Thursday Thoughts: Vol 3 | Is 20

Pastor Steve shares these articles to stimulate some Thursday Thoughts…

Good Days, Bad Days … Philip Ryken, writing for Meet the Puritans, says: “Trusting in the sovereign goodness of God helps us know how to respond to all the joys and trials of life.  Whether we are having a good day or a bad day, there is always a way for us to glorify God. So the Preacher says: “In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him” (Eccles. 7:14). You can read the rest HERE. And you should read the follow-up posted below.

Suffering and the Shepherds’ Crook … Philip Ryken writes: “As we contemplate the way that God works in the world, He teaches us the right way to live. We learn to praise God for prosperity and trust God through adversity. We learn to live a God-fearing life that is free from wickedness and self-righteousness. Those are lessons it takes a lifetime to learn. But now we return to perhaps the hardest lesson of all: Learning to look beyond our present difficulties and see the work of God, accepting all of the crooked things in life until He chooses to make them straight.” You can read the rest HERE.

Why You Need To Be In Church This Sunday … Adriel Sanchez, writing for Core Christianity, says: “There’s no place you should rather be on Sunday – the Lord’s Day – than in a church that heralds the good news of Christ’s victory over sin and death. Sadly, Sunday worship has fallen on hard times in the United States. Back in 2014, when the Barna Group asked Americans what it was that helped them to grow in their faith, going to church didn’t even make the top ten responses.” You can read the rest HERE.