|Fruit of the Spirit - Kindness|
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Saturday, September 7, 2019
|Remembrance of those who died at the Pentagon|
Saturday, August 31, 2019
|Balancing work, rest and play|
Saturday, August 24, 2019
|Words are tools or weapons|
Sunday, August 18, 2019
Maybe I am the only one whose mind does this, but there are times I can hear something in a sermon or teaching moment and it is something I have already learned. My mind shuts down and thinks it doesn’t need to listen again. But we never stop learning. No matter how many times a subject is taught, we can still glean knowledge from other teachers and have new insight into lessons.
When we go back to the meaning of salvation, it can refresh our minds to what God really did for us. For without salvation, where would we all be? Lost and without hope. So, here are a few aspects of salvation to never stop thinking about.
Saturday, August 10, 2019
- Cain was jealous of Abel – resulting in murder and Cain becoming an outcast (Genesis 4:3-15).
- Jacob and Esau – Jacob was jealous of Esau’s birthright; Esau was jealous after Jacob stole it – resulting in Jacob’s deceit to his father and he had to leave home; Esau lost his rightful place as the firstborn (Genesis 25:29-34; Genesis 27).
- Joseph’s brothers were jealous – resulting in selling their brother and lying to their father (Genesis 37:18-34).
- Miriam and Aaron were jealous of Moses – resulting in Miriam contracting leprosy (Numbers 12:1-16).
- Eliab was jealous of David – resulting in him not being chosen as the next king because of what was in his heart (I Samuel 16:6-7).
- Saul was jealous of David – resulting in torment from an evil spirit (I Samuel 18:6-11).
- Michel was jealous of David’s relationship with God when he danced before the ark – resulting in barrenness (2 Samuel 6:16-23).
- Absalom was jealous of his father, David – resulting in his death (2 Samuel 15:12; 2 Samuel 18).
- Jesus’ disciples were jealous of each other – resulting in Jesus’s reprimand (Luke 22:24-30).
Saturday, August 3, 2019
|Jesus is the true vine.|
Saturday, July 27, 2019
|The fruit of the spirit|
- The rich young ruler – Jesus told him what to do to have eternal life. The way He demonstrated this fruit didn’t condemn the seeker, yet Jesus was able to expose the condition of the man’s heart. The youth made the decision to turn away and Jesus was saddened by his response (Matthew 19:16-23).
- The adulterous woman – Jesus was gentle toward her, yet he didn’t condone her sin. She was given the option to stop sinning and we assume she went away and did what Jesus said (John 8:1-11).
- The tax collector – Zacchaeus was not condemned for being a tax collector which was what the small man expected. Jesus invited Himself to the house of this sinner and because of His willingness to do so, Zacchaeus saw God looking back at him and he repented (Luke 19:1-10).
- Peter - When this impulsive follower denied Christ, all the Savior had to do was look at His disciple and realization impaled Peter with the knife of regret. Yet after the Lord’s resurrection, Jesus restored Peter and made sure His follower knew forgiveness had been extended.
|Jesus changed the lives of sinners through gentleness.|
Saturday, July 13, 2019
|8 ways to hear and receive from God|
- Be available. Presenting ourselves as a living sacrifice and renewing our minds in His Word places us in a position to hear from Him. (Romans 12:1-2). Putting ourselves in a worship mindset will take the focus off self.
- Leave the past behind. We can’t move forward when we live in the past and dwell on mistakes and sins. This hinders our ability to hear what God is saying now (Philippians 3:13-14).
- Ask for revelation knowledge. (Colossians 1:9-10). He will give us understanding when we ask for it.
- Know that His will is available through His Spirit. He does want to reveal things to us (1 Corinthians 2:10-16).
- Believe we receive our answer when we pray. Make sure prayers line up with His will and are not selfish (James 1:5-8).
- Be quiet, listen and get rid of distractions. (Psalm 46:10). We cannot hear God’s voice in the middle of TV shows, a radio blaring or social media streaming through the computer.
- Pray in the Spirit (Romans 8:26-27). Many times in scripture praying in the Spirit is associated with praying in tongues. When the Spirit of God is praying from our spirit to God the Father, our mind is bypassed, and our reasoning cannot get in the way.
- Let peace be the guide (Colossians 3:15). When trying to make a decision and unsure which way to go, test the options with which one gives peace in the soul. When God is directing, there will be calmness and not anxiety or confusion.
Saturday, June 29, 2019
|The Declaration of Independence states that all|
men are created equal.
|The signers of the Declaration of Independence|
recognized God as the Creator of all men.
Saturday, June 22, 2019
|How to live free of the grip of fear|
Saturday, June 15, 2019
|How can we conquer the root of rejection|
- Seclusion – we avoid the risk of relationships to prevent being hurt again.
- Anger and aggressiveness – we shun and hurt others by our actions.
- Depression – we wallow in self-pity and the endless cycle of hopelessness and despair grows and can cause physical sickness.
- Hyper-sensitivity – we display hurts seeking for justification in our feelings and become easily offended.
- Jesus was rejected by the religious leaders (John 11:53).
- He was rejected by his hometown (Luke 4:28-29).
- He was rejected by his followers (John 6:66).
- He was rejected by the Twelve (Matthew 26:26, Mark 24:50.
- He was rejected by his family (Mark 3:21).
- Putting more value on what God says about us than what other people or circumstances tell us.
- Surrounding ourselves with others who are committed to God. Jesus didn’t avoid sinners, but when he was around them he changed the atmosphere; he didn’t let the atmosphere change him.
