“Things fathers should do” 6/19/2022 Written by Dr. Lawson Murry for “SEIZE The DAY”

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Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the  discipline and instruction of the Lord." - Ephesians 6:4 | Ephesians,  Ephesians 6, Anger

Written by Dr. Lawson Murry for “SEIZE The DAY”  @  https://seizetheday-blog.com

Original post @ https://seizetheday-blog.com/2022/06/17/things-fathers-should-do-3/

Things fathers should do

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Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4 (NIV).

In Ephesians 6:4 the “do not” of fatherhood is followed by an explicit do. Dads should bring up their children “in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Which, requires dads to do three things:

  1. Be tender. The words, “bring them up,” means “to nourish or feed.” Eugene Peterson puts this phrase into contemporary English by saying, “take them by the hand.” And Calvin translated “bring them up” as “let them be kindly cherished.” According to God’s Word, men are manly when they’re sensitive and sympathetic with their children. Dad, speak to your children with gentleness and friendliness. And take time to hold your baby in your arms, kiss your son, or hug your teenager or adult child. For even though fathers fight dragons almost daily, and even though fathers must do battle in the arena which is sometimes called an office or a workshop, you must nonetheless be a man who reflects the image of the Heavenly Father. So take your child by the hand and climb the mountain of life remembering there’s a son or daughter who’s following in your steps.

  1. Exercise discipline. The word “training” means “discipline, even by punishment.” The same Greek word is used in Luke 23:16 when Pilate said of Jesus, “I will punish him and then release him.” Thus the word “training” includes and encompasses everything necessary to help “train a child in the way he should go” Proverbs 22:6. Dad, don’t leave the issue of discipline to your wife. To not discipline your child is a sad breach of domestic responsibility and a denial of God’s Word which ultimately robs a child of the security and self-esteem which comes from being disciplined by a father. Proverbs 19:18 says, “Discipline your son in his early years while there is hope. If you don’t, you will ruin his life” (TLB). As a wise grandmother once said, “You don’t spoil a child by giving him love. You spoil him by withholding discipline.”

  1. Bring instruction. The word “instruction” literally means “to place before the mind.” Fathers should be alert for every opportunity to teach moral values and natural skills. This will only be accomplished if you take time to talk, listen, work, and play with your children. And it will only be effective when you back up your instruction with a walk that matches the talk. Yes, the most important instruction that your children receive comes from watching how you iron out disagreements with your wife, how you talk about your boss behind his back, and whether or not your dealings with people are honest and fair. Thus school is always in session when your child is growing up (but don’t tell her that!). And leading your child in the way of the Lord is a lifelong calling.

A dad can’t father his children by proxy. A dad should be leading family devotions, putting the children to bed, praying with his children, and reading to them. A dad should also worship with his children, attend their sporting or cultural events, and spend quality and quantity one on one time with them.

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P.S. (from bruce)  When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT is your soul ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“Step Out In His Grace” 6/18/2022 Written by Dawn Ivey for “Drawing closer to Christ”

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2 Corinthians 12:9 NIRV - Verse of the day

Written by  Dawn Ivey for “Drawing closer to Christ”  @  https://drawingclosertochrist.com

Original post @ https://drawingclosertochrist.com/2022/05/09/step-out-in-his-grace/

Step Out In His Grace

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MAY 9, 2022 ~ DAWN

 

2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV, “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.”

This verse crossed my mind one morning while I was walking. God gave me a reminder that, no matter what He calls us to do, He will give us the grace to do it. We do not have to have all the answers.

The everyday tasks and responsibilities of life can be challenging, but God is with us, extending His grace daily. Simple prayers throughout our day, can help us through and remind us of His presence.

If there are changes in your life that God is leading you to make, you may feel fear and uncertainty, but remember that His grace will be sufficient for your every need. His power is made perfect in the midst of your weaknesses. He will do what we cannot.

Nothing we encounter is too hard for God. Our steps of faith and obedience will lead to the blessings that He has in store for us. To fulfill His purpose for our lives, we must be willing to rest in the sufficiency of His grace and power.

