Monthly Archives: May 2011

Reclaiming the dream

To pray for God’s will on earth is to embrace His will in my life.  No prayer can be sincere for the whole if it omits or ignores the power of an individual.  “If you think that one person can’t make a difference, … Continue reading

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Heavenly living

“Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  “I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of Him who sent me.”  (John :38)  What is life like in heaven?  What … Continue reading

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His higher will

“Thy will be done.”  People who pray this prayer often know only one side of it, the resignation.  Jesus in Gethsemane is our template.  He accepts pain.  He submits to loss.  He prays, “not my will but thine be done”.  But … Continue reading

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Calling Him Father

If I call God King, He may say that I have been a rebellious subject and refuse to hear me.   If I call God Creator, He may say that I have fallen short of His purpose and ignore my … Continue reading

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The spirit of adoption

Romans 8 speaks of “the spirit of adoption by which we cry ‘Abba Father’ “.  What is the spirit of adoption?   It is a combination of faith that knows God to be Father, love that loves Him as Father,  joy that relaxes in … Continue reading

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Brothers and Sisters

When we become aware of our Father, we become aware of our brothers and sisters.  Jesus does not teach us to pray, “MY father”.  He teaches us to pray, “OUR Father”.  Every prayer, every morning is a consciousness of others … Continue reading

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Fully God’s Child

Today’s inspiring thought is from Charles Spurgeon.  There are no degrees of sonship.  Either we are a children or we are not.  No one is “almost” or “partly” a member of God’s family.  The elder brother was not more related to the father than … Continue reading

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Childlike love

If our sonship (through adoption) assures us of God’s love, it also requires love from us.  It is natural and right for a child to love his/her Father.  What do we think of a child who repays a parent’s love with … Continue reading

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The spirit of adoption

Yesterday (at FBCSA) we spoke of parents.  We considered the courageous promises that we must make so as to fulfill our duties to God and our children.  Did the Spirit of God speak to you, calling new commitments from your heart?   Today … Continue reading

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A healthy fear

“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”  Other than the encouragement of the Lord, why do Christians pray these words?  Because we are afraid that we will not stand in temptation.  Because we know ourselves to be weak … Continue reading

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