Ahmaud Arbery isn’t just another hashtag for me anymore.
“In the economy of God’s kingdom, there is not a single thought, feeling, or moment that is lost. Nothing is unseen or unrecorded. God is our witness. But as church leaders, we are tempted, perhaps more than others, to believe that our value is defined by the visible, quantifiable, and tweet-able aspects of our lives. How many came? How many followed? How many liked? This
“Depending on your religious background, you may need to expand your understanding of ‘worship’.You may think of church services with singing, praying, and listening to a sermon. Or you may think of ceremonies, candles, and communion. Or you may think of healing, miracles, and ecstatic experiences.Worship can include these elements, but worship is far more than these expressions. Worship is a lifestyle.”~ Rick Warren
“Don’t think of prayer as an impersonal requirement.Realize that it is a person, the Lord Jesus Christ, with all authority and with all love, who expects us to pray.”~ Donald S. Whitney
“I realize that to say prayer is expected of us may make the children of a nonconformist, anti-authoritarian age bristle a bit.Those who have been brought under the authority of Christ and the Bible, however, know that the will of God is for us to pray.But we also believe that His will is good.”~ Donald S. Whitney
Should we follow our president’s example and fire everybody?
“Unless I’m badly mistaken, one of the main reasons so many of God’s children don’t have a significant prayer life is not so much that we don’t want to...but that we don’t plan to. If you want to take a four-week vacation, you don’t just get up one summer morning and say, ‘Hey, let’s go today!’ You won’t have anything ready. You won’t know where
“You might think of praying without ceasing as communicating with God on one line while also taking calls on another. Even while you are talking on the other line, you never lose your awareness of the need to return your attention to the Lord. So...praying without ceasing means you never really stop conversing with God; you simply have frequent interruptions.” ~ Donald S. Whitney
"We must never preach violence, except the violence of love, which left Christ nailed to a cross...the violence that we must each do to ourselves to overcome our selfishness and such cruel inequalities among us. The violence we preach is not the violence of the sword, or the violence of hatred. It is the violence of love, of brotherhood...the violence that wills to beat weapons
It may not always feel like it, but God does care about what we go through.
Love him or not...he certainly needs our prayers.