Hi Frank! So true! I once heard a pastor make a comment I think of often. He was speaking of our world views using Saul and David during the fight with Goliath as an example. Saul was afraid of the giant saying "Who are we that we should go up against these Philistines?!" while David said "Who is this Philistine that he should defy the God of Isreal!?" His point being that the challenges in your life are a battle between your God and Satan, not you and Satan. So prayer used as communication between God and man is our link. But as Edward Bear and Watcher said, so many abuse what godly prayer is and use it as some magical formula to peace.
Prayer is not a magic talisman for allieving stress. Like Saul treated the Ark or consulted priests and prophets before battle (God did not answer him); as many pray to saints or with shiny beads; or unbiblical, scripted prayers... Any relief is superficial and short-lived.
Pure relief from stress comes in the comfort of conversation with the One who predestined all things and so can speak to us as He spoke to the Sea of Galilee "Peace, be still." In THAT a Christian can lay down their cares continually and focus on what is above while being helped by our Savior with what is below. Everyone wants a quick fix. Sanctification takes a life-time. But we're in Good Hands, saints!
Quiet Christian, I'm not sure where I heard that; I'm thinking it was during the hurricane events this year in the south. I believe that was the statement an employee gave. It's a piece of the Westminister Shorter Catechism although I am unaware of any denomination they align with. Love their food at any rate and so nice to see the charity they freely give.
Yolanda, Matthew 5:4 says "For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous."
Nature happens all around us, as SF said - a fallen world suffers and groans.
That being said, there are particular events of nature that God has used as punishment. We have several earthquakes listed in Scripture, destruction of cities by fire, floods... So I believe there is enough Scriptural evidence to say these events can happen under both a sinful, fallen world's nature and events used by God as punishment. It would be prudent at the same time to be sure we don't turn into Job's "friends" and wag our fonger at every event. It's God's business one way or the other.
Quiet Christian, I don't believe there is any doubt amongst believers that there is a state in the US that's without sin - the cancer is everywhere. Back to the Sodom and Gomorrah analogy - the whole area was rife with sin but God took out the bastion of their pride. The Chinese have a proverb: the nail that sticks out gets hammered back in place. S&G's sins had apparently come to a head, above the rest of the region. God dealt with it in particular. I look forward to the day He comes to set finally eradicate the scar's of sin and establish His enduring kingdom. Come so
While sin is sin to God, not everyone is Sodom & Gomorrah. So in the facts of our humanity on this planet Earth, there are offenses that we are to judge against humanity as more wrong than other offenses. Infanticide (largest abortion clinics are in CA), redistribution of wealth or theivery (CA taxation, use of imminent domain), sexual immorality (CA, check)... That state has not just silently slid into evil but has proudly shouted from the mountain tops their support for anything contrary to the rules of God's morality. They have been a proud bastion of perversion, murder, thievery & twisted minds.
First they are thrown into a drought; then floods; now fires & the rainy season is on it's way. May the Lord, indeed, call many to Himself before He closes this act.
Hi Christopher! It always makes me shake my head at how hard these people work to squelch a God who "doesn't exist". If He's a fairy tale, then leave Him be and He should go the way of fables, right? Of course, their inward man knows better at some level...
Prov 4:3-7 "When I was a son with my father, tender and precious to my mother, he taught me and said: â€śYour heart must hold on to my words. Keep my commands and live. Get wisdom, get understanding; donâ€™t forget or turn away from the words of my mouth. Donâ€™t abandon wisdom, and she will watch over you; love her, and she will guard you. Wisdom is supremeâ€”so get wisdom. And whatever else you get, get understanding."
Without discipleship, there is little hope for a generation who will always cave to man's natural tendencies. But praise God that He is mighty to save the perishing. There is hope yet while we breath!
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"Brothers, consider your calling: Not many are wise from a human perspective, not many powerful, not many of noble birth. Instead, God has chosen what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong. God has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the worldâ€”what is viewed as nothingâ€”to bring to nothing what is viewed as something, so that no one can boast in His presence. But it is from Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became God-given wisdom for usâ€”our righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, in order that, as it is written: The one who boasts must boast in the Lord."
1 Corinithians chapter 1, verses 18-31 deserve a good read in regards to this man's endeavour.
"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is Godâ€™s power to us who are being saved. For it is written:
I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will set aside the understanding of the experts.
Where is the philosopher?Where is the scholar? Where is the debater of this age? Hasnâ€™t God made the worldâ€™s wisdom foolish?
For since, in Godâ€™s wisdom, the world did not know God through wisdom, God was pleased to save those who believe through the foolishness of the message preached. For the Jews ask for signs and the Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles.Yet to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is Godâ€™s power and Godâ€™s wisdom, because Godâ€™s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and Godâ€™s weakness is stronger than human strength."
Hebrews 9:27-28 "And just as it is appointed for people to die onceâ€”and after this, judgmentâ€” so also the Messiah, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him."
The first think that struck me about this article wasn't the drag queen but the term "nursery school". "The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world." William R. Wallace
If parents would start making the hard decisions and start making the sacrifices to model God's familial design we just might see less of this - or at least protect our children from the wolves and lions that roam around seeking whom they may devour. IOW, it's not a drag queen, LGBTXYZ, crazed shooter problem, it's a personal responsibility problem.
Great Sermon! I've just started from the beginning of the Genesis series. This is a wonderful message - indeed we do serve a great sovereign God. He Who created and sustains all things, by Him all things consist, how peaceful His children can and should be at all times Praise my soul the King of Heaven....
Great Sermon! I find no fault in Him at all! He is altogether lovely.
Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,
O Thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
Thou, my soulâ€™s glory, joy and crown.