The beginning is where the stage for the story is set.
The beginning is where we are introduced to the characters in the story and begin to become acquainted with them.
The beginning is the first step in the journey toward the conclusion of the story.
We are all part of a wild and wonderful story. It is the most ancient story that did not originate in the mind or imagination of any human author. It is essential that the beginning of this story is understood so that the rest of the journey makes sense. Let’s begin…
Therefor I, the prisoner of the Lord…Ephesians 4:1 NASB
The apostle Paul was an amazing fellow. Having bowed his knee to the one true King who reigns over all (Psalm 103:19), he viewed everything in his life as being orchestrated by the Lord. Therefore, instead of fretting and stewing over the fact that he was incarcerated and unable to roam about freely, he simply considered himself to be the Lord’s prisoner and resigned himself to His will. We need to examine this attitude closely because we will see something that is crucial to living in the Reign of God.
I am honored to have my first guest post written by Anna Foulkrod. I first met Anna during my Daughter’s wedding back in September of 2012. Anna was organizing the Wedding Reception. I could hardly believe she was only 17 at the time. This girl was collected, organized, and in charge. She is arguably one of the most amazing young ladies I have every met.
Anna blogs at As Always, Anna. While not entirely new to the blogosphere, Anna is an up and comer that will have much to share with the world. I hope you will take the time to visit her blog. For now, please read on as Anna shares from her heart what the Kingdom of God means to her.
As God’s people we seem to spend a tremendous amount of time trying to figure out who’s right and who’s wrong, who’s good and who’s bad, who’s in and who’s out, etc. In one of the King’s stories, He points us to a Day when it will be all sorted out…
It never ceases to amaze me how the King could take such simple things from everyday life and use them to profoundly illustrate the Kingdom of God. But that is the true essence of a parable. It takes something ordinary and throws it alongside a spiritual truth in order to make it come alive in the minds of those who have ears to hear. In this post we will look at a picture the King took from the kitchens of the day to help us understand how the Kingdom progresses.
Through all the teaching and preaching we find in the four Gospels, never once did Jesus provide a clear definition of the Kingdom of God. This was largely due to the fact that His audience, because of their history, would have had some idea what it referred to. He did, however, tell lots of stories related to the Kingdom. What was that all about?