In All Things

I feel like going through this “prayer study” has really prepared me to open my eyes to viewing scripture that I’ve heard repeated over and over since childhood from a different angle. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the thirst I’ve felt whenever my mind takes that little extra leap to gain something extra, a new understanding or a new application.

Suffering has been the main focus of the sermons at my church for a few weeks now. It is also the topic of a book I’ve been reading with my husband. In both cases, certain verses from Philippians 4 have been repeated and repeated, but it took one minute in another church service, one quick moment of simply reading through it and not even stopping to talk about it, for me to feel that “fresh breath of wind” running through my mind.

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“Prayer Study”…Week 8.5

We’re taking a little break from our regular “prayer study” posts to look at a name that we don’t have to look up in a Hebrew dictionary. We hope you enjoy this week, and let us know how you’ve been getting along with the “prayer study” up ’til now. 🙂

I’ve heard some new worship songs that are using “amen” in creative ways. The first time I heard them, I just kind of cocked my head and kept singing. I know that amen actually means something other than just being “something we are supposed to say at the end of prayers.”

It means truth and affirmation and – this one I didn’t remember – faithfulness.

Just when I got thinking that I wasn’t used to seeing it used out of the usual context of prayers recently, I came a verse in Revelations that’s quite unique in the Name it introduces. I did a study on Revelation in college, and this became a key verse in understanding Jesus’ role as our Witness. But it means so much more than that.

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LOVE as a Priority (Part 2)

Okay, so…

We’ve gotten a lot of feedback from the post praising love above kindness. We love hearing from everybody, but I think this issue deserves some clarification.

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The point wasn’t to say that kindness is not something to practice. It’s a trait that our Lord possesses. It’s a fruit of the spirit. It’s something to cultivate and exhibit, but it shouldn’t be our end-goal.

Love is the goal.

What’s that one verse about love that we like to quote on everything? Oh yeah –  John 3:16-17.

16For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

It doesn’t say that God was so kind, although He is. It says that God loved! He loved us!…He loves us!…He is love!

When we invite God into our lives, into ourselves, we are inviting in love. And that’s what needs to be coming out. I know, I know, it’s not always easy. That’s not really the point here, either.

Just from these verses we can learn so much about what love is:

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“Prayer Study” Week 8 – El Gibbor

The first thing we do when we choose the next name for “our prayer” study is look up the verses that specifically pertain to that name or that attribute of God. I know, for me at least, the primary verse for this week really took me by surprise the first time I read it. It could not be clearer that this is an affirmation that not only is Jesus the Living God, but God can be completely the Prince of Peace and completely a mighty warrior. Take a look at Isaiah 9:6. It’s located in the middle of one of Isaiah’s prophecies about how God’s wrath and Isreal’s deliverance.

6For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

That name – The Mighty God – El Gibbor – is what we will be focusing on this week.

Later, in Isaiah 10:21, the name is repeated:

20In that day the remnant of Israel, the survivors of Jacob, will no longer rely on him who struck them down but will truly rely on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel. 21A remnant will return, a remnant of Jacob will return to the Mighty God.

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Part Book Review, Part Real Life – an update on Me

One thing I love about being part of the TouchPoint Press family is being able to help setting up and growing our Faith Division. I can’t tell you the joy it gives me to communicate with Christian authors and collaborate on their words, all the while joining with them in praying that the hope and faith and love that is evident in their manuscripts encourages everyone who picks up their book.

I would like to say a little bit about one of these books. I can’t say a lot because it hasn’t been released yet. We can look forward to it being available in bookstores next year. It’s a series of stories compiled by author Gina Napoli. (You can learn more about here: She wrote several of the stories herself. It’s all about moments in the writer’s lives where they felt the Holy Spirit just reach down and tap them on the shoulder. The authors talk about what it was like to have those tangible experiences and what they learned from them.

It’s an encouraging read, especially because it’s something that I don’t hear every day coming out of Christians mouths. It really makes me stop and think about similar moments in my own life. In anticipation of finishing the edits for Napoli’s book, I would like to share.

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