The archives of The Sun Will Rise, organized by month.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Because of the sinful nature of humans and the curse of death in this present evil age, we often find ourselves in trying situations. We all know that pressure due to family, work, church life, health, or our faith in Jesus is not an uncommon experience. What we do not so quickly remember, however, is how pressures are part of the LORD's design to expose the depths of our heart. From the well-known story of Job to the life of King David and the Apostle Paul, trials have buffeted even the most devout Christians. Whether a believer or an unbeliever, our response to pressure reveals what our confidence lies in. For some that confidence might be intellect, money, or a clear advantage over our adversary. For the believer in Jesus though, the confidence of strength, wisdom, and endurance in difficulty must not come from ourselves. We know this in word, but often struggle to practice that confidence in deed.

King David is one of our premiere biblical examples of responding rightly in difficulty. The life of the sweet psalmist and warrior king of Israel had been sought by Saul and later by his own son, Absalom. David so often set his heart to respond with mercy and kindness, blessing his enemies instead of cursing them. He believed that God would vindicate him as he kept an upright, clean heart.

How did David maintain this posture of mercy towards his enemies? What sustained this belief in God's faithfulness to him, even though everything seemed to be falling apart?

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Monday, August 20, 2012

DISCLAIMER: I did not write this app. Contact the app developer through iTunes for support.

Memorizing Scripture was always one of those things I said I wanted to do as a Christian, but I never had substantial goals, a plan to reach those goals, or tools to help achieve those goals. A renewed interest in memorization came after my friend Truman won second place in the National Bible Bee in 2009, where he memorized hundreds and hundreds of verses from many different books of the Bible. And recently my good friend Matt told me about a blog he read about an individual that was almost finished memorizing the entire New Testament!

Needless to say, I was again provoked.

This time, I wanted to arm myself with a tool. I went on a quick Google hunt and found a great little app for my smartphone that allows me to memorize on the go! It's called Memorize Anything and will work with any fairly recent iOS device.

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