Category Archives: Scripture

How Can We Stop Human Trafficking?

Why in the World is human trafficking going on?

My heart is broken. Every time I hear about someone who has been captured and put into slavery or someone abused I get upset. Human trafficking has got to stop. What can we do?

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A few years ago I felt compelled to advocate against human trafficking. At that time I helped Ratanak. The next year I helped a small organization working for Dunamis.

But this year God put it on my heart to join International Justice Mission (IJMCanada).

What can you do to help fight against human trafficking and abuse?

  1. I made a team called Chain Breakers
  2. My Artists and Writers Group in Facebook is study scriptures for this month. You can download 30-Verses-to-Pray-Against-DMST or join us on our group.
  3. Yellow shows the light we can shine on the darkness.  The campaign is called Bold in the Cold #liveboldinthecold. But since I am now in Arizona I changed mine to Be Bold – Wear Yellow. Join me.

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4. I have challenged myself to work on 30 sketches, pictures and paintings for this month – in yellow. This is Day one – yesterday.

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5. I have a Facebook Page called Help Break the Chains of Abuse.

6. And finally you are the first to know – I am going to give ALL the MONEY collected this month for sales of Tadeo Turtle and The Kingdom of Thrim to International Justice Mission. Please go to Amazon and order your copy  of my books.

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Thursday Thoughts – An interesting start to the day

Thursday Thoughts – An interesting start to the day

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The other day I downloaded a new app called #First5. Right now they are going through the book of Genesis. This week I have enjoyed 5 minutes each morning reading and thinking and writing in my journal. This app was created by Proverbs 31 Ministries and Lysa TerKeurst to be used on your phone or IPad.

First5App.

There is a Facebook page and Twitter.

There is also a specific journal to buy, but at the moment I am journalling as I usually do – on my own. There is also a place to log in and comment.

Have a great day,

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Sunday Stillness – Learn a SIMPLE way to study the Bible

Learn a SIMPLE way to study the Bible

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I realize that it isn’t easy to study the Bible without a formal group study. Trying to study it by yourself can be frustrating at times. I have tried many different methods.

Here are three:

Precept Ministries (Using lines, squares, triangles – and good thinking skills you can work your way through a passage) – Inductive Bible Study

The 5 Ps of Bible Study – by Priscilla Shirer

An African Bible Study – this is usually done in a group but could be used by yourself.

This week God gave me a new way to study the Bible on my own. I call it SIMPLE, because it really is SIMPLE.

A SIMPLE Bible Study – click to download a PDF version of the SIMPLE Bible Study by Janis Cox

Before I start any passage I will pray for God’s Spirit to guide my study. I always have a journal in which to record my questions, answers and inspirational thoughts.

S – Say the passage aloud. I know that sounds silly but hearing it aloud helps you think clearly about what you are reading.

I – Identify the characters, the setting, the circumstances surrounding this passage. This could take some hunting for some passages. (Use a study Bible or google the passage to find a commentary.)

M- Make a list of the thoughts, questions and ideas that come to you while you read this passage. The questions you have may not be answered today but they will be answered. Believe it.

P – Pray again for God’s guidance. Let the Spirit lead you. Stop for a minute and listen to Him. Ask God to show you how you can apply what you have been studying to your life.

L- Life – How can I apply what I have been studying to my life? This is the time to journal your ideas and thoughts.

E – Exit the passage with a prayer for God to help you remember what you have learned and help you use this knowledge in your daily life.

Praying and studying the Bible go together.

Next week I will take this method, choose a passage and follow it. If you wish to try it I will be using John 3:1-8. See what you come up with. Make a post about it and link to #SundayStillness.

Prayer:

Lord help us all to study Your Word more and more. Help us use the best method for each of us to learn more about You. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Tweetables:

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Sunday Stillness – Let’s Just Pray

Sunday Stillness – Let’s Just Pray

This month of September on #UTCOP we will be offering prayer posts to our Lord. All our contributors will be posting their prayers.

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We hope you will join us with your own prayers in the comments or by linking prayer posts.

Listen to this prayer of mine, God;
pay attention to what I’m asking.
Answer me—you’re famous for your answers ( Psalm 143:1, The Message)!

Let’s fill the web with the prayers of His Saints. Hear our prayers, Oh Lord. And in Your love, answer them.

The voice of the Spirit is … so gentle…unless you are living in perfect communication with God, you never hear it (Oswald Chambers, August 13).

Prayer:

Lord, we come to You, humbled by the knowledge that we humans can actually talk directly to our Creator God, Lord of the Universe. Guide us this month as we open our hearts to You; as we thank You; cry out to You; and yes even question You. Teach us as we pray to trust You; listen to You and follow You.

