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Friday
Apr172015

LIGHT EQUALS LIFE

Jesus said, "I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows me will have the light of life," John 8:12 TEV


I was given an amaryllis bulb for Christmas. The outdoor temperature hovered between 10 degrees above and 10 degrees below zero. The sun peeked through the clouds occasionally. The bulb had a six inch white shoot that desperately needed sunshine. How was this ever to happen?

In the King James Version of the Bible, the word "light" is found 272 times. In the Old Testament God's Countenance is referred to as "light." In the Gospels The Light dispels the darkness; it leads us along dark paths lest we stumble. The Gospel of John tells us "Jesus IS the light of the world."

The temperature on my sun porch stays above freezing for a few hours each day, so my amaryllis plant now has a little color. It desperately needs the sun's rays. And we desperately need the Son's rays -- Jesus, the Light of the world -- for our spiritual health.


Lord, shine your Light upon us. Fill us with your pure and holy light that we may never walk in darkness Amen.

Madeline (NE)

Friday
Apr102015

DYNAMIC DIFFERENCE

When the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8 TEV


When construction workers, demolition crews or miners really need a big job done, they will use dynamite, one of the most powerful explosives available. It can accomplish in minutes what would otherwise take weeks of manpower to accomplish.

The word dynamite comes from the Greek "dynamos," which means "power." In the first chapter of the Acts of the apostles Jesus is about to ascend into heaven and tells the disciples that they will be filled with "power" -- that is "dynamite" -- to do the work He has commissioned them to do. Then in chapter 2, on the day of Pentecost, they receive that "power" as the Holy Spirit descends upon them. Immediately the witnesses can tell a difference. 

Jesus did not abandon the disciples, nor has he abandoned us. In Joel 2:28 & 29 God promises to pour out His Spirit, (dynamic power) on everyone. 

When we begin to digest the full meaning of the root word for "power," we cannot help but be left in a state of awe. Gd has gifted us with dynamic, super-human power to do his work here on earth. What a gift! However, the question does have to be asked; can the world tell the difference?


Lord, empowered by your Holy Spirit, we commit our lives to your service. Amen.

Madeline (NE)

 

Friday
Apr032015

Good Morning Son

"When you ask you do not receive" James 4:3


I'm still basking in the pictures in my head of the Seattle- Green Bay game yesterday. Thank you for bringing up the question about believers on both teams praying, but only one won.

I think about Ephesians 1:11 that says: "He works all things according to the counsel of His will." So, when Wilson got on his knee and led his team in thanksgiving to the Lord right after the amazing win, he was praising the Lord "from whom all good gifts come' (James). When Green Bay believers prayed, if their heart was where it should have been, they would have prayed thanking the Lord that His will was done. Only the Lord knows the big picture.

We come back to where we started when we come back to how Jesus taught us to pray in Matthew chapter six when He said to start our prayers with; "Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven".

Unless we are praying to consume the answer on our lusts, the Lord will give us what we ask unless there is a reason that we don't know about. And, that is sure something for us to shout about.

Lack of prayer power comes from lack of love and obedience, Jesus told us. He said: "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it will be done for you." in John 15:7. These words became true when the Lord gave us you. The Doctor said we couldn't have children due to your mother's scaring, but we claimed a baby and look at you !

Halleluiah! Thank You Jesus! is all I can say.

I love you, Dad

 

Robert (AZ)

Friday
Mar272015

A HOTLINE TO GOD

I was jealous of the proud when I saw that things go well for the wicked. Psalm 73:3

 

An avid gardener, I am planting almost before the ground has thawed. Radishes 
can be planted early, so in the ground the tiny seeds go. Then I watch for the slender, green sprouts to poke through the brown earth. Every year I marvel anew at the ability of a tiny seed to send it's sprout the right direction. Never do they rebel and go the other direction They reach for the sun. Do they have a hotline to God?

