As you have noticed (and we agree), this website is pretty awesome. Why you would choose to not be a member or logged in is baffling to both of us. The process is simple and costs you nothing, unless you really feel the urge to pay then we will not deny you that request. Back on point, once you become a member you will wonder why you put up with this notice all this time and ask yourself, "What was I thinking?" Being a tWebber is too awesome to pass up.
So stop playing ninja trying to act all stealth and lurking about (we see you), do you really want to be seen as a "lurker". Its like you are peeking in people's windows while they undress. How naughty of you. Does your mom know what you are doing right now? She agrees you should just register or login already. Good job.
Sometimes this verse sounds and feels like a vibrant reflection of a heart filled with praise, a joyful affirmation of God's goodness, majesty and power- but at other times it feels like a cruel mockery. It is not easy to "rejoice and be glad" when it seems there isn't anything to be glad about. When we are in pain, or grieving, or sad, or suffering it sounds so trite to say "be glad!" Yet by God's power and grace we can still rejoice and be glad.
The difference between Christians and those in the world is not that we have our suffering and pain miraculously taken away, but that even in our suffering we can know that we do not walk alone in the valleys of shadow. The apostle Paul did not become hopeless in the face of suffering, but he understood that we are tempered and refined through trial. He discovered that in Christ our suffering can be used to transform us and build our character.
Rejoice in the day the Lord has made!
"Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed" - Psalm 139:16 (NRSV)
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