Thursday, September 30, 2010
Crosswalk.com is giving away copies of R.C.Sproul's The Holiness of God.
People weep after reading this or while reading it.
I'm getting a copy--here's how you can, too.
Click HERE and grab a copy while they're free. Even shipping is free!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Words for the Hurting
There are so many people in my world who are sick right now with serious ailments.
One is my dad, who was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Esophageal Cancer. I pray for him daily, of course, and try to send him lots of encouragement by email and phone calls.
What about you? If you are like most people, you probably know someone who is ill.
Years ago I started a notebook which I titled,The Book of Healing. A rather lofty title, no? But it wasn't going to be for my words or thoughts. My idea was to write down every single scripture I came across that spoke of healing or promised it--as I was doing my yearly read-through-the Bible.
I don't read through the Bible every year. And I often get sidetracked.
I did manage to collect a bunch of good verses, however, which I have read myself when I've been sick or in pain, and which may encourage you or someone you love, too. My original thought was to get a large collection of these Bible promises and put them on an audio tape. Listening to Scripture is one way to get it in our hearts--and sometimes to get it in our very bones, which can bring healing. I've known this to happen!
Anyway, here are a few for you or anyone who is sick:
"For I will restore you to health
And I will heal you of your wounds,"
declares the Lord.
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.
Again, I will build you and you will be rebuilt,
O Virgin of Israel.
Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh;
Is anything too difficult for me?
Behold, I will bring health and healing,
and I will heal them; and I will reveal to them an abundance of peace and truth.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be a healing for your flesh
and a refreshment for your body.
Father, bring healing today to those we love, to ourselves, and to your people. Thank you for being a GOD WHO HEALS. Thank you that in Christ, we have the privilege of laying our needs before your throne. Thank you that there is POWER in the blood! (Of Christ) Amen.
Have a prayer request to share? Please do so. I'll pray for you.
And while you pray, remember my dad, won't you?
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Cheer Up! These Things Are True
Yesterday my pastor gave our church some truths to consider
which can make any dark cloud seem just a little brighter if you
think about them. The key is to really consider the meaning of these
four immutable and perfectly beautiful truths:
If you are a child of God (and not everyone is, you know)
then you can say the following:
1. I am CHOSEN
2. I am ADOPTED
3. I am REDEEMED
4. I am FORGIVEN
These things are true for the Christian no matter he or she feels;
no matter how low they feel they've gone;
no matter what they've done;
no matter what they think.
A person who has placed his or her faith and trust in Christ as
their Lord and Savior is always, at all times, irrevocably,
CHOSEN (called out from the crowd; set apart; picked specifically for God)
ADOPTED (Removed from their old life and into God's family; they have a new
identity; a new name; a new reason for being.)
REDEEMED (living for a purpose; given meaning to their lives; freed from
the chains of their past or their history)
FORGIVEN (made ready for heaven; no longer held guilty for sins--as long as there is ongoing prayer and asking for forgiveness.)
This really is GOOD NEWS.
I hope it's true for you as it is for me.
Have questions? Need to know how to become a part of God's family?
Leave a comment and I'll get back to you.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
THE WOMAN NEXT IN LINE
TobyMac is putting out a book of encouragement, and asked for contributions for the
website. I shared a very brief story about "the woman next in line." A true little thing that happened to me once,and which I hope will encourage you. You can read it, HERE. Afterwards, take a moment and browse the other stories people have sent in, and maybe even think about getting TobyMac's book when it comes out.
Image from etfotolia.com
Friday, September 10, 2010
A Success "Secret"
On my blog for writers, today's post is about a secret to success. I think the secret applies to all of us in any area of our lives, so I'm giving you the link HERE.
As you read, translate the advice to whatever area you are struggling in, or are having to wait in. We are all working on some area of our lives or relationships or other, and this success "secret" is really all we need to focus on.
Hint: The last paragraph of the post tells it all. : )