When we invite Jesus into our lives, the Bible tells us we are to put Him first. Above all else we are to offer Him all our love in word and in deed.
Deuteronomy 6:5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
So, how do you offer Jesus love?
Too often, we believe ourselves to be worthless, useless or incompetent. Why? Because we erroneously listen to someone who harbors evil in their heart claiming that against us!
Don’t listen to them anymore!
I encourage you now—do not believe anything that an evil heart dares to profess about you! You are worthy because you were created by the Creator of the world, made perfect in every way.
There is no shortage of news headlines endlessly announcing attacks made against anything Christian. The hate is very outspoken — there seems to be no filter applied.
No matter if you are Vice President of the United States (Mike Pence) or his wife who teaches at a Christian school (Karen Pence); are Christian young people attending a pro-life rally (Covington Catholic H.S.) or a simple baker trying to run your personal business according to God’s Word (Jack Phillips) — verbal and written abuse against Christians continues.
So. . .what does God say we are to do in all circumstances?
My church, Bayside Community Church, is participating in three weeks of Prayer & Fasting, all to take us deeper into a relationship with God
We all know: Starting a new year does not erase confusion, frustration or set backs that occurred during the previous 365 days. So, instead of carrying that old, heavy baggage into 2019, 24/7, why not entrust it to God and let Him carry it for you?
How was your 2018? Was it fun—did you vacation and enjoy family and friends? Did you accomplish all those goals you set for yourself last New Years Eve—such as running to get in shape, or advancing in your work place, or reconnecting with someone?
Perhaps, like me, you had a few set backs. Perhaps you allowed anger and pride to steal previously enjoyable family time—again! And maybe, your main goal for the year, somehow got swallowed up by something beyond your control? I hate when that happens!
While Joseph and Mary were living in Nazareth and Mary was still with child, the Roman Emperor, Caesar Augustus, declared a census of the entire Roman empire.
Pregnancy or not, you don’t keep an Emperor waiting! Augustus decided he needed a population count for military and tax reasons. Though Jews were not required to serve in the military, they most definitely were required to pay taxes.
So Joseph took his pregnant fiancee, Mary, and made the seventy mile journey to Bethlehem. He traveled to because men were required to return to their hometown; Joseph was a descendent of King David and Joseph’s family came from Bethlehem.
Are you waiting to cleanse your sinful ways before coming to Jesus? Trust me—it won’t happen!
No one can become free of sin—not until we see Jesus face to face. Not until our presence in this sinful world transcends to His heavenly realm. Not until that nano-second after God calls us home.
1 John 2:1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
Listen to random conversations around you. You will definitely notice more people verbally spewing “Oh my G**!” to express their excitement rather than using the phrases “Oh my gosh!” or “Oh my goodness!”
This choice has also carried over into our electronic communications. When texting became the norm, abbreviations were formed to hurry the typing process, which brought on the OMG overload.
Some say the letters OMG! stand for Oh my gosh!, but I believe they are skirting the truth.
Often referred to as acronyms, (though by definition they are initialisms) only the first letter of each word is used to form an abbreviation so we can type messages faster. Many trendy typed conversations to your BFF (Best Friend Forever) might also include: Continue reading
With Thanksgiving approaching, November is the traditional month to give thanks for our blessings.
Though Christians continually offer thanks to God in prayer everyday, it is good to delight in the the much anticipated gathering of this special holiday. The idea of planning a seasonal menu, decorating with nature’s bountiful gifts, and welcoming family and friends around the dinner table inspire us during this notable month to give thanks to God for all His goodness .
Try not to be overwhelmed this holiday season with the details of a perfect gathering, and instead try to focus on the reasons we need to give thanks to our perfect God. Continue reading
Most folks enjoy the beauty of a perfect sunset—but in reality, the celestial body of the sun never “sets”. Our planet Earth rotates (spins) on its axis at the same time that it orbits (revolves) around the sun.
Laymen use terminology of the sun “setting” even though Galileo proved Earth rotates toward the east, which is why the sun “rises” in the east and “sets” in the west.
The reason darkness comes upon Earth is because Earth turns away from the sun’s brilliant light—the sun never turns away from Earth. This means whichever continents that are within the sun’s rays will soon enter darkness as Earth turns away. And just like Earth always goes into darkness, the same can be said for why beings go into darkness:
We turn away from the Son—The Son never turns away from us.