If Church Yesterday Was All About Revelation, RUN!

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Okay, that may be a bit dramatic. But you really need to start thinking about some things.

There are times and places to talk about the apocalyptic book of Revelation. Usually, church is a safe place. It could be from the pulpit, the minister, or from a teacher at a bible study of some kind.

HOWEVER…

If the only thing that you have been hearing lately are sermons about Revelation, or bible studies about the end times…it may be time to reconsider where you congregate. Continue reading “If Church Yesterday Was All About Revelation, RUN!”

Weekly Prayer: July 28th, 2019

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How close you are to the broken.

How near you are to the lonely.

How present you are to those who are lost.

How real you are to those who question.

 

The way that you move God,

The methods that you employ,

The tactics and plans that you have,

Are strange and most bizarre.

 

To be close to those undeserving,

To be near the unpopular,

To be most present to those that are not on the path,

To be most real to those that are not sure…

 

Why do you act this way, God?

Why do you live like this?

Why do you throw yourself at the least?

Why do you toss your love around without care?

 

But it isn’t without care,

For that is all that you are.

Care, concern, love in all of its labels.

You are and show it relentlessly.

 

To those that think they deserve so much,

To those who are keenly aware of their worth,

To those without a clue,

You love.

 

The way that you move God,

The methods that you employ,

Are strange and most bizarre,

Yet I will marvel at this grace.

 

How close you are to the broken.

How near you are to the lonely.

How present you are to those who are lost.

How real you are to those who question.

 


This prayer first appeared on Christian Thought Sandbox.

What I Read This Week (07.27.19)

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Every week, I share the articles and posts I enjoyed, the ones that made me think, the few that reminded me of the truths of Scripture. I hope you enjoy the posts that I read over the last seven days and are encouraged by them too.

Visioning as a Couple: Living Out Your Purpose as a Family

There is something to be said for knowing what you are living towards. We talk about it when it comes to business, our personal lives, but why not with our family? We have the chance to shape our relationships, with our spouse and children. We need to take that seriously.

 

Confession ≠ Repentance

To confess your sin is not the same as repenting of your sin. We need to be reminded of the difference. Continue reading “What I Read This Week (07.27.19)”

Lessons About God’s Blessings From Elijah and the Ravens

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Think about it.

The food came from somewhere. God had the ravens find food, a blessing that Elijah had no problem receiving.

Where did it come from?

And why was Elijah okay with that? Continue reading “Lessons About God’s Blessings From Elijah and the Ravens”

The Parables of Jesus by David Wenham: A Book Review

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The significance of Jesus’ parables cannot be understated. They are a major portion of the Gospels, not to mention a healthy chunk of his recorded teachings. And as such, the Parables of Jesus have been taught on, preached about, and otherwise expounded upon at length. To the point of exhaustion, if you ask some church parishioners.

So how are we to understand these stories? Because they are stories after all, correct? They aren’t actual facts…or are they? Are heaven and hell really just a chasm apart? Is God like an angry king that begrudgingly answers a widow’s prayers? Does Jesus really not understand that mustard seeds aren’t the smallest seeds there are? Continue reading “The Parables of Jesus by David Wenham: A Book Review”

Another Update!

Hey everyone!

I realize that it has been a while since I’ve shared anything, but that can happen with a big move and lots to sort out.

The good news; we are 85% unpacked and our new routine is almost down pat. That means more (and regular) posts are on their way.

I’m sorry I haven’t been here, but I am thankful for those of you that have stuck around. For those of you that are new to Christian Thought Sandbox, welcome! And be ready for lots of content to come.

Thank you all again. See you in the comment section.

Weekly Prayer: July 14th, 2019

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We stand before you, Lord…

Not as a people that are worthy of you, of your great love, or of your infinite mercy.

We stand before you as broken, sinful, wretched people; stained by the tar of sin, scattered by our selfish desires, unholy by our rout rejection of you.

And we say, Thank you.

While we are these things, you look down on us and smile. You look down on us, as we are, and still love us. You still forgive us. You still continually show us the mercy of your heart, day after day. Night after night.

The daily waves of love and mercy do not stop. They are not dwarfed by what we have done or doing. They are not made any less by our sin but appear all the more majestic and magnificent.

God, as we move through this day, as we go about our week, remind of us this.

That your love and mercy know no bounds, no barrier or blockade. That nothing will stop you from being good to us, even when we are anything but.

May we not abuse or take advantage of your goodness, Lord, but may we see these gifts for what they are and be drawn back to you each time.

Thank you, Lord.

Thank you.

We pray in Jesus’ name,

Amen.

 


This prayer first appeared on Christian Thought Sandbox.