Urgent appeal for prayers and help for dear friends in India and Pakistan after severe flooding. https://christsmandate.blogspot.com/2022/07/emergency-appeal-for-flood-relief-for.html
"God may allow His servant to succeed when He has disciplined him to a point where he does not need to succeed to be happy. The man who is elated by success and cast down by failure is still a carnal man. At best his fruit has a worm in it.
God will allow His servant to succeed when he has learned that success does not make him dearer to God nor more valuable in the total scheme of things."
-- A.W. Tozer in Faith Dares to Fail
Pastor Sasha in Ukraine.
On any given spiritual topic, there are myriads of opinions, accompanied by various Scripture references. This often leads the serious seeker to seek out an authoritative standard or voice to cut through the confusion.
The obvious solution is to "go back to the roots." But this means different things to different people.
Some go back to their childhood church, some to their denomination headquarters. Others seek out text by "fathers of the faith," or historical liturgy and tradition by long established institutions.
But there is only one true Root... The Root of Jesse, the Word made flesh, the Godhead in bodily form, the Cornerstone, the Good Shepherd, the Door, the King of kings, Lord of lords, Emmanuel, the Righteous Judge, the Savior of the world.
I have to believe that the Holy Spirit will guide me into all truth as I read the Gospels because they tell of the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
I may be splitting hairs, and this may be controversial. But I am asking...
Why are Christians against abortion, the homo/trans agenda, and the other immoral issues that are at the forefront recently?
1) Is it because we fear God's judgment on America like Sodom and Gomorrah?
2) We actually care about the unborn, the gay/trans eternal souls?
3) some other reason?
Let's take a look at ourselves and ask our Father to reveal our motivations and attitudes. Perhaps we can make adjustments in our responses and actions?
Just spoke with Pastor Sasha in Vishgorod, Ukraine...suburb of Kiev.
Around 2800 refugees from Mariopol area are in his town.
He wants to start a bakery in the church due to food requests.
Food, heat, and construction supplies (like glass and roofing materials) will be the priorities coming in a few months.
6 missiles struck Kiev train infrastructure today. 🙏 🇺🇦
Got this in my email today.. really good.
Listening well—all the way to the end of whatever the talker has to say—is rare these days. But it’s powerful.
I’m discovering that when I keep my mouth shut and simply rest in listening to others, that’s when I discover unexpected gold nuggets! (Have you ever noticed that this is how detectives approach people on those TV crime shows?)
Would people say that you are a good listener?
Give yourself a quick test by considering if any of the following five statements would describe your interactions in the past week.
When others are talking to me . . .
I find myself finishing their sentences.
I give my opinions before hearing them out.
I get restless and impatient.
I lose track of what is being said.
I mentally rehearse what I’m going to say next.
Recognizing these patterns in yourself is a step toward becoming a better listener.
Just spoke with Pastor Sasha in Vyshgorod Ukraine (near Kiev) for about an hour. It was so good to hear his voice and know the real situation.
The atrocities are difficult to even hear about, let alone live through.
On top of that, are the lies that Putin is telling, and even pastors in Russia are believing and then supporting.
I've always been "on the edge" when it comes to pork rinds.
Found these today and now I'm all in.
Have you tried this flavor?
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