Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Romans 12:2 (NLT)
Do any of you remember the Grinch? You know, the greenish goon who devised a scheme to steal Christmas from a community of unsuspecting Whos. Anywho (pardon the pun), the
[F]or without Me you can do nothing.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
John 15:5b, 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
The power source is gone. These words from a local middle school cafeteria cashier indicated that her computer was not operating. Unless the proper power source was connected to the computer, the computer would remain as dead as an unfortunate groundhog on the freeway.
...Do not say: I am [only] a youth...
Jeremiah 1:7 (HCSB)
Put yourself in Jeremiah's shoes for a minute. God has appointed you to a prophet unto the nations (Jeremiah 1:5). Yet, you are a young person who feels inadequate to serve the Lord. Do you make an excuse like Jeremiah does in Jeremiah 1:6, or do you boldly declare by faith that you will do what God has called you to do?
When we make an excuse as to why we cannot serve the Lord, we are saying that
Therefore,since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same resolve…inorder to live the remaining time in the flesh, no longer for human desires, butfor God’s will.
1Peter 4:1, 2 (HCSB)
Jesus Christ is said to have suffered more than any human being who has ever existed on this Earth. He was beaten severely until His flesh tore, nailed to a splinter-filled wooden cross, mocked and ridiculed by His own people, and for a time, separated from His Father
The following blog is from August 28, 2009.
Turn away from evil and do what is good...
Psalm 34:14a (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
We live in a world that is becoming increasingly evil. Newspaper headlines and television news broadcasts report criminal activities and scandals daily. It seems that no one has been unaffected by acts of terror and violence.
Even we Christians are not immune to the evils of this