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Doug Knighton

Doug Knighton has written 371 posts for Promises for the Battle

Advent 2019 #1—Illuminated by Jesus

I am the Light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life. …  The person who sees me sees the One who sent me. I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me will not remain in darkness.” … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Sonnet 2019—Identified by Gratitude

This year’s sonnet prayer for Thanksgiving arose from my thinking about Colossians 3:15–17. As an added bonus there’s a threefold benediction that you can use at the end of your celebration of God’s grace. Colossians 3:15–17 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Strengthening Faith

Paul’s sole objective was to work so that people’s faith in the Lord might develop and make progress. In Philippians 1:25 he said, “I will again be with you so that your faith (and resulting joy) might increase.” The faith of these Philippian Christians was already quite advanced. Every time Paul remembered them, he thanked … Continue reading

Mentoring #8—Mentoring Praise

As a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children, so we, because we had so fond an affection for you, were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, for you had become very dear to us. 1 Thessalonians 2:7–8 Heavenly Father, just as you gave … Continue reading

Mentoring #7—Consequence Mentoring

Keep the charge of Yahweh, your God, to walk in his ways … that you may act wisely in all that you do and wherever you turn, so that he may carry out his promise to you. 1 Kings 2:3 “We can choose our actions, or we can choose our consequences, but we can’t choose … Continue reading

Mentoring #6—Mentoring Words

There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword. But the tongue of the wise brings healing. … A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but perversion in it crushes the spirit. Proverbs 12:18; 15:4 As kids we heard that “sticks and stones will break your bones, but names will never … Continue reading

Mentoring #5—Rescuing Mentor

If God preserved Noah, when he brought a flood upon the ungodly … and if he rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men … then the Lord understands how to rescue the godly from trial. 2 Peter 2:5–9 Sometimes it seems as though we are swimming upstream in class six rapids. … Continue reading

Mentoring #4—Enemy Mentors

Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days—You would not believe if you were told. For behold, I am raising up the enemy. Habakkuk 1:5–6 Faith bars the door to cynicism. It stands at the entrance to our souls and protects us from the frustrated hopelessness that … Continue reading

Mentoring #3—Self-Spoken Mentoring

By the fruit of your mouth your hunger will be satisfied; you will be filled with the product of your lips. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love that power will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:20–21 We can confidently hope to “speak what is good for building up” … Continue reading

Mentoring #2—Mentor Service

The kings of the nations lord it over them. … But you are not this way; rather, a leader must become like a servant. … For I am among you as the one who serves. Luke 22:25–27 “Follow me!” is the legitimate call of leaders who have earned the right to lead. How do we … Continue reading