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October 8, 2015, 5:41 PM

A Word of Encouragement: Thanking God for the blood of Jesus!


A Word of Encouragement:

Ephesians 2:13 gives us a wonderful promise and truth.
"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were a far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ."

In other words:  Even though all of us that are or were previously far from God, we can be near to God and have a relationship with Him in this life.  If we believe in Jesus as our way to heaven, and repent of sin and turn to Him we can walk with Him now and live with Him forever in heaven, because Jesus died on the cross in our place to pay our price.

Praise God for the shed blood of Jesus Christ!




October 6, 2015, 1:23 PM

Raise Your Expectations


Far too often we settle for far less in our lives than what God wants for our lives.

Jeremiah 32:27 says:

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh:  Is there any thing too hard for me?”

Most of us, if asked that question would say that we believe there is nothing that God cannot do.  Yet in our day to day lives we begin to qualify our belief and lower our expectations of what God can or will do.

It is one thing to say we believe in a miracle God did a couple thousand years ago in the Bible, but it is completely different to believe that God could do miracles today, right?

We must remember that the God we serve is the same yesterday, today and forever.  He never changes.  His love never changes, His power never changes and the victory over sin, death and the hell never changes.  Nor does his power to do miracles in our lives.  

Yes we must understand that His will may be different than what ours is.  But when we pray we must believe that He can and will until he does not.  Too many times we don’t ask God to do a miracle because either we believe he cannot or we believe he will not.  Far to often, even when we do go to Him in prayer we ask far to generally and generically because we are afraid He cannot or will not come through.  

God is able.  God is love.  God is able to do abundantly above what we can even think of (Ephesians 3:20).   He delights in giving us the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4).  And we often have not because we ask (Matthew 7:7).

Yes God sometimes says no.  He knows what we need before we do better than we do.  But that does not mean we should learn not to ask or learn to lower our expectations.

Do you sense that there is far more through your life that what you have been experiencing?  Don’t lower your expectations.  Ask God to do great and mighty things and then be prepared to act on faith as He reveals His will to you.

God is God!  Raise Your Expectations!

Jeremiah 33:3

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things , which thou knowest not.”




October 2, 2015, 1:46 PM

Take the Time to be Kind


Take time to be kind to someone today.  You may never know how badly they need your kindness.

In today’s world it seems everyone is in a hurry to get somewhere.  Rush here, race there, hurry up, remember we are taught time is money.  Usually we end up rushing around just so that we can hurry up and wait.  

Jobs, money, homes, cars, vacations, vacation homes, the gym, the store…rush, rush, rush.  Kids, kids school, kids sports, kids music, ballet, gymnastics, birthdays, parties and grades.  

Sometimes we hurry around so much to have things that we can enjoy, we never find the things that are supposed to be enjoying.

We are in such a rush to get where we are going that we miss the reason we are going and everything that happens and the people we pass while we are going there.  

Sometimes we hurry chaotically about accumulating all kinds of stuff and then realize we don’t even like the stuff we accumulated.   It is all a cacophony of noise and motion that causes us to miss out on what matter most.

Not only that but all the racing about, being miserable in the mean time and regretting what we did and who we did it with and why are killing our health.  

We are in such a rush we have not time for life, family, friends or most importantly God.  

The Bible says:

Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them. - Psalm 39:6

Maybe today we need to stop, slow down and breath.  Look around, take time for the what and who that really matter.  Make time for God and find the direction and path He would have you take.  Take time for those that He puts in your path.

Take time to show someone on your path some extra kindness.  God put you both there for a reason.  Maybe it is because you and the kindness you can show by the grace of God is exactly what that person needs.

 




September 30, 2015, 9:51 AM

Uprooting the Bitterness that is Choking Your Life.


Bitterness has an aggressive way of taking hold on your life.  When bitterness sprouts up in your life it will quickly take deep root in your heart and soul if you don’t eradicate it quickly.  

Hebrews 12:15 says:  “Make sure that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble and by it, defiling many”

Bitterness occurs for many reasons.  It might be deep hurts you incurred as a child.  It might be from hurtful words or actions by family, a friend or co-worker. It might even be because of some circumstance or trial of life that you have had to live through.  Often times, the person or persons that has caused the hurt in your life is un-aware of the extent of the pain they in-advertantly caused.  

Time, rather than diminishing the pain, only seems to sharpen the hurt.  Like a weed in a garden it grows and spreads, choking out everything else in its path.  You find yourself rehearsing the cause of the bitterness over and over.  You find that it is difficult to let go and that you may even be unwilling to let it go.  Bitterness is easy to justify, and if you are not careful you can get used to a bitter heart and become comfortable with it.   But it will eventually destroy you.  

When dealing with bitterness deeply rooted in your life or the sprouts of bitterness quietly creeping up, remember that the grace of God is the tool for ridding yourself of it.  No area of your life is so painful that God’s grace cannot bring about total healing.  No area of offense against you is so terrible that God’s grace cannot enable you to forgive.  

When you allow bitterness to grow in your life you are rejecting the grace of God that can set you free.  Bitterness enslaves and is sin.  Don’t fall short in experiencing God’s grace nor demonstrating God’s grace to others.  

It is the Grace of God that will allow you to live in freedom, joy and peace.  




September 11, 2015, 1:01 PM

Never Forget - 9/11


It has been 14 years since that awful day.  

Chances are you have not forgotten where you were when you first heard of the attack on America, and the Twin Trade Center.  Chances are you remember sitting in front of your tv watching in horror what took place on that day.  It is good that you remember, for we must never forget that terrible tragedy.

But do we remember all that happened on that day and the days following?  Or have we forgotten?

Have we forgotten...The brave men and women of flight 93 and how they sacrificed their lives to save countless more.

Have we forgotten...That although nearly 3,000 died in those attacks, the number was predicted to much, much higher than that?

Have you forgotten...The selflessness and courage of Firefighters, police officers, first responders and others who sacrificed and put themselves in harms way for others during those days.  

Have you forgotten...All the miraculous stories of people who were not where they were supposed to be on that day.  They were late to work, sick, or missed a flight and their life was preserved?

Have you forgotten...how if only for a brief time, our congress and senate put aside their petty bickering and differences and sang “God Bless America” on the Capitol steps.

Have you forgotten...How if only for a brief time,  people who normally never go to church, went to church and were able to hear of the love of Christ who died to save.  

Have you forgotten...How if only for a short time, Americans came together.  Strangers became friends, and the display of patriotism was shown, flags flew high and we were proud to be Americans. 

Have you forgotten...How the hand of God, even in the midst of tragedy was shown and we were preserved from it being much, much worse.

Have you forgotten...How blessed by God we are to live such a great country.

We must never forget what took place on that day.  But we must never forget all that took place that day and the days following.  


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