Pastor Sam used this example sometime back and a couple of times since. All we have in this little bubble of time is “now” to live our lives in service to Him. It impacted me then and God has reminded me of it quite often. A few months ago, I ran away for 5 days. I was struggling with a whole bunch of things and I just needed some “me and Jesus” time to work some things out. Early in the morning I would sit on the deck and enjoy nature and the quiet. I took a song book, a
If you we want to succeed in life, we must learn how to master our moods. When we’re dealing with an emotion that’s holding us back, we’ve got two options: we either change it, or we direct it. Some emotions are so destructive, so damaging, so hurtful, so non-effective, the only thing we can do is change it. We’ve got to change what we’re feeling. Philippians 2:5 says, “Your attitude should be the kind that was shown us by Jesus Christ”. Our attitude includes our emotions, so
I was reading Luke chapter 17:11-19 concerning the story of the ten lepers Jesus healed. In verse 15, we see that only one of the those healed returned to give thanks to Jesus. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to h
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8 I am always telling the kids in Children’s Church that the devil is after their mind. If he can control their thoughts, then he will control them. The way we think can change our perspe
Why? Oh, whoa is me! Now is the time to choose to ask the questions and turn from what you know or reserve yourself to prayer and praise and worship. I waivered. I know I did I felt it in the first few moments. I cried and screamed and wondered how it had gotten that far. I prayed it wasn’t true. I then had a choice to continue to falter or pick up my faith where I had dropped it moments ago. These are the defining moments that everyone talks about. What would you do?