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July 15, 2013

Only By Grace

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Titus 2:11. For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people.

All religions except Christianity believe they approach God by their own merits. It is what they do and what they don’t do that brings them before their god. Christians know we, in our own strength cannot work our way into salvation. It is only possible through God’s grace in the death and ressurection of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Grace also shows itself another way. When a child does something wrong the loving parents discipline the child. It is the same with God. When go our own way through comission or omission God disciplins us, allowing us to walk out our bad decisions because He loves us. In His loving grace He won’t let us stray to far as long as we choose to respond to His correction. Our question is when we reap the results of wrong choices do we get mad, frustrated or complain? Let us instead acknowledge the grace of God which lets us see the error of our choices as He lovingly bring us back into Him through His loving grace?

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February 24, 2013

Knowledge in Unity

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Ephesians 4:13. until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God – a mature person, attaining to the measure of Christs full stature. 

The Church as we know it today is far from unity of faith.  We quibble about so many things.  Some play, ” if you don’t agree with me I’m taking my ball and playing somewhere else.”  We are more centered on our own desires and interpretations than we are on the unity of faith in the k owl edge of Jesus, the Son of God.  When asked about their belief or religion many name a specific denomination or church name rather than saying, “I’m a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”  Christianity is not a religion, it is the way of life.  Religion is man trying to reach up to God through works.  Christianity is God reaching down to man with love, grace and forgiveness.  All we can do is accept and receive then allow Him to grow us in knowledge of Him.  Our question is are we willing to unite in God’s way of love and grace?

November 24, 2012

God’s Creation Diversity

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Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

We took one of our granddaughter to an East Texas swamp for camping.  The diversity of God’s creation is amazing.  We have travel this country and elsewhere and are always blessed and amazed by the diversity of God’s creation.  I have no favorites.  I enjoy and am blessed with all the variety: the desert, mountains, valleys, canyons, rivers, oceans, lakes, swamps, streams and on and on.  It is good to enjoy the beauty with loved ones but it also most blessed to draw alone and enjoy the quiet sounds of nature as we soak in the beauty and magnitude of our God.  I pray that we all can slow down from time to time to enjoy His creation where ever we are and thank Him for allowing us to be a part of His creation.  Let’s not stop there.  Let’s continually thank and praise God for sending His Son Jesus to show us God’s love, stretch out His arms on the cross, take on our sins which separate us from God Who is without sin, allow us to ask to be forgiven and rose to life eternal to show us when we follow Him we also have life eternal with God the Father, God the Son Jesus and God the Holy Spirit.

September 2, 2012

Church Member or Christian

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John 3:16-18 For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him. The one who believes in him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.

Our oldest daughter was 11.  She and her sister accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior shortly after my husband and I did.   They were baptised in our swimming pool.  A few months later she told a playmate across the street the girl was not a christian. The girl told it to her mother who was levied and came over screaming at me.  I asked the mother what a christian is.  She replied “a white, gentile American who iives a good moral life.”  I explained to her about Jesus and asked if she believed He is the only Son of God who came to earth in the form of a baby, grew and lived among us without sin, died on the cross for our sins and rose in 3 days to give us eternal life in the presence of God the Father.   She said no and then I said she is a good, white, gentile American who tries to live a good moral life but she is not a follower of Jesus Christ therefor is not a Christian.  We have people in our churches who believe salvation is through acting “good.”  Our problem is we cannot be good enough.  God said the only way to establish a relationship with Him. the only way to be adopted into His family as His child is through Jesus, His only begotton (not a created being as we are) Son.  There is nothing we can do to earn our way into His Presence.  It is a gift of grace and love.  Our question is are we a church member who tries to act the good we perceive we should be or are we a child of God through His Son Jesus and know that we are just a bunch of sinners saved by God’s grace?  If we are really God’s children we wll not turn that blessing on and off according to where we are and who we’re with.  We will be consistent in our reoationship with the Father and the Son.  Are we consistent?

August 21, 2012

Compairing

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Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

“There but for the grace of God go I.”  Who hasn’t said that at one time or another.  We have to be very careful and honest when we say these words.  It is so easy for these words to slip into a sense of pride rather than a thanks to God for where He has us in our walk with Him.  When we are walking with God our walk is perfect.  It is not a perfect walk for anyone else.  It is God Who makes our individual way perfect.  Everything we face in our walk is there by the grace of God for His glory and for our becoming one in and with Him.   It is God’s grace that has us exactly where we are, not where anyone else is.  When we see others on their walk we must be careful not to look in judgement or even compair ourselves with where they are in their walk.  We are only to compair ourselves to the fruits God seeks to grow within us through His Holy Spirit.  When we feel the urge to compair ourselves with anyone else let’s read 1 Corinthians 13 and see how we are doing displaying, living, thinking and feeling the attributes of love

July 25, 2012

Who’s Next to You?

