The third commandment teaches us to revere the Name of God.  We cannot misuse God’s name and take the LORD’s name in vain.  For example, merely saying “God wants me to do this” can very well be making God an accomplice to our words (lies).  — Bruce Waltke “Man is not a beast of burden,

O Lord, come quickly and reign on thy throne, for now often something rises up within me and tries to take possession of thy throne; pride, covetousness, uncleanness and sloth want to be my kings; and then evil-speaking, anger, hatred, and the whole train of vices join with me in warring against myself, and try to reign

“The legs feel nothing in the stocks when the heart is in heaven.”    —Tertullian “Neither the reproach which they suffered, nor the stripes which made their flesh smart, nor the stink of the deep dungeon, nor the danger of death, which was hard at hand, could hinder them from giving thanks to the Lord joyfully

About prayer – You say, “but I asked God to turn my life into a garden of the Lord,  and there came the ploughshare of sorrow, and instead of a garden I have been given a wilderness.” God never gives a wrong answer.  The garden of your natural life had to be turned into ploughed soil before

“The world breaks everyone, then some become strong at the broken places.”   —Earnest Hemingway—A Farewell to Arms “This is a time to urge the church to be the church, and remember that when Jesus told us to love our neighbor, he had a REALLY big neighborhood in mind.”  —Stan Purdum, minister and author “I believe followers

Reflections: A Divine Dream

Friday, 02 September 2016 by

I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.  —Jim Carrey Then Jesus went to work on his disciples.  “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead.  You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am.  Don’t run from

“The concept of God’s saving work among people as a process of ‘redemption’ from control and possession by an alien power is one of the most fundamental concepts of the Bible.”   —Mary Johnson, Love in Action “Jesus Christ himself made the details of the redemptive purpose and healing mission of his church very clear when he went

“If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face, but if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.”  —The words of Jesus, Luke 18:14b (MSG)   Spiritual Formation is “the Spirit-driven process of forming the inner world of the human self

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.  —Augustine   God is love.  He didn’t need us.  But he wanted us.  And that is the most amazing thing.   —Rick Warren   God is love.  Therefore, love without distinction, without calculation, without procrastination – love.  —Henry Drummond   When the time comes for

“Christian spirituality is uniquely developed within the context of suffering.”  —David Benner, Care of Souls “We cannot count on God to protect us from suffering of any kind or measure.   The worst evil can happen to the best Christian.  But, we can count on God to enable us to draw near to Him whatever happens and,