Christian Living

Is God Ever Disappointed in Us?

The definition of disappointing is to fail to fulfil hopes or expectations. Sometimes we place our expectations on other people and are disappointed when they don’t behave in the way we think that they should. And sometimes we are disappointed in ourselves when we don’t live up to our own expectations. But, is God ever disappointed in us?

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What Does Put on the Breastplate of Righteousness Mean?

The Christian life is described as a spiritual battle, which put simply is anything that tries to disrupt our faith and belief in God. This battle has to be fought with spiritual weapons, and Scripture uses imagery to describe all that God has provided for our defence. If we visualize the different parts of the spiritual armor that we have been given it often assists our prayers. As we put on the breastplate of righteousness we are focusing on the protection that we have been given for the most vulnerable part of our body, our heart. But what exactly is the breastplate of righteousness and how does it protect us?

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Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus

In the gospel of John we read of an unlikely partnership of two men from rival parties. The Sadducees were the Temple party who controlled the priesthood, and had political power, with authority under Roman rule. The Pharisees focused on the law, with personal piety, and had influence over the general population. How did Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, men from opposing groups, come to be working together?

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Christian Living

What Does it Mean to Guard Your Heart Above All Else?

There are many phrases in the Biblical book of Proverbs, that have become popular sayings today. They were written by king Solomon, and are widely recognized as words of wisdom. After all, that was God’s gift to him and, through these words, to us. Some of the sayings are clear and easy to understand, but others cause us to pause and reflect. Guard your heart above all else, is one of those proverbs that make you think, what does that really mean?

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Spiritual Armor – Do We Need All 7 Pieces?

When we by faith accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we become children of God. This is a position of privilege, as we inherit God’s promises and blessings and experience His goodness in our daily life. But we also need to be aware that we become part of a cosmic spiritual battle, revealed throughout Scripture, between God and Satan. This is not something to be alarmed about because Jesus came to destroy Satan’s work, and he is a defeated foe. But the battle is not over yet, and we have been given spiritual armor for our protection so that we can stand against Satan’s schemes.

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