by Mark Love Churches pray. I know they do. But sometimes I feel like they pray as a congregation the way some families pray at mealtime. They’ve got the perfunctory prayers down. They pray when they’re expected to, so that prayer is one of many activities the church does. But, it’s not a way of life.
Due to a clerical error during WW2, Corrie Ten Boom was released from Ravensbruck one week before all the women her age were killed. She began traveling and telling the story of her family, and what she and Betsie had learned in the concentration camp. She recounts one story in particular:
Daily Bible Readings: Monday, June 1. Read Genesis 3:6-7. 1) What was it about the fruit that was so attractive to Eve? 2) Who do you think was most responsible for the Fall, the humans or Satan? Tuesday, June 2. Read Matthew 4:1-11. 1) What happened to Jesus in this passage? 2) What possibilities did
d Introspection Introspection is an incredible, absolutely necessary tool for growth and healing. Without introspection one cannot gain insight into one’s own behaviors. Without insight into one’s behaviors it is difficult if not impossible to affect true change. It is definitely harder to help others when one cannot understand what prompts (or the more popular
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An Old Commandment Most scholars agree that the letter of 1 John was written in the late 90’s AD. This was during the reign of Domitian, an emperor famous for his enforcement of the Emperor cult in Rome. He also persecuted the church, and John’s Revelation was written with Rome in mind.In 1 John, the
Daily Bible Reading Monday, February 10. Read James 1:19-26. 1) What does James say anger does to us? 2) How should we position ourselves with respect to God’s word? 3) What is a person like who does not translate the teachings of Scripture into godly living? Tuesday, February 11. Read Hebrews 5:11-14. 1) What was
Daily Bible Readings Monday, April 6. Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-25. 1) What two groups does Paul identify here? 2) How is their thinking different? 3) What did Paul say about how people viewed the crucifixion? Tuesday, April 7. Read 1 Corinthians 1:26-31. 1) What did Paul say about the background or “calling” of the Corinthians?
Give up the Quick Fix and take the long view of change. We are raised to believe in the quick fix. Television dramas resolve difficult problems in one hour. A common headache can be dispatched with a couple of Excedrin. We don’t even have to get out of our chair to control our technology, and