On His Blindness, by John Milton, is an exquisite sonnet that speaks patience and hope on the days we're anxiously desperate to please God through our works.
What if you asked a Dad and a Mom the same series of questions about their homeschooling? Would their perspectives be similar or different? And what do they wish they'd known before they started?
The point of Acts is not the actions and work of individuals or even the church as a whole; the point of the book is the continuing actions of God Himself as the gospel expands.
"Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing."
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. We also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
Are you struggling today? Are you grieved? Is the burden too hard for you to bear? May this benediction work faith, hope, and love in your soul today by the grace of God the Father, through faith in Christ alone, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
“A bad gardener grows weeds. A good gardener grows plants. Great gardeners grow soil.” Although the source of this quote was speaking of a literal garden, thoughts began swirling as to the implications of this concept in all areas of my life.