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Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground (Psalm 143:10 NASB).

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Giving Thanks in the Middle of War

by Barbara Latta

In the middle of the Civil War when brother was killing brother, the country was torn apart by
Giving thanks in the middle of war
hatred and most felt there was little to be thankful for, Abraham Lincoln made this Thanksgiving proclamation across the land.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.
Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

Despite the strife and problems our country is facing now, we do not have the tragedy the Civil War brought to the land. We have much to be thankful for and as we come together with our friends and families this week, may we give honor and praise to God from whom all blessings flow.

Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

Feel free to share your thoughts.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

He Trains My Hands for War

by Barbara Latta

If Christ be captain, no fear of defeat.
War is not a beautiful thing, but in our fallen world truth and justice demand defense.

God prepares selected men with a gift for war, for without it nations would crumble under the attack of evil and the gospel would not have a pulpit from which to be preached.

Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle (Psalm 144:1 NASB).

In 1745, the Reverend George Whitefield preached a sermon to troops during King George’s War. He addressed the soldiers from 1 Samuel 22:2 and based on this scripture encouraged the men to act like the soldiers of David. This great preacher is credited with the military motto: “If Christ be captain, no fear of defeat.”

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Authenticity of the Bible - Truth of Fable?

by Barbara Latta

According to Newsweek magazine, an article in a left-leaning Israeli newspaper has stated
Fewer Americans than ever before are trusting scripture as gospel.
that the Bible is not true because physical evidence cannot be traced back to Adam and Eve. The Newsweek feature quoted statistics about the Bible from an American viewpoint:

“The mounting evidence against the Bible means fewer Americans than ever before are trusting scripture as gospel. Only 35 percent of Americans read the holy book at least once a week, while 45 percent seldom or never do, a Pew Research Center report in April found. About 36 percent of Christians said the Bible should not be taken literally, while 40 percent say it is the word of God. In all, only 24 percent of Americans said the holy book was ‘the actual word of God, and is to be taken literally, word for word,’ a Gallup poll conducted in May concluded.”

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Taking Inventory of Life's Goals - Using Fall Harvest to Plan Ahead

by Barbara Latta

Taking inventory of life's goals - using fall harvest
to plan ahead.
Fall is a time of harvesting fruits and vegetables that were planted during the late summer months. Apple trees blush with red-ripened fruit and pansies bloom among pumpkins, cabbages, broccoli. Farmers are cutting hay and binding it into bales to support their animals in the winter season.

The produce filling barns and baskets is a result of planting seeds. Without seeds there would be no abundance and our fall and winter tables would suffer.

As the year comes to a close, we will soon begin holiday preparations and our minds turn to baking cookies, buying gifts and roasting turkey. With all these schedule fillers, our thoughts don’t think about spiritual matters the way we should.

But this is a good time to scrutinize life’s harvest for the past months. If the output is not what we want, the yield can change by starting now to plant new seeds.

Taking inventory can be done by answering these questions about the past year:

Did I reach the goals I made at the beginning of 2017? If not, it’s not too late to start the list over. Setting goals doesn’t have to be done at the start of the year. Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6 NKJV).

Do I like the attitudes I am harboring now? Inspect thoughts and find out where any bad seeds have been planted and root them out. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things (Philippians 4:8).
Introspection now can bloom with
ideas for next year.

Did I influence as many people as I wanted to this year for the kingdom of God? Then he said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send our laborers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:37-38).

I have to answer all three of these questions with no. I don’t have the harvest I want, but introspection now can bloom with new goals and dreams when I am ready to start a new list.

My harvest now can be fertile ground for next year’s planting if I rip out the bad seeds that have started to grow before they take root.

And above all, if goals have not been met and the fruit of attitudes is not what you want, don’t succumb to guilt. God doesn’t beat us up over failures. He just gives us a new day to start again. Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23).

How do you handle your harvest? Please share your thoughts and plant a seed in another person’s life with your ideas.


