The Bible is the story of God’s love and faithfulness through history. Even though people stuffed up and kept sinning, God made a way to restore relationship with them - first through the law (Old Testament), then through Jesus’ death and resurrection (New Testament). God’s love does not change. He is like a good parent - he always loves his children but sometimes he doesn't like what they do. God loves you - full stop.
Faithful is not a word we use a lot outside of the church. It means that someone is trustworthy, reliable, dependable and steadfast. The great thing about God's faithfulness is that it doesn't rely on whether we are faithful to him. He is faithful despite our unfaithfulness.
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I flew in a plane recently and was sitting directly above the wing. It never ceases to amaze me that the wings don’t fall off with the weight of all the passengers and their luggage and the force of the wind as the plane hurtles along at 800kmh. When I looked more closely at the wing I noticed the thousands of rivets holding it all together. One rivet can't do the job, but 40,000 can - that’s how many rivets are in each wing of a 737.
It's the same with people, one person doesn't have much strength, influence or power but many of us together do. I think that's why God made the church - being part of a community helps us to do life better and increases our influence and impact. Acts 2:44-46 says, All the believers stayed together and shared everything. They sold their land and the things they owned. Then they divided the money and gave it to those who needed it. The believers shared a common purpose, and every day they spent much of their time together in the Temple area. They accomplished much more together than they could on their own.
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Last April we got a rescue dog, Kevin. We think he had been a stray because he would steal food at every opportunity and hunt for scraps on his walks. One day in September last year he became unwell so I took him to the vet. They gave him a scan and found he had several foreign objects in his stomach. They turned out to be two corn cobs and a plastic stopper. If they had not been removed he would have died so he had surgery and we nursed him back to health.
Just like our physical health can be harmed by what we consume, our mental and spiritual health can be harmed by what we consume too. What you watch, listen to, read and the people you hang out with affect your mental spiritual health. When I was a teenager I loved Dolly magazine but many of the articles went completely against what I believed as a Christian. I was being tempted and led astray by the media I was consuming. Rather than trying to avoid the bad stuff, use your energy to find good stuff - good uplifting songs, magazines like Bella Rae and Teen Breathe, family friendly TV shows and movies.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.