Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time? Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? (Luke 12: 56-57 NIV) Tough questions Tough questions were asked during Biblical times as we ponder tough ones today. God searches our hearts. Luke, a gifted writer, set out to interview individuals for first hand accounts to circumstances during their day. Jesus spoke in parables to help people understand his point then and now. Every day we look towards the sky to discern the […]
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And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8: 28 NIV) Inner excitement After writing Wednesday’s blog, an inner excitement began and has not stopped. The words…something good is about to happen popped into my mind and the tune followed. It is wonderful to see evidence of how the Holy Spirit works. I have seen the word “good” in several post this week. God is so awesome! Early development Early in the development of my spiritual walk, I grasped the above […]
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” John 5: 24 NIV) Jesus spoke Biblical words written in red are special. They are words Jesus spoke during His time on earth. He clearly wanted all to know the truth, especially choices for eternal life. The basic foundation to our beliefs is found in the above scripture. It’s simple. Listens/hears God’s Word. Believe God, who sent Jesus. If we obey these two request […]
“Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayers, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (1 Peter 3: 10-12 NIV) Choose good over evil Too bad we were not created like the hermit crab. Its shell would come in handy when danger is sensed. Danger when our tongue reflects evil […]
For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 4: 7,8 NIV) Freedom Freedom is never free, always a cost. Every July, 4th, we celebrate our declaration of independence from the British empire. Grills will be fired up hot, drinks iced down, and home-made ice cream churned. Families and friends will share in tough topics and laughter as children run about. All ages share the same level of excitement set to watch fire works. […]
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. (Acts 3: 19 NIV) Barriers There is no greater barrier than intentional sin. The most common fallacy for acceptance and tolerance is the fact that everyone sins. Here is the difference…when a Christian sins, conviction will be immediate. We repent, turn to God, and ask for forgiveness. Jesus says, “You are forgiven, go and sin no more.” If we have committed a wrong, we want to make right asap. God’s Word is truth The Word of God […]
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. (Deuteronomy 11:18) Forward Friday! It’s Forward Friday! How do our paths look? Time to be honest. We have confluent seasons when there may be mountains, valleys, crooked roads, and rough spots. We have days with full intentions to move forward on level paths. Snap! A change in direction. What will be our reaction? Reactions Reactions are volatile without self-discipline. The practice of self-control is immeasurable. As we work on leveling our paths, we become aware of our […]
Since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.(Colossians 3:9 NIV) Fast breaking news! This story comes from the first-century town of Colosse. Located on a major trade route from the East, a town known for cults. Paul urges them to replace- to put to death whatever belonged to their earthly measure. A new creation When you ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, believe He died and rose on the third day, and confess Jesus as Lord, […]
Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. (Proverbs 4:25-27 NIV) Thick traffic Remember a time you drove in thick traffic? Slower drivers stay to the right and faster ones to the left. In a perfect world, this theory would work. I exercised this thought in four lanes of traffic yesterday. The car behind me kept switching lanes, I decided to stay left. They did move ahead. Even though […]
“I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” (Genesis 9: 15,16 NIV) Noah Noah and the ark is a well known Bible story. Baby nurseries are decorