My grandmother will be 88 in 2 weeks.
I've been doing a lot of thought lately upon what influence one's environment has upon one's choices.
I'm not saying for one instant that a negative environment is an EXCUSE for sinful choices.
There is NO excuse for many of the choices I made when I was younger. Having said that, no one can possibly convince me that the environment I was in at the time didn't influence me. I cannot emphasize enough
Deuteronomy 31:8, “The LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you nor forsake you”
Sometime ago I bought a couple of suitcase’s with a lifetime guarantee. The manufacturer said, “We don’t care who breaks it, we’ll repair or replace it for free, forever.” To its credit, the company repaired one of the suitcases once, just as promised. However, a short time ago I learned that the business had filed for bankruptcy and its future
"What's In a Name"
So far, we have outlined the struggle for the first century believers to fully identify who they were. This involved struggles with Jewish authorities to show that Jesus was the long promised Messiah, witnessing to popular culture and prejudices, and confronting the authorities with the Truth. This is reflected in modern history with the Evangelicals attempt to fully define 'who' they are, and what are their distinctive beliefs. Indeed, you can see this
My grandmother's condition has gotten worse, and may be about to get MUCH worse, and, again, I may not be able to get on here for a while.
I know I've posted these notices many times before, and most of the time, the situation turned out to be not as bad as I was afraid it was. Maybe it will turn out to be the same this time and maybe not.
Genesis 39:23, “The LORD was with him; and whatever he did, the LORD made it prosper”
James 1:3, “The testing of your faith produces patience”
Some of the best sermons I’ve ever heard weren’t preached from the pulpit, but from the beds of sick people. The deepest truths of God’s Word have often been taught by those humble individuals who have gone through the school of affliction. With very few exceptions, the most cheerful people I’ve met have been those