Friday, March 26, 2021

20 Bible Verses to Combat Anxiety

20 Bible Verses to Combat Anxiety
20 Bible Verses to Combat Anxiety

We have been living through a pandemic for a whole year.  For almost 13 months, we've seen news updates about the pandemic which always spark debates because this thing has everyone in a tizzy.  The politics surrounding the pandemic is unbelievable and opinions stretch as far right and as far left as you can possibly get. There aren't a whole lot of people like me in the middle just trying to do the right thing.  There are a lot of other things in the news these days that also might add to our anxious thoughts.  If the COVID-19 pandemic or anything else going on in your life has you feeling anxious, let me encourage you to turn off the TV, get off of social media, set some time aside and turn to the only One who can ease your anxiety.  I know you're busy.  Everybody is busy doing something but resolve to set aside some time whether it be 15 minutes or 2 hours.  Just unplug, take a deep breath, and open up your Bible.  Take a few minutes to consider the following Bible verses to combat anxiety.  Read them.  Study them.  Meditate on them.  Underline them in your Bible or highlight them with your favorite color highlighter.  Come back to them again and again and again.  God is the only real source of relief and peace during turbulent times.  Turn your eyes, your heart, and your mind to Him and to Him alone so that you can leave your anxious thoughts at the feet of Jesus and find true peace over your situations.

Bible Verses to Combat Anxiety

1.  When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. - Psalm 94:19

2.  Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. - Proverbs 12:25

3.  The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. - Psalm 34:17

4.  But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.  They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” - Jeremiah 17:7-8

5.  For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. - 2 Timothy 1:7

6.  But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. - Isaiah 40:31

7.  Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. - Hebrews 11:1

8.  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. - John 14:27

9.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7

10.  Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. - Psalm 55:22

11.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. - Proverbs 3:5-6

12.  Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. - Luke 12:22

13.  I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. - Psalm 34:4

14.  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. - 1 Peter 5:7

15.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 8:38-39

16.  Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. - Matthew 11:28-30

17.  Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. - 2 Thessalonians 3:16

18.  I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. - Philippians 4:13

19.  Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. - Joshua 1:9

20.  For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. - Jeremiah 29:11

20 Bible Verses to Combat Anxiety
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20 Bible Verses to Combat Anxiety
20 Bible Verses to Combat Anxiety

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

3 Benefits of Virtual Schooling

3 Benefits of Virtual Schooling

3 Benefits of Virtual Schooling
3 Benefits of Virtual Schooling

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Being in the physical classroom with a teacher has been the norm since the formal educational system began. However, with technological advancement, the school system has been made even more flexible and convenient for students and their families. A 2019 poll revealed that 58% of high school students study entirely online. Meanwhile, 18% combine the online and in-person systems. Which option seems favorable for your child? Here are three key benefits of online schooling.

  1. Self-paced and one-on-one attention

In most cases, a classroom of twenty or more students makes it difficult for the teacher to give individualized attention. With online schooling, however, students receive personal support with subject areas they find challenging. Moreover, because of online studies' self-paced nature, learners have the liberty to progress according to their respective strengths. Online teachers can also monitor students' progress' and customize strategies to improve their performance.

You’ll find such elements in a K-12 public charter high school online learning platform. Regarding the self-paced nature of virtual schooling, learners move along with their respective topics only after demonstrating mastery in it, unlike the traditional formal system, where the school calendar drives academic progression. 

  1. Online learning is less costly

Education is expensive, but fortunately, virtual schooling makes it more affordable for parents to foot the bills. Imagine having to commute to a physical school Monday to Friday by joining the school bus or getting dropped off by family. This isn’t the case with online learning. Therefore, you get to save two vital resources; time and money. This gives your child more time to learn and also be more productive, without the pressures that often come along with going to school physically. 

Moreover, the average American student pays so much to purchase course materials and textbooks. On the other hand, virtual coursework simplifies this system by making resources available online. Even though some virtual books may be procured at a fee via secured payment platforms, it’s usually at a reduced price than when bought in hardcover.

  1. Improved technical and digital skills

Digitization is the order of the day and is driving transformation in the 21st century. For this reason, taking part in online studies via the computer exposes learners to computer applications early on. The students become more proficient and build relevant technological skills that’ll be beneficial in the future. 

For example, the Coronavirus pandemic exposed some digital deficiencies in the world's system. From education to health and business, people saw the need to migrate onto digital platforms to ensure continuity. Therefore, if your child is already conducting their studies via the internet, you may want to consider this as it’s a training ground for a future environment where in-depth computer knowledge will become the baseline for every career.

There are several advantages of online schooling. Besides the cost and time factor, several Americans and, indeed, people worldwide are finding it convenient to use. Nonetheless, always ensure that the virtual school you enroll your kids in is nationally accredited and follows an accepted curriculum.


3 Benefits of Virtual Schooling
3 Benefits of Virtual Schooling

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Christ Removed Our Guilt

Christ Removed Our Guilt
Christ removed our guilt.

The following are my Bible study notes based on my pastor's sermon titled Christ Removed Our Guilt.  You are invited to watch, listen, and worship with us here.  

Guilt can be a good thing.  It can make us realize a wrong we've done resulting in an appropriate apology or a change of behavior, but guilt can also be a bad thing.  Sometimes guilt can be used against us.  The enemy (the devil) can use guilt to make us feel unworthy, worthless.  Moms and dads often hold onto guilt.  They live by it.  They are labeled by it.  BUT, as Christ-followers, we don't live as guilty anymore.  Don't let the enemy hold you hostage to your guilt.  Christ came to remove our guilt.

Christ Removed Our Guilt

How do we get out of guilt and shame?  Consider the acronym OUT.

O - Own your sin.

We must own our sin.  We have all sinned.  

For all saved sinned and fall short of the glory of God. - Romans 3:23

God already knows how sinful we are.  He knows it all.  He knows our deepest, darkest sins and secrets.  You know what?  He loves us anyway.

U - Understand justification.

When you are saved you are justified.being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in God’s merciful restraint He let the sins previously committed go unpunished. - Romans 3:24-25

Christ took our punishment.  We are declared "not guilty."  Justification means you live as if you are innocent.  

Satan will condemn us.
Others will condemn us.
We will condemn ourselves.

God does not condemn us.

My pastor mentions something I've never thought about until now.  What if Pauls victims, those he murdered, cheered for him as he entered Heaven?  Have you ever thought about that?  Wow, what a picture I have in my head about this!

Consider another statement made by my pastor.

Jesus became who we are so that we can become who He is. Another WOW moment!

Jesus is our advocate.  We are righteous children of God.

For the demonstration, that is, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. - Romans 3:26

ALL who come to Jesus are justified.

It is because we are saved that we do good works, not the other way around.

T - Trust Christ.

We must trust Christ.  We don't get to Heaven because we are good.  We don't get to Heaven because of who our parents or grandparents are.  We get to Heaven by trusting Jesus alone.

Are you living with guilt today?  

Everything you could ever do . . . everything you have ever done . . . is nailed to the cross.  

Jesus does not condemn.

Christ Removed Our Guilt
Christ Removed Our Guilt

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