Is Anger Always a Sin?

“A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.” Proverbs 15:18

God’s anger, referred to as wrath, is His holy and perfect reaction to sin. God does not sin in His anger. His anger is always justified, and throughout the Old Testament, His wrath was meant to draw His people back to Himself. Human anger, the focus of this article, is widely staked in our prideful justification. Although it is possible for us to have a righteously angry reaction to sin, most human anger rises up and reacts as a result of it. Proverbs 16:32  reminds us, “Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”

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What does “Salt of the Earth” Mean in Matthew 5:13?

“You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” Matthew 5:13 ESV

God has good plans for us, but they require us to work hard in pursuit of His will for our lives. We must daily take up our crosses and decide to follow Jesus through every obstacle that presents itself. We must seek Christ as our greatest treasure and satisfaction.

What Did Jesus Mean When He Used the Phrase ‘Salt of the Earth’?

Jesus often chose common subjects to demonstrate His teachings. “Salt was so important and valuable that Roman soldiers sometimes were paid in salt,” wrote Greg Laurie for Harvest Daily Devotion, “Hence the expression, ‘He’s not worth his salt.’” Salt on its own is used for clearing roads and preserving food, but it also enhances the taste of everything it’s added to. Even in ancient times, “salt was a symbol of lasting concord,” the New Testament Greek Lexicon defines, “because it protected food from putrefaction and preserved it unchanged.”

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7 Scripture Verses about Modesty Your Daughter Needs to Hear

“But everyone else-” my daughter trailed.

“But you’re not,” I interrupted.

Modesty isn’t only about wearing a sports bra that covers what it’s intended to in it’s entirety, but also behavior and self-perception. A lack of it leaves the door wide open for comparative worry and anxiety, threatening to steal a lot more than innocence. Here are the verses about modesty that your daughter needs to know.

1. “We are God’s handiwork.” (Ephesians 2:10a NIV)

The Greek word “handiwork” translated is “work of art.” My children bring home a lot of messes that they deem “art.” Papers and projects adorn my fridge and paintings and drawings are framed in my bookcase. I frame their messes! God has framed our “mess” with the sacrifice of His son. Jesus chose to die for the imperfect version of all of us. The messes… God’s works of art.

2. “Do not allow this world to mold you into its own image.” (Romans 12:2a The Voice)

Raising a secure daughter in a society full of comparison requires the development of humility, discretion, and constraint. God made us, and Jesus paid our ransom on the cross. A strong sense of who they are and whose they are allows them the ability to look up for assurance instead of around for answers.

3. “For physical training is of some value, but godliness (spiritual training) is of value in everything.” (1 Timothy 4:8)

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7 Effective Ways to Memorize Scripture

Memorizing Scripture alludes a lot of us. Why would the Devil want to make it easy for us to carry around the Living Word of God on the tips of our tongues and the top of our minds? Because it’s powerful! 

“I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11). 

The Hebrew word for “word” in this verse is “promise.” David wanted to hold onto God’s promise, knowing that was the only way he stood a chance of resisting sin. This side of the gospel, we cling to the promise of Jesus. We no longer have to worry about the impossibility of avoiding the fall into sin; rather, we hold onto the grace of forgiveness that allows us to repent and keep moving towards holiness … and a heart like His. Jesus is the Word. 

“In the beginning, the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it” (John 1:1-6).

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“Disciple Her,” by Kandi Gallaty, Book Review

“It’s a misconception to think that living missionary means you need to go overseas. That is definitely part of it, but what it means more accurately is that your perspective of your everyday life needs to shift. You view things from a kingdom perspective: the people around you are not just outer shells, they are embodied souls in need of a Savior.” – Gallaty, “Disciple Her”

Kandi Gallaty speaks life into the hearts of everyone woman seeking to obey Jesus’ command to “go and make disciples.” This book allows readers to see discipleship as an everyday reality rather than a daunting task. So many of us lead and attend Bible studies, but yearn for the next step in our faith. This book is a great place to dive head first into the next level of growth in our faith.  

Gallaty provides guidance based on real life experience leading and discipling women. The book is divided into two parts, the first defining discipleship and the latter teaching how to start a Discipleship Group.  

I have led a Women’s Bible Study Group for years, and appreciate the knowledge and confidence this book has given me to take my faith and my leadership to the next level. It’s both uplifting and challenging.

For those looking to take their faith to the next level, this book is a must read. I highly recommend it to Bible Study leaders and teachers. However, any group of friends with a goal to seek more of Christ will benefit from the powerful truths and accountability this book offers.

“Transparency is needed and trust is necessary. We have to remember that when things can’t be explained, we can simultaneously share our lament with others and also trust the God of the universe.” -Gallaty, “Disciple Her”

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