One key to dealing with intellectual doubt is to make sure that you plug into – and keep yourself plugged into – Christian community. When you’re going through periods of doubt, one of the worst things you can do is to unplug and remove yourself from the church and other believers. As C.S. Lewis said, “…daily prayers and religious reading and church-going are necessary parts of the Christian life. We have to be continually reminded of what we believe. Neither this belief nor any other will au … [Read more...]
Reflections of Grace 24: Walking in the Spirit, Part 1: How To Walk in the Fruit of His Spirit on My Daily Journey?
[display_podcast]Galatians 5:22-23 Amp says: “But the fruit of the Holy Spirit the work which His presence within accomplishes is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law.How do we have self-control when we are angry? How do we persevere when we feel beaten down and are weary? How do we find patien … [Read more...]
[display_podcast]In October 2013, the New York Times featured an article titled, “Turning Education Upside Down.” It’s about flipped schools, in which students watch lectures at home, and then do homework at school.Please take 5 minutes to read the article by clicking here.In flipped schools, students view lessons outside class on their computers, tablets or smartphones. Teachers produce their own videos, or assign web content such as TED talks, audio files, or other reading material … [Read more...]
[display_podcast] 15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God (Hebrews 12:15) To understand the grace of God, first we need to understand a few other things: justice and mercy. Justice is getting what you deserve, mercy is not getting all you deserve, and grace is getting something that you don’t deserve at all.An example: Let’s say we’re a star basketball player who violated curfew. We show up the next day at practice and the coach lays down the law. Justice is this: we … [Read more...]
[display_podcast]Does your faith ever flicker or falter? Are you ever besieged by doubts, pesky thoughts that call into question God’s love, God’s goodness, God’s presence in your life?You are not alone, as you are about to hear in this PODCAST. Matthew 6:9-139 In this manner, therefore, pray:Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, As … [Read more...]
[display_podcast]Prayer – talking openly with God – is one huge key to turning up the volume level on the Holy Spirit.Jesus talks about prayer many times, including in Matthew 6:5-13: 5 “And now about prayer. When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who pretend piety by praying publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. Truly, that is all the reward they will ever get. 6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, all alone, and shut the door behind you … [Read more...]