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Most Up-Lifting Verses: I’m Afraid

Most Up-Lifting Verses:
This is a series of posts on some of the most up-lifting verses in the Bible. In this post, I’ll cover the idea or concept:
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I’m Afraid
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Most everyone that knows me knows that I am former military. I’m not proud of that but it did make me very sure of myself so I’m not afraid of much the physical world. However, when it comes to sharing my faith with others, I’ve always been afraid. …afraid that I’ll say the wrong thing. …afraid that I’ll offend the other person. …afraid that I’ll drive them further away from Christ. This is the verse that I try to keep in mind when a sharing opportunity arises:

Just Under the Surface of The Lord's Prayer

Is the Lord’s Prayer just a simple prayer to teach your kids or is it a massively deep and complex prayer for the disciple? Well, I’d have to say, BOTH. I always thought that the Lord’s Prayer was just kid’s stuff probably, because I was taught it and memorized it as a kid in Sunday school. However, I look at it today and just under the surface are some very deep and powerful ideas.

Most Up-Lifting Verses: Nobody Loves Me

Most Up-Lifting Verses:
This is a series of posts on some of the most up-lifting verses in the Bible. In this post, I’ll cover an idea or concept.

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Nobody Loves Me
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I have mentioned before that I have a bunch of verses on my cubical wall. Someone, I don’t member who, sent the list to me in an email several years ago and they have been a “God send”.  The list is broken into three columns “You Say” (the issue), “God Says” (the solution) and “Bible Verses” (the proof). After reading Dan Durham’s Facebook post (http://www.facebook.com/dan.durham.315/posts/4977131472168) on the approaching holidays and the lonely ones around us, I looked at my list to see if there was anything in that category and this jumped out at me: “You Say: ‘Nobody Loves Me’ God Says: ‘I Love You’” and lists John 3:16.

I think that there are a lot of other verses that should go with John 3:16 so I’ll add these...

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The Sprit of God

In the King James, Gen.1:2b says "the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." Was this "God the Spirit"- a third of the trinity - or - the power & presence of God Himself? Let’s see how it reads in some other translations. "And God's spirit hovered over the water` (no capital "S" for "spirit") — from the Jerusalem Bible. The respected Revised Standard Version says "the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters" with a footnote for "Spirit" saying "Or wind’. (So if you go with the footnote in the RSV, it says "the wind of God...

Most Up-Lifting Verses: Proverbs 3:5-6

Most Up-Lifting Verses:
This is a series of posts on some of the most up-lifting verses in the Bible.
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Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
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My take:
As in other articles, I’m going to break this one into a couple of bites.

The Christian Man and Relationships

Last Friday I had a long phone conversation with an old friend mainly on the topic of relationships. In that conversation, we hit on a couple of verses that I wanted to share with everyone. Both my friend and I are men. This article is written by and for men; but women are welcome to read along. Read close, this is some powerful stuff.

"Most Up-Lifting" Verses: 1 Corinthians 10:13

"Most Up-Lifting" Verses:
This is a series of posts on some of the most up-lifting verses in the Bible.
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1 Corinthians 10:13
"No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it."

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My take:
This verse, like most in this series needs to be taken in small bite sized chunks.

The Bites:

  1. “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man”.
    This gives me great personal relief because (from the point of view of temptation) I’m no different than everyone else. We all have temptation. Some temptations will be stronger to me than to you but we all have them. Temptation is a common human trait.
  2. “God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able”.
    God loves us weak little humans and God is faithful to us. He will not allow us to be temped [tested] beyond what we can bear. We CAN bear it! Resisting temptation (key word RESISTING) will not be fun; will not be easy but we CAN bear it.
  3. “but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it”.
    When temptation comes, a way out/around/through the temptation will also present itself. God provides this, not us, not our friends, not the government, not your pastor. They are often helpful resources to point you to the way provided but GOD PROVIDES.

"Most Up-Lifting" Verses: John 16:33

"Most Up-Lifting" Verses:
This is a series of posts on some of the most up-lifting verses in the Bible.
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John 16:33
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
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I think this is one of the most up-lifting verses for a few reasons:
1. Jesus is telling me that
ALL Christians WILL HAVE Trouble (capital 'T'). It's not just me. I'm not doing it wrong ...if anything I'm doing it right.

2. No matter what comes my way. Jesus has "been there, done that" ...and WON! ...and I (being in Jesus) have already won. The world is still fighting a battle that Jesus won for us over 2000 years ago.

Our Election

The 2012 USA Presidential election is over — and like him or not, President Obama has been re-elected. What should our response be? Peter says (l Peter 2:17), "Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king." ("King" comes from a Greek word that means foundation of power). Peter, who addresses his readers as the "Elect" (1:2), says we are to "honor the king/president". That doesn’t mean we can’t respectfully disagree on certain issues!

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