The Fellowship of Believers

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The Fellowship of the Believers Acts 2:42 – 47

42And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Here we have an early picture of what fellowship was like for the first Christians. This passage resonates much more to me than it ever has in the past. I love the picture of continual communion with the Father through corporate prayer.

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EZER KENEGDO

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What the woman is to the man…God’s design.

Usages of ‘ezer in the Old Testament show that in most cases God is an ‘ezer to human beings, which calls to question if the word “helper” is a valid interpretation of ‘ezer in any instance it is used. “Evidence indicates that the word ‘ezer originally had two roots, each beginning with different guttural sounds. One meant “power” and the other “strength.” As time passed, the two guttural sounds merged, but the meanings remained the same. The article below by William Sulik explains this point quite well. He references R. David Freedman and Biblical Archaeology Review 9 [1983]: 56-58). More

Atheism then and Atheism now

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Yes, atheism is nothing new. The Apostle Peter spoke to them in one of his letters.

4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men
but in the sight of God chosen and precious,

5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house,
to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

This is our calling–to be, become a part of the spiritual house that God is building. We are so honored to be a part of what He is building. We are the priesthood, offering sacrifices within and without, in our hearts and in the communities around us. More

Psalm 1 — Take 2

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Psalm 1 The Message (MSG)

1 How well God must like you—
you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon,
you don’t slink along Dead-End Road,
you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College.

2-3 Instead you thrill to God’s Word,
you chew on Scripture day and night.

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Confronting the lie: God won’t give you more than you can handle

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Repost from a new and interesting blogger to me, Nate Pyle.

This is a great application and follow up on learning to listen as God would have us listen to our own hearts, to Him, and to others He puts in our paths.

The past three weeks have been the most difficult I have ever gone through.  These three weeks have been filled with illness, the terrible-three’s (the terrible-two’s are an out-and-out lie), a friend suffering the result of sin, a ministry I am a part of reeling in confusion and pain, having to cancel a trip to celebrate my parents 60th birthdays, and our family experiencing the emotional roller-coaster of finding out we were pregnant only to be told the pregnancy was ectopic and could be life-threatening to my wife if it was not ended.

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God of the Broken

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We are the broken. God restores us to Himself.

Tides Go Out and the Tides Come In

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Being on the sound, as in the Port Royal Sound by the sea, makes me more appreciative of how life was meant to be lived. The sound makes the tides of the ocean more obvious to me. On the ocean side we see the tides change the water levels but because of the bigger waves coming and going constantly, the change in tides are less obvious.

Life cycles like the tides. Buddha didn’t conceive that first, God did.

The tide goes out. Life and it’s circumstances hands us difficulty, pain, trial, and more. Jesus followers have been given the gifts to handle the difficulty. We are more than conquerors through Christ. Every good and perfect gift comes down from above. The weapons of our warfare and not earthly. We put on our armor to fight and defend.
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Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens

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How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens connects the sixty-six books of the Bible to the person and work of Jesus Christ. By explaining each book’s theme and raising pertinent questions about the contemporary importance of that message, author Michael Williams sets readers on a path toward purposeful, independent reading and application of the entire Bible.

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Embrace His Grace and Your Weaknesses

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Here are two women’s and God’s take on Weakness. You can be changed if you realistically face what is inside of you and let it out.

Thank you Sheri. Yes, let’s let God shine and He will even through our weaknesses. Our faith is made perfect in weakness.

I was horrified to receive this gift in front of a group of strangers. But God has truly started to change my perspective on how much I need to practice this gift in my life. A world that is hurting does not need you and me to look perfect. In fact, the lie of that perfection is discouraging and unrelatable. Instead, this gift is like a magnet for someone looking for the only One who is flawless in His strength and power.

Join me for day two of God’s Amazing Gifts!

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

 
Jason Gray — The Virtues of Weakness

More from Sheri Rose Shepherd on her weakness:

I have dyslexia. I used to wonder why God would call me to write books but give me a learning disorder. I may be the only author who has written more books than I have ever read. I only type ten words a minute. There have been many moments I wanted to quit doing what I am called to do because of my weaknesses. But grace is the power to do something bigger than you could ever do on your own.

Today I see God trusted me with a learning disorder.

To be honest, I find great comfort in hearing about all the weaknesses of His chosen ones in the Word, especially in the apostle Paul’s writing in 2 Corinthians 12:9.

I love that Paul was highly educated, smart in every way, yet even Paul found his weaknesses and then talked about God working through his weaknesses, not his strengths.

I wasted most of my life trying to build my confidence with what I accomplished or how I looked. Although we may have good intentions, our goal is to feel good about ourselves. Eventually that confidence fades and we find ourselves needing something more to feel good again.

It’s a wonderful feeling to get a new job, a new haircut, or new outfit―these things can make us feel confident on the surface. But what we have accomplished if we build our own confidence and build nothing for Gods kingdom on earth?

The only way to conquer our insecurities is to allow God to become all we need to feel secure. Let’s embrace our weaknesses, knowing that He is strong where we are weak and that He shows His power through us when we learn to embrace His powerful grace and look at ourselves through heaven’s eyes.

Only then will we be given the key to unlock the door to our destiny and that that God–confidence will be passed on to your children and grandchildren.

Starting today, Lets STOP putting ourselves down for what we are not, and grab hold of who we are in Christ and get out of God’s way so He can do something great through us!

A Prayer to God

Dear God,

In the precious name of Jesus, I pray you will embrace your weaknesses and become confident in Christ alone. I pray that God alone will define your purpose. May the realities of heaven become your foremost motivator–not the things of earth. I pray that as you draw your confidence from Him that He will use you to accomplish effective and everlasting things for His Kingdom. In His name, Amen.

Treasure of Truth

Sometimes our God disables us to enable us. We can do more in His strength than we could ever do on our own.

What God is to Us

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The Bible shows us that God is faithful and that He is with us every step of the way. This video is based on these scriptures: Deuteronomy 31:8, Psalm 34:18, Ephesians 3:18-19, John 3:16, Romans 10:9, Romans 8:38-39.

 

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