You may think you have nothing to offer.
God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble. That's why we won't be afraid when the world falls apart, when the mountains crumble into the center of the sea, when its waters roar and rage, when the mountains shake because of its surging waves.
This Sunday was Pentecost in the Church year - the day we mark what happened in Acts 2. If you aren't familiar - open up your Bible and read the story. Pentecost was really the kick-start to the New Testament Church - with miracles all over the place - the sound that filled the city, the flames of fire, the speaking in all those languages! Can you imagine being there? And it wasn't just the ...
Now faith, hope and love remain - these three things - and the greatest of these is love.
Have you ever heard someone pray for you?
When Pentecost Day arrived, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound from heaven like the howling of a fierce wind filled the entire house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be individual flames of fire alighting on each one of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them to speak.
Do you know your work matters to God? Yes, and it matters to your employer and your co-workers.
Do you show evidence of the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in your daily life? A look back at the disciples before and after photos gives us some things to look for in our own personal lives.
How can I describe the emotions of parents who love their children? We stamp a remarkable similarity in heart and in appearance on the character of small children. This is especially true of mothers, who have even more sympathy than fathers toward the feelings of their children because they gave birth to them in great pain.
There's an old Spanish proverb: "An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest." So, on this Mother's Day weekend, let's thank God for many ounces of godly mothers.
Do you remember playing games when you were younger? I love to watch children play Simon Says or Follow the Leader.
I pray that your love will keep on growing and that you will fully know and understand how to make the right choices. Then you will still be pure and innocent when Christ returns. And until that day, Jesus Christ will keep you busy doing good deeds that bring glory and praise to God.
Peace be with you. That's one of those things churchgoers hear all the time. So how is it working for you? Is there peace in your world?
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No matter who you are, storms will come in your life. But as Jesus preaches in his Sermon on the Mount, he makes it clear that with his word, we handle those storms better. And the more we are in the word, the more firmly entrenched we become so we can hide from the storms in those offers and promises of God.
It wasn't fair. They had done a good deed. There was a girl who was being taken advantage of and they stopped it. They helped when everyone else just let it keep right on going. But the guys that were taking advantage of her didn't like it, and so the two good-deed-doers were attacked and beaten and tortured and locked up. It wasn't fair for Paul and Silas. But if you ...
"When I get to heaven, God and I are going to have a few words," a friend of mine once said.
One of the phrases that you will hear from time to time in the news media is, "Jesus was a liberal," meaning that Jesus was left winged in his political thought. Many political pundits will say that when one reads the New Testament, it is obvious that Jesus was socialistic in his thinking, and that if he walked the earth today, he would surely be among those on the political left.
"Is this stuff going on in Egypt a sign of the end of the world?" "If I lose my job, we'll never make it." "I'm worried that we'll lose our house." "What does all this mean for our kids?" "I can't take one more loss. I'll lose my mind!" I've heard every one of these (or at least something close) just this week. ...
Caltech recently broke a 26-year, 310-game losing streak by beating Occidental in a Division III basketball game.
"Judge not, that you be not judged, for with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get back." We love these words that Jesus spoke in his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:12). But as with many of his lessons, this one is prone to misapplication. Many trip over it and rise from the dust to ...
Did you have a good Valentine's Day? Did you celebrate the love of your life? I hope you did.
Maybe you've heard this story about the guy that the Super Bowl trophy is named after.
We have recently endured our third snowfall of the year in Newton County.
Who is Jesus? Have you ever tried to answer that question in a short, succinct, way? During this season in the church year known as "Epiphany," which means "revealing," God reveals to us who Jesus is. From the signs that marked him as the long-awaited Messiah, like the star the wise men saw, to the signs that marked him as God's Son and Lord of all, like heaven opening at his baptism, the Father testifying ...
What does the heart do when it is full of sorrow? It cries out, and the cry of the heart is a song.
"Look the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world." In John, chapter one, that's the way John the Baptist points to Jesus. He invites us to look to the lamb. And we do, right? That's why you're reading this, isn't it? You want to take these three minutes to think about Jesus, something by now, I hope you've come to expect in this column. So, you already ...
I recently came across a blog that said "Live each day like it's your last, and one day you'll be right." Someone might counter, "I live each day like I have all the time in the world, and so far, I've been right every time." Both of these observations are correct, but we recognize the wisdom in the first and the folly in the second. Time well spent is ...
I wonder if our intrepid public servants at the Gold Dome understand how arrogant and out-of-touch they look to We the Unwashed - or if they even care.