“God is not a belief to which you give your assent. God becomes a reality whom you know intimately, meet everyday, one whose strength becomes your strength, whose love, your love.
Live this life of the presence of God long enough and when someone asks
you, “Do you believe there is a God?” you may find yourself answering, “No, I do not believe there is a God. I know there is a God.”
~Ernest Boyer, Jr.
The truly beautifully fierce woman has an otherworldly strength derived from a source beyond herself. She’s plunged in fully to the forgiveness and love of Christ, and He holds her heart so completely that she’s reached true contentment. Her identity is forged through abiding in Him, and her courage is displayed by her commitment to Him and His cause. He is her driving motivation and propels her by the wind of His Spirit. Her passion is stoked by His fire. She is no “halfhearted creature” but is drinking deeply of Him and experiencing infinite joy. She is a warrior at heart—not violent or aggressive—but tempered by humility. She’s a soft warrior; fleshing out the beauty of fierceness in her daily life. Loving God and others with sacrificial devotion. This is the kind of fierceness I’m talking about when I said I love to see a fierce woman in action. I strive for this ideal. Check her out in the characteristics below. Characteristics of a Beautifully Fierce Woman: Her identity and value…
A Prayer for Enjoying the Sabbath Rest of the GospelMay 25, 2014 | Scotty Smith Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. For we who have believed enter that rest. Heb. 4:1-3So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest.Heb. 4:9-11 Heavenly Father, on this Lord’s Day morning, I rejoice in the magnificent paradox these Scriptures present: We’re to strive to enter your rest. What a glorious irony—work hard to rest well, stay restless till we rest fully, work hard to cease working. Yet no real surprise, because the gospel contradicts the fundamental way I’ve been trained to approach every sphere of …
Well as I drag my feet in completing my thesis one giant leap of a chapter at a time, I wanted to share with you some of the first chapter and the purpose behind writing my thesis on image - precisely being made in the image of God. This is something I do not believe we focus on or understand the power of being His creation made in His image. Here goes nothin...
once said, “The glory of God is man fully alive, and the life of man is the
vision of God.”The beginning of Genesis testifies man
being made in the image of God. Isaiah 43:6-7 points out the purpose, “I will
say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my
sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth,everyone who
is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”
God created us in his image to best glorify himself. Sinclair Ferguson stated,
“In Scripture, image and glory are interrelated ideas. As the image of God, man
was created to reflect, express, an…