‘The people walking in darkness have seen a great light…’ Isaiah 9:2 NIV It is our pleasure to let you know of a very special DVD. ‘The First Christmas’ is an episode from the critically acclaimed animated children’s series, Superbook. These captivating adventures of two time-travelling children and their robot friend, Gizmo, help embed the …Read More
Dear friends, As a parent, I have often wondered about the world my children are having to navigate. But my prayer is that they will be full of the grace and truth that Jesus was (John 1:14), and strong bearers of the hope of God in the midst of darkness. Believers in Jesus are amongst …Read More
Dear friends, Media is one of the most powerful influences of our culture, but the majority is awash with ‘empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense’. ‘Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.’ – Colossians 2:8 NLT …Read More
‘You forgave me! All my guilt is gone.’ Psalm 32:5 NLT
David said, ‘I confessed all my sins to You… And You forgave me! All my guilt is gone.’ Julie Ann Barnhill writes: ‘If you’re tired of pretending you have it all together, it’s time to act. For too long Christian women in particular have believed they’re the only ones dealing with shameful issues, agonising regrets, and skeletons in their closet. Once we open up to God, ourselves, and others, we experience exhilarating freedom and peace. A woman wrote to me: “I had an abortion when I was eighteen. Nobody knows. For years I marked the date on my calendar and grieved for the child nobody knew about, and the young woman who bore the guilt alone. No more! Now I know I’m not alone, and for the first time in my life I truly believe God is bigger than my secret—and He’s willing to forgive.” Secrets only hold power when they’re hidden. Once they’re revealed in the light of God’s love they lose their control. However, there are some things to consider before opening up to someone:
(1) If that person repeats things others have shared in confidence, guess who’s up next for discussion?
(2) Beware of someone who’s apt to offer unsolicited advice, then take offence when it’s ignored.
(3) Stay away from somebody who tries to “fix” you, and tells you not to worry about your secrets.
Instead, look for someone who:
(a) has good sense and knows when to “back off” and/or move forward when you’re upset;
(b) is up-front about their own struggles; (c) is quick to listen and slow to speak; (d) undergirds their words and counsel with Scriptural truths.’
SoulFood: Ecc 7–9, John 10:22–33, Ps 102:1–11, Prov 30:18–20
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017