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I Was Just Thinking … about Grace and Reconciliation, Part 2

Last week we determined that grace is the action that originates in the joy of one person in order to create a corresponding joy in another. God is rich in grace because he is rich in joy. We can be rich in grace because of our joy in God. Probably the clearest biblical example of … Continue reading

Guidance #8—Praising Guidance

If you give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness, and your gloom like midday. And the Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places. Isaiah 58:11 Faithful Father, you have made it so clear how you want me to … Continue reading

Guidance #7—Immediate Guidance

An angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, “Arise and go south” … And he arose and went; then he encountered an Ethiopian eunuch … And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.” Acts 8:26–29 Technically, this is not a promise. But it does illustrate what seems to be the … Continue reading

Guidance #6—Generous Guidance

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask of God, who gives to everyone generously and without reproach; and it will be given to you. But you should ask in faith without doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. James 1:5–6 Even … Continue reading

Guidance #5—Sovereign Guidance

A person’s plans are heartfelt, but the Eternal directs his steps. … Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but the counsel of the Eternal is what will stand. Proverbs 16:9; 19:21 God encourages us to plan and prepare as a way to prosper. But how many times have we rejoiced that events did … Continue reading

Guidance #4—Guidance to Joy

You will make known to me the path of life. Satisfying joys are in your presence and the pleasures at your right hand are unending. Psalm 16:11 Because God is eternal the sources of joy he offers can be stable, secure and satisfying. Therefore we can be as confident as David that he will guide … Continue reading

Guidance #3— Guided Defense

They will lay their hands on you and will persecute you … This will lead to an opportunity for your testimony. So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves; for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute. Luke 21:12–15 … Continue reading

Guidance #2—Guiding Presence

God said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then Moses said to him, “If your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here.” Exodus 33:14–15 We need more than just the knowledge of our destination. Israel needed more than a road map to Canaan. … Continue reading

Guidance #1—Accessible Guidance

What to do next and where to go next, are often questions not easily answered. How best to reach a destination we already have in mind can also be perplexing. In these cases we need guidance, particularly if the deed or the destination affects or expresses our relationship with God. God’s words light the path … Continue reading

Behind the Scenes #8—Sovereign Praise

Nebuchadnezzar blessed the Most High: “He does according to his will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of earth; and no one can ward off his hand or say to him, ‘What have you done?’ … All that he does is right, his ways are just, and he is able to humble … Continue reading