READ: “For where two or three are assembled in my name, I am there among them” Mt 18.20.
THINK: “Church” means meeting or assembly. The saints meet regularly to worship God, edify one another in the Spirit, and teach the Word of Christ. In the meeting, we find forgiveness and unifying action. So this is not an option, Hb 10.23-27. Continue reading “Action: Meet”
- READ: “Everyone who is a child of God has the power to win against the world. It is our faith that wins the victory against the world.” 1 John 5.4 ICB. (More)
- THINK: Remember David before Goliath. The world seems large, but God is greater.
- PRAY: God who inspires faith, thank you for the victory over the world. I believe! Strengthen my faith.
- ACT: Show the victory of faith by turning problems into opportunity to show the glory of God.
- ASK: What can I do today to demonstrate that my faith is victorious?
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Few today believe in commitment. At the first sign of problems or displeasure, they abandon jobs, marriages and other relationships, and values. One’s word means nothing; promises and vows are broken without hesitation. Continue reading “By persevering”
The world judges those who judge, claiming it is wrong to judge others. One of the compliments that Jesus paid, however, was to a man who made a judgment. Continue reading “Judge rightly”
The ego likes to receive attention. In fact, it requires attention from others. The ego lives to be the center of attention of people, because at the bottom of it is egotism. Continue reading “Love of attention”
Today can be the best yet, with a prayer and a divine thought to guide the way. Your start may well determine the quality of the entire day.
If it starts badly, you can do a reset. Begin again. Continue reading “Start your day well. If needed, do a reset”
Don’t kill relationships by contradicting people. Nobody loves a know-it-all. Stuff that ego in your back pocket. Change your mode of operation from being a walking error-corrector.
Listen, ask sincere questions, smile, show interest. Learn.
Love your neighbor, not use him as another brick in your self-construction.
Remind people of these things and solemnly charge them before the Lord not to wrangle over words. This is of no benefit; it just brings ruin on those who listen.
2 Timothy 2.14 NET
I read a prayer yesterday that asked, “Teach me to recognise your presence in others.” While there might be a danger lurking behind this request, thinking that God is in everyone regardless of their disobedience, it is a wonderful request when turned toward the body of Christ. Continue reading “What seeing the presence of God in others will do”
Instead of “Hate the sin, not the sinner,” try this: “Love the sinner, not the sin.” That puts a more positive spin on it, doesn’t it? Wish I could say this was original with me, but it’s not. And, really, not even with the guy who, I assume, coined it. (He’s apparently thinking of how Christians are seen out there in public.) See John 3.16. Continue reading “Love and hate, sin and sinners”
“And why don’t you have any children, Hannah? Why is it that God doesn’t like you? What did you do to annoy God? I have sons and daughters. What do you have? Continue reading “Who upsets you will disappear”