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Resting in the Middle of Chaos - Learning from the Cattle in the Field

by Barbara Latta

Cows know how to rest. Living in a rural area, I have plenty of opportunities to pass fields full of cattle. One thing I have noticed is that cows are either lying down chewing their cud or they are standing up with their noses in the grass grabbing more food with their teeth.
They are not distracted by passing cars or planes overhead. They don’t care if the wind blows or rain pours down upon their backs. They continue feeding on the nourishment of the land because feeding is the most important aspect of their lives. They rest in the middle of the chaos going on around them.
We can learn from the cattle in the field
We are bombarded night and day with negative information pouring down upon us like the rain that hits the back of the cattle in the fields. Distractions pass us on the highway of daily living and the winds of terror blow against our faith when fearful events occur.

How can we keep our thoughts from straying into the waves of doubt and negativity with so much evil around us?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Creation Declares The Glory of God

by Barbara Latta

In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath
of all mankind. Job 12:10
With so much bad news blaring from every device we have, it’s important to take a break from the stories of tragedies, catastrophes, violence and offense and focus on God. Despite what we hear and see in person or through media, God is the Lord and He is good.

You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You (Isaiah 26:3 NASB).

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. (Psalm 46:1-4).

O clap your hands, all peoples; shout to God with the voice of joy. For the Lord Most High is to be feared, a great King over all the earth (Psalm 47:1-2).
The lesser light to govern the night. Genesis 1:16b

Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, for my soul takes refuge in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge until destruction passes by (Psalm 57:1).

My soul waits in silence for God only; from Him is my salvation He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken (Psalm 62:2).

God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night (Genesis 1:16).
In the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge
Psalm 57:1

And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away (Revelation 21:4).

He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen (Revelation 22:20-21).

May your week be blessed and full of joy as you meditate on the power and majesty of God.

Feel free to share your thoughts.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Does God Allow Tragedy?

By Barbara Latta

Last week’s murderous tirade is only the latest in the spree of tragedies occurring in our
Does God allow tragedy?
country. News anchors and politicians are quick to speculate on the cause of people going on tangents to kill and maim.

The question of “Why?” can be answered simply. Evil.

The person in Las Vegas was consumed with evil no matter what the label. Some say he was psychotic which was passed down to him through his father’s genes. That’s a way to try to excuse his behavior.

Multiple times over the past years, we have faced tragedy at the hands of those who have chosen to kill.

Any many people ask the question, “Why does God allow tragedy if He is so good?”

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Can Time Be Redeemed?

by Barbara Latta

Time is a commodity we aren’t aware of as seconds tick by while we go about our business
Redeeming the time because the days
are evil.
every day. As each one slips past, the hands on the clock have moved through a day we will never re-live.

Time can’t be placed in a piggy bank and saved like money. Hours can’t be earned like our salary. Minutes are not retrievable like lost coins. Time passes and disappears. Is it possible to redeem time?

During my last flight experience, I waded through security, lugged bags up escalators, waited in the terminal through flight delays and listened to the non-stop chatter of the canned announcements telling me not to accept bags from anyone else. When I plopped down in my assigned seat, I was ready to sit on the flight and relax with my good Christian book while my selfishness was hoping no one would bother me.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Freedom Sunday - Help End Human Trafficking

 by Barbara Latta

Join the International Justice Mission, Sunday, September 24 to help in the fight
Freedom Sunday September 24, 2017
against human trafficking. Freedom Sunday is a day set aside to bring awareness to the world about this crime against humanity that many people are still not educated about. 

These myths still exist about human trafficking:

Sunday, September 17, 2017

What Happens When a Christian Fails?

by Barbara Latta

Jesus is the rock of a Christian’s foundation. But sometimes I stray from the rock and go off
When I stray from the solid foundation I wobble, become anxious
and fall.
on my own and things get shaky. I wobble, become anxious and fall.

But when a Christian falls what happens? A vacation experience to WonderWorks showed me the answer.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Are You Ready to Meet God?

by Barbara Latta

With all the weather and catastrophic events occurring in the last few weeks, we can see
The Lord delivers me from all my fears.
biblical prophecies coming to pass. Some say we are at the beginning of the tribulation period or that God is beginning judgment on this sinful earth.

