Sunday, June 30, 2013

PRAYER



         Most of us have prayed at some time or another  in a request to God for help in a matter of concern we couldn't handle ourselves, or maybe we just wanted to express to Him  our love and appreciation for something He has done for us.

         Jesus prayed one of the most moving prayers ever uttered  when He asked that the cup of crucifixion, that was about to be thrust  upon Him in the garden of Gethsemane might be taken away.

          Then in the very next breath He said, "Nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will"  Matt. 26:39. What a prayer ! What Strength ! What Power.

           Christ desires to be with us in what ever crisis we may find ourselves in. He has gone through more than any of us can ever imagine.  

           He has promised us He will never leave us or forsake us, He may not make the problems go away but he will give us the power to deal with them and to overcome them with His grace.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

HOW DOES GOD VIEW MONEY ?




                Money plays a large role in our existence, its virtually impossible to live with out. For example how would we purchase food, shelter, and the necessities of  life. ?

       Money is more than a means to acquire things, the quest for it has dominated mankind's history for dacades.

         Actually wars have been fought over it, countless lives have been ruined by it and people die every day for lack of it.

         What does God think about money since He  has made everything and it all belongs to Him.   Psalms 24-1.?

          Even when we work for it and think it belongs to us--- it is still God who has given us the opportunity  and capability to earn it.

           To gain a proper prospective of money God doesn't  just provide money for our physical needs; He uses it many times to transform us spiritually and to trains us to rely upon Him in times of need.

            Instead of indulging in our desires for wealth He teaches us to learn to seek His will and to be generous with the money He gives us and let it be a powerful instrument in the Lord's hand.

            Its only a piece of paper, and the world attaches far more significance to it than God ever intended it to have, when you give Him authority over it He will give you a spiritual view of it that coincides with His..

            Then be reminded what you do with it each day  reveals your Godly character.

           

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

WORSHIP



                   It's one thing to worship and praise God at church, but quite another to go out into the real world, and let others see our spiritual lives by the way we live.

          Our spiritual  worship should not be confined to times and places but should extend beyond the walls of the church.

           We should ask God for ways to uphold justice and to encourage and comfort others, that have been left tattered by the storms of life.


                      God loves each of us, as if there were only one of us, we're all His children, Jesus can fill each of our hearts with a sense  of belonging like we've never known before.

          When we reach out to others and share their concerns out side of the church as well as inside.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Doubt Verses Faith




Can a believer in Jesus have doubts about matters of faith?
Some people think that mature and growing Christians never question their beliefs.

 But we all have experiences that build our faith, as well as some that cause us to doubt.

Doubting Thomas had such an experience, of Jesus resurrection, when he said,"Unless I see the nail prints in His hands I will not believe."

Christ didn't rebuke Thomas as we perhaps would have, instead He showed him the evidence he asked for.

A time of doubt doesn't have to become a life time pattern, that keeps us alienated from God,instead we can do as Thomas, ask God to show us a deeper understanding of His reality, then our faith will be renewed.

 Guess we need to practice doubting our doubts less and Practice believing our beliefs more, when our faith grows weak and doubts arise as they did For Thomas.

 

Monday, June 10, 2013

HOW QUICKLY OPINIONS CHANGE


I Love cheering for my favorite baseball team the Detroit Tigers when they are winning, but my interest starts waning when they are losing.

It's easy rooting for a team when they are popular and playing well.

When Jesus entered Jerusalem for the passover feast His popularity was at an all time high,  by the end of the week the same people's opinions had changed and they were demanding that He be crucified.

I like to think if I had been in that crowd I would have been a loyal fan and would have followed Jesus all the way to the cross but knowing my track record with my sports team, I might not have.

How quickly our opinions change Christ deserves full time followers are you one of them?

Thursday, June 6, 2013

WHICH ROAD ?



There is an old saying which declares " All roads lead to Rome" Perhaps it could be true.

But the best and surest way to reach your destination is to consult a good road map, or perhaps ask some one who knows the way.

In our spiritual lives God has provided a map that helps us reach our destination and also some one to ask,who knows the way, so all we have to do is follow the directions,  seems simple enough right.

In the world we live in today not all roads lead to God as some suggest, the road block of sin keep many from finding the true and sure way home.

If we ask Jesus for direction the one who knows the way we will hear Him say I am the way, not one of many ways.

That's not arrogance, or narrow-mindedness, or lack of compassion its the truth, because Christ only came from Heaven to pay the price for our sins.

When you come to the fork in the road and don't know which road to take, follow Christ and never be lost!