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Encouraging Thoughts

  1. Hebrews 4:12

    “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” I like very much how sometimes authors use vivid pictures to describe ideas. Here, apostle Paul describes the power of the Word of God. Especially for those living at the time when the apostle Paul wrote this, a double-edged sword represents a powerful weapon. It has the power to destroy...
  2. Isaiah 41:10

    It is important to realize who is talking and to whom. This is God himself talking through the prophet Isaiah to his people. The verses which precede verse 10 make it clear that God is always in control of everything around us, and He is the only one true God, regardless of the human imagination. Whatever his most prized creation can come up with will never take place of the Creator of all things. Knowing this, it is comforting to know that He always helps, protects and rescues those...
  3. Isaiah55:6-7

    “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.” ‭‭ It happens to me a lot that I lose my keys, for example, or my wallet, knowing where it was initially, but somehow overlooking it. As I start searching, the search soon turns into a desperate quest, and I even turn upside down places in the house...
  4. John 4:19-26

    This passage about worship is split into two parts; the first part is about how we see worship before God, while the second part is about how God would like to see us worshipping him. If we were to ask anybody what the definition of worship is, it would probably sound something like “certain rituals done in a place assigned for such purpose, like churches, synagogues, mosques, etc.”. We tend to think of worship as something between God and us only, and to a certain extent, this is true....
  5. “I stand trial for the hope of the promise made by God”

    I’ve been studying in Acts 25 where Paul appears before Fetus. For me this passage has been so necessary in connection with 2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether you be in faith... Acts 25:19 But had certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead, ...whom Paul affirmed to be alive. In summary here Paul is being brought up on charges for affirming “He lives” ...on trial for the hope of God who said that the messiah would suffer and be the...
  6. Philippians 3:15-16

    "All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained." What is the view that all of us should have? In the previous verses, Apostle Paul talks about the importance of knowing Christ: "I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining...
  7. The Light Of The World

    By Victor Remes The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. - John 1:9 Season's Greeting my Fellow Warriors, I know this year has been a lot and some of us would like to forget it this; I know you all agree! From the pandemic caused by the global virus, and just seeing or hearing about people dying. I know some of us have been battling anxiety, depression, financial difficulties and the fear about what tomorrow may even look like. Even Christmas looks...
  8. ISAIAH 12; 2,3 A MIDRASH

    A commentary on Isaiah 12
  9. Staying Healthy From Diseases & Sicknesses Through Faith

    A Christian must pray for both spiritual and physical strength to live according to the will of God.
  10. Hebrews 12:1

    "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us..." Imagine yourself in a running competition against others. Everybody is on the starting line ready to run, and so are you with one exception: you are all tied up, and you can barely hop. This competition would not be fair. Although you might be in perfect shape, there is this...
  11. Isaiah 43:2

    "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." Have you ever passed through circumstances that seemed to be more than you could carry, and it seemed that there is no way out--and if at least everything ended with "no way out*, it would have been a best case scenario, but things seemed to get even worse? As I was reading...
  12. Numbers 6:24-26

    “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”  We always say that we are blessed when things go "right", but not when they go "wrong". We tend to interpret one thing or another as "blessing" in our own terms rather wait to see what happens in the long run. It is always easier to see after coming out of a trial how God worked, but for that, one needs patience and not be quick to say...
  13. Hebrews 11:6 NIV

    "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." Have you ever tried to be pleasing to someone you love, especially when you know that "someone" loves you very much, and you wouldn't dare hurt him or her? At one point in this love affair you keep wondering what else you could do to prove your faithfulness to that loved one, as if everything you have done was not enough. The...
  14. Matthew 28:19 NIV

    "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit..." A song from Matthew West depicts a conversation between the author of the song and God, where the author says, "God, why don't you do something?", and God says, "I did; I created you." Many times we want to see God work as we idly stand by and watch life unfold around us. After all, it's God's job to do as He pleases, and therefore, things are out of our...
  15. Colossians 3:1-3 NIV

    "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God." Teaching his disciples, Jesus said at one point "Where you treasure is, the your heart is also." For someone who lives this life for here and now, the treasures are the richest of this world, which can be stolen and often times cause a lot of...
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