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Archive for August, 2018

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Luke 12:34)

by on Aug.31, 2018, under Messages

What are you doing with the treasures you have obtained.  Where you put them is where your heart will be.  Invest in people, or things, or Jesus.  Just know that the places you put your treasure is where your heart will end up.

“The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king” (Nehemiah 2:4–5)

by on Aug.30, 2018, under Messages

I like the way Nehemiah didn’t hesitate to pray before answering the king. I doubt that he prayed out loud, but Nehemiah did take his focus off the most powerful man in the world in order to focus on the most powerful being anywhere!

I guess you and I can stop and pray in the middle of our day as well.

“Take a census of the whole Israelite community by their clans and families, listing every man by name, one by one. (Numbers 1:2)

by on Aug.29, 2018, under Messages

Why was it so important to know who was who?  Because people matter to God.  You matter to God.  You and your family are known by God.

“The memory of the righteous will be a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.” (Proverbs 10:7)

by on Aug.28, 2018, under Messages

How do you want people to remember you? Do you want to be missed?

Or do you want everyone to be glad you’re gone?

“The memory of the righteous will be a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.” (Proverbs 10:7)

The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. (Mark 6:30)

by on Aug.27, 2018, under Messages

It is important to share what God is doing.  We need to tell each other what we are doing and what we are telling others.

Thinking about Your Death

by on Aug.26, 2018, under Hope

She is too young to be in Hospice but that is where she now finds herself.  Cancer.  She is very aware that her time here is drawing to a close.  She and her husband have had the talks about letting go, and what happens after she is gone.  She has faced the reality that she will not help her daughter plan her wedding.  She will not get to help with the grandbabies.

She is not unique.  People die every day.  Accidents, heart attacks, cancer, murder.  Death is a certainty for all us.  This life will end.  All of us know someone that has died.  Old and young, rich and poor, suddenly and over a matter of months.  I will die someday.  You will too. 

Some see death as an enemy to fight or a foe to vanquish.  Some rage against the reality of their own passing.  Others mourn.  Some try to deny it.  Don’t talk about it or acknowledge it.

But not my friend.  She is looking death square in the face and accepting it. 

Because of Jesus.

We Christians speak often of the death of Jesus on the cross for our sins.  But we also very much believe he was raised from the dead.  He defeated death.  Conquered it.  So believers view death differently.

We believe we too, just like Jesus, will be resurrected to live forever.  We believe we will see our loved ones again.  We believe that we will live forever in the presence of God.  There will be no more pain or suffering.  God himself will wipe away our tears.  We will see him face to face.

Do not misunderstand.  We grieve and mourn the death of our loved ones.  But we do not grieve like those with no hope.  We are hope grievers.

You can be also.  Jesus died for your sins.  You too can be raised from the dead to live forever with God. 

And that changes everything.

“Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone.” (Psalms 71:9)

by on Aug.25, 2018, under Messages

I’ve seen old people who’ve been cast away. The world thinks their value is gone. Their family thinks they are merely a burden.

But God will never cast us away, even when our strength is gone. He will always love and value us.

Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (II Timothy 2:22)

by on Aug.24, 2018, under Messages

Grow up spiritually.  Leave behind the desires that are evil.  Desire righteous things.  Join with those like you who are seeking God with a pure heart.

“They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”” (Acts 16:31)

by on Aug.23, 2018, under Messages

Believe in Jesus. (Not just head belief, but the kind of belief that changes your life, making you do whatever He tells you)

And you will be saved. (If not, you won’t be. You need a Savior. It’s Jesus.)

You and your household. (You can be a blessing to your whole family, giving them a chance to be part of God’s family.)

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