It's All Part of the Plan...God's Plan I have noticed that in times of struggle I get upset because things are not going the way I want them to or moreover expect them to. So much of the discontent in my life comes from violated expectations. I think things are going to go one way and they … Continue reading The Best Laid Plans…
This first epistle to the Thessalonians varies in its subject matter but I think one key takeaway is to expect afflictions if you are a Christian and to not let them turn your from Christ. Notes on the First Book of Thessalonians Paul, a true shepherd and apostle, speaks not to please men but God, … Continue reading Notes on the First Book of Thessalonians
One thing I have found lacking in the Church in my experience is the desire among the brethren for spiritual gifts. We are commanded by Paul to earnestly desire the gifts of the Spirit and so we should do so (1 Corinthians 14:1). The exercising of gifts was frequently used throughout the Book of Acts … Continue reading It’s Okay (even Encouraged!) to Want to Receive Gifts – It just Depends on What Kind…
I have not practiced singing all that much so I am reluctant to sing but I have found that my spirit is strengthened and encouraged when I sing hymns and I think this is something that God willing I am going to try and make a regular practice (outside of any corporate setting). I believe … Continue reading Sing!
I continue my study of the epistles with Paul (and Timothy)'s letter to the Colossians. This letter discusses aspects of the nature of Christ and warns against false doctrines, amongst other things. Notes on the Book of Colossians To please the Lord we must have the full knowledge of his will, which is a spiritual … Continue reading Notes on the Book of Colossians
Speaking for myself I at times struggle with fear, whether it be anxious thoughts, worst case scenario ruminations or just generally stemming from a lack of faith that the Lord has everything in control. So I have gone through the bible to pull out some scripture for those who might have similar struggles. And remember, … Continue reading Scripture References for those Struggling with Fear/Anxiety
This is a pretty diverse epistle in terms of content, containing discussion of Paul's imprisonment and varied advice on the conduct of a Christian. Notes on the Book of Philippians "I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." … Continue reading Notes on the Book of Philippians