- Knowing that rejection is a part of life on this fallen earth. But our part is to reject those feelings instead of absorbing them.
- Forgiving because Christ forgave us. All those who rejected Jesus were forgiven by Him. Even Judas—the one who never received the forgiveness extended to him.
|Jesus gives us value.|
Please feel free to share your thoughts.
Saturday, June 8, 2019
|Lessons of leadership and influence from the Apostle Peter.|
- Lesson: When the boat is sinking get out of it. God is there to hold our hand. When all the apostles were in a sinking boat, Peter is the only one who stepped out in faith to walk on water. Yes, he eventually sank, but at least he got out of the boat. He is the only person other than Jesus who has ever walked on water. The boat was sinking yet the rest of the guys stayed in the boat. That’s amazing. (Matthew 14:24-32)
- Lesson: Stand up for what we believe. Peter took a stand when all the others could do was repeat what the crowds had said about Jesus. He stood out from the other disciples to declare that he believed Jesus was the Son of God. Jesus said the truth of that statement is what the church would be built upon. (Matthew 16:13-19)
- Lesson: Allow the Holy Spirit to redirect passions. Peter’s impetuous actions implored Jesus to stay away from Jerusalem to avoid crucifixion and Jesus had to rebuke him (Matthew 16:22-23). He also drew a sword and cut off the ear of the high priest’s servant in the garden of Gethsemane (John 18:10. Peter was probably trying to take off the man’s head and when the man ducked Peter’s sword caught his ear. Peter was impulsive with his words and actions, but his forcefulness was used in a positive way to expand the kingdom of God when under the control of the Holy Spirit.
- Lesson: Don’t stay in regret; repent and move forward. When
Peter failed, he repented. After denying Christ, he was tormented by what he
had done and he wept bitter tears. He still loved His Master; that’s why what
he did hurt so much. He still wanted to follow Christ. (Luke 22:54-62)
- Lesson: Don’t fear consequences. Peter denied Christ when the Master was arrested, but this denier was the same one who preached on the day of Pentecost and 3,000 people were saved (Acts 2: 14-41). When he was later arrested he told his accusers he had to obey God and not men (Acts 5:29).
- Lesson: Submit to God and allow humility to take over. Be willing to admit when we are wrong (Galatians 2:11-12). Peter was willing to take the criticism of Paul and allow correction. Peter didn’t take offense at this. Peter later quoted Paul and said his words were scripture (2 Peter 3:15-16).
- Lesson: Put Jesus first. Peter was willing to die for His
Lord (John 21:18-19), (Matthew
Monday, June 3, 2019
- Realize our worth does not come from someone else’s opinion or actions. Our values come from God not the news media, entertainment industry or politics. To the praise of the glory of his grace, by which he made us accepted in the beloved (Ephesians 1:6 NKJV).
- Anchor our personality in Jesus and take possession of the inheritance He gave us. We have an inheritance in Christ that is far superior to anything this world can give. In him we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will (Ephesians 1:11 NKJV).
- Understand the words are a reflection of the condition of the heart of a person who probably does not know God. (In this case, I am referring to those whose words are vile, evil and blasphemous, not merely someone who differs from us.) They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart (Ephesians 4:18 ESV). For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions (2 Timothy 4:3 ESV).
- Allowing offense into our life doesn’t change the situation, but it can change us into an angry and bitter person. Do not take to heart everything people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you for many times, also, your own heart has known that even you have cursed others (Ecclesiastes 7:21-22 ESV).
- Don’t take the bait and get into an argument. The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult (Proverbs 12:16 ESV). Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the good sense of your words (Proverbs 23:9).
Saturday, May 18, 2019
|3 reasons patience is a positive experience.|
- Patience shows we trust God: When we don’t see the answers to our prayers immediately, we sometimes question God. When we pray according to God’s will He is working, but we don’t always know what is going on behind the scenes in the spiritual world. God brings things into our lives through other people. When they don’t respond to His direction, what we wanted may be delayed. He may have to work in the hearts of someone else to accomplish His answer to us. All this time we are waiting and wondering where our answer is. But when we hold on to the Word of God, He will come through because He does not lie. (Jeremiah 29:11)
- Patience is an example to others: When someone isn’t treating us right, our restraint against them can be an example of the way God wants them to be treated. Showing patience with them can be an example of God’s character. (1 Thessalonians 5:14)
- Patience builds our faith: When we are experiencing a trial and waiting for an answer to prayer or the culmination of a seed we planted to sprout, we can look back at previous times in our lives where God has always fulfilled His promise. We can see that an answer did come, and it will materialize this time, too. (Galatians 6:9)
Saturday, May 11, 2019
My mother's wrinkled hands were laid to rest in death's repose
But are now raised to life to hold God's hand.
And those hands regenerated with youth
will welcome me when I pass through heaven's gates.
I will hold her hand again.
Happy Mother's Day!
Please feel free to share a tribute to your mother here.
Saturday, May 4, 2019
|This begonia was too beautiful to resist.|
Saturday, April 27, 2019
by Barbara Latta
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Saturday, March 30, 2019
- Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).
- Therefore, you now have sorrow but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one an take from you (John 16:22).
- For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17).
- Rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:16).
- Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say rejoice! (Philippians 4:4).
- Rejoicing in hope patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer (Romans 12:12).
- Whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory (1 Peter 1:8).
- Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, for they are the rejoicing of my heart (Psalm 119:111).
- Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10B).
- You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand (Psalm 16:11 NIV).