I was asked to give a talk recently on forgiveness. There was nothing new or special about it, as I have taught on the spiritual necessity of forgiveness many times!
The year 2018 is almost over and many of us have had different experiences during the past year, but no matter what your experience was our God can make that experience better. If 2018 was not so good for you, God can make it better; if it was good, God can make it much better! He's the expert on that. I'm sure, for all of us in 2019, God will make a new beginning.
Phil Rehberg, a regular contributor to the CPD blog nails it again as he talks about "Courage to embrace the unpleasant truths of Scripture." Do I like everything the Bible has to say? No. But I accept everything the Bible has to say because it is the truth. And the challenge
Wayne Hoag was the pastor of Truckee, CA for about 26 years until he handed over the reigns to his associate Jesse Richardson. He continues to serve the church he has loved and lead for years. He is also an author - one of his books, "The One Another Project " is on my shelf. He writes an excellent tribute to Billy Graham that you will not want to miss.
Mike Barnes is a regular contributor to our blog, and he also happens to be in the same men's accountability group I am a part of in Sacramento. So today you are being blessed with what I am blessed with on a regular basis as we meet 6AM on Monday mornings (too early to think, but it does our hearts good anyway). I hope, as he is reminding us today, that you have a new sense of the Father's heart for you. -Ray
Phil Rehberg from Risen King in Redding is a regular contributor to our blog. Today in the face of growing uncertainty from our own government, he reminds us of what is really important as we serve our King. While we don't face the same kinds of things believers in other countries face, there are still ways we will face rejection. His question, "Are you ready?" is a valid question, especially in these times.
I got into my car, looked out the windshield and I see she has been there. I sit down in front of my television to turn it on, and I see she has been there. I sit down in my dining room and look into the back yard. She has been there too.
Recently while at National Office for a conference, John Stumbo was leading a morning devotion out of Luke 10. During that devotion as he was talking about Mary and Martha I had a moment of clarity about Martha’s actions vs Mary’s inaction. This is a story where I’ve always come to the defense of Martha.
This prayer was sent to us by Pastor Wayne Hoag at Sierra Bible Church in Truckee, CA. It is one that was given to him by Leonard Ravenhill some 30 years ago. He was good friends with A.W. Tozer. This prayer is one that you can return to often, as a reminder of what God has called us to be and to do.
Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” Knowing God implies knowing what God wants. Even before we go on to other disciplines we need to know, “Is this what the Father is doing?” Jesus spent hours each day listening in the presence of His Father – to the point of knowing Him and knowing exactly what He was doing.