• Dependent Living

    Dependent Living—God’s desire for His children

    Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 1:9, “But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” Not relying on ourselves. Relying on God. In the verse before this one, Paul describes how he and his companions were experiencing something far beyond their ability to endure. On their own. If you ever studied Acts, you realize how tenacious Paul is, how bold he is, how much he endures, and how he even endures beatings and imprisonments with singing. After all that time, why did God still want them to rely on Him rather than what they had learned already? If you look up the definition…

  • Engage

    A Morning Prayer

    Soul care requires us to realize our utter dependence on Christ, who said, “Apart from me, you can do nothing,” (John 15:5). A couple of years ago I read this morning prayer by John Baillie (1886-1960) and posted it on my blog. Its message seemed perfect to share with you today: O God my Creator and Redeemer, I may not go forth today except You accompany me with Your blessing. Let not the vigor and freshness of the morning, or the glow of good health, or the present prosperity of my undertakings, deceive me into a false reliance upon my own strength. All these good gifts have come to me…