Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed to you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until time for restoring all things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. (Acts 3:19-21 ESV) Motivating Monday! I was elated during yesterday’s church sermon. This past weekend, we visited our college boy, I mean…young man. He has two favorite churches and when deciding upon one, he mentioned hearing they had a new pastor. Now, […]
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He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth, he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. (Isaiah 53:7 NIV) Jesus Jesus. His name is holy. He sits at the right hand of God interceding for you and me. After we experienced a miracle with our two boys, first week back in worship, we began to sing, “I am a friend of God’s, He calls me friend.” You know that trusted feeling when the Holy Spirit is prompting within- like […]
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:6,7 NIV) Motivating Monday! Motivating Monday! Happens to be my birthday and my greatest wish is for God’s gifts to be flamed and burning bright in every individual. I will meditate on this verse today, truly grasping God’s gift within me to reach new levels for 2016. Why? You may be asking, “Why […]
From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. (Psalm 8:2 NIV) Reasons Forward Friday! Reason for Friday blog- reasons to move forward! Today’s blog will look at opposite ends of spectrum. King David, a man after God’s own heart, delivered heart experiences throughout Psalms. Once we experience certain situations, we gain wisdom to share. Ready to see foes and avengers silenced, considering our destiny? Enemies If anyone knew how to deal with enemies, it was David. King Saul chastised David to the point of losing his […]
“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” …says the Lord. (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV) Amazement Once grasped, a small amount of faith welcomes God’s power to remove obstacles. Images of mountains moved from here to there, are etched in our minds. There is nothing to bring amazement like seeing God move in our lives. Unlike cartoon character’s super powers only work in fictitious story lines. God’s mighty power is here to save. God is Willing […]
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:1-4 NIV) Motivating Monday! Motivating Monday! This truth grasped will give us strength to face trials with new light. Trials have a way to darken our world. Minds bypassed with darts landing straight into our hearts. Whatever trial is being faced, God will redeem. Not how we think – how His thoughts work higher than ours. For God knows […]
If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all His commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above the nations on earth. All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God. (Deuteronomy 28:1-14 NIV) Blessed for Obedience: We will be blessed in the city and in the country. Fruit of our womb, crops of our land, and young of our livestock will be blessed. Our basket and kneading troughs will be blessed. We are blessed going in and when we come out. Our […]
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:10-12 NIV) This week in review: The movie, God’s Not Dead, a box office hit called propaganda from critics. Hobby Lobby’s stand for Freedom of Religion reaches Supreme Court. World Vision International stirs controversy. Soliders’of Christ […]
I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord. (Psalm 40: 1-3 NIV) Waiting We waited four years for the Winter Olympics and now with the light blown out, we’ll wait another four years. We wait for doctor appointments, […]
…the Word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the desert. He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. (Luke 2: 2b,3 NIV) John’s purpose The prophet, Isaiah, foretold John’s purpose: “A voice of one calling in the desert, Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God’s salvation.” Powerful This is enough to […]
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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