The internet is full of memes about how bad the year 2020 has been. It has indeed had its difficulties. Some have died because of a virus that people cannot even agree on the name; others have suffered horribly, including some of our own writers.
In spite of the hardship that the sufferings this year have brought to many, the Lord continues to work among his people and to fulfill his promise to work all things together for good for those who love him, Romans 8.28.
It would be an easy thing to cite a list of concrete events and happenings how the Lord has brought blessing to his people. We’ll leave the comments section open for that, if someone has a contribution he would like to make. Continue reading “Lessons worthy of a virus”
Many people are dealing badly with the coronavirus restrictions. Even religious folk are having a hard time of it. Just because someone is religious, doesn’t mean they have faith and are able to cope with afflictions when they come crashing down on the head.
From a man who taught fear and reverence of God to the people of Israel, whose comfort was in ritual rather than in true relationship with the Creator, comes this jewel:
If you fall apart during a crisis, then you weren’t very strong to begin with, Proverbs 24.10 VOICE.
Continue reading “How to deal with crisis”
Peace is what most in the world are longing for. Yet peace seems to be elusive. Perhaps people are not only looking in the wrong place to find peace, but also are going about it in the wrong way. Peace is often viewed as a product of compromise. Yet a peace based on compromise is only peaceful as long as all are happy with the compromise! There must be a better way.
Paul wrote about peace as he drew his letter to the Christians in Philippi to a close. There were Christians in Philippi who were not at peace with each other. And there is a way to find peace in all aspects of our lives. Continue reading “Peace that exceeds all understanding”
A life free from worry. Any takers?
We know we ought to embody Jesus’ teachings to abstain from worrying about tomorrow. Disciples are not to be anxious about life. In fact, in his parable about the Sower, Jesus described the cares of this life as one of those distracting forces that can stifle God’s word within our lives.
Yet, achieving a worry free lifestyle may not be as easy as understanding the goal. How often does expending energy focused upon “I’m not going to worry” only seem to heighten the problem? Fortunately, scripture and research converge suggesting some strategies forward. Here’s one of them. Continue reading “Squelching worry”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease killed more than 630,000 people in 2016. That is a death from heart disease every 40 seconds. Cancer was the second most prevalent cause of death taking 596,000 people.
USA Today reported the top ten things that worry Americans are: government corruption, terrorist attacks, not enough money for the future, becoming a victim of terror, firearm restrictions, closely related people dying, economic or financial collapse, identity theft, closely related people getting sick, and Obamacare.
Not one of those things (or any other) should worry a faithful child of God. Continue reading “Are you worried?”
It seems that no matter when or where people live, they worry. Sometimes you get the idea that people like to worry – and possibly wouldn’t know what to do if they couldn’t!
Last year, The Independent newspaper in Great Britain interviewed 20,000 people to discover what it was that people in 2015 worried about. Surprisingly, or maybe not, the list is not too different from what Jesus talked about in Matthew 6. Continue reading “What do you worry about?”
The pages of the gospels are filled with examples of Jesus’ kindness. The pages of our newspapers betray that, as a people, we are not very kind at all.
In Mark chapter five, when Jesus raised Jairus’ daughter, he said something very kind to him. He said, “Do not be afraid any longer” (Mark 5:36 NASB). Those words echo across the centuries to us, bringing Jesus’ kindness to us still. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. Oh, that we would replace the fear in our hearts with his words! Continue reading “Jesus is there; don’t be afraid”
The pursuit of truth requires patience, attention and precision. We need to be able to take issues apart so we can express perfectly what Scripture teaches. A lack of precision can lead souls away from God.
Humans see pain as inherently bad, when it isn’t. Pain is a symptom, not the problem. It alerts our bodies to illness, injury or danger. If we couldn’t feel pain, we would remain in mortal danger. Continue reading “Be precise when discussing worry and sin”
Through the darkness, comes the light. Continue reading What do I know?
Have we been revived by God? Continue reading Living water