Predictions of the rapture abound and the pre, mid and post tribulation theorists all have an opinion.

One thing we know for sure is that Jesus will redeem His church and He may be on His way right now to do so.

But if He doesn’t come back for another hundred years, people are still going to die. We will still stand before God and the question is:

What condition will you be in when you do?

Will you stand before Him as a redeemed saint and welcomed into His embrace?

Or will it be at the Great White Throne Judgment where all sinners must be judged?

While living on this earth we still have a choice. God loves people. He made a way for
He gives His angels charge over me.
everyone to be saved from sin and destruction.

Our part is to receive what He gave. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

During times of extreme circumstances people turn to God, such as in the tragedies we are experiencing now. After the events of September 11, 2001, churches were full and the anti-God politicians were even singing “God Bless America” on the Capitol steps. But when life gets better God is forgotten about because there was no real commitment made; it was only an empty promise to get out of a bad situation.

The god of this world has blinded people. (2 Corinthians 4:4). This is nothing new. Noah preached for 120 years and yet no one responded. But God provided a way out of the storm through the ark for Noah and his family because they believed and trusted in Him.

There is another question to ask after we determine we are ready to meet God.

Are you ready to live for Him?

No weapon formed against me will prosper.
We need to do more than just believe there is a God. Even the demons know who He is. (James 2:19)

Living for Christ doesn’t mean doing things for Him.

It means embracing Him and becoming like Him. When we become like Him we then do things for His kingdom—because then it is a fruit of the relationship, not a way to obtain the relationship.

Saints of God don’t need to fear in this world of chaos. When our trust is in Him, we can stand on His Word. We may be living through some calamities but He is there with us every step of the way.

 He dwells within every born-again believer and His Word is our sword.

Here are some weapons based on the Word of God to eliminate fear. Make this personal when confessing them over yourself and your family. These are not exact quotes but confessions based on the verses.

  • He gives His angels charge over me to keep me in all my ways. (Psalm 91:11)
  • No weapon formed against me shall prosper and every tongue that rises against me in judgment I shall show to be in the wrong for this is the heritage of the saints of the Lord. (Isaiah 54:17)
  • He has not given me the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
  • The Lord delivers me from all my fears (Psalm 34:4)
  • The angel of the Lord encamps around me and delivers me (Psalm 34:7).

You will never regret the decision to live for God.

Are you ready?

Are you ready to meet God? (click to tweet)

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Are You Ready for A Disaster?

by Barbara Latta

Hurricane Harvey will go down in record books.
Hurricane Harvey will go down in record books for property damage and rainfall. Texas has been devastated and the last few days have seen wide-spread flooding all across the Gulf coast.

No matter where we live disaster can strike at any time. Preparing ahead can ensure food and water and necessary supplies will be available. The first thing we should do when we have advance warning is to evacuate, if possible.
In the event of a disaster that does not require leaving the home, we could be living for days or weeks without electricity. Pre-planning can avoid scarcity and empty shelves.

The following steps can be a start in the preparation process:
  • Review insurance policies on homes, vehicles, and personal property.
  • Store a supply of bottled water. Calculate how much would be needed for the entire family, including pets, for at least one month. 
  • Keep vehicles as full of fuel as possible at all times. If the entire community is evacuating, gas lines require long waits. Also, if there is no power, gas pumps will not work.
  • Put a first aid kit in the vehicle along with flashlights, a blanket or two, and a small compressor for low tires.
  • Try to keep an amount of cash on hand in a safe, but in easily accessible place. Without power, ATMs will not work.
  • Pre-packaged food in sealed containers is available for purchase at many outlets.  These packages only require adding water and could be prepared on an outdoor grill or campfire.
  • Keep fuel levels as high as possible for the propane grill. 
  • Propane lanterns are safer than candles, last longer and produce brighter light.
  • Buy a generator.
  • Refill medications as often as possible to have extra supplies available.
  • Pack a container such as a large plastic foot locker and keep important papers such as passports, birth certificates and other irreplaceable or hard to replace items inside. Pack extra medications, water, food, flashlights, and medical kits. The entire container could then be picked up and taken when leaving in a hurry.
    Keep first aid kits ready for disasters.

