About the "inspiration feed..."
Please note, as you comb through these articles, that I (Cogny Mann) don't necessarily agree with everything you might find in the articles in these posts. In fact, I think it's fair to say that I'm pretty sure I disagree with some things said by everybody I repost in here. In fact, some of them are mine and I don't know I'd agree now with everything I said when I first wrote it. But have a look.
Peruse these articles and ask God to speak to you through them. These people are loved by God and feel called to write even if they don't agree with me. And I'm open to the possibility that maybe they are right and I am wrong. Maybe you should be, too. "As iron sharpens iron..."
There is an idiom of ‘hedging your bets’. If you were a gambler or an investor, you would be careful not to put all your money into one place. You would also place bets on other options or diversify your investments to reduce the risk of losing everything. If
What makes for a great teacher? Most people can list one or two favourite teachers that had some affect on their life. I had a Grade Eleven English teacher at Kennedy Collegiate named Mr. Alexander. He was tall and thin, had an enormous beard and drove a Corvette. I always
From the Creation story in Genesis, God decides to give people life and place them in a wonderful place called Eden. They have so much given to them and could not be in a better place. God even walked and talked with them at each day’s end. They could
Again, I quote Bonhoeffer. “The church can only defend its own space by fighting, not for space, but for the salvation of the world. Otherwise, the church becomes a “religious society” that fights in its own interest and thus has ceased to be the church of God in
Luke 1: 50 He Shows His Mercy To Those Who Have Respect For Him, From Parent To Child Down Through The Years. Mary is aware that the miracle in her life comes from God. She begins to express several reasons why she can trust God’s plan for her. In
Imagination is quite possibly a uniquely human ability. In essence, it allows us to explore ideas of things that are not in our present environment, or perhaps not even real. For example, one can imagine the cup of coffee seen the day before, or one can imagine an alien
Isaiah uses the prophetic metaphor of a Holy City to describe the new creation people. Isaiah 60: 18 No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders,but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise. A walled city speaks of refuge and
We All Know About Fifty Shades Of Grey. Maybe you haven’t thought about it like this before. It is Sunday morning. Pastor Jones stands in the pulpit, his heart burning with a message about how important it is to be passionate about our relationship with God, and how much we
Authors and songwriters sometimes experience writer’s block. There are times and seasons when you approach your craft with a desire to say something new, but nothing comes. You stare at the page or play some familiar chords and hope that some inspiration will happen. When I was younger, songs
Theology and dogma must be held gently in humble hands. We need intelligent, heartfelt dialogue on what the Scriptures teach. Three chapters in the Book of Romans gives us an outline that may shed light on how we are supposed to live and think in this time. 1.
Sometimes people that have grown up in a suppressed environment are taught that it’s a waste of time to dream or imagine yourself in a better situation. Imagination for some Christian people is suspect. They think that all imagination is inherently vain and leads people astray. They are worried
Have you ever analyzed where all your obligations and demands come from? What is the source of your overwhelming weariness? People do not feel harassed, helpless, and alone without knowing that they fall short of what could be. You do not get burned out unless there is something or someone
If anyone has struggled with an addiction or struggled with a besetting sin, he or she knows how difficult it can be to break free. And so often, in the struggle and the turmoil, there is the questioning of God and of His mercy and His wisdom in letting the
Staying fit usually means an intentional diet and exercise regime. The goals are to increase your stamina and general sense of well-being. You may realize that you need more strength to bear the load of your physical and psychological demands. Some will have a touch of vanity because they
I have something to read to God today. It was written long ago and been shared widely. Psalm 139: 7 How can I get away from your Spirit? Where can I go to escape from you?8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there. If I lie down in the
The Pro-life Movement has long appealed to the sanctity of human life as a founding principle to oppose abortion, euthanasia, Medical Assistance In Death, etc. To be pro-life is not just a position against the unnecessary ending of life, but a proclamation that life is a gift from God that
Usually, prices are set according to what it cost to get an item to market plus a profit margin for the benefit of the seller. It’s a simple formula that guides billions of transactions. So, what if you went to the store to buy a loaf and bread and the
There is peace to be found in the chaos Sometimes, in the business of life, it is all so easy to be overwhelmed by the circumstances of life. It’s not so bad sometimes; but when you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders, it is so easy to spin
Think about ancient people that were so poor that they did not own any oxen. Jesus is saying that we can be subjected to loads that should be pulled by animals. Only the poorest people would use a yoke to pull their loads. When used figuratively, a yoke represented
There was a small village in Maine named Flagstaff. The town was to be flooded, as part of a large lake for which a dam was being built. In the months before it was to be flooded, all improvements and repairs in the whole town were stopped. What
When you do these things, keep in mind the times we are living in… Paul is starting into his next point in the larger context of his treatise. ‘When you do these things’ is a reference to the instructions that precede this verse. Let’s review some of the things
If you do not have eyes in the back of your head, you can only see more by turning about to get a 360-degree perspective. If it is dark, foggy or you do not have 20-20 vision, or corrective eye ware, it will be increasingly difficult to get clarity about
Some people are very concerned about what they should or should not eat and drink. There are those who fearfully watch the calories in case they gain weight. Others are very careful to get all their food groups in. Others refuse to eat meat. There are Vegans who