Thankful for these 10 @timkellernyc tweets: Humbled, have hope, forgiven, forward progress, not perfection

Sometime in the early 90’s, I began attending Redeemer Presbyterian Church. I believe I went the first time when a friend from my home town was visiting New York City. In ’94, I was married, my wife was later baptized at Redeemer. Only recently, TimKellerI finally discarded the boxes of cassette tapes with my favorite Tim Keller sermons (thankfully most of them are now online, many free).

While I now attend church on Long Island, my family does manage to visit Redeemer a few times each year. In between visits, I truly value reading Tim Keller’s tweets. Each a little nugget that weaves nicely into where I’m at on my journey as a Christ Follower in progress. I retweet the ones I want to be able to refer back to at a later date.

The last 10 retweets from my Twitter account @IAMFollowerTodd follow.

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My March 2017 #FavoriteBibleVerses delivered by @GoTandem

In September 2013, a man in Hong Kong explained to me that his companies research (link below) showed that engaging with the bible at least 4 times per week could change peoples lives. They built a free mobile app called GoTandem to help facilitate their findings. I downloaded the app the evening after we met and have been using it ever since. When you start, the app has a brief survey that then enables bible verses to be custom tailored. I’ve retaken taken the survey a couple times to adjust the bible verses to my circumstances. Below are my favorite bible verses from March 2017.

Details about the research:

“The Power of 4 Effect A key discovery from the CBE research is that the life of someone who engages scripture 4 or more times a week looks radically different from the life of someone who does not. In fact, the lives of Christians who do not engage the Bible most days of the week are statistically the same as the lives of non-believers.” – Link for more details about research

 

My March 2017 favorite bible verses.

  • Body and Soul

    Use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Romans 6:13

  • Revenge Recipe

    Never pay back evil with more evil. Romans 12:17

  • Trouble Times Fifty Billion

    Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods. Psalm 16:4

  • Fire Tongue

    The tongue is a flame of fire…a whole world of wickedness…It can set your whole life on fire. James 3:6

  • Take Up Your Cross

    “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.” Mark 8:34

  • Concerned With the Heart

    “Anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:28

  • Don’t be a Slave

    Even though I am allowed to do anything, I must not become a slave to anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12

  • Heartguard

    “Guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth.” Malachi 2:15

  • Protective Peace

    [God’s] peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

  • Think and Exercise

    Think clearly and exercise self-control. 1 Peter 1:13

  • Broken Bodies, Raised Anew

    Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. 1 Corinthians 15:43

  • Dubloons and Emeralds

    “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Matthew 6:21

  • The Wasting Power of Refusal

    When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Psalm 32:3

  • Cravings

    The world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, [and] a craving for everything we see. 1 John 2:16

  • Lasting

    Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised. Proverbs 31:30

  • A New Hymn

    He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Psalm 40:3

  • Who’s the Boss?

    Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:23

  • Protecting Others

    Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong. Romans 14:1

  • Satisfaction Breeds Complacency

    “But when you had eaten and were satisfied, you became proud and forgot me” [says the LORD]. Hosea 13:6

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“The Devil Knows How to Discourage You” by @Bloom_Jon : Suggested read by friends wife

The posts on this blog are mostly articles, books, videos, bible verses, sermons, reflections from a conversation, etc. that someone was kind enough to suggest I read, listen to or view. This is one of those such articles. In this case, a friends wife thought we both might find this article from Jon Bloom helpful. She was so right, terrific article. I’m very grateful for friends like this, I need all the help and direction I can get.

 

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The Devil Knows How to Discourage You

Jon Bloom / March 16, 2017

This principle seems to hold true in nearly every area of life: The most satisfying joys we experience are realized mainly through adversity and struggle, while poor, unhealthy, thin joys can be had without much effort. Fulfilling joys usually require strenuous pursuit.

Another similar principle also seems to be true: When the pursuit of a fulfilling joy moves from an inspiring idea to actually having to work hard for it, the reward suddenly diminishes in appeal. Therefore, we must often strenuously pursue a fulfilling joy when we don’t feel like it.

