Again and Again

By Linda Tancs

Pop star Britney Spears recorded the hit song “Oops I Did It Again.” Among other things, it’s a sort of self-admonishment for playing with someone else’s heart again and again. We can all sing our own version of “Oops I Did It Again.” Oops, I gossiped again at the office. Oops, I used foul language again. Oops, I missed another school play. How many versions could you sing? The apostle Paul could sing it as well. He famously recorded his own frustration over doing the very thing he didn’t want to do (Romans 7:15-20). Sometimes, temptation gets the better of us; we all fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). But as another, much older song reminds us, just pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again.

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More Than Loaves

By Linda Tancs

The Bible relates two instances when Jesus fed multitudes with just a few loaves of bread (see, e.g., Mark 6:31-44; Mark 8:1-9). These stories about multiplying bread to feed thousands are more than just miracles, though. There’s something deeper going on than Jesus’s desire to feed throngs of followers and his ability to do it on meager rations. Indeed, these stories represent Jesus’s desire to feed us with joy, hope and strength to face the challenges that prevent us from growing—mentally, emotionally or spiritually.

What are your challenges? Do you have undeveloped skills, stalled projects or strained relationships? Don’t despair. Jesus is waiting to feed you.

Your Future is Under Construction

By Linda Tancs

Do you worry about the future? Maybe you have concerns about your future as it relates to your job, your retirement, your health, your family or other things. The only certain thing about the future is that there is one (Proverbs 23:18; Jeremiah 29:11). It’s under construction—by God (Proverbs 16:9). Don’t get in the way of the Master Builder (Deuteronomy 29:29). God’s purpose for your future is in His hands until such time as He decides to reveal it to you. In the meantime, commit your work to Him (Proverbs 16:3) and trust Him (Proverbs 3:5).

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

Leaders and Followers

By Linda Tancs

In business, management tests distinguish between leaders and followers. Maybe you’ve taken one of those tests in the course of your employment. In any case, which category do you identify with the most? The prophet Amos was a follower. In his case, he followed his flock as a shepherd. But God made him a leader, instructing him to leave his flock and become a prophet (Amos 7:12-15). What might you be called to lead?

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

There He Is

By Linda Tancs

You’ve probably heard the expression, “No matter where you go, there you are.” In other words, you can’t escape yourself. That might not be comforting to some. But one thing that should be comforting to all is this: No matter where you go, there He is (Deuteronomy 31:6). He’ll even pursue us to the remotest part of the sea (Psalm 139:9). What a great peace to know that He is a constant presence in your life and nothing escapes His notice.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

Angel of the Lord

By Linda Tancs

In the Old Testament you’ll find frequent use of the phrase “the angel of the Lord” regarding manifestations (see, e.g., Judges 6:12; Psalm 34:7). Contrary to popular belief, this does not refer to angels like Gabriel or Michael making appearances. Theologically, most scholars agree that the phrase refers to Christ because He has always been the representation of God on earth (John 1:1). Just as in the New Testament (Philippians 4:13), Christ has strengthened, protected and delivered the saints of old.

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

By Linda Tancs

No doubt you’ve heard the expression, “Actions speak louder than words .” American essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson put it this way: “What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” That’s a manner of expressing caution about how you act with others (Colossians 4:5). How do your actions comport with your words?  Your behavior informs others as to your nature. Does your behavior reflect the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) or something less appetizing? Your life is a sermon, as another expression goes. Walk the talk.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

Good News

By Linda Tancs

The word “gospel” is derived from two Anglo-Saxon words: God (meaning “good”) and Spell (meaning “tidings”). If God Spell sounds familiar, then you may be recalling Godspell—a musical based on the gospel of Matthew that’s been produced by many touring companies and seen many revivals, including on Broadway. So the gospel is, literally and figuratively, good news. Although we associate biblical “good news” with the four gospels, the concept exists throughout the Bible. For instance, the prophets Nahum (Nahum 1:15) and Isaiah (Isaiah 61:1) were bearers of good news. Proverbs, too, reminds us that good news is like cold water to a weary soul (Proverbs 25:25). And, of course, there’s the proclamation of the angel Gabriel to the shepherds of good tidings of great joy on the birth of Jesus (Luke 2:10), the ultimate Good News, both the bearer of the message and the message Himself!

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

Then and Now

By Linda Tancs

You’ve no doubt heard the expression, “That was then. This is now.” We use it to describe changes in people or circumstances as time progresses. Biblically speaking, it relates to the concept of changing from glory to glory—that is, being transformed bit by bit into Christ’s image (2 Corinthians 3:18). We grow as our relationship with Christ grows.

What does your “then” look like? How about “now”? You’re not done, though. We’re like children, graduating from baby’s milk to solid food (Hebrews 5:12-14), all the while perfecting our faith (Ephesians 4:13-16).

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What’s in a Name

By Linda Tancs

What’s in a Name

There are plenty of sites dispensing information on the meaning of names and their origins. There are powerful names evoking warriors and protectors, like Alexander (Greek for “protector of mankind”). Or how about Lucy, a name derived from the Latin word for “light.” And then there’s the Name above every other name. Actually, God has many names, each signifying a different aspect of his character. He is Abba, or Father (Mark 14:36); the Ancient of Days (Daniel 7:13); El Roi, or “the God who sees me” (Genesis 16:13); El Shaddai, or God Almighty (Exodus 6:3). The list goes on. How many names can you find for God in the Bible? Try praying through them.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.