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Ted Whitney

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I am a Believer first, husband and dad.  Grab a Bible, notebook and pen and let's study the Word together.  God bless.


 

 

Blog: Online Communities Bible Study

Thursday, November 20, 2014

What are You Thankful For?

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.

From the Liberty University Online Communities Staff

  • Brian: I am thankful for the opportunity to work for Liberty University and Online Communities.  After I graduated I felt like God was saying my time here was not done.  After two years of trying, I was finally able to return to Liberty and have been loving my new role working with the online population.
  • Courtney:I am thankful to be living close to family.  I am thankful for dance and music and being able to study at Liberty University.
  • Jade: I am thankful for each day spent with my husband and each of our families.  The older I get the more I realize that tomorrow is not guaranteed.
  • Michael: "I am thankful for my amazing wife, who is a blessing to me in every way.  I am thankful for all of the opportunities that have been given to me over my lifetime."
  • Victoria: "Healthy children - especially my oldest recovering from a four year-long illness.  God's grace, mercy and love.  Time with extended family."
  • William: "I am thankful for eyesight.  How our eyes and brain are able to accurately perceive light, distance, and details in daily life is beyond me.  I am thankful for the reality of Jesus."
  • Ted: "I am thankful for Jesus who thought of me when He was on the cross.  I am thankful for my wife and kids who love and encourage me."

Psalm 136:1-3 reads, "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.  Give thanks to the God of gods, for His steadfast love endures forever.  Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for His steadfast love endures forever."

Your Turn to Share

What are you giving thanks for today?  Please share with us - select "Comments" below.

God bless.

Ted Whitney

Posted at 11:04 AM | Comments (8) | Permalink

Friday, November 14, 2014

My Soul Finds Rest in God

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?

Psalm 62:1-2

Read through Psalm 62:1-2:

"Truly my soul finds rest in God;
    my salvation comes from Him.
Truly He is my rock and my salvation;
    He is my fortress, I will never be shaken."

Read the passage again.

"Truly My Soul Finds Rest in God"

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.

"My Salvation Comes from Him"

Faith believes God.  Faith waits for God.  Faith listens to God.

"Truly He is My Rock and My Salvation"

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."

"He is my fortress, I will never be shaken"

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.

Some encouragement

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.

God bless.

Ted Whitney

Posted at 12:38 PM | Comments (11) | Permalink

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Prayer Partners

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.

We can pray for

  • Encouragement
  • Boldness
  • Comfort
  • Healing
  • Wisdom
  • Discernment

2 Verses on Prayer

  1. Philippians 1:9-11 reads, "And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of understanding, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ - to the glory and praise of God."
  2. Philemon 1:6 reads, "I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ."

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.

Select "Comments" below

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.

Online Prayer Form

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.

God bless.

Ted Whitney

Posted at 3:19 PM | Comments (10) | Permalink

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bless His Name

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:

  • Psalm 99:5 says, "Exalt the Lord our God; worship at His footstool!  Holy is He!"
  • Psalm 8:1 says, "O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!  You have set Your glory above the heavens."
  • Philippians 2:9-11 reads, "Therefore God has highly exalted Him (Jesus) and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in Heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
  • Psalm 63:3-4 says, "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork."
  • Psalm 100:4 says, "Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise!  Give thanks to Him; bless His name!"

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:

  1. Exalt the Lord
  2. Worship at His footstool
  3. Enter His gates with Thanksgiving and His courts with praise
  4. Give thanks to Him
  5. Bless His name

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"!

God bless.

Ted Whitney

Posted at 1:34 PM | Comments (10) | Permalink

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Loving the Difficult Person

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:

  1. Love
  2. Joy
  3. Peace
  4. Patience
  5. Kindness
  6. Goodness
  7. Faithfulness
  8. Gentleness
  9. and self-control

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.

Ted Whitney

Posted at 3:12 PM | Comments (7) | Permalink


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