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Thursday, November 20, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving to our online community. Online students of every age, we pray that you will be encouraged as you read your assignments, engage in your discussion boards and write those papers. More importantly, we pray you will know the love of Christ this Thanksgiving.
Psalm 136:1-3 reads, "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever. 2 Give thanks to the God of gods, for His steadfast love endures forever. 3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for His steadfast love endures forever."
What are you giving thanks for today? Please share with us - select "Comments" below.
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Friday, November 14, 2014
What does it take to really get you shaken? A messy house, financial difficulties, a math class, a broken relationship, poor health? Do you find your rest in God?
Read through Psalm 62:1-2:
"Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from Him.
2 Truly He is my rock and my salvation;
He is my fortress, I will never be shaken."
Read the passage again.
Perhaps you are reading this and think "My life is a mess and I do not find rest in God." Take some time to honestly inspect what is frustrating you or getting you to a place where you are shaken and then get alone with God and pray. Talk with Him about your frustrations and worries. Open your Bible to Psalm 62 and read.
Faith believes God. Faith waits for God. Faith listens to God.
It is fascinating to look back at the time when David* was hiding in a cave (inside a rock). While our circumstances may change, we can find great assurance and comfort in knowing that God does not change. He is our rock and stability. He is our source of hope and salvation. *1 Samuel 24
Psalm 32:7 reads, "You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance."
A fortress: I imagine a city on a hill surrounded by a huge wall. I remember visiting Fort Ticonderoga in upstate New York and just being amazed at the structure, the engineering and the design. The fort was built to withstand the enemy and provide protection for those within the structure. God is our fortress.
Before you get shaken by life's events, take some time to read the Scriptures and focus on God's promises. He loves you and that will not change.
How does this blog impact you? Share with us below and let us encourage one another.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Many times we go at life alone and wonder "Why doesn't anyone care?" There are many people who would love to pray for you and encourage you today and yet, we hesitate to share the request.
Friends, we are told to pray for each other.
So, what is your burden today? Finances? Family relationships? Health? We want to pray for you. Our online community wants to intercede on your behalf.
Feel free to post your prayer request on this blog (select "comments" below). We will dedicate time this week to praying for you specifically. Note: We will not post your last name or email address on this blog. We will also not post anything that is too long and has too much detail.
If you want, just write something like, "Please pray for me. I am struggling with classes and need wisdom." Or, "Please pray for me as I am struggling financially."
Please do not go at life alone. You have an online community that cares for you.
If you do not want to post your prayer request on this blog, feel free to complete the online prayer form. Our Campus Pastors will pray for you.
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Thursday, October 23, 2014
We all get busy with our job, families, college classes, church and more. Right? Well, I decided we needed to reflect on God and get our minds off of us for a moment.
Let's look at some passages together:
Did you catch all of those actions for us to do? We do not get to sit around and do nothing. According to some of the passages, we get to:
Let's do just that as an online community. What can you give Him praise for? Let's encourage our online community. Select "Comments" below and let each of "bless His name"!
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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Who comes to mind when you think about the title of this blog? Is it a family member? Is it a classmate? A coworker? Is it someone who might have a different opinion than you on a discussion board? Is it someone in your Bible study?
What prohibits us from demonstrating the love of Jesus with that difficult person? As much as I want to blame someone else for their bahavior, my decision to not love someone is completely on me. The Apostle Paul writes about serving others in Galatians 5:13.
"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love."
Then, Paul tells us how to love one another in Galatians 5:22-23. He writes the fruits of the Spirit are:
This is a great place for us to focus our attention for a while. Think about it. With God's help, we have an opportunity to demonstrate Jesus Christ to those around us. Even to the annoying, the rude, and the unloving. We have an opportunity to shine a light in the darkness.
Do you have any thoughts about this blog? How do you love those who are difficult to love? Comment below and God bless.
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