James Pack maintains his own website and wrote up quite a profound and honest piece. A very honest and straightforward perception on one's experience with feeling abandoned. And, the most gut-wretched profound insight was this: ...where is everyone else? What happened to all the people who said they cared about me? I claim part of … Continue reading What you may not know
"A general rule for the good use of time is to accustom oneself to live in a continual dependence on the Spirit of God, receiving from moment to moment whatever it please him to give us, referring to him at once in the doubts which we necessarily run into, turning to him in the weakness … Continue reading How sacred time will redefine your Christian life!
~ JANUARY 2, 2020 ~ For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3, KJV There is no greater love than that of Jesus Christ. his love is perfect, steadfast, enduring, and unconditional. Despite our fallibility and waywardness - Christ, the Good Shepherd, cares for us. What does this … Continue reading Christ-Like Love Changes Everything
For thou art my hope, O Lord God: thou art my trust from my youth~ Psalm 71:5, KJV ~ ~ January 7, 2020 Devotional ~ Discouragement is a natural part of our existence. Even the most devout Christians are discouraged. We read about how many of God's people face discouragement in the scriptures. However, we also … Continue reading Confidence in our Christian Faith
There is no sin greater than the atonement of Jesus Christ. There is no greater suffering that Christ has never fully endured. There is no weakness the Savior was not intimate with. From Gethsemane to the Cross, he alone carried the burden of all humanities affliction, weakness, and suffering. We may complain where is God in my suffering? He is there with you, in your own garden of Gethsemane.
When we deny ourselves and trust in God, we are empowered to walk humbly with him and act justly, and to love with mercy.
To live a rule of life is to choose God, and to place God at the center of your world, rather than focus on yourself. At the same time, the rule we establish helps us to seek God with every single part of our life, not just with prayer, but in all our relationships, in … Continue reading For the Love of God is Our Rule of Living
Today's reading: Genesis 41-42; Ps. 10:12-18; Prov. 4:7-9; Matthew 14:1-21 God's provision during times of famine Spiritual maturity and growth is established with our trust and faith in God. His grace is sufficient for us in all seasons. As we walk in sincere obedience, faithfully devoted to God, we will experience peace of mind. Today, … Continue reading When God delays for the greater purpose
One of the things we do not consider is the review mirror effect of looking back on our lives. Going through some of my previous writings, and musings, I found this. Originally written in January of 2014. I happened to attend a MARS Hill Church in Shoreline, Washington. The sermon finished up a series based off the book … Continue reading Seeking transformation toward a more enduring authentic Christian life
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. ~ John 15:4, ESV ~ There is a reason we are called to empty ourselves out. Prior to our new life in Christ, we lived in doubt, … Continue reading Abide in Christ always
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. ~ Colossians 4:6, ESV ~ What does it mean for our speech to be seasoned with grace and salt? How we speak toward self and others makes an impact. To season our speech with grace and salt, … Continue reading Let our speech be seasoned with Grace and Salt
Today's reading: Gen. 29 - 30:43; Ps. 8:1-5; Prov. 3:13-18; Matt. 10:21-42 He who does not take up his cross is not worthy of me God has a greater plan for all of us. Yet, we walk by faith each day. Throughout our lives, we will experience hardships and difficulties. We are called to live … Continue reading Blessed in times of difficulty
If God is for us, who can be against us? ~ Romans 8:31, ESV ~ We have a place to stand. Faith and trust in God leads to standing in dignity and assurance. Our confidence is not beget within ourselves. Our confidence, courage, and wisdom is beget through the intimate relationship we have with our … Continue reading Standing in assurance and dignity
Today's reading: Gen. 25 - 26:35; Ps. 7:6-8; Prov. 3:9-10; Matthew 9:18-38 He guides us in our daily lives When we come to develop faith and trust in God - through His Son, Jesus Christ - we are assured that he will direct our path's in all ways (see, Proverbs 3:5-6, ESV). This means we … Continue reading God is our divine compass in this life
You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. ~ Matthew 5:48, ESV ~ When we come to Christ, it had a significant impact on our lives. We are drawn out of our illusion of innocence and former beliefs. Prior to our faith and conversion, we viewed ourselves as innocent individuals, victims of circumstances, and … Continue reading Be ye therefore perfect in Christ
