William Knelsen

Category: Prayer

The Blessing

The Lord bless youand keep you,make His face shine upon youand be gracious to you.The Lord turn His face toward youand give you peace Amen. This blessing is recorded in Numbers 6:24-26. It was first spoken by Moses as a blessing on Aaron and his sons, who were first in the Nazarite priestly order established […]

Sober Joy: A Lenten Prayer

Beauty for Ashes

Sober Joy. I like the steadiness that the term portrays. Someone who is described as having sober joy seems to be the type of person who is not phased by the shifting waters or the changing weather. A man who is described this way is a man I respect.  Sober joy requires a firm and […]

Consumed by God

In 1 Kings 18, there is a recorded an event in which the power of God is put on display through fire consuming a sacrifice. Following this display of power, many people believed that the Lord is God. When we share our faith in Jesus, the only way other people will be convinced to believe […]

Remembrance and Gratitude, A Recipe for Joy

Each day I try to read five Psalms. I start with the day of the month. Today is the 17th, so I read the 17th Psalm. Then I skip thirty, and read the 47th Psalm, then another thirty, 77th, another thirty, 107, and one more time, 137. If I do this each day, I will […]

Speak, O Lord

If you haven’t done devotions yet today, I encourage you to read and reflect on these words. “Speak, O Lord” by Keith & Kristyn Getty Speak, O Lord as we come to you To receive the food of your Holy Word Take your truth plant it deep in us Shape and fashion us in your […]

Acts of Christian Obedience

This is “part 3” on the topic of obedience.

Here are some key acts of obedience I have found to be part of the sanctification process of a Christian. Some may call these christian or spiritual disciplines, which is fine, however my approach here is less about practicing disciplines and more about responding to life in general with a spirit of obedience to God.

Obedience Makes Us More Human

This is a continuing thought on how obedience transforms us.

Every act of obedience to God brings us closer to who we were meant to be as God’s created beings. We will only fully get there once we join God in his glory, but while we are on this earth we are meant to work toward becoming more and more like the people we are designed to be.

What is Your Hope?

From the sermon I preached at Linden Alliance Church on July 3.

Have you ever thought to yourself, if only…? If only I could have a different job, or have more vacation time. Or maybe you can’t wait for things to be over with so you can move on. Maybe you are in high school or college and things will just be better once you are done school. Maybe your kids are at an age that makes life difficult and you think it will get better once they get out of this stage…

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