Matthew 18:20

Matthew 18:20

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. More »

Romans 1:7

Romans 1:7

To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. More »

Genesis 1:26

Genesis 1:26

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. More »

Romans 5:1

Romans 5:1

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: More »

 

He is Our Deliver

Now That Is Eternal Love!

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 KJV)

Two of my most favorite verses are Jeremiah 31:3 and John 1:9.  Some years ago I started a program to memorize Bible verses.  These two verses were included in the section “Love of God”.  As I meditated on the verses as I tried to memorize them I was blessed.  I came to realize that God loves us with an everlasting love.  If we choose to reject Him, He still loves us.  His love is so great that He allows us to choose who we want to follow, Him or the world.  It grieves Him when we choose the world because He knows that is the way to eternal separation from Him.  What I feel really shows His love is He will forgive us for rejecting Him.  If we sin, we can go to Him and say we are sorry.  Not only will He forgive us but He cleanses us from all unrighteousness.  No sin is too great that He won’t forgive.  Now that is real love!

The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. (Jeremiah 31:3 NIV)

–Diane

Pride brings downfall

Our History

The Gift Is Not Just Yours

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. John 11:25-26 (NLT)

It’s been a strange kind of week. I believe that every day this week I’ve had a conversation with someone that had brought me back to Jesus’ death and resurrection and who he actually died for. Let me explain.

There were two conversations where two separate young women didn’t want to introduce their boyfriends to their families because when they showed them a picture of them the family made derogatory comments indicating the person might be bad.

There were a few conversations where people struggled to forgive someone for something they had done recently and/or in the distant past.

Each time as I thought through these, I kept hearing the word Resurrection. And then again when I was reading about poverty and the negative impact it has on folks, the word Resurrection kept popping into my mind.

I wish I could sit here and say I don’t ever judge people by their outward appearance. I can’t say that. I wish I could say I don’t judge people by their actions. I can’t say that. I wish I did more to help those in need. I am praying about all these things. But, here is what I do know.

When Jesus said ANYONE, he meant ANYONE. It doesn’t matter what you look like, what you do for a living, whether you are rich or poor, what specific religion you are, your stellar or checkered past or if you are a Democrat or a Republican (a little humor for the Americans). None of it matters because Jesus died for all of us. Every. Single. Last. One.

As we celebrate what the Resurrection truly means, let’s remember he died for everyone, even if we don’t think they measure up.

Father God, teach our hearts to see everyone as you see them. Remove our blinders and open our minds. Let us feel the unconditional love you felt that day on the cross. In Jesus Name, Amen

— Elaine Kapetanakis (thought4theday.com)

Honesty is the Best Policy