STAND FIRM|3 Bible Verses About Persevering

STAND FIRM|3 Bible Verses About Persevering

As the end of January draws near, there is an entire semester of school remaining in the school year. The weather is frigid and everyone is tired of shoveling snow. People are sick of the cold and flu season. New Year’s resolutions are falling by the wayside. It’s common to feel like life’s circumstances are unbearable and it is hard to keep trudging along when you encounter the difficulties of life. This blog article, written by Enlightium Academy’s very own Bible teacher, Heath Robertson, serves to provide you with some biblical guidance on what Scriptures you can turn to when you could use help staying the course. His insight on these 3 Bible verses about persevering through hard times may be just what you need to rely upon God’s word to stand firm and carry on.

 

  • 1 Timothy 4:7

  • Galatians 6:9

  • Romans 5:3-4

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The Steadfast Determination of Swimming Prodigy Michael Andrew

The Steadfast Determination of Swimming Prodigy Michael Andrew

Michael Andrew is a seventeen-year-old with a God-given gift for swimming. He has broken more National Age Group Records than any other US swimmer, including Michael Phelps. Although he missed qualifying for the Rio Olympic team by .64 seconds, he did set the World Junior Record in the 100 meter Breaststroke. “Now’s just not my time,” Michael Andrew told reporters with a smile on his face, just moments after his Olympic trials came to a close. What gives him this peace and steadfast determination?

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7 Christian Athletes in the Rio Olympics Giving God the Glory

7 Christian Athletes in the Rio Olympics Giving God the Glory

(Photograph of Allyson Felix courtesy of Flickr. Equipe américaine du 4x400 à Londres, 2012. On voit ici Allyson Felix, is the work of Citizen59 under this CC license.)

 

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a Christian athlete in the Olympics? How would you live out your faith in an environment that stresses your mind and stretches your sanity? The following athletes shine a light on what it means to live Christ-like during The Games and how their faith in something bigger than themselves is how they have made it where they are today.

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Understanding Pentecost: The Fulfillment of God’s Promise

Understanding Pentecost: The Fulfillment of God’s Promise

“I will ask the Father, and he will send another Companion, who will be with you forever. This Companion is the Spirit of Truth”

(John 14:16-17).

 

In the early days of the Christian church certain days of the year were considered significant due to the events that had occurred on or near those days. Those days came to be days of celebration, of feasting and festivities. Today many of those days are still part of the church calendar, but are not celebrated by all denominations. One such day is Pentecost.

 

Understanding Pentecost and the importance attached to it can be difficult for Christians who did not grow up in a church that observes Pentecost celebrations. Yet, Pentecost commemorates an important event in the church: the day when God fulfilled a promise that Jesus made to his disciples. Understanding Pentecost increases our understanding of the God we serve, the God who exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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What Does God Say About Prayer? - Here are Five Answers from Scripture

What Does God Say About Prayer? - Here are Five Answers from Scripture

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:9-13, NIV).  

The Lord’s Prayer is a gift that Jesus gave his disciples, to teach them how to pray. Most Christians who attend church regularly have learned this prayer at some point, and for many it becomes a cornerstone in their prayer life. However, it is by far not the only answer to the question, “What does God say about prayer?” The Bible is rich in instructions on how to pray.

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Principles that Allow for Growth in God’s Will

Principles that Allow for Growth in God’s Will

Part 3: Helping Your Children Reach Their Full Potential

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

 

God is in control, yet we are called to cooperate in His guiding will. According to Romans 8:28, “God works in all things for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” That does not mean we must fearfully search for a single path that we think He has planned out for us in order for us to be in and cooperate with His will. That is impossible; we cannot know the full depths of His wisdom. Rather, He knows our path as we experience growth in God’s will daily.

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Asking the Question: “What is the Will of God?”

Asking the Question: “What is the Will of God?”

From early childhood I earnestly sought to follow the path God has for me.  Like many young Christians, I pictured this path as a singular direction, a “destiny”, which I had to find. When I graduated from high school, I was ready to find that destiny. I asked myself sincerely, “What is the will of God for the rest of my life?”

Before I started college my mother gave me a book called The Will of God as a Way of Life. In the first chapter author Jerry Sittser says, “The will of God concerns the present more than the future; it deals with our motives as well as our actions; it focuses on the little decisions we make every day even more than the big decisions we make about the future.”  

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Missionary Stories from Around the World that Inspire This Christian Math Teacher

Missionary Stories from Around the World that Inspire This Christian Math Teacher

I love Jesus. There is no doubt in my mind. I also love people, and I know that Jesus calls us to share His love with others every day. Even so, sometimes I get distracted. From paying bills to watching sports, grocery shopping to reading a good book, there are a thousand things to compete for my attention.

Then I come across a story that reignites that passion to see people come to know my God and His great love, stories of people with great passion and deep faith. God has used the these stories of missionaries from around the world to remind me of His calling to share His word and His love. As you read these stories, may your faith be renewed and your fire relit, as mine have been.

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Biblical Idioms Through the Eyes of an English Teacher

Biblical Idioms Through the Eyes of an English Teacher

As an English teacher, I encounter idioms constantly.  As a student of languages, I find them constantly fascinating. As a Christian who seeks wisdom from scripture, I found biblical idioms reflected in God’s Word.

An idiom is a phrase that has a different meaning than the one suggested by the words that make up the phrase.  There is no logical reason that we say “It’s raining cats and dogs” or tell children “Don’t cry over spilt milk,” but we do.  What’s more, we understand each other.  Finding the correct meaning in these phrases is “a piece of cake.”

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10 Bible Passages to Read Aloud with Your Family

10 Bible Passages to Read Aloud with Your Family

During this difficult time of moral decline in our society, it is crucial to maintain not only a strong personal relationship with God, but also maintain a godly family, which is united to serve Jesus Christ.

One powerful way to develop your family unity with one another and with God is by reading the Bible together and having close fellowship as a family. I would like to suggest 10 Bible passages to read outloud with your family that I believe to be inspiring, encouraging, and thought-provoking.

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Inspiration of Scripture: Is The Bible the Inspired Word of God? [Video]

Inspiration of Scripture: Is The Bible the Inspired Word of God? [Video]

Over the last century, the doctrine of Inspiration (i.e. inspiration of Scripture) has become a centerpiece of discussion and interest, which in effect has raised many questions. For example, how can one know that the Bible is in fact inspired? If men wrote the Bible, how can it be of divine origins? How much of Scripture is actually inspired? Etc.

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5 Methods For Committing Scripture to Memory

5 Methods For Committing Scripture to Memory

Committing Scripture to memory is a vital aspect of walking out the faith. As you hide God’s Word in your heart, you have unlimited access to living it out daily. The benefits are invaluable!

However, if you’re like me, you sometimes forget what you’ve had for breakfast before noon the same day! How then can we prepare our minds to memorize God’s Word?  Here are a few tips that might be helpful:

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5 Encouraging Bible Verses for Parents of Teenagers

5 Encouraging Bible Verses for Parents of Teenagers

Parenting a teenager comes with many trials and sometimes it is hard for us to know if we are providing our child with sufficient support. Your child is entering new territory in their teen years as they are undergoing many changes both physically and mentally. While your teenager doesn’t come with a specific training manual, God’s Word provides us with some encouraging messages.  

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