Newly edited version 3-9-12. There are many contradictory beliefs about God that claim to be the truth. But since truth never contradicts itself, who really has the truth? Utilizing objective evidence like a detective does in an investigation, the facts point to the one belief that can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. One truth that applies to everyone if they believe it or not. Follow the evidence and see for yourself.
Setting feelings and what others believe aside for a moment learn why objective evidence is the best way to find truth in any investigation, including the truth about God. See for yourself exactly why Christianity is the most reasonable belief available based on the facts and why it applies to everyone, everywhere even if they do not believe it. Learn the two things we all encounter daily that the Bible states is absolute proof of God's existence and leave every person without excuse, even those who have never read the Bible. Learn why trying to be a good person is not good enough.
Weigh the objective evidence for yourself and make a reasonable decision about God and then pass the evidence on to others so they can discover the truth. Everyone deserves the opportunity to examine the evidence for themselves.
Perfect for the seeker and the believer who want to eliminate doubts and have a reasonable assurance that their faith is actually placed in the truth. If you are a believer you have an obligation to share the truth. Let this book show your friends and family the sound foundation your belief rests upon.
It's not about religion, it's about truth.
GOD-TRACKING IS RESOLVING CONFLICT IN HUMBLE TRUTH by Dudley Anderson 12/05/2014 / Devotionals
A story is told of a terrible conflict that arose between two men in a small village. Unable to resolve their disagreement the men decided to visit the wise elder who lived in the hills. One day the first man carefully recounted his story to the sage to which the old man replied, "You are absolutely right." The next day the second man made his way up the hills to sit at the elder's feet. He told his side of the story with much passion to which the old man replied, "You are absolutely right." After he left the elder's wife scolded her husband, "Those two men told you two conflicting stories yet you told them both that they were absolutely right. That's impossible. How can they both be absolutely right?" The sage turned to his dear old wife and said, "You're absolutely right."
In every conflict there are always two sides of a story. For each person his side of the story is always absolutely right. Yet this is indeed, impossible. For the most part, conflict is so often based on two central criteria: pride and perception. So often, in a disagreement, one man may perceive the situation to be true while the other may perceive it to be false. Then pride settles in and claims, "I'm absolutely right and you're absolutely wrong!" resulting in conflict and confrontation. However, in every real conflict there can be always only one absolutely right storythe truth!
Jesus said, "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." He also said that he was the Truth. In the book of Ephesians we are told to put on the whole armour of God, part of which is the belt of truth buckled around our waists. Only the truth will resolve a conflict, because the truth is absolute and the truth will out! The truth never needs to be defended. The truth only needs to be born testimony of. The truth will set the heart of conflict free but only if that heart is not being strangled by arrogant pride. Pride comes before a fall while God will exalt the humble.
Therefore, in every skirmish you face be sure to humble your heart before God (since God knows the truth) and subscribe to the truth. If you are in the wrong then repent and correct your opinion. If you are walking in truth then you never need fear conflict. The Lord watches over the truth, because he is the Truth. So, be still and don't fret when evil appears to prevail. God will vindicate the truth, always!
God-tracking is resolving conflict in humble truth.
It's all in the Book John 8:31-36 John 14:6 Ephesians 6:10-18 Proverbs 16:18 James 4:10 Psalm 37
Cheerfulness can be contagious or annoying. When I worked in a factory I don't know how many times I'd go in before daylight with a smile on my face and greet a fellow employee with a warm and friendly "good morning, " only to receive the comeback, "what's so good about it?" I guess I'm considered to be a morning person. I get up early, prepare for the day and by the time I take my first drink of coffee I've already showered, shaved, dressed, taken out the trash and fed the cat. By the time I do all of that I'm good and awake and ready to conquer the day.
Some folks are like me and others aren't. The morning can be tough. I can understand that and there's nothing wrong with those who aren't morning people; it's just a difference in personalities. But each of us in our own way must learn the art of cheerfulness.
Now don't get me wrong; I'm not always the cheerful, happy-go-lucky guy. There are days that I'm as grumpy as an old alley cat. I sleep the wrong way, or don't get enough sleep, or I get stuck with a job that I really don't want to do, or (once again, leave it to me to bring it around to food see; I just can't help myself) I'm hungry. Just ask my wife, Debbie she'll tell you all about it. When this happens a good "attitude adjustment" is in order. If I don't catch my grumpiness Debbie will let me know about it and frankly, I'm glad she does because no one likes an old grump!
