In our world today there are monumental and exponential changes occurring. These changes are happening not just in the local, international, and global arenas, but even within ourselves. Looking at ourselves, our governments, our societies, humanity, and the world in general, many questions and concerns may come to mind. Let us explore these, and discuss our responsibilities and the necessary actions that will help guide us into our future. It is important to look beyond isolationism or globalization. There are many different contributing factors to our immediate surroundings, the cultures we live in, and the changing situations that all humanity shares. And there are also many different forms of cause and effect at work. We must examine all of humanity, from the various cultures and subcultures that exist to our individual selves. The purpose of this book is to have you ask a variety of engaging questions, both of yourself and about the world around you. I want to help you explore these deep questions so you can find answers that will ultimately help you survive the intense upheavals of today.
This is volume 4 of 365 days devotional journal of praise, thanksgiving, and assurance of the promises of God, covering October to December. Each day comes with a distinct verse on praise; easy to commit to memory and hidden in some are God’s promises. The scripture references are from the New King James Version (NKJV) unless otherwise stated. It is presented in such a way that everyone, from the least to the greatest, can benefit. Each day also comes with a keyword Greek study from the passage, as we look through the New Testament in Volume 4. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:46-47 The early church had a culture of consistency. Their faith was a day-to-day reality, not a once-a-week church service. Despite difficulties, oppositions, challenges, persecutions, ridicules, they continued intensely serving the Lord, day after day in the teachings of the Apostles, in fellowship, in breaking bread, in prayers, and in praising the Lord. They were a unified church; doing the same thing and with much gladness. No wonder the Lord magnified and multiplied the church daily. A unified and consistent church magnifies and multiplies. Increase is a product of unified consistency. When the church is united in purpose, we will see tremendous growth. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises (Greek: areté – virtue, excellencies) of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9 God saves, calls, and chooses us to show forth His excellencies. We are made to praise. Daily practice produces daily results. If we want to see God’s move, increase, growth, every day of our lives and in the church, then we have to daily study the Word, fellowship, pray, and praise.