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December 23, 2014, 2:10 PM

A Penny's Worth of Thought: Little to Some

Last night a group of adults, teens and children altered a prearranged plan due to the weather to sing Christmas Carols to some sweet senior citizens at a couple local nursing homes.  Doing so reminded me of something easily forgotten but very important.

It is the little things that often make the biggest impact.  

What we often fail to realize is that although some things may be little or inconsequential to us, it may mean a world worth of difference to someone else.  

Case in point:  

A kind word spoken in passing may be the only kind word that person heard that day.  

Taking the time to help someone pick up something they dropped, opening a door, saying thank you; all of these may be the only act of kindness that a person may have experienced in a long time

Taking a few moments to listen or talk to someone out of your way may be the only time that someone has ever stopped to even say hello to them.

People don't always or aren't always able to express their gratitude and feelings.  It is even possible at that moment what you did or said meant very little to a person, but even if that were true: do it anyway. 

Why?

Because Jesus said that there would be a day when He would thank people for all that they did for Him.  And in that day some of those people would answer, when did we do these things for you?  And Jesus will answer:

"When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."




December 22, 2014, 3:10 PM

Sunday's Sermon Summed Up: In 3 statements

1.  Just as it was 2000 years ago, today our world, families, homes, communities are in need of a great miracle and just as performed the miracle of introducing the world to Jesus, He can introduce you to Jesus in a personal saving way today.

2.  Put yourself in their shoes and consider the miracle of the Christmas Story through the eyes of Mary and Joseph the shepherds and the Magi; They each experienced the miracle in a special way but it was not easy for them to experience and it changed their lives forever when they did.

3.  In the Christmas story there are many miracles that God worked together that we often don't consider; the distance of pregnant teenager traveling from a no where town through the mountains to a small village, the unlikely recipients of the first Birth announcement in the shepherds and their journey and search to find the Christ child and the magi who traveled perhaps thousands of miles and many months to worship Jesus; just like today God is working many miracles in your life and mine, but we must be willing to see them, acknowledge them and be willing to be changed by the miracle of Jesus Christ.




December 17, 2014, 8:23 AM

A Penny's Worth of Thought:Deep Impact

What kind of impact are you having on the people you encounter each day?

Whether you realize it or not, your life affects every person you interact with.  Either it is a positive affect or a negative, and there really is no neutral ground.  Your life will affect others.  

The book of Romans is written to a people that Paul had never met.  Yet he longed to go to meet them and encourage them in building up their faith in God and their faith to walk the life of a believer in Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:11 “For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established.”

As believers in Christ, we should share Paul’s desire to be a blessing to everyone that we cross paths with.  Our spouse, children, family and friends are certainly included, but also co-workers and strangers that we pass by on this journey of life.  

Is your/my self-centerdness causing us to only seek to be blessed as opposed to desiring to impart a blessing?  Do you constantly seek what others can do for you or how you can encourage them?

Only when we focus on being a blessing rather than receiving a blessing can we have the quality of ministry and testimony that Paul had in his ministry. 

You may not realize it, but your life has the potential to bless everyone that you encounter.  Pray that God would give you an unselfish heart seeking to make a deep impact of good for the cause of Christ.  Focus on strengthening your fellow Christian brothers and sisters and being a walking witness of God’s love to others that may not know Christ.  

As you go about your day pray that God would allow you to make a deep and lasting positive impact on everyone you encounter.




December 16, 2014, 3:13 PM

5 Keys to a Stronger Relationship

Our homes are under attack.  Our marriages and families in particular are suffering from the effects of a sin cursed world.

Here are 5 keys I believe can help make any relationship (whether they be marital, parental or other) stronger.

1.  A Kind Word

We consistently underestimate the power of a kind word and the venom of angry or mean words.  The old saying “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”  just isn’t true. 

Proverbs 15:1 “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”

2.  A Loving Embrace

I am not speaking about a romantically motivated or sexual touch.  There is little more effective than a gentle touch, pat on the back or hug to show love and support.  Parents, research tells us that we aught to be embracing our children multiple times a day.  The same applies to our spouses, family and friends.  God shows us a touch of His love daily and demonstrated His great love in the greatest way, the gift of His Son.

3.  A Listening Ear

God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason.  Taking time is one of the greatest ways to convey love for a spouse or a child.  Much of that time should be spent just listening to them.

4.  A Shared Prayer

The last thing satan wants any person to do is to pray.  While it may seem cliche, it is true that a family that prays together stays together.  Whether it be with family, a friend or a stranger, it is difficult to be angry and hostile with each other when you are praying with each other.

5.  A Common Focus

A common focus will draw us together as we hone in on the focal point.  Any common focus will do this to a point, but ultimately it is the focusing Jesus Christ and goals and tasks He has set before us that draw us the closest together.  As we draw close to Jesus we will draw closer together.


Philippians 2:5  "Let this mind be in you; which was also in Christ Jesus."



December 15, 2014, 11:58 AM

Sunday's Sermon Summed Up in 4 Statements.

1.  God’s plan of salvation was prepared before the creation of Satan, Sin or the world; it is above sin, the power of sin and the consequences of sin because God prepared it with patience and love.

2. If we are to be prepared for the kings coming we must first be prepared by the plan of salvation for the acceptance of the Man of Salvation, Jesus Christ.

3.  We must be prepared for the King of Kings to come in power, and glory in our own lives as well as for Him to come again to claim His true church and take them home to heaven; we are prepared just as those who were involved in Christ’s coming the first time:  Prepared through personal holiness, humility, sacrifice, faith and prayer.  

4.  If we prepare for the King of King’s coming, He will come and make himself real in our lives every day, not just when He comes to take us a home.

Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:5-14, 16-17, 26-38, Luke 2:25-38

 

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