A. Text Scripture: “Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends! I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.” Prop: God can change you in an instance! At times we read a passage from the Bible several times and one day you hear it again, your spirit receives it, and the change shifts your thoughts for a new revelation of your season. Praise His Holy Name.
By quoting a psalm, “Grant me Lord to know and understand” (Augustine, 3) on the faith one must have in God, Augustine establishes himself with a knowledge base to better communicate that he is well versed in scripture and that his musings in the narrative have their basis in the Holy Book. He frequently interjects these quotes from scripture to begin a series of questioning. This serves to make his point of view more relatable to the audience, an audience that may not have converted to catholicism yet. By asking these questions Augustine awkledges the doubts that happen when someone believes in God, doubts that he had for the time before his conversion to catholicism. Even the fact that he writes these questions and admits to not having answers is
The reminder is that they are incredibly blessed, but spiritually. D. This is to remind us that we are blessed in ways that the world around us will never understand. E. As Christians, we need to understand what the Lord has done for us! F. Notice the words “In Christ” or “In Him” as we study. 2.
God brought Jesus back from the dead. He provided the way for you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus. When we realize how deeply our sin grieves the heart of God and how desperately we need a Savior, we are ready to receive God's offer of salvation. To admit we are sinners means turning away from our sin and selfishness and turning to follow Jesus. The Bible word for this is "repentance" - to change our thinking about how grievous sin is, so our thinking is in line with God's.
In “Robinson Crusoe”, Daniel Defoe uses biblical allegories and allusions, as well as the titular character’s constantly changing devotion to God to show his view that belief in a higher power leads to success. Through supporting characters and their differing beliefs, Defoe expands upon this idea to claim that religious belief of any kind, not just Crusoe’s Christianity, is beneficial. In the very beginning of the novel, through a fictional editor’s preface, Defoe tells the reader directly that the story is to be used for “the Instruction of others by this Example, and to justify and honour the Wisdom of Providence” (Defoe 3). This alerts the reader right from the start to the religious themes and morals included in the rest of the book. Immediately afterward, and now from Crusoe’s own perspective, Defoe likens Crusoe to the prodigal son, through description and direct reference.
For instance, God considered Abraham, who was faithful to him, as a man through whom he would raise a great generation that would please and obey Him. God promised Abraham that He would bless him, and bless all the nations through him. He also promised Abraham land due to his obedience and faith in God. When Abraham obeyed and trusted God, he was credited with righteousness and faith, and consequently delivered from sin by the Lord (Gen
There was a time when people did the right thing, i.e., they prayed to God for their needs and trusted to his mercy and grace for the future. The Bible commends this, “...but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6), and, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” (Ephesians 6:18), and, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) The spirit of foolishness has led many to abandon God, and to rely on man’s efforts for their welfare and wellbeing, as if the past have taught them nothing. That this is something only a fool would do speaks for itself. 1. Man, by his best efforts, have not been able to make a drop of rain fall.
Or one can be very active in community groups, friends, and even family and still feel lonely. Out of all the proposals made by Foster there were a few that stood out strongly. One of these points, although it appeared to be common knowledge stood out the strongest. That is Foster 's main point that true service is an act motivated by ones love and obedience to Christ and not ones love of praise from others. This point may seem like an obvious assumption, everyone knows service is done out of love and obedience to Christ.
Here, David says the Lord is light and He is salvation which means He guides and provides deliverance. God will guide you with His word and he will answer all your tribulations. God also adds joy to people’s lives. “The LORD is the stronghold of my life,” He provides with a source of strength to overcome difficult times in your life. Furthermore, He will show you the right path to take when you’re facing troubles in your life.
3:16-17). Baxter correctly highlighted the primary duty of minister in correcting those disobedience or rebellious flock – “To bring your people to submit to this course of private catechizing or instruction; for, if they will not come to you, or allow you to come to them, what good can they receive?” However, when we look at today’s congregation, especially old believers, their mindset had changed – though at the beginning of salvation, they humbly followed all the minister’s instructions diligently for their soul’s healing, but after sometimes, they hardened their heart to any kind of pastoral treatment as though they are superior than their shepherd. They will not come to us and will not allow us to come to
Philippians 2:12-14 speaks about this spiritual co-operation between us and God, “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Do everything without complaining or arguing.” I love this scripture as it gives each of us some clear principles for living in Christ. You work out your own salvation. As salvation is a work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and by obedience we work it out or live it out! It is a responsibility placed upon each believer to decide to obey God’s word and live out this great salvation worked in us by Christ.
Why did I breathe?” (Wiesel 34). Based on this indication, it is obvious that the writer believes in the need for every individual to pray to God constantly and trust in Him at all times. Eliezer believes that praying to God faithfully should be at the core of everyone’s existence. By showing his unconditional love for God, who is all-powerful and kind, Eliezer is of the opinion that his life would be meaningless if he did not have faith in this divine being. Nonetheless, his deep-rooted faith is challenged following the occurrence of the Holocaust.
One Life, by Scot McKnight, was an appealing testament of how we should go about life in a way that reflects God’s mission and plans for His people. The purpose for this book was so common people reading are, hopefully, influenced to live out their “one life” for God. McKnight explains, in great detail, of what God’s intentions are for us. He also provides the reader with many options on how to overcome temptations we face. This book was discussing several obstacles that may seem as a concern, but are also great descriptions on what every human may run into; however, it is also very clear in McKnight’s writing, that we can abstain from those worldly desires.
Love, Leadership and Legacy was written to inspire, encourage and motivate people to embrace godly leadership. Thoughtful examination of scripture shows that God has a plan for each of us and He desires for us to live and lead for His glory. The author’s hope is that this devotional will draw you into a deeper relationship with God and provide you the encouragement and wisdom needed to lead in today’s world. "I think everyone who reads Anthony 's book will enjoy and appreciate his willingness to share some of the most personal moments in his life, including both success and pain, ranging from championships in sports to embarrassment and suffering in life. It will be obvious to the reader why he 's so willing to share his life in this way--it 's because he desires to see people let God help them win at this game called LIFE."
John Winthrop’s “A Model of Christian Charity” showed that the people valued their God most importantly for their God was their only hope in surviving in a new environment. Jonathan Edwards’ “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” was said very seriously and was taken seriously by the people who listened to the sermon. Edwards focused on a lot towards how sinners will be punished by God and will suffer an eternal punishment if they did not change their ways. Qualities shown were very serious and religious to achieve a well functioning society. George Washington’s Rules of Civility were also serious and showed that people must show the qualities of honesty, respectfulness, and self discipline.