We are all in a search for peace, or what the Bible calls “Shalom”. How do we find Shalom in our churches, homes and vocations – as moms, dads, pastors, professionals and friends? This week’s Take Five looks at a Christian view of everything from environmental stewardship to blogging, and we hope it will help you seek shalom in every area of your life this week, as we seek God together.
On the Difference One Letter Makes
“But there are other things that aren’t even a blip on my radar. Things that give me a pit in the depth of my stomach and haunt my dreams. Things that cause tears to fall from my chin onto my baby’s hair as I smooth it while she sleeps. Big huge horrific acts happening in pockets of the world, and all I can do is read about them via Facebook and pray. And other things too, happening in my own corner of the world on perhaps a smaller scale, yet life-altering as well. Things like cancer. Job loss. Miscarriage. Divorce. Failing grades. Poverty. Pain. Family feuds. Chronic illness. Despair.
Where is God in all of this? How do we trust Him in the midst of such a mess? How are we supposed to handle it all?” Finish this post here.
Video: Q Ideas | James Smith | Imagining the Kingdom
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Confession in the Church
“Living with unconfessed sin saps a believer’s spiritual strength. But living moment by moment in confession and honesty and realism –“Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!”(Psalm 32:1-2, NLT).” Keep reading here.
Why Your Words Matter
“Parts of my story that maybe I didn’t think were a ‘big deal’….but they were words that she needed at the moment when she read them. And I realized that is why I even started in this world of blogging in the first place.” Finish this post here.
Read an earlier Take Five post here.