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I’m in the middle of writing an article on loneliness as a means to drive us deeper into God’s heart and was just struck by the passage this nugget came from. The context is distress and anguish, feeling the grip of death’s crushing pull. Maybe you can relate. But the author of this psalm lifts his eyes above his circumstances and prays for deliverance. He meditates on the character of God; how He is gracious, righteous, and merciful. He remembers what God has done; how He preserves the simple and rescued him when he was flat on his back, hopeless and alone. Then comes verse seven. Circumstances haven’t changed for the author but, then again, God’s worthiness to be worshipped has never been contingent on ideal circumstances. No matter what our lives might look like right now, no matter how uncomfortable or excruciating our circumstances might be, if we have been redeemed by Jesus, we have every reason to “return to our rest;” for the the Lord INDEED has dealt bountifully with us. And He is worthy of our praise and confidence right here. •••• [Also, 1) this is not a staged photo and 2) you should go read all of Psalm 116 for yourself.]
Happy birthday to the best big sister! 🥳 You are as genuine and intentional as they get; you love deep and feel big, and I’m so thankful for your heart and life. 💜 Additionally, I’d like to know how much you were paid to hug me in this photo.
“Do not despair, dear heart, but come to the Lord with all your jagged wounds, black bruises, and running sores. He alone can heal, and He delights to do it. It is our Lord’s office to bind up the brokenhearted, and He is gloriously at home at it.” -Charles Spurgeon
“Theologians who limit the means of grace to overtly redemptive religious practices miss something about the God who speaks without words in the theater of His creation.” -David Powlison

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Facts About Mormonism

We have a Mormon presidential candidate for the first time in United States history, but what do Mormons actually believe? Below is a list of some statistics and facts about the Mormon church in hopes to educate any and all readers.

  • Mormonism is a religious tradition branching from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
  • The church was formally organized in 1830.
  • According to the National Council of Churches, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the second-fastest-growing church in the United States.
  • Worldwide, the church has 14,441,346 members.
  • The church believes each person lived a pre-mortal life in heaven with God, but then was sent to earth for a time of learning. The learning included sin–a separation from God–that could only be remedied by Jesus Christ, the first person to conquer sin and death. Through Jesus’ atonement, all people can return to heaven and live with God forever.
  • The purpose of a person’s time on earth is to find happiness by doing as much good in the world as possible.
  • The Book of Mormon is the primary text of the Mormons and Latter-Day Saints, although they do believe in the Bible as God’s Word as well.
  • Mormons believe marriage to be between one man and one woman.
  • The church believes God has spoken against the use of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, coffee and tea, with great blessings for those who follow this Word of Wisdom given to Joseph Smith by God in 1833.
  • The church is against abortion except in situations of rape and health of the mother.
  • In 1998, then President of the church, Gordon B. Hinckley, declared, “This Church has nothing whatever to do with those practicing polygamy. They are not members of this Church…. If any of our members are found to be practicing plural marriage, they are excommunicated, the most serious penalty the Church can impose. Not only are those so involved in direct violation of the civil law, they are in violation of the law of this Church.”
  • Family is of the utmost importance to the Mormon church and they believe families will be linked together eternally, not just during life on earth.



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