God Always Has A Purpose

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TransformedBack on June 22, 2013, I wrote a blog post titled, The Problem of Evil–Habakkuk Revisited.” It opened with the following paragraph:

Where is God in the midst of injustice, suffering, and evil? That question has echoed down through the ages and is still being asked today by both skeptics and believers alike. The skeptics point to it as some sort of proof that God doesn’t really exist, and the believers ask it because they don’t understand where God is in the midst of great tragedy, injustice, and evil.

We don’t have to look very far to see that evil is exploding all over our world today, especially in the Middle East right now. However, God did not create nor does He sanction evil. In fact, He cannot look on evil nor can He be a part of it. However, it is clear that evil exists. So let’s…

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Culture at the Crossroads

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Sara again, hits the mark . . .

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crossroadsDr. David Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California, wrote a book titled, I Never Thought I’d See the Day! Culture at the Crossroads,” published in Oct. 2011, and a #1 New York Times bestseller. It is the fourth book in a series of books (all New York Times bestsellers) he wrote titled Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World,” (2009); What in the World is Going On?: 10 Prophetic Clues You Cannot Afford to Ignore,” (2010); and The Coming Economic Armageddon: What Bible Prophecy Warns about the New Global Economy,” (August 2011). A prolific author, his latest book, Agents of the Apocalypse: A Riveting Look at the Key Players of the End Times,” published in October 2014, is also a #1 New York Times bestseller.

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Born in the USA

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I love Sara’s honesty about facing difficulties for the past several years. Please, do not read ANY complaints in her comments, but rather, the reality of what she has experienced. Yet, through it all, her Lord has sustained her, even during the most difficult times. THAT is what I hope you read in her comments.

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Statue-of-libertyI used to be a career professional in higher education (at colleges and universities). I was a dissertation away from a doctorate in education (Ed.D.) in adult education in the mid-90’s from Nova Southeastern University. I earned a Master of Science degree (M.S.) in Education with a specialization in Higher Education/Student Personnel Services from Iowa State University (which is well known for its higher education graduate programs) in August 1991. I also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) from Iowa State in Art & Design (with a departmental minor in Psychology) which I received in 1985. I was an adult student in college before the term even became popular. And I went to college on the G.I. Bill. I went through the U.S. Army’s basic training program and was stationed in South Korea after Basic Training and AIT (Advanced Individual Training) as a Transportation Movements Specialist (71N20). I…

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Always Pray and Don’t Give Up

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I wrote the following blog post on November 3, 2013, and after reading it again a few moments ago, I decided now was a good time to reblog it as I’ve just passed the 6th Anniversary date (two days ago) of when I lost my job in Houston that has left me unemployed for all this time. Yesterday was the first day of my 7th year of unemployment, and now I have a significant housing issue (see comment box at the end of this post for an explanation re: the housing issue) to add to it that started in late September 2014 and is still ongoing. I’m reblogging this particular blog post written a year and a half ago in case you are in the midst of a major trial that never seems to end (and I totally sympathize with you), I think you will find the information to be…

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Truth Divorced From Life

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Jude v25For those of us who profess to be Christian, why do we worship God? What is it about Jesus Christ that we claim we cling to while singing our worship songs on Sunday morning? Unfortunately, it often does not follow us throughout the rest of our week in our interactions with others and in the midst of our own self-seeking ways. And “being nice” is no proof of genuine Christianity as anyone is capable of “being nice” if they choose to be. Our actions (and the motives behind them) lived out on a daily basis can give us some clues as to the depth, or lack of it, regarding our true feelings for and about God. Merely looking and acting “religious” on the outside (for the benefits of others and ourselves) has nothing to do with the truth.

In a devotion by A.W. Tozer (1897-1963) titled, “Truth Divorced From Life,”

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Put Away Compromise

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Folks, you must read this and allow the Word of God to search your heart!

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Compromise-WDGSACompromise . . . how many times in a day do we find ourselves compromising on things we say we believe in? Three of the definitions for “compromise” stated in TheFreeDictionary.com are (1) a weakening or reduction of one’sprinciples or standards; (2) to reducethequality,value, or degree of something,such as one’sideals; and (3) an exposure of one’sgoodname,reputation,etc, to injury. (Quote source here.)

In answer to the question, “What does the Bible have to say about compromise?” GotQuestions?org states the following in their answer (full article available at this link):

To compromise is to make concessions or accommodations for someone who does not agree with a prevalent set of standards or rules. The Bible makes it clear that God does not condone compromising His standards . . . . Not compromising requires our unswerving submission to Him and to Him…

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Faith, Obedience, and a Light Burden

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Faith and obedience in the Christian life go hand in hand. We cannot have one without the other. As Rick Warren states in his devotion titled, Show Your Faith By Obedience:

Jesus calls us to a level of intimacy that can only be sustained by his constant presence in our lives. He says, “Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace” (Matthew 11:29-30 MSG).

Jesus is real, and so our response to him must be real. In other words, we can’t just say we have faith; we must show our faith by doing what God tells us to do. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, an influential theologian who was martyred under the Nazi regime, says, “For faith is only real when there is obedience, never without it, and faith only becomes faith in the act of…

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