Thursday, September 5, 2013

We Know We Are Growing Spiritually When:


We become increasingly aware of our sinfulness and weakness.

We respond to sin with quick repentance.

Our desire to obey intensifies, and the attraction of sin lessens.

We view trials and temptations as opportunities for growth.

We perceive whatever comes our way as being from Him.

Monday, August 19, 2013

A series of steps led to Peter's denial of the Savior


First: self-confidence

Second: following at a distance

Third: hanging out with the wrong crowd

Luke 22:55 shows Peter warming himself at the enemy's fire, in the courtyard of Caiaphas, who was trying Jesus. At this point Peter was already worn down, defeated, and weak. He was vulnerable, and the last place he should have been was at a fire surrounded by unbelievers.

Sometimes we think we are influencing others, when in fact they they are influencing us. Sometimes we think that we are pulling them up, when in fact they are pulling us down. Psalms 1:1 says, "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful." Notice the regression of the words in Psalm 1. First there is walking. Then there is standing. And finally there is sitting.

When we sin, it usually begins with a series of steps. And when we hang around with the wrong people in the wrong places, we are going to end up doing the wrong thing.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Prayer Breeds Wisdom



In 1996, my husband was severely ill. I was somewhat a newlywed, inexperienced, overwhelmed, and overburdened with a 2-year old child to care for.

As a new convert in the Baptist church, I did not know too much about prayer and its power. That is until I discovered it for myself.

One Tuesday evening, following prayer service the pastor, who knew about my situation, said to me, "Hold on firm! Sometimes God is just testing us."

 "Are you kidding?" I thought to myself. "God, if this is a test, I had enough." I couldn't wait to get home and get on my knees and pray, even though I didn't know what I was going to say.

Needless to say, I did pretty well. I knew nothing about confessing sins, ask and you shall receive, and so on....All I knew was that I found myself weeping and wailing and begging for mercy.

"God, please have mercy on me. I can't take this anymore." Before the prayer if someone asked me what "this" meant, I couldn't tell them. But, God knew exactly what it meant and provided for me accordingly.

I got on my knees heavy laden and rose up as light as a feather. Between work, visiting my husband, picking up my child from Daycare, and taking care of the house, I was a mess. I was stressed out and getting sick often.

"I was blind but now I see." My days didn't have to be chaotic anymore. Suddenly, I knew what to do. "I don' t have to answer the phone when I'm busy."

How wise is that?

Friday, May 3, 2013

Ready, Set, Fight


How often do we have to fight our battles
Sometimes for ourselves and sometimes for our brethren

How often do we find ourselves in a jam trying to find
The right tool or weaponry to fight our battles

How often do we end up choosing the weaponry
That is unfit to give us victory in battles

How often are we reminded as to what
The best weaponry is and yet ignored it

How often does prayer become the first
Weaponry that comes to mind when in battle

How often do we take our battles to God in prayer
And let Him use us as He wants on the battle field

Let us not try to put out forest fires using a squirt gun
Let us use the spiritual weaponry that God has given us.

Monday, April 15, 2013

What Are All These Calls About?


Called to Salvation
Since the fall of Adam and Eve, sin has created a separation between God and man. But God reaches out to us to reinstate our relationship with Him by offering Christ on the cross in our stead. That is salvation through Jesus Christ.

Called to Sanctification
Once saved through Christ, God calls us to holiness. That is those of us who are willing to accept Christ righteousness and obedience. We are then set apart to become His special helpers. Our collaboration is necessary in order for us to grow into Christlikeness, even though this is strictly an act of God.

Called to Service
Once sanctified, we are chosen to witness to the world in whatever capacity God has placed us.

God might be calling you. Are you listening?

Friday, April 12, 2013

Every Believer Has A Story...

The more we surrender to God
The more we see Him working in our life.

The more we watch Him work
The more our desire to share Him with others.

Our Personal experiences with Christ
Will motivate us to share the good news.

