Immaturity in God’s Disciples.
Immaturity in God’s Disciples.
This is one of my favorite Bible verses. It encourages me to keep on going when things get dark and hard and tedious. Psalm 27:12 says "I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living."
Eyes that can see God's goodness when it is so very dark (the valley of the shadow of death) are eyes that have consistently sought God's face when it was not so dark. See Psalm 27:8 "When thou saidst , seek ye my face; My hearts said unto thee, thy face, O LORD, will I seek."
PERSPECTIVES: It all depends upon which side of the road you stand.
Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
Two people can be standing on the same road, watching the same event take place at the same location on that road. The one may see things from the Right side and the other may see things from the Left side. It all depends upon which side of the road you are standing.
I have been reading Mark 10:13-22 in the New Testament. It struck me that the rich young ruler in verse 17 was not like a little child when he came to Jesus. He was complicated, thinking he could give something to God that would earn him heaven. Children come with empty hands... They expect to receive, because parents give.
A Plowman for God
Hosea 10:10, 11, 12
A New Identity
2 Corinthians 5:17
We live in a day when people identify who they are by the label of their brokenness. Thus, to speak of their brokenness and the need for Christ is seen as an attack on the person rather than as an act of love. I praise God that I am not identified by my brokenness. I am identified by Christ' perfect righteousness. I am justified, sanctified, in my Savior's life. He is my identity. To attack my identity, you have to attack him....
Worship is a Heart Issue
I have watched people struggle with worshipping in church most of my life. I have struggled with it. We don’t like the music. We don’t like the message. We don’t like the preacher. We don’t like someone who is there. We blame the situation that we are in for the lack of worship on our part. We blame the people we are with for our lack of worship.
MY DECLARATION OF FAITHFUL DISOBEDIENCE (this article is copied from the author, I, Pastor Dave, believe that this is an excellent response of the truly godly to a failed government. We who claim to trust Christ here in America should learn from him. I love that he rejects "fighting for rights" or "political activism")
Why I Am No Longer a Calvinist
I have long wanted to write about why I left Calvinism. This is difficult to write because I wanted to answer every question that I could imagine a Calvinist would ask; and they have lots of questions, that they often don’t really want to have answered. Their questions are often condescending and intended to condemn (put down) those who aren’t Calvinist. When I was a Calvinist that was my attitude.
The Bible has a different definition of a servant than the one most people today think. Today, a servant is seen as someone who is more of a volunteer. They have their own life and live accordingly. They serve an eight-hour day.