“O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.” – Psalms 136:1-3 While I appreciate the locution of our word […]
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“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which […]
Gospel-centered, biblical counseling points weary and wasted souls to be refreshed and revived by worshiping God and drawing from his Living Water. Jesus is concerned for the heart more than outward activities, more than actions, articulations and airs. Because God alone looks upon the heart and knows we can keep going through the motions of […]
“If you don't feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.” ― John Piper
Upon our first inhalation of air in a fallen world, we exhaled with a cry. When we breathe our last, crying will surround us. And rivers of tears in between – from the scraped knees and scary nights of childhood to the deeper soul wounds of adolescence and darker nights still as we grow old, facing the loss of loved ones as well as our own vitality and strength. The Puritans called our time on this earth a “vale of tears” ...
God’s Word constantly shatters the illusion that this world holds any promise of making His people a happy and contented flock. Were that the case, I would be, according to “the traditions of men” a woman woebegone. I have never married, I have no children, gravity has taken an early toll on my frame because of cancer and yes, I have three cats. So why am I so happy and as content? By God’s sweet dispensation of grace toward me, I have learned a secret.
“O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.” – Psalms 136:1-3 I sometimes wish we could return to the original die of words. It seems those from which they were hewn have lost their true meaning. Take our word “depression”.
“The One forming light and creating darkness, Causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the LORD who does all these things. ” – Isaiah 45:7 2011 has been the “Annus Horribilis”. Earthquakes, floods, droughts, wildfires and tornadoes and so many appended with “worst on record”. I was particularly struck by the news footage of the March 11th tsunami in Japan. Entire towns razed. Parents calling out to irretrievable children.
Author: Margaret Ashmore
"They heal the brokenness of the daughter of My people superficially, saying, 'Peace, peace,' But there is no peace.” Jeremiah 8:11 Psalm 1 is the gateway to the whole of the Psalms. 5th century theologian St. Gerome called this the “psalm of psalms and the Christian handbook on the whole of the bible.” In light of its clear and life altering implications the simplicity is striking. In a few short verses the
"Yet once more," denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.”– Hebrews 12:27 With images of innocents flailing and falling