By God’s standards: 1 Peter 4.6 VOTD

“Now it was for this very purpose that the gospel was preached to those who are now dead, so that though they were judged in the flesh by human standards they may live spiritually by God’s standards.”

1 Peter 4.6

God’s standards are to suffer in the flesh and finish with sin (v. 1), to do his will (v. 2), and to refuse the pressure of what non-Christians desire (vv. 3-4), on whom judgment will come (v. 5).

What is the purpose of the gospel?

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Prayer doesn’t have to be long

Some softwares and WP themes provide reading time estimates for the posts, based, one supposes, on some average figure of words per minute. They do this, apparently, so you’ll know ahead of time how long of a read it will be.

In today’s Believing Prayer, I set a one-minute reading time when linking to it on my Hubzilla spot, the more to encourage people to click and read and pray. (OK, so maybe it’ll take two minutes to read.)

Years ago, a book was published called One-Minute Manager. It purported to help managers act decisively. Though one’s spiritual life cannot be contained in one-minute prayers, neither are they inappropriate.

Prayer doesn’t have to be long. It does have to be sustained.

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‘It’ll be okay’ can be a cop-out

Be encouraged by this spiritual post. “I have decided to stop lying to myself and start taking responsibility for my actions.”

How many times do we think, “If I don’t pray today, it will be okay.” or “If I don’t read my Bible today it will be okay.”? I mean, come on, it’s just one day. Then one more day. Then one more day. And it just keeps going. Next thing I know I haven’t opened my Bible in weeks, or worse, months. I’ve made feeble attempts to say little prayers here and there until I no longer even try. Other things become more important. But hey, everything is going to be okay!

Source: It’s going to be okay…but what if it’s not? | Musings of a TCK


7 ingredients in Charles Box's recipe for spiritual change

There are consequences, negative and positive, to the things we think, do, and say in our life. All behavior has built-in consequences. When you choose the behavior you choose the consequence.

Our daily goal should be spiritual growth.

“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18)

Here are some things that will bring about those positive, spiritual changes. Continue reading

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Selfishness, by Glenn Hitchcock

All I can say is, Wow!


In The Trivialization of God, Donald McCullough quotes Freeman Patterson, noted Canadian photographer, describing barriers that prevented him from seeing the best photo possibilities:

“Letting go of the self is an essential precondition to real seeing. When you let go of yourself, you abandon any preconceptions about the subject matter which might cramp you into photographing in a certain, predetermined way. …

“When you let go, new conceptions arise from your direct experience of the subject matter, and new ideas and feelings will guide you as you make pictures.”

In the spiritual life, just as in photography, being preoccupied with self is the greatest barrier to seeing.

My Grandmother would say: “People can’t see the big picture because they make themselves a part of the frame.”

(Col. 3:1-4) If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

“Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn Hitchcock

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