The common mantra of today’s society is that “We have progressed so far! Look how much better our society is today than yesterday because we ‘push’ the envelope.” These statements are often made with subtle undercuts to Christianity. The purpose of Liberalism or Progressive thinking or whatever term out there is that we (humans) must fix what is happening here: “Clearly we are in this situation because of our own doing. Relying on imaginary people in the sky won’t do the trick anymore. We are more advanced than those primitive nations.”
I often talk to teens and college students who want to serve God! They want to do something big for the kingdom and they feel so inadequate. Did you know that there is no reason to feel inadequate? Did you know that whatever you do if it is with the purpose to serve God and reach people for God it is huge?
This morning was our Wednesday morning prayer meeting at the church. This is a time when I often go in with many things on my mind and go out with a heart full of hope and joy in the lord. During prayer today a woman with many concerns prayed the scripture Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. This is such a good reminder.
Every now and then I like to just take a break from blogging and give you straight scriptures about a specific topic. Right now I’m struggling with changes in my life and need a reminder that God is in control. Here are the verses I found when I decided to dig into this topic.
Last week I wrote about what exactly is meant by the term “unicorn” in the Bible. The conclusion is that it did not mean the mythical creature thought of today, but either a Rhino or Aurochs. I thought it would be interesting to go through the 9 places unicorn is mentioned and try to figure out which animal is being talked about based on the context. I really don’t know if there is a right or wrong answer. With that being said, I want to try and approach this as unbiased as possible, so I encourage you to also read the context and make a decision for yourself!
I came across a very interesting account as I was reading my Bible during my daily devotions. I was reading 2 Kings 5 today . I met a man named Naaman, he was a well considered soldier and very powerful but he had a problem. He had leprosy (a debilitating skin disease that will actually make a person loose limbs). In that time if a person had leprosy, that was it their life as they knew it was over. It was contagious so they were sent away to live in exile with other people who had the skin disease.
It seems like things are getting worse and worse, every time I turn on the TV there is another tragedy or someone has upped the ante for how evil a person can be. Last year we witnessed someone bomb our biggest marathon, the year before we saw horrible sights of a grade school turned war zone! Not to mention the moral decay that is taking place at what seems like a steady daily pace.
As Christians we have a secret weapon in our arsenal. It’s one that we can use to get great power from God and ward off Satan himself. It’s a privilege and honor reserved only for the Lords children and we so often forget we have it.
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me. Thou dost prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; Thou hast anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
There are nine different spots in the Bible where a Unicorn is mentioned (Numbers 23:22, Numbers 24:8, Deuteronomy 33:17, Job 39:9-10, Psalm 22:21, Psalm 29:6, Psalm 92:10, and Isaiah 34:7). Did the Bible actually mean ‘Unicorn’, like the kind we think of when someone mentions a fairy tale? We don’t have any record of an equine-like (horse-like) animal, yet the Bible describes one. How can the Bible be reliable if it is just making up creatures? There is a simple answer to this that clarifies this point fantastically!