It is apparently #NationalWhistleblowerDay and so it was fitting that Facebook served up this old status “memory” of mine from this day 12 years ago:
[Timothy] is thankful God comes along for the ride in adversity.
2009 was an incredibly hard year (understatement of understatements). That “adversity” I referred to was finding myself in the storm trying to stand against the onslaught of a spiritually abusive leader (see the related posts I’ve attached to this entry). Unfortunately I’ve encountered others since and I’ve met an awful lot of people who have been hurt by such leaders. Pray for those who are facing such things now. May we all stand against the abuse of power in the Church that is Jesus’s and His alone.
God does come along for the ride. He is with us and I pray that everyone who might feel alone — maybe someone reading this tonight — might know that God does this and He never sides with abuse.
What should we believe about God’s Word? What does God’s Word tell us about itself? How should we approach it if people have used God’s Word to hurt us? Those are questions we turn to as we dig into the next subject of “Pieces of Faith:” God’s Word.
Merry Christmas (in July)! I couldn’t resist jingling all the way into 1 Corinthians today! Oh what fun it is to share God’s Word with you! 🎄
Do I see myself as I am? Do I see how God sees me? Tonight on Steadfast, we look at those important questions and how God turns the “Fall from Grace” on its head.
Jim takes us to Hosea to think about how we fail to take God seriously and live in accordance to His will. It’s a great, challenging message worth a few moments of your time.
Central Asia has another nation starting to stan for religious freedom.
“In Kazakhstan, all denominations can freely follow their religion,” said Yerzhan Nukezhanov, chairman of the committee for religious affairs, “and we will continue to create all necessary conditions for religious freedom.”
And, that is a truly fantastic pun to start the story on this fantastic news.
Jim Krenning and I reflect on the prayer walk before we jump back into the journey for one more loop on the “prayer walk trail.” It isn’t too late to share this wonderful time in prayer with our God during the FaithTree Online Community Prayer Walk!
Let’s turn to Romans 12:11-12 and think about what God calls us to and how we get to see that at the FaithTree Online Community Prayer Walk day today.
It’s FaithTree Online Community Prayer Walk day… 🙏🚶🏻 So, as we come to the afternoon, I wanted to share a bit of encouragement on prayer from Psalm 141.
Why did God create me? How does understanding who God is help us to better understand His love for us? As we begin a new series looking at core beliefs the Bible teaches, we start at the one who starts everything: God. (If you’re interested, we’re working our way through the Little Hills/FaithTree statement of faith — you can check that out and then we’ll cover a portion of it each week by looking at what the Bible teaches on that subject.)