Do you remember ‘connect-the-dots’ puzzles? As the dots were connected, they formed a shape that represented things such as an animal, vehicle, toys, etc. As others connect the dots (different areas) of my Christian life, they should see a godly life that glorifies Christ. A Christian’s love for others should mirror Christ’s love for us. …
Our culture defines success according to visible results, applauding only those who are enjoying wealth, prestige and power. While there is nothing wrong with prosperity, the true success of any accomplishment is when it is led by God’s hand. Some of the most successful people have followed God’s plan for their lives. They may have …
The entire book of James is a guide to Christian living. But it’s not solely intended for new believers. Mature Christians need to be reminded how to live because we can become complacent, discouraged and grumpy. Yes, it is true! We all fall short!
The world is in utter chaos. Governments cannot get along. Families cannot get along. Friends cannot get along. AND, God’s own people struggle to get along sometimes,
Brothers and sisters in Christ, we are supposed to be setting the example for the rest of the world to see. We are supposed to be reflecting the love and light of Jesus.
We must obey God. The Bible (God’s word) holds His instructions and promises for us.
While we cannot control how the rest of the world behaves, we can control our behavior and strive to be doers of the word. Let’s stop our petty debates and redirect our focus the things of God, serving Him and others.
God never promised us that His plan for our life would be easy to follow, but He did promise us abundant blessings along the way. Let’s pray to be stronger witnesses of God’s word and the good news.
Let’s be doers of His word.
Most people have a favorite sport and team they like to follow. And there is nothing wrong with that; God wants us to enjoy our lives. He designed us to work, play and to worship HIM, not a football team, basketball team, race car driver, etc.
I used to be a real fanatic over a ACC basketball team. But soon after I rededicated my life and service to Jesus, I realized my emotions were too connected to the idea of that team being the best. So, I stopped following the team. I still enjoy watching a basketball game but no more on a ‘have to tune in tonight’ basis.
What would our nation be like if we all were as radically excited about Jesus as we are about the Super Bowl, the NCAA Championship, the Daytona 500, or the Kentucky Derby?
Some people are not fanatics of sport but enjoy hobbies like the beach, boating, secular music groups and concerts. In other words, many times we are just not spectators, we are active participants of our hobbies and points of interests. And there is nothing wrong with that at all. God wants us to relax and have fun. BUT He also wants us to worship HIM! Everything has its appropriate time and place by God’s design.
What kind of foundation are we building in our children’s lives when we trade Sunday worship time for a hobby? More importantly, what are we saying to God?
Professing Christ-centered families and homes should place Jesus first, before everything. If we do, it will go without discussion that time with God is priority over all other activities.
If we want our children to put God first, we must worship God with them, before everything else and put first God before everything else.
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other.” – Matthew 6: 24
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” – Psalm 100: 4-5 Did you leave your spirit of worship at church this weekend? Or did you bring it home with you? In Psalm 100, David …
A young girl living an ordinary life chosen to live an extraordinary life.
Who is this girl?
Mary, the mother of Jesus.
I think about Mary a lot, not just during the Christmas season. I often think about her faith, integrity, loyalty and great love for God. There are life lessons in Mary’s life:
Mary demonstrated absolute faith in action through obedience.
Mary loved unconditionally.
Mary’s faith and obedience reminds us how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
As we think about Mary this Christmas, let’s ask ourselves: “Am I willing to step out of my ordinary for God’s extraordinary?”
“And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.” – Luke 1:38
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
– Philippians 4:8
In this verse, Paul says to program ourselves to think about things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy.
Put God first in all that we do.