We gain confidence from His promise
To be with us and empower us.

Remember His command to spread
The gospel around the globe.

To make disciples and baptize
People from all nations.

One of our highest callings
Is to tell others about Christ.

Loving God involves having
A personal relationship with Jesus.

And sharing Him with others
So, what's your story...?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Just Imagine...

A tree!

Planting it in the front yard

Digging  it up after a few months

Planting it in the back yard

 Failing to flourish

Struggling to even survive

Never producing fruit

Becoming useless

Eventually getting cut down and burning in fire

                Vs.

A person!

Deciding to go church

Reading the Bible

Praying regularly

Just for a few months

Repeating the process over and over

Never growing spiritually

Never producing spiritual fruit

Failing to abide in Christ

Just imagine....

Friday, April 5, 2013

What Mercy Is... Vs. What Mercy Is Not...


What Mercy Is...

Mercy is pity plus action
Mercy is a virtue
Mercy is something we do
Mercy is to help a person in need
Mercy is to rescue the miserable
Mercy is a desire to relieve the suffering
Mercy is to be spiritual

We will be merciful when we recognize how much mercy Christ extended to us by his death on the cross.


What Mercy Is Not...

Mercy is not something we feel
Mercy is not a weakness
Mercy is not a disease of the soul
Mercy is not "I feel your pain"
Mercy is not critical
Mercy is not quick to condemn

We will not be merciful when we refuse to see ourselves as we really are and fail to recognize how much mercy Christ extended to us by dying on the cross.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Am I a...?

 "Believing without seeing" is usually what Christians are expected to do to be considered faithful according to many. This has always been difficult for me and continues to be so. Over the years, I have taken this statement to a different level. I will believe with understanding. One can easily see and not understand. I endeavor in my Christian walk to always ask God for understanding of the things that I see and hear. Especially, the sermons I hear and the reading of His Word. Thomas was called  a "Doubting Thomas" because he needed to see Jesus for himself after the resurrection. I think what Jesus gave him was not just proof by sight but understanding to believe that what he saw was really Jesus. "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. (Proverbs 4:7 KJV)

Are you a...?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Word Of God Can...

Christians need the Word of God because our hearts are always wandering. Like Jonah, we sometimes run from God. It takes the power of the Word to direct us back to our first love. When that love is established, we will make a conscious effort to go the Word every day and therefore, have it become a daily reality and experience for us all. We must allow God to remind us every day of what Christ has done for us on the cross through His Word in order to remain convinced that Jesus' sacrifice on behalf of all of us is relevant.

How has the Word helped you?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Saint Is...

In a bible study class, a young child was asked to explain what a saint was. Remembering the stained glass windows in church, the child said, "Oh, saints are those people that the light shines through." Believe it or not that little boy hit it right on the nail with his response. As Christians, we are called to be saints. Those that the light shines through to represent Christ in this world. I am reminded of this song, "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine." Everywhere we step foot, we should let our light shine for Jesus. No matter what circumstances we are facing, our light should never become dim or go out because our light source is alive now and forever more.

What is a saint to you?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Bible Reading Plan--It's Never Too Late To Start