I find both principles are often true when it comes to thanking God. A heart full of thanksgiving experiences profound joy. But cultivating a thankful heart is hard work — work we often don’t feel like doing.Jon Image for Blog

But God knows this about us, and his many commands that we “magnify him with thanksgiving” (Psalm 69:30), “come into his presence with thanksgiving” (Psalm 95:2), “sing to [him] with thanksgiving” (Psalm 147:7), pray “with thanksgiving” (Philippians 4:6), eat “with thanksgiving” (1 Timothy 4:3), indeed, “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) are not intended as guilt-ridden reminders of how ungrateful we are. Rather, these commands are prescriptions written by the Good Physician to help us escape from chronic bouts of discouragement.

Why Are We Discouraged?

Discouragement is, by definition, a deficit of courage.

Biblical courage is the ability to face uncertainty, adversity, danger, or suffering with faith-fueled hope that God will keep his word to us, come what may. Paul went so far as to say that since “all the promises of God find their Yes in [Christ],” especially the resurrection, we should “always [be] of good courage” (2 Corinthians 1:20; 5:6).

But we are not always of good courage. Why? Because unbelief in the promises of God dis-courages us. This is the focus of all Satan’s massive, multifarious strategies: to dis-courage us through dis-belief in God’s promises. His strategies are disorientingly sophisticated, but his goal is simple: to discourage Christians. Discouraged Christians are immobilized threats. They are diffused gospel bombs. They are silenced evangelists whose faith-anemia can be contagious.

Is it really any surprise that we find discouragement a chronic problem? Daily placed before our eyes, spoken into our ears, and breaking our hearts are reasons to be discouraged — and our indwelling sin is quick to believe them.

That is precisely why right after Paul says, “we are always of good courage” (2 Corinthians 5:6), he says, “for we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). Worldly perceptions will tend to sap our courage. But faith perceives a reality so hopeful that even death itself cannot quench the resulting courage.

Thanksgiving and Courage

What does this have to do with thanksgiving? Nothing is as en-couraging as seeing God’s abounding grace (2 Corinthians 9:8), and gratitude is what we feel when we see it (2 Corinthians 1:11).

But what we need to understand is that biblical thanksgiving is not merely our grateful response to a perceived grace received from God; it is a means to perceiving that grace. Biblical thanksgiving is not merely a command to be obeyed; it is a call to see beyond our normal perceptions to hundreds of graces we would otherwise miss due to our sin-induced myopia. And it is a call to see future graces in God’s promises so certain that we can thank God for them now.

That’s why God commands us so often in the Bible to give thanks. The commands prompt us to ask, “What do I have to be grateful for?” That question alone can stop the train of our thoughts from derailing into discouragement, while it draws us back on the track of faith. It forces us to answer, and in answering, we start seeing graces. So, the obedient act of giving God thanks actually results in our feeling grateful to God. The commands are in and of themselves gracious.

God intends for this practice of thanksgiving to become a gracious habit. The more habitual thanksgiving becomes, the more gratitude we will feel. We will find that to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) is not an impossible ideal, but an increasingly satisfying joy, and a potent, counterintuitive antidote to discouragement.

The Best Things Are Hard to Learn

Thanksgiving is a counterintuitive antidote to discouragement because when we feel discouraged, we don’t feel like giving thanks. That’s why we must remember those two common principles: 1) fulfilling joys usually require strenuous pursuit, and therefore, 2) we often don’t feel like pursuing the things we need most. This experience is “common to man” (1 Corinthians 10:13). When we experience it, we shouldn’t be surprised as if something strange were happening to us (1 Peter 4:12).

Experiencing the joy of gratitude requires the hard work of learning the habit of thanksgiving through daily practice. It’s difficult to learn because of our deeply ingrained habits of seeing the world through self-centered lenses. And because Satan works hard to distract us with all sorts of discouraging things.

But there is abounding grace available to help us see grace (2 Corinthians 9:8). That’s why there is an abundance of commands for us to give thanks! These commands are a grace, for they call forth in us what they demand of us.

Mine the Bible for the “thanks” and “thanksgiving” commands, and practice them — especially when you don’t feel like it. That’s likely when you need them the most. And “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Fight discouragement with thanksgiving. Fight hard! God will supply the strength you need (1 Peter 4:11; Philippians 4:19).

As you obey, you will begin to see and savor the grace you missed before.

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Daily Prayer (Extended Version) @johneldredge, @RandsomedHeart

In December, a friend gave me a copy of Walking with God by John Eldredge. Another person I met raved about Wild at Heart from John Eldredge and last week someone I respect started reading daily the “Daily Prayer (Extended Version) from John Eldredge and Ransomed Heart. The prayer is below as well a link for the pdf and MP3.

