Holy Bible that explains…
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God is the giver of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. They come from Him (Proverbs 2:6). I need to tune my ears to wisdom and concentrate on understanding, cry out in prayer for insight and ask for understanding. I’ll seek and search for them as the treasures that they are (Proverbs 2:2-4). That’s how I’ll prepare my heart to receive God’s Word, His communication to me. I’ll understand what it means to fear the Lord and will gain knowledge of God (Proverbs 2:5).
Then the wicked one won’t have a chance to snatch away what is sown in my heart. Nor will my heart become stony, preventing my roots from growing deep in love and truth. Likewise weeds of worldly cares and riches won’t have opportunity to crowd out knowledge of God and His ways, which would make me unfruitful in His kingdom. (Matthew 13:3-8, 18-23)
Dear Father, giver of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, grant me these things that I may learn to fear You and be fruitful in Your kingdom. Amen.
(Image from FreeImages.com/kristian stokholm
Natalie has done a lovely post on hugs. Hugs are a gift, so give someone one today.
A hug delights and warms and charms;
that must be why God gave us arms.
A hug is the perfect gift:
one size fits all, and
nobody minds if you exchange it.
Love is a circular emotion
that surrounds you, like a hug,
One word can end a fight;
One hug can start a friendship;
One smile can being unity;
One person can change your entire life!
Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. ~Proverbs 4:8 ✝
**images via Pinterest; collages by Natalie
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Tanya shares a great response for Christ-followers to mass shootings.
God Speaks I Listen
Another campus killing! An eye witness to the shootings told this story: The shooter asked his victims this question. “Are you a Christian and if you are a Christian…stand up?” And they would stand up and he shot them.
Mathew 10:28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Standing up for Jesus! Are we ready to do that at the cost of our own lives? The world hates us because they hate Jesus. Our religious freedom had been being chipped away little by little. Now big chunks are being ripped away.
When we had the opportunities to lead someone to Christ…did we? Have we been salty enough? Have we been a light in a dark world? Have we been silent when we should have spoken up? Did…
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Yes, now more than ever, we need to focus on Jesus and obey Him completely. Hope you are helped by this good post from Tanya for these troubled times.
God Speaks I Listen
Look directly to the Lord for all direction, guidance and help in your life. Keep focused! Put on blinders to help block out anything that will distract you from focusing on Jesus and His plan for your life.
The Spirit of the Lord led me to share this with you today.
This world is becoming more challenging and more dangerous by the minute. We can’t solve all the world’s problems. The bible tells us these things will happen. The danger is hitting very close to home. Do NOT fear!! Don’t be stressed and anxious all day and night.
Keep up your personal relationship with Jesus Christ!!!
Study God’s word like crazy!! Do what the word says do!
Stand up for what is scripturally and morally right!!
This is what I heard the Holy Spirit impress upon me….He told me to put on blinders and don’t look back…
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Tanya re-posted this recently, and I think it really speaks to our need in these times.
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Psalms 85:6 Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?
What is the meaning of the word revival? It is the renewing, restoring and strengthening of something that was once vibrant, back to a place of importance, power, confidence and vitality. It’s a place of once being high in a certain area of life and then falling to a low point of complacency, going through the motions. Being unproductive and lifeless, to a place of restoration to the point you were at and even higher and beyond.
You have to want to be revived and feel that this is necessary to move you to the next level. A spiritual revival is for the children of God. It’s the hearts cry to be rejoicing in the joy and strength of the Lord once again. It’s the desire of one’s yearning heart to meet the Lord in…
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