We strongly need to see the manifest hand of God in what we are and what we do. We need to be sure He is pulling the load, bearing the burden—which we are all too ready to assume is up to us alone. We must understand that He is in charge of the outcome of our efforts, and that the outcome will be good, right. And all of this is encompassed in one biblical term, “Sabbath.”
Sabbath is a way of life. (Heb. 4:3 & 9-11) It sets us free from bondage to our own efforts. Only in this way can we come to the power and joy of a radiant life in ministry, a blessing to all we touch.
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Happy Wednesday, friends! It’s still high of 84 here, but I’m pulling strong for cooler weather. Below are a few things that have been filling my car on commutes, earbuds during workouts, speakers while I work.
ESV App Audio Bible
I have started listening to the Bible when I drive or walk around the neighborhood, and it’s been amazing! Refreshing. Like a blanket of God’s words around me, filling the air and breathing new energy.
Favorites: What We Cook When We Don’t Feel Like Cooking and Fat Isn’t Bad, Stupid is Bad
I have been inspired and drawn to worship of God with these videos of their live music set.
Her podcast is like talking with a friend; she is relatable and friendly and gives good advice. She’s also a journaler, so it was a quick ‘in’ for me.
Not necessarily a listen, but I loved this look into their upbringing, life, and love for the Lord.
“What immediately leaps to our mind when we see the word holiness?” asks Dane. “Austerity. Coldness. Grim-faced. Jaw-set. In one of his early sermons Edwards says, ‘Holiness is a most beautiful, lovely thing. Men are apt to drink in strange notions of holiness from their childhood as if it were a melancholy, morose, sour thing.’ But Edwards says there is nothing in holiness but what is sweet and ravishingly lovely. Sin is mire and filth. Holiness is sweet, lovely, delightful, serene, calm. That corrects me. Holiness is calming. It is the only route by which I can actually enjoy my life, because I am not delighting in the world’s fraudulent offers of happiness. Holiness is quietly thrilling. Where else would you want to live but in the brightness of holiness?” Desiring God
Sin is the insanity of forsaking the pursuit of your pleasure in God. Here’s the text: Jeremiah 2:12-13: “Be appalled O heavens, be shocked. Be utterly desolate, says the Lord. For my people have committed two great evils. They have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters and have hewed out for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water.”
Tell me, what is evil? The definition of evil, that which appalls the universe, that causes the angels of God to say, “No! It can’t be!”…what is it?
It is looking at God, the fountain of all-satisfying, living water, and saying “No thank you,” and turning to the television, sex, parties, booze, money, prestige, a house in the suburbs, a vacation, a new computer program, and saying “Yes!” That’s insane! And it causes all heaven to be appalled, according to Jeremiah 2:12.
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