The Blessings of a Long Battle, part 2

 “Do not fear the conflict, and do not flee from it; where there is no struggle, there is no virtue.”   John of Kronstadt Part 1 of this post highlighted how God can bring good out of a long struggle with a sin, weakness, and/or problem by helping the Christian make the transition from putting their faith in formulas (e.g.,Continue reading “The Blessings of a Long Battle, part 2”

Restrain Them: Psalms 141:8-10

8″ I look to you for help, O Sovereign Lord.     You are my refuge; don’t let them kill me. 9 Keep me from the traps they have set for me,     from the snares of those who do wrong. 10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,     but let me escape.”  Psalms 141:8-10, NLT Spoken like a man whoContinue reading “Restrain Them: Psalms 141:8-10”

There is Nothing at All [Not a Thing]

“Yes, I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor ruling spirits, nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers,  nothing above us, nothing below us, nor anything else in the whole world will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” RomansContinue reading “There is Nothing at All [Not a Thing]”

The Ransom Note

“We collapse in the dust,     lying face down in the dirt. 26 Rise up! Help us!     Ransom us because of your unfailing love.” Psalm 44:25-26, NLT “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 “God chose himContinue reading “The Ransom Note”

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