Scripture Reading – Numbers 13:23-29
Blog Title – Land Of Milk And Honey
Blogging Niche – Travel Destination Bloggers
About Me –
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Learn about the best the Valley of Eshkol has to offer travelers! With stories, articles, photos and tips to help you make the most of your trip, this blog conveys the true spirit of this special Valley flowing with milk and honey!
Blog Excerpt –
Fruits Of The Valley
The Valley is famous for our large, juicy grapes! It takes two men to carry a branch loaded with just one cluster! Pomegranates and figs are abundant too. While we offer plenty of fruit tasty to the palette, the Valley of Eshkol also offers abundant fruit to the spirit.
Here you will find the fruit of faithfulness – the inspiration to give control of your life fully to God. When you are at a crossroads in life, come to the Valley of Eshkol and allow the example of the Israelites to inspire you to always follow God’s way, to trust in His will and His plans for you.
Scripture Reading – 2 Samuel 11:10-12
Blog Title – Heart Of A Soldier
Blogging Niche – Christian and Military Bloggers
About Me -Hittite in the Israelite army under King David. Currently stationed in Rabbah. I’m married to a beautiful woman, but I believe God and country come before family.
Photo Credit – A View Of My World
Blog Excerpt –
On The Home-Front
For some reason I find myself writing this post from the King’s palace while my fellow soldiers are still camped in the hill country of Judah. This just doesn’t sit right with me. I’m a soldier! My place is on the front lines with my men!
Although I am honored that the King seems to value my opinions about our current campaign, I’m restless and anxious to return to the open country. There is no way I can enjoy the comforts of my home while the rest of the men sleep in tents and prepare to risk their lives in battle. It’s not what a good soldier does, at least it’s not what this soldier does.
Home is a welcome sight for a soldier returning from war, as long as the war is over and won. Until combat is finished and the fight won, I belong on the battlefield! As I prepare to put my life on the line, rest assured there is no sacrifice I wouldn’t make for my God and country!
While pondering Uriah’s blog, I wondered how difficult it was being the wife of such a dedicated soldier? Which then lead me to ponder an alternate blog for Bathsheba -what might her blog have been like before the infamous incident that made her a household name?
Scripture Reading – 2 Samuel 13
Blog Title – I’m A Survivor
Blogging Niche – Rape Survivor Bloggers
About Me – Daughter of David; survivor of rape; trying to heal and to move forward in spite of my brother’s betrayal and my subsequent disgrace.
Photo Credit – Adam Gault
Blog Excerpt –
Despite being in a famous family of wealth and privilege, despite being the daughter of one of God’s favored, I was raped.My half brother Amnon violated my body, destroyed my life, and crushed my spirit. His sin of lust has left me irrevocably broken.
God never promised us we would not suffer. He never promised a smooth path strewn with rose petals. Even the innocent aren’t immune to suffering. I didn’t lead Amnon on. I didn’t do anything wrong or immoral, and yet, I’m devastated by a personal tragedy that has divided my family and created feelings of distrust and disloyalty between my father and brothers.
How do I begin to put the pieces of my ruined life back together? Recovery seems impossible, but nothing is impossible with God. First I must overcome my desire for revenge. Amnon’s sin is not mine to judge. I must trust in God’s retribution. I’m not sure of anything, but I am certain that forgiveness is the foundation for my rebuilt life surrounded by God’s comforting spirit.
Scripture Reading – Philippians 4: 2-3
Blog Title – Moments in Ministry
Blogging Niche – Christian and Ministry Bloggers
About Me -Woman Minister in the Church at Philippi.
Photo Credit – Connie Coleman
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Christian Conflict Resolution
There are people who avoid any and all conflict; instead they ignore the problem. This only leads to bigger problems in the future.
Sometimes avoiding arguments seems like ‘what a good Christian should do’. However, conflict can be handled without heated arguments that lead to personal attacks or painful divisions within the church.
After being involved in a public disagreement within our church and being gently rebuked by Paul, I sat down and thought hard about better ways to resolve issues.
Dos and Don’ts of Conflict Management:
- Pray about problem and solution.
- Pray for God’s wisdom and guidance.
- Pray for God’s outcome – that His will be done.
- Confront issues sooner rather than later.
- Confront in love.
- See your adversary as God sees him/her.
- Speak thoughtfully and encouragingly.
- Handle the matter privately.
- Agree to disagree.
- Sweep issues under the rug.
- Be afraid to address legitimate concerns.
- Make the issue about what you want – about what makes you happy.
- Gossip or spread lies and rumors.
- Belittle your adversary.
- Speak harshly.
Scripture Message –
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Have you been involved in an adversarial relationship with a fellow Christian or with someone within your church? How do you recommend handling conflict while remaining true to Christian values?