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It’s Examination Time

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There is a verse in Lamentations that jumped out for me today. It’s Lamentations 3:40 – “Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.”

I try to live my life the way Jesus wants me to, but I fall short. I live in my own little world, not thinking about the global picture. I’m a coward when it comes to telling someone face to face about Jesus. I’m afraid to be bold and stand up when my faith is threatened. I need to examine my ways and see where I can change.

I think this lack of boldness has effected Christians throughout the U.S. We have been silent and have sat back watching our nation slowly disintegrate. What’s happened to the Christian values this country was founded on? How long are we going to wait before we examine our ways and test them?

It is definitely time for us as individuals and as a nation to return to the Lord. God has never stopped loving us. He is faithful forever. But I’m sure we have made Him sad.

I, for one, don’t like knowing that I am causing God’s sadness. Instead He should be rejoicing over what His children are doing.

Are you willing to examine your ways and test them? Then what are you going to start doing differently to return to the Lord?

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I don’t know about you, but the last few weeks for me were full of busyness. Now it’s time to get back to normal. The fun Christmas gatherings with family and friends are history. The new year has begun. Decorations are put away (or soon will be). Now what?

One of the gifts I received from my daughter was a desk calendar. Each page has a different Scripture verse. I have decided to not only to read the verse each day, but to also read the entire chapter where the verse is found. Today’s verse is in Psalm 46, however when I read the whole Psalm another verse popped out for me.

“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”   Psalm 46:10

We live hectic lives, but we need to take time to just be still and listen to what God has to say. Sometimes it might not feel like it, but God IS in control. And there will be a time when every knee will bow before Him.

Now that 2017 has begun it is a good time to look at your relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Maybe you don’t know Him yet, but are seeking. Maybe you already have a relationship with Him, but you want it to grow stronger. Be still and listen for His words to speak to you through the Holy Spirit.

I have put my new calendar on my coffee table right next to my computer so I won’t forget to stop and focus on God for a while each day.  I want 2017 to be the year my relationship with Him grows.

How about you?  Is this a good time to either begin or continue your journey with God?Think of some way you can set out reminders so that each day you will spend some time to be still and know God.

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Book Review – “Stealing From God – Why atheists need God to make their case’

978-1-61291-701-6In his book, Stealing From God – Why atheists need God to make their case, Frank Turek uses CRIMES as an acrostic to look at the various aspects of atheism vs belief in God. The areas explored are: Causality, Reason, Information and Intentionality, Morality, Evil, and Science. The book closes with a case for mere Christianity and a discussion as to why God does not force anyone into heaven.

This is a fascinating book. It’s a little difficult to read at the beginning but as you get into it, it all makes sense. This book gives a clear picture of what atheists believe and how unbelievable their line of thought is. Every Christian should read this book to gain insights into why it’s so hard to reason with atheists regarding God. Atheists should read it to gain insights into the contradictions of their line of thought.

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