Scripture (in particular the Psalms) commands us repeatedly to "Praise the Lord"; so much so that many wonder if God is the ultimate narcissist. If we dig a little deeper, we will find a God who is not only the opposite of narcissism, but also one who commands praise for our good moreso than His.
Author: Dave Willcock (Dave Willcock)
In Isaiah 57 God speaks through the prophet Isaiah concerning the righteous and wicked. He tells us that He leads us through crisis to restoration and healing; working to bring forth in us the fruit of humilty and contrition.
In 1 Corinthians 14 Paul tells us that we should "eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit", but "especially prophecy". What is the nature of the prophecy Paul is referring to, and how does it work? These are things we want know so we can experience and share in the blessings of the gift of prophecy together.
When Moses and his generation pass away, Joshua picks up where he left off. Sadly, after Joshua passes, the people adandon the Lord and turn to idolatry. What happened? Rescent research shows there are several practices among all youth who are "resilient disciples". These timeless practices were just as effective in Moses day as they are in ours. The scriptures indicate Moses succeeded in these where Joshua failed.
This year it seems like there is an increased discussion in the media and among people about the anxiety and depression that surrounds the Christmas season for many who have experienced grief and other difficulties. In tonight's meditation we take a look and John chapter 1 and think about the incarnation of Christ and practices that help quell the anxieties we face.