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A virtuous ad about fatherhood, men, and dads. Finally.

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Do you need your strength renewed today? The scripture tells us that when we hope in the Lord, that’s exactly what will happen—our strength will be renewed. If you’ve grown weary and tired, overwhelmed by the cares of this world, it’s a clear sign that you need to change what you’re putting your hope in. Are you putting your hope in your job? The government? The economy? Another person? Those are all things that will change. But when you hope in the Lord, you are investing in the Rock of Ages! He never changes! He is the only solid foundation for your soul.

Today, find strength by simply putting your hope in Him. Start by declaring out loud, “God, I place my hope in You. I trust that You are working behind the scenes in my life. I choose to rest in You.” Then, feed your hope and faith by meditating daily on the scriptures. As you renew your mind with the Word of God, you’ll find strength, you’ll find hope, and you’ll find His victory all the days of your life!

Why Courtship is Fundamentally Flawed

http://www.thomasumstattd.com/2014/08/courtship-fundamentally-flawed/

Another perspective on dating  for your reading enjoyment.

Seven Days a Week

But the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before Him. (Habakkuk 2:20)

So I’ve got to tell you that if you do not worship God seven days a week, you do not worship Him on one day a week. There is no such thing known in heaven as Sunday worship unless it is accompanied by Monday worship and Tuesday worship and so on….

We come into God’s house and say, “The Lord is in His holy temple, let us all kneel before Him.” Very nice. I think it’s nice to start a service that way once in a while. But when any of you men enter your office Monday morning at 9 o’clock, if you can’t walk into that office and say, “The Lord is in my office, let all the world be silent before Him,” then you are not worshiping the Lord on Sunday. If you can’t worship Him on Monday you didn’t worship Him on Sunday. If you don’t worship Him on Saturday you are not in very good shape to worship Him on Sunday. (Tozer on Worship and Entertainment, 9, 24)

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

The wicked were removed

30 The righteous shall NEVER be removed;
     but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
 
In Plain English NEVER: Not ever. Noah was not removed the wicked were removed. Noah was lifted up away from the wrath of God.

During Noah’s time he had witnessed mans and Satan’s evil. He had to endure it till the end that is when God poured out His wrath.
Psalm 37:29
The righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever.

Psalm 125:1
A song of ascents. Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.

Proverbs 2:21
For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it;

Proverbs 2:22
but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.
" Do not despair, dear heart, but come to the Lord with all your jagged wounds, black bruises, and running sores. He alone can heal, and He delights to do it. It is our Lord’s office to bind up the brokenhearted, and He is gloriously at home at it. "

- Charles #Spurgeon  (via bibledevotionals)

The Signs Of His Coming

The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theory

Addressing the idea that the church will not suffer persecution, will not be asked to suffer for Christ’s name.

Tribulation Through the Ages

We Have Tribulation

Reason simply does not dictate here

The fundamental difference between a naturalist worldview and a religious worldview is the moral framework. While a naturalist may choose to be a moral person, no compelling rational reason exists why one should not be amoral. Reason simply does not dictate herehttp://www.rzim.org/just-thinking/threads-of-a-redeemed-heart/. Pragmatism may, but reason alone doesn’t allow one to defend one way over another. Prominent Canadian atheist Kai Nielson said it well:

We have not been able to show that reason requires the moral point of view, or that really rational persons unhoodwinked by myth or ideology need not be individual egoists or classical amoralists. Reason doesn’t decide here. The picture I have painted for you is not a pleasant one. Reflection on it depresses me. . . . Pure practical reason, even with a good knowledge of the facts, will not take you to morality.1

Ravi Zacharias, Threads of a Redeemed Heart

Kai Nielson, “Why Should I Be Moral?” American Philosophical Quarterly 21 (1984), 90.

In response to johnnyis

Original post here

I appreciate the encouragement you’re trying to give to brothers and sisters, but don’t turn a story that’s about Jesus’ mercy into something about yourself. You’re not the blind beggar. The Bible isn’t about you.

johnnyis

I can’t quite figure out the motivation behind this comment. It’s a bit beyond the black stump. However, let’s tackle it and attempt to clarify the original post,

…he (blind beggar) neither dropped the character of Christ, nor his request to him; but called out more loudly, and with greater vehemence, earnestness, and importunity: so persons sensible of their need of Christ, and of his worth, excellency, and ability, are not to be discouraged from an application to him, by whatsoever they meet with from men, or devils. Gill’s Exposition

johnnyis I know who I am for even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table (Matthew 15:27). And, I know whom I call upon for ‘salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).”

So here’s the point. When the distractions and persecutions from within and without arise I am quite happy in my daily life to sit as the blind beggar, beat my chest Luke 18:13, and cry all the louder, “thou son of David, have mercy on me.”

Which raises a series of questions;

  • Are you above the blind beggar?
  • Do you need not call out?
  • If you need to call out, how persistent are you in calling?

As Jesus was walking by the blind beggar it would have taken only moments for Jesus to be on His way and the blind beggar may never have gotten the opportunity again to meet Jesus face to face. So it is in our life. Jesus may appear for an instant and if we don’t make the choice to battle through the noise He may be gone just as quick.

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  James 4:14

Shout the louder, seek, you will find.

scripturebypicture:

Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.

Psalm 32:5

After Thought

"God loves you even in your darkest hours. He comforts you even in your darkest moments. He forgives you even in your darkest failures.”

~J. Wilson

Don’t succumb to the darkness, fight, fight on for ‘In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men (John 1:4)

And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20b

You can always count on Jesus

  1. It means that you can always count on Jesus being there in your life even when it doesn’t seem like He is. He doesn’t change.
  2. It means that you can always depend upon his character to never change.
  3. It means that you can always know that His love for you cannot decrease.
  4. It means that you can always depend on His commitment to you in all things, at all times, in all ways.
  5. Though the world changes, circumstances change, people change, and you change, Jesus never does.
  6. You can always count on Jesus.

Full article here