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We invite you to the kitchen table this week where we raise the questions, should you believe everything that you hear? Do we have the right to question things we don’t believe? Are we offending those that we question, and if so where do we draw the line?
Digging into the Word, we look at The Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus outlines what it means to be a true believer. The first thing He mentions are the poor in Spirit, pointing out that we should have a deep reverence for the Word of God. He goes on to repentance, and then to humility saying that God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble. Through His words, we discover a progression of Christian maturity and growth.
Finally, we talk about miracles and the often asked question of whether or not we still experience them in this present age.
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Today’s Scattered Seeds
When my kids give me a gift I use it. If they make me a meal, I eat it. If they buy me a sweater, I wear it. Because I know that if it brings them joy, it brings me joy.
I’m reminded of my sister Bonnie, who is great at receiving gifts. It seems like every gift she gets is treasured dearly. From the minute she opens the box, you sense her deep appreciation and experience her joy.
The Lord, on the other hand is the best giver. From the rising of the sun to the moment our head hits the pillow at night, and on through the night, He gives. We’re surrounded by love and showered with gifts from on high but the question remains, do we delight in those gifts? Do we stop to give thanks? And most importantly do we worship the gift for the giver?
You see, it’s one thing to receive a gift from the Lord. It’s another thing to take pleasure in that gift. To really see the gift for what it is and to appreciate The Giver.
R. C. Sproul once said, “God doesn’t want us to just feel gratitude, but for us to show it by giving thanks to God with our lives.”
We have the opportunity to do that. To wisely use the gifts that we’re given, and to respond to the grace that we walk in, by doing all that we do for the glory of God.
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Tilling the Soil
Read 1 Samuel Chapter 1, where we find the story of Hannah. Notice how Hannah gives thanks with her life, as she gives up the one thing she cherishes most, in response to her gratitude.
You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (1 Corinthians 6:20, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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