Teach us to be still so we can listen. Thank You, Jesus, who made the Way for this communication. In His precious Name, Amen.

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As I Cry Out

I call on You, Lord
Change me as You desire
Open my ears to hear
Open my eyes to see
Open my heart to feel.

Help me to teach others to pray
Carve a spot in our lives
To have a God-conversation.

Then help to make
That conversation on-going
So Your Spirit is in us
At all times.

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How to Interact with Scripture

How to Interact with Scripture

by Kimberley Payne

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So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes (Daniel 9:3, NIV).

There are many prayers in the Old Testament, but Daniel’s prayer stands out as one of the most powerful. Daniel meditated on Scripture and his prayers reflected this. He allowed God to speak to him through his readings and then spoke back to God through his prayers.

God’s word, the Bible, is God speaking to us.

How can we respond? We can speak back to Him. When we read Scripture, we can pause, think about what He’s saying, and say something to Him in response. God desires a two-way conversation.

This may be foreign to you and you may wonder what to say. Take for example, that you read a passage of Scripture that is difficult to understand. Instead of skipping over it, you may stop and say, “God I find this passage confusing. Please help me to understand Your word.” Or you may read something that you have trouble believing. Take a moment to ask God to help you believe and increase your faith.

You may read a passage that moves you because of a demonstration of God’s power and majesty. Stop and take a moment to praise Him for who He is. Thank Him for the work He’s done on your behalf. Give Him the worship and thanksgiving that He’s worthy of.

Or you may read a passage that reminds you of a need you or someone else has. Stop and take a moment to lift that need to God and intercede on behalf of someone else.

Reading the Bible doesn’t need to be
just a quiet time of reflection.

We can read God’s word and talk with Him like Daniel did.

Prayer:

Dear Lord – Thank You for Your Word. It is life-saving, inspiring, and healing. I pray that You will remind me daily to read the Bible and pray back to you Your Word as it speaks to my heart. In Jesus name, I pray.

Tweetables:

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Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com

 

How Can We Live our Lives and Be True to God?

How Can We Live our Lives and Be True to God?

by T. L. Wiens

 

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I was approached by a young man who was in great distress. He’d prayed and prayed for a friend but nothing changed. I asked a few questions and soon had a more complete picture of the situation. He was sleeping with this friend who also happened to be married. His prayer—she’d leave her husband and choose him.

I know the young man was well intentioned or at least justified his choices in his mind.

But you can’t expect God to honour your prayers
when you refuse to respect Him.

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Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, KJV).

Thankfully, this young man realized he was in sin and broke up with this lady. Now, he has a mountain of guilt to overcome.

Sadly, few Christians read the Bible and take its instruction to heart. My sister left her husband and moved in with another man. We talked and then she sent me a long letter justifying herself with the Bible. I love my sister and knew I had to be obedient to God’s word to show that love.

Scripture explains how to handle a situation of this nature. In verse 11 it says:

But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat (1 Corinthians 5:11, KJV).

I took that verse along with the rest of the chapter and applied it. I was accused by many followers of Christ of being mean and hateful. I showed them this passage again and again but they leaned on their own understanding—a loving God would never do this.

For several years, I didn’t talk to my sister and lived with the condemnation of friends and family for this action.

Then, I got a letter from my sister. She thanked me for truly loving her. The man was out of her life and she was rebuilding her relationship with Christ. She also wrote about realizing how many of those around her couldn’t possibly have loved her.

She’d read:

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments (1 John 5:2, KJV).

When prayers seem to fall on deaf ears, I don’t blame God. I search my life and usually it doesn’t take long to find the break in the line of communication.

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Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit T. L. Wiens for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.

 

 

Sunday Stillness – The Tender Shoot

Sunday Stillness – The Tender Shoot

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I have been meditating on the cross. Today the word “tender” came to me. And then I found “tender shoot”. Here is the full scripture in NIV and the Message:

He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him (Isaiah 53:2, NIV).

The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling,
a scrubby plant in a parched field.
There was nothing attractive about him,
nothing to cause us to take a second look (Isaiah 53:2, The Message).

Then I watched the Billy Graham 95th birthday video thanks to my friend Joanne at Days and Thoughts. And it said it all – The Cross; how offensive it is; how weak; how lowly; – but how powerful it became when our Lord rose and conquered death for us.

So those days when you feel weak (like I did yesterday), call on Jesus, He is strong. For those days when you feel strong, keep close to Him so you know that you are following His Way and not yours.

For those looking for deeper meaning in this Scripture check out John Gill’s commentary.

Here is the video. I encourage you to watch it.

Today is Sunday Stillness – be still before Him.

Stop and feel His touch.

Blessings,

Janis

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