10 Good Christmas Trivia Questions and Answers

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2015/11/27/10-good-christmas-trivia-questions-and-answers/

When Being Still is the Best Option

When Being Still is the Best Option

Discovering a Steadfast Hope

“…Be still, and know that I am God…” – Psalm 46:10

One day several years ago, a day like many others before it, the fervent prayer for one of my young adult children was answered yes, while an equally fervent prayer for my other young adult child was (again) answered no. On the same day, this familiar scripture passage was the day’s devotion.

The passage intends to convey peace and hope, even on days when life holds anything but. For that day, I chose not to wallow in despair, though admittedly there were some tears. Facing the “no” answer time and again makes you a little less sensitive to the sting, but the sting still smarts.

But that day, even though there appeared to be no hope, I chose to have hope. I forced myself to sit still, and know that even another “no” is part of God’s plan, and I have a choice whether or not to trust God.

An incredibly valuable thing I’ve learned in hearing “no” repeatedly in prayers for this child is that the love my husband and I have for both of our children has become thoroughly separated from their accomplishments, and is solely focused on who each is as a human. With a long-delayed mental health diagnosis for one of them and an entirely different difficult season for the other, the situations each has faced have driven me to the bottom of my parental ability to make things better. I have been spiritually flattened.

The only thing that stands on a flat surface are words on the page. HIS Words on the page. Peace. Be still. And know that I AM is still God.

So, I chose to believe that He will nurture my child’s hurting heart. And we moved forward with a new plan of action.

God measures our faithfulness by overcoming, by working with what we’re given, not by results. Results are up to Him. Overcoming is in part doing what we can with what we have, even when part of what we have to overcome are mental health struggles.

Being still and knowing that God is in charge also means seeking the gifts in each person. Proverbs 24:3-4 says that wisdom builds a house, and knowledge fills its rooms with rare and beautiful treasures. These treasures are in part seeking and finding value in every person in the family, no matter their ability or disability. Building a family legacy in part means to find the place where each person fits.

The Church has the opportunity to show the world that God’s Words are true. When the Church digs in to love, understand and be patient with all people—even those with mental health struggles—it builds our spiritual legacy.

Hope in Jesus is not in vain. He’s working all things together for my good, and the good of my family, because we love Him and each other. By trusting that God sees everything, and He knows best, we patiently wait for God to act. When He does, the outcome is often far better than what I asked for in the first place. The key to seeing Him work is for me to sit still, and know that He has a better plan yet to unfold.

 

Read more: https://mentalhealthgracealliance.org/christian-mental-health-and-mental-illness/when-being-still-is-the-best-option

The Last Supper

https://lifereference.wordpress.com/2019/12/20/the-last-supper-5/

Corporate Worship Values: What Unites Us

http://www.davidsantistevan.com/corporate-worship-values-what-unites-us/

No, Hebrews 11:1 Isn’t Advocating Blind Faith

Many atheists play word games when it comes to defining the word “faith.” They’ll reduce all religious faith to blind faith and then subject it to ridicule. That’s an easy way to score rhetorical points, but it’s also an anti-intellectual way to shut-down a serious discussion. The majority of Christian theologians throughout the centuries haven’t defined the faith this way.

That doesn’t stop critics from trying to redefine faith. In my last post, I discussed how atheists co-opt John 20:29 as a proof-text that Jesus praised blind faith when he rebuked Thomas. We saw from the context of John that the critic is way off-base, but the skeptics have another go-to passage to show that the Bible praises blind faith: Hebrews 11:1.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Biologist and outspoken atheist Jerry Coyne provides a prime example of this when he writes:

“Faith involves pretending to know things you don’t. Behind it is wish-thinking, as clearly expressed in Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Another example of this attitude comes from the popular atheist YouTuber TMM, who says:

“Atheists will often define faith as something people have without any reason or evidence to support that belief. The reason why I think this is an accurate depiction of Christian faith is that this is how the Bible defines faith. Hebrews 11:1 explains that faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This passage explicitly states that faith is belief specifically in things that are not evident.” 

But is this really what the author of Hebrews had in mind?

Read on at: https://isjesusalive.com/no-hebrews-111-isnt-advocating-blind-faith/

How Joy Is A Source of Strength

The joy of the Lord is a source of strength, but it’s so much more.

Joy is a Gift

If you are grieving or going through a difficult time right now, it’s hard to have joy, but the joy of the Lord is a great source of strength, but it’s also a gift from God. Human joy can’t take us very far. It disappears in the dark shadows of our trials and tribulations, but the joy which God gives is permanent and is as eternal as the life God has given us through Christ. Prior to Jesus going to the cross and returning to the Father, He told His disciples, “Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24). Notice that they must have had some joy in order for it to be full, so even though the disciples were troubled about Jesus leaving them, He said, “you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you” (John 16:22). The Lord has “spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:11). The psalmist understood that joy did not from a human source, but from God, writing, “You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound” (Psalm 4:7). What God puts there, stays there, so first of all, joy is a gift from God.

Continue: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2019/06/05/how-joy-is-a-source-of-strength/

As with Gladness Men of Old – old

I am not familiar with this Christmas song.

DateAs with gladness men of old
Did the guiding star behold;
As with joy they hailed its light,
Leading onward, beaming bright;
So, most gracious God, may we
Evermore be led to thee.

As with joyful steps they sped
To that lowly cradle bed,
There to bend the knee before
Him whom heaven and earth adore;
So may we with willing feet
Ever seek thy mercy-seat.As they offered gifts most rare
At that cradle rude and bare;
So may we with holy joy,
Pure, and free from sin’s alloy,
All our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to thee, our heav’nly King.Holy Jesus, ev’ry day
Keep us in the narrow way;
And, when earthly things are past,
Bring our ransomed souls at last
Where they need no star to guide,
Where no clouds thy glory hide.

In the heav’nly country bright
Need they no created light;
Thou its Light, its Joy, its Crown,
Thou its Sun which goes not down;
There for ever may we sing
Alleluias to our King.

7 Reasons it’s harder to be a faithful church member today

http://chucklawless.com/2017/03/7-reasons-its-harder-to-be-a-faithful-church-member-today/

‘Noel’ – Lauren Daigle’s Stunning Performance of Chris Tomlin’s ‘Noel’

Great worship songs do their best work when they remind us of the things Scripture teaches as well as usher us into the presence of God. “Noel,” written by Chris Tomlin and performed by Lauren Daigle, does exactly this.

Just take a look at two of the verses of the song, which reference verses from Isaiah and the Gospels:

Love incarnate, love divine
Star and angels gave the sign
Bow to babe on bended knee
The Savior of humanity
Unto us a Child is born
He shall reign forevermore

Son of God and Son of man
There before the world began
Born to suffer, born to save
Born to raise us from the grave
Christ the everlasting Lord
He shall reign forevermore

Developing a Relationship with God the Holy Spirit –The FRUIT of the Holy Spirit!

https://larrydixon.wordpress.com/2019/07/26/the-forgotten-third-developing-a-relationship-with-god-the-holy-spirit-the-fruit-of-the-holy-spirit/