Bible Reading Plan thoughts: God’s providence in using Deborah and Jael

We read of Jael in the Bible Reading Plan today. God's providential intervention is evident in today's reading. Jael Jael was the wife of Heber the Kenite. Sisera had been cruelly oppressing the Hebrews for 20 years. The people cried out. Deborah was civic leader at that time, prophesying and judging. She sent for Barak, …

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A move of the holy spirit & Christian emotionalists

We hear a lot about the big moves of the Holy Spirit. We see Youtube clips of young millennials falling to the floor, or standing with arms upstretched in front of smoke filled stages, pulsing lights, glitter, laughing and sobbing. Afterward they smile tiredly, saying "The Holy Spirit really moved!" Or, "The Holy Spirit really …

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A year end thank you for all that Grace To You has done for me

A letter I wrote to GTY regarding thanks for the radio ministry. The ministry means SO MUCH to me. Dear Grace To You, I want to take a moment to share how God used John's radio broadcast in my spiritual life. I was saved at age 44. Before salvation, I spent my life as all …

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In My Seat: a 9/11 Pilot’s Story and the Providence of God

God is in sovereign control of every single thing on this earth, in heaven, and throughout the universe. He is at work providentially, invisibly. We would never have known this story until the video was made and the man told of this event. Yet known or unknown, this story of providence is repeated millions of …

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There’s no such thing as tragedy in a Christian’s life

This will be among the shortest blog essays I've ever written, but it will be one of the most powerful. At least, it was for me. I pray it is for you as well. John Gerstner was a Professor of Church History at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Knox Theological Seminary and an authority on the …

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God’s sovereignty in providence: Esther and Jael

God is sovereign of the entire universe. He plans what he plans and He does what he pleases. Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. (Psalm 115:3). It's admittedly hard to understand how God can and does orchestrate all events at once, constantly, over the earth and throughout the stars, …

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Do we have the ability to interpret our own circumstances? Should we?

The title's question is an important one. According to New Age-ish teachers like Henry Blackaby in his Experiencing God study, God speaks through circumstances to reveal himself, his purposes and his ways. What Blackaby means in using the word circumstances, is Providence. J. Vernon McGee said providence is "the means by which God directs all …

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