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Thoughts From Gary Thomas

Dear Friends,

Have you ever sought to be still and simply "listen" to God? Sometimes I must confess that my "prayer time" (if I can call it that) seems like little more than a rushed time of intercession where I try to offer up request after request for those people who have asked me to pray for certain things. Yet, having fallen prey to that on more occasions than I care to count, I'm convinced that's not what prayer was intended to be. At least it's not ALL that prayer was intended to be.

When Jesus would go off alone to pray in an isolated place I find it hard to believe that all he did was bring His list of things people had asked Him to pray for and offer them up to God. I believe he spent as much time listening to God as He did speaking with God. It goes back to a definition of prayer I heard as a young believer: "Prayer is an intimate dialogue of speaking and listening which takes place between two persons who love each o…
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Thoughts From Nick Needham

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Today's 'thoughts" come from a long time ago! To be exact, they are dated to around 370-390 A.D. I was gifted a devotional book entitled, "The Early Church Fathers" by Nick Needham, and have found it extremely interesting. In fact, although I find that people today tend to think that modern folk are more intelligent than those who lived long ago, some of the writings I have already looked at have made me see how false that contemporary generalization can be.

Today's selections (I believe) are evidence of that. They are written by Gregory of Nyssa (335-394 A.D.). The introduction to his writings says, "He was one of the most profound and eloquent thinkers and writers on both the Trinity and Christian life... He sets before us the meaning of what it is to be Christian in language drenched in Scripture, heart-piercing and moving, and full of wisdom. He was unusual among early Christians for his outspoken rejection of slavery as i…

Thoughts From Chuck Swindoll

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I opened my email today to find the following “thought” sent to me by a friend from Honduras. As I happened to be searching for one to send out, I thought I would simply pass along the one she sent to me. (She must have known I have a busy week)! It is by Chuck Swindoll, and is taken from his book, “Great Days with the Great Lives.” This selection, entitled “It’s NOT About You!” is based on 2 Corinthians 12:2-10. I pass it along because it addresses an error that is rampant in the modern church – the idea that God’s “job” (in relation to us) is to build up our self-esteem and make us comfortable, happy, healthy and wealthy.
Swindoll’s thought, though contradicting that, is a much more biblically defensible position. It is far less popular, yet it is true. It’s not what many want to hear, but it is far more in line with God’s overall aim for us – that we be Christ-like, godly, and God-dependent people in whom the image of God (deformed by humanities fall int…

15 Thoughts

Dear Friends,

Today I offer you 15 thoughts to ponder. They are from various authors past and present. I trust that even though some may not 'hit the spot' for you, others will. Enjoy.

"If your God never disagrees with you, you may just be worshipping an idealized version of yourself."
Tim Keller
"By depicting a Samaritan helping a Jew, Jesus could not have found a more forceful way to say that anyone at all in need, regardless of race, politics, class and religion, is your neighbor. Not everyone is your brother or sister in the faith, but everyone is your neighbor, and you must love your neighbor."
Tim Keller

"We are prone to inscribe our trials in marble and write our blessings in sand."
Charles Spurgeon

"Morality may keep you out of jail, but it takes the blood of Jesus Christ to keep you out of hell."
Charles Spurgeon

"If you never heal from what hurt you, you'll a…

Thoughts From John Piper

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Today you will read very few words from me! I will simply turn your attention to the selection for today, found below. It is a little longer than usual, and I know that in our “60 Second Culture” a mere glance at a longer post is enough reason to pass it by – even if it is really good! And this one is. It is by Jon Bloom, author and co-founder of Desiring God, a ministry most commonly associated with the more well-known author and pastor to John Piper. His post deals with what is going on in our country, and (in my humble opinion) is worth the read, long or not! Enjoy.
Groaning, Waiting, Hoping. How To Live In A Fallen Fragile World.

“A late verdant spring is at this moment giving way to a lush early summer in Minnesota, the state where I have sojourned these nearly 55 years. Walking outside on a fair morning, when the brilliant new variegated greens of the trees and grasses are bursting with life, when a gorgeous spectrum of colorful…

Thoughts From A Few Less-Well-Known Writers

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Today I thought I would give you a couple "thoughts" from virtually unknown authors. Sometimes we look to well-known or best-selling authors for inspiration and challenging thoughts. But popularity is not proof of virtue, and some false teachers have an immense number of followers. The first thought is a very helpful admonition regarding prayer, and the second a helpful way to respond to loss. I trust you will find helpful advice in both. (I have taken the liberty to update and clarify both.) Enjoy.

"Among arguments that encourage the necessity of daily prayer remains the fact that Christ enjoins us to petition for "daily" bread. New bread, as we know, is the best. And in a spiritual sense our bread every day given, as a new and hot blessing, is daily requested and bestowed by God. Manna was to be gathered daily, and not provisionally hoarded up. Their attempts to store it up so as to avoid the need to collect it daily, led to it turning r…

Thoughts From J.I. Packer

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Today I send out a "thought" from one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century - J. I. Packer. He is one of my favorites. I have at least 15 of his books! These are simply some thoughts on knowing God and His guidance for our lives. I trust you might find them helpful. Enjoy.
"Every time we mention God we become theologians, and the only question is whether we are going to be good ones or bad ones. A little knowledge of God is worth more than a great deal of knowledge about him... [In fact] What matters supremely, is not, in the last analysis, the fact that I know God, but the larger fact which underlies it – the fact that he knows me... Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life’s problems fall into place of their own accord.
How can we turn our knowledge about God into knowledge of God? The rule for doing this is simple but demanding. It is that we turn each truth that we learn abo…