Just a quick check in to share a few podcasts that have really spoken to me in the last few days..
- Psalm 1 – 8 part teaching by NLD. Excellent!
- Prayer & the Sabbath – interview with Jack Hayford. Well worth the listen. Great ideas on prayer & thoughts on the Sabbath.
- the physical & spiritual health connection – two part interview with Gary Thomas. Well put! Encouraging & insightful.
- Forgiving – David Meece shares his testimony on how God delivered him from bitterness. (There are two parts but if you’re short on time, the second gives you the meat of it.)
- Is God Really Good? – fits well with just finishing up the book of Job. Sooo many truths in this 25 minutes! Psalm 119:68 – “You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.”
- Heart for the Disabled & the power of words – Joni has been sharing various families to encourage all last week. Listeners are invited to send notes to gather & have sent for Valentine’s Day for them. I’ve been so blessed & encouraged all week, had to share this one, too! Encouraging & blessing others is one of my themes for 2013. Perfect! Proverbs 25:11 – “Timely advice is lovely, like golden apples in a silver basket.”
- New fiction trilogy in the making – Can’t wait to read this one, Fatherless, by Kurt Bruner & Dr. Dobson. Next up, Childless then Godless. “You want to convince the unconvinced? Don’t call to arms, call to art.” (Paul Harvey) Part two of the conversation is excellent, too!
- A Vision for Revival in Your Church – A panel of ministers talk about praying for revival in the church: Byron Paulus (from Life Action Ministries), Dr. Erwin Lutzer, Pastor Michael Catt, & Pastor Jim Cymbala. Two part podcast, but well worth the time to listen. Joining them!
Reading through Job these days. Just finished so want to jot down a few reflections. Lessons learned:
- Wisdom – Seek it! Make it a lifelong priority. Be intentional about it.
- Job’s friends were pretty good; even came a long distance to sit for a full week in silence before speaking! They had a lot of great things to say, but much of it was honestly poor timing. In the end, God was angry with them (42:7, 8) & God told them they were wrong about Him. Praying for more ability to choose wise words & right timing. Convicted about my words, timing, & tone.
- Judgmental – don’t be!
- God’s response to Job – There are times & situations were things just don’t seem right. It can really be frustrating. But even when things seem “unjust” or “wrong”, I can trust 100% that it is in the Lord’s safe hands & under His control. Sometimes, no matter how wise you might be, it is impossible to see God’s perspective on a situation. Job was completely innocent, but there was no way he could know what was going on in the heavenly realm. It was frustrating to Job & baffling to his friends. God doesn’t have to explain Himself to us. Once Job heard God, he stood humbly silent before His Maker. Good response.
- Once again, PRAYER! In chapter 42, God told Job to pray for his friends & THEN they would be accepted (vs.8). Sobering. These guys were godfearing yet wrong. I find it interesting that God accepted Job’s prayers on their behalf. Points out the power of prayer – beyond our understanding.
Great quotes heard lately & not to be forgotten…
- “Show me that you are redeemed, then I will believe in your redeemer.” – Nietzsche
- “God is good whether of not His choices seem right to us, whether or not we feel it, whether or not it seems true, and whether or not He gives us everything that we want.” – Nancy Leigh DeMoss
- “What are you believing that’s not the truth? How do we counter that? We always counter lies with the Truth. We replace the lies; we displace the lies with the Truth.” (Goal in ministry – help your children & those to whom you minister learn to council their own hearts according to the Truth.)
- “His name was known all over the empire. He was Caesar. The whole of the Roman world bowed to his will. The life of that mighty empire revolved around this man, Nero Caesar. Then there stood before him this obscure little Jew, Paul the Apostle, from a despised Roman province.Paul stood in chains before Nero… Yet today we name our sons Paul & our dogs Nero.” – Pastor Ray Stedman
- “That happens.” – Jack Wayne, when his game chair rocked all the way back & he lay on the floor staring at the ceiling. Hilarious!!
- “I love you because that’s Who I am.” – a man said to his wife after her double mastectomy, reflecting how/why God loves us. Beautiful.