Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
Five years ago Nokia, the telecom company, reported that the average worldwide mobile phone user accessed the phone 150 times per day. Other studies report the same, or higher.
If the user sleeps eight hours, that means he goes to his phone every six and a half minutes for messaging, voice calls, checking the clock, checking the calendar, using the alarm, camera, listening to music, playing games, charging the phone, checking voice mail, and accessing the Internet for news and information.
2015 Spring Conference "Trusting God With Unwavering Courage"
The audio messages from our 2015 Women's Ministry Spring Conference are now available!
Follow the links below to listen or download each of the following messages:
Guest post by Erika Booth:
Sanctification is messy stuff. I tried to do it myself by following enough rules. Aside from bad theology, it’s impossible. And God has been gracious enough to reveal deeper and deeper sins buried in my pharisaical heart.
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany my weekend sermon on June 13/14, “The Cure for Foolish Thinking" (2 Corinthians 12:11–21). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
The Marks of Genuine Christian Ministry vs. the Marks of an Unhealthy Church
I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing. The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works. For in what were you less favored than the rest of the churches, except that I myself did not burden you? Forgive me this wrong!
I was recently gifted a recently released edition of A Godward Heart: Treasuring the God Who Loves You, in which the author, John Piper, says in the preface “My life has been changed as much by paragraphs as by books,” adding, “God can make a single paragraph life-changing.”
“Seeing happens in an instant.” He continues, “I write, you read, but God gives the sight.”
“God is ready to act.”
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany my weekend sermon on May 30/31, “Boasting Like a Weakling" (2 Corinthians 12:1–10). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
Two Visions and a Thorn: 2 Corinthians 12:1–10 is about a vision of paradise that God gave one of his children. In it we learn some surprising and profound lessons. The passage holds two visions with a thorn stuck in the middle.
Desiring God board member Peter Hedstrom at the recent board meeting prayed, “Lord, go to the library of my heart, and clear off the shelves where I have volumes of bitterness (etc.) so that I do not go back to them. Purge the library of my soul.”
The Desiring God board met for a day and a half recently, and during a board development portion of that meeting, the board members were asked individually to respond to the following questions.