(Below the pray are links to many more prayers from the RansomedHeart website, prayers for all sorts of situations.)

Note about Daily Prayer Long Version from John Eldridge:

“Daily Prayer Long Version [Why a long version? Over the years we have come to learn a great deal about prayer and spiritual warfare. Frankly, the prayers of our youth have not proved sufficient for the trials of a more mature believer advancing the Kingdom of God. This longer version reflects the kind of prayer needed in times of intense ministry or times of great pressure and attack. Frankly, it just has more firepower. Try it—you’ll see.]”

Daily Prayer (Long Version) as copied from RandsomedHearth.com

“My dear Lord Jesus, I come to you now to be restored in you, renewed in you, to receive from you all the grace and mercy I so desperately need this day. I honor you as my Sovereign, and I surrender every aspect and dimension of my life totally and completely to you. I give to you my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will. I cover myself with your blood—my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will. I ask your Holy Spirit to restore me in you, renew me in you, and lead this time of prayer. In all that I now pray, I stand in absolute agreement with your Spirit and with my intercessors and allies, by your Spirit and by your Spirit alone.

Dearest God, holy and victorious Trinity, you alone are worthy of all my worship, my heart’s devotion, all my praise, all my trust, and all the glory of my life. I love you, I worship you, I give myself over to you in my heart’s search for life. You alone are Life, and you have become my life. I renounce all other gods, every idol, and I give to you the place in my heart and in my life that you truly deserve. This is all about you, God, and not about me; you are the Hero of this story, and I belong to you. I ask your forgiveness for my every sin. I renounce my sins. I ask you to search me and know me and reveal to me where you are working in my life and grant to me the grace of your healing, deliverance, your holiness, and a deep and true repentance.

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me and choosing me before you made the world. You are my true Father—my creator, redeemer, sustainer, and the true end of all things, including my life. I love you, I trust you, I worship you. I give myself over to you, Father, to be one with you in everything as Jesus is one with you. Thank you for proving your love by sending Jesus; I receive him and all his life and all his work which you ordained for me. Thank you for including me in Christ, for forgiving me my sins, for granting me his righteousness, for making me complete in him. Thank you for making me alive with Christ, raising me with him, seating me with him at your right hand, establishing me in his authority, and anointing me with your love, your Spirit, and your kingdom. I receive it with thanks and give it total claim to my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will. I bring the life and work of the Lord Jesus Christ over my life today, over my home, my family, my household, throughout my kingdom and domain.

Jesus, thank you for coming to ransom me with your own life. I love you, I worship you, I give myself over to you to be one with you in all things—spirit, soul, and body, heart, mind, and will. I sincerely receive all the work and triumph in your cross, death, blood, and sacrifice, through which my every sin is atoned for, I am ransomed and delivered from the kingdom of darkness and transferred to your kingdom, my sin nature is removed, my heart is circumcised unto God, and every claim being made against me is disarmed this day. I now take my place in your cross and death, dying with you to sin, to my flesh, to this world, to the evil one and his kingdom. I take up the cross and crucify my flesh with all its pride, arrogance, unbelief, and idolatry [and anything else you are currently struggling with]. I put off the old man. Apply to me all the work in your cross, death, blood, and sacrifice. I receive it with thanks and give it total claim to my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will.

I bring the blood and sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ over my life today, over my home, my family, my household, my vehicles, finances, over all my kingdom and domain. I bring the cross, death, blood, and sacrifice of Jesus Christ against Satan, against his kingdom, against every foul and unclean spirit, every foul power and black art, against every witch, and against every human being and their spirit, their warfare and household. I bring the cross, death, blood, and sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ to the borders of my kingdom and domain, and I stake it there in the name of Jesus Christ.

Jesus, I also sincerely receive you as my Life, and I receive all the work and triumph in your resurrection, through which you have conquered sin, death, judgment, and the evil one. Death has no power over you, nor does any foul thing. And I have been raised with you to a new life, to live your life—dead to sin and alive to God. I take my place now in your resurrection and in your life, and I give my life to you to live your life. I am saved by your life. I reign in life through your life. I receive your hope, love, faith, joy, your goodness, trueness, wisdom, power, and strength. Apply to me all the work and triumph in your resurrection; I receive it with thanks and I give it total claim to my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will.

