And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
God doesn’t play, His word is never a joke. When God says He honors His word above His name, there is a reason for it. That certainly speaks to God’s integrity.
God is certainly saying something in this time, in this season. I don’t know what that might be for you, but I have been learning so much lately – so many things manifesting at their appointed time.
My best possible interpretation for all of this is what Paul says in the Scripture verses quoted above. God knows. God’s got this!
Love this inspiring/thought-provoking post by Tim Holman.
I’ve never been a big U2 fan, but readily admit that they are likely the greatest rock band of my generation. Whether you’re a fan or not you can’t deny the impact they have had on music and culture. Bono is more than just a front man to many. His message has authority from his own integrity over the passage of time. He admits to never feeling anything for groupies in his undying love for his wife.
Many critics have doubted this and have questioned him in interviews about it, but he remains true to this story. In the age of fact checking and the rise of courage from those who have suffered abuse at the hands of others, there would have been someone to come out with something on him by now.
Disclaimer: No human is flawless. Getting within 30 feet of your hero ensures you starting to notice…
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“God wants our imaginations engaged, in what he is doing and what he has promised.”
Amen to this. God’s word is always timely.
by Hazel Straub
God calls us, to focus our attention and listen, to what he is speaking. Read your Bible, God’s Love Letter to you, and ask Holy Spirit, to make it come alive. Listen to him and focus on him. God wants our imaginations engaged, in what he is doing and what he has promised.
When our vision rests on God, with confident trusting hope, he keeps us in peace. He calls us to obey his voice and to ignore the voices that call out fear, discouragement and failure. As we trust, rely and lean on God, he enables us to complete our assignments. No matter how difficult it may seem, God is your strength and help.
You (God) will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans…
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Truly, the saying Be careful what you wish for, lest it come true is a wise saying.
I recently did a series on how God sometimes chooses to disrupt our lives, as seen from the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah. The title of the first post was somewhat a prayer. I was seeing so many amazing things, so many amazing stories come alive. I’ve seen God answer prayers in unexpected ways and at unexpected times, but I was totally unprepared for what happened this time.
I had lost my voice sometime in September of last year after a dental procedure. Went a couple months sounding like I had a really bad cold, but I was never sick during that time. Despite exploring different vocal exercises I found on YouTube, in addition to my continuous consumption of warm fluids, tea, ginger candy, and mostly water – as a singer, these were really important – my voice only got worse. So, in early December, about the time of the Disrupt series, I booked an appointment to see an ENT. I was told I had a laryngeal cyst (it was a big, ugly thing in the back of my throat – I got pictures) and advised to schedule surgery – actually a microsurgery, but surgery nonetheless.
There were so many questions on my mind. Continue reading Careful what you ask for
2018 holds so much in store. This post by Mitch Teemley fits right in with the recurring themes so far. It’s time for something new. Let’s do this!
Did you know that caterpillars are not “transformed” into butterflies? In metamorphosis (the name of the process), a caterpillar is liquefied—nothing remains of its old nature. Only after the creature’s death can an entirely new creation, a butterfly, emerge!
But most people’s image of the process is more like Eric Carle’s classic children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, in which the little caterpillar “makes a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep, only to wake up a few weeks later wonderfully transformed into a butterfly!” (amazon.com)
The Very Dead Caterpillar would probably have sold fewer copies. But it would have been more accurate.
When I was a kid, I used to love going to La Mirada Creek and catching those pudgy little pre-frogs we called pollywogs (you may have called them tadpoles–I forgive you). I would bring them home and dump them into a tub, and…
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On this date five years ago,a series of cataclysmic events destroyed the world.
It all began with the end of a 5,000 year cycle on an ancient Mayan calendar. Which we knew to be completely factual because, dude, those Mayans had it goin’ on. Soon, experts in a number of unique (made-up) disciplines, showed the inevitability of:
- Our planet being sucked into a formerly undetected black hole (I hate it when that happens);
- Earth’s collision with the hitherto unnoticed planet Nibiru, the world from whence emanated our alien astronaut ancestors (man, I love alliteration);
- Or any number of other selfie-inspiring events, including a sudden, instantaneous quantum leap in human wisdom and intelligence.
Yeah, that happened.
There was, however, a much more obscure event that really did change the world as we know it. It happened in a tiny village called Bethlehem. And strangely enough, over 2,000…
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