Do you struggle with God in prayer?

I was listening to a Christian radio program while driving home the other day, and started thinking about how I often struggle with God over things in prayer.  Sometimes that can be a good thing! ...more

Classic Myths to Read Aloud: The Book

Classic Greek and Roman Mythology as a Learning Tool ...more

Chameleon Christians

  All through my childhood years, I have always heard that we ought to be set apart and not conformed to this world. Although I understood what my elders were trying to relay to me, I also felt that they used the verse to keep us from mingling with the other denominations (but that’s a matter in and of itself). I was watching a sermon one night and the speaker used the same verse but put a twist to it that I have never heard before....more

Talk of the Town

Let go of me” she must have said as they dragged her out of the room and through the streets. “Stop it, your hurting me.” She said. They continued dragging her through the crowd and threw her on the ground. Right there in the center of the crowd laid Mary Magdalene. I could just imagine the pain and shame she felt as the lawmen rallied to have her stoned. “What will become of me? I don’t want to die this way.” She must have thought. “He said he loved me, why is he now chanting with them.” She cried. Then the crowd grew silent. ...more

When the Spirit Sings…

So yesterday my family and I set out to put in an application for an apartment. I filled out the form and handed it to the young lady. She took it and put in a rolodex and told us Debbie would get back to us. I was a bit disappointed that we weren’t shown some immediate options. However, I quickly reminded myself that God has a plan and I needed to wait on Him. ...more

It’s greater than feelings

“It’s 5pm! YES!” Another day of work ended and I was elated. It was a long and packed day but the good Lord brought me through it. I began packing up and realized that I had class tonight. Even worse, it’s my Theological Survey class which is a bit challenging. “But I’m soo tired. I can barely keep my eyes open.” I said to myself. “Can’t I just skip tonight? I’ll make it up.” ...more

Deathbed Conversion

When my grandma was dying, my born-again Christian mother was very concerned about the state of her soul. One day, after staying by her side for days and days, Mom asked Grandma if she would care to invite Jesus into her heart as her personal savior.Grandma said, "I'm kinda like S____ [that is, *me*, her granddaughter]. I don't like anyone bossing me."I am flattered by this story, because my grandma and I share this in common. We don't want to believe in Mom's religion. We're not Christians. It's a fact....more

I have a story to tell you about my grandmother. She was of a rabid sect of protestant flavor ...more

Alone at Christmas - Silent, Silent Night

Alone at Christmas - Silent, Silent Night - Last post before Christmas - God is with you all - may you know it well -  Find the rest of this article at Deeper w/Jesus in RI http://loristanleyroeleveld.blogspot.com/ See you there!...more

'Tis Better to Receive - The Scandal of Christmas

'Tis better to receive - the true scandal of Christmas!  Find out why at Deeper with Jesus in Rhode Island at http://loristanleyroeleveld.blogspot.com/ See you there!...more

Prince of Peace

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder.   And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”    (Isaiah 9:6)  I don’t know about you, but I desperately need an extra measure of peace in our day and time, especially during the holiday season.  The biblical key to peace is Christ’s Authority!  Webster defines “peace” in this way:  a state of tranquility or quiet; a state of security or order within a community; a state or period of mutual concord; without strife or disorder…  When the Lord Jesus becomes your Lord and Savior, you gain access to His peace.  The Book of Isaiah uses the word peace 26 times. God promised the nation of Israel peace when they returned wholeheartedly to the Lord.  Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”  In 32:17 Isaiah tells us, “The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.”  Again in Isaiah 48:17-18 & 22, “Thus says the Lord, you Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.  Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea’…’There is no peace,’ says the Lord, ‘for the wicked.’”  The apostle Paul concluded the book of II Thessalonians with this benediction, “Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.”  Ephesians 2:14 states, “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of division between us.”  Paul also says in Philippians 4:7, “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” More importantly, Jesus Himself says in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  When you have Jesus as the center of your life, He is the “still water” and tranquility you need to sustain you in a world of turmoil and chaos.  He is our example of peace and our inspiration for peace.  When we make peace with Jesus, we are no longer at enmity with God.  Our salvation guarantees us peace forever with our Creator.  Jesus becomes our peace as we bend our knee to His Authority.  Because He is the Vine and we are the branches (John 15), we are to receive that peace from His reservoir.  Peace comes to those who gladly receive downstream, that which Jesus begins upstream.   We find our security in Who He is.  Colossians 3:15 says, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”  He is the source of a peace that surpasses all understanding…  ...more
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