                           BIBLE STUDY GUIDE

The Law
History
Psalms
Poetry
Prophecy
Gospels
Epistles
Week
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
1
Genesis
1-3
Joshua
1-5
Psalm
1-2
Job
1-2
Isaiah
1-6
Matthew
1-2
Romans
1-2
2
Genesis
4-7
Joshua
6-10
Psalm
3-5
Job
3-4
Isaiah
7-11
Matthew
3-4
Romans
3-4
3
Genesis
8-11
Joshua
11-15
Psalm
6-8
Job
5-6
Isaiah
12-17
Matthew
5-7
Romans
5-6
4
Genesis
12-15
Joshua
16-20
Psalm
9-11
Job
7-8
Isaiah
18-22
Matthew
8-10
Romans
7-8
5
Genesis
16-19
Joshua
21-24
Psalm
12-14
Job
9-10
Isaiah
23-28
Matthew
11-13
Romans
9-10
6
Genesis
20-23
Judges
1-6
Psalm
15-17
Job
11-12
Isaiah
29-33
Matthew
14-16
Romans
11-12
7
Genesis
24-27
Judges
7-11
Psalm
18-20
Job
13-14
Isaiah
34-39
Matthew
17-19
Romans
13-14
8
Genesis
28-31
Judges
12-16
Psalm
21-23
Job
15-16
Isaiah
40-44
Matthew
20-22
Romans
15-16
9
Genesis
32-35
Judges
17-21
Psalm
24-26
Job
17-18
Isaiah
45-50
Matthew
23-25
I Corinthians
1-2
10
Genesis
36-39
Ruth
Psalm
27-29
Job
19-20
Isaiah
51-55
Matthew
26-28
I Corinthians
3-4
11
Genesis
40-43
I Samuel
1-5
Psalm
30-32
Job
21-22
Isaiah
56-61
Mark
1-2
I Corinthians
5-6
12
Genesis
44-47
I Samuel
6-10
Psalm
33-35
Job
23-24
Isaiah
62-66
Mark
3-4
I Corinthians
7-8
13
Genesis
48-50
I Samuel
11-15
Psalm
36-38
Job
25-26
Jeremiah
1-6
Mark
5-6
I Corinthians
9-10
14
Exodus
1-4
I Samuel
16-20
Psalm
39-41
Job
27-28
Jeremiah
7-11
Mark
7-8
I Corinthians
11-12
15
Exodus
5-8
I Samuel
21-25
Psalm
42-44
Job
29-30
Jeremiah
12-16
Mark
9-10
I Corinthians
13-14
16
Exodus
9-12
I Samuel
26-31
Psalm
45-47
Job
31-32
Jeremiah
17-21
Mark
11-12
I Corinthians
15-16
17
Exodus
13-16
II Samuel
1-4
Psalm
48-50
Job
33-34
Jeremiah
22-26
Mark
13-14
II Corinthians
1-3
18
Exodus
17-20
II Samuel
5-9
Psalm
51-53
Job
35-36
Jeremiah
27-31
Mark
15-16
II Corinthians
4-5
19
Exodus
21-24
II Samuel
10-14
Psalm
54-56
Job
37-38
Jeremiah
32-36
Luke
1-2
II Corinthians
6-8
20
Exodus
25-28
II Samuel
15-19
Psalm
57-59
Job
39-40
Jeremiah
37-41
Luke
3-4
II Corinthians
9-10
21
Exodus
29-32
II Samuel
20-24
Psalm
60-62
Job
41-42
Jeremiah
42-46
Luke
5-6
II Corinthians
11-13
22
Exodus
33-36
I Kings
1-4
Psalm
63-65
Proverbs
1
Jeremiah
47-52
Luke
7-8
Galatians
1-3
23
Exodus
37-40
I Kings
5-9
Psalm
66-68
Proverbs
2-3
Lamentations
Luke
9-10
Galatians
4-6
24
Leviticus
1-3
I Kings
10-13
Psalm
69-71
Proverbs
4
Ezekiel
1-6
Luke
11-12
Ephesians
1-3
25
Leviticus
4-6
I Kings
14-18
Psalm
72-74
Proverbs
5-6
Ezekiel
7-12
Luke
13-14
Ephesians
4-6
26
Leviticus
7-9
I Kings
19-22
Psalm
75-77
Proverbs
7
Ezekiel
13-18
Luke
15-16
Philippians
