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Activated September 2011

Solutions to Problems - September 2011

How far will God go in helping you find answers to your questions and solutions to your problems? You may be surprised at these answers.
 

01-09-2011
Escaping Quicksand
Escaping Quicksand

Long before a giant shark attacked its first victim in Jaws, before Indiana Jones stumbled onto his first booby trap, and before computer graphics breathed new life into zombies, one of the most terrifying scenes on the big screen was when someone stepped into quicksand. No Tarzan movie was complete until he had rescued some innocent soul from certain death in that awful ooze or the villain’s final breath had gurgled to the surface.

Like that quicksand, problems sometimes threaten to suck us under. The harder we struggle, the deeper we sink. But things are rarely as bad as they seem....

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01-09-2011
Walking On the Great Orme
Walking On the Great Orme

The day dawned fine as I set out to walk up the Great Orme, a limestone headland on the north coast of Wales. I walked along cheerfully in glorious sunshine, map in hand. The Great Orme stood firm, unchanged.

The road upon which I walked led me around the edge of the headland. The gentle sea breeze was invigorating at first, but soon a wind blew up over the sea and storm clouds gathered overhead. In minutes my coat was becoming heavy with rain. The Great Orme stood firm, unchanged.

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01-09-2011
How Much Does God Care?
How Much Does God Care?

Within the span of a week, I heard three people say three different things that got me thinking about God’s involvement in my life.

Person one said that he didn’t know if God actually cares about what we do, and that He may not be particularly interested in the choices we make beyond accepting salvation, especially the less important ones.

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01-09-2011
The Anchor
The Anchor

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast.—Hebrews 6:19

 

We have someone in whom we can rest assured, eternally secure. We know that God is watching out for us wherever we are and whatever we’re doing. We have that anchor. It hardly matters what happens around us on the constantly changing sea of life. We can survive it and surmount it, because we have Him.—David Brandt Berg

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01-09-2011
The Trinity Conundrum
The Trinity Conundrum

In the middle of math class,one of my second graders made this startling declaration: “There is no God!”

Considering that this was a Christian school and Martin was the son of a pastor, I had to wonder how he had suddenly come to this conclusion in my classroom. When asked, he proclaimed, “My dad says that there’s God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, but also that there’s only one God. It makes no sense.”

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01-09-2011
Crisis of Faith
Crisis of Faith

Believing purely by faith, having no tangible evidence, is not a natural approach for everybody in all cases. Just as the Lord made people very different in their personalities and physical makeup, there are also different kinds of faith. Whether you need time and study to reach a place of belief, or whether you embrace concepts with little questioning, the goal is what counts—building a living faith.

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01-09-2011
Where to Start?
Where to Start?

A reflection on Bible reading

When I first found my faith as a young woman, I was told that I should read the Bible, but had no idea where to start. With other books, I was in the habit of glancing at the last few pages to find out how the story would end, but skimming the last pages of this book meant plunging into Revelation. That book made no sense to me whatsoever!

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01-09-2011
Finding Jesus in the Book of John
Finding Jesus in the Book of John

A key Bible verse is John 20:31: “These [words] are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” Jesus as the Son of God is one of the main themes of the book of John, along with faith and eternal life. John recorded what Jesus said even more than what He did.

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01-09-2011
The Gospel of John
The Gospel of John

Chapter 1: Christ, the Son of God

Chapter 2: Christ, the Son of Man

Chapter 3: Christ, the divine teacher

Chapter 4: Christ, the soul winner

Chapter 5: Christ, the Great Physician

Chapter 6: Christ, the Bread of Life

Chapter 7: Christ, the Water of Life

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01-09-2011
One Day at a Time
One Day at a Time

One of the greatest prayers ever taught goes back two thousand yearsand contains a simple point that helps me focus on living in the now: “Give us this day our daily bread.”

For 25 years, my dependence on alcohol and drugs took away my ability to enjoy life. I became so remorseful of the past and so fearful of the future that I was constantly terrorized by the thought of what another day might bring. Then, in that single sentence from the Bible, I found a whole new concept for living. When I live in the day, I’m freed from that...

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01-09-2011
You Are What You Memorize
You Are What You Memorize

You’re reading the Bible or an article that includes Scriptures, and a verse seems to jump off the page; it speaks to you in a special way, giving you encouragement, inspiration, or guidance. Sometimes, this realization comes in a flash of understanding—a eureka moment. Other times you get a sense that the verse you have just read holds special meaning for you, or that it applies to a specific situation or problem you face at the time. God gives us these special passages to increase our understanding of Him and His ways, and to provide a rock-solid foundation for our...

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01-09-2011
Bible Fans
Bible Fans

Many books in my library are now behind and beneath me. They were good in their way once, and so were the clothes I wore when I was ten years old; but I have outgrown them. Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.—Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834–1892), British preacher and writer

 

I have found in the Bible words for my inmost thoughts, songs for my joy, utterances for my hidden griefs, and pleadings for my shame and feebleness.—Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834), British poet

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01-09-2011
The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse

My Word is like the beacon of a lighthouse, shining in the darkness to guide vessels through the sometimes dark and stormy sea of life and into My safe harbor. I placed it on the shore, facing the sea, so that as many as possible will see its light and be drawn to Me.

You are like a sea captain piloting his ship through rough waters on a dark night. If you had no light, you could not see the shoreline and your ship could be dashed against the rocks and lost. But because I love you, I send out My...

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