Becoming Whole

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Romans 8:33-39

Modern society has many “solutions” for unhappiness.  For example, a lot of people turn to prestige, love, or various substances to counteract emotional emptiness, but the happiness these things offer soon drains out again.  Only God’s transforming power can change someone with a broken spirit into a content Christ follower who understands his or her value.

To find wholeness, a person must start by receiving Jesus Christ as Savior-the sin that stands between him and God has to be removed.  Then, with the Holy Spirit’s strength, he will be able to find the courage to confront past disappointments, hurts, and sins that may have contributed to his feeling unworthy of the Lord’s love.

Someone with a sense of wholeness feels satisfied with life.  He knows he is loved, which leads to a good self-image and the ability to love others.  Hardship is inevitable in this world, but it doesn’t devastate him or cause him to grumble or cast blame.  Why?  Because the born-again believer knows that God has promised to work everything out for his good (Romans 8:28).

In contrast, someone who feels fragmented or empty often has the opposite experience.  He may look okay on the outside while struggling within.  This can be the case with Christians who haven’t learned to experience God’s love.  In fact, I was a pastor for several decades before I really felt the Father’s love for me; only then did I become truly complete.

The Lord will make His love known to believers who ask.  And through it comes the wholeness they have been seeking.

Commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch Devotional, March 26, 2017.

Becoming Whole

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Romans 8:33-39

Modern society has many “solutions” for unhappiness.  For example, a lot of people turn to prestige, love, or various substances to counteract emotional emptiness, but the happiness these things offer soon drains out again.  Only God’s transforming power can change someone with a broken spirit into a content Christ follower who understands his or her value.

To find wholeness, a person must start by receiving Jesus Christ as Savior-the sin that stands between him and God has to be removed.  Then, with the Holy Spirit’s strength, he will be able to find the courage to confront past disappointments, hurts, and sins that may have contributed to his feeling unworthy of the Lord’s love.

Someone with a sense of wholeness feels satisfied with life.  He knows he is loved, which leads to a good self-image and the ability to love others.  Hardship is inevitable in this world, but it doesn’t devastate him or cause him to grumble or cast blame.  Why?  Because the born-again believer knows that God has promised to work everything out for his good (Romans 8:28).

In contrast, someone who feels fragmented or empty often has the opposite experience.  He may look okay on the outside while struggling within.  This can be the case with Christians who haven’t learned to experience God’s love.  In fact, I was a pastor for several decades before I really felt the Father’s love for me; only then did I become truly complete.

The Lord will make His love known to believers who ask.  And through it comes the wholeness they have been seeking.

Commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch Devotional, March 26, 2017.

Without Excuse

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The Russian cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, is reported to have said, “I looked and looked but I didn’t see God,” as he orbited the earth.  For many, that was ultimate proof: If God lives in heaven, and a scientist like Gagarin didn’t see Him, He must not exist.

But the Bible says that God has “at various times and in various ways” spoken (revealed himself) to mankind and “has in these last days spoken to us by His Son” (Hebrews 1:1-2).  Just because God didn’t reveal himself to a Russian cosmonaut in space means nothing.  Jesus has not revealed himself to mankind on earth in the twenty-first century, but He did in the first century.  Likewise, we have no burning bushes today like Moses had in the fourteenth century B.C.  But God has revealed himself to all of humanity in one way or another so that Paul wrote that man is “without excuse” (Romans 1:20).

Don’t fail to believe in God through His Son, Jesus Christ, because you have not seen Him in the way you desire or expect.  Rather, embrace the revelation God has given through the living and written Word, lest you be found without excuse.

Commentary from David Jeremiah, Pathways Devotional, March 10.

Happy St Patrick’s day, AN Irish Landscape and nature Gallery……

I’m always happy to share amazing images from other photographers. I hope you enjoy these-there are many here in a gallery,and they are so beautiful. Nigel Borrington publishes amazing images on his photo blog. Stop by and visit him sometime 🙂

Nigel Borrington

Happy St Patrick’s day to everyone 🙂

To celebrate this St Patrick’s day, I am sharing a very full collection of images from my Blog, all of them taken over the last couple of years or so. I feel they show this land, a small part of the European continent at its very best.

Ireland a St Patrick’s Day collection ….



Irish Landscapes West cork Mountains Nigel Borrington

Irish Landscape Photography Nigel Borrington

Irish landscape photography , Nigel borrington

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