Conformed To The Image

  These are trying times, with people out of work and unsure of their future. Concerns regarding what is taking place or what is about to happen are rampant; we are continually being barraged by bad news every night. Along with the job situation and the financial crisis in this country, we now are dealing with the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States—the BP oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, Christianity is being attacked and maligned on every side, while Islam is being protected and praised. You may be one of many who are out of work. Possibly your home is in jeopardy of being foreclosed. Maybe you are dealing with problems with your mate, your family, or one of your kids. Problems such as these are not new to the children of God. They seem to be a natural part of life. That said, you may ask, “What can I do?  How do I cope? Is there a reasonable explanation for the dilemma that I am facing?” God has given us promises which we may lean upon in these times of distress and heartache. We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to andfor those who love God and are called according to [His] designand purpose. For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might... read more

I Am The Vine

  I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. John 15:5 AMPH While in our back yard watering our tomato plants, I noticed buds, blossoms, small beginning fruit, growing fruit, and mature fruit. As I looked at these plants, God began to impress on me some things regarding our walk with the Lord. As you and I serve God and stay connected to Him through prayer, Bible study, and fellowship we begin to produce fruit. I know that in a young plant you only see the first stages of fruit production, but there is fruit being created, and that fruit is pleasing to our God. We are in a continual process of growth and production. God is never content with a branch that doesn’t produce fruit. Given enough time the branch will produce fruit or it will be pruned. When the first buds begin to appear and then the blossom, the flower is fertilized by stimuli around it. Wind blows (like the Spirit) and the pollen falls into the flower to produce fruit. Man times a bee will come along and in the process of collecting nectar it pollinates the plant. Much like you or I when we come along side a Christian to help in their walk with God, we are pollinating the blossom of possibility with the power of the Spirit, the love of the Holy Ghost, and the fellowship of the saints to bring fruit into the life of... read more

What Type Dad Are You? By Janice Olson

  Fathers come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and temperament. Some fathers have hair of brown, black, blond, red, or grayed with wisdom, and others have none at all. A father’s voice can range from down deep in the basement to highest of tenors and anywhere in between. Some speak with authority, some hardly speak. As I look at the many examples that I have come across in my lifetime, I have seen fathers that are tender, who love their children and their wife and give of their time. I have witnessed fathers that are gruff, profane, and can’t be bothered with children or wife. And then I’ve encountered those fathers that are too busy making a living and don’t have time to show tenderness or love—“I will one of these days.” This last father, his time is taken up with the mundane things of this world—job, working long hours to give their children what they never had, building a bigger, better house, filling it with the latest and greatest gadgets, stuffing it chuck full of things instead of love. What type of dad are you? If the first, wonderful, keep it up. If the second or third, regardless how old you are, even if the children are grown and gone, you can change and become the father God wants you to be. As a dad, you have an example even if you weren’t raised by a Godly father. Our heavenly Father is the prototype, the model, the pattern of what and who you should be. Our Father worked hard then ceased from His labor—took a day off even... read more

Freedom Has A Price

  Freedom has a price, wither to obtain or to maintain. For freedom to be gained in the beginning someone usually has paid a high price. In the ongoing days of living, maintaining freedom again usually comes at an extreme cost. The freedom we enjoy in the United States is not any different—it comes with a price. The estimated American casualties for all of the wars fought for the liberties we enjoy amounts to 1,310,739 lives. However, these numbers do not reflect the wounded or the missing in action. Then there is the inestimable loss to the families of these brave men and women that have sacrificed their lives. This is a tremendous cost to pay that we may maintain the freedoms we enjoy. On this Fourth of July, as we celebrate our Independence, let’s remember those that have fallen, the missing, the wounded, and especially their families in prayer. Give thanks to God for our great nation and for those that so willingly gave of themselves to gain and preserve this blessing we call FREEDOM. One nation under God. God bless each of you, and may God Bless... read more

Failure ~ The Story Of Two Men

Failure can take on many shades and colors and all of them can define us, unless we learn how to deal with the failure. Failure could be spiritual, moral, financial, relationships, or a myriad of other things. Each defeat leaves us feeling alone, alienated, and most often disappointed or disgusted and at times even embarrassed. Regardless how much you beat yourself down … nothing will change until we deal with that failure. Mathew 26 records the stories of two men that failed. Peter and Judas Iscariot had all of the potential promise that came with being an apostle. They had followed Jesus for three and a half years. Saw the miracles, witnessed Jesus walking on the water, and were there when Jesus called Lazarus from the grave. But in spite of all that they had seen and heard … they failed. Should we be surprised at their failure? I don’t think so because we all fail at one time or another. Let’s face it … like sheep we do wander away doing things we should not do and then find ourselves in some very desperate situations. Peter and Judas, on the night of their failure, had very different reactions and different outcomes. Judas took the path of self-repentance and committed suicide. Peter on the other hand took the path of Godly sorrow that brought true repentance. He turned to God and found forgiveness for his shortcomings. Was there an opportunity for Judas to repent? I believe so. God’s call is to whosever will may come. Did Judas repent … we know he did not by the action that he... read more

Whatever

“Whatever” All things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Matthew 21:22 KJVWhat a wonderful promise from our Savior Jesus Christ. All things … whatever we ask … in prayer … believing … we will receive. Stop for a moment and ponder that statement by Jesus. Let the words all things roll around in your brain for a moment or two. Now consider whatever we ask. Don’t stop there, consider whatbelieving represents. (Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb 11:1). If we believe, we shall receive what we asked for. That’s a powerful concept, isn’t it? Anything, yes, anything we ask for in faith we will receive. Mark 19:46-52 records the event of Bartimaeus receiving his sight. When Jesus had the blind man brought before Him, He asks Bartimaeus what do you want. At this juncture there were many people in the crowd that wanted many things, but here stands one solitary blind man, and the King of Glory asks … what do you want? Bartimaeus knew what he wanted, there was no question or doubt. He wanted to be able to see. Blind Bartimaeus saw through the haze and fog of religion and looked into the Glory and Power of God. At that moment, he saw even before he was granted his eyesight. His cry had been Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. Bartimaeus was asking thewhatever in faith, and the impossible happened. He received his sight. What is your whatever? Ask it today in faith, believing that Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and... read more

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And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
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