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Can Our Suffering Be Our Sacrifice of Praise? Part 2

Posted by Lorraine Serra on July 22, 2014 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I left you last time considering James 1:  " Count it all joy, my brothers when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."


 

Ah, the problem of pain and suffering. Why does God allow it, and what can we do with it?  Well, James just told us there are gr...

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Can Our Suffering Be Our Sacrifice of Praise? Part 1

Posted by Lorraine Serra on July 14, 2014 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

 

 

I am sure most people want to avoid pain and suffering at all costs. And since it can appear in so many varied forms and degrees of severity, I wonder if there is a common denominator by which we can make some sense of it.


I have often heard atheists declare that a good God cannot possibly exist in light of the great scope of human suffering on this planet. It makes no sense to see people exterminated by viciou...

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My Trust In God Is My Sacrificial Offering

Posted by Lorraine Serra on June 14, 2014 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

God always shows up!


I know that. He has proven Himself time after time. Yet, I still have times of worry and doubt, especially when it comes to finances.


Does that sound like you, too? Can I get an “Amen!”


The funny thing is, and the blessed reality is, 

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Strength for Living Sacrificially

Posted by Lorraine Serra on June 11, 2014 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

 

There is a huge challenge to living the Gospel especially if we think we can manage it all on our own. Anyone who desires to walk closer with Christ and honor Him needs to admit, we just don’t have the strength and discipline on our own.


Jesus told us, “Apart from me you can do nothing. (Spiritually speaking). And...

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How Can I Be A "Living Sacrifice"?

Posted by Lorraine Serra on June 8, 2014 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Because I am an eternal optimist, and see the glass half full, I like to put a positive spin on things. I wasn’t always this way. There was enough turmoil in my younger life to make my whole family wonder if things would ever get better.  ( See category "Real Answers for Life")


But, I can truly say that knowing Jesus Christ has made all the difference. When you know Jesus, well, He kind of rubs off on you!

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Living the Gospel...Really?

Posted by Lorraine Serra on May 9, 2014 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

"The problem with hearing the Gospel is

The perceived impossibility of living the Gospel:

'Love God, love others as yourself ' can only

Be accomplished when we embrace the

The sacrificial element of love….


When we lay down our lives as Jesus did,

We make room for His Spirit to empower us

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