How to Glorify God in the Fall

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 No comments
Fall activities are a great opportunity to share the love of Christ. Here are 5 tips and ideas to help you glorify God in the Fall!

How to Glorify God with Your Fall Activities

Adorning the Dark Book Review

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 No comments
Adorning the Dark by Andrew Peterson is an excellent and encouraging book. Learn what Adorning the Dark taught me about community, art, longing, and stewardship. 

woman holding the book Adorning the Dark

Is God Really in Control?

Friday, April 17, 2020 No comments
The Bible tells us that God is in control and has a plan for our lives, but how can we be sure? Is God really in control? Learn what the Bible says about God's control and sovereignty today.

God is in control

As Christians, we know that the Bible is supposed to be our authority. We often tell people that they should trust what the Bible says. We suggest comforting Bible verses to help our friends when they are going through a tough situation, and we offer to pray for them. We champion the idea of God being in control and we offer counsel on how to do that. Those are good things to do -- in fact, we should do that -- but I think what happens sometimes is that we are happy to give prayer and scripture to others during their trials, but then when we are faced with difficult things ourselves, we start to wonder why God would allow us to suffer.

It is in times of suffering when we are tempted to ask the question "is God really in control?' It is when we are hurt, afraid, or confused that we find ourselves questioning God's sovereignty.

The sovereignty of God means that God is in control, has a plan, and is governing the world with perfect justice, grace, love, and righteousness. It means that whatever comes to pass has a purpose. And while it can be a challenge to believe that God is in control in circumstances beyond our control, the Bible is clear that God is good, sovereign, and in control.

Believing in God's sovereignty and control requires trust on our part. But if we know Jesus then we know He is trustworthy. We know that if He was willing to give His life for us, then we can trust Him with anything else that comes our way too. This is excellent news for believers! Praise God!

So despite all the suffering we see in our world -- the broken homes, the illnesses, the deaths, the layoffs, and so many other injustices and hurting people -- the Bible says that He is sovereign over everything and He will take what is broken and tattered and use it for His glory and the good of His people. Is God really in control? Yes! And if you need to see it for yourself, here are 20 Bible verses that show God's control and sovereignty in our lives.

Is God really in control?

20 Bible Verses About God's Sovereignty and Control

  1. "The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD." -Proverbs 16:33

  2. "I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” -Job 42:2

  3. "Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’" -Isaiah 46:9-10

  4. " The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all." -Psalm 103:19

  5. "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." -Romans 8:28

  6. "Whatever the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps." -Psalm 135:6

  7. "Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it?" -Lamentations 3:37

  8. "Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use?" -Romans 9:21

  9. "In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory." -Ephesians 1:11-12

  10. "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?" -Jeremiah 32:27

  11. "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today." -Genesis 50:20

  12. "He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;" -Daniel 2:21

  13. "For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure." -Philippians 2:13

  14. "But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” -Matthew 19:26

  15. "For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him." -Colossians 1:16

  16. "You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day." -Deuteronomy 8:18

  17. "Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all." -1 Chronicles 29:11

  18. "And said, “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you." -2 Chronicles 20:6

  19. "Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them." -Psalm 139:16

  20. "And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." -Philippians 1:6

Is God in control when bad things happen?

Trust in the Lord

We can trust God. The Bible is full of proof that not only is He in control, but also that He is good (Exodus 34:6, 1 Chronicles 16:34, Psalm 145:9, Matthew 7:11) and that we can trust Him (Psalm 33:4, Psalm 111:7, 2 Timothy 2:11, 1 Thessalonians 5:24). Spend some time thanking Him for that fact today, and ask for God's help and be determined to believe what His word says: That He is sovereign, that He is good, and that He is trustworthy. Praise be to God!

How to Encourage Your Loved Ones from a Distance

Monday, April 13, 2020 No comments
Even when we are far away from friends and family, it's important to find ways to be an encouragement. Learn how to encourage your loved ones from a distance today!

How to encourage loved ones from a distance

5 Free Online Christian Resources To Check Out While You Are Stuck at Home

Friday, March 27, 2020 No comments
Are you looking for solid, Christian resources to help you grow in your faith while you are stuck at home? Check out these 5 online Christian resources and activities today!

