Are you reading the Bible but not sure how to study God's Word further and deeper? Knowing how to delve into the Bible's teachings can take time and effort. Read on to find out how to make your bible study intentional and fruitful!
What is the Holy Spirit, and what can it do for us? The Holy Spirit is God's presence and gift to us. While it grants us different gifts, some might find it difficult to tap into its power. To do so requires a deeper understanding of its relationship with us.
Wondering how you can engage your child in the faith? Reading can be a good starting point, and can provide a good time to rest and bond with them while minimising screen time. Starting them early on Christianity will pay off as well as they journey with the Lord while growing up.
When Christians share about their experiences, they sometimes talk about the silence of God. Our God is not a noisy God. In fact, sometimes He seems to be too silent.
Feeling life's pressure or too busy even for a chill out with your spouse? Spending quality time together as a couple is integral to maintaining a healthy relationship. It is important to root your relationships in God's love and understanding. A strong relationship with God translates to a healthy relationship with one another.
The enduring maxim “It takes a village to raise a child” is a truthful statement, especially with families who belong to a tight-knit community that upholds strong values and morals. In Christian families, the care and love of parents to a child are extended, not just by our own relatives, but by the Christian and church community surrounding them.
If we turn a blind eye to the weight of our sins, we will end up neglecting our need for God’s grace. None of us is free from the struggle with sin.
Then Job answered the Lord and said: “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know." ― Job 42:1-3 The Bible shows us a God who works powerfully in and through suffering to draw us to Himself. In Job's afflictions in the book of Job, God's holy and purposeful might is shown not as "Acknowledge that my might is right, no matter what I do." or "Acknowledge that I am right simply because I have the might". Indeed, "God is God". His purposes and might are immensely way beyond our comprehension. His ways are consistent with His majestic sovereignty and excellence. He upholds His glory by abasing the proud and blessing the humble. "No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly." (Psalm 84:11). Being a follower of Christ does not exempt us from pain, and, in fact, our commitment to Him can often be the source of pain as we take tough stands and witness for Him in our workplaces and communities. The reality of life in this world for the believer is that we, like Paul, might testify of times in which "we also despair of life itself." (2 Corinthians 1:8). Everyone's story comes with unique challenges, difficulties, bumps, and bruises that leave you lost and drowning in their wake. It could be a financial disaster, a health issue, a broken relationship, or the loss of a loved one. Tony Evans, in the midst of his pain, stated God's word promises Someone who will walk with us through all of life's trials and troubles - Jesus. Hope for the Hurting, Tony Evans As we look to God for comfort and hope in our affliction and suffering, He spurs us to comfort others who are afflicted with the same comfort we’ve received from Him. Those who are suffering and burdened with afflictions can comfort others in deep and unique ways. Redeem our suffering by taking our eyes off of ourselves and turning them toward God to find strength, and then toward others to offer the comfort that God provided us. In the Holy week that leads to Easter, Christ's life, his arrest, suffering, crucifixion and His resurrection from death are commemorated. He, the Son of God, experienced intense suffering, conquered death and was resurrected. We too can overcome with God's word and power.
"Don't allow the things and the challenges of this season of life to cause you to be confused―confused about God, confused about what God is doing, confused about your own life. One of the worst things that can happen when you go through a season of testing, trial, or attack from the enemy is that you get confused." ― You Shall Recover All, John Eckhardt John Eckhardt in his book, You Shall Recover All, dealing with losses, global pandemic, economic challenges, injustices . . . wrote "When you look at what's happening in your life during times of difficulties, you might find yourself thinking, 'This is crazy. This makes no sense.' You may be experiencing things you've never experienced before. And if you're not careful, you'll be tempted to believe your world is coming to an end. “Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.” (Psalm 71:2). Look for a way of escape―God is going to give you a way of escape. You are coming out of the hardship you are going through now. You will escape it. Scripture makes that promise.
"Each of us can come up with our own list of "if onlys"--We will experience peace once our troublesome circumstances are resolved, once that difficult person moves on, once we find a new job. . . What happens when our circumstances remain frustratingly the same. Can we still find the peace God promises?" ― Finding The Peace God Promises, Ann Spangler We want to find a way to banish our anxiety, let go of the peace-destroying thoughts that plague us, rid ourselves of memories that control & disturb us. What is this peace that can calm a raging heart and create a bulwark against which the forces of darkness are impotent; the peace that enabled Jesus to walk through the crowd that sought to throw Him off a cliff (Luke 4:28-30); the authority to calm a stormy sea (Mark 4:35-41)? When we walk in the peace that God gives, people, situations or circumstances can't control us. God's peace is trustworthy, not something we're to rely on intermittently to alleviate anxious thoughts or get us through troubling situations. It should be a 24/7 experience to govern us, guide us, guard us, gather people around us and ground us in everything we do. ― Dennis Clark
Evangelism occurs at the intersection of the human and the divine, the natural and the supernatural, the practical and the impossible. God calls timid Timothys to "do the work of an evangelist" (2 Timothy 4:5). Flawed, reluctant, sinful, less-than-brilliant proclaimers contribute the human ingredients—making "the most of every opportunity", letting our "conversation be always full of grace" and "seasoned with salt"(Colossians 4:5-6). Then God provides what no human evangelist can—opening up blind eyes, softening hardened hearts, and drawing people to Himself. — Mere Evangelism, Randy Newman Believers, often times, have difficulty sharing their faith because they aren't quite sure how to bring up the topic, usually for fear of offending someone. When conversations turn to religion, sometimes one of those involved throws out a question, a comment, or a detail that attempts to trap the believer into showing ignorance of the Holy Bible or saying something to avoid the topic altogether. Many times, the believer may be left floundering for the right words to bring the discussion back on track, feeling helpless, ignorant, or foolish overall. Everyone can be a Christian Influencer! Let us learn how to share His story and influence others for Christ in this digital age. Check out these recommended reads to be READY at all times for the spiritual conversations God brings our way.
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