Isn’t faith the opposite of fear? If we want to overcome fear, shouldn’t we focus upon faith?
Yes, however greater clarity is needed. To overcome fear we need to focus upon a form of faith that is obtainable and reliable in every situation – thanksgiving brimming with faith fulfills the needed prescription. Here’s why.
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He stands in the pulpit every Sunday. He must be deeply spiritual. Never has any doubts, never feels discouraged, because he is a spiritual leader, right?
Well, you might be surprised to find that your preacher is human. Have you ever wondered what he wished you knew, but was afraid to tell you? Continue reading “What preachers wish congregations knew about preachers”
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 5:15-21 NET).
As Christians, there is a distinct way we need to live. Continue reading “Be filled with the Spirit”
Question: Is ingratitude a serious matter? Do you think people are thankful enough generally? Or do many people toil away with little or no expression of gratitude to encourage them?
Do you think ingratitude is a serious error? Is it a sin? Is it a serious sin? (I know we don’t usually list those who are ungrateful with ax murderers). Mind you, Paul did, sort of: Continue reading “Being thankful”
Victor Frankl could have been forgiven if he had displayed a bad attitude. As a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp, he was witness to some of the most indescribable horrors in human history.
How, then, did Frankl avoid the fate of pessimism and bitterness? He wrote: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s way.”
Our attitude is a matter of choice? Few ever come to that realization. They merely take the mood that comes with the events of their day and act correspondingly. If someone cuts me off in traffic, I’ll be in a foul mood for awhile. If I get that promotion, I’ll be on top of the world. If not, stay out of my path! Continue reading “Improving My Attitude”
The sky this morning is clear and a vibrant blue. The sunshine is bright and temperatures are pleasant. I give thanks to God for these conditions. Would I do the same if it were rainy, cold and overcast? Continue reading "In Everything Give Thanks"