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"Contrast them with a surgeon at work, completely focused on the delicate task at hand and the patient entrusted to his or her care. Think too of the hours one must invest in preparing for such a vocation and the disciplines needed in order to develop such skills. Or consider a mother with her children. Think of the hours she has invested to be by their sides and to understand what they really need.
Can we do any less in the discipline of study and preparation to finish the task to which God has called us? To echo Charles Spurgeon, the study of God is the highest science, the loftiest pursuit, and the mightiest discipline." (Chapter 8)
I invest in my professional development as a programmer. By attending church and Bible study, I am also investing in my spiritual development.
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'It is well that we accept the hard truth now: the man who would know God must give time to Him!"' (Chapter 8)
I created the system that I explain at https://jaimemontoya.com/holy-bible-niv/#20200408000144 to make sure that I devote time to both reading the Bible and praying. By "time" I mean a significant and important portion of my time, not just the leftovers.
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1. How have you handled disappointment in prayer?
2. Are there areas of your life awaiting God's healing touch?" (Chapter 27)
I have handled disappointment in prayer by understanding that I am a finite human who does not see the entire picture. I am only a spot in a big picture and because I do not see the entire image of God's plans, I have prayed for things that God has not given me. I do have areas of my life awaiting God's healing touch. I know God is good and perfect, even though sometimes my prayers have not received the answer that I wanted.
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"History has a way of provoking life's most basic questions, sometimes with deadly force. Standing beside ruins and devastation, newscasters daily relay horrors. As harsh realities take hold, the irrepressible Why? often surfaces. Occasionally, even international conscience is so aroused as to ask, Why?
Yet in reality, the question of Why? in a violent act, as painful as such a mindless atrocity can be, is nevertheless meaningless to raise unless we also ask the question of life itself: Why are we here? But alas! that question is dismissed as no longer relevant in an academically sophisticated culture." (Chapter 29)
In the infinite line of eternity, the COVID-19 pandemic is only a tiny spot. We cannot grade God's perfect and infinite plan based on a single and relatively tiny spot.
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"Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." (Chapter 32)
I am using my website to share how I apply what I learn. Hopefully this will inspire and help some people to implement the same or similar applications to their own situations. I do the same from my Stack Overflow account (https://stackoverflow.com/users/4242086/jaime-montoya).
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1. Do you know someone whose culture and worldview are radically different from yours? Consider how your friendship and kindness could be a bridge to reveal the love of Christ." (Chapter 32)
Yes, I do. I have used my friendship, patience and kindness as a bridge to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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"Your wound may still bleed for a while to remind you of your weakness." (Chapter 41)
I see failure in my life as a way to keep myself down-to-earth and humble. That makes it clear to me that I cannot rely on myself. God achieves a good purpose in my life through failure. I see in 2 Corinthians 1:9 NIV that God wants us to rely on Him, not on ourselves: "Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead."
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'The question is how and where do we find that map? God has given us four resources. First is His Word given to us in the Holy Scriptures. Your life should begin each day with that Word. The psalmist says, "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path" (Psalm 119:105)' (Chapter 49)
It is my habit and a fundamental part of my daily schedule to start every day reading the Bible as my first activity for the day.
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'Giving God the "leftovers" of your time rather than the firstfruits. That was the charge God brought against His people when He said, "You bring the lame and the blind and the sick as an offering, is this not evil?"
In contrast, giving all that is your best to God is worship at its core.' (Chapter 52)
Because I do not want to give God the "leftovers", I created the plan that I am following which consists of giving as my offering to the Lord, 5% of my time and 5% of my money, as I explain it at https://jaimemontoya.com/holy-bible-niv/#20200408000144.
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