Because I’m running out of hours in my week and because God’s Word is sufficient, let me just share with you a verse that God has recently impressed on my heart:
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
-2 Peter 1:3
Indeed, the God of the Bible is glorious and good, and in getting to know Him by these two attributes, He equips us with everything we need to live a godly life.
What verses has He impressed on your heart recently? How have His glory and goodness equipped you to live a godly life?
Last night I had some precious time with God. I was praying for a specific difficult situation. You might call it one a battle in the spiritual war that encompasses the struggle for the souls of mankind.
Perhaps I was praying specifically for victory in the battle – I can’t quite remember. But God graciously reminded me that He’s already secured victory over the war!
It was a glorious and refreshing thought to be reminded that Victory is not for my sick Aunt to beat cancer and live another twenty years. Or for me to keep my job despite conflict based on my stance for the truth. Or for My parents to re-marry after having divorced. (<– all imaginary situations, by the way.)
NOTE: In the heat of all the excitement surrounding the release of my debut novella, I want to pause and celebrate God’s faithfulness over the past two years. This day in 2015, I published the oldest post on this blog. This post here is a makeover of the original piece; retitled, edited and filled with new links. God is faithful and His truths of two years ago are just as true today.
What causes a successful businessman to feel restless? What makes a suicidal teen reconsider taking her life?
We were created by a God whom we can’t see, but who is very real, active and at work in this world. Inside each of our visible, physical bodies is an invisible, eternal soul that was designed to be with our Creator God. Each person knows deep within their invisible soul that there is an invisible, spiritual world and that it counts for more than any of the things we can see and touch.
I had decided that – after reviewing Boy Meets Girl – I wanted to explore one aspect of it a bit deeper in a separate blog post. It’s now been over two weeks since I finished reading it, but I feel like it’s been so much longer. Admittedly, I feel quite removed from the contemplations it prompted. Life moves on and new contemplations take the place of old ones. The lesson: write these thoughts out right away, next time!
In any case, this is a good chance to go back and revisit the things I was thinking about at the time.
NOTE: for readers who are particularly sensitive to sexual matters… I attempt to talk about these things in a graceful way, but please be forewarned that this post mentions sex.
Forty-six recent high school graduates. Forty-six new faces with forty-six new names.
My family often has the opportunity to welcome mission teams to Cambodia from “the West.”
It’s an honor!
I’ve heard the analogy (here, if you’re interested) that a conversation is like reading a book where you can turn to any page and read for as long as you want. And every person is a really good book.
I believe that’s true, particularly the last statement. Except, for people who don’t like reading, I would use a different analogy because regardless of how much you enjoy reading, the person you could talk to is precious. They’re made in God’s image. They have stories to tell. They have passions and interests, pain-points, viewpoints and backgrounds which have shaped their lives.
I’ve established that vulnerability is sanctifying. And by “established”, I mean that’s what I’ve come to believe for myself. I’ve also come to believe that it’s hard. But when is it appropriate to be vulnerable? Are there wrong people? Wrong times? It’s something I’ve wondered over the past months.
I briefly considered in this post that a benefit of vulnerability is the close fellowship that it fosters between members of the Body of Christ. Two people can’t truly be friends if they can’t see each other for the darkness they’re hiding in.
I should clarify.
Perhaps they can be “friends” at a superficial level, but this shouldn’t be mistaken for the profound fellowship experienced when two or more individuals are willing to get vulnerable with each other.
Pchum Ben. Perhaps the most widely observed “holiday” of Cambodia.
I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve mentioned the land in which I live. One of the lesser-known countries of South-East Asia, Cambodia is where God called my family and me to live, two and a half years ago. I’m finally going to share a bit about living here.
But if you will, stay around! Though it may seem far-off, irrelevant and uninteresting, you may be surprised by an obscure connection I made this week between the pagan, Buddhist-animistic Cambodian culture, and that of familiar America (or Australia or Canada).
Every so often, it happens. I’m caught pleasantly by surprise at how the Holy Spirit uses an obscure passage somewhere in the books of the law (the first five books of the Bible) to make a certain truth fresh to my heart.
Here’s this morning’s culprit:
The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so. The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. For this is what you asked of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, “Let us not hear the voice of the LORD our God nor see his great fire anymore, or we will die.”
The LORD said to me: “What they say is good. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in their mouth. He will tell them everything I command him.
I can’t speak for individuals, but it seems that the young nation of Israel had something that the western Church as a whole severely lacks: the fear of the Lord.
Dear praying friends,
A friend of mine – referring to her own project which she’s inviting others to join – said it well: “I know you probably follow a dozen other blogs. There are hundreds of messages, lessons, and words floating around you each day. I don’t expect you to drop everything and join me.”
In the same way, I recognize that you may be surrounded by prayer requests and projects beg or beckon for your support.
But would you read on and quietly consider (with prayer if you need to) joining me in the following way?