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P.S. (from bruce)  When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT is your soul ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“How Do Christians Respond When Trouble Strikes” 6/17/2022 Written by Keith Haney for “THE LIGHT BREAKS THROUGH”

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My Daily Bread – JESUS. “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye LOVE  one another; as I have LOVEd you, that ye also LOVE one another. By this  shall all

Written by  Keith Haney for “THE LIGHT BREAKS THROUGH” @ https://alightbreaksthrough.org

How Do Christians Respond When Trouble Strikes

ByKeith Haney

MAY 28, 2022

The events of the few weeks have been saddening.  It began with the shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo, then the shooting at a church in California, and now the horrible events at an elementary school in Texas. The responses to the attacks just added to the misery.  Instead of the country coming together and dealing with the real threats we face as a nation, people went right away into political talking points.

And the offensive statements and accusations that have come out of those statements have made me cringe.  Civility is gone, compassion for the victims and their families no longer exists, and their agendas drive the narrative.  Meanwhile, we are becoming a nation of individual ideologies.  Is that really what we have been called to do?  Is that the witness we want to display to the world?  Someone once said there is nothing new under the sun.  This is not the only time in history there has been conflict and tension between various camps.

We are living in the last days.  Jesus is coming back. He has given us some instructions on how to live in a crumbling world and how to survive tough times. In Matthew 24 you will find a blueprint to prepare for the difficult times ahead

KEEP YOUR HEAD ON STRAIGHT

Listen to Jesus’ words:(v. 4) “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.”

What’s Jesus saying? He’s saying “Don’t believe everything you hear.  Don’t be easily led astray.” Since the dawn of the internet. I am convinced more than ever people will fall for anything.  How many times have you fallen for the web hoax of this celebrity having died? Or this is my favorite “I need to get this money out of Africa, send me your banking information and I will split the money with you.”  Some people will believe anything they hear.

You can’t believe everything you read on the internet, you can’t believe everything you see on the news, and you can’t believe everything someone says in the name of religion. Jesus says, “Don’t be deceived; don’t believe everything you hear.” When we’re going through difficult times, we’ve got to keep our heads on straight, and we’ve got to keep a firm grip on the truth. How do you do that? You’ve got to know the Bible, and you’ve got to look at things through the eyes of God’s truth.

KEEP YOUR HEART IN THE RIGHT PLACE

Listen to what Jesus said…

(v. 9) “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time, many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”

(v. 12-13) “The love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”

Do you see that Jesus has equated standing firm with love?

Guard your heart. Don’t let your commitment and love for God grow cold. Too often we understand “standing firm” only with doctrinal purity, a bold faith, or uncompromising steadiness in our walk with God, and all these are key.  I don’t want to minimize the importance of any of these things, but we must always remember that as far as God is concerned, Love is central to all of these

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…” (Matthew 22:37)

And the second greatest commandment is…
“Love your neighbor as yourself.”
 (Matthew 22:39)

About these two commandments, Jesus said…

“All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:40)

This is why Paul said…

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal…If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love; I gain nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1,3)

What was missing so often this last week in response to these violent attacks was love.  When we retreat to our individual camps and start throwing our opinions around, retreat to our talking points, love gets lost.

The gospel needs to be proclaimed that Jesus Christ came into the world and died on the cross for your sins so that you can have life in him. No matter how dark this world becomes, no matter how hard Satan tries to tear us apart and separate us into camps, nothing can change the truth or the power of this message.

Trials, tribulations, domestic terrorists, and people with evil intentions are temporary; God’s promises are eternal. Even when you’re going through the fire, you’ve got to keep your feet firmly grounded on the strength and power of God’s promise.

The Bible never promises that we will have a comfortable life.  The truth is Jesus said that the rain would fall on the just and unjust, and

Paul reminds us in 2 Timothy…

Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. (2 Timothy 3:12)

Keep your heart in the right place: don’t let anything take you away from loving God and loving others. And keep your feet on the pavement: don’t stop doing the work that God has called you to do. This will get you through your most difficult days. This will help you outlast the darkness.

