Unlike many teachers of his day, John the Baptist did not seek to build a following for himself, but to prepare the way for Jesus. Although he preached in the desolate wilderness, word about him spread so rapidly that people flocked to the desert to see and hear this strange man. His message gained ground to such an extent that neither the Jewish leaders nor King Herod could ignore his powerful influence.
After Jesus was baptized by John, John’s following began its steady decline. Some of John the Baptist’s disciples expressed dismay that Jesus was gaining greater influence than John:
“They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness—look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him.”
~ John 3.26, ESV
Can you hear their despondency?
John answered, “A person cannot receive even one…
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Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.- Matthew 22:37.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. And love never fails-1Crorinthians 13:4-7
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent…
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This morning I was a bit on the edge, but Glory be to God I overcame. God is good at all times, at all times God is good.
My daughter is doing such a wonderful job. Her doctor’s and nurses are so amazed at her process. I said unto them nobody but God! I said thank God, and the nurse said yes God. She knows just like I know it’s all God. I also thanked them for all their help.
I prayed and believed and that’s just what happened all things became possible.
No I was not the only one praying they’re other’s and they know who they are. I believe God will reward their prayers.
A nurse walked into the room and said I was coming to see how beautiful she is, the other’s are telling me how pretty she is. I said thank you, but Pebbles…
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Spending time in the word of God is essential to knowing him better. You can read a verse today and see one thing, but two years from now, you could read the same verse and see something more — a deeper, maturer understanding of the Holy Spirit’s revelatory power.
Today I’m merely challenging you to S.O.A.P. your anchor scripture again. We did it for the first time on Day 8. My belief is that your experiences in the last 10 or more days, will reveal some growth and possibly the revelation of a new goal. Working to clean ourselves up so that we can better serve our Lord is good practice. We should continuously look to Father for his guidance and include him in every decision, conversation, or presentation that we’re a part of. Ask for clarity — even in the little things.
Now, let’s get ready for the…
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It is hard to explain really. I don’t think I will ever really be able to articulate how much faith I have acquired ever since I left religion, God, Jesus, and church in general.
Leaving took time. This feeling, this discovery, this realization did not really happen over night. It happened over time.
Growing up in a cult-like environment, I thought I had to fit a certain mold. I had to pray a certain way and singing in church was never an option, it was an obligation. I felt somehow that if I didn’t pray in a particular manner, or say “amen” as much as my adoptive parents did, somehow, I was not filled with the Holy Spirit.
There are scenarios of us at the table praying before we eat a meal and feeling inadequate. Feeling insufficiently prepared to be part of a spiritual world that justified slavery with a…
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I Will Be Missing For A Couple Days..
Not to alarm anyone, but I will be absent for the next couple days. I am having a medical procedure done today and it will take a couple days to recover. Nothing major at this point as my doctor is conducting this procedure to rule some things out. With that said it isn’t a simple procedure either so I would appreciate prayers if you would be so kind.
I am going to go ahead and schedule my Question post for today and Tuesday, but I will not be responding to comments until Wednesday or Thursday. I hope everyone has a great week!
Sundays Are My Favorite Day of Rest and Relaxation…
Some might call me old-fashioned, but I don’t do much on Sundays. When I was a young man I was taught to rest on Sunday and I still do to this day. I don’t clean the garage. I don’t straighten the house. I don’t clean my car. I rest.
I also like to be quiet around the house so my neighbors can also rest. My favorite neighbor is the guy who decides Sunday is the best day to operate every piece of noisy equipment he owns. Mowers, weed eaters, backpack blowers are typically the main tools of offense. For me those jobs are to be done on Saturday to allow for a day of reflection, family time and recharging batteries for Monday.
Oh and did I mention said neighbor usually begins at 7 am? Lovely.
Maybe today I’ll read a little? Or maybe watch some NBA basketball? Or even golf? We might even go for a stroll in the park with Bentley.
But work? Not today.
I hope everyone out in the blogiverse has a peaceful Sunday with family.
Many Christian denominations, groups or sects down through the years have distinguished themselves by their peculiar beliefs and emphases. The question is, are these distinctions required of the Christian by our God or are they the legalistic impositions of man on fellow believers?
The Seventh Day Adventists and the Churches of God (Splinters of Herbert Armstrong’s Worldwide Church of God) place much emphasis on keeping the Sabbath, clean and unclean meats and Bible prophecy. Pentecostals emphasise the need to receive the Holy Spirit and to speak in tongues. Churches that adhere to the principles espoused by the New Apostolic Reformation movement place their emphasis on engaging in ecstatic “worship.” Other groups emphasise baptism in the name of Jesus only, baptism by emersion only, clothing and headwear differences and the list go on.
Many of these distinctions are not wrong in themselves. The biggest problem with these distinctions is that…
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