From Amber Saunders: “In this song I am coming before the Lord from a place of brokenness and weakness, asking for His presence and His strength. It acknowledges our dependency on God, knowing that He is strong when we feel weak and that He can fill us when we feel empty. (John 15:5 – Jesus says to His disciples, “Apart from me, you can accomplish nothing.”)
“So often we think God is just trying to get us to conform, when really what He is committed to is unbelievable transformation. If we could only enter the depths of his love we would find our lives deeply changed.”
UPHEAVAL: Not to break you down, but to break you open…
QUOTE: “We can decide to build our life on God’s goodness, to hold fast to the truth that He is a good, good Father. I’ve come to believe that when God asks us to allow Him to break something open inside, it’s always so that He can plant something. He uproots places of pain, fear, anger, self-protection, etc., so that He can plant life.
If you’ve been feeling that disorder, that agitation, it’s not to shame you . . . it’s to heal you.
The upheaval is not to break you down; it’s to break you open.
It’s His persistent loving intention for you that moves Him to keep knocking on that specific door of your heart. The question is . . . will you let His light shine into that place?
He beckons us to be people who are brave with our lives. We must realize that in pursuing His bravery, ‘convenient’ isn’t really a word that’s going to get us where we want to go.
Convenience rarely leads to faith.”
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“On Good Friday we discover a God who would rather die than kill his enemies. The cross is not what God inflicts upon Christ in order to forgive, the cross is what God in Christ endures as he forgives.”
– Brian Zhand
HOW does the cross of Jesus connect to the problem of pain and suffering in the world. How did/does the crucifixion of God Incarnate, affect our individual lives, what could it mean for our own pain and suffering, and that of so many around the world?
Brad first looks at a number of artworks depicting the crucifixion through history, and invites the audience to comment on what they see. Some of the more modern images could be shocking for you. You can skip that part if you wish by clicking here:
In 1992, Bob Sorge, pastor and renowned worship leader at the time, loses his voice after an operation to remove an ulcer from his throat… When “why me? why now” doesn’t cut it…
by Jennifer Goodson
Relationships come and go . . .
We’ve heard this said so many times and there is truth in it. However, how many of those relationships were ended because our flesh was offended in a way that brought in a wall of unforgiveness? Being a human is tough enough, being a woman seems to be even more so. Nevertheless, for God to ask us to walk in love towards another person who has wronged us . . .
How many questions have we listed on our ‘secret notepad’ to ask God in heaven?
We toss relationships so easily in a minimal way in the words of ‘what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger’? To be honest, strength is a good God characteristic; but when not balanced with the love of God we lose our gentleness towards others killing our reflection of Christ. The question then rises . . . How tough do we want to be; tough enough that we miss God’s leading in areas that exemplify His love.
Yes, there are those relationships God does direct us to end because they are unhealthy. Then there are those relationships that we need strong Godly boundaries in order that God’s hand can be in the midst. However, how many relationships did we deny, shove out of the way, cut off with a sliver blade in the name of God when in fact it was our offense, our fear, our past hurts that caused us to walk away and in some cases run.
There is a fine line in knowing
which relationships are God given gifts;
which ones are God assignments;
which ones are God given to strengthen us.
As women, we tend to run our lives by emotions if we are not living in the spirit of God. This causes us to compare, judge, accuse, and make assumptions of others. Why do we do this . . . because we are a vessel that lives in a spiritual and natural world that ultimately is directed orchestrated by our choices – our responses.
When we are living in the spirit, (our goal), we make Godly choices producing Godly responses that lead to Godly relationships. Likewise, when we are living out of our flesh, (our emotions), we allow our choices and responses to lead us into areas of fear and doubt which in turn opens the door for offense. In some cases leading us to isolation or areas of control and manipulation.