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Should Not Hearts Burn to Witness

Updated on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 6:36AM by Registered CommenterStill Ripples

Lord, You have both written on and speak to my inner being; how I long to write something that would speak to Yours. Though You have no need for men's words, You delight Yourself in those who keep Your commandments, offering them friendship and testifying to their obedience before the enemy and before the world. Pour out Your Spirit, oh Lord, upon Your scribe that I write outside of myself, for if I may pen what touches the heart of God, then surely the stone within men would shatter as their minds engage to the inscription by your finger.

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The Mourner's Release

Nothing would appear to call the sovereignty of God into question more than the presence of death and the suffering it brings, expected and unexpected, especially when it involves a child -- from our perspective the greatest expression of human innocence. A variety of reasons may be provided for the death of an adult, but it is that of a child that shakes the foundation of any worldview holding to ultimate goodness. Every rationality seems to fail both to comfort and relieve the questioner.

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Seeing the Truth and Will of God

Feeling is never an acceptable standard for determining truth or measuring the will of God. As human beings we dread what we do not understand, we are hesitant of the uncomfortable, and we mistake a minute level of happiness for the overwhelming, fulfilling joy that only He provides and elicits within the believer. Paralleled to three of the major components or factors incorporated into the human eye for vision, there are three that form the standard that allows us to "see."

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To the One Who Hurts

What wisdom is behind your suffering?
What lesson is there to gain?
When everyday carries ceaseless hurt, you wonder what you have done.
Is there virtue or reason as worry increases?
Knowing the why may alleviate the senseless, and yet question is felt.
Silence seems the response to prayer and doubt, the true watcher. In all that you know of His Word...His character...His love, is there glory in pain?

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Discord of Disconnection

There are times when I feel such a disconnection from the Lord. When from Him I wonder where I am. How did I get into this desert valley - the only one crossing this "no-man's land"? I hunger... I thirst and every step grows heavier as my shoes fill with sand and sink below the surface. Sweat fills my brow. Pain enflames every limb. Doubt clouds even the notion of confidence. My direction has faded....

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