By Erik Retallick
Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
against an ungodly people,
from the deceitful and unjust man
A short while ago I wrote an article about Psalm 42 and mentioned that Psalm 43 follows on very closely with its thoughts and tone.
However, on taking a closer look, I think you will see a much brighter spirit emerging from the gloomy preoccupations of Psalm 42 with its small glimmers of hope here and there.
Those who have suffered depression or mental health disorders which have become so prevalent in our modern world know that it can sometimes seem like a long tunnel they are going through, and at first there appears to be no light at the other end.
by Kanosho Thompson
There is so much that I could write about right now. Quite a bit has happened recently.
However, someone may be dealing with some of the same issues I was faced with weeks ago. In saying that, I think I will share a personal testimony with all who read this.
First of all, I’m the single mother of three. I earned a degree in Social Work in May 2011. No job yet, but I know God is preparing the perfect position for me. I had to leave my full-time job in January (2011) in order to complete an internship required for graduation. That was an act of faith in and of itself, but I was willing to take the leap.
by Jessica Dixon
All foundations start with Christ and ends with Christ.
We all have dreams and goals that we want for ourselves and then we have the ones God wants for us. We tend to want to stay on our side and not to take the ones God wants for us.
You see though God’s goals and dreams for us are even greater then we can imagine for ourselves. He wants us to prosper and have many Blessings. But we can’t do that without Him because you see the foundation starts with Christ and ends with Christ.
Have you ever noticed as you pray you are Praying for what you want Christ to do for you, not what He wants to do for you. For example we Pray.. Lord please give me this job instead of saying Lord if it is your will, Bless me with this job. And if He does we feel once we have what we need we don’t need Him anymore. So we stop having our quiet time, stop sharing the gospel, stop praying together and then all of sudden everything disappears and we say to ourselves wait where did that go? God gave this to me and now he is taking it from me.
by Katherine Russell
Have you ever found yourself wondering about the works of another person, operating in the Body of Christ? Have you questioned their ‘real agenda’ for using the gifts and talents that they have been displaying in public settings? Be very careful…..
The Word of God does give us some very clear instruction in 1John 4:1-2, “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.” Does this mean that this person cannot possibly act in error, or display a lack of wisdom? The reality is, we are all susceptible to error.
by Lon Alderman
Every Marine is a rifleman regardless of his MOS (Military Occupational Specialty). That is, the Marines in the kitchen, motor pool, air wing, and front lines all have basic training as a rifleman. I propose that every pastor needs to be, at the core, an intercessory pray-er in order to enjoy Enduring Ministry.
”…pray without ceasing…” ~ 1Thessalonians 5:17 NIV
Prayer is the spiritual breath of the Christian. Just as my body cannot maintain health without air, so my spiritual life suffers without prayer.
“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” ~ James 5:16 NIV