We never know what awaits us in the future and proper planning can save us a lot of headaches and pain. Most of the time we do not think of having emergency items stored away until it is too late to do so.
What ideas could you add to this list? Are you prepared?

Sunday, August 27, 2017

What is so bad about that "patience" word?

by Barbara Latta

We can become impatient with long lines in busy stores.
Galatians 5:22-23 gives us a list of the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Oh, wow we embrace the love, joy, peace, goodness, etc. but that patience word…ooh, that’s not so pleasant in most of our minds; along with the self-control, of course.

But I think those two go together—because patience requires restraint.

A few days ago I was a victim of my own impatience in a check-out line at Wal-Mart. The store was busy and the lines were long. Only half the cashiers were open as well as the self-check. I searched for the shortest line and went to the Express line because I only had a few items.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Good News in the Middle of Bad

by Barbara Latta

Here is some soul food for the coming week to counter all the bad news we hear every day.
A quiet conscience makes one strong.

While tragedy and heartache will always be broadcast and situations will continue to escalate, we can turn our minds to better thoughts by focusing on solutions and letting God give answers to how we should respond. 

Faith is daring of the soul to go
farther than it can see.

 Feel free to download or share the photos. I only ask that you keep my watermark intact. 

Don't be pushed around by the fears in your mind.

Join the conversation and share your favorite quote or scripture verse that helps you get away from bad news. 

Staying positive in a negative world (click to tweet)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Broken Crayons Still Color

by Barbara Latta

Broken crayons still color.
I love the smell of a new box of crayons. It reminds me of the first day of school when everything is new and clean. The waxy points are sharp and the paper around the small cylinders is still intact.

Then a few weeks later the crayon box is dirty and torn, the colors are broken, the wrappers torn away and the sharp points have worn to a rounded nub.

But you know what I have found out?

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Persecuted Church or the Pretentious Church?

by Barbara Latta

“We are going to give customers what that want—which is not God.”
Filling pews is more important than the truth.

An article* circulating about Lifesong Church in North Carolina stated that talking about God would cease from the pulpit to prevent alienating people and boost the congregation’s attendance. A pretentious church is more acceptable than a persecuted church.

The pastor told reporters they had to stay true to their mission statement, “Get butts in the seats and keep them there.” He also made comments to compare their church to a business. Filling pews is more important than the truth.

If that’s their mission statement it is no wonder they are willing to stop mentioning God. Why even call yourself a church? Rename the congregation as a motivational group or join a civic group, but stop saying you are a church if you are ashamed to mention the name of the one you claim to follow. If this were my church, I would be better off staying at home on Sunday morning and leaving that seat empty instead of filling it with my body so the attendance roll could check me off.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Guidance with God or Decisions with Disaster?

By Barbara Latta

Any Decision Can Turn Disastrous Without God’s Direction

I ran away from home when I was seven.

Not literally, but at the time my mother must have thought her child had deserted the family.
Any decision can turn disastrous without
God's direction.
In the 1960’s kids walked to school or rode bicycles if the distance didn’t necessitate boarding the school bus. On the way home one day, one of my friends invited me to go to her house with her so I made the detour. Arriving at her home, the family piled in the car and drove to the country to see her grandmother. We had fun feeding the chickens and playing for a while and then it was time to go back home.

They dropped me off at my house where I was greeted with a wooden paddle that had originally housed a rubber ball on a string, but that day served a different purpose.

My seven-year-old mind didn’t think about calling my mother to tell her where I was. I just thought she would somehow know so I went my own way and did my own thing and suffered the consequences.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Stand in the Face of Adversity

by Barbara Latta

"No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me, says the Lord" (Isaiah 54:17 NKJV).

