Posted by: Anne | November 4, 2017

500 years

On Oct. 31, 1517, an outspoken university lecturer and Augustinian monk named Martin Luther posted a list of objections to the dominant Roman Catholic beliefs and practices of his time. Chief among his grievances was the church’s claim that Christians could buy their way out of punishment for sin — and thus shorten their time in purgatory — by purchasing a letter of “indulgence” from their local parish. In practice, much of the money went into the pockets of corrupt local princes.

The Riveting Story of the Reformation and Its Significance Today

The Reformation unfolded in the cathedrals and town squares of Europe–in Wittenberg, Worms, Rome, Geneva, and Zurich–and it is a stirring story of courage and cowardice, of betrayal and faith.

The story begins with the Catholic Church and its desperate need for reform. The dramatic events that followed are traced from John Wycliffe in England, to the burning of John Hus at the stake in Prague, to the rampant sale of indulgences in the cities and towns of Germany, to Martin Luther nailing the Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in 1517, to John Calvin’s reform of Geneva.

Erwin Lutzer captures the people, places, and big ideas that fueled the Reformation and explains its lasting influence on the church and Western Civilization.

Read more at the sources:
http://www.npr.org/2017/10/27/560298740/the-reformation-500-years-later

https://www.amazon.com/Rescuing-Gospel-Story-Significance-Reformation/dp/0801017130

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Posted by: Anne | October 28, 2017

What are you afraid of?

“What Are You Afraid Of”
by Kerrie Roberts, from the album Time For The Show
 
Being compared to the girl who has everything
Not living up when the whole world’s watching
Being the last to get there and the last to know
You scream at the top of your lungs
When no one’s listening
Being a basket case over anything
Giving your whole world for love
And the boy says no

So what are you afraid of
Show ’em what you’re made of
The shadows that you’re scared of
Are usually your own
They’re not the great unknown
You don’t have to wonder
You’re not going under
Grace has got you covered
God is in control
Go on and let it go
What are you afraid of

Right on the brink of a breakthrough but you’re frozen
Hurting somebody you love in that moment
No, it’s not living if you’re always thinking of
The worst that could happen

So what are you afraid of
Show ’em what you’re made of
The shadows that you’re scared of
Are usually your own
They’re not the great unknown
You don’t have to wonder
You’re not going under
Grace has got you covered
God is in control
Go on and let it go

Whenever it’s the darkest
Whenever it’s the hardest
Don’t you stop before you started
If you’re gonna dream
Dream it all the way

So what are you afraid of
Show ’em what you’re made of
The shadows that you’re scared of
Are usually your own
They’re not the great unknown
You don’t have to wonder
You’re not going under
Grace has got you covered
God is in control
Go on and let it go
What are you afraid of

What are you afraid of


Hear the song, and see the lyrics:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-PTZoOrfSE

Lyrics were found here:
www.newreleasetoday.com/lyricsdetail.php?lyrics_id=80917

Kerrie Roberts’ website:
https://kerrieroberts.com/

Posted by: Anne | October 21, 2017

voices

I ran across a picture that I just loved. It said, “God’s Voice stills you, leads you, reassures you, enlightens you, encourages you, comforts you, calms you, and convicts you.” The other side of the picture read, “Satan’s voice rushes you, pushes you, frightens you, confuses you, discourages you, worries you, obsesses you, and condemns you.” So the next time you are hearing voices in your head, put them up against those lists.

Read more at the source:
http://preengaged.com/which-voices-matter-to-you/

Posted by: Anne | October 14, 2017

growth: tough but necessary

Growth Through Struggle

You may have heard the saying, “God loves you just the way you are, but He loves you too much to let you stay that way.”

Although it’s a little cliché, it holds some truth.

God didn’t create us to be static characters. He didn’t intend for us to get saved then remain stagnant for the rest of our lives. He wants us to constantly be growing, changing, morphing into a reflection of Him.

When extracted from the earth, silver is intertwined with other minerals and trapped within various ores. It requires purification to be made unblemished and untarnished. Purifying silver is a process requiring intentional attention and concentration. The refiner must place the silver ore in the hottest part of the flame and keep an eye on it to know exactly when it’s ready.

