Here & There (March 16 )

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The Comparison Trap  – “Our struggles with sin aren’t identical. You may be strong where I am weak and vice versa. The Holy Spirit may be focusing His lens on an area in your life that is different from mine. The means may be different and the day-to-day outworking as well. But this is His work. Not mine. Not yours. It’s His prerogative to prune and produce fruit as He pleases for which none of us can take the credit.”

The history behind The Most Misused Verse in the Bible  – Why do we twist God’s promises—and how can we stop doing so?

Heidi Jo Fulk brings encouragement writing about A Tumor, a Setback, and a Renewed Mind  – “When faced with the trials and pain God allows in our lives, we can choose to respond with gratitude, love, service, and obedience through the power of the Holy Spirit. We can choose to focus on what God is doing in and through us in the midst of the difficulties that may be happening to us. Suffering may just be the path to becoming newly fueled to love, serve, and obey your Savior and Sustainer. How will you respond to God in the midst of the difficulties you’re facing?”

Older Men, Younger Men Need You  – Paul Maxwell writes “Older men, the younger men in your life need you more than you might know.”

Note to self:  Don’t Follow Your Heart  – “No, our hearts will not save us. We need to be saved from our hearts.  Our hearts were never designed to be followed, but to be led. Our hearts were never designed to be gods in whom we believe; they were designed to believe in God.”

“Here are nine marks that your church–even one that believes the Bible, preaches the gospel, and embraces good ecclesiology–may be unhealthy”:  9 Marks of an Unhealthy Church.

Some thoughts on Running to God With Your Doubts  – “Nowhere in Scripture does God condemn His children as they run to Him with their questions. Our gracious God tells us we can indeed ask Him to remind us of what we knew before. He knows we need Him to tell us over and over again that He loves us and that He won’t ever leave us. He knows life and the circumstances we face will cause our sinful human hearts to despair and to question what He has told us before.”

GratefulTears

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