Western news outlets (here, here and here) are reporting daily on escalation of tension between the U.S. and North Korea. You can't avoid catching an image of dictator Kim Jong Un whether you get your news from screen or print, nor are displays of perceived military might scarce, especially transmitted via Korean state media (many project the weaponry carried on parade is fake).
For a beautiful start to your morning, watch this . . .
Pray for the people of Senegal and all people groups therein and around the world to come to know the glory and name of Jesus Christ.
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;  but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:30-31)
This is an act of providence,
and how do I know what God is about to do,
and how many things depend upon this providence?
~ Jeremiah Burroughs
My husband describes the moment that he realized I was the one he’d been looking for this way: “It was like spotting a fugitive on the street whose wanted photo you’ve been carrying around for months.”
Not very romantic, I know, but you have to understand the mind of a cop, especially one whose focus during a hunt becomes laser-like. (His nickname was Hawkeye, for Pete’s sake.) He explains that a photo can be helpful — or misleading. It’s a start, but the possibility of there being many look-alikes can contribute to time lost and resources wasted. The image you’re working with is fluid. Is that him but with more facial hair? That bone structure could match him, but the eyes are not right.
We usually consider the life of Anna the prophetess during the Christmas season, even though it was after his birth that the faithful octogenarian met the Messiah. But she symbolizes the posture of all Christians in this period of living between his first coming and his second . . . this readiness to wait and watch.
A 5-Minute Friday post **
How fitting that Tax Day falls between Good Friday and Easter.
The day our accounts are investigated and the burden of our debt is weighed makes many of us worry about paying off what we owe while others grumble about the authority that demands payment. That day when “each of us will give an account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:12)
This is a revised version of Where the Burdens Go which appeared at Servants of Grace on April 2, 2017.
Is there a hole I can just dive into when sanctification gets hard, unwieldy and messy? Am I the only person whose mind drifts back to the days on the other side of the divide of faith and recalls how easy it was to exist with no thought to the consequences of sin? I try to suppress the whispering, but if I have allowed the ground of my heart to become fertile for the seed of discontentment to germinate, the whisperer may succeed.
"I hate pride and arrogance." Proverbs 8:13
"The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished." Proverbs 16:5
The following exhortation is from 19th-century Baptist preacher, J.C. Philpot. Let the probing work of the Spirit begin in your heart as you read. As Edward Payson, an American preacher from the previous generation, said, "If you sincerely search your heart -- then you will find pride, like the different layers of an onion, lurking one beneath another to the very center of it!"
Of all sins pride seems most deeply embedded in the very heart of man. Unbelief, sensuality, covetousness, rebellion, presumption, contempt of God's holy will and word, hatred and enmity against the saints of the Most High, deceit and falsehood, cruelty and wrath, violence and murder--these, and a forest of other sins have indeed struck deep roots into the black and noxious soil of our fallen nature; and, interlacing their lofty stems and gigantic arms, have wholly shut out the light of heaven from man's benighted soul.
A few months ago I was browsing through some old bookshelves and came across a stash of Tabletalk magazines that dated back to the days when I worked with Ligonier Ministries.
It was an enlightening exercise to read through articles I’d written over 20 years ago. I observed changes in my writing style. I cringed at cultural references that have no context now. But more than either of those reactions, I reflected on how the Lord has diverted my path in my adherence to theological confessions.
Laura Miller aka mrsdkmiller
Looking for a list of articles published around the web?
Looking for posts written in response to 5-Minute Friday prompts? Click here:
Her March Isn't Over
Across the River
When God Pries My Fingers Off My Children
Life's Defining Moments
To the Christian Wife Who Berated Her Husband in Front of My Daughter
Zeal and Grace in France
An Unconventional Love Story
Seeing What's in Front of Our Eyes
Remembering Why I Called You Hannah
Love Your Sister.
Because He Came Home
Go Valiantly! A Prayer for New Homeschooling Moms
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