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 »

 

True humility

Journey to Glory

I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.  For great is your love for me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.  Psalms 86:12-13

 As I roll along to the celebration of the risen Christ, I see tulips marching along the fence and trees blooming in all their glory.  The sun is shining to bring out the beauty in all of God’s creation.  I arrive at church to set in my usual front seat and wait for the sound of trumpets, brass instruments, bells and organ shouting the glory of the risen Christ.  What a wonderful expression of the message of Christ in word, singing and visual images of Easter lilies and a projected picture of Christ. May the joyful message rest upon your heart all through the year.  His is risen!  He is risen indeed!

Prayer:  May the glory of the risen Lord bring newness to your life with a closer journey with our Lord Jesus Christ.  In the name of our risen Lord.  Amen

Thank you Pat Beaudry, for today’s devotional thought.  Our Christ is risen and we celebrate His resurrection each and every day of the year.

Only God knows the future.

Faith

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

This morning I saw this text in a new way. The words “confidence in what we hope for” popped out at me.

Confidence in what we hope for….does that mean confidence that the surgery will go well, that sick loved ones will recover; that the job will come through; that the car will keep running until there is enough money to fix it? If confidence means full trust and belief, does it mean we can fully trust that everything is going to be OK? And by saying “everything is going to be OK” does it mean that it will turn out like we want or the way God knows is best?

What about the second half of the text “and assurance about what we do not see?” Assurance is having conviction. Is what we do not see is what’s going on in the background? Is what we do not see really what God is doing on our behalf that we are completely oblivious to?

Could all this be simplified to say “Faith is full trust and belief that the surgery will go well, that the sick loved one will recover, that the job will come through, that Jesus is who he says he is and God will do what he promises with a conviction that we do not see everything going on in the background?

How about even simpler? “Faith is full trust and belief that no matter what is going on in our life Jesus is who he said we was and God will do what he promises. You can be assured that even if it doesn’t look like it now God is working in the background on your behalf.”

Having faith doesn’t mean all will be rosy but it does mean that God is in it….no matter how it turns out.

–Elaine (thought4theday.com)

An Exercise in Thankfulness

Praise the Lord!

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!

    His faithful love endures forever.

Psalm 106:1 (NLT)

 

Ever wake up and think “Nothing is going right. Everything is wrong. I don’t want to adult today?” Me too. I’ve discovered something that helps me get past the “my life is terrible” blues. Giving Thanks. Seriously, it works. I’m going to list a series of topics below. You fill in the blanks.

 

Yesterday, I was thankful for: _______________________________ (think over yesterday and pick one (or more) things)

Today, I am thankful for: ____________________________ (even if you can’t think of anything else you are breathing)

I am thankful for: _______________________________(something about where you live)

I am thankful for: _______________________________(something about your family)

I am thankful for: _______________________________(a person in your life)

I am thankful for: _______________________________(something about God)

I am thankful for: _______________________________(a part of your body)

I am thankful for: _______________________________(a possibility)

I am thankful for: _______________________________(a dream you have)

I am thankful for: _______________________________(fill in with anything you want)

 

Each day, I’d like to challenge you to start out thanking God for what happened yesterday and for being alive today. Then, start thanking him for the possibilities. It adjusts our thinking so we realize that there is a lot to be thankful for and sometimes all it takes is a little shift of focus.

-Elaine (thought4theday.com)

Who will go?

Who will go?