Posted by: Anne | April 14, 2018

glimpses of God’s heart

“Each human being represents a desire of God’s heart. God never creates accidentally. He made each of us to love Him and, in the process, to love what He loves. We are made that way; we are made to love.” ~ T. W. Hunt

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Posted by: Anne | April 7, 2018

a work in progress

 

“Don’t give up in the middle of your story. You never know what beautiful picture of redemption and restoration He is writing for you.”

Read more at the source:
https://hollymarin.wordpress.com/2018/02/14/is-he-good/

SEE ALSO
https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-for-faith-in-hard-times/

Posted by: Anne | March 31, 2018

Now *that* is Good News – the Best!

God Has Set Things Right

[21-24] But in our time something new has been added. What Moses and the prophets witnessed to all those years has happened. The God-setting-things-right that we read about has become Jesus-setting-things-right for us. And not only for us, but for everyone who believes in him. For there is no difference between us and them in this. Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.

[25-26] God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin. Having faith in Him sets us in the clear. God decided on this course of action in full view of the public—to set the world in the clear with himself through the sacrifice of Jesus, finally taking care of the sins he had so patiently endured. This is not only clear, but it’s now—this is current history! God sets things right. He also makes it possible for us to live in his rightness.

~ Romans 3:21-26 (The Message)

Read more:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+3%3A9-31&version=MSG

More about the Christian faith:
https://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/july-august-2012/how-to-be-saved/

https://www.moodymedia.org/knowing-jesus/

Posted by: Anne | March 24, 2018

renew your mind: grow your faith

“But the Christian faith is neither a blind, irrational, ‘leap in the dark’ nor a vague, mystical faith in faith itself. It rests on the solid ground of overwhelming evidence.” ~ John MacArthur, MacArthur New Testament Commentary John 12-21

“Christian faith is essentially thinking (by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit) on the truths of God’s Word.” ~ Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“The man of ‘little faith’ is the man who is not allowing the Spirit to fill him with the truth of the Word of God, but is being filled with his own thoughts of fear, worry and suspicion based on circumstances. He then does not think, but goes round and round in circles. Worry is not ‘thinking too much’ – it is not thinking enough about the Biblical truth that you know… Faith is not optimism, wishful thinking, or dreaming. It is a reasoned response to the revealed truth of the Bible with or without emotion.” ~ Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Read more at the source:
http://www.cbchsv.org/living-by-truth/7-thoughts-from-the-bible-on-how-to-start-a-new-year-youll-be-encouraged

See also:
https://www.challies.com/quotes/a-failure-to-think/

Posted by: Anne | March 17, 2018

Good news!

Why We Need Good News

Nowadays, it’s hard to turn on the TV or read headlines without a reference to “fake news.” [Truth] is being challenged and devalued left and right.

But why should we care about fake news and the brewing battle between fact and fiction? What happens when more and more people start living according to their own truth?

Truth is about more than trusting news sources or having confidence that what we read is accurate. It’s a foundation for morality—right and wrong—and the more it’s challenged, the faster society slides down a slippery slope of compromising values—especially Biblical values.

The Bible is the one written resource where fake news cannot reside. Everything in it can be trusted because God cannot lie (Numbers 23:19).

Read the full article at the source:
https://billygraham.org/story/fake-news-need-good-news-truth-questioned/

SEE ALSO
How do you know the Bible is true?
https://billygraham.org/answer/how-do-you-know-the-bible-is-true-4/

Posted by: Anne | March 10, 2018

faith raises

“Faith raises the soul above the difficulty, straight to God Himself, and enables one to ‘stand still.’ We gain nothing by our restless and anxious efforts.”
~ C.H. Mackintosh

Read the full commentary:
http://www.stempublishing.com/authors/mackintosh/Pent/EXODUS01.html

Posted by: Anne | March 3, 2018

without dark clouds

“Without dark clouds in our lives, we would never know the joy of sunshine. We can become callous and unteachable if we do not learn from pain.”
~ Billy Graham

Read more:
https://billygraham.org/story/quotes-and-guidance-from-billy-graham/

Posted by: Anne | February 24, 2018

we reap what we sow

Do you want to be happy tomorrow? Then sow seeds of happiness today. (Count blessings. Memorize Bible verses. Pray. Sing hymns. Spend time with encouraging people.)

Or do you prefer to guarantee tomorrow’s misery? Then wallow in a mental mud pit of self-pity or guilt or anxiety today. (Assume the worst. Beat yourself up. Rehearse your regrets. Complain to complainers.)

Happy or miserable? It’s your choice. You occupy the control tower and can direct the mental traffic of your world.

~ Max Lucado
https://www.instagram.com/p/BfT8iDCBX2V/

Posted by: Anne | February 10, 2018

Oh, how He loves you… and me

Oh, how He loves you

The Bible in summary: Old testament, love Me, love Me, love Me; New Testament, I love you.

He loves you as you are
Jesus loves you for free. You cannot earn something which is free. It would be like paying for sunlight, when you get it simply by stepping outside. The Lord said, “…I will love them freely…” (Hosea 14:4). If you had to earn His love, it wouldn’t be love.

Learn to love the Lord for who He is, not based on who you are. For you are broken and He is not. He loves you even when you cannot love yourself.

His love will change you
I heard this somewhere, “Jesus loves you just as you are, but He loves you too much to leave you that way”.

Stop thinking that if He loves you He would make your life easy.

The more you realize His love for you, the greater that God will fill you. My prayer for you is this, “that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:17-19).


Read more at the source:
https://hehasyou.org/2018/01/08/oh-how-he-loves-you/

Posted by: Anne | February 3, 2018

the price of love

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

~ 1 Corinthians 13: 3-7 (The Message)

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