I bring the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ over my life today, over my home, my family, my household, my vehicles, finances, over all my kingdom and domain. I bring the resurrection and the empty tomb of Jesus Christ against Satan, against his kingdom, against every foul and unclean spirit, every foul power and black art, against every witch, and against every human being and their spirit, their warfare, and household. I bring the resurrection and the empty tomb of the Lord Jesus Christ to the borders of my kingdom and domain, and I stake it there in Jesus’ name.

Jesus, I also sincerely receive you as my authority, rule, and dominion, my everlasting victory against Satan and his kingdom, and my ability to bring your Kingdom at all times and in every way. I receive all the work and triumph in your ascension, through which Satan has been judged and cast down, and all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to you. All authority in the heavens and on this earth has been given to you, Jesus, and you are worthy to receive all glory and honor, power and dominion, now and forever. I take my place now in your authority and in your throne, through which I have been raised with you to the right hand of the Father and established in your authority. I give myself to you, to reign with you always. Apply to me all the work and triumph in your authority and your throne; I receive it with thanks, and I give it total claim to my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will.

I now bring the authority, rule, and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ over my life today, over my home, my family, my household, my vehicles, finances, over all my kingdom and domain.

I now bring the authority, rule, and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ and the fullness of the work of Christ against Satan, against his kingdom, against every foul and unclean spirit—every ruler, power, authority, and spiritual force of wickedness, their every weapon, claim, and device. [At this point, I specifically name all foul and unclean spirits that I know have been attacking me, such as fear, doubt, accident, injury, death, the religious spirit, pride, arrogance, etc.] I send all foul and unclean spirits bound to the throne of Christ, together with every back-up and replacement, every weapon, claim, and device—by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ and in his name. I command the judgment of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the heads of those that refuse to obey, and I send them to judgment, by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ and in his name.

I now bring the authority, rule, and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ and the fullness of the work of Christ against every foul power and black art—every hex, vex, and incantation, every spell, weave, web, veil, shroud, charm, and snare; against every ritual, sacrifice, and device; against every vow, dedication, and sacrifice, every word, judgment, and curse—written, spoken, unspoken, or transferred to me. I command them disarmed and broken by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ and in his name.

I now bring the authority, rule, and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ and the fullness of the work of Christ against every witch, cult, and coven, every channel of black arts to me. I cut them off in the name of the Lord; I send the glory of God to them to turn them in Jesus’ name.

I now bring the authority, rule, and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ and the fullness of the work of Christ between me and every human being—their spirit, soul, body, their sin, warfare, and their household. I bring the full work of Christ between me [and now I name people that I’ve counseled or prayed for, family members, folks in crisis looking to me, etc.] I command their human spirits bound back to their bodies and their warfare bound to the throne of Christ in their life. I bring the full work of Christ between me and my household and all people, in the authority of Jesus Christ and in his name.

Holy Spirit, thank you for coming. I love you, I worship you, I trust you. I honor you as Lord. I receive all the work and triumph in Pentecost, through which you have come, you have clothed me with power from on high, sealed me in Christ, become my union with the Father and the Son, the Spirit of truth in me, the life of God in me, my counselor, comforter, strength, and guide. I honor you as Lord, and I fully give to you every aspect and dimension of my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will—to be filled with you, to walk in step with you in all things. Fill me afresh, Holy Spirit. Restore my union with the Father and the Son. Lead me into all truth, anoint me for all of my life and walk and calling, and lead me deeper into Jesus today. I receive you with thanks, and I give you total claim to my life.

Heavenly Father, thank you for granting to me every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus. I claim the riches in Christ Jesus over my life today, over my home, my family, my work, over all of my kingdom and domain. I bring the blood of Christ once more over my spirit, soul, and body, over my heart, mind, and will. I put on the full armor of God: the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the gospel, helmet of salvation; I take up the shield of faith and sword of the Spirit, and I choose to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of your might, to pray at all times in the Spirit.

Jesus, thank you for your angels. I summon them in the name of Jesus Christ and instruct them to destroy all that is raised against me, to establish your Kingdom over me, to rebuild the shields and hedges of protection around me and my household, and to minister to me your ministry. I ask you to send forth your Spirit to raise up prayer and intercession for me. I now call forth the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout my home, my household, my kingdom, and domain in the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving all glory and honor and thanks to him. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Here is a link to a number of prayers from John Eldridge and Randsomed Heart tailored for a variety of special situations – whether for inner healing or deliverance, breaking curses or simply getting a good night’s sleep! Link to all the prayers

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“Broken, My Story of Addiction and Redemption” by William Cope Moyers – Thankful I read the book

Wow is all I can say, I am grateful I listened to “Broken, My Story of Addiction and Redemption” by William Cope Moyers.

