There is a story of an older gentleman who spent a lot of time visiting very sick people in the hospital. As a gift, he would give each person a small, embroidered bookmark.
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Romans 12:1-2 have been two of my favorite Bible verses for many years. I seem to remember learning them very early in life and they have stuck with me since.
Face it…the longer you live, the more opportunities you have to be offended. The only way to never be hurt, offended or disappointed is to live alone in a cave in a remote island somewhere far away. Even then, the thought of people from your past can cause you problems if not dealt with properly.
Rewording the Bible sounds somewhat sinful. But “reword” simply means “to put into other words for clarification”.
His heart sank. The news was unbearable and perplexing. It was scandalous! He longed to be married to his sweetheart but now it seems she had been unfaithful to him.
Do you believe the Bible can be trusted? Does it contain absolute truth? I, as have millions of others, have leaned on the Scriptures for many years during difficult and trying time of heartache and sorrow for comfort, wisdom, and counsel. I believe all words in Scripture were written through holy men by the Holy Spirit (inspired) and to be completely true (inherent) and trustworthy (infallible).
So many marriages today are ending in divorce. But yours doesn’t have to! As a marriage counselor, I’ve heard every reason in the world while couples are separating. The most common reason is there is usually someone else in the picture. Maybe it’s just thoughts or flirting (which are both still wrong), but that person is thinking the grass is greener on the other side. Let me say this: appearances can be deceiving. What looks better somewhere else usually isn’t.
Do you have any regrets? I sure do. There are some clothing and hair styles I regret. There are some words I’ve said and left unsaid I regret. Some of my action and inaction is regrettable. Regret is rooted in condemnation, guilt and shame. Regret tells you you’ll always be enslaved to that thing you did or said – your past.
Ever feel deflated? Not like Tom Brady’s football, but simply worn out? Recently while I was on a hill operating a backhoe and turning with a full load the front right tire deflated.
“Tate’s clothes in his closet are covered in ants.” That was the text my wife sent me before church as I was counseling with a couple this past week. Talk about “ants in your pants.”
By now we’ve all heard about the Ashley Madison list. That website is one of the most blatant attacks on marriage, offering “guaranteed affairs or your money back” because “life is short you should have an affair.” I soon realized Josh Duggar was not the only one on this scandalous list. It wasn’t long before you could search the millions of names for those in your own city. I’ve never read the list, searched for names, and don’t plan on it.
Did you know that the word “stressed” spelled backwards is “desserts”? That seems like a holy combination. I mean, who doesn’t like desserts? But sometimes desserts don’t like us when it comes to the extra calories and pounds they can produce. Now, there’s nothing wrong with desserts in moderation and proper portions but I want to discuss a more healthy you - and that involves more than limiting the number of banana puddings and DQ Blizzards you eat.
Have you ever allowed anger to overtake you in such a way that you did something stupid? Did your lack of self-control cause you to regret your actions? Recently my two year old son was playing ball with a friend.
Have you ever prayed Scripture for someone? What a concept! You will never run out of things to pray! The Apostle Paul was a master at this.
Disbelief, shock, denial, heaviness, confusion, mourning - those were some of the words I felt deeply as I first heard of the tragic murders of nine innocent Christians who worshipped at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina this past Wednesday night.
Have you ever been asked to babysit? What about house sit? Then you’ve been a steward. If you’ve ever taken care of anything that is someone else’s then you have been a steward. We all are stewards of everything we “own.”
Have you ever had someone curse you out, disrespect you, and throw stones at you? David did! In 2 Samuel 16:5–14; 19:18–23, David experienced criticism in the highest degree.
The word “Amen” is translated the same in Hebrew, Greek, Latin and English. In fact, it is the same in every language. The literal meaning of it is not “so be it.” This may be the popular definition but the literal meaning is “truth.” When you say “Amen” you are saying “that is the truth.”
Ever have one of those days when things didn’t go as planned? All of us have had small things go wrong in our lives. But, sometimes, it is bigger than burned toast and lost car keys. Sometimes, the world around you is falling apart.
As I sit here on yet another snow day I had a thought, “What does the Bible say about snow?” I was amazed to find there are over two dozen Bible verses about snow. And they just don’t mention that it snowed on a particular day.
Have you ever noticed some of your greatest trials come after you’ve won your greatest battles?
Galatians 5:16 tells Christians, “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” So how does one walk by the Spirit? When you are attentive to and follow the prompting and leading of the Person of the Holy Spirit as you adhere to the Word of God you are walking by the Spirit.
I’ve heard people quote first part of Proverbs 13:12 and leave out the last. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.”
Does my life really count? Am I making a difference? Those are questions I ask myself and God every day - some days more than others. I too often get caught up in details of matters that really don’t matter one bit in view of eternity. That’s the battle of busyness.
Have you ever wondered why Jonah was so ready to offer his life to calm the storm for a few sailors (Jonah 1:5) when he was so angry that God saved the lives of more than 120,000 Ninevites (Jonah 4:11)? I think Jonah’s desire to offer up his life in the middle of the sea displayed his shame and guilt of trying to run from God (Jonah 1:3).
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