Renewing and Guarding Our Minds

As Christians, God calls us to renew and guard our minds. The enemy prowls around looking for any opportunity to cause us harm. But we have the Power of The Holy Spirit living inside of us and He has given us the best tool to help us – His Word, The Bible.

Along with reading The Bible, we pray, listen to good preaching and connect with other believers in the Body of Christ.

If you find that you are renewing and guarding well during the day (i.e. while awake), but find that your mind is a battleground while you sleep, there are two excellent apps that I recommend you take into your sleeping hours:

Why these apps?

  • The Study Bible allows you to have The Bible read to you, even when the phone is locked.
  • John MacArthur is one of the most faithful teachers of Biblical truth. And he presents the Word in a very teachable manner, while allowing you to get deeper into your understanding of God’s Word.
  • The Grace To You App is not only a rich history of sermons by topic or scripture, but also includes the Grace Stream, which allows you to jump into a sermon already in progress; like a radio. This also will continue to play while the phone is locked.

These apps are a great resources to easily help you renew and guard your mind any time of day or night.

13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 1 Pe 1:13–19

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Pe 5:8

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Ro 12:2

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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The Star Leads to Bethlehem where our Savior was Born

Follow Bo and his friends on a journey to find his unique purpose during one of the most important events in History – The Birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. The Christmas Story told from a different set of eyes. Perfect for the whole family.

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

6  “ ‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’ ”

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Mt 2:1–6). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

The Star is available on multiple digital platforms and disc.

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Missing Christmas Services in person? You are covered!

If you are missing your local Christmas Services in person, you are covered with multiple options from local and national broadcasts to live (and sometimes prerecorded) Internet streaming. Check your local TV programming for what is available in your area. Charles Stanley, Grace To You, and Turning Point are usually broadcasting nationally or online.

Bethlehem does record their services and I’ll be able to catch the service in a day or two once posted online.

Merry Christmas!

Update: check out the Rediscovering Christmas special from Billy Graham TV

 

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Pastor Jason Meyer – I Will Turn the Darkness Before Them Into Light

I Will Turn the Darkness Before Them Into Light from Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

March 10:46-52 – Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus

46 And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” 50 And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” 52 And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Mk 10:46–52). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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