1-2
27
Leviticus
10-12
II Kings
1-5
Psalm
78-80
Proverbs
8-9
Ezekiel
19-24
Luke
17-18
Philippians
3-4
28
Leviticus
13-15
II Kings
6-10
Psalm
81-83
Proverbs
10
Ezekiel
25-30
Luke
19-20
Colossians
1-2
29
Leviticus
16-18
II Kings
11-15
Psalm
84-86
Proverbs
11-12
Ezekiel
31-36
Luke
21-22
Colossians
3-4
30
Leviticus
19-21
II Kings
16-20
Psalm
87-89
Proverbs
13
Ezekiel
37-42
Luke
23-24
I Thessalonians
1-3
31
Leviticus
22-24
II Kings
21-25
Psalm
90-92
Proverbs
14-15
Ezekiel
43-48
John
1-2
I Thessalonians
4-5
32
Leviticus
25-27
I Chronicles
1-4
Psalm
93-95
Proverbs
16
Daniel
1-6
John
3-4
II Thessalonians
33
Numbers
1-4
I Chronicles
5-9
Psalm
96-98
Proverbs
17-18
Daniel
7-12
John
5-6
I Timothy
1-3
34
Numbers
5-8
I Chronicles
10-14
Psalm
99-101
Proverbs
19
Hosea
1-7
John
7-9
I Timothy
4-6
35
Numbers
9-12
I Chronicles
15-19
Psalm
102-104
Proverbs
20-21
Hosea
8-14
John
10-12
II Timothy
1-2
36
Numbers
13-16
I Chronicles
20-24
Psalm
105-107
Proverbs
22
Joel
John
13-15
II Timothy
3-4
37
Numbers
17-20
I Chronicles
25-29
Psalm
108-110
Proverbs
23-24
Amos
1-4
John
16-18
Titus
38
Numbers
21-24
II Chronicles
1-5
Psalm
111-113
Proverbs
25
Amos
5-9
John
19-21
Philemon
39
Numbers
25-28
II Chronicles
6-10
Psalm
114-116
Proverbs
26-27
Obadiah
Acts
1-2
Hebrews
1-4
40
Numbers
29-32
II Chronicles
11-15
Psalm
117-118
Proverbs
28
Jonah
Acts
3-4
Hebrews
5-7
41
Numbers
33-36
II Chronicles
16-20
Psalm
119
Proverbs
29-30
Micah
Acts
5-6
Hebrews
8-10
42
Deuteronomy
1-3
II Chronicles
21-24
Psalm
120-121
Proverbs
31
Nahum
Acts
7-8
Hebrews
11-13
43
Deuteronomy
4-6
II Chronicles
25-28
Psalm
122-124
Ecclesiastes
1-2
Habakkuk
Acts
9-10
James
1-3
44
Deuteronomy
7-9
II Chronicles
29-32
Psalm
125-127
Ecclesiastes
3-4
Zephaniah
Acts
11-12
James
4-5
45
Deuteronomy
10-12
II Chronicles
33-36
Psalm
128-130
Ecclesiastes
5-6
Haggai
Acts
13-14
I Peter
1-3
46
Deuteronomy
13-15
Ezra
1-5
Psalm
131-133
Ecclesiastes
7-8
Zechariah
1-7
Acts
15-16
I Peter
4-5
47
Deuteronomy
16-19
Ezra
6-10
Psalm
134-136
Ecclesiastes
9-10
Zechariah
8-14
Acts
17-18
II Peter
48
Deuteronomy
20-22
Nehemiah
1-4
Psalm
137-139
Ecclesiastes
11-12
Malachi
Acts
19-20
I John
1-3
49
Deuteronomy
23-25
Nehemiah
5-9
Psalm
140-142
Song of Solomon
1-2
Revelation
1-6
Acts
21-22
I John
4-5
50
Deuteronomy
26-28
Nehemiah
10-13
Psalm
143-145
Song of Solomon
3-4
Revelation
7-11
Acts
23-24
II John
51
Deuteronomy
29-31
Esther
1-5
Psalm
146-148
Song of Solomon
5-6
Revelation
12-17
Acts
25-26
III John
52
Deuteronomy
32-34
Esther
6-10
Psalm
149-150
Song of Solomon
7-8
Revelation
18-22
Acts
27-28
Jude