Month: September 2018

We Need Others to Be Christians

God's Way Actually Works

Continued from here.

A wise man pointed out that Christianity cannot be practiced in isolation. In other words, Christianity isn’t taking place if there is no investment in other people. Tony Evans puts it this way: Christians have a vertical relationship with God and a horizontal relationship with others. Without the horizontal beam, there is no cross. That’s the basis of the title of his book, Horizontal Jesus. The book is all about how to live your faith as you invest in other people.

Far too many people are selfish Christians. They want just enough of Jesus to avoid going to hell, which focuses only on their own needs. What about the other people who also need to avoid going to hell? Your reaction is likely like mine – I don’t want to be an offensive “Bible thumper” who annoys people by trying to “save” them.

However, Jesus…

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Born on Purpose

Precious Life

The very fact that you are breathing today means so much! God created you with an identity and purpose that can only be found in Him!

Regardless of the things you’ve experienced in life, God can use it all to work for your good! Not only that, what you’re going through, have gone through, or will go through, could very well be important pieces that are tied directly to your purpose.

Remember the stories of Moses, Abraham, Joseph, Sarah, Ruth, Esther, Hannah, Elijah, the list goes on and on! I encourage you to read Genesis 1 and Psalm 139. And don’t forget about Jesus! His purpose was to die on the cross to save all of mankind from their sins!

If you don’t know or understand your purpose, seek God! In the beginning He created and everything He created had a purpose! So you, my friend, were born with a…

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finding rest only in God

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For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.

Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

How long will you assault me?
Would all of you throw me down—
this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
Surely they intend to topple me
from my lofty place;
they take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless,
but in their hearts they curse.

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.

Surely the lowborn are but a breath,

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Do Good!

David Fischer

Prayer for today:

Father, today as we close out the work week, let us not only be grateful to You for all that You have blessed us with but also pass that blessing on to someone else. Let us not be selfish and store up things for ourselves that will burn up and be destroyed, but instead give to others and help them in their times of need.

In Jesus name,

Amen!

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Be a fool or be delivered.

Knowing God through His Word ... Day by Day

Proverbs 28:26 Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool,
but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered
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Trusting in your own mind, in your own heart, is the opposite of trusting in the Lord.  Look at the contrast:  be a fool or be delivered.  Remember the words of Proverbs 3:5 and 6?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him,  and he will make straight your paths.

So why are we all so prone to keep on trusting in ourselves?  Jeremiah 17:9 lends some insight-

The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately sick;
who can understand it?

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Why Materialism Fails to Make Us Happier

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Owning more doesn't bring happiness: 'the material pursuit of self-esteem reduces self-esteem.' Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Owning more doesn’t bring happiness: ‘the material pursuit of self-esteem reduces self-esteem.’ Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

It’s no secret that gratitude makes us happier, while materialism can do the opposite. And now, a new study shows that lower levels of gratitude could be part of the reason for why materialistic people have decreased life satisfaction, and that gratitude could actually mediate the relationship between materialism and life satisfaction.

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