Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Opus 2015-454: December Stress

I am going through a time of great stress.  The details are not important.  It is keeping me knotted up inside.

How do I deal with stress?  Too often I become fixated and spiral downhill.  That should be impossible at this time of year.  It is time to focus on the incredible truths at the foundation of Christmas.  We are celebrating the incarnation, God became man.  The Perfect Lamb of God moved into the world to provide the sacrifice for our sins. 

So I need to take that seriously.  Verses come to mind.  I am sure you know them.  One of everyone’s favorites is,
(Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV)  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
That does not work unless you apply it.  Trust is faith.  Trusting is living by faith. 

Am I willing to apply this?  How can I claim to be saved by faith if I do not have the faith to walk daily and trust?

I was looking for the verse in Psalms that contains the words “Be still and know that I am God.”  In my search I came across another verse that had the key phrase
(Mark 4:39 KJV)  And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
My seas are choppy.  I am trusting God to not only calm the waves, but calm the heart.

homo unius libri


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    1. Thanks. As someone once said about the good and the bad of life, "This too shall pass."

      Grace and peace.

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    1. Thank you. I really don't want to find out what life would be like without the prayers of friends and family.

      Grace and peace.


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