Do you believe?
“Í want to know God’s thoughts...” —Albert Einstein
I’d like to start off the new year with some pretty bold thinking. I know that might be a little bit dangerous, since there's a good possibility that your brain is still on vacation, but today's a new day and I’d like to jump start it with a very important thought. Actually it's a thought about thought:
God has built into your soul the capacity to ponder ideas and concepts—and I'm not just talking about simple things that you can see or touch. You have the ability to contemplate things like love, truth, injustice, success... the most phenomenal issues of our existence having to do with purpose, meaning, direction, and vision for life.
In short, God has given us an amazing gift that no other creature has: the capacity to believe.
This year, we are going to explore “belief” like you have never explored it before. Give me two minutes a day and we will share the adventure of discovering true belief—a journey that will take you to some of the farthest points on our globe and into some of the deepest corners of your soul. Let’s start with one of Jesus’ last commands:
“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.” —John 14:1 (NASB)
The world has some “issues” right now. Only God knows what the future holds. Our belief in Him and His truth is the key to entering the future with peace and power.
Father, thank You for the gift of belief. Today, I give You my troubled heart. Replace my worries with a vibrant trust in You and Jesus. In the months ahead, shape my beliefs. Correct them. Develop them. Conform them to the truth You have revealed in Your Word. Amen
Listen to Pete, Jill & Stuart Briscoe on the Telling the Truth broadcast at OnePlace.com
Shelter from the Wind
Gale force winds can come at any time and in any season. Sometimes storm clouds warn of their imminent arrival, but other times you wake up surprised by the strong gusts that have pushed in under the cover of darkness.
But what about when the storms aren't outside your window, but inside your life? Where should you turn?
One place to find the answer is in the book of Isaiah, one of Jill's favorite books in the Bible. In this 8-message series, Jill teaches about the character of God by sharing how He cared for the Israelites and Isaiah, but she also shares practical stories from her many years of ministry to illustrate God's promise to shelter us when things get difficult.
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