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Today we’re going to look at Moses, a man who was sought by millions of people for his wisdom. Moses led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, and he was a great leader. He can teach us much about setting priorities.
It was Jesus’ habit to pray first and plan second. That approach led him to preach, to lead, and to love exactly as the Father directed. And it led him to the cross for you and for me. Our redemption at Calvary happened not because Jesus pursued his own path, but because he prayed to know God’s (Matthew 26:39).
I love the idea of praying all the time. It sounds awesome, and I was always on board intellectually. But truth be told, I never knew how to actually pray throughout my day. Thankfully, Keely did.
In a beautiful and succinct description of how to be present and love one another, the apostle Paul tells us to “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12:15) In the best of times and the worst of times it is a gift to be with one another, and by the power of the Holy Spirit in us, God is present.
“Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare,” God promises the Israelites and us in Isaiah 55:2. But junk food for the soul distracts us from his voice, doesn’t it? Television, romance novels, and the relentless patter on social media taste good for a moment, but leave us restless and unsatisfied. Here are 10 tips to help you grow closer to God in your devotional quiet time with him.
“Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy” Exodus 20:8-11 Sabbath is a symbol of God’s Sovereignty and Lordship. The Sabbath was a practice and a tradition for many Jews from the Exodus. In Jesus’ time and through today, it was and is a weekly celebration of rest and worship. The Sabbath is also a reminder of the redemption to come for the people under the Law, that points to the redemption that we now have in the work of Christ.
In this post, RJ shares how she has seen this a few times in her life – the glory of God shining through older and wiser Christians – but had never experienced it herself until one day in November. A recently divorced single mom asked RJ to come and pray through her new house – to bless her family’s new space, and God’s glory shone through that experience.
Tammy recently experienced a time of great suffering. For those who don’t know the Lord, suffering must seem like an unsolicited punishment with an unknown outcome. But for those who know the Lord, we know we can trust his goodness in the worst of times; we are not without hope. God’s word, and specifically, Romans 12:12 can help us to cope.
In Matthew 21, Jesus cursed a fig tree that did not produce fruit. Why? Making leaves is essential for a fruit tree, but unless it also produces fruit, it is useless. Perhaps you can consider yourself as a tree. Are your roots strong and healthy? Are you producing fruit? Are you sheltering people and giving others help?
Through a series of podcasts and blog-posts, Fred Gladney has shepherded us through a series on Christian growth and discipline, focusing on important practices like fasting, prayer, worship, studying the Bible, how we manage our time, money and more. We rounded up five of our favorites here, and we encourage you to spend some time this week exploring these important Christian growth disciplines.
When Keith was asked to speak at the monthly men’s breakfast at his church, he felt that he should challenge himself and his friends to read through the entire Bible in four months. What Keith and his group discovered when they did so was a profound love, understanding and appreciation for the BIble and Biblical teaching. Now it’s your turn to take the Bible reading challenge!
One morning as RJ exercised her physical body, she wondered about another form of exercise. Which spiritual exercises could we use to strengthen our spiritual growth – our souls? In this piece, RJ shares three areas of spiritual resistance training: quality time with God, a clear focus on what matters to him and Sabbath or rest time.