Being a Christian doesn’t guarantee that we escape the “fires” of life. There are many trials and hard times we will inevitably go through. Yet Malachi 3:3 says that God “will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.” This should be a comfort to us. God will watch us the entire time we’re under stress and knows that everything we endure, in the end, is for our own benefit.

Read the full article at the source:
https://newspring.cc/devotionals/growth-through-struggle

Posted by: Anne | October 7, 2017

look for the helpers

 

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”
~ Fred Rogers

Read more at the source:
www.FredRogers.org/parents/special-challenges/tragic-events.php

Posted by: Anne | September 30, 2017

He said “all,” not “either-or”!

“In this crazy world, there’s an enormous distinction between good times and bad, between sorrow and joy. But in the eyes of God, they’re never separated. Where there is pain, there is healing. Where there is mourning, there is dancing. Where there is poverty, there is the kingdom.”
~ Henri Nouwen

Posted by: Anne | September 23, 2017

start where you are: patience

“Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times.” Romans 12:12

It is common to hear women bemoaning their lack of patience as if it were the most difficult gift to pry from God’s hand.

In fact impatience stems almost solely from our exaggerated notions of what is due us. If we could but lower out estimation of the importance of our time, our plans and our feelings, we would find ourselves almost automatically more patient.

If we are impatient about the same things that anger God – repeated sin, inattention to his Word, social injustice – we cannot really be called impatient (as long as our opinions expressed in love). Neither can we expect a woman to remain totally unperturbed if someone smashes into her new car. Certainly “learning patience” is not an acceptable reason for failure to discipline a rebellious child.

Patience is not the same thing as resignation or the cynical attitude that always expects the worst possible outcome.

Patience is a more positive trait. It is the ability to bear affliction, delay and interruption with calmness, perseverance and confidence in the goodness of God. It is inward peace as well as outward control. It is the submission of our schedules, our viewpoints, our dreams to the greater plan of God, with the conviction that he has a good reason for every delay he allows to come our way.

Read more at the source:
whisnews21.com/2013/04/21/is-a-contented-heart-also-a-patient-heart/

SEE ALSO
Patience is mentioned a lot in the Bible… connected to trust, hope, faith, love and good character.
https://www.unitedbiblesocieties.org/10-bible-verses-patience/

Posted by: Anne | September 16, 2017

He’ll catch you by surprise

Surprise
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Look at the stars hung in the sky
Who put them there?
Who gives them light?
No ocean deep could hold His grace
Follow His lead and He’ll make a way

He broke the fall when He rose from the grave
He changed it all in a matter of days
No matter how great the problem we face
We gotta remember
He stays the same

When you just can’t face tomorrow
When you’re down deep in the sorrow
When your faith is on the edge
Don’t be afraid to step
Cause even if you fail to fly
He’ll catch you by surprise!
He’ll catch you by surprise!

Don’t be afraid, stand on your feet
His hands of love hold everything
All that we know can’t comprehend
His perfect will and His perfect plan

So when you just can’t face tomorrow
When you’re down deep in the sorrow
When your faith is on the edge
Don’t be afraid to step
Cause even if you fail to fly
He’ll catch you by surprise!
He’ll catch you by surprise!

When you’re fading in the fight
He’ll catch you by surprise o-oh
And He won’t let go
He will turn the dark to light
Right before your eyes o-oh
And He won’t let go

When you just can’t face tomorrow
And when you’re down deep in the sorrow
When your faith is on the edge
Don’t be afraid to step
Cause even if you fail to fly
He’ll catch you by surprise!
He’ll catch you by surprise!
He’ll catch you by surprise!

He’ll catch you by surprise!


Hear the song, and see the lyrics:
https://sonichits.com/video/The_Color/Surprise

Lyrics were found here:
https://www.musixmatch.com/lyrics/The-Color/Surprise

The Color’s website:
TheColorOnline.com

Posted by: Anne | September 4, 2017

be part of the solution

Along with international relief efforts and Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse is working to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Their website offers more information:
https://www.samaritanspurse.org/

See Also:
https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey

https://consumerist.com/2017/08/28/how-to-avoid-scams-fake-charities-in-aftermath-of-hurricane-harvey/

Posted by: Anne | September 2, 2017

a purpose for the past

“This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.”
– Corrie ten Boom, Hiding Place

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