When we are faced with adversity, temptation or failing emotions we can stand on this promise from our Father. He says we shall condemn the lying tongue that comes to our minds to bring depression, guilt and hopelessness to us. With His Word in our hearts and coming out of our mouths, nothing coming against us can prevail.

The accuser is Satan and the lying tongue comes from him. James 4:7 (NKJV) says, "Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."

We resist the enemy by not believing the thoughts he puts into our minds. 

No weapon formed against you shall prosper. 
Take these words with you everywhere you go this week and stand victorious in the face of adversity.
Share your favorite scripture for defeating the enemy.

No weapon formed against you shall prosper (click to tweet)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Fulfilling the Great Commission

by Barbara Latta

Lessons on hitting the mark in life through archery.
A mission trip to the northern part of Tennessee called us to go. Our church, The Church of Joy, partnered with New Salem Baptist Church and the call of Jesus to feed the hungry, clothe the poor and preach the gospel to every creature was answered by a group of Georgia disciples.

Sunday morning worship included a message about reaching out to those around us. Giving money is necessary for missions, but going out to do the work changes more than the lives of those we minister to. It changes us, as well.

In Acts 20:35, Paul was quoting Jesus when he said it is more blessed to give than to receive and this week we experienced that blessing. Watching children of all ages gather to play games, listen to Bible lessons and feed their tummies with snacks and lunch made our hearts swell with compassion. Ministering at the Scott County Christian Care Center dug the wants of hurting people into our souls as we gave food to hungry families.

Seeing the needs first-hand grabs your heart and connects to the call Jesus gave. He commissioned His followers to go into Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the uttermost parts of the earth (Acts 1:8). That means we start where we live and the love of Christ goes wherever we go. We walk in His footsteps and become His hands and His voice.
Scott County Christian Care Center volunteers.

We had to leave after a few days but the needs will still be there. Visions of the wondering eyes of the boys and girls who came to Kid’s Camp and the lonely faces of people who came to the care center don’t leave after we come home.

When we experience such vast lack we can become overwhelmed and feel as if we haven’t done enough. We say good-bye to those we came to love and the question, “What can I do now?” burns within our minds. But Jesus said if we give a cup of cold water in His name we have ministered His love (Matthew 10:42).

Now that we are home we can continue the mission by:
  • Meeting the needs of those around us (our Jerusalem).
  • Praying for those we left behind that the seeds we planted will be harvested (our Judea).
  • Supporting the ministry of the Christian Care Center financially and in prayer (our Samaria).
  • Support ministries that go around the world through giving and prayer. If the opportunity arises, we can go to these regions, as well  (The uttermost parts of the earth).

Feeding hungry kids with food and God's Word.
Our work for the kingdom will not end as long as we are on this earth. Until Jesus returns, we are to be about our Father’s business (Luke 19:13).

Share your thoughts and experiences with reaching out to those in need.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Flipping the Switch on the Darkness of Condemnation

 by Barbara Latta

Darkness is the catalyst that propels us toward light.

Several years ago my husband and I toured some caverns in the state of Virginia. The
Without light nothing can be seen.
stalactites and stalagmites were impressive and the constant dripping of water told the story of how these rock columns were formed. When all the tourists were in place, the park ranger told everyone to be perfectly still. He turned out the light and the darkness that pervaded the space was as thick as a solid brick wall. Nothing could be seen, not even my hand one inch from my face. 

The thought shot through my mind that without light we couldn’t get out of this hole in the ground. After a few seconds of total darkness panic had almost set in. Soon the guide clicked on multi-colored lights that had been strategically placed inside the cave and the moist cavern walls reflected the light like a rainbow. Sighs of relief were heard through the group as the lights came on. This darkness had been physically felt.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Revolutionary War Almost Ended in Mutiny

by Barbara Latta

The Country that Almost Wasn't

George Washington thwarted a mutinous attempt. 
When thinking about George Washington and the Revolutionary War we think of winning battles, crossing the Delaware on Christmas Eve and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The Newburgh Conspiracy, so called because the Continental Army was housed at Newburgh, New York in 1783,  is not one of the popular topics of discussion in our historical recollection of our country. But the Revolutionary War almost ended in mutiny.

