Here’s a common but unfortunate scenario that happens often amongst followers of Jesus: person A asks person B to pray for her, and person B agrees, all the while knowing that she will probably forget to do this.
Don’t follow your heart. Embrace your role.
As much as we appropriately emphasize grace — a ubiquitous concept in the Bible — if we want to make disciples of men in particular, we will do well to emphasize the hardship and struggle of the Christian life, and that such struggle is very good.
Next year when Saint Patrick’s Day comes around, you might be excited about the holiday or you might not be enthused about all that accompanies it in here the States (I’m told it’s much more solemn in Ireland). You might not even have a drop of Irish blood.
With all the emphasis we’ve placed on disciple making and the Great Commission, some common and understandable misconceptions persist. Disciple makers must understand their “target,” but some of us remain farsighted while others remain nearsighted.
Is it possible that we might lack zeal not because we’ve made too much of grace but because we’ve made too little of it?
When Jesus confronts you with His power, will you trust in His mercy?
People have always recognized the physical differences between men and women, of course, but since the 1960s it’s been controversial to speak of non-physical differences between the genders.
Given the amount of information we process, as well as our human tendency toward immediate gratification, we might chalk this promise up to be something to consider down the road. But this would be a mistake.
We receive God’s trust by trusting the Promisor.