Month: November 2020

The Lord is Compassionate

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Mark 6:34 – The Lord saw the huge crowd as He stepped from the boat, and He had compassion on them…’

  • The Lord is merciful and gracious, and filled with compassion.
  • His mercies and His compassion towards you, never ends.
  • Your situation does not overwhelm Him, He is ready to extend His love and grace.
  • Expect His compassion, believe in His compassion, and receive His compassion.

PRAYER: Lord, thank You that in the busyness of life, You are still moved with compassion towards me. I know that You will step into my situation and bring hope and restoration. In Your great faithfulness, Your love will always be there, to lift me up and to carry me through.

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Psalm 23 – The Great Shepherd

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Late Mother’s Fight Against Cancer

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Learning from Christian Persecutions- Radical Faith!

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How Do I Have a Relationship with God?

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The Problem

Satan, the great deceiver, clothed himself as a serpent, one of God’s good creatures, and set out to trick Adam and Eve into disobeying their good and gracious God. After creating Adam and Eve, God had told them not to eat of the fruit of a certain tree in the Garden of Eden. But Satan suggested that God wasn’t being honest when he warned of the results of eating the forbidden fruit. The great deceiver’s ploy succeeded, and Adam and Eve willfully rejected God and his promise of life together in the garden.

The Solution

Even before Adam and Eve sinned, God had a plan to get people back into a relationship with him. When he replaced their clothes of fig leaves with the skins of animals, he signaled something important — it would take the blood of another to cover the sins of humankind. God’s plan began with the founding of a brand-new nation through which he would reveal himself and his plan to restore humankind. For more than 1,600 years, every Biblical story of the chosen people of Israel would point to the coming of the solution.

God’s solution to the problem of sin was made complete through the sacrifice of his Son.

Here is the decision a person should make from the heart, placed into a prayer of acceptance to God.

Dear God, I can’t, but you can.

I believe in Jesus, who is God. I believe he died and rose from the dead. I place my faith in Christ to make me right with you and give me eternal life. I have no other plan but to have faith and to trust you.

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I am doing a 180 today and pointing my life toward you.

I will no longer run away from you, but toward you.Then there comes an outward declaration to the world — a way for us to demonstrate our faith decision: “I profess you with my mouth, out loud for others to know where I stand. And I publicly express my full devotion to you through baptism.”

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

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Pride Or Humility?

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The soil of Your Heart – Prayer

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Is God Good?

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You have searched me, Lord , and you know me.

You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down;

you are familiar with all my ways.

Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord , know it completely.

You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
Psalm 139:1‭-‬6

The God of the Bible is the only true God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is the one all-powerful, all-knowing eternal God. But is he good? Is he involved in his creation? Does he love us? Does he have a plan for us? Is he interceding and intervening to move the events of our life and world toward his intended purpose? Consider the following and decide for yourself.

A biblical character in whose life we see how much God is involved and cares about his people is David, the poet, singer, shepherd, warrior and king, who wrote and sang from a deep well as he journeyed through life and encountered the one true God. David composed many of the psalms found in our Bible. David wrote as a shepherd boy while gazing at the billions of stars God created; he wrote while being chased down by King Saul; he wrote while he was king of Israel; and he wrote as he was coming to the end of his life on earth. The songs that David and the other psalmists wrote express their personal and intimate relationships with God.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)

I believe God is involved in and cares about my daily life.

What difference does this make in the way I live?

How can believing this truth about God as a personal and good God — not only in our mind (understanding) but also in our heart — guide the way we live?

We are tempted to make frantic decisions because we can’t see our way. We can’t see around the next bend in the road. God’s ways are higher than our ways, because he is seated above on his throne. When we feel that we don’t understand God’s instruction in his Word, we must remember that he sees things from above and we don’t. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus conveyed God’s care for his children. These words about a loving Father paint a vivid picture of a God who is not out to get us, but rather to redeem us.

He is not out to destroy us, but rather to restore us.

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