The Truth about Lucie Jones

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I received good news on Lucie Jones today. She has grown up level headed even as she became a model after a great performance on X Factor (Great Britian).

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Lucie Jones

Well, I really hadn’t followed her because my data is from 2012 but it was nice to listen to the wisdom in her thoughts about stardom and what life offers. I believe she went through a period where she really did let the lights of the stage get to her. Maybe the rejection by Simon Cowell in 2011 made her grow up quicker. What ever the reason it is refreshing to see the young lady mature to sound reasoning. More

Preach the Gospel to Yourself

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This is Paul David Tripp, a great author. I love his writings. I have never seen him speak. Please get past his dress and listen to his heart. He says profound things here. Listen…

No one is more influential in your life than you are. Because no one talks to you more than you do.

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Whose Fault is Our Fear?

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Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin Hebrews 3: 12-13

…callousness happens (in our hearts) when we continue to indulge in anxiety, which always springs from the belief that God isn’t able to care for us properly or that what he provides isn’t enough for us. Such a belief is really unbelief.

What are we to do if we detect hardness in our hearts? We…rightly identify our anxiety as sin.” We acknowledge our anxiety and consciously name it what it is, ‘unbelief.’ “Unbelief underscores every fear and every act of sin we commit. Unbelief is the assertion in our hearts, even if it doesn’t appear to be so, that God cannot be trusted.

Unbelief is the source of all our fears, because unbelief, taking up residence in our minds and hearts, cast aspersions on the good character of God. When we doubt God’s kind intentions, we will certainly go astray in our hearts and eventually become hardened to the comfort he would bring us. We can turn away from the lie of unbelief right now and put our faith in our good Father.

–Lydia Brownback

Whether I want to admit it or not. The source of my conflict, despair, and heart pain is my unbelief in the goodness of God–not believing His trustworthiness. He is trustworthy and His promises to us are true. I must cling to that truth, then, I will be at rest no matter what comes.

Getting Unstuck

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I just picked up my wife’s little book called Trust by Lydia Brownback. This is one that has daily devotionals. That is, a scripture and a couple of paragraphs of comment by the author.

Because I am reading Waking the Dead by John Eldredge I was interested in some of these daily devotionals on unbelief. I will share some of her comments here.

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Ephesians 1 – the Blessing

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I take “the blessing” from verse 3. God is blessed. He is blessed by us. As we come to Him and worship He is blessed. The love among the members of His Body blesses Him.

He has blessed us with spiritual blessings. These blessings reside in heavenly places and are sent down to us (3).

What are some of these blessings? More

You Are Chosen for What? Ephesians 1

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I picked up some notes from a teaching on idolatry. My eyes focused on a passage reference–Ephesians 1. I read the passage. Then I begin to read 3-14 over and over again. I read that passage for days, because there is so much in it that ministered to my soul. I found joy, love, grace, holiness, mercy, laughter, sorrow, bliss, and worship there. I worshipped every time I read  3-14.

What amazed me about this passage is how all these blessings were delivered to us. The central concept shows us that all these blessings are given us because of the blood of Christ. Yes, He did it all for us and has delivered all that is shown to us here by His blood.

I read that passage for months. I shared that passage with others because it was and is so meaningful to me.

I want to spend some time here because there is so much to be revealed to us from this passage.

More to come.

Noah – the Movie

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Go here for more Noah.

In a full-page ad in yesterday’s New York Times, the makers of the new epic film Noah recommend you read the biblical account of Noah’s story in the Bible App.

With the abundance of Bible-related movies and television shows over the past year, Hollywood seems to be realizing something the YouVersion community already knows: all over the world, this generation is excited about engaging with the Bible.

The Noah movie, starring Russell Crowe, opens worldwide on Friday. But you don’t have to wait. You can read (or listen to) the original story right now in the Bible App—in about nine minutes.

Update: Those who have seen Noah, say it does not communicate the story as depicted in the Old Testament. Watch at your own risk. Maybe this is a good chance to see the secularized version and then read the real account in Genesis.

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