Bathsheba, Books of Samuel, David, God, Jesus, Joab, King David, Lord, Uriah the Hittite
We were meant for more than this! God meant you and I for greatness. God meant King David for greatness. However, King David had to go a very dark road before he sees the greatness God had for him. He goes through periods where his heart is “gone,” more than broken. He finally gets to deep humility and repentance. Then The Lord raises him up.
His life is the role model for us
We are in deep valleys at times. We do deeds we must repent of. We experience the humility and deep repentance. Then Jesus raises us up to walk with Him to new heights and we move into more of His plan and our role, our assignment.
I just read II Samuel 11: 1-4. I can’t believe how quickly Evil (including David’s distorted desires and lusts) took David down.
Our enemy often comes to us through unfulfilled desires such as honor, affirmation, intimacy, comfort, and physical touch. He then deceives us into believing that his way will fulfill those unmet desires, and we move into a distortion of our true masculine and feminine strength and succumb. More
Abundant Life, Christ, Christianity, God, Jesus, John, Master, Trinity
The Master told us that He came to give life, to ransom us to Himself and to give us abundant life. The enemy, His counterpart, is here to destroy us! He came to steal, to kill, and destroy (John 10:10). This reality is so clear to me now. I am saddened to reflect on the fact that I did not believe Jesus earlier in my life–that I did not sincerely take His word to heart and truly believe Him when I first came to know Him. Can He redeem “the years the locusts have eaten?” I believe that He can and will redeem those years.
Apostle Paul, Christ, Epistle to the Romans, Jesus, Paul, righteousness, Romans, Sin
I wanted to skip the thoughts below because they are tough to think about.
However, they are in the Bible and they speak to us even though they are not a part of the positive side of the Gospel. God uses both positive and negative truth to get our attention and to teach us.
So much of what we believe and teach in the New Testament church is explored in the book of Romans given to us by the Apostle Paul. Today I am looking at Romans 1. This chapter takes us back to Genesis to deal with our fallen nature and to explore more of why we are the way we are and why we function in the fallen world the way we do.
THE RIGHTEOUS LIVE BY FAITH! Romans 1:17. I am so thankful Paul starts with this positive statement as he is dealing with the sin of idolatry and accompanying sins. There is hope for us though faith in Jesus. We rally in that hope even as we look to and experience the negative elements of life resulting from sin, our sin.
Facade, false self, Jesus, Jesus Christ, masks, pose
Listen to Jeff’s set up. He tells how he overlaid reality
with facades and lies to cover the pain in his life.
Fish, forgiveness, Gospel of Luke, Jesus, John 21, Lord, Master, NewTestament, Peter, restore, Saint Peter
Moving from Luke 22 to John 21 we are in the post-resurrection period. Seven of the 11 disciples are at sea and are attempting to catch fish. The Master comes and guides them. A net full of fish results. Jesus gathers them around a fire and they eat roast fish together.
After the meal He turns to Peter and seeks to restore His friend and follower. “Peter, do you love me more than these?”
I can imagine for Peter an arch of pain goes through his stomach, then anguish of soul, and finally release. “Aaah, the Lord is coming for me, He still loves me?” “I will go there with Him.” “Lord, you know I love you,” said Peter. “I will soon be free of this plague of failure which has bound me ever since He died.” “I know my denial sent Him there. Maybe, now I can get past my remorse for failing Him so badly.”
faith, Fellowship, God
belief, Courage, faith, God, Jesus
Keep believing–push through by faith. God will come through for you. He has promised.
The story could be very different for Nate but God performed a miracle for Nate and friends for His purposes. Believe Him, trust Him, rely on Him. Our God is a strong tower.
Evil Hunting, pop culture, truth
Breaking Bad, Christianity, CNN, faith, Generation Y, God, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Millennial, Millennials, Rachel Held Evans, United States
We have some real noise out there on a CNN blog along with some thoughtful comments.
We, the church of Jesus Christ, also have some problems with the young culture growing up in the West, including the USA, really fast. We are not reaching out to the millennials and we are not reaching the millennials. Rachel Evans wrote this blog for CNN describing her view of the state of the church vs. the millennials’ thinking and needs. She also used data from this survey. Rachel had mostly sound things to say because she was basing her comments on this survey, though she did add her own views. I did take issue with this thought:
…young evangelicals often feel they have to choose between their intellectual integrity and their faith, between science and Christianity, between compassion and holiness.
You see I don’t believe any of those pairings are incongruent. You, young, old and millennial can keep intellectual integrity and your faith. There is no disparity between the two. Thousands if not millions of Jesus followers are intellectual and cherish their faith. More
Christ, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Ecclesiastes, God, God Son, HolySpirit, Jesus, Jesus Christ, love, Word of god
Sometimes 1 pictures is worth 1000 words. This is one of those pictures.
What does this picture do for you? Are you sensing Jesus through His Word embracing you as this? Do you want to experience Jesus this way? More
Christ, Christianity, churches, Churches of Christ, Denominations, God, Jesus, Religion and Spirituality, reorient
Allow Christ to Reorient You now, today, forever! His ways are better.