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Posted 4/8/17 at 7:41 PM | Daniella Whyte

3 Reasons God Never Fails (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 54)

Zephaniah 3:5 (NLT)
But the Lord is still there in the city, and he does no wrong. Day by day he hands down justice, and he does not fail.

People fail. Things fail. Projects fail. But God never fails. Since He never fails, you can always depend on His grace, mercy, faithfulness, and love. He is always on time, always available when we need Him, and is still with us when we think we can handle it on our own. Nothing shocks or surprises God. Even when we can’t feel Him and even though we can’t see Him, He is always there. Our faith makes it so. He faithfully watches over us, guides us, leads us, and helps us in our time of trouble.

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Posted 4/2/17 at 9:58 PM | June Samuel

When I am Weak – Then I Am Strong

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, these things says He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens. The Lord Jesus gave His credentials to the Church in Philadelphia before He made His pronouncements.

The Lord Jesus is holy. Luke 1:35 …. that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Hebrews 7:26: “For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; “ The Lord Jesus Christ is holy, so He expects us to be holy. He lives within us, so our behavior ought to be holy. 1Peter 1:15 reads: But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct. The Church in Philadelphia “kept His word” and they did not deny His Name. They lived holy.

The Lord Jesus is true. He said in John 14:6: “I am The Way, The Truth and The Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John the Apostle said in John 1:14 …..”we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” What a sight to behold! No wonder multitudes gathered to see Him. No one was ever seen like the Lord Jesus before Him or afterwards. There was a “WOW” factor in the presence of the Lord Jesus. Jesus is the truth personified. Ephesians 4:20, 21 reads: But you have not so learned Christ, 21: If indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus. The Lord Jesus is in us and we should speak the truth and live the truth. FULL POST

Posted 3/29/17 at 7:49 PM | Daniella Whyte

Talk to God Before You Talk to People (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 53)

Psalm 133:1 (NLT)
How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!

God desires for all His children to dwell together in unity, harmony, and grace towards each other. Nothing hurts God’s heart more than to see His people quarreling, warring, and fighting with one another. As believers, God has called us to seek forgiveness, offer forgiveness, amend our relationships, and restore fellowship with other people.

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Posted 3/29/17 at 12:47 AM | Lynn Joesph

Environmental Stewardship Is A Question Of Faith

Many people think of sustainability as a modern movement, something that emerged precisely as a response to decades or centuries of overuse, degradation, and a simple lack of knowledge about how to best use the resources available to us. Those who understand the Bible, however, know that sustainability has been our responsibility since the first days of creation. Genesis says so.

Man was created in God’s image and directly positioned by God not just to make use of the plenty found in Eden, but also to protect it. That meant caring for the plants and animals, the water and air. As postlapsarian society grew and became more complex, Biblical law even gives instruction for city planning. When it comes to sustainability, God is in the details.

Much of what the Bible says is still, at its core, applicable to modern sustainability initiatives, but as modern Christians, how are we fully realizing environmental stewardship? Are we building our churches on sustainable principles? Are we developing environmental stewardship skills that we can share with others? It’s time we turn more of our attention to caring for the world our gracious God has given us. FULL POST

Posted 3/23/17 at 2:44 PM | Daniella Whyte

A Singing Faith (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 52)

Psalm 147:7a (NLT)
Sing out your thanks to the Lord…

Learning to be thankful is not only a virtue; it is an important part of our life journey. God has given us so much to be appreciative of in life. Whether we realize it or not, gratitude shows the deepest sincerity, love, and spiritual awareness of our hearts and souls. Our faith is not a faith that has to lie dormant and remain stagnant. It is an active, vibrant, singing faith.

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Posted 3/18/17 at 10:54 PM | Daniella Whyte

I Am Here (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 51)

John 6:20 (NLT)
But he called out to them, “Don’t be afraid. I am here!”

Over and over again throughout Scripture, we are challenged to overcome fear and embrace faith. It has been said that three hundred and sixty-five times, God urges us to not be afraid and to trust His presence. While the enemy of our souls seeks to crush our spirits with fear and worry, God seeks to comfort us with His power and courage.

