Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. - Hebrews 3:1
Has it ever been easier than now for a believer to become distracted and lose focus on God? If the apostle Paul found himself “greatly distressed” that Athens was “full of idols” (Acts 17:16), what would he think after checking out today’s culture–the internet, TV, movies, DVD’s, video games, radio, faxes, email, cell phones, etc.?
A recent Wall Street Journal article quotes an Internet guru who plugged the word “God” into a popular search engine. He received 600,000 responses—remarkably close to the 775,000 sites listed for “sex.” Yahoo lists 17,000 sites devoted to religion and spirituality, compared with 12,000 about movies.
And these figures are expanding exponentially. We’re only a mouse click away from countless links, Web pages, and chat rooms, that attempt to define God, recast Him into our own image, or explain Him away altogether.
With all this at your fingertips, it’s more important than ever to stay connected to and focused on the true God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked by things that aren’t true. In other words, hold onto God’s Son for dear life! Even when the distractions of the world are tugging at your sleeve to let go.
“We can tell from our experience that His light is more powerful than the deepest darkness. . . How wonderful that the reality of His presence is greater than the reality of the hell about us. - Betsie ten Boom, to her sister, Corrie (1930-1944)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
Whether he was there or not during your youth, your father has shaped and continues to shape who you are and how you function in every aspect of your life. And while our culture devalues the contribution that a father makes to a family, it is clear that those of us with an absent or detached father have an empty, undefinable longing–for Dad. Making Peace with Your Father offers you a comprehensive look at the role of the father. It celebrates the positive influence a dad can have and uncovers the consequences that absent or abusive fathers have on their children. Most importantly, it takes you through eleven steps that will move you toward forgiveness so that you can make peace with your earthly father for the pain or difficulties he has brought to your life–allowing you to develop a closer relationship with your heavenly Father.