“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. (Matthew 19:20-22 NIV) Motivating Monday! What happens when questions are asked and we don’t like the answer? When accepting Jesus as Savior- He is our authority. Choices have to be made- are we taking salvation experiences serious or was it a bluff? If […]
Another time he went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” (Mark 3:1-3 NIV) Heart Matters… Wednesday has always been known as hump day. The day once completed has the weekend in sight. I like taking this day to discuss deeper matters of the heart. The interactions Jesus had with the Pharisees, are intriguing […]
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus, our Lord. (Romans 6:22, 23 NIV) Motivating Monday! Reading through Romans 6 and verse 23 struck like lightening. Have teachings concerning this verse- wages of sin is death, been removed from pastors’ sermons? Thankfully, not all…yet, many no longer teach conviction or turning from sin. Sin? More teachings exist against mature believers to […]
And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says, “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. (1 John 2:3-6 ESV) Hope Hope is a powerful source of movement forward. Jesus is our only hope, all else is […]
But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. (1 Peter 3:14-16 ESV) Motivating Monday! Good behavior in Christ…does meaning differ for every believer? If we […]
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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