Nov 8, 2016

7 Bible Verses I need on Election day

Matthew 6:25-34 (but here is only half for brevity)

  • But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Psalm 119:160
  • The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.
Daniel 4:32c
  • "...the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will."
Isaiah 37:16
  • “O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. 
1 Chronicles 20:6
  • "O LORD, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You."
Romans 8:29- 30
  • And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. 
Romans 8:31-39
  • What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 
  •  As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
  •  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
All these verses were taken from the ESV Bible.

Nov 7, 2016

Christian Character & The Election Season.

There is a lot of division among Christians this election season. “What is a vote?” has been something many had to answer who did not think it through previously. Amidst the answers from Christians, here are 6 election-related things I know to be true. We don't have to know political philosophy to know these things, but God's clear, revealed word.
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This list was a quick check up for my spiritual health in this election cycle. I wrote this for myself, but if anyone else can benefit, then praise God. I'm not saying I have done all these, but that I hope by God's grace these will be an overflow of his influence in my life. In turn, I hope this can be a reminder to the readers how we can bring God glory during this time.

  • I exercise kindness and patience toward Christians (and everyone else!) with whom I disagree.
  • I am focused on continuing the work God has for me to do in my Church and community by serving those in need and sharing the Gospel.
  • I talk with others about Jesus more than I advertise my political opinions. Out of the over-flow of my heart, my mouth speaks. Where is my heart finding hope and joy?
  • I am not making my political decisions out of fear. Politicians want you to fear a world without them at the top. I have a King ruling on top though. The love of Jesus in my life should expel fear as I take hold of his promises in scripture.
  • I am concerned about the truthfulness of my words, so if I speak/type about other people, politician or not, I should not slander, mis-characterize, or assert things about them from only inference or suspicion. (Things that are not demonstrable, e.g. “Hillary is directly connected to ISIS.” or “All Democrats are lib-tards.")
  • I am praying for my leaders, current and future, to uphold justice and protect the image of God in unborn children from attackers.

Honestly, for me, recently it means frequently holding my tongue when politics are discussed online.

May we be transformed by God's grace to live with unfading hope and may God have mercy on us as a nation.

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith…we rejoice in hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:1-2)

What would you add?

Oct 13, 2016

The God who works wonders

A recent devotion got me thinking about how I occasionally "naturalize" God in my mind.

Sometimes I can lose a sense of how surprising, timely, & out of the box God's supernatural working was in scripture. Or if I do see this, I can tuck it away because that was how God worked "back then."

Indeed, I do think God has changed the way he interacts with us on some level because of the completion of scripture, but that should not blunt the fact that God still works amazing miracles today.

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God still transforms haters of the Christian Church into devoted followers of Christ.
God still takes "hearts of stone" & replaces them with "hearts of flesh" that beat for him.
God still brings peace between himself & guilty sinners by the work of his Son on the cross.
God still provides materially for his people when the dollars, hours in the day, & food in the pantry are not "enough".
God still upholds his people on days of intense temptation & always provides a way out.
God still repairs broken lives from the sex industry into those who love him & respect themselves.
God still mends the heart of porn addicts to be freed from bondage & behold him instead.
God still heals sickness & protects from danger.
God still does all these (& more) for his glory, at his time, & by his means.

My God is still odds-defying & wonder-working!

Judges 13:19
"So Manoah took the young goat with the grain offering, and offered it on the rock to the Lord, to the one who works wonders,..."