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Crossroads of Faith

Tuesday, May 24 Crossroads of Faith Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 Recommended Reading Hebrews 11:17-19 When God makes a promise, we assume it is for keeps and plan accordingly. But what if God then gives instructions that, if carried out, would invalidate the planned-for results of the prior promise He made? What does faith require? We could argue with God about the new instructions: "What about Your original promise?" Or we could try to reconcile how two contradictory actions could result in a promise kept in a new way. Abraham faced that crossroads. God told Abraham he would be the father of a great nation and gave he and Sarah a son as proof--a son from whom a nation would grow. Then God asked Abraham to offer up the son, Isaac, as a sacrifice--kill the son and the vision he represented. How could a nation grow from Abraham's seed if t…

The Impact of Prayer

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 The Impact of Prayer 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 Prayer is the lifeblood of an intimate relationship with the Father. But believers often have questions about its power and effectiveness. Don’t hesitate to take your queries to the Lord, dig into Scripture for answers, and seek the counsel of a trusted spiritual mentor. Prayer is too important to neglect. Will God’s plans fail if I don’t pray? God is not subservient to believers or dependent upon their prayers. The time we invest in speaking with Him involves us in the work that He is doing in our lives and in the world, but He will carry on without us.Laboring alongside the Lord is our privilege. Does my prayer (or lack thereof) impact God’s work? I believe that Scripture indicates the answer to this question is both yes and no, depending upon the situation. There are times when God’s purpose is set. He is in control and has determined the best course. In the Old Testament, the Lord often prophesied what He would…

Simplify

Simplify May 24, 2011 — by Bill Crowder Our Daily Bread Radio is hosted by Les Lamborn Read: Matthew 6:25-34 Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. —Matthew 6:34 Bible in a year: 1 Chronicles 22-24; John 8:28-59 In a radio interview, a basketball superstar was asked about his knack for making the game-winning shot in crucial situations. The reporter asked how he was able to be so calm in such pressure-packed moments. His answer was that he tried to simplify the situation. “You only have to make one shot,” the player replied. One shot. That is the essence of simplifying a difficult situation. Focus only on what is in front of you right now. Don’t worry about the expectations of your coach or teammates. Simplify. Recognizing that the challenges of life can be both overwhelming and suffocating, Jesus urged us to take matters in hand by simplifying. He said, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will wor…

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Send to a Friend More Free Newsletters A Major in Discomfort

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 A Major in Discomfort by Charles R. Swindoll Read Exodus 3:1; Acts 7:29–30 Notice carefully how the process took place through those years of desert learning, because it is the same with you and me. God must break through several hard, exterior barriers in our lives before He can renovate our souls. His persistent goal is to break through to the inner person. As David acknowledged, "Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom" (Psalm 51:6). What are those resistant layers in our hearts, and how does He break through to that hidden part? First, He finds pride. And He uses the sandpaper of obscurity to remove it ever so gradually. Then He finds us gripped by fear—dread of our past, anxiety over our present, and terror over what may lie ahead—and He uses the passing of time to remove that fear. We learn that things aren't out of hand at all; they're in His hand. He next encounters t…

Are the Gospels Reliable?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Are the Gospels Reliable? The ESV Study Bible In comparison with the remaining manuscripts of any other ancient Greek or Latin literature, the NT suffers from an embarrassment of riches. It is almost incomprehensible to think about the disparity. When it comes to quantity of copies, the NT has no peer. More than 5,700 Greek NT manuscripts are still in existence, ranging in date from the early second century to the sixteenth century. To be sure, the earliest ones (i.e., through the 3rd century) are all fragmentary, but they cover a substantial amount of the NT. And Greek manuscripts do not tell the whole story. The NT was translated early on into a variety of languages, including Latin, Coptic, Syriac, Armenian, Georgian, Gothic, and Arabic. All told, there are between 20,000 and 25,000 handwritten copies of the NT in various languages. Yet if all of these were destroyed, the NT text could be reproduced almost in its entirety by quotations of it in sermons, trac…