Today's reading: Genesis 23 - 24:67; Ps. 7-1-5; Prov. 3:7-8; Matt. 9:1-17 I did not come to call the righteous but sinners to Follow Me A simple and poignant command. Follow Me! Throughout scripture, we read how God has called people out to follow Him. To enter into an intimate relationship with Him. God is still calling … Continue reading Come follow me
Today's reading: Genesis 21 - 22:24; Ps. 6:6-10; Prov. 3:5-6; and Matt. 8:18-34 The Lord Will Provide We are called to endure. The fulfillment of God's promises only come when we walk in accordance to His will. By being obedient, we come to understand how our God will provide us for what we are in … Continue reading Our God will provide
“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ~ John 8:31-32, ESV ~ Our perception of truth deepens through God's sovereign grace. It brought us to face the reality of our present situation. We became honest and relinquished our life and will … Continue reading Truth brings freedom and liberty
Whether we live inside or outside of religious enclosures, the monastic concept of balancing our lives and ordering them around God offers hope for living a deeper and more fulfilling spiritual life. Debra K. Farrington Living Faith Day by Day How the Sacred Rules of Monastic Tradition Can Help You Live Spiritually in the Modern … Continue reading Our invitation to living faith day by day
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” ~ Luke 17:5 ~ We are tasked to grow and mature in life. This requires taking necessary risks. If we want our Heavenly Father to increase our faith, then we need to be willing to take those spiritual risks in obeying Him. Our faith only grows when we … Continue reading Increase our faith O Lord!
Today's reading: Gen 17 - 18:33; Ps. 5:8-12; Prov. 2:10-22, and Matthew 7:1-29 Nothing is too difficult for the Lord God binds Himself to us by His oath to keep His promises. The sign of this oath was circumcision. This occurred when God changed Abram's name to Abraham. Along with the covenant, promise was made … Continue reading Bound by oath
I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, … Continue reading Do not be of an anxious mind
We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. ~ Romans 6:1-7, ESV ~ The moment we came to the reality that Jesus Christ has the … Continue reading Dead to transgressions and alive in Christ
Today's reading: Gen. 11 - 12:20; Ps. 4:1-3; Prov. 1:28-33; and Matt. 5:27-48 Abraham's faith came through his obedience to God The major characteristic of a truly mindful Christian is their obedience to the sovereign will of God. We grow, through our obedience, by establishing our faith in God and His promised blessings. Our confidence … Continue reading Clothed in obedience for promised blessings
Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, ESV ~ The process of becoming a whole person, becoming a true person, and finding spiritual enlightenment … Continue reading Becoming whole and well through Christ
Today's reading: Genesis 9: -10; Psalm 3:5-8; Proverbs 1:23-27; and Matthew 5:1-26 ~ I establish My Covenant with you ~ The covenant of divine sovereign grace is love, mercy, forgiveness, and eternal salvation. It is a reminder to our Heavenly Father, and to us, that we are His. However, we tend to fall. Then Noah ... … Continue reading The covenant of divine sovereign grace
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. ~ Mark 1:35, ESV ~ There is a difference between feeling lonely and spending time in solitude. In recovery, one of the greatest threats to moving toward a life of meaning … Continue reading In solitude we find peace of mind
Today's reading Genesis 7 - 8:22; Psalm 3:1-4; Proverbs 1:20-22; and, Matthew 4:1-25 ~ The Lord calls us to enter into His grace ~ God calls us to find safety and security in His grace. Noah and his family enters into the Ark with the animals. Safely and secured, protected from the flood. While in … Continue reading Safe and secure in the grace of God
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control ~ 2 Timothy 1:7, ESV ~ Recovery is a process of growth. This growth comes from our relationship with God. The moment we decided to give our life and will over to Heavenly Father, is the very moment we experience a … Continue reading Being mindful and receptive
Today's reading plan: Genesis 3-4; Psalms 2:1-6; Proverbs 1:8-9; and Matthew 2:1-23 It begins with doubt. Temptation is a process that leads to sin and transgression. As we read through the scriptures, we come to realize the nature and power of temptation and the effects sin has on our lives and relationship with our savior. … Continue reading When we are tempted