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Archive for December, 2014

A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit. (Proverbs 15:13)

by on Dec.31, 2014, under Messages

If you want to improve your looks… improve your heart.  Focus on the things that fill your heart with joy.  Start by thinking of how much God loves you.


“So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.” (Numbers 6:27)

by on Dec.30, 2014, under Messages

As we prepare for a new year, why not “put God’s name on it”? Spend some time today praying over the new year, asking God’s blessing, asking God’s presence in the new year.


Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it? (Lamentations 3:37)

by on Dec.29, 2014, under Messages

Remember that all of our plans are worthless unless the Lord wills.  He is in control.  So ask his wisdom and blessing on all you plan.


The Best New Year Ever

by on Dec.28, 2014, under Hope

It is the time of year when people make New Year’s resolutions.  Most of them concern ways to make next year better.  Some resolve that this is the year to mend broken relationships.  That they will forgive past hurts, or reach out to someone they used to be close to.  How great would it be if the New Year could start with every bad decision of your past forgotten?  No wondering if someone was holding a grudge.  No stress over whether or not you could be forgiven.  Not even a worry about whether old hurts would still be remembered.

Or how about the resolution to pay of your Christmas shopping in a timely manner?  Or pay off last Christmas.  Or save more this year.  What if all of your old debts were just gone?  Cancelled.  Paid off by someone else. 

Maybe you have made so many unfulfilled resolutions over the years that it really does not seem to matter anymore .  What is the point if life is just going to be the same as it has always been?  You feel worthless, useless, and without any value to anyone.  The one resolution you wish you could fulfill would be to have value and purpose.

This year can be the best year of your life.  Jesus offers the one real chance to start over, to be forgiven, and to find purpose.

If you worry about not having a relationship with God, know that God still loves you.  He sent his son Jesus to earth to make a way for us to come back to Him.  If you have been afraid the bad choices you have made can never be forgiven, there is good news.  Jesus died for your sins so you could have a new life.  God will never again hold those sins against you.  Jesus was raised from the dead so you too could be raised with him.  God values you that much.  He has a purpose for you here and now.  He invites you into a relationship with Him and then empowers you to follow his son in doing Kingdom work. 

New life, relationship with God, forgiveness, purpose.  That would be the best New Year ever. 

Blessings,

steve


“Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” (Exodus 4:12)

by on Dec.27, 2014, under Messages

God didn’t send Moses to Pharaoh by himself. God promised to go with Moses, helping him, and giving him the words to speak. God will prepare us for exactly what he wants us to do. When he gives us a task, he also gives us the ability to fulfill it.


How awesome is the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth. (Psalm 47:2)

by on Dec.26, 2014, under Messages

Amen.  Never forget that our God rules this earth and he is awesome.


“For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” (Luke 2:30–32)

by on Dec.25, 2014, under Messages

The light has come, bringing a revelation to the nations and glory to God’s people. Praise God for his salvation! Praise God for his son! Praise God for the coming of Jesus.


But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)

by on Dec.24, 2014, under Messages

The baby Jesus grew up to die so we could be at peace with God.  It is the most wonderful gift you could ever have.  Do not throw it away.


“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”” (Matthew 2:1–2)

by on Dec.23, 2014, under Messages

The Magi didn’t come seeking anything from Jesus. They left their homes and traveled to a far away land, seeking only to give.

I like that idea of seeking what we can give to God, not what we can get from him. Let us too be seekers of Jesus, not for any personal gain, but because he is deserving of our worship.


Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. (Romans 5:16)

by on Dec.22, 2014, under Messages

The greatest gift of all was God’s gift of Jesus to save us from the condemnation our sins bring.  Instead, thru Jesus, we are justified.



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