Challenged to forgive I long to fully let the matter go – Yes, forgiveness is necessary – My wounds are fresh What would Jesus do? Forgive They are disregarding what’s best – Still, despite their actions I must forgive What would Jesus do? Forgive My hardness had to soften and yield to forgiveness – It’s best and the way of the Lord What would Jesus do? Forgive Peter betrayed Jesus, denied even knowing him – He cursed and denied his Lord – Thrice Peter did that What did Jesus do? He forgave him Christ Jesus, pure and innocent was put on a cross and crucified for doing his Father’s business – loving, teaching healing, and raising the dead – What did Jesus say? “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”

How long are You going to allow the violence to go on? Look at us. Look at what we’re becoming. Is this the reason why the floods came, the Earth opened up, releasing the waters of the deep as the rain came down? Was the Earth so violent, so unforgiving, so malicious, that You had no choice, but to end the carnage that had spread to every corner of the world? Was there no escape from one killing another? Had crime spread so far, been so prevalent, that no one was safe in their homes? Children no longer went outside to play? No one traveled across the countryside to spend time away? Fear replaced the joy that was supposed to blanket the Earth You made? This wasn’t the plan. This wasn’t the plan at all. Time to start all over again. But there was a glimmer of hope. There were the families of Noah and his children and their families. You kept them alive. You had mercy, You had graceContinue reading »

No matter what the circumstance, You are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalms 139:14). Do not let anyone or anything deceive you in thinking you are anything less.   [quote]I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.[/quote]

[quote]”The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save.He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” ~ Zephaniah 3:17 NIV[/quote] Find a quite place, away from the daily chaos, and take just five minutes. Get on your knees, or sit down, and receive what your Father in heaven has for you today.

“I am the Resurrection and the Life” – John 11:25 With these powerful words, Jesus announced that it He who was to come to conquer the power of death. Resurrection means to return from the dead and Jesus is the focus of the power which breaks the bonds of death and wherein a new life begins. It is in His being in which the God the Father placed all the creative power found in living world, so that we may have eternal life. People still die, as part of the natural cycle of human life. Jesus did not promise immortality, an undying and earthly body. His words look to eternity, with the Father, and strongly proclaim that death can no longer separate us from God the Father and Salvation. Death is the result of sin, a break in our relationship with God or a barrier between us and God which we ourselves place, and keeps us from entering into God’s Kingdom. By the Cross, Jesus took away our sins andContinue reading »

We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! 1 Corinthians 13:9-10, 12 (The Message) God and His actions (and seemingly inactions), sometimes, are hard to understand. Why is one healed and another dies? Why do our fervent prayers go unanswered? Why does God delay? Our minds struggle to understand. But if we know it all, where does faith come into play? If we insist on knowing the why of God’s actions, we will never reach the level of complete faith in Him. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seekContinue reading »

Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him. John 5:19-23 Is Jesus necessary for salvation? Won’t belief in God be enough? Not according to John 5:23. “Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.” The Bible says even Satan believes in God, and he certainlyContinue reading »

The story goes that during the American Civil War, an officer angrily stormed into the room of General Stonewall Jackson and complained that a certain group of soldiers was making too much noise and that the general should do something about it. “What are they doing?” The general asked. “They are praying,” the officer sneered. And before that they were singing.” “But what’s wrong with that?” The general was surprised. “Everything,” answered the officer. “It says in the articles that every soldier that brings forth an unusual noise needs to be punished.” Stonewall Jackson shook his head. “My dear friend; God forbid that praying and singing are considered unusual noises. If these things are truly considered unusual noises, I think I have no hope anymore that this country will ever see the light again.” *** Public prayer, especially here in Europe, is a rare sight. Once in a while it’s done in a restaurant, but generally people shy away from being too open about their faith for fear of beingContinue reading »

We don’t always seem to listen to the right voices and because of that, it does happen that we get ourselves stuck in the brambles, just like the stubborn, lost sheep that Jesus talked about in the Bible. There you are. Stuck, lonely and surrounded by thorns. Is there a way out? With Jesus, there is always hope. *** A father and a son were once running a very successful company. The father was just and wise and had organized his business with great skill and had gotten rich. He trained his son in all the ways of the business and had great hopes that his son would take over the company when he retired. And although the father and the son were very close, still the son sometimes resisted his father’s oversight. Now it so happened that the father had a very mean competitor. This man was shrewd and selfish and he would grab any opportunity to further his own cause, no matter how much pain and hardship itContinue reading »

Living for Christ Colossians 3:2-4 (NKJV) “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” Before you came to Christ you were living the way the world lives. You did things as the world did things. It was not until you came to Christ that your life made a complete change. Before becoming Christians we all came from different backgrounds. Some of us were at our worst end, and didn’t know where to turn. Some of us like the apostle Paul were drawn In by God. Some of us grew up in the church knowing Christ. But, it makes no difference how we came into the Kingdom of God. But it makes all the difference in the world that we start growing in Christ because we have begun a new transform life when we accepted Christ in our lives.Continue reading »