Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the hardest to give but of necessity to do. The reason is because forgiveness releases the one who has been wronged by someone else. When a person refuses to forgive, it keeps that person under bondage to the one who has committed the wrong. When one forgives, God’s grace, and love fills that person with peace and strength that frees him or her, helping them to go forward in life.
Ask, the Lord to help you to forgive today!!!
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Colossians 3:12-13 ESV
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Available Strength In God

“And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.” 1 Samuel 30:6 ESV
 
As I think about this verse, I see the turmoil that David was in. David had been a faithful leader to his mean, however, in this moment they all were turning against him. It was this time that the leader that they thought so highly of, now they wanted to get rid of. What David did in this moment is something that should speak to all of us. When it seems that all is against us, we should, as David did, turn to the Lord. It was through this action that David found strength.
 
What we learn is that no matter what we may be facing or what may come against us, there is always strength in our God. The same God who parted the Red Sea, can help us in the time of distress.
 
May we as David did, find strength in the Lord our God!!!!
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Purpose Of The Church–Bearing Each Other’s Burdens

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“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

We truly are a forgetful people. What we do one day,  it is easy for us to forget tomorrow. For us as the church we know what Scripture teaches that relates to loving each other and bearing one another’s burdens but we have also easily forgotten it.

The reason to this forgetfulness is because we have got use to church just being a place that we go to every week, sing a few song, hear a message and then go home. While that is what we do at church, the reality is that we have forgotten that the church is a place that we bring our burdens too.

Scripture plainly tells us that we need to bear one another’s burdens and the best place to bring those burdens is at church. The church should be a safe place and a comforting place. The church should be a place where we know we will find strength and encouragement to go. The church should be a community of believers helping each other and loving on each other.

The question is–how do we get back to that purpose? It begins by getting back to the Word and discovering what the Lord expects out of us as the church. It begins by confessing to the Lord and asking for forgiveness for not being that place that is willing to help others. And it begins by making a commitment once again to be the church that is willing to help, love, and bear one another’s burdens.

This purpose begins with you!!!!

 

Have a blessed day!!!

 

Church–A Place For The Brokenhearted

28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30broken-hearted

Our world is filled with broken people and so are our churches. The truth is even though we realize that the world is filled with people who are broken, we never associate that with people who come to our services. We think those people should have it all together but the reality is that don’t and neither really do any of us if we are to be honest. 

When that brokenness is revealed concerning that person that attends our action are often that in a form of judgment and condemnation. We are kind of like those chickens who discover that one of the chickens has a wound on its head and all gang up and begin pecking till that chicken is dead.

This my friends is not the way it should be in the church. When we discover that one of our brother or sisters are broken we should not gang up and stomp them instead we should be willing to show them the love that Christ would show them.  Jesus always cared for the brokenhearted and so should we. The broken person that is attending your church is there for a reason, not to be judged or to be looked down but to be loved.

Lets stop judging and start caring. Let’s stop condemning and start loving others for who they are. The church is a place for the brokenhearted and it is time that the church wakes up and realizes that

 

 

Getting Back On Track

img_0068…Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Matthew 14:29-30

It really is amazing how quick one can lose their way in this life. Their is so much distraction happening in this world that we can take our eyes off of Christ so easily.

One of my favorite stories in the Bible has to do with Peter walking on the water. Remember when Peter saw Jesus walking on the water, he asked for Jesus to allow him to come and Jesus told him to do it. As Peter began walking on the water, all of a sudden he began to notice all that was happening around him and before you know it Peter was sinking.  Peter in desperation began to cry out to the Lord and the Lord lifted Peter out of the water, putting him back on track once again.

Peter represents all of us for we all have gotten off track sometime in our life. Those things that have taken our eyes off of Jesus might have been our family, people we are having trouble with or just life in general. What do we do when we realize we are on the wrong path and find ourselves sinking?  Some of us might feel hopelessness or despair but the truth is the answer is found in Jesus Christ. When we come to realization that we are truly off track, the best answer is to cry out to Jesus as Peter did and Jesus through His grace and mercy will put us back where we belong.

My friend, don’t give up for the Lord is truly there

Wishing you all a great weekend

Strength For The Brokenhearted

Image“To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…” Isaiah 61:3

Isaiah 61:3 gives us a blessed promise that one day we will no longer have to worry about mourning for in its place God will give us a crown of beauty, joy and praise. I can only imagine what that will be like when we will no longer have to mourn and weep. It gives every believer something to look forward too, when mourning will be no more.

Although this passage is filled with hope there is a reality we must all face. Until the Lord takes us home we still have to deal with mourning.  For it does not matter if we are mourning over the loss of a loved one, friend, job, relationship, we will still have to deal with the pain and it’s after affects.

So the question rises, is there hope for us now. The answer is yes for hope is found in the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30, “28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” In these words Jesus did not say that you will not mourn or weep but instead He invites you to come to Him and in return He will provide you comfort and strength.

If you are feeling broken-hearted this morning, may I encourage you to run to Jesus!!!

 

When I Think About Heaven

When I think about Heaven I think of how awesome it would be to see the Place that God has prepared for me

When I think about Heaven I think of how awesome it would be to see my family and friends who are waiting for me

When I think about Heaven I think of how awesome it would be to be reunited with those who encouraged me

But Most Of All

When I think about Heaven, I think of how awesome it would be
To See My Savior Who Died For Me