"Though hope is a powerful thing
Belief is much more daring
Hope means that it might
Belief means that it will
So I choose to believe
So that doubt can heal."--Talisa Caldwell
It is incredibly important that we be able to defend why Jesus is God. This is a key belief in Christianity.
Our pastor recently received an anonymous email that was highly critical of himself and his executive pastor. As an elder, I can honestly share that this kind of message serves only to discourage leaders. The person criticizing picks apart whatever he or she disagrees with, is not part of a solution and hides behind a cloak of anonymity rather than come and personally share what is misunderstood. It is too easy to be critical. It is also immature to lob rocks from the other side of the hill.
Dr. Henry Cloud wrote a significant book entitled Necessary Endings. Cloud wrote, “When we fail to end things well, we are destined to repeat the mistakes that keep us from moving on.”
George Washington, probably American’s most famous leader, once said, “Show not yourself glad at the misfortune of another, though he were your enemy. Be not hasty to believe flying reports to the disparagement of any.” How true those sage words ring today! And how well we would do to heed them.
It should not surprise us that Cornelius was God's choice to first bring the gospel to the Gentiles His profile is simply amazing!
Whether God warns, instructs, or reveals, dreams are a legitimate means of heaven speaking to earth.
The next time a storm smacks you, stand up on the rocking boat and command the sea to be still in the mighty name of Jesus!