There is much speculation from both the world and the church as to how the near future will unfold, and where it will end. Let me focus your attention on that single eternally deciding moment in our near future when a free-will is presented with the choice to receive or reject that mark/chip in their…
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:7
The presence of thanksgiving in the heart together with prayer is productive of peace. “In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God, and the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Now that peace, that conscious calm, that divine serenity, which is described as the peace of God, is not produced by prayer alone, but by prayer with thanksgiving. Some men pray, and therein they do well; but for lack of mixing thanksgiving with it their prayer agitates them, and they come away from the closet even more anxious than when they entered it. If they mingled in their petitions that sweet powder of the merchants, which is called praise, and mixed…
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Last year a YouTube video challenged me to read the whole book of Psalms every month. There are 150 Psalms, so that works out to about 5 Psalms per day. I started doing this on January 1, 2019, and I have been richly blessed.
First, almost every day I read passages that say that God will rescue me and deliver me. This is very comforting, and I know I have more peace now than I did on New Year’s Day, less than 20 days ago.
Second, many Psalms speak of the world to come, where sin and injustice are no more. These also are comforting, and help me set my mind on things above. They remind me the minor difficulties of this present age aren’t worth being compared to the coming glory!
Third, quite a few Psalms talk about fear, and overcoming that fear. These…
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As I minister to people the question comes up from time to time of how to read more when life gets busy. I use to share my post How I Read 80 Books In 43 Weeks that directed people to a guest post I wrote for another blog. Unfortunately that blog has ceased to exist and I thought it was regrettable since the website owner did a good job editing the grammar for my essay (I am notorious with bad grammar). Fortunately I found a web archive online that saved the page so I was able to reproduce the improved written version. I also got to expand the article to include two more points! So below are ten things that helps one read more when life gets busy.
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A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fascination, and looked at the old pages as he turned them. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible, and he picked it up and looked at it closely. It was an old leaf from a tree that had been pressed between the pages.
‘Momma, look what I found,’ the boy called out.
‘What have you got there, dear?’ his mother asked.
With astonishment in the young boy’s voice, he answered: ‘I think it’s Adam’s suit!”