Posts in Ryan-Midday
True Repentance Is More Than Just Words

The first of Martin Luther’s 95 thesis stated that the life of the believer is one of repentance. I know the times in my life when I’ve felt most spiritually alive are those when I’m most fully aware of my sin and experiencing the unparalleled joy of knowing I’ve been forgiven. Let’s all take a moment today - and every day - to examine our hearts and practice true repentance.

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Hope for the Battle Weary

Are you in the middle of a battle that never seems to end? Or maybe the battle is over and it feels as though you’ve lost? Take a moment to remember the life of Joseph, then grab hold of hope and don’t let go! As Lysa writes her in conclusion - “The journey might not look anything like you planned, but I’m believing with you that God is working things out in ways you cannot yet see."

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When All Hope Seems Lost

The same is true for us - if we’re followers of Jesus, we have the hope that one day the pains of this life will fade away and we’ll spend a joyous eternity in fellowship with Jesus. All that’s lost will be restored, made new and perfected as we experience God’s blessed shalom.

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Staying on Course

A Christian seeking to know the will of God is like a ship captain who must line up three lights in order to make a safe approach into the harbor. For Christians, those three lights are the Bible, the witness of the Holy Spirit, and the counsel of godly friends. When the three lights look like one, then he is on the right course.

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You Were Created for Influence

I struggled most of my life with wishing I were a “stronger” person; ironically, as I reflect on my journey I can see I’ve actually had some of my greatest impact and influence during times of intense struggle and pain. God works in mysterious ways, doesn’t he? His ways are certainly not our ways - and that’s a good thing. I have influence; so do you. Let’s go make some ripples for Jesus!

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Out of Brokenness

I won’t lie - I don’t like pain, and I don’t think I ever will. But I get excited when I think that maybe, just maybe my sufferings over the past eight years are part of God’s preparations to help reach my unsaved friends with the good news of the gospel! Maybe a humble, broken Ryan who sees God provide his needs one day at a time is a better messenger than Ryan living the “good life” with no problems.

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