Who is Jesus?

Worship and Teaching on 1 Peter 2:13-25
  • Our Jesus is the Christ – the Messiah
  • Our Jesus is the Director of our steps
  • Our Jesus is God’s Son.
  • Our Jesus is our example.
  • Our Jesus knew no sin.
  • Our Jesus submitted to God.
  • Our Jesus submitted to governmental authority.
  • Our Jesus suffered in silence.
  • Our Jesus was beaten and did not open His mouth.
  • Our Jesus was nailed to the cross.
  • Our Jesus asked that the Father forgive.
  • Our Jesus took our sins upon Himself.
  • Our Jesus paid the price that we owed.
  • Our Jesus healed our relationship with God.
  • Our Jesus conquered death by rising from the dead.
  • Our Jesus sits at the right hand of God speaking on our behalf.
  • Our Jesus loves us with an everlasting love.
  • Our Jesus is our Good Shepherd.
  • Our Jesus is the Overseer of our souls.
  • Our Jesus is Salvation.
  • One day, we will see Jesus face to face

Our Jesus is coming again!

  • “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me 
    All the days of my life; 
    And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.”
    Psalm 23:6

Good Shepherd and Overseer of our souls, we are overwhelmed by Your great love for us. We have sinned. Thank You for paying the price of our sins, so that we could be dead to sins and live to righteousness. Be our Lord and Savior. Teach us to follow You, to live for righteousness, and to imitate You. You gave Your all for us. We give our lives to You. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.

When you think of Jesus,
what is the first word that comes to your mind?

Photo is what is thought to be the empty tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem.

Enter the Throne Room of God

Please join me at my friend’s beautiful blog as we enter the throne room of our great Creator and Father in heaven. Let’s enter the Holy of Holies and bow before our High Priest and thank Him that we are one with Him.

Enter Through the Veil

Thank you Linda Johnson for your commitment to proclaiming the Good News!

Love you to heaven and back!

Before You Were Born

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous–how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.”
Psalm 139:13-16 (NLT)

Five long years of waiting to have a baby while Keith completed law school. Finally the day came to begin trying to have a baby.

In those days, women who thought they might be pregnant had to wait for awhile to find out. There was the lab test, a few days of waiting for the result, and then a call from the doctor.

It didn’t take long. Soon, I knew Kristin and started calling her Kristin, even though pregnant women didn’t regularly have ultrasounds back then. Most didn’t know the sex of the baby until the baby was born. But I knew. Everyone, including the doctor, tried to talk me out of referring to this beautiful baby in my womb as a girl. I didn’t know her like God knew her, but I knew her as Kristin.

God knew every cell in her body. He knew every day of her life and loved her. Every moment of her life had been planned. She was His masterpiece and created for good works, which He equipped her for, just as He delights in you as His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10).

Friend, before you were born, God’s thoughts about you were more than you can count. He formed you in love. He knows your every thought, and He still loves you.

Before you were born, God knew you intimately.

Because God loves you, He sent Jesus into the world to repair our relationship with God. That relationship was hurt when we didn’t obey God’s commands. It’s like when we hurt a friend or family member. There’s a price to pay and forgiveness to be given.

The price for not obeying God is separation from Him. We chose to go our own way and sin against God. He grieves but honors our wishes. But He provides a way to turn from our sins and draw near to Him.

Jesus, our Creator and Savior, shed Himself of His glory for awhile and entered the world as a baby. He taught God’s ways, healed the sick, raised the dead, worked miracles, and paid for our sins. He took your sins and my sins upon Himself in a painful death on the cross. He was buried, but three days later, He rose from the dead and now sits at the right hand of God speaking on behalf of all who accept Him as Lord and Savior.

He holds out a free gift – life with Him forever. There’s nothing we can do to earn eternal life with God … it’s the free gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9). We just have to accept this gift and open it.

Won’t you accept this free gift from the God who knew you before you were born and loved you? The God who knows your every thought, your every sin and fault, and still loves you. The God who wants you to live with Him forever in Paradise.

You can unwrap that gift right now.

Pray with me

God, I have not followed Your commands. I have sinned against You. Please forgive me. I want this gift of salvation. I want to spend eternity with You. I know that You know me better than I know myself and You still love me. You can make me new. I know that Jesus took my sins upon Himself and paid the price I owed. I accept Him as my Savior and Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

May I pray for you?

Father, thank You for this dear one who accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior. Fill those who just started walking with You and those who have walked with You for many years with Your wisdom, Your love, and Your peace. Guide us, Lord. For You knew us before we were born. You fearfully and wonderfully formed us into Your masterpieces. You knew our days before we were born, and You equipped us to accomplish Your works that are always good. We rejoice in You and honor You. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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One Promise Keeper in a World of Broken Promises

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.” Hebrews 10:23 (NLT)

I practiced hard. Arms lifted high, I leaped around the house. Repeating angel thoughts and words, I twirled in the white dress, watching the silver tinsel garland on the hem sparkle. The grandest promise of my young years. In a few short days, I was going to dance across the stage with other little angels in celebration of the birth of Jesus.

I have to dance, I’m an angel,” I pleaded with my Mama.

“But you’re sick.”

“Please, please, please.”

Devastated, I felt betrayed. Yes, I was sick. Yes, Mama made the right decision. Yes, a promise that she couldn’t keep.

Friend, do you remember unkept promises, the failed promises that broke your heart? Perhaps they are searing your soul right now. Promises you couldn’t keep. Promises that others broke.

The world is heartbroken over the unkept promises today. Lives shattered. Lives lost. Lives searching for answers. Fearful lives.

We live in a world of promise makers whose decisions ignore their promises. But there is one Promise Keeper. His promises always come to pass … God Almighty.

The Promise

Our Creator knows the beginning from the end. His promises do not fail. Although we have rejected His commands and have sinned against Him, He offers us forgiveness and an everlasting home with Him. We can trust this promise.

“By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:20-22 (NLT)

The promise of eternal life with God.

But we must possess the promise.

Possess God’s Promise. Go Into His Presence.

The Israelites could not enter the Holy of Holies (the Most Holy Place) that kept the Ark of the Covenant. Only the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies once a year (Hebrews 9). Although Jesus knew no sin, He took your sins and my sins upon Himself and became the Perfect Sacrifice to pay for our sins. He provided the way into the very throne room of God. To possess His promise of salvation, we must walk into God’s presence. That takes trust, friend.

Jesus has cleansed us of our sins so that we can spend eternity with Him.

Our Promise Keeper, You are the great I AM, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. You know all things. You are all-powerful. Your promises stand forever. We trust Your Word and cling to Your promises. Cause a great awakening, Lord. Bring a revival to Your people. Cause us to trust in You and Your life-giving way. Turn weeping into joy. Bring wisdom and courage to our world’s leaders. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Please pray for God’s people to humble ourselves, seek the Lord’s face, confess our sins and turn from them. Ask God to heal our nations.