“Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” – Acts 3:19–20There seems to be a growing public conversation on the subject of repentance. When a pastor or politician or member of the press or (insert public figure of choice) fails to live up to the standard they profess, the consequences are swift and significant. But, are we failing at grace? When does an offender deserve a second chance?We’ve all seen celebrities with crocodile tears declaring, “I’m SO sorry!” But are they?
Read more at : James MacDonald: When You Know That You’ve Repented –
James 5:2,3 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. That statement, found at the very end of the passage we are looking at today, describes clearly what the problem is here that James is addressing. The main point is the hoarding of wealth. Once again, the issue is NOT the fact that wealth exists, but the useless and selfish hoarding of it. “Wait,” readers may say; “are you trying to tell me that saving money is wrong?”No, not at all. If fact, God’s Word is clear that the setting aside money for a rainy day and the future is a good thing to do. Never is making provision for ourselves, our families, and our future condemned in God’s Word. Let’s look at that.
Read more at: Faith In Action-The Useless Hoarding of Wealth – Truth in Palmyra
Do you frequently find yourself sitting on important decisions that could affect your life? Do you feel that you are not making any forward movement on critical issues because you just can’t seem to make up your mind? Is your decision making process bogged down by too much research, too much brainstorming, and unending back and forth discussions with friends and colleagues?Then, you are a victim of procrastination. Like me. Like most people on this planet.I read it on Google, the Harvard scientists call this phenomenon as Analysis Paralysis. Quite a fancy name (like Procrastination needed a fancy word, really?)It goes like this…Analysis paralysis is a situation where the sheer volume of analysis overwhelms the decision-making process itself. If it’s happening to you, it is critical that you recognize it and take steps to get out of it.Of course, when we make important decisions that have a potential to change our lives, we must tread carefully. We must research all benefits, understand all costs, and thoroughly weigh all the pros and cons. That is prudent. That is necessary.
Read more at: 7 Easy Ways Of Overcoming Procrastination – Eclipsed Words
Acts 2:22 – Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know —
“Can you please keep those kids quiet!” Peter was trying to grab just a few more minutes of shut eye before he was back on that boat again. He had been going out at night fishing for years on the Sea of Galilee, tonight would be like hundreds of other nights; or would it? He had memories of fishing with his dad, now it was more serious. Peter and his fishing partners had bills to pay and food to put on the table. He was hoping for a better night tonight, he couldn’t afford too many more like last night; fishing all night and no fish. Something just had to give.
Read more at: THE DAY THE CONVERSATION CHANGED – The Bailey Drink
Aside from the bad joke about a throat punch, this is a really good v-blog about compassion.
“The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.” – Proverbs 15:4.
“You can’t sit here.” I still remember the first time I ever heard those words. I was in a Christian girl scouts group in the 6th grade. I was a gawky and awkward preteen. I was also painfully shy. I remember being partly in shock; why was it that this girl was refusing to let me sit with her when as far as I could tell, she wasn’t saving that seat for anyone? I had never done anything to make her not like me—I didn’t even know her! I also remember feeling hurt, unsure what I could have done to make her respond the way that she did. Over the years, I’ve dealt with more incidents like this. Incidents where I was forced to sit by myself in a classroom. Incidents where the ‘cool girls‘ refused to talk to me. Incidents where cliques and girl-politics abounded. I also witnessed friends deal with this. And sometimes, it was what wasn’t said that spoke the loudest.
Read more at: The Power Of Words – 1 Timothy 4:12 Girl
As a breast cancer survivor, I wanted to remind woman over 40 to talk to their gynaecologist about getting a mammogram. One saved my life, and one might save yours as well.