I recently came across the “fishers of men” statement Jesus made to the disciples. Jesus called Peter and Andrew while they were fishing and said, “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19) That statement (and His promise!) holds true for us today. We can’t follow Jesus around as the disciples did, but we do “follow” him by sharing the good news of the Gospel. Continue reading “Sharing the Good News”
I’m old school. I save all my old calendars, so in case I need to know what week my child went to camp 20 years ago, I could find out. Truly useful information also shows up on my calendar, such as annual physical and dental appointments. Maybe you have other annual events on your calendar; performance reviews at work, or meetings with your tax consultant, for instance. I’m going to suggest another positive event to add to your list- an appointment to improve your spiritual health. Continue reading “How To Improve Spiritual Health”
When I thought about the light and joy of Christmas, I pictured the bright light, the glory of God, which the angels brought down from heaven. They also brought comforting words to those terrified shepherds: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Luke 2:10 Continue reading “Light and Joy”
How peaceful are you feeling in this stage of the Christmas season? I’m writing this in its early stages, so while my “to-do” list is long, I am feeling more excited than stressed. But there have been many years before this that I’ve felt anything but God’s “light and peace” in the season.
I will try hard this year to concentrate on the words the angels spoke to the shepherds, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:14 Continue reading “Light and Peace”
Week Two of Advent is here. Hey, I know those cookies don’t bake themselves and it’s easy to get bogged down with all the extra activities the season brings. So if you’re reading this, good for you for spending a bit of time reflecting during this busy season! I’m concentrating on our second theme of the Light of Christmas as shown by love. I came across this poem and wanted to share it with you:
Love came down at Christmas;
Love all lovely, love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Stars and angels gave the sign.
-Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894) Continue reading “Love Came Down at Christmas”
When I was mulling over ideas for Advent blogs, I read a lot about Advent wreaths. They have been a part of many church services I’ve attended, and we have a simple one at home. The common theme for the four weeks is joy, peace, hope, and love. This week we will look at the aspect of light and hope.
I don’t know if those four themes are supposed to be in any particular order, but I searched scripture to incorporate “light” into each one. After all, Jesus is “the Light that came into the world”- John 3:19. So I’m beginning with a look at how our Christmas Light brings us hope. Continue reading “Light and Hope”
I’m a bit obsessed right now with a song called “Do It Again” by Elevation Worship. I love to grab a cup of coffee and watch the live version before I sit down to write at my computer. The lyrics that caught my attention were “I’m still in your hands, this is my confidence”. What a great reminder that we don’t have to rely on our own abilities. The Lord is my confidence! We can rest in the knowledge that we have a God who never, ever fails and always holds us in His hands.
Where in the Bible are the words “Your faith has saved you”? There are quite a few accounts of Jesus speaking those words, however, the first one I found struck a chord. You will find this teaching of faith and forgiveness in Luke 7:36-50 and it contrasts the attitudes towards Jesus by a “sinful” woman and a Pharisee. It’s the story of one woman’s acts of worship that flowed from her new saving faith. It was her response to Jesus that inspired me. Continue reading “Faith and Forgiveness”
What do you think of when you hear the word “revival’? An old-time tent? A Billy Graham crusade? A fiery sermon? Here’s why the word came to my mind:
Our small group is working our way through an encouraging study on defending our faith among the rise of secular gods in our society. Our church is halfway through a sermon series on Revelation. Jesus gives distinct messages to the churches and definite fixes for their individual issues. These issues are just as applicable today as they were in Bible times. Why do we need revival now? I read a very disheartening article in my local paper about the decline of mainstream denomination churches, their membership, and the increasingly “grayer” population of members. Continue reading “Why We Need Revival”
Last week’s blog referenced Luke 17:4 when Jesus was teaching his disciples about forgiveness. They asked him to increase their faith in order for them to do what he asked. I felt a little stab in the heart when I read that verse. I’ve struggled a bit with forgiveness in my past. I’ve wrestled about how I should feel if I truly forgive. Shouldn’t I be able to let the transgression go if I have forgiven? But it was comforting to know that Jesus’ own disciples struggled with the power of forgiveness as well! Continue reading “The Power of Forgiveness”