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P.S. (from bruce)  When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT is your soul ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“THROWBACK THURSDAY – PERSISTENCE” 6/16/2022 Written by Kathy Boecher for “atimetoshare”

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Written by Kathy Boecher for “atimetoshare” @   http://atimetoshare.me

Original post @ https://atimetoshare.me/2022/05/19/throwback-thursday-persistence/

THROWBACK THURSDAY – PERSISTENCE

Posted on May 19, 2022 by atimetoshare.me

God gives us some good advice in James 1:3 & 4. He tells us to hang in there; to hold on to our beliefs; to trust in His wisdom. It isn’t always easy to do that, especially when our lives are packed with tough times. More often than not, we can feel defeated before we even start to move forward.

  • Don’t let outside influences affect your walk each day.

  • Be confident that God has a plan, and He is making it happen on His timeline.

  • Trust in your own good judgment and with His help, don’t give up.

  • He knows what you need even before you do and He’s the one who will help you fulfill the desire of your heart if He thinks it’s good for you.

When we’re young we listen to our parents’ advice because we trust them. When God tells us something, we can have faith that He is going to make good on His Word. He is the perfect Father.

Here is your pep talk for today. You can do all kinds of amazing things when you have God with you. You are an important member of His family. He loves you so much that He sent His own flesh and blood to suffer and die on your behalf. He then rose from the clutches of death and went back to heaven to get your room ready for you.

He’s also going to make sure we’re ready for that place by refining us. Refining requires going into the fire at times. Life isn’t perfect. We’re going to have difficulties. There’s even a plan for all the junk we encounter. All our cares, worries and losses are designed to temper us into pure gold. God will be with us in every struggle – carrying us when times get too hard to endure. Don’t despair – don’t lose faith – never give up and trust in God.

STICKTOITIVENESS – Noun – Informal, North American origin – Synonyms: determination, resolution, firmness of purpose, purposeful

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P.S. (from bruce)  When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT is your soul ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“THROWBACK THURSDAY – PERSISTENCE” 6/16/2022 Written by Kathy Boecher for “atimetoshare”

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Written by Kathy Boecher for “atimetoshare” @   http://atimetoshare.me

Original post @ https://atimetoshare.me/2022/05/19/throwback-thursday-persistence/

THROWBACK THURSDAY – PERSISTENCE

Posted on May 19, 2022 by atimetoshare.me

God gives us some good advice in James 1:3 & 4. He tells us to hang in there; to hold on to our beliefs; to trust in His wisdom. It isn’t always easy to do that, especially when our lives are packed with tough times. More often than not, we can feel defeated before we even start to move forward.

  • Don’t let outside influences affect your walk each day.

  • Be confident that God has a plan, and He is making it happen on His timeline.

  • Trust in your own good judgment and with His help, don’t give up.

  • He knows what you need even before you do and He’s the one who will help you fulfill the desire of your heart if He thinks it’s good for you.

When we’re young we listen to our parents’ advice because we trust them. When God tells us something, we can have faith that He is going to make good on His Word. He is the perfect Father.

Here is your pep talk for today. You can do all kinds of amazing things when you have God with you. You are an important member of His family. He loves you so much that He sent His own flesh and blood to suffer and die on your behalf. He then rose from the clutches of death and went back to heaven to get his room ready for you.

He’s also going to make sure we’re ready for that place by refining us. Refining requires going into the fire at times. Life isn’t perfect. We’re going to have difficulties. There’s even a plan for all the junk we encounter. All our cares, worries, and losses are designed to temper us into pure gold. God will be with us in every struggle – carrying us when times get too hard to endure. Don’t despair – don’t lose faith – never give up and trust in God.

STICKTOITIVENESS – Noun – Informal, North American origin – Synonyms: determination, resolution, firmness of purpose, purposeful

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P.S. (from bruce)  When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT is your soul ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“The Valley” 6/15/2022 Written by Beth Andrews for “Deeper Roots”

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Psalms 23:4 - Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I wi...

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The Valley

POSTED ON JUNE 11, 2022 BY BETH ANDREWS

This morning I was thinking about something I needed to do, something I didn’t really want to do because it often raised up a temptation I’ve been trying to put down for a long time. I prayed for help and a verse came to mind. It comes out of Psalm 23 – The Shepherd’s Psalm. Verse 4 says “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Now, what does that have to do with temptation?

