HOW CAN I PRAY WHEN I’M SO ANGRY

dnorris99:

I’ve just posted my latest installment at http://www.h4i.us. I’m taking a few days off from research and writing to hear from the Lord. In the interim, I am sharing interesting posts from some of the blogs that I personally follow.

Originally posted on The Isaiah 53:5 Project:

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Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”  How true.  Anger is not only a negative emotion, it’s non-productive.  When we’re angry our adrenaline starts to pump, our demeanor changes, our body language is altered, we are irrational and thoughtless.  How can we approach God with these things going on in our head?

I think that’s probably one of the best times to pray.  Prayer is a time for us to bring all our cares, our fears, our frustrations and anger along with our thanksgiving and praise.  We shouldn’t be afraid to ask God to help us with all our struggles.

David did a lot of lashing out in anger through his prayers. He rails against his enemies.  He shouts for their destruction and screams for vengeance.  That doesn’t normally fit the Christian view of turning the other cheek, but it surely…

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Are you truly transformed?

dnorris99:

I’ve just posted my latest installment at http://www.h4i.us. I’m taking a few days off from research and writing to hear from the Lord.  In the interim, I am sharing interesting posts from some of the blogs that I personally follow.  This post is from my friends at Isaiah 53:5.

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Powerful food for thought

A Christian, according to the Bible, is someone who has accepted God’s offer of forgiveness through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Salvation is a gift of God through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ (John 3:16-18; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9). What we believe about other things is a matter of growth, not of salvation. However, 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” When we give our lives to Christ, He begins to change us: our way of thinking and our way of behaving (see Isaiah 55:7). Our bodies become the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19). Our minds are renewed through the truth of God’s Word (Romans 12:1-2). Our…

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LAUGH AND THE WORLD LAUGHS WITH YOU

dnorris99:

I’ve just posted my latest installment at http://www.h4i.us. I’m taking a few days off from research and writing to hear from the Lord. In the interim, I am sharing interesting posts from some of the blogs that I personally follow. Here is a recent blog from my friends at the Isaiah 53:5 Project.

Originally posted on The Isaiah 53:5 Project:

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I truly believe that God has a sense of humor.  He loves it when we laugh.  His original plan for man was to enjoy life to the fullest. He created a perfect world with no problems – who wouldn’t be happy?

My mom was a great laugher and I think I have inherited that trait.  She laughed at everything, even when it wasn’t particularly funny.  Many people in the world today might think she wasn’t totally “all there,” but I think she was more “there” than most people. She had the ability to take a tough situation and turn it around with her happy face.

Today it isn’t uncommon to walk into a store and ask for service, only to be greeted by a grumpy person behind the counter.  Even in the service industry, there is a lack of joy.  What has happened to the giggles, chuckles and guffaws?  Has it become  politically incorrect…

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I’m married to two men, one of them is God

dnorris99:

I’ve just posted my latest installment at http://www.h4i.us. I’m taking a few days off from research and writing to hear from the Lord. In the interim, I am sharing interesting posts from some of the blogs that I personally follow.

Originally posted on Work for the Cause not the Applause :

The picture depicts a traditional latin mass; Most Catholic women no longer veil after some confusion regarding the practice after Vatican II

I didn’t have a wedding garment on, that bothered me. I’ve been veiling at mass for months now, but I feel wrong. I’m trying not to draw attention to myself. Nobody says anything. There are few in the church now who wear the veil. I get it. It’s not about for me what everyone else does, it’s about me. And my dress was white today for mass, my shoes white too. Except for my veil, my veil was brown. It felt awkward. I deliberately ordered a brown veil so I wouldn’t stand out, so I would blend in. I still stick out like a sore thumb. I’m a Jewish looking girl in a Catholic church. I say “shtick” and “shvitzing” in the same sentence I use the word Jesus…

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Warning: These 5 Mistakes When Reading The Bible Are a Nightmare

I’m taking a few days off from research and writing to hear from the Lord. In the interim, I am sharing interesting posts from some of the blogs that I personally follow. Today, I’m sharing a post from my good friend Peter Guirguis over at Not Ashamed of the Gospel.