I originally read the cover and thought to myself, this book sounds to heavy, but finally, on a drive to an appointment several hours from home, I began to listen and listen. As Williams’story unfolded, I found myself with a very heavy heart. I kept listening and listening, I found myself thinking, “Ok William” I’m ready for the redemption part, the good news, but it kept not coming.

I finally did make it to where William came to the realization that he could not do it on his own, it was October 8, 1994. William is working on his recovery to this day. I found a video posted on youtube from 2010 where he addressed an audience about addictions at the Library of Congress. He talked about how the world doesn’t recognize addiction like other illnesses and an organization named Faces and Voices of Recovery is one of many getting the word out.

I am thankful I listened to the book as I didn’t realize the harm it does to the support of future addicts when those that recover stay quiet about their recovering. Williams makes a strong case that addictions should be treated just like cancer and other illnesses. I will stop now as I’m not giving this book justice, hope you read or listen to it.

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Details about: Broken Soft, My Story of Addiction and Redemption

William Cope Moyers has come a long, long way. In 1994, he lay on the floor of an Atlanta crack house. His father had put together a search party. His worried family waited at home where Moyers had left them when he embarked on yet another binge. From that lowly, drug-hazed night, Moyers went on to become an executive at the Hazelden Foundation and travels far and wide to talk about addiction and treatment.

Broken Softcover Harrowing and wrenching, <I>Broken</I> paints a picture of a man with every advantage who nonetheless found himself spiraling into a dark and life-threatening abyss. But unlike other memoirs of its kind, <I>Broken</I> emerges into the clear light of Moyers' recovery as he dedicates his life to changing the politics of addiction.Broken tells the story of what happened between then and now-from growing up the privileged son of Bill Moyers to his descent into alcoholism and drug addiction, his numerous stabs at getting clean, his many relapses, and how he managed to survive. Harrowing and wrenching, Broken paints a picture of a man with every advantage who nonetheless found himself spiraling into a dark and life-threatening abyss. But unlike other memoirs of its kind, Broken emerges into the clear light of Moyers’ recovery as he dedicates his life to changing the politics of addiction. Beautifully written with a deep underlying spirituality, this is a missive of hope for the scores of Americans struggling with addiction-and an honest and inspiring account that proves the spiritual insight that we are strongest at the broken places.

 

Author: William Cope Moyers,  Author: Katherine Ketcham

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Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr

Several people mentioned the Serenity Prayer to me so posting.

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“The Serenity Prayer is the common name for a prayer authored by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr[1][2] (1892–1971). The best-known form is:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

Niebuhr, who first wrote the prayer for a sermon at Heath Evangelical Union Church in Heath, Massachusetts,[3] used it widely in sermons as early as 1934[1] and first published it in 1951 in a magazine column.[1][4]The prayer spread both through Niebuhr’s sermons and church groups in the 1930s and 1940s and was later adopted and popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step programs.”

Details on Serenity Prayer from Wikipedia.

 

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Surrender Your Heart to God

Listened to Rick Warren’s devotional this morning. Another great devotional. 

3 choices I need to make everyday to transform my relationship with others

Surrender everyday to Jesus

Remember the way God loves me – (don’t feel loved can’t be loving)

  • I am completely accepted 
  • I am unconditionally loved
  • I am totally forgiven 
  • I am extremely valuable to God

Offer love to others (everyone) the same way God loves us. 
You can’t grow spiritually in isolation by Rick Warren
Job 11:13-20 (CEV)
Surrender Your Heart to God

13 Surrender your heart to God,
    turn to him in prayer,

14 and give up your sins—

    even those you do in secret.

15 Then you won’t be ashamed;

you will be confident

    and fearless.

16 Your troubles will go away

    like water beneath a bridge,

17 and your darkest night

    will be brighter than noon.

18 You will rest safe and secure,

filled with hope

    and emptied of worry.

19 You will sleep without fear

    and be greatly respected.

20 But those who are evil

will go blind and lose their way.

