Month: June 2017

Nuggets – God is Able


God Is Able
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” (Ephesians 3:20)

The Bible portrays God as omnipotent—all-powerful, able even to create all things from nothing (Hebrews 11:3). The individual is portrayed as totally insufficient to do anything but fail. Yet the Bible also teaches that great things will be done in, and through, and to us. How? It is only through God’s power and wisdom that anything of substance will be accomplished. He alone is able. Consider the following sampling of tasks He is able to perform for us.

God is able to do the work of salvation in a believer’s heart. “Wherefore [God] is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25). We…

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What Turns You On?

Lutheran Ladies Connection

Eric Liddell,  the famous Olympic runner portrayed in the movie “Chariots of Fire” once said, “God made me fast and when I run, I feel His pleasure.”  If, like Kate, you are wondering how to spend your time, look toward your God-given talents and gifts, and look for your passion.  When do you get the feeling, “this is what I was meant to do?”

A couple of my blogging sisters call me “the blogoholic”.  They say I am obsessed with our blog.  I don’t think that’s really true, but right now it is my passion.  It doesn’t feel like work to write a post practically every day.  I get a charge out of every comment and like.  I get an even bigger charge when I find a new writer to join us,  learn something new about technology, or when someone else shares a post.  Writing is a talent, and encouragement is one…

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Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel by: Russell D. Moore

Sunday Gatherings

Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the GospelOnward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel by Russell D. Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Kingdom vision is necessary, first of all, to show us what matters. The kingdom future shows us the meaning of everything else.

If you are a bible believing Christian, unless you have been living under a rock, the church is now in a shakeup of sorts. Is the church relevant? Part of the problem, church in the west looks more like America than the gospel. What kingdom are we building? In this eye opening and I have to say encouraging word, we need to focus on moving Onward. Russell D. Moore challenges his readers on what the Kingdom entails, with the breakdown of families and the church losing its influence, have we assumed the gospel? Has the gospel become about a better marriage, better children, or a better life? If it…

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Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches that Send by: J.D. Greear

Sunday Gatherings

Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches That SendGaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches That Send by J.D. Greear
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

To send we must love the glory of God and others more than anything else. When we do, the sending becomes more natural. Motivation for mission grows out of deep personal experience with the gospel.
The gospel is the helium that fills the heart with passion and propels us to soar in mission.

J.D. Greear is practicing what he preaches by sending out and planting churches. Raising up leaders with a heart to make the gospel known in places all over the world. Not just going across the world but also across the tracks. What does that mean for you and me? It does question my heart motivation. Am I building my kingdom or the Kingdom of God? I do think there is a misunderstanding of the mind-set of kingdom…

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Counter Culture: Following Christ in an Anti-Christian Age by: David Platt

Sunday Gatherings

Counter Culture: Following Christ in an Anti-Christian AgeCounter Culture: Following Christ in an Anti-Christian Age by David Platt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Pray to God, participate with God, and proclaim the Gospel. Do these things not because you have a low-grade sense of guilt that you out to act, but do them because you have a high-grade sense of grace that makes you want to act. do them because you know that you were once impoverished in your sin, a slave to Satan, orphaned from and God, and alone in this world.

David Platt is known for his radical call to live out the gospel. This book is an application of the gospel to social issues that have divided this country and continues to raise emotions for believers and non believers alike. It is easy to be complacent, hide or the opposite and go in fill battle with our self-righteousness. But what does the Gospel…

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