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Posted 3/15/17 at 8:51 PM | Greg Gordon

The Greatest Example Of Forgiveness

But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. - Matthew 6:15

Lesson of Forgiveness

Sometimes the lesson of forgiveness can only be obtained through being the recipient of someone not being willing to forgive you. If we have been hurt in our past by someone we can be those who will not forgive others who hurt us.

When we do not release others we end up not releasing ourselves. Even physical ailments can be a result of this pent up hurt and unforgiveness that manifests itself in bitterness, envy, resentment and even anger. For a Christian to hold onto any grudge or anger towards someone in the body of Christ affects not just themselves but others are defiled by their sin. It is not only a sin to not forgive but as we do this we enter into the strategy of satan because the demonic world is a world of unforgiveness. Not offering forgiveness is to not offer the love of Christ to another believer.

We have received unmerited grace and forgiveness but then we say to someone "I will not forgive you," we are doing what is opposite than Christ. When we do not forgive we show that we do not love Jesus because if we love him we will obey his commands. And his command is to forgive all. FULL POST

Posted 3/11/17 at 8:29 AM | Greg Gordon

Sola Scriptura and Church Traditions

Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? - Matthew 15:3

Church Traditions

Traditions! Some hate them and some love them, what when we come to the New Testament scriptures and the Church what are we to do with them? Are they good, bad or neutral? The Scripture passage shared above is one of the first bible verses we think right away on the position of our Lord on human religious traditions. It seems on the outset that all traditions are against the commands of God and therefore we have to disregard them. But let us take a closer look this passage and others. The pharisees were coming to Jesus stating that his disciples were breaking their traditions, "the tradition of the elders" (Mark 7:3). The pharisees believed they were keeping the passed on traditions of moses and elders in hand washing. But what they missed was the inner reality of why the hand washing was done. God was desiring inward purity and they lost the inner meaning and simply focused on the outward. FULL POST

Posted 3/10/17 at 5:44 AM | June Samuel

God Almighty

Who is this God of the universe - this great expanse of galaxies, planets and stars?

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork. Psalm 19:1
The declaration of the glory of God is made known in the message of creation. This message is understood in every language. There is no people who cannot understand the speech of creation. Its message is powerful. (Psalm 19:1-3) The speech of creation tells of beauty, of power, of excellence in imagery, of wisdom, of glory and grandeur. Its message tells of a Being who is supreme in intelligence, wisdom, and excellent in power. The universe speaks volumes of the supreme intelligence and intricate wisdom of its Maker - The Almighty God, The God of the universe. I AM is His Name. (Exodus 3:14)

How could a majestic universe as this create itself? God’s “hand has laid the foundation of the earth” and his “right hand has stretched out the heavens”. (Isaiah 48:13). “For thus says the Lord who created the heavens,” “God who formed the earth and made it and established it. God who formed the earth to be inhabited” – says - “I am the Lord, and there is no other”. (Isaiah 45:18) FULL POST

Posted 3/8/17 at 11:07 PM | Lara Sen

Christianity in the Face of Modernity

Can we still have a religion that dates back 2000 years? Is Christianity out of date? Can there not be progress in religion as in any field, and should we not relegate this ancient Christian religion to the ray of antiquity? Some think so. It must be said that there is a considerable discrepancy between the social, cultural and intellectual context of its founding texts and our own.

There is, between Christian revelation and our contemporary live news stream society, very wide discrepancies, faults, mentality, representation of the world, scientific knowledge, physical knowledge and also knowledge of man, whether in the field of Medicine or the psychology of the depths.

There are also fundamental differences of preoccupation, way of life and culture which make it obvious that the religion of the time of the first Christians is no longer possible today.

The only solution for Christianity, then, is to adapt, otherwise it is condemned, which is true of all the living organisms in this world.

Some religious movements nevertheless refused to evolve; they then cut off the world to become a sect. This is the case of the Amish who refuse modern progress. This is not the image we want of religion. And again, the Amish date from three hundred years ago. Think of the religion that would be necessary if we refused to evolve from Christ, i.e. from the Middle East of 2000 years ago! FULL POST

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