This valley is not a pastoral scene of gentle slopes between the hills but a steep, narrow gorge where the sun never reaches. The valley most attributed to this passage was the Valley of Hinnom outside the walls of Jerusalem. It was a horrible place of death as bodies of criminals and animals and the town’s rubbish was thrown there and fires burned continually to consume them. The ”shadow of death” is a place of extreme danger and thick darkness – an apt description of the valley. It was also a place where kings and priest sent their own children to be burned alive to appease the gods – a horrible sin.

Death and sin go hand in hand. From the very beginning, God told the first humans that when they sin (disobey God) they “will surely die” (Gen 2:17). Paul said that “The wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23). The valley was a terrifying place of sin and death. But it was also a place people had to pass to get to the gates of the city. Here’s where this all comes together. You and I will be faced with sin and its consequences as long as we are on this earth. We can’t escape it. But we don’t have to fear it. God is with us. If we walk closely with Him we can traverse the sin and death of this world without falling into it. That’s what God was saying to me this morning. “Don’t be afraid of what you need to do. I am with you. I will not let you fall.” And He didn’t.

Beloved, the world is filled with sin and death, but if you belong to Christ you can face it with faith in your Shepherd. Your very Good Shepherd who died to save you – His precious little lamb.

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P.S. (from bruce)  When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT is your soul ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“Accuracy vs. Relevance” 6/14/2022 Written by Bill Rudge for “Bill Rudge Ministries”

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Accuracy vs. Relevance

JUNE 3, 2022BRM7

Bill Rudge

Instead of trying to be relevant, make it your priority to accurately proclaim God’s Word. Then you will be both accurate and relevant!

The Church today desperately needs leaders who daily delve into the Bible and spend time in prayer so God’s Spirit can breathe spiritual insight into them. They, in turn, can nourish hungry souls. The Body of Christ thirsts for those who proclaim the pure Word of God under the anointing of His Spirit.

May the priority of every pastor, Christian leader, and believer in Christ be to seek out, live out and speak out the incredible treasures and wisdom of God’s Word!

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P.S. (from bruce)  When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT is your soul ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“Sucking All the “fun” Out of Dysfunction” 6/13/2022 Written by Gabrielle Guthrie for “See, there’s this thing called biology.~insanitybytes”

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Sucking All the “fun” Out of Dysfunction

04SaturdayJun 2022

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This neighborhood has really been sucking all the “fun” out of “dysfunction” lately. I think I’m either getting some PTSD or my ears are just ringing because I’m now hearing people screaming and sirens coming even when they aren’t there anymore.

Anxiety has a tangible energy to it, PTSD is environmental, it starts in your body long before you even become aware of it. In fact, when you can become aware of it and welcome it like an old friend, it starts to lose its grip on you. In addition to the usual domestic violence and child abuse on the other side of the road are the pipe bomb makers. Nothing calms the nerves quite like random, drug fueled explosions in your residential neighborhood at all hours of the day and night.

Besides all the ordinary relationship struggles people face anyway, let’s just add addiction into the mix. In other words, we people are already toxic and dysfunctional, but stir in some mood altering substances and withdrawal symptoms and things just go from ugly to, downright ugly and really sad.

I want to say “Stop it. Just stop it,” but of course people are on autopilot, they are acting and reacting without any self-awareness. In fact, they are mindlessly reading from some trauma script, trapped in this cycle of what they’ve learned and lived. Jesus came to set the captives free, but that’s a tough concept to sell to people who don’t even realize they are captives.

It doesn’t have to be this way. There is another way, a better way, actually once called, “the way.” Right? “I am the truth and the life and the way.” It’s a tough sell because a lot of people don’t even realize there is another way, another option available. You don’t have to live this way, but you have to at least reach for it, at least try to imagine the possibility of something better.

It may sound trite to say this, but Jesus will fulfill all your needs. ALL of them. These are not words on a coffee mug, this is walked out truth, this is reality for many who will testify to it. That means, if you invite Him in, He will heal what is wounded, give you what you need, and fulfill ALL your unmet relationship needs. All of them. So if your mother is a raging addict and you suffer from abandonment issues, you got a perfect Father in heaven who wants to adopt you, heal you, and guide you forward.

And yes, it can be really painful for a while, but not nearly as bad as how a lot of people are already living! Shoot, hell is not a burning lake of fire in another dimension far away, hell is living right across the street tormenting itself and everyone it touches, right here, right now.

