Psalms 112:1 Praise the Lord.
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
who finds great delight in his commands.
This Psalm could be said to describe the ideal life, so it’s appropriate that it starts with this verse that describes the touchstone for all such blessing. The NIV and some other modern translations translate everything in this verse, but the Japanese, as well as many English translations, start it with the original Hebrew: Hallelujah! I really feel the meaning of that term has been communicated widely and well enough to use it freely, and it is certainly an integral part of Christian worship the world over. That said, the rest of the verse is rather interesting, because we don’t usually associate fear and joy or delight. However, looking around us today, it’s obvious that those who don’t fear God don’t really care what He has to say, much less…
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He who lives without prayer—he who lives with little prayer—he who seldom reads the
Word—he who seldom looks up to heaven for a fresh influence from on high—he will be
the man whose heart will become dry and barren; but he who calls in secret on his God—
who spends much time in holy retirement—who delights to meditate on the words of the
Most High—whose soul is given up to Christ—such a man must have an overflowing heart;
and as his heart is, such will his life be.
The term that is often used today to describe the relocation of peoples across borders is “global migration.” Regardless of what our politics are on the subject, as Christians, we should sit up and take note of this trend. It affects how we share the Gospel message with the unsaved world. Consider the following…
*Immigrants account for 13% of the U.S. population,
*Adding their children, 1 in 4 people in America are a first or second-generation immigrant,
*About 1/3 of U.S. Hispanics and 2/3 of U.S. Asians are foreign born,
*47% of immigrants are naturalized U.S. citizens,
*27% of U. S. immigrants are here illegally, and
*26% of immigrants are legal permanent residents and people here on temporary visas.
By 2060, the U.S. Census Bureau predicts nearly 1 in 3 U.S. residents will be foreign-born. This migration of people is an incredible and transformational opportunity for the American church to…
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Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!2 Corinthians 9:15
God knows that I need to reset myself. He gives me a New Year to set new resolutions and evaluate where I have achieved and where I need to work. He gives me this annual opportunity to dream of what I want my life to look life and to visualize how my life can and should look like 365/66 days in the future. The indescribable thing though is not that this gift comes once a year but that it comes each month, each week and really each day.
I get to start over each month when the date is ONE once more. In sales that is a blessing and a curse. I can forget a month when I did not hit my quota and start anew. And the reset feature is also an invitation to achieve always. The “What…
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This powerful sermon by John Piper from 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 has been a life-changing blessing to me throughout 2015. It reminds us that God is pleased when we seek His power to fulfill our good resolves and acts of faith. Why? It is so that God will be glorified in Christ Jesus.
“To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by His power, so that the name of the Lord Jesus may be glorified in you and you in Him, according to the grace of God, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” [2 Thessalonians 1:11-12]
During these turbulent times, I feel that it is important to pursue a greater passion for God’s Glory so that we can seek His power to magnify Christ in our gospel outreaches among the nations.