Being cheerful is encouraging. Others see it in us and they want what we have. Cheerfulness is a very important trait if we want to be a successful Christian. This doesn't mean that we have to fain happiness all the time. We should never put up a front. If we aren't cheerful we shouldn't pretend to be cheerful. But once we realize that we aren't cheerful we should be doing some investigating to find out why we aren't cheerful.
Two verses of scripture come to mind when talking about the subject of cheerfulness. The first is found in Proverbs 15:13. It says, "A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken." Happiness makes us cheerful. If we aren't happy then we need to find out why and then figure out what to do about it. Of course, once we find out why then doing something about it becomes much easier. When we know the root of our problem three-fourths of the battle is won.
This verse also talks about a broken spirit. There is only one time when our spirits should be broken and that's when we come to the Lord in our salvation experience. Our broken spirit allows us to submit ourselves to Jesus Christ. From that time on our spirit should not be broken because if it is then that's a sure sign that our heart has been made sorrowful. Too much sorrow can destroy us.
The second verse is found in 2 Corinthians 9:7. It says, "So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver." This verse is normally quoted when we're talking about money. When we think of giving that's usually what comes first to mind. It does include that but there is a host of other ways we give. Giving includes not only money but also time, our services, sharing our knowledge and ourselves. The gifts or talents God has put into us are there not to be locked away but to be shared given to others. If we give, as the verse says, grudgingly or because we have too, it usually doesn't do much for us. Being made to give isn't really giving. But when it's something we want to do then our heart our spirit is made cheerful. We enjoy helping others. We feel needed when we can share a gift God has given to us. It will make us cheerful and when we are cheerful we are happy. When we are happy other people around us notice it and it sets the stage for them to want happiness as well. Being cheerful is another trait necessary to make us a successful believer in Christ. So, cheer up!
Jerry D. Ousley is the Author of five books, "Soul Challenge", "Soul Journey" "Ordeal" "The Spirit Bread Daily Devotional" and his first novel "The Shoe Tree." Find out more by visiting www.spiritbread.com or email us at email@example.com
When my daughter Jericho was a freshman in college, she suffered a terrible injury which required months of recuperation and rehabilitation, and left her with a permanent disability. During the long weeks of her recovery at home, I wrestled constantly with negative emotions and depression. I doubt that anyone knew what spiritual distress I was in; I became very adept at masking my pain.
One bleak Sunday morning, I was acutely feeling my separation from God. I was still angry with Him for allowing Jericho to be hurt, but even more, I was missing God and the relationship with Him that I had previously cherished. I play piano during the morning worship, and when the time came for congregational prayer, I slipped away from the piano and knelt at the altar in tears, wordlessly appealing to my Heavenly Father for comfort and forgiveness.
The piano is very near the altar, so I was kneeling there alone for several seconds while the pastor finished his invitation to the congregation to come and pray. While my spirit reached out to God, my mind was aware of the sound of many others coming forward to kneel. Being the well-brought-up Christian woman that I was, I did not peek, but I heard and felt several others, settling in all around me and even in front of me. I remember thinking (even as I prayed) that there were more people than usual praying there that morning, and that the needs must be great.
As the pastor’s prayer came to a close, a supernatural peace settled on my heart, and the heaviness lifted from my spirit. God and I were going to be all right. I opened my eyes and prepared to rise, expecting to see several friends making their way back to their pews. Instead, I was surprised to see that I was the only person at the altar, except for the pastor down at the other end.
Now, I am skeptical and somewhat disapproving of our popular culture’s current preoccupation with angels. Nevertheless—I believe that God sent several angels to pray with me that morning. I believe that He allowed me to hear and feel them settling in around me. I believe that it was they who bore my burden back to the Heavenly Father. Thank You, Father, for the brush of angels’ wings! My prayer for each of you is that at some point in your suffering,
About the Author Jan Ackerson is a Christian who has traveled though sorrow and depression, and has found victory and grace. She dedicates all writings to her Heavenly Father. Contact Jan for writing projects at firstname.lastname@example.org
I Love You Lord
Additional Lyrics Existing Lyrics I love you Lord because you first loved me You gave your life And you set me free Freedom from sin And from death's dark door You give life and joy to me For evermore
I love you lord And I lift my voice to worship you all my soul rejoices take joy my king in what you hear let it be a sweet sweet sound in your ear I love you Lord Just for who You are The God of love, Personified in the Son The Judge of all Ever wise and true Creator of heav'n and earth The oceans so blue
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Existing Lyrics I love you Lord because you first loved me You gave your life And you set me free Freedom from sin And from death's dark door You give life and joy to me For evermore
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