I’m really looking forward to Saturday night and Sunday services at Warwick Assembly this weekend! If there’s any dryness in your life, or if you are just desperate for more of God, come and join us. Our anthem of late comes from Bethel Music’s “Deep Cries Out,” and we sing, “I’ve got a river of living water, a fountain that never will run dry.” That is an awesome reality! Come catch the excitement!
Originally posted on sharing love and truth:
When we were children, we thought like children. For instance, when we got a cut or scrape, we went running and sometimes crying for the tender mercy of our loved one. And by tender mercy, I mean the tan rectangular adhesive with the soft cotton center! (I’m trying to avoid a trademark issue here, but you know I’m talking about: a band-aid. Aghhh! I did it anyway!)
Think about it: did that little piece of first-aid wonder actually do any measure of healing? In our naiveté it did. But, we understand now that the band-aid only hid the wound from our sight (and from some germs). It masked the injury, but the healing truly came from the inside.
Today, our desire for healing is much the same. The hurts are deeper, as we have lived longer and experienced numerous disappointments in life. But, in the same way the band-aid didn’t heal…
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How are you doing in your pursuit of wisdom? Your soul thirsts for understanding, so from what source do you seek it?
We have many options: Facebook, family, friends, pastors, books, O Magazine, talk shows and CNN…
I love the Bible’s call to us concerning wisdom:
Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor (Prov. 4:5-9).
Get…Love…Get…Get…Esteem…Embrace… Six times we are told action to take concerning wisdom, and six times we are told that wisdom rewards. The writer even assigns greater value to the pursuit of understanding above anything else.
Would you dare to pray an audacious prayer throughout 2015? Ask the Father to increase your love for Him and to give you a greater hunger for His Word. Through His answering, you will embark on an incomparable journey of getting and loving wisdom as you embrace the All-Knowing One.
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better” (Ephesians 1:17).
Watching the cardinals and the sparrow enjoy the seeds they found this morning in my neighbor’s yard, I reflected again on the faithfulness of God. Jesus said, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life” (Matthew 6:25-27)?
Worrying is a waste of time. Do not excuse it as an inherited trait, because it has no place in the life of a believer. When you are tempted to worry, pray instead and ask the Father for truth. Go to His Word and spend time getting to know the Author of Life, the Creator of all things, and the very One whose knowledge concerning the universe is unlimited. God Almighty is ruler of all things, and He invites you and me to know Him. To know Him is to trust Him. To trust God is to live free from worry.
Today is No Fear Friday and a great day to reward your health and your relationships by rejecting a state of worry.
Watching and learning,
Even in the hard things you can find beauty if you look for it. It’s there. Still your heart, look to heaven and receive the Father’s love. He will wash you in His goodness and give you a cause for celebration. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4).
In the aftermath of recent terrorist attacks in Paris, citizens of France and world leaders came together and offered support. Here’s an excerpt from the FOX News on-line article about the Rally for Global Unity.
More than 40 world leaders — press reports put the number at 44 — along with more than a million ordinary French citizens, marched arm in arm through the streets of Paris Sunday to rally for unity and freedom of expression and to honor the 17 victims killed in three separate terror attacks last week.
Among the world leaders who did march, under heavy security, were French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
You can hear Rick Leventhal’s report and see video coverage of the rally here.