Originally posted on The Road:
This is from the blog Homeward Bound:
I’ve been doing more praying than writing lately. I’ve been doing more praying than pretty much anything else if I am to be perfectly honest, and I think anyone seeing the world for what it has become, and watching the chess pieces moving on the chessboard with lightning fast speed can do nothing less.
We knew these things were coming, for long and long we knew. Seeing them up close, however, does make one catch their breath and realize these are just the outlying storm clouds. The brunt of the storm itself and the true fury thereof has not yet arrived.
My heart breaks as I watch more and more people tether their hopes to the church, thinking it a place of refuge and safety, only to have their hopes shattered at the revelation that the church is full to the rafters…
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During times of great stress, temptation rears its ugly head. Our busyness beckons us to take shortcuts or to skip that which matters most, in order to get things done. Despite a willing spirit, we have weaknesses that require the strength of our Savior to successfully stand in the ways in which we are called. That may seem all well and good, but how are we to do this practically? Jesus gave specific directions to the disciples whom He had called to join Him in the garden at Gethsemane. Jesus said to them: “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” – (Mark 14:38)
The example that Jesus gave to us in Gethsemane, is one that is still applicable today. For us to successfully resist temptation, we need to: (1) pray to God, (2) seek the support of friends and loved ones, and (3) focus on the purpose God has given us. – (paraphrased from NIV footnotes) Our go to first and foremost, must be to call on the Lord. He is our help and our hope in all things and at all times. Thankfully, God created us to be in community and does not expect us to tackle trials alone. Surrounding ourselves with those whom we can trust and rely on, is something that even Jesus did. Often we need the tangible and audible to be present in order to help us to clearly focus on the very purpose that God has placed before us. Both prayer and people He places in our lives, can point us back to our purpose and keep us on the path that He has planned for us. May we seek Him and surround ourselves with those who do likewise, so that when stress and struggles come, we may not be steered off course.
in times of great stress;
for we are weakest,
in the midst of mess.
We need our Savior,
our strength to stand strong;
to resist tempting,
in truth, carry on.
To stand strong in Christ,
first we’re meant to pray;
and seek the support,
of friends on the way.
Our focus must be,
on God and His plan;
so we aren’t deterred,
and by faith, we’ll stand.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that though we are vulnerable to temptation, especially in times of stress and busyness, we can overcome in You. Thank You that when we pray to You and seek the support that You provide, we are able to stand firm and focus on the purpose that You have planned for us. Forgive us for allowing the stresses of life to steer us off course or to turn our eyes away from You. Teach us to trust You more, so that our immediate response in times of turmoil will be to pray and seek support that will fix our eyes back on You and the purposes that You have placed before us. Lead us to love others as You so lavishly love each of us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You, Lord. Be exalted O God, as we do as Jesus did to resist temptations and pursue the purposes that You have planned for each of us. Amen.
When times are good, be happy. – Ecclesiastes 7:14
This is my niece, please keep her in your prayers!
Originally posted on Fort Smith/Fayetteville News | 5newsonline KFSM 5NEWS:
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OZARK (KFSM)- A local mother is preparing to meet the man who now has her son’s heart after he was killed in a motorcycle wreck.
Kevin Keech’s mother, Kelli Cox, said he died after running into another vehicle at an intersection on March 1, 2014 in Franklin County.
“He had a huge heart,” Cox said. “He always said he wanted to help people.”
Cox said emergency crews took the 19-year-old by ambulance to a Fayetteville hospital.
“They took us to a room and we thought we were going to discuss how we’re going to treat him and they told us he didn’t make it,” Cox said. “Just reliving that day, it’s pretty hard to deal with that.”
Cox said she’s been in touch with the man who has her son’s heart by email.
“He is a 55-year-old man,” Cox said. “He’s from Nebraska.”
Cox said it’s amazing…
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Originally posted on The Isaiah 53:5 Project:
The great atheist philosopher Bertrand Russell was once asked what he would say if he found himself standing before God on the judgment day and God asked him, “Why didn’t you believe in Me?” Russell replied, “I would say, ‘Not enough evidence, God! Not enough evidence!'”
Interesting sentiment from Russell if you think about it for a minute.
I’m not trying to show any disrespect for Russell, or to diminish his intelligence, or make light of his sincerity in the least. I am sure Russell’s beliefs were sincere and I believe he had genuine and, in his mind anyway, logical and rational reasons for having such beliefs
That being said, the statement “Not enough evidence, God! Not enough evidence!” is loaded with problems.
Problem number one is what God Himself has to say. I don’t think He minces any words here. [emphasis added]
“For since the creation of the world…
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If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. – (1 Corinthians 13:2)
God gives gifts to each of us. The intent of these gifts is that we would use them to love and bless others in such a way, that they may see Him through us. Just having the gifts is not enough. Our motivation and purpose must be fueled by love. For if we have not love, we cannot accomplish the purpose that God has set before us. In fact, the greatest command we are given is to: love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, love your neighbor as yourself. – (Luke 10:27) If we are loving God and others as we utilize the gifts that He has placed in us, the mountains will be moved, and much shall be accomplished in His strength. May we go forth and love well with all that we have been created to be.
found in each of us;
if we have not love,
they are meaningless.
For each of the things,
that God has granted;
love’s power planted.
May our focus be,
on those who surround;
and how to love well,
so lost may be found.
With all that we are,
heart, soul, strength and mind;
may we love and serve,
the Lord and mankind.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You give us good gifts, but even more than that – You give us Your unconditional, incomparable, outrageous and lavish love. Thank You that it is Your love that covers and carries us, and gives us worth. Thank You that when we act in love, we honor You. Forgive us for the times that we have been nothing but ugly noise or empty actions, as we did not act in love. Teach us to trust You more, so that everything we do, will be done in love. Lead us to love others as You so completely love each of us. May many come into a saving relationship with You, as they recognize the magnitude of Your mighty love for them, individually. Be glorified O God, as we do all things in Your love. Amen.
They will celebrate Your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of Your righteousness. – Psalm 145:7