The psalmist was annoyed. He felt God was not doing His job well. As he saw it, evil men were doing far better than the godly and God was not being just. Not until he spent time in the temple did he have an awakening. He decided God was not doing so badly after all.

How often we complain about the job God is doing. The weather's too hot. The weather's too cold. Couldn't God stop all the suffering if he really wanted to?

Unlike the God-questioners of the world, the tiny seeds seem to be tuned in to Him. They do what they were created to do -- no questions asked. An interesting concept -- humans learning a faith lesson from a tiny radish seed.

Lord of the universe, creator of all things great and small, help us to stay closely tuned to your will for our lives. Amen.

 

Madeline (NE)

Wednesday
Mar112015

Lesson Learned!

"Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry." James 1:19 (NIV)


I’ve had that verse hung throughout my house, indicating the importance I’ve felt in “eating those words”, and digesting them.  Neither of which I’d done, successfully. In fact, I’d recently discovered how good I was at becoming angry, quickly.

The day came when the tables were turned and I was involved in a conversation with someone who, like myself, was quick to become angry.  Throughout the conversation I was thinking about how I really just needed this person to listen to what I was saying. Instead of listening to me, this person spoke over me with great anger.

Then I had the “Ah-Ha” moment in which I realized the importance of James 1:19 and how ridiculous I sound when I’m acting in opposition to it.  I was embarrassed that I had allowed my ego to override what was written in my User’s Manual.

Be quick to listen: I need to value the thoughts of others more than my own. I need to stop neglecting myself from the wonder of learning from others. I’m not always right and by listening, my perspectives can be bettered.

Slow to speak: by slowing down, I change from being a reactive person to a processing and praying person. What wonderful changes could be made if I really only spoke after seeking wisdom from the Creator?

Slow to become angry: Once I remove myself from the equation, I can refocus on the needs of others and how I can best serve them. 

How much better would relationships be if we listened, prayed and served?


Father, Help us be quick to listen, slow to speak and even slower to become angry. Amen.


Vicki (AL)

Wednesday
Mar042015

GOD'S CHAIN OF TALENTS

All of you are Christ's body, and each one is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27

According to Webster's dictionary, the word "talent" can refer to anything of value -- from gold coins to skills and aptitudes. On Stewardship Sunday, the president of our congregation passed out strips of construction paper to the worshippers. On the strips we were to write what we felt were our God-given talents. The council members came around with staplers and the strips were stapled together into a long chain which was then stapled into a huge circle.

The chain of talents was meant to represent how we, as Christians, are all given talents. However, linking those talents together, we become the body of Christ, capable of the many tasks Christ has commissioned us to accomplish.

Paul commissioned each member of the church in Corinth to do his/her part, according to the talents that person had been given. Some may be teachers; some healers. They each had his/her distinctive gifts to give.

The chain still hangs in the entry-way where we can all see it as we come and go for worship; a reminder that no talent is less important than the next. A chain is only a chain if each link does its part. 

 

Lord, You have made us in Your image. Help us to appreciate the uniqueness that is Your creation and use that uniqueness to your glory. Amen

Madeline (NE)

Wednesday
Feb252015

A Shelter in the Storm

Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength an ever-present help in trouble. NIV

The tornado sirens were sounding, as I grabbed my cat and ran to the basement shelter. The winds began to blow hard and the house groaned. As I sat huddled, my kitty began to purr in my arms. How could she be so calm when a tornado was just outside? In that moment, the Lord brought to mind the time the disciples were afraid in a storm. Waking Jesus, they asked him how he could be sleeping when they were going to drown. Jesus told the storm to be calm and it was calm. In that moment, I stopped listening to the storm outside and began praying. A peace like I had never known settled over me. As my kitty felt safe in my arms, in God, I am sheltered from any storm. As the tornado moved on, I knew my house had damage, but I also knew God was with me.

Lord thank you in the midst of trials and storms you are my strength and refuge. Help me today to keep my focus on you and to give you my cares and concerns.

 

Jenny (Wi)