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 »

 

New Life

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” (John 3:3 NIV)

In the middle of the night, a Pharisee named Nicodemus, came to Jesus.  Nicodemus recognized his sinful state.  He wanted to know how to be part of the kingdom of God.  Instead, he tells Jesus that he believes that Jesus came from God because no one else could perform the miracles that Jesus did if He were not sent from God.

Jesus knows what’s on Nicodemus’ heart.  Jesus tells Nicodemus that to be part of the Kingdom of God you had to be born again.  This totally confused Nicodemus because he was looking at the physical impossibility of being born again.

Except a man be born from above, unless he shall receive a new heart, new desires, purposes, and motives, leading to a new life, “he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3

Thinking that we can change ourselves is a big mistake.  We can only change the outside, not the inside.  We need the power of Jesus to change us from the inside out.  We need the power of the rebirth that only Jesus can provide.  Only then can we receive a new heart, new desires, a new purpose in live, and new motives to live a life for Christ.

–Diane

Turn Around

His Grace is All You Need

Each time He said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. (2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT)

Three times Paul prayed to have “a thorn in my flesh removed.”  God didn’t remove it.  Instead, God said “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”  If you are going through a difficult time and your prayers are not being answered the way you expected, remember that you have God’s grace and it is enough.  His power works best in our weakness.  His power works best when we trust and lean on Him.

Sometimes it is not until we look back that we see that God was with us the whole time and His answer to our prayer was better than what we asked for.

–Diane

Seek Him While He Can Be Found

Jesus knows me and loves me anyway!

Remembering

For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:26 NIV)

Different churches have communion at various times.  It does not matter when you have communion, it matters why you have communion.  Why should we partake in communion?  Because Jesus said to remember Him through communion.  As you eat the bread and drink from the cup, remember that He gave Himself so that we may have life.  He is the Bread of Life.  His Word is life.  Communion represents His life, death, and resurrection.  We participate in communion in rembrance of what Jesus has done for us.  We participate in communion as we look forward to the day He returns and we can see Him face-to-face.

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (Matthew 26:26-29 NIV)

–Diane