Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
What wonderful news we have in the hope of Jesus Christ! The bible tells us that all those who have put their trust in Christ will have been remade and have eternal life. This may seem simplistic, but what do we really have to be stressed about knowing that after we leave this Earth there will be no more pain and no more suffering.
I pray that today that we would be empowered to place all of our fears, failures and doubts in Jesus and that we may be free to live without the chains of this world. May the light of Jesus shine through you today and everyday.
As the final day for our Tearing Down the Walls series I wanted to post the following sermon from Southeast Christian Church. I’d like to thank Senior Pastor, Dave Stone, at Southeast for the inspiration for all of my blogs this week. Such a powerful message. I urge each of you to give it a watch….
Admittedly, I am a stickler for “treating others the way you want to be treated”. I’m sure my children secretly roll their eyes every time this comes out of my mouth. Maybe it’s my people-pleasing personality or my upbringing, but manners, and lack there of, are a passionate subject for me.
Some days I find myself frustrated by the driver who just can’t “find” their turn signal or the person who blatantly “forgets” to hold the door for me as I walk in the store right behind them. Sometimes, it is just so hard to let that go. As a child, my mom shared a bit of advice with me that I still find very helpful to this day and that is: you only have control over your own actions, and not theactions of others. This is absolutely true. I was reminded of it this morning at the grocery store. I walked up to the deli counter at the same time as a gentlemen. The worker walked up and asked, “who was here first?” The gentleman and I spoke at the same time. I said, “go ahead sir” and he said, very bluntly, “I was.”. That irritated me. I could hear my moms words, “you can’t control other people”. Moms are smart.
When I go to heaven someday, I will have to answer for MY actions in both the hills and the valleys of my life. So even though someone may slam the door in my face or grace me with their hand gestures as I drive, I will smile, because that is what God would want me to do.
The word giving is defined via wikipedia as: the transfer of something without the expectation of receiving something in return. Have you given anything today? Think hard, but I bet you have. Maybe you smiled at a stranger at the grocery today or held the door open for a classmate. In that case, you gave them love. Giving can take many forms; it can be a tangible or intangible gift. The most important thing to remember about giving, though, is that both the giver and receiver acquire a gift.
I was in 4th grade and it was the Christmas season. Our girl scout troop had collected and wrapped gifts for a local orphanage. One Saturday morning we delivered those gifts and watched the children open them. It was a room packed full of kids my age. I can remember where I sat in the room and more specifically the feeling that I had in my heart that day. It was a feeling that I had never experienced. I was giving something and expecting nothing in return. I did receive a gift though. I received the gift of a full heart. That is why God calls us to help. Jesus’ love is demonstrated in our action and we leave the situation with a yearning to continue giving.
I will never forget the feeling I had that December of 1982 and I recognize it every time I give one of my gifts. May God bless each of us with a giving heart so that no only do we bless the receiver, but we are left with a yearning to do it again.
Matthew 25:35-36 ESV For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you … Continue reading →
Last night I was driving home from gymnastics with my 6-year old. Her latest obsession is wanting to ride with the windows down. It was so refreshing to watch the joy in her eyes as she discovered what it feels like to have the summer air blow through your hair. There is such innocence within the heart of a child.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Is your passion working with children? Maybe your passion is extending grace and compassion to the homeless. Others feel a calling to minister to those in jail. Whatever passion God has laid on your heart, trust God with this passion. He will make a way for your to fulfill it.
19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ 25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’ 27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ 29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ 30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ 31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ “