Christians sometimes get confused with the concept of judging. Biblically we are commanded to judge (John 7:24 says, “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make it right judgement”). Then at the same time we are biblically told that we are not to …
ORIGINAL ART & POETRY BY PAUL & KATHY BOECHER©,
Weary of the noise of media attention,
Exhausted by the often untrue claims,
Troubled hearts desire greater intervention,
Longing for refreshment from the flames,
Looking up is what we need for our salvation,
God alone brings peace from all our shames,
Quieting the dissidence and excitation,
Giving love instead of naming names,
Sin no more holds constant consternation,
Through His Son our guilt no longer blames,
He has paid the price of our redemption,
All our fear of death He tames.
“Francis [de Sales] insists that true devotion must touch every
area of our life.
True devotion is not just a matter of spiritual practices but of bringing all
our life under the lordship of Christ.
Francis is known for his slogan: ‘Live, Jesus! Live, Jesus!’
What he means by this is an invitation to Jesus to ‘live and reign in our hearts
forever and ever’…
In other words, for Francis, to live the devout life is to reach the point
in our love for God and neighbor that we eagerly
(‘carefully, frequently, and promptly’)
desire to do His will in all the various ways in which it is communicated to us:
in the duties of our state in life, in the objective teaching of God’s Word,
in opportunities and occasions presented to us, in response to our interior inspirations.”
Ralph Martin, p. 107
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Fulfillment of All Desire
The first mention of anointing is found in Genesis 31:13 in reference to the promise of the Lord to give Jacob the land He had promised to Abraham and his descendants. With the stone on which he had slept, Jacob had set up a pillar and poured oil on it (Genesis 28:18-22).
The term anoint relates to the action of consecration, setting something apart for God for His use and His worship.
Old Testament H4886
Strong’s Concordance defines ANOINT mashach mä·shakh’ by implication, to consecrate; also to paint:
The Old Testament records the anointings of the Lord’s priests and the kings of Israel.
Everything that had to do with the worship of the Lord was anointed – the priests, the tabernacle, the table, the altar, etc. were all anointed to symbolize the sacredness and holiness of worship.
Anointings were not special only to the Israelites but to any…
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With the controversy about whether Jesus’ resurrection was bodily last week, it seems appropriate to continue to reflect on the meaning of the resurrection in Luke’s account of the early church in Acts. This is the second instalment of my notes written for BRF Guidelines Bible reading notes which have just come out and lead up…
Reading: Psalm 34
Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelek,
who drove him away, and he left.
I will extol the LORD at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
I will glory in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them (NIV).
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David was a man of many talents. He was a gifted musician and…
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