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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.
Ted WhitneyPosted at 3:12 PM | Comments (7) | Permalink
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Listen for a moment to the sounds around you. That is life you are hearing. Life is busy, noisy, and sometimes it is quiet. Some reading this blog may have little children talking and playing nearby. Others may have teenagers who are discussing the challenges of junior high or high school. Some of our readers are grandparents and they long to see those grandkids so that the house will have just a bit more activity and joy.
Listen. There are noises coming from the factory, farm, the fire station, the office conference rooms, the school cafeteria and more.
Listen. Birds are singing, bees are buzzing, the wind is blowing and trees are bursting with the song of autumn.
Listen for a moment to the Holy Spirit speaking to your heart. Be quiet for a moment and listen.
Being quiet requires an intentional decision to turn off or get away from the noise.
Most people find it difficult even awkward to be quiet. Try this: turn off the radio, television, and other noises. After a couple of minutes, our inclination is to turn on the noise because we have trained our brains to hear something in the background. Perhaps having the noise brings us some form of comfort or stability; however, perhaps we are unintentionally tuning out God.
Here are some things to listen for when waiting on God to speak to your heart:
How have you trained yourself to be quiet and listen to God? Let's offer some encouragement to our online community. Select "Comments" below.
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Thursday, September 25, 2014
A group of my friends and I were discussing Exodus 3 - 4 recently and I wanted to share a thought with you.
"Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?” 2 Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied. 3 The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.” Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. 4 Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand."
Note that God turned the staff into a snake. Something that most of us find a bit scary. Something that is dangerous. Something that Moses probably had to deal with as a shepherd for the forty years he was in Midian.
God told Moses to "Reach out your hand and take it by the tail". Since Moses had "ran away from it", he had to return to it.
Then, Moses had to touch it and grab hold.
Also note that God did not turn the staff into a bunny rabbit or a cute puppy. Something adorable might have distracted Moses from the lesson God was teaching him. Something cute may not have required Moses to exercise his faith. It was probably difficult for Moses to obey, and he did.
Sometimes God sends us difficult circumstances to capture our attention. In these times, we need to:
Is God asking you to "Reach Out and Take It"? Is there something you are avoiding because you are afraid? This might be a speech you have to give, a discussion that is overdue, a paper to write, a request to be made, or a prayer to be prayed. What is it that you need to trust God for?
"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:18
Please share your thoughts using the comments below. Someone in our online community may need some encouragement from you today. God bless.
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