The Articles of Confederation did not allow for taxation. Congress did not have a way to finance the war and relied on the states to make voluntary payments known as requisitions. Since the financial distribution was voluntary, payment was seldom made and the military suffered. Lack of supplies and no pay for the soldiers created unrest among the ranks.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Hardest Thing for a Christian to do is Rest

by Barbara Latta

Once we make the decision to give our lives to Christ a new life begins (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Church attendance is important
 but won't earn God's favor.
We know we have been saved from sin but then we receive well-meaning advice from older Christians.

You must go to church regularly.
You need to read your Bible every day.
Reading the Bible in the morning is best.
Reading the Bible at night is best because you need God on your mind before your sleep.
Give an offering every Sunday.
Examine yourself all the time in case you sinned.
Participate in the church.
God won’t fellowship with you if you have sinned so you must confess all the time.
Study your Sunday School lesson.
Quit all your bad habits.

The list could go on and on and can be confusing to a new Christian but trying to keep this list will not earn brownie points with God. Nothing will affect our relationship with God unless we let it. God does not relate to us on what we do and He doesn’t turn away from us when we don’t do what is right. But if we let our conscience condemn us, we can feel separated from Him because we feel unworthy to be in His presence. He is not the one who leaves, we are the ones who turn away.

I remember the Sunday School envelopes I would fill out as a child. Scores were applied to achievements such as attendance, studying the Sunday School lesson and attending worship. When I could check every box and made 100% I swelled with pride and thought surely God must be looking down from heaven with a smile on his face and putting a gold star next to my name on his roster. When I found out I didn’t earn God’s love and acceptance by what I do, I was set free from condemnation and guilt.

The hardest thing for a Christian to do is rest. We struggle to let go of works and simply accept grace.

Grace is God’s gift. No strings attached (Ephesians 2:8-9). The only requirement is to
God's gift of grace has no strings attached.
receive the gift. If we were in God’s favor because of reading the Bible, giving an offering or quitting bad habits, then our salvation would be based on us instead of Jesus. The good things we do benefit us and are a fruit of knowing God but are not how we know him.

Jesus paid the price. A very costly price. When we try to add to that sacrifice by our works we are saying Jesus didn’t do enough and we have to help Him out.

Resting in Him requires labor but a different kind of labor than our works tries to bring (Hebrews 4:9-10). We have to work to rest because most of our life on earth is performance based. Our humanity requires us to work at acceptance from employers, teachers and sometimes friends. We then approach God in the same way expecting to only receive favor from Him if we have been good enough.  

If you are struggling to earn God’s favor, rest in His grace and know you are accepted.
Join the conversation and share your thoughts.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Earthly Dad and Heavenly Father – Childhood Memories and the Role of Joseph in Jesus’ Life

by Barbara Latta

My Dad
His arms covered in sawdust and sweat, my dad would come out of his shop after working on another piece of wood he had created into a work of art. He had many hobbies over the years including scuba diving, leathercraft and archery, but woodworking was his favorite. Photography was another at the top of the list that he developed into a sideline business. He was busy week after week recording on film the memories of weddings, graduations, school functions and sports. My brothers and I were among the subject matter for photo practice and our images filled up numerous photo albums. I spent a lot of time with him in his darkroom watching the magic of glossy paper immersed in chemicals become a black and white photo. Ah, the days of film. Eastman Kodak never dreamed the days of celluloid would end.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

How Baby Boomers can reach Millennials with the Gospel

by Barbara Latta

The generation of Millennials and Gen Xers spans the period between the early 1980’s and
Millennials live on social media.
ending in the early 2000’s. Most Baby Boomers are afraid of them because older people don't know how to relate to the younger way of thinking so reaching Millennials with the gospel remains a challenge.

Millennials and Gen Xers grew up in a technological age while those in my generation groan every time a new gadget comes out that has to be learned. We do what we can get by, but Millennials and Gen Xers fight to be the first in line when a new advancement is released on the market.This group lives on social media. Their life would disappear without electronic connections.