MInTheGap

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

Four Questions to Help Us Stop Sinning

August 23rd, 2016 Viewed 661 times

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 1233 times

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 1168 times, 1 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 1138 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 900 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 914 times

Father and Daughter Team Up To Do Random Acts of Kindness

June 25th, 2015 Viewed 771 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?

Casting Crowns–“Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)”–Live

June 22nd, 2015 Viewed 603 times

A Documentary on Bat Kid

June 16th, 2015 Viewed 680 times

How the world cheered on ‘Batkid’ – this story is awesome!

Amazing Grace Medley

June 14th, 2015 Viewed 827 times

MInTheGap

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