    Their only escape is death!

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Paul’s story is told in Acts 7:58-28:31 & throughout New Testament @TyndaleHouse #LifeApplicationStudyBible #PrHrnr

Just read Acts 9, I am reading through Acts now for the third time using Professor Grant Horner’s Bible Reading System. This is a great story.

Acts 9 start’s with Saul threatening Christians, his goal to have them put in prison or worse. Then on a trip, Jesus talks to him “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me*.” Saul’s blinded by a bright light. Jesus directs him to a certain place and after three days his sight is restored. Saul’s name changes to Paul.

My bible commentary explains that…

“No person, apart from Jesus himself, shaped the history of Christianity like the apostle Paul*” fullsizerender-9

That…

“God did not waste any part of Paul – his background, his training, his citizenship, his mind, or even his weaknesses.*”

The commentary continued with a challenge for me (us)…

“Are you willing to let God do the same for you? You will never know all he can do with you until you allow him to have all that you are!*”

*Tyndale House Life Application Study Bible (NIV)

 

 

 

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Walking with God by John Eldredge

I landed at lunch time, it was the start of my first business trip with a new job. With a quick scan of my email, I learned that one tentative meeting had cancelled and most others hadn’t confirmed-an emptiness filled me. I prayed, then replied to the email of the personal that had cancelled, hoping to reschedule-off I went to my lunch appointment.

During lunch, the canceled meeting became a 7 am breakfast the following morning, the lunch meeting generated a referral to a meeting the following afternoon, a 4 pm meeting confirmed. Thank you Jesus, I prayed, the first 24 hours of my trip secured.

The 7 am breakfast meeting began, I was given “Walking with God” by John Eldredge.

The rest of the trip went well. Tired, but thankful for the progress I had made, I boarded the plane for the flight home with my new book. The person that sat down beside me said, John Eldredge!, he’s a great author, one of my favorite books of his is “Wild at Heart.”  The book identified between us a common thread, we each shared part of our story-I then started to read my new book. I read a few pages and came upon the couple paragraphs below, I asked my new friend to read them.

Praying now for the spouse of my new friend and their journey to walk with God.

Walking with God by John Eldredge, page x,xi

“The good news is you can’t figure out life like that. You can’t possibly master enough principles and disciplines to ensure that your life works out. You weren’t meant to, and God won’t let you. For he knows that if we succeed without him, we will be infinitely further from him. We will come to believe terrible things about the universe-things like I can make it on my own and if only I try harder, I can succeed. That whole approach to life-trying to figure it out, beat the ads, get on top of your game-it is utterly godless. Meaning, entirely without God. He is nowhere in those considerations. That sort of scrambling smacks more of the infamous folks who raised the tower of Babel than it does of those who walked with God in the garden in the cool of the day.

In the end, I’d much rather have God.

You might have heard the old saying “Give someone a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach someone to fish, and you feed him for the rest of his life.” The same holds true for life itself. If you give someone an answer, a rule, a principle, you help him solve one problem. But if you teach him to walk with God, well then, you’ve helped him solve the rest of his life. You’ve helped him tap into an inexhaustible source of guidance, comfort, and protection.

Really now, you you know you had the opportunity to develop a conversational intimacy with the wisest, kindest, most generous and seasoned person in the world, wouldn’t it make sense to spend your time with that person, as opposed to, say, slogging you way through on your own?

Whatever our situation in life–butcher, baker, candlestick maker-our deepest and most pressing need is to learn to walk with God. To hear his voice. To follow him intimately. It is the most essential turn of events that could ever take place in the life of any human being, for it brings us back to the source of life. Everything else we long for can then flow forth from this union.

But how do we get there?”

…buy the book and continue the introduction, page xi

Walking with God, 18 companion videos

 

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Keep on loving one another… Hebrews 13 D38 #PrHrnr

 

Read Hebrews 13 last week on Day 38 of my journey through the bible with Prefessor Horner’s bible reading system. Think Hebrews 13 will be my book of the bible for 2017.

Hebrews 13:1-18 (NIV)

Concluding Exhortations

13 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have,because God has said,

“Never will I leave you;

never will I forsake you.”[a]

So we say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?”[b]

Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of li
fe and imitate their faith.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods,which is of no benefit to those who do so. 10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.

11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holythrough his own blood. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.

15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.

18 Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. 19 I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you soon.

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