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Trials & Tribulations

Have you ever wondered why God, our Heavenly Father, allows His children to go through trials and tribulations; trials and tribulations, that at times, are very tough to go through such as a believer battling with cancer or the loss of a dearly beloved one?I personally have not experienced the former but have experienced the latter when both my mother and father passed away just a few years ago. 
I use those two examples because they are probably the toughest events to have to go through in life. In that extreme, I use them to point out that God’s peace and love in our lives, even in those times, provides for us a great hope beyond anything we may be experiencing.
The Lord, creator of the universe, is powerful, and He will help us to overcome anything that comes our way, if we let Him, and in turn He will use that trial or tribulation for His glory.
We read through the New Testament scriptures of the many trials and tribulations that Paul went through. Paul had been in a shipwreck; he ne…

Trials & Tribulations

Have you ever wondered why God, our Heavenly Father, allows His children to go through trials and tribulations; trials and tribulations, that at times, are very tough to go through such as a believer battling with cancer or the loss of a dearly beloved one? I personally have not experienced the former but have experienced the latter when both my mother and father passed away just a few years ago. 
I use those two examples because they are probably the toughest events to have to go through in life. In that extreme, I use them to point out that God’s peace and love in our lives, even in those times, provides for us a great hope beyond anything we may be experiencing.
The Lord, creator of the universe, is powerful, and He will help us to overcome anything that comes our way, if we let Him, and in turn He will use that trial or tribulation for His glory.
We read through the New Testament scriptures of the many trials and tribulations that Paul went through. Paul had been in a shipwreck; …

Dead or Alive

Two things jumped out at me as I read through the first sentence of the book of Ephesians chapter two this morning: my previous life before becoming born again, and the 1980’s New Wave band Dead or Alive.Although I won’t be writing about the latter, their namesake will stick to the title of this post ; )
So what is the big deal about Paul’s statement: “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins”?
There’s a lot to be said about his statement, but the main thing is that it reminds the Christian, especially if you once walked in the world, that we are to be compassionate and loving to those who do not know Jesus.
This is because while we, ourselves, were yet sinners Jesus died on the cross for us so that we may one day, willingly, give our lives to Him.
Before becoming born again, I was totally immersed in sin. I was an eighties New Wave fanatico with orange hair, piercing’s and the whole bit. All I wanted to do was party which got me into a lot of trouble. I also didn’t min…

Dead or Alive

Two things jumped out at me as I read through the first sentence of the book of Ephesians chapter two this morning: my previous life before becoming born again, and the 1980’s New Wave band Dead or Alive.Although I won’t be writing about the latter, their namesake will stick to the title of this post ; )
So what is the big deal about Paul’s statement: “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins”?
There’s a lot to be said about his statement, but the main thing is that it reminds the Christian, especially if you once walked in the world, that we are to be compassionate and loving to those who do not know Jesus.
This is because while we, ourselves, were yet sinners Jesus died on the cross for us so that we may one day, willingly, give our lives to Him.
Before becoming born again, I was totally immersed in sin. I was an eighties New Wave fanatico with orange hair, piercing’s and the whole bit. All I wanted to do was party which got me into a lot of trouble. I also didn’…

Wisdom and Understanding from God

In the book of Ephesians, Paul the apostle tells the Ephesian believers that he constantly gave thanks for them and always made mention of them in his prayers. The specifics of his prayer for the believers at Ephesus was that God would give to each one of them wisdom and revelation of Him; that their eyes would be enlightened so that they would know the hope of His calling upon each of them.
Paul’s words provide for us great encouragement to pray for our brothers and sisters in-Christ. And, to know that we can call on God, through Jesus, to provide for us wisdom and knowledge of what He wants of us.
What a mind boggling thought that the creator of the universe would want us to know all about Him, and that He is the one who will provide great wisdom to the believer.
Some of us may think that our brains are too far gone to obtain and comprehend this great wisdom and understanding of God, but that’s not the case. If we truly have full, non-compromising faith and trust in Jesus, He will make…

Wisdom and Understanding from God

In the book of Ephesians, Paul the apostle tells the Ephesian believers that he constantly gave thanks for them and always made mention of them in his prayers.  The specifics of his prayer for the believers at Ephesus was that God would give to each one of them wisdom and revelation of Him; that their eyes would be enlightened so that they would know the hope of His calling upon each of them.
Paul’s words provide for us great encouragement to pray for our brothers and sisters in-Christ. And, to know that we can call on God, through Jesus, to provide for us wisdom and knowledge of what He wants of us.
What a mind boggling thought that the creator of the universe would want us to know all about Him, and that He is the one who will provide great wisdom to the believer.
Some of us may think that our brains are too far gone to obtain and comprehend this great wisdom and understanding of God, but that’s not the case. If we truly have full, non-compromising faith and trust in Jesus, He will…

Born Again, Yet Miserable

Have you ever wondered why you feel so miserable yet you are a born again Christian whose given him or her self to Jesus?Many Christians experience this misery because they want to live half for Jesus and half for themselves. We have to live fully for Jesus in order to experience His fullness and joy within our lives.

Samson, who was a judge of Israel for twenty years, was a man of God who lived a miserable life and ended up dying miserably due to bad choices he had made throughout his tenor here on earth.

The book of Judges, chapters thirteen through sixteen recounts the story of Samson. It describes the ups and downs in his life, and his tragic death at the end. Although the latter was not to nice of an event, it does speak of Samson's recommitment to God.

We should take this story of Samson as an example to live for the Lord fully, without compromise. Yes, we will still make mistakes, but as we walk with the Lord we will sin less and less.

