How will you respond next time gossip is served? We’re all guilty of it eating and serving gossip. We dress it up sometimes, making it look presentable. Sometimes we even say it’s a prayer request. After all, everyone needs prayer, don’t they? There are reasons why we take part in these tasty morsels, but maybe being aware of them can help us to push away from the table.
Contentment in Godliness
God looks at our hearts, not our outward appearance, possessions or abilities, but joy and contentment can still be difficult, as Anne shares in this post. Do you know how to smile through hardships and the unfairness of life? Through reading God's word, we can be encouraged, like in 1 Timothy 6:6-11, to pursue God and be content.
The Epic Story of the Bible, Part 8: King David
In David’s story we see that he was great when he was good and became cruel when he focused on himself and not God. He was a man of extremes: a sensitive heart but blood-thirsty in battle. He was a shepherd, a composer, a poet, a fighter, a man on the run, a mercenary, a great king, a diplomat, and one who sins, one who is betrayed. He lost it all, and gained it all back. He lived a life of distress, beauty, joy, heartache and chaos, like we do.
Comparison and Our Value (A Study in Ecclesiastes)
Comparison sneaks into my life when I least expect it. I want to know, “Am I OK? Am I cool enough, good looking enough, or smart enough? Do I fit in?" We're always concerned about that, aren't we? The only way we think we can figure out the answer to those questions is by comparing ourselves to others. We measure up our value based on what other people are like.
Discipline of Worship: The Key of Focus
Worship is a discipline because we're easily tempted to neglect it. We are focusing on the first key in the discipline of worship, which is the key of F, for Focus on God. Singing and other acts of worship are not true worship if the focus is on the sound and not God.
Prayer: in Faith or in a Temper Tantrum?
Tammy recently saw a license plate frame which boasted, “I saw it. I wanted it. I threw a fit. I got it!” Sadly, we often approach God in a similar manner when we pray, making our prayers short-sighted and more like a temper tantrum than a prayer in faith. Our prayers should focus less on our desires and more on God’s will for us.