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Luke 18:10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

When we are in church who is our neighbor? Many people have just one place they sit; one place they are comfortable and one group of people they want to sit with. Luke tells us about two very different people who went at the same time to the same place to pray: one was a highly respected religious leader and the other a “turn-coat” Jew who used the law of the Romans to his own selfish advantage against his own people. The first made sure he pointed out to God how good he is and how bad his praying neighbor is. The second acknowledge how bad he is by his own doing and asked for God’s mercy. The first man forgot that in God’s eyes, it’s not what we do or don’t do that makes us sinners but who we are. We like to think we are doing better than another. We think others are worse sinners than we. We like to boast of our “goodness.” We like to be with others of the same mind. Our question is do we make God out to be a liar or do we accept that, no matter what we do or who we are we are still just sinners – all of us equally sinners? It is only through the grace and love of God through the precious blood of His Son, Jesus, that we are given the privilege of addressing God the Father. Let us choose not to be so wrapped up in our own smugness or that of our “friends” that we shun others. Let us see the sameness of each and everyone who crosses our path and reach out to them. This Sunday, if you don’t have a ministry in the service that makes you be in a certain place, choose to change where you sit and get to know someone else – maybe someone without a friend.

July 20, 2012

Peace

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Galatians 1:3-4 Grace and peace to you from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age according to the will of our God and Father,

This is a common greeting in Paul’s letters.  Grace and peace are both something we all want.  Many seek after them by their own means but cannot find complete and lasting grace or peace.  Peace can only come through God Who is the creator of peace and only comes to us through God’s grace.  His grace came to us when His only Son came into our world in the same manner in which we live to demonstrate God’s grace and peace.  Paul’s greeting is a prayer for each one of us to come under God’s grace through Jesus and experience His deep, everlasting peace.  This peace is the measurement of our walk with God.  As sinful creations we tend to slip in and out of peace.  This is from our choices to look elsewhere and away from God.  When we find peace is absent we need to confess our diversion to God and ask Him to fill us anew with His Holy Spirit Which empowers us to keep our focus on God.  As with everything we think, do or say, the choice is ours.  Our question is where do we want our focus.

April 5, 2012

Preparation

Luke 22:8 Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Jesus sent Peter and John to prepare for the Passover celebration. They were unaware this would be their last meal with Jesus. They were unaware He would be taken away by one of their own and scourged and nailed to the cross. They got caught up in the celebration and could not see the signs of increasing aggression. Their minds were still filled with the celebration of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Our minds, too, are filled with many things. As we look toward tomorrow (what we call Good Friday) we are thinking of shopping for new Easter outfits, eggs and candy. Some are busy preparing for guests. Not many churches have a service on Thursday to prepare for Friday. Not many churches have services on Good Friday. Even few people attend. We are too busy doing things that will quickly be forgotten. Our question is are we searching our hearts and lives for the things that separate us from God? Are we allowing ourselves to realize what He did for us? Are we admitting we did not, do not and never will deserve such love and grace and mercy? Let us take time today to realize who we really are without God’s Holy Spirit in us. Let us prepare today for confession tomorrow and a determination to turn our backs on our carnal attitudes and get our priorities, God’s priorities, in order in our hearts, minds and lives.

April 3, 2012

Give to Caesar or God

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Luke 20:25 “Caesar’s,” they replied. He said to them, “Then give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s (The Holy Bible, New International Version.)

Even though the cross is in sight of Jesus, He continues teaching. The religious leaders continue trying to trap Him into saying the wrong thing. Here they are trying to get Jesus to say it is wrong to pay taxes – which money should go to the temple. We seem to think that the tithe is only about money. God already owns all in creation. He does not need anything. We do use money to maintain places to come together and worship and for things to help us learn. We also use money to give to others in need of food, housing, etc. But the tithe, what Jesus wants us to give to God, encompasses more than money. He wants our hearts, our minds and our time. None of that is really ours but we are in possessions of hearts mind and time because of His grace. He is asking us to be wise stewards of all of our being and give all to God through obedience and worship. We are to be honest in our taxes paying to our country what is due. We are also to be honest in our churches. We don’t go to church to see what we can get out of it or what it can do for us. We go to give ourselves to God. Yes, we give our money tithes and offerings but we must be sure we give our time and talents with a thankful heart to God for His allowing us to use the time and talents on this earth as we learn more of Him. Our question is what is our attitude in our giving of anything?

February 20, 2012

Graduation

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Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

When we find ourselves in need we are allowed to approach the throne of God’s grace with the confidence of a small child reaching up for the parent. I find I am always in need to approach His grace and mercy. I know in and of myself I can do nothing. Without God my life is worthless. It is only through Him I can find purpose for my life. It is only through Him I gain knowledge and wisdom. It is only through His Son, Jesus that my life will have no end. Right now I am studying His Word and learning how to prepare for graduation to His throne room. Just as we must study in school for our graduation and pass tests, we must also study God’s word in this school of life on earth to prepare for our graduation to His throne room. We have various tests along the way so we can see what areas in us need more study and growth. My aged friend told me a day without her learning something new about her God was a day wasted. Our question is have we learned something new of our God this day? Let not a day go by without doing so.

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