How are you living today? If you've be…

Born Again, Yet Miserable

Have you ever wondered why you feel so miserable yet you are a born again Christian whose given him or her self to Jesus? Many Christians experience this misery because they want to live half for Jesus and half for themselves. We have to live fully for Jesus in order to experience His fullness and joy within our lives.

Samson, who was a judge of Israel for twenty years, was a man of God who lived a miserable life and ended up dying miserably due to bad choices he had made throughout his tenor here on earth.

The book of Judges, chapters thirteen through sixteen recounts the story of Samson. It describes the ups and downs in his life, and his tragic death at the end. Although the latter was not to nice of an event, it does speak of Samson's recommitment to God.

We should take this story of Samson as an example to live for the Lord fully, without compromise. Yes, we will still make mistakes, but as we walk with the Lord we will sin less and less.

How are you living today? If you'…

Using Your Words Wisely

Monday, 3 September 2012 Labor Day "A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness." Proverbs 15:1-2Have you ever been in a situation where your response to someone's anger turned the situation into a heated argument?
I'm sure we've all been in this situation at one time or another, but as Christians we are called to go above and beyond to avoid this. Yes, I know we're humans and this will happen, but I also know we're Christians, and we have the power of the Holy Spirit to discipline us in this respect. As a Christian, never take the former as an excuse for foolish actions on your part. Remember, we have choices.
So how can we avoid a foolish heated, anger filled, argument?
We can do this by providing a "soft answer". In the book of Judges, when Gideon was "sharply reprimanded" by the men of Ephraim, who were counterparts in-the…

Using Your Words Wisely

Monday, 3 September 2012 Labor Day "A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness." Proverbs 15:1-2 Have you ever been in a situation where your response to someone's anger turned the situation into a heated argument?
I'm sure we've all been in this situation at one time or another, but as Christians we are called to go above and beyond to avoid this. Yes, I know we're humans and this will happen, but I also know we're Christians, and we have the power of the Holy Spirit to discipline us in this respect. As a Christian, never take the former as an excuse for foolish actions on your part. Remember, we have choices.
So how can we avoid a foolish heated, anger filled, argument?
We can do this by providing a "soft answer". In the book of Judges, when Gideon was "sharply reprimanded" by the men of Ephraim, who were counterparts…

God's Special Forces

Special Forces operations have been in practice for a long, long time. Much longer than some of us know.Amongst other stories in the Bible which speak of such operations, the author of the book of Judges (chapter seven) describes a covert operation carried out by a man named Gideon and another fellow.
The commander of this group is the Lord Himself.
Only select men with extraordinary strengths and abilities serve in Special Operations missions.

A U.S. Army informational web page pertinent to Special Forces qualifications describes it like this: "To become part of the Army's Green Berets, you need to be mentally and physically tough, endure difficult training and face challenges head on."
This is how the christian must be. He or she must be mentally and physically tough and face challenges head on, in-Christ. But, there is only one way he or she can get there, and that is to fully commit him or her self to the Lord. The Christian can't be mediocre i.e. not believing nor …

God's Special Forces

Special Forces operations have been in practice for a long, long time. Much longer than some of us know. Amongst other stories in the Bible which speak of such operations, the author of the book of Judges (chapter seven) describes a covert operation carried out by a man named Gideon and another fellow.
The commander of this group is the Lord Himself.
Only select men with extraordinary strengths and abilities serve in Special Operations missions.

A U.S. Army informational web page pertinent to Special Forces qualifications describes it like this: "To become part of the Army's Green Berets, you need to be mentally and physically tough, endure difficult training and face challenges head on."
This is how the christian must be. He or she must be mentally and physically tough and face challenges head on, in-Christ. But, there is only one way he or she can get there, and that is to fully commit him or her self to the Lord. The Christian can't be mediocre i.e. not believin…

Should I Test God?

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Do you ever feel the need to test the Lord or wonder if He can accomplish a certain feat you've placed out for Him?
There is a story in the Bible that tells about a man named Gideon who felt the need to test the Lord. (It's found in the book of Judges chapter six.)
An Angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon and told him that the Lord was with him.

(Funny thing is that when the angel appeared to him, he didn't call Gideon by name, he called him "mighty man of valor". As I read on, Gideon's questions to the Lord seemed to depict a weak man and by no means a mighty man of valor.)
God chose this man to be the one to save Israel from the hand of the Midianites who were oppressing them. 
As the story goes, Gideon basically asked the Lord to prove Himself to him by accomplishing a few things that he had laid out for the Lord to do before he would be obedient to His calling. (Gideon wanted to make sure it was truly God calling on Him to this task.)
So the Lord proved Himself …

Should I Test God?

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Do you ever feel the need to test the Lord or wonder if He can accomplish a certain feat you've placed out for Him?
There is a story in the Bible that tells about a man named Gideon who felt the need to test the Lord. (It's found in the book of Judges chapter six.)
An Angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon and told him that the Lord was with him.

(Funny thing is that when the angel appeared to him, he didn't call Gideon by name, he called him "mighty man of valor". As I read on, Gideon's questions to the Lord seemed to depict a weak man and by no means a mighty man of valor.)
God chose this man to be the one to save Israel from the hand of the Midianites who were oppressing them. 
As the story goes, Gideon basically asked the Lord to prove Himself to him by accomplishing a few things that he had laid out for the Lord to do before he would be obedient to His calling. (Gideon wanted to make sure it was truly God calling on Him to this task.)
So the Lord proved Hi…