“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23Continue reading How to Hold Fast to Hope
Frustrated because you can’t seem to be the kind of person that you want to be?
Although you get up in the morning and you tell yourself that you will be kind, not offend, and have a great outlook, you slip up before you get out the door.
You think no one cares.
There is someone who cares deeply. In fact, He loves you. Jesus loves you.
All of us have sinned, fallen short of God’s requirements. That’s you and me. We’re all failures.
The consequences of that sin is death and separation from God forever–hell. But God, in all His glory, loved you and me so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, into the world.
Jesus shed the glory that He had in heaven with God to enter the world as a baby, born to a poor virgin and a carpenter who was engaged to her. Jesus walked the countryside proclaiming “the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” He taught the people, healed all who came to Him, raised the dead, and performed miracles. Jesus showed the people God in the flesh. He lived His life serving others and loving others.
No greater love has a man than to lay His life down for others. That is what Jesus did for you, for me. He who never sinned became sin, your sin, my sin. He paid the price we owed, death.
Jesus was the Perfect Sacrifice.Continue reading Jesus, the Perfect Sacrifice, Loves You
Do you remember the house you were brought up in? Do you remember it looking this run-down? When I lived in my home in Weleetka, Oklahoma, it was not this run-down. When I saw what it looked like about three decades after I lived in it, I brooded over it for awhile. There were good memories, and there were bad memories, but they were a part of my family … my past … my being. It was sad.Continue reading Brooding Over the Past?
Feel like you’re jammed in traffic all the time? You’re going here and there. There’s no time to rest, no time to enjoy this life you’re living?
You’re busy doing good. Maybe you’re taking care of the kids or grandkids, and there’s soccer practice, homework, dance lessons, dinner, lunches to pack, science project, and in between you’re getting groceries, cleaning the house, doing laundry and helping the neighbor with her sick mom.
You’re visiting the sick, delivering meals to shut-ins, and teaching a Bible study.
You’re busy doing good at work. You are tied to your phone and your computer. There’s the social media for work and for yourself. You need to write that report, and the meetings take the day away. When you get home, you cook dinner, help the kids with homework, bathe them, put them to bed, snuggle with your husband, put him to bed, then you settle in to get the work done for the next day at the office.
The “To Do” list is 10 sheets long and growing.Continue reading The Secret of Rest
“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”Luke 1:45
Blessed because you believe? That’s the story of the Christian life, isn’t it? From Genesis to Revelation, we read of men and women who received promises from God, and they believed in those promises. Sometimes, they had to wait a long time for those promises to become reality, and sometimes, they never saw those promises in their lifetimes. But they believed, and they were blessed.
The promise that Gabriel revealed to Mary was unthinkable. Mary, an unmarried teenager, a virgin, engaged to a poor carpenter, learned that her womb would carry the Messiah, the Savior of Israel, the Savior of the world.
How can this be?Continue reading The Key to Being Blessed