It’s really sad to me because I’ve lived long enough to know people generationally, so those words coming out of your mouth are not even your own, they belong to your father or your grandmother. I recognize the phrasing, the tone, the idioms, the alcoholic rage. How is it you cannot hear yourself screaming words onto the next generation, that don’t even belong to you???

“In the world you will have trouble,” that’s a given. Relationships can be hard because there are people in them. However, if we seek Jesus first, make Him the first thing, the One who fulfills ALL of our needs, other people lose their power over us and all the emotional hooks go away. Nobody feeds on drama when they aren’t hungry anymore.

“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”  He wasn’t just talking about keeping our stomachs full, but our souls, our emotional realm, our relationship needs.

Also, no matter how blind we are, we still have a choice about how we are going to live, what kind of people we are going to be. While I am packed with empathy for other people’s relationship struggles, and quite familiar with the power of trauma, I am also keenly aware that we are all without excuse.

Choose better.

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P.S. (from bruce)  When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT is your soul ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“God gives us all we have” 6/12/2022 Written by Louis Mize, a good friend

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“God gives us all we have”

For I say through the grace given me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Romans 12:3

I am certain that there are many students of the Word of God who are much smarter than me. I have to work at studying God’s Word. And some things that are clearly revealed and crystal clear are much easier for me to understand than those things that God has chosen to conceal. I praise Him for the grace He has given me. I didn’t earn or deserve any of it. I ask Him to help me to think clearly and soberly. I ask Him to help me to never think of myself more highly than I ought to think. And I pray for forgiveness for the times I have acted in unbelief and without faith. For I realize that even the measure of faith I have is a wonderful gift from God.

God has given ALL of us special gifts in order to strengthen the body of Christ. I pray we use them to edify and lift up Christ, and never ourselves. I don’t know everything, and neither do you. When I start to believe I am better than someone else, that in itself proves I have much to learn. But I ask God to help me use the things He has taught me and given me to share the gospel with all the world. For the gospel takes precedence in all He has called me to do. For all of us, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one of us members, one of another. So, this morning, I ask God to strengthen the body of Christ as we gather to worship and serve Him!

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P.S. (from bruce)  When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT is your soul ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“How He Is Humbled” 6/11/2022 Posted by Alister Begg for www.truthforlife.org from Spurgeon’s writing

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Posted by Alister Begg   for   www.truthforlife.org  from Spurgeon’s writing

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How He Is Humbled

He humbled himself.

Philippians 2:8

Jesus is the great teacher of lowliness of heart. Every day we need to learn from Him. Witness the Master taking a towel and washing His disciples’ feet! Follower of Christ, will you not humble yourself? Consider Him the Servant of servants, and surely you cannot be proud! This sentence sums up His life: “He humbled Himself.” Isn’t it true to say that on earth He was always stripping off first one robe of honor and then another until, naked, He was fastened to the cross and emptied Himself, pouring out His lifeblood, giving it up for all of us, until they laid Him penniless in a borrowed grave? Our dear Redeemer was brought low! How then can we be proud?

Stand at the foot of the cross and count the purple drops by which you have been cleansed; see the crown of thorns; mark His scourged shoulders; see hands and feet given up to the rough iron, and His whole self to mockery and scorn; see the bitterness and the pains of inward grief, showing themselves in His outward frame; hear the beleaguered cry, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” And if you do not lie prostrate on the ground before that cross, you have never seen it: If you are not humbled in the presence of Jesus, you do not know Him.

You were so lost that nothing could save you but the sacrifice of God’s only Son. Think of that, and as Jesus stooped for you, bow yourself in lowliness at His feet. A sense of Christ’s amazing love for us has a greater tendency to humble us than even an awareness of our own guilt. May the Lord bring our thoughts to Calvary; then our position will no longer be that of the pompous man of pride, but we will take the humble place of one who loves much because he has been forgiven much.

Pride cannot live beneath the cross. Let us sit there and learn our lesson, and then rise and carry it into practice.

Devotional material is taken from Morning and Evening, written by C. H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright © 2003, Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.org. Used by Truth For Life with written permission.

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P.S. (from bruce)  When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT is your soul ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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