Religion is what one practices. Faith is what a person becomes in accepting God (Jewish Faith) and or Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (Christian faith) in their lives. With faith, someone has welcomed, declared, and given full permission for God and/or Jesus Christ to become number one ruler in and over his or her life. Religion does not do that. Religion is what one practices to try and meet a need – a need to feel complete – a need to feel spiritual – a need to feel. Brushing one’s teeth everyday is a ritual – a religious practice with the person having to do the same thing each time in order to get results.
Weak vs. Strong (The Sermon)
There are times that I want to ball myself up into a corner. One part of me wants to bite, fight, and kick anyone who comes close to me. The other part of me wants to be hugged by a friend I can trust in order to release all of the anguish, fear, and pain. Do I remain strong, or am I really strong? Do I show that I am weak by releasing?
Paul says to be content in whatever state we’re in. “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” (Philippians 4:11-12)
Oh No, Please Not the “P” Word!
My friend and I try to avoid speaking the P word. What is the P word you may ask? The P word is PATIENCE.
Why do we avoid the P word? Well, to put it plain and simple, once you pray for patience, another life challenge is likely on the way to strengthen you.
The P word is a good thing, for patience:
- Corrects our behaviors.
- Protects us from dangers unseen.
- Helps us to appreciate and celebrate in due season.
- Teaches us to provide maturity in areas in our lives where we are weak.
- Helps us to gain knowledge.
- Enables us to tolerate others rather than be selfish and think only of ourselves.
Most folks would say that the P word gives us wisdom, too. I am not so sure about that.
A Soul Was Saved!
I am so excited to share with you that a Soul has been saved from a cult.
Last Thursday, I gave my book, God! I Want to Sin! to one of my associates, S. S shared the book with her friend who has been in a cult for months. According to S, her friend could not put the book down.
I Need a Good Woman
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