MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Christ Has a Plan For the Future

April 20th, 2018 Viewed 42 times

His Work Will Not End with Today

He is coming again! In the last post we talked about the fact that he left because it going to prepare a place for us so that we can go to be with Him. Therefore, He has to return to get us. This is the blessed hope of His return. This is the city that even Abraham looked for whose builder and maker is God. This is the fulfillment of the promise of eternal salvation with God and a home together with Him!

Because God is just, we also know that He is going to judge the world. Not only is He returning to receive us unto Himself, but He is going to judge the unrighteous. Those that refuse to accept as their Savior will face the consequences of their decision. He will also judge those that are His according to the works done in the flesh. The Bible talks about rewards that will be handed out for faithfully following God. There’s also the idea that some will hear from Him, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Some items done in the flesh will be considered wood, hay and stubble to be burnt, and some gold, silver and precious stones when done for Him. Lots to do!

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Christ is Working Today

April 19th, 2018 Viewed 43 times, 1 so far today

In the last segment we discussed how Jesus was working at Creation and then through the Old Testament. In the New Testament we are introduced to the incarnation. Jesus, born of a virgin and under the law, came to live a sinless life and die on the cross– our punishment– so that we might live. Then He arose, appeared to the disciples, and then ascended on high.

The rest of the New Testament chronicles His disciples’ work at carrying out the mission He gave them– go into all the world and make disciples. He appears a couple of more times in visions, and then the Bible ends.

However, His work did not finish there, or even finish on the cross. Jesus is still active and working today!

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Don’t Waste Your Life

April 17th, 2018 Viewed 75 times

Four Questions to Help Us Stop Sinning

August 23rd, 2016 Viewed 912 times, 1 so far today

Struggling with sin is the normal Christian experience. Not because we don’t have power over sin, we do have power because of the work of Jesus on the cross in our place and rising from the dead. We have the power through the Holy Spirit to battle our sin and win, but we often lose.

What to do When I Can’t Stop doing Something

Saved By, From and For God

January 18th, 2016 Viewed 1442 times, 1 so far today

If you are a Christian you are saved from God (from his just wrath), you are saved by God (by his sacrifice) and you are saved for God (for his delight and praise). It is healthy to meditate and rejoice in this reality. Let the gospel of God’s abounding grace sprout humility amid the weeds of selfishness. And may God’s aim of glorifying himself become our chief aim. Indeed there is no greater priority than this!

 – We are Saved By God, From God and For God

How Our Reactions Define Us

January 18th, 2016 Viewed 1437 times, 2 so far today

We are known by our reactions to events as they happen to us, and this is no more clearly seen than in our lives with our children.  From a very young age, children seek the boundaries and they push our buttons, looking for a reaction.  Probably because of how much they copy our problems, they are easily able to find them!

It’s those reactions, how we deal under pressure, that define who we are and display the character inside. I don’t know how many times I’ve encouraged my children that, while they cannot control what happens around them they can control their reaction to it.  This is a powerful truth, which Lori Alexander brings out in a post focused to wives about their reactions to their husband, but it really applies to all of us.

We live in a time and a society that is very self-centered and that wants us to be in a constant state of offense to others.  We need to break free of this and learn to control our reactions, such that we react in ways that bring glory to God and show our maturity.

For Everything There Is a Season

November 19th, 2015 Viewed 1366 times

One of the most interesting things about reading a passage of Scripture like Proverbs 31 is that often people assume that this woman is doing all these things at the same time– buying land, making clothing, etc.– when it’s much more reasonable to consider that this is something that she dedicates her entire life to, and does different things during different “seasons.”

Taken with Ecclesiastes, as we see that there are seasons for everything– a concept that is not too easy to grasp.  In a video series by Jon Acuff, he talks about why hustle has its season:

Of all the investments you must make into your career, none of them involve more tension than hustle.

You have to work incredibly hard, but you have to rest.

You have to say yes to a lot of opportunities but also protect your time and say no regularly.

You need grit to hold on in the tough times and flexibility to quit when it’s time to move on.

Sometimes we think hustle is an excuse to become a workaholic, but it’s not. Rest is actually a really important part of hustle. The hard part is that in a culture that praises busyness, rest is an act of bravery.

But I want to take it one step further.  The next time  you watch a television program or read about someone else’s life on social media, remember that they might be in a different season of life than you.  The season of life you are in may not allow you to do all those things.  That is not wrong or bad, and we should not covet what they did or are planning to do.

Enjoy the season of life you are in– you may wish that you were there again someday!

 

If Her Mother Had Pulled The Plug on Her Daughter, She Wouldn’t Be An Accomplished Climber Now

July 9th, 2015 Viewed 1075 times

She’s only 18-years-old but Reanne Racktoo has a haul of gold, silver and bronze medals from international climbing competitions.

Her achievement is even more remarkable given she is registered blind and has cerebral palsy.

Her mother Amanda, 46, from Bury, Greater Manchester, brims with pride over her daughter’s achievements – and also feels a sense of vindication, for when Reanne was born, she was advised to turn off her baby’s life support machine because her child would have ‘no quality of life’.

Read more: Mother who refused to let doctors turn off disabled daughter’s life support machine at birth shares her pride as she becomes climbing European Silver medallist

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

June 30th, 2015 Viewed 1077 times

Father and Daughter Team Up To Do Random Acts of Kindness

June 25th, 2015 Viewed 936 times

 

Hat Tip: Fail Blog – What Could Be Cuter Than a Father and Daughter Teaming Up To Do Random Acts of Kindness to Celebrate Their Birthday?

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.