Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. (John 15:13, 14 ESV) Forward Friday! If I was a betting person, and I am not…I would never gamble with my Spiritual journey. Many find items to worship, yet, fail to take Jesus serious. Yes, He has forgiven a thief on the cross- we’ll see him in Heaven. Yes, Jesus healed people with no faith…yet, would I wait to be one of them. Healing I will always want, thinking I am a lucky […]
In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” (Hebrews 12:4-6 ESV) Fun? Discipline is not fun, it’s not fun giving and it’s not fun receiving. However, we need discipline to produce respectful behavior, and in […]
For all that is in the world- the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life- is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (First John 2:16,17 ESV) Forward Friday! What a week! As I ponder God’s leading, I keep saying, “God, I really do want to be a nice person.” I can no longer withdraw, there are wonderful people around to become friends. Yet, life lessons and some day I will have […]
…but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5 ESV) Motivating Monday! Character is everything. The Masters’ golf tournament concluded, 2018 winner is Patrick Reed. Earning the right to wear the prestigious, green blazer, tells how hard every winner has worked to win this tournament. Too bad articles have been written unfavorable about him, yet all seem to go back to […]
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:19-21 ESV) Forward Friday! Beloved- God loves us so much! Overcome evil with good. Sounds simple enough, not so much tit for tat. Retaliation is not a practice instructed by God. The […]
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Find yourself blessed to find one who will sharpen with iron. Though the words are sometimes harsh and/or hard to swallow know it is a blessing, as I have. Christ provides many words for us through the day, we have to be willing to see, hear and move into His will. Praising Him even in the storms of life.Kim Baker. Sikeston, MO