Finding peace YouVersion Devotional

Giving Up Anxiety Anxiety is a problem we all will deal with at one time or another. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said:  Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matt. 6:25-26) The Greek word for “anxious” in this passage means “distracted.” It’s a word that refers to uncertainty. That’s what anxiety produces in us. It gives us a feeling of, What next? It’s a feeling that the rug has been pulled out from underneath us and we have no idea if we’re going to fall, how hard, in what direction, or onto what. The word “anxious” is also translated as “worry” in the Bible. For many people, worry has become a way of life. If that describes you, I encourage you to read again the words of Jesus. His words are not a suggestion—they’re a command. You may say, “I can’t help feeling anxious, I’ve always been a worrier.” I’ve heard that from many people through the years. My response is, “Yes you can.” There’s nothing about a circumstance that automatically creates anxiety. Anxiety occurs because of the way we respond to a problem or troubling situation. Your ability to choose is part of God’s gift of free will to every human being. You can choose how you feel. You can choose what you think about, and you can choose how you will respond to a circumstance. It certainly isn’t God’s purpose for you to feel anxious—He doesn’t allow situations in your life so you’ll have anxiety. The Father may allow a situation in your life to develop stronger faith, grow and mature, or change a bad habit or negative attitude. But God doesn’t set you up for anxiety. He’s always at work to bring you to a place where you’ll trust Him more, obey Him more fully, and receive more of His blessings. You can fall into a downward spiral of anxiety. Or you can say, “Father, I bring this to You. It’s beyond my control. I feel helpless in this situation, but You have the power to change what I’m facing. You love me perfectly, and I’m trusting You to handle what concerns me in the way You see fit. I know whatever You’ve planned for me is for my good. I look forward to seeing the way You choose to express Your love, wisdom, and power.” Friend, this is the way of peace—the road out of anxiety and worry.

7 Landmarks That Could Become the Next Wonders of the World

Most of us are familiar with the “New Seven Wonders of the World.” These include Christ the Redeemer, the Taj Mahal, Petra, Chichen Itza, the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, and the Colosseum. But there are so many jaw-dropping structures and landmarks that it’s unfair to limit a list to just seven places. So we rounded up a new list with modern and ancient iconic structures that deserve a place on the itinerary for an unforgettable trip.

Burj Khalifa (Dubai)

Aerial view of tall Burj Khalifa tower, seen in Dubai
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The Burj Khalifa tower is the newest structure on this list, but it’s an architectural feat and deserves to be here. The Burj Khalifa is currently the world’s tallest building. It’s so tall, in fact, that you can watch the sun set twice in one day.

Sydney Opera House (Australia)

Iconic Sydney Opera House architecture under scattered clouds
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A trip to Sydney is not complete without seeing the Sydney Opera House and how it dominates the harbor. Built to look like a ship with its sails blowing in the wind, the active arts, music, and events space is a major source of pride for the nation. The Opera House was built in the 1950s, designed by the Danish architect Jørn Utzon, and sits on sacred ground for the Gadigal people — an indigenous enclave from the Eora Nation. You’ll find that the UNESCO site receives more than 10 million visitors a year and features five theaters — many of which are designed to be flexible for diverse shows and fluctuating audience sizes.

Terra-Cotta Warriors (China)

Historic terra-cotta soldier army standing shoulder to shoulder in quarry, China
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The Terra-Cotta Army is one of the most famous archeological discoveries ever. The nation’s first emperor under the Qin Dynasty, Qin Shi Huang, who ruled from 259 to 210 B.C. commissioned the reproduction of his immense army in the form of roughly 8,000 terra-cotta warriors in 221 B.C. What makes this site so significant is that each warrior displays a unique facial expression with life-like precision — along with battle armor, horses, and weapons. The burial ground is located in Xian and sat lost for centuries until a local farmer discovered the site by accident in 1974.

Borobudur (Indonesia)

Aerial view of scenic Borobudur temple and architecture in Indonesia
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Borobudur is a sacred Buddhist temple located in Java, Indonesia. The temple was built during the eighth and ninth centuries by the Shailendra Dynasty. A volcanic explosion in the year 1000 covered the region in ash and buried the temple for centuries. Much like with the Terra-Cotta Warriors in Xian, Borobudur sat undisturbed until the early 20th century when restoration began on the site. The Buddhist temple went through two additional rounds of restoration later that century and eventually joined the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1991.

Meroë Pyramids (Sudan)

Distant view of Meroë Pyramids and ancient rock architecture in Sudan
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Take a trip south to Sudan and you’ll discover a series of 200 structures that are known as the Meroë Pyramids. These pyramids are smaller with steeper angles and narrower bases than those in Egypt. Based on archeological evidence, the Meroë pyramids were built between 2,700 to 2,300 years ago by the Kingdom of Kush and sit between the Nile and Atbara Rivers. What makes these pyramids interesting is that they incorporate design styles from Egyptian, Greek, and Roman cultures.

