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Month: March 2011

Re-post: The Living Stone – The Source of Life

Re-post: The Living Stone – The Source of Life

                  What are your biggest fears? We might fear losing our home, losing our job or losing people that we love. But we are not to build our lives around our houses, jobs nor people! We are to build our lives around Jesus Christ our Lord. Then we will never be sorry. When Jesus Christ is our cornerstone of our lives we are never homeless, we are never jobless, we are never…

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Recovering Sinners & the Power to Not to Sin

Recovering Sinners & the Power to Not to Sin

 When we live in grace God does not treat us as sinners anymore. We are his saints. But it does not mean that we would not be sinners anymore. We are not practicing sinners, that’s true. But we are recovering sinners. This does not mean that we could do whatever we want to and then ask for pardon. God forbid! A saint can’t willfully and actively continue to sin because we have been washed clean and died to sin. But…

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Living as a Saint and a Sinner

Living as a Saint and a Sinner

Did you know there are beach pebbles that need water to stay white? If you take them away from beach they turn boring grey and they lose their whiteness? It is the same way with Christians. If we stay away from baptismal water and daily renewal we become grey, we lose our whiteness. I got an email yesterday from a new friend asking about “how does one saint not be also a sinner”. We all have experienced how difficult it…

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For the Moments I Feel Faint

For the Moments I Feel Faint

I woke up this morning hearing “Don’t underestimate my Jesus!” I felt it was God reminding me to fully embrace his wild and powerful grace. Talk about encouragement! I felt nudged into believing prayer and welcoming God’s amazing power and plan into my life. I also felt encouraged to share this with you. There is a Relient K song called For the Moments I Feel Faint that has a chorus saying “never underestimate my Jesus”. Happy Melodic Monday, everyone! Never…

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Winsome Words While Waiting

Winsome Words While Waiting

How are you doing? Where are you on your pilgrimage? Are you on a valley or climbing up the hill? Are you taking a break along the journey? Or are you on the top of the mountain taking in the majestic views? Have you fallen off the path or are you catching your breath somewhere? Or are you at some crossroads thinking which way to go? But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you. He’s gathering…

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An Invitation to Prayer in Action!

An Invitation to Prayer in Action!

I had other plans for today’s blog post but….I got this overwhelming urge to call people to pray. Because prayer is our privilege, our duty, our joy, our weapon, and our ministry as Christians. The power of prayer is beyond our understanding. We are foolish not to pray. We are foolish to live without a lifeline to God. Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns….

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Re-post: The Mission (Statement) of Jesus

Re-post: The Mission (Statement) of Jesus

What happened to Jesus after he triumphed over the temptations? Let’s find out! If we continue to read Luke chapter 4 we find out that after dealing with the Devil Jesus returned to Nazareth and went to synagogue: “When he stood up to read, he was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written, God’s Spirit is on me; he’s chosen me to preach the Message of good news to…

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Following Jesus, Putting God First

Following Jesus, Putting God First

What can we learn from the temptations of Jesus? Or are they inapplicable in today’s world? But it is not just about big temptations, it’s about our daily choices. It’s about putting God first in everything. My thoughts on Matthew 4: 1-11 were inspired by Eugene H. Peterson’s sermon notes found in Conversations – the Message with its translator. The core of the temptations is to put something else first in our lives and God second. The things can be…

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Framing Your Life: God, Goals & Guidance

Framing Your Life: God, Goals & Guidance

One of the important decisions in life is to choose how we frame our life. Because our focus leads us to choose the elements that will define and refine us. Do we frame the troubles and disastrous elements of our lives? Or do we frame the grace of God and joys of the Lord? The choice is ours. Do we want the troubles and hardships to define us? Or do we let God define us? Living in grace does not…

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The Word Is Alive

The Word Is Alive

It’s Melodic Monday! Today’s song celebrates the Word of God: The Word Is Alive by Casting Crowns. We really need Jesus. We really need the Bible. Jesus is alive and the Bible is the living word. The Word of God is our lifeline to God. Use it! It is a gift from God! Looking out from His throne, the Father of light and of men Chose to make Himself known and show us the way back to Him Speaking wisdom…

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