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No matter what you are going through, God is always in control. Isaiah 43:1-2 “But now, this is what the Lord says_ he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.’

Be you; everyone else is already taken!

Calling Good Evil and Evil Good

Pro life!!!

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Adrian Rogers

MAY 21

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” – Isaiah 5:20

People can become so warped in their thinking that they don’t know the difference between right and wrong.

I was listening to the radio one morning, and they were talking about what scientists want to do with the tissue of aborted babies. They said that some women are thinking about having babies, aborting them, then selling the tissue for research. The scientific community is promoting this propaganda because of the good they say the research will have on the whole of humanity! But what about the whole of humanity that begins in the womb?

People today will play enough tricks on their minds that they will literally approve evil with a good conscience.

Where do you stand…

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Chasing the wind

We are all competing in this rat race called life. We are driven by targets, deadlines; or sometimes just the mere knowledge that at the end of our project, assignment or task there is a reward. Some of us don’t do anything if there is nothing to gain from our efforts. Because, who wants to do something and gain nothing? Especially in our capitalist society, where we chase after that which has monetary value (and with good reason) because nowadays you’re ‘valued’ by your nett worth. However, should your reward always just be tangible? Isn’t it sometimes just the satisfaction of knowing you’ve accomplished something or that your life has meaning that offers some kind of incentive to you?

Ecclesiastes 4 describes our modern life so accurately when it says it is “a chasing after the wind…”  (Eccl. 4:4, NIV)

No matter what the reason is for being part of the hustle and bustle of modern life, there is a dire need on the inside of each one of us for serenity, peace and quiet, and simply just to rest.

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Why do we need to rest?

Because we as human beings are finite beings, and some time or another we need to refresh. Physical rest repairs and rebuilds the body and mind.  Our bodies (every cell, tissue, muscle, bone etc.) are limited and need to recuperate in order to perform at its peak. I looked at the story of the creation and see that after the Almighty God was done with everything (Gen. 2:2), He rested. Who are we as mere mortals to think that we can go on and on without rest?

Life is a journey, not a destination. Every once in a while we need to slow down, take a deep breathe and simply enjoy the ride!

I want to conclude with a quote from the book by the renowned late Dr. Maya Angelou entitled Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now:

“Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”

Hope in God

Bald eagle with American flag, focus on head (clipping path)‘Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint (Is. 40:28-31).’
Everyone goes through times in life when they feel like nothing is happening. Working hard with very few accomplishments. Nothing’s new on the horizon. Each day looks and feels the same. Goals are just as far away as they’ve always been. It’s getting tiring to work so hard, be so committed and see no fruit.
Isaiah says that even young people get tired and weary, so tired that they can stumble and fall. But hope for tired people comes from the Lord. He says that if you trust in Him, He will give you a new strength – not just the ability to survive another day, but new strength that lifts you up and makes you soar. It’s the difference between just surviving tomorrow and soaring above the day with the strength and presence of an eagle. You don’t have to figure out how to be an eagle. That’s God’s gift to those who trust in Him and who call on Him on the days when life seems to go nowhere.

Enjoying God for All He’s Worth

Trevor Nashleanas

The other day I enjoyed a particularly breath-taking moment with God. I had just finished a good work out and was eating some fruit in the living room while my wife rested from a long day. I like fruit, but for some reason, I was particularly aware of it’s sweetness this day.

I intentionally slowed my pace so that I could really enjoy the sweetness more thoroughly. As I did I began to take note of a few other delights as well. I focused on the beauty of some roses sitting on our coffee table, relished the companionship of my wife and relaxed in the silence of a nice Spring evening.

This was the first time in several weeks, maybe even months, that I had slowed down enough to really savor life. My wife and I have been busy preparing for our first child, selling our house and taking care…

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Id please?

One’s identity is who you are and, more often than not, how you see yourself. Are you a parent? That becomes your identity. Are you a spouse? A student? (like me), that is your identity. You define yourself in terms of how you see yourself. Your identity may at times even disappear and become enmeshed in someone else’s. I see this so frequently in relationships (especially marriages). You see how this woman no longer has an identity of her own but become who her husband is; she even refers to herself only as ‘the wife of So-and-so’ or ‘Ma Whoever’.

I once ‘lost’ my identity in a romantic relationship. I was in said relationship for almost three years and to say that I worshipped the ground this person walked on, would be an understatement. Hence, I became his ……. (and here you may add any word you can think of to synonymnise the word ‘slave’ or ‘subject’). I gradually ‘lost’ myself in the relationship and started being seen as ‘his’, even by close friends and relatives. So, when the relationship was ended rather abruptly (obviously not by me!), I had to literally redefine myself. I didn’t remember who I was when I’m alone, didn’t know what (or who) I liked, what I enjoyed as an individual; heck I didn’t even know what my favourite colour was!!! It took me months, with the help of loving friends and family, to find myself again. What a daunting task! I thought I was gonna lose my mind; and I almost did. All because I based who I was on whose I think I was.

I didn’t realise at the time that I am and will always be ‘His’. The One who has called me and ordained me even before my birth(Jer. 1:5). I am not defined by the man who conceived me or the man who will (soon) place a ring on my finger, but I am defined by the Man who pursued me relentlessly with a love that I still battle to understand. I am not my family, church, social standing or even my degree. I am, however who Christ called me to be. I am no longer a slave of fear, but I am a child of the Most High God!