Humāyūn’s Tomb (India)

Visitors outside the scenic landmark of Humāyūn’s Tomb in India
Credit: Emdadul Hoque Topu/ Shutterstock

While the Taj Mahal gets all the shine for trips to India, insiders know that the beautiful tomb was inspired by Humāyūn’s Tomb, which is located in Delhi. This tomb was built in the 16th century and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built as a lasting legacy of the second Mughal emperor by his wife after his death. This tomb is a great example of Mughal architecture, and, during its construction, it brought Persian architects and designers to India.

Kizhi Pogost (Russia)

Iconic wooden architecture of the Kizhi Pogost in Russia
Credit: Elena Rostunova/ Shutterstock

How do you erect a building without using nails? Sounds pretty impossible, right? However, the Church of Transfiguration is a wooden structure that was, in fact, built without any nails. It’s located in Kizhi, Russia, and, according to legend, the builder, Master Nestor, used only an ax to build it. Legend has it that after he finished his work, he threw the ax into a nearby lake. We don’t know whether or not he used only an ax, but according to UNESCO, the structures are the only remaining wooden churches that are this ornate, and they represent traditional Russian architectural style from this era.

Word for the World – April 6

Word for the World devotionals from Dr. Randy White

 

The Graves of Greediness

So the name of that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had been greedy.” (Numbers 11:34, NASB95)

When the Israelites were blessed with Manna from heaven, they were not satisfied.  Complaining to Moses until God sent quail, they became experts at making the wilderness a cathedral of whinning.  When God sent quail, He also sent a plague, and many of the Israelites died from the plague, and were buried at Kibroth-hattaavah.

I don’t imagine that many of you speak Hebrew on a day-to-day basis, but perhaps Kibroth-hattaavah is a phrase you should remember.  It means, “The graves of greediness.”  You can use the phrase everytime you see the greed that James says leads to quarrels and murder.  When greed rears its ugly green-eyed head, say in Hebrew, Kibroth-hattaavah, and run for your life!  The seed of envy has led to the graves of greediness time and time again.

Is there any greed in your life?  You will spot it by the lack of contentment in the blessings God has given. When God gives you Manna, you will long for meat.  You will earn, but never enough. You will achieve, but never be satisfied.  This always-a-little-too-short dilemma is caused by greed that wants always a little more.  And when you see It in your life, beware, for the graves of greediness are never far behind.

In His Grace;

Dr. Randy White

The Uniqueness of Christ – Homeword – April 6

The Uniqueness of Christ

This devotional was written by Jim Burns

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” —John 14:6

No person who has ever walked this earth even comes close in comparison with Jesus Christ. He is unique. He is incomparable. He is our Lord. Here is what one unknown person wrote about Him decades ago:

More than 1900 years ago, there was a Man born contrary to the laws of life. This man lived in poverty and was reared in obscurity. He did not travel extensively. Only once did He cross the boundary of the country in which He lived; that was during His exile in childhood. He possessed neither wealth nor influence. His relatives were inconspicuous and had neither training nor formal education.

In infancy, He startled a king; in childhood, He puzzled doctors; in manhood, He ruled the course of nature; walked upon the billows as if pavement and hushed the sea to sleep. He healed the multitudes without medicine and made no charge for His service.

He never wrote a book, yet all the libraries of the country could not hold the books that have been written about Him. He never wrote a song, and yet He has furnished the theme for more songs than all songwriters combined. He never founded a college, but all the schools put together cannot boast of having as many students.

He never marshaled an army, nor drafted a soldier, nor fired a gun; and yet no leader ever had more volunteers who have, under His orders, made more rebels stack arms and surrender without a shot fired. He never practiced medicine and yet He has healed more broken hearts than all the doctors far and near.

Every seventh day, the wheels of commerce cease their turning as multitudes wend their way to worshipping assemblies to pay homage and respect to Him. The names of the past proud statesmen of Greece and Rome have come and gone, but the name of this Man abounds more and more. Though time has spread 1900 years between the people of this generation and the scene of His crucifixion, yet He still lives. Herod could not destroy Him and the grave could not hold Him.

He stands forth upon the highest pinnacle of heavenly glory, proclaimed of God, acknowledged by angels, adored by saints and feared by devils as the living, personal Christ, our Lord and Savior.

GOING DEEPER:

1. What does John 14:6 tell us about Jesus Christ?

2. What four gifts can a relationship with Jesus Christ offer you?

FURTHER READING:

John 1:4; 10:9; 11:25

For more information and resources please visit HomeWord.com.

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