Seeking God’s Perspective on Life’s Journey
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Early in his career (1989) songwriter/singer Garth Brooks wrote a song called “The Dance”. In 1991 the Academy of Country Music awarded him the Song of the Year for this piece. Why was this song such a hit?
Often when we feel discouragement settling in on our spirit it comes because of disappointment from unmet expectations. Satan’s goal is to weaken, dishearten, discourage, and make us lose hope.
We desperately need a spiritual awakening — that’s our wall to build. Like Nehemiah, God may call upon many of us to step into the fray and assume a leadership role to help bring about this spiritual awakening.
Despite our great plans and advanced study, once we were in the fray, it was “every man for himself.” At times we couldn’t even paddle. We just had to hang on!
When Jesus first called His disciples, He asked them to follow Him. And just before He ascended into heaven, He challenged those same disciples to follow Him. As His disciples, we are to follow Him. Following Jesus is a way of life, and not merely a one-time decision.
We purchased eight Barbados Black Belly sheep that eventually grew to adult size. I learned a lot about life — and God — from the upkeep of these critters. You would think, in view of all the energy expended on their behalf, that these sheep would be grateful. Not so.
All she had was a flat tire, but for her, that was monumental. She popped the trunk and Bryan got the jack and spare. Then, he got down on his knees in the wet gravel feeling for where to place the jack. He skinned his knuckles a time or two.
I have heard it said and asked, “Indeed, life is suffering. Contradiction, misfortune, disappointment, and heartbreak surrounded us. Why must we enter the Kingdom of God through many tribulations? Why does God allow suffering?”
The signs of our time sure seem to parallel the many prophecies related to Christ’s return. The political climate in the Middle East alone is clearly a pre-cursor to what the Bible calls “the end times”. And with the end times comes the opportunity for revival.
If you study game films from that Perfect Season, you can see the intensity and pride each player had in his performance. They worked together as a finely tuned machine. The team’s cohesiveness and unity allowed them to make the most of each play called.
Daryl Christensen has been a pro walleye-fisherman for many years. Fishing the major walleye-circuit, he has chalked-up many victories. As with all of us, sometimes success can lead to overconfidence. Such was the case for Daryl on an overcast June day several years ago.
Whether you are new in the faith or have known the Lord for some time, being in the Word is crucial to the health and growth of your relationship with Jesus Christ. But many men are at a loss as to how to read and study the Bible.
If we don’t read the Bible, we don’t know what it says. Many think they know what it says without ever reading it. They let their assumptions about God and the Christian life guide them instead of looking in the Book to see what God really says. As a result, many have horribly flawed views of God and what He requires of us.
One of the most challenging things God asks us to do is to forgive others. I don’t know about you, but there are certain people in my life who are hard to forgive, because their words and their actions were so hurtful. When people personally attack me or my loved ones, I find it difficult to forgive them. But that is exactly what God asks us to do.
The world we live in and the trends we’re experiencing in our country can be quite unsettling. Mass-shootings, wars in the Middle East, blatant sinful practices now being embraced and even thrust upon us, pandemics, and a host of other things. And the media seems to thrive on broadcasting only doom and gloom, which casts a social landscape filled with potholes and insecurity.