God Loves You, but Does He Like You?

There’s nothing that can change God’s love for us. It’s unconditional. No matter how many mistakes we make or how far away we run from Him, He always loves us the same. His love doesn’t change. After all, God and love – they are one in the same. We can be sure of God’s love for us, but Him liking us, that’s a different story. What does it take to be liked by Him?

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Journey To Paradise

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

There are two kinds of travelers: ones who love it and the ones who despise it and just want to stay on solid ground. I would fall into the latter category. I keep waiting for someone to invent a safe teleportation machine, so that I can immediately get to my destination without the in between journey. Until then, I’m stuck taking road trips in a packed car or flying overseas. Continue reading

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Tests and Trusts

Think of the toughest situation that you have ever faced. Maybe it was the end of a relationship, a loss of a loved one, or not achieving something you had been working hard for. Whatever it is, believe it or not, there was a plan behind it all! God is perfect and he has a perfect plan in the lives of each of his children. Testing is what shows the difference between true faith and nominal Christianity. Why is it that we are tested though? What does it achieve? We find the answer for that in the book of James.

James 1:2-4

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Continue reading

How Can a Young Man Keep His Way Pure?

How can a young man keep his way pure?
    By guarding it according to your word.

Psalm 119:9

How can a young [wo]man keep his [her] way pure? Is this not the question weighing on all our hearts? This is what so many of us long for – the knowledge to keep our ways pure. In our frantic search for this knowledge, we grasp at whatever “pearls of wisdom” come our way, absorbing anything that gets through the overly-porous filters of our mind. But how are we defining “wisdom?” Pearls of wisdom from the world are empty words of sheer folly in the end. But the wisdom that comes from God is true, trustworthy, and sure. How can we keep our ways pure? Not by clinging to the wisdom of man, but rather, by storing up His Word in our hearts so that we might not sin against Him (Psalm 119:11).

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The Battle Belongs to The Lord

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

1 Samuel 16: 7

God sees not as man sees. Why is this concept so difficult for many of us to grasp? I for one am often consumed with the thought of what other people will think of me. What if I say the wrong the thing? What if I wear the wrong outfit? What if I offend someone by talking about my beliefs? I get so caught up in these thoughts that I often forget to ask myself, “What will God think of about it?”

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