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Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).


Thursday, November 24, 2022

Memes of Thanksgiving for You to Share

 Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope your day of celebration will be filled with remembrances of our great gifts and blessings from God.

Here are some Scripture memes of praise to God for you to enjoy and share if you like.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Remembering Abraham Lincoln's Words of Thanksgiving

 

by Barbara Latta

Our country just held an election in the middle of much chaos and strife. Whether the results were what you hoped for our not, we need to remember that God is our Savior, not politicians.

If every position were held by a person of godly integrity, we would still need to remember that these are only humans who will always have faults. We should always look to our Sovereign Lord as the one we depend upon.

During the turbulent Civil War years of America, Abraham Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation. As you read these words, try to remember what was happening in the land and what this leader faced trying to hold a broken country together. Lincoln’s words of gratitude are still relevant today.

Friday, November 11, 2022

Recognizing and Giving Thanks for the Contributions of Military Veterans

 

by Barbara Latta

During this Thanksgiving season in America, we focus on the brave souls who traversed a turbulent ocean voyage to seek a new life of freedom in an unknown land. 

The Pilgrims were willing to withstand the adversity of months at sea and the hardships of building a community from scratch because their desire to worship God in freedom was worth the price to them.

The people who settled our land laid the groundwork for the benefits we enjoy today. Our military members endure hardships for the sake of protecting those benefits.

Friday, November 4, 2022

3 Ways to Offer Gratitude No Matter What Happens

 


by Barbara Latta

The world is a scary place.

I don’t know how people who don’t know the Lord cope with life because chaos surrounds us everywhere we go. Politics, weather, crime, lack of provision, and war touch us in some way every day. We may not experience all of these events at the same time, but we hear the news that goes on in different parts of our world. Anxiety can fill our hearts just by anticipation of a bad circumstance coming our way.

But God doesn’t fall off His throne or wring His hands in despair due to the earth’s condition. He isn’t the cause of all the mischief, but He is the solution. 

Thursday, October 27, 2022

What If We Celebrated the Holy Spirit Not the Fallen Spirit?


 by Barbara Latta

Crisp fall air invites us to gravitate toward campfires. Logs crackle and gray, oak-scented smoke spirals to the sky.

Give me a marshmallow and a hot dog, please.

Fall also brings Halloween. For weeks Halloween decorations have abounded in stores, yards, and porches. This is not an attack against those who like Halloween. But I am not one who likes this day because of the evil origins.

I know kids love to dress up and get candy. Who doesn’t like sugar? Children aren’t thinking of what all this means, they just want the goodies.

But some of the decorations can make a believer cringe. I think this day is observed as fun because the meaning is not taken seriously. A lot of people don’t believe the devil is real. And if they do, he is considered a cartoon character in a red suit with a pitchfork.

What if we celebrated the Holy Spirit not the fallen spirit?

While fall can call us outside to enjoy a backyard fire, campfires are no comparison to the fire of God.

What kind of thoughts does this Scripture bring to your mind?

For our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29 NKJV).

This verse can create different images.

God’s fire consumed sin. The blaze of judgment turned sin to ash at the cross.

While we are on this earth, we do still commit sin. But the punishment for our transgressions is complete because Jesus endured the fire of the wrath of God against sin.

God’s fire consumes us with power when we welcome the Holy Spirit into our lives.

After Jesus ascended to heaven, God sent another kind of fire to the earth – the Holy Spirit.  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire (Matthew 3:11-12).

God’s fire consumes the motives of all our works. Each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire (1 Corinthians 3:13-15).

The fire of judgment day is in the future. All those who did not accept the payment Jesus made when His body was consumed in the fire of God, will be burned in eternal fire. That will be a sad day.

The payment has been made, but many will not accept it.

Our God is a consuming fire. He burned our sin at the cross, He burns up our dead works to purify our motives and minds, and He burns within us with power. And His fire will judge those who reject Him.

Satan will feel that fire of judgment, too. Eternal damnation for the one who caused all the misery of earth since the Garden of Eden. He will burn with eternal misery. The days of evil will be over.

We can celebrate the Holy Spirit because Jesus defeated the fallen spirit. We don’t have to give the devil any more power by giving in to his temptations and lies.

God’s love can burn within your soul if you accept His sacrifice and join His family. By doing so, the identity of Christ is given to you and the Holy Spirit's power will dwell within your heart. 

Join the conversation and share your thoughts.

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What if we celebrated the Holy Spirit instead of the fallen spirit? (click to tweet)

Our God is a consuming fire. He burned our sin at the cross, He burns up our dead works to purify our motives and minds, and He burns within us with power. (click to tweet)

 

Friday, October 21, 2022

Overcome the Darkness of Condemnation with the Light of the Word

 


by Barbara Latta

October is mostly focused on darkness, fear, and the celebration of evil due to Halloween. The day promotes scary practices as fun. But if we comprehended the emptiness and fear associated with total darkness and separation from God we wouldn’t be laughing.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

5 Scriptures to Combat Foreboding Thoughts


 

by Barbara Latta

The world is full of chaos because the ruler of this world is Satan. His agenda is destruction, and his methods of operation are lies and deceit. His whispered words plant fear.

With more apprehension filling the airwaves each day, our peace can be threatened if we allow these assumptions and predictions to take precedence in our lives.

Trepidation and threats shatter peace and can leave our emotions in sharp pieces. We can find ourselves descending into a deep hole of depression one step at a time and not realize we are at the bottom until we feel enveloped in darkness.