How the subject came up I don't recall.
Richard L. Floyd
The people of God have always wrestled with the question of where God's Spirit is at work.
We have a shame problem in America.
"Dependence" is frowned upon in our society, while "independence" is seen as a good thing.
When Paul describes us as "earthen vessels" in the verse above, he doesn't use the word for "good china." He's talking about ordinary, everyday dishes.
God sees straight into your heart. God sees the awful, cringeworthy parts. And She does not say, "What's wrong with you?"
Thank you for the free gift of grace because I cannot get it for myself.
What we bring with us to the issues of life sets the tone for what we will receive.
When I work with the children and youth of my church, I'm always aware of the power I hold to shape their futures. I try to remember that an off-hand comment might squelch a kid's dream.
We imagine that we have arrived, that we are the smart, the strong, the good and the successful. But face to face with Jesus, we find that maybe we have made a little too much of ourselves.