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There’s a wrong way and a right way to read the Bible.

Reading the Bible the wrong way can lead to nightmares.

Why do I say that?

I want you to imagine that you get on a boat.

It’s one of those cruise ships that’s like a floating hotel on water.

Your destination is the beautiful island of Aruba.

Aruba is known for its beautiful beaches.

You’re looking forward to the beautiful blue waters and the white sandy beaches.

As the captain begins to navigate the ship, he makes one small mistake.

The captain accidentally enters the wrong GPS coordinates, and he’s off by one degree on the map.

After three days of sailing off course, the captain takes a look at the GPS system, and realizes that he is thousands of miles away from the beautiful island of Aruba!

Oh no, traveling just one-degree off-course over three days made the captain miss the beautiful destination by thousands of miles!

Reading the Bible the wrong way will cause you and I to miss our destination in life by thousands of miles.

Yes, it well cause nightmares.

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The Bing-Bong Gospel

dnorris99:

I’ve just posted my latest installment at http://www.h4i.us. I’m taking a few days off from research and writing to hear from the Lord. In the interim, I am sharing interesting posts from some of the blogs that I personally follow.

Originally posted on Work for the Cause not the Applause :

There are far too many people who are afraid to move. There are words I read on pages, but they are dead…dormant really. Their stillness requires resuscitation and I often times find myself wanting to perform CPR on the dead bodies of the lifeless words that exist in the Christian world. They are 4 day bible reading plans to nowhere.

I’m going to be bold tonight and say what I need to say which, forgive me is somewhat in transition. I’m saying it because well, it needs to be said, for the people we are missing out on, and the bigger picture of God’s salvation plan. The brand of Christianity we are selling collectively is a caricature of itself, a passing shadow, words, just words that have no action behind them. Everything has a ministry, we are on the Joel Osteen train to Bing-Bong land and we are comfortable in…

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A few great and free apologetics aps

dnorris99:

I’m taking a few days off from research and writing to hear from the Lord. In the interim, I will be posting interesting posts from some of the blogs that I personally follow.

Originally posted on The Isaiah 53:5 Project:

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Via Truthbomb Apologetics, here are a few apologetics aps you may find useful.

1. The Cold-Case Christianity App– This one features the work of cold-case homocide detective J. Warner Wallace. It offers articles, podcasts, videos, free bible inserts and more!

2. The Reasonable Faith App– With this free app you get access to Dr. William Lane Craig’s weekly Q&A, articles, audio and video of debates and talks, including Dr. Craig’s popular Reasonable Faith Podcast and Defenders Podcast.

3. The Cross Examined App– Featuring a “Quick Answers” section that helps you respond to popular objections to Christianity, the Cross Examined blog, speaker schedule, and radio recordings- this app can help you grow and defend the faith.

4. The gotQuestions? App– This application has over 4,400 of our most frequently asked questions about the Bible organized by topic, with a built-in search function, the ability to bookmark…

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Submission

James 4:7

In my last post, we concluded our study of the godly characteristic of being humble.  In this post, we will look at a companion characteristic of being submissive.

Submission Defined

In the English language, submission is a little difficult to concisely define.  Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines submission, in part, as:  “the state of being obedient; the act of accepting the authority or control of someone else.”   They list among several that surrender is a synonym.  The verb form, “to submit” is defined as: “to stop trying to fight or resist something; to agree to do or accept something that you have been resisting or opposing.”  Likewise, surrender is also a synonym for submitSurrender is defined as:  “the usually forced yielding of one’s person or possessions to the control of another.”  And as usual, submission and submitting are listed also synonyms of surrender.  Don’t you just love it when definitions are so circular?

I want to look at what the Bible has to say about each of these words. Continue reading