5 Free Online Resources for Christians Who are Stuck at Home

8 Types of Vulnerable People to Pray While You are Homebound

Sunday, March 15, 2020 No comments
Who should you pray for during a medical crisis? Here are 8 types of vulnerable people to pray for during a medical crisis.

a list of vulnerable people to pray for during a crisis

The Best Year-Long Bible Reading Plans

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 No comments
Using a daily Bible reading plan can help you stay on track and help you grow in your walk with God. Check out the best year-long Bible reading plans today.

Read through the Bible Plan

I like to read the Bible, and I like to learn more and grow in my walk with God. But I am also a slow reader and struggle to be disciplined when it comes to reading God's word everyday. And while I don't believe that a person has to read a certain amount per day, or that they need to finish the whole Bible in a certain length of time, I recognize that having a plan helps most people. Having a Bible reading plan is a smart, focused way for a Christian to grow in their faith.

Having a Bible reading plan looks different for the individual Christian. Some people need a "Bible in one year" plan. Others simply need a plan that will get them in the Word everyday, regardless of how much or little they may read on a given day. For me, I never dive into a plan that is for reading the Bible in one year, because I am such a slow reader that the task is too much for me to handle. Then, when I fail, I get bummed out and give up. But for some people, the challenge of reading the Bible in a year (or less) is exactly what gets them reading more consistently.

Whichever category you fit into, the point is not who reads the most or who reads the fastest. The point is communion with God and making sure that it is a daily priority. So today, I am sharing a few Bible reading plans that can help you get in the word daily so that you can grow in your walk with God and know Him more.

Year-long Bible study plans

The Best Year-Long Bible Reading Plans

Word to Worship by Amy Gannett

I follow Amy on Instagram and I am so encouraged by her. I also really wish we could hang out in real life, because she seems like my kind of person, ya know?
Amy wants to help women get in the word of God every day, so she created a plan to help us do just that. Get the Word to Worship plan here.

Daily Biblical Reflections by Alastair Roberts

My husband has been listening to these Youtube readings by Alastair Roberts since the start of the new year. Though Alistair Roberts has more of a theologian brain than I do, the nice thing about these videos is that he reads the entire passage to you and then gives a commentary on it. He does this with both the Old and New Testament readings each day. That way, if you would like to hear commentary on the verses, it's there for you, but if you want to go straight from the OT reading to the NT reading, you can just skip past the commentary and still get the Bible reading. Plus, if you like awesome accents, this will be a treat!

The Read the Bible Plan with Crossway and The Gospel Coalition

The Gospel Coalition and Crossway have partnered together to create a Bible reading plan for 2020. Despite the fact that this is a dated plan (meaning it technically starts January 1st, 2020 and ends December 31st, 2020), you could still do it at your own pace, or from whatever day you decide to start. There are also other resources they've provided to go along side this plan, which you can find in this Gospel Coalition blog post.

5 Day Bible Reading Plan by Lower Lights Publication

My pastor suggested this reading plan. It's what he is using and what other members of our church are using. The benefit of this plan is that it's only 5 days a week, so you can use the weekends to catch up if you miss a weekday. A friend at church told me that this feature has been helpful for her.

Read Your Bible

Friends, whether you choose a Bible reading plan or you choose to read at your own pace completely, please be in the Word of God. It takes discipline and patience and endurance, but God's Word is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12) and really does transform us. Let us rely on God's strength and ask Him to help us. Let us commit our time to Him and remember it's importance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Should I only start a Bible reading plan in the new year?
A: Bible reading plans can be started at any time. Even a "read the Bible in a year" plan can be adjusted to your timeline and done in one year from whenever you started. Sure, the days may be off, but it's still accomplishing the same thing.

Q: What if I miss a day of reading?
A: If you miss a day of your Bible reading plan, you can either read extra the next day to catch up, or you can simply be a day "behind". Again, the point of a Bible reading plan is not to achieve a certain mark. The goal is communion with God and you can have this whether or not you have missed days on your plan. Each day is fresh with mercy (Lamentations 3:22-23). Catch up, or start from where you left off, and just spend time with your Creator.