Would you agree that patience seems to be lacking in our society these days? So how can I become a more patient person—at home, at work, among friends, and even while I'm driving? Willpower alone can produce some level of patience, but our Creator made provision for us to be patient at those moments when willpower falls short.
On November 8, 2022, national, state, and local elections will chart the direction of our nation for years to come, and the Democratic and Republican parties’ platforms point to very different directions. Determine that you will become as informed as possible about the issues and will pray for God’s guidance as you exercise your right and privilege to vote.
Distractions can negatively affect our lives and keep us off balance. Untold numbers of people, Christians included, go through life controlled by distractions—texts, emails, meetings, phone calls, errands, and surfing the internet. They bounce frantically from one activity to the next. Their goals and priorities take a backseat to an artificial tyranny of the urgent. Everything seems important. Ironically, they find enough time for distractions, but not enough time to restore their life’s equilibrium with a few minutes reading God’s Word and praying.
Until Jesus returns, the Resurrection stands as the central event in all human history. If you open your heart and mind to its truth, you can view life through the lens of God’s truth, grace, power, and love. Your Resurrection perspective will wonderfully shape everything about your life.
“And in addition to all this, take up the shield of faith.” (Ephesians 6:16, NIV) The Apostle Paul likens faith to a shield. In ancient warfare, soldiers carried rectangular oblong shields about the size of a door. A combatant could crouch behind it and gain protection for all parts of the body. The shield was a mission-essential piece of armor. In the spiritual realm, faith serves this function—faith activates the power and protection of God in all areas of our lives. Faith is belief and trust in God. It is by faith that you believe Jesus Christ died for your...