Wrestling Through Our Religious Differences and Our Wildly Varying Christian Convictions

Originally posted on J.S. Park:

wherethecherryblossomsdanceasked a question:

Could I ask you a question? Is it a bad thing to want everyone, regardless of their religion and faith to just worship together and love one another? Is it really wrong to want to go to someone who is Muslim, Jewish, Pagan, and go “Let’s worship together?” I feel that as long as different religions and beliefs attack one another, insisting that one is right and all others are wrong, this cannot become a reality, and it saddens me. I want to see us all get along and join together. Is that so bad?

tworoadsdivergedblog asked a question:

Something I’ve always wondered is how we (Christians) all serve one God but differ so much when it comes to doctrine (sure, there are basic things we agree upon, but we also have so many little things we disagree with that we have to label ourselves) ?…

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It Is In God’s Hands…Or is it?!

Stumbling into GRACE:

Are we willing?

Originally posted on disciplegideon:

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Some have heard me say in response to the statement “it is all in God’s hands” that, “It is in God’s hands…but He just put it in yours!”  Now this may disturb your theology, but let me show you a section of Scripture that effectively says the same thing.  This part of Zachariah, in context, is referring to the re-building of the Temple.  In our modern context, it is symbolic of rebuilding the Church.

“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:

‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’

Says the Lord of hosts.

‘Who are you, O great mountain?

Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain!

And shall bring forth the capstone

With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’

Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying:

‘The hands of Zerubbabel

Have laid the foundation of this temple;

His hands shall also finish…

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When Evil Appears To Have The Upper-Hand . . . .

Stumbling into GRACE:

God IS in control

Originally posted on hisglorysm:

We live in a frightening world where the thought of turning on the news can fill us with dread.  I was stunned last week as I watched and  listened to the testimony of a man who had escaped the atrocities being committed against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East.  The man went into grim detail about what he had witnessed–entire families being buried alive, young and old suffering torturous deaths–because they refused to abandon their faith.  The man was obviously dismayed by the retelling, yet it was as he described the perpetrators of such evil as “animals” devoid of their humanity, that he sobbed uncontrollably.  As I watched I realized that he was crying out to God–not for the people who were killed or for those who are still trapped or have been displaced from their loved ones and homes–the man wept as he begged God to save the perpetrators of evil from themselves. As I watched I remembered Jesus crying out on the Cross:  “Father…

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“Be brave for us…”

Stumbling into GRACE:

Be Brave for yourself and share with orhers

Originally posted on It's a God thing...:

A few months back I was deeply impacted by a girl who spoke as part of a mixed-age women’s gathering. She candidly shared some of the hardships of teen life, and emphasised the need for strong role models. With tears she spoke five words I’ll never forget:

“Please… Be brave for us.”

She represented a community of youth who desperately needed strength and resilience modelled to them. A tribe of girls who wanted to know what bravery looked like as they faced uncertain futures.

Her words made me consider how I could better love those in my care. How I could show what a courageous life lived for God looked like.

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And tonight I read this article by Jackie Knapp about the reality of suffering in the ‘best years of our life’ – and the importance of hearing our ‘elders’ talk about it.

Knapp writes:

“We… need to hear from…

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A Powerful Kind Of Prayer

Stumbling into GRACE:

Prayer for our Husbands

Originally posted on Amazed By Grace:

 “As his wife, you have an authority in prayer for your husband that nobody else has.”

This awesome exhortation was spoken to me by a dear friend and mentor. She also encouraged me to use scripture to guide my prayers for him – to pray scriptures.

Praying scripture is powerful because I’m praying in complete confidence that it’s in accordance with His will.

That night I took one of these small spiral note pads and began writing out scriptures the Lord led me to be praying for him. I keep this in the front pocket of my Bible so I can add to it.

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My goal is to get this out every morning and pray these scriptures over him. However, there have been times when I pull it out while the kids are eating lunch, or while I’m folding laundry, or brushing my teeth….really anytime works great!

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PUMP IT UP

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Do you remember Underroos?

Underoos is a brand of underwear for children, produced by the Fruit of the Loom company. The packages include a matching top and bottom for either boys or girls, featuring a character from popular entertainment media, especially superhero comics. (taken from Wikipedia)

My Daughter had a pair; she was Wonder Woman. We have a picture of her when she was about four years old. She modeled her Wonder Women Underroos while flexing her muscles. She would click her wrists together pretending to have Wonder Women’s Silver Bracelets.

You can throw your eternal weight around!

Let the Light shine out of the Darkness.

Our power comes from an all-surpassing God.

God’s grace will over-flow through us.

Reach out, more and more people will see God’s power working through you.

Pump – It – Up! Be someone’s Wonder Women or Superman

Show them What Your GOD is made of!

2 Corinthians 4: 5-18 (NIV) For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

OBSTACLES

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“The only obstacle that keeps you reconciling with God is:  YOU!”  **

Obstacles: difficulties, hindrances, complications, impediments, barriers, obstructions, stumbling blocks.

You don’t know how heart-breaking my life has been.

My family life is too complicated for God.

She was supposed to honor and cherish me.

He betrayed my trust and hurt me. I can’t stand to be in the same room with him.

WHY SHOULD I FORGIVE THEM?

Reconciliation isn’t about any of these issues.

Its forgiveness – IN SPITE OF. **

Reconciliation means In Spite of … Not because of.   **

YOU CAN GIVE UP ON THEM WHEN YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER GIVES UP ON YOU.  **

Jesus restored all of us to a healthy relationship – a Gift from our Creator

2 Corinthians 5: 15-18 (NIV)

15 He died for us so that we will all live, not for ourselves, but for Him who died and rose from the dead. 16 Because of all that God has done, we now have a new perspective. We used to show regard for people based on worldly standards and interests. No longer. We used to think of the Anointed the same way. No longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is united with the Anointed One, that person is a new creation. The old life is gone—and see—a new life has begun! 18 All of this is a gift from our Creator God, who has pursued us and brought us into a restored and healthy relationship with Him through the Anointed. And He has given us the same mission, the ministry of reconciliation, to bring others back to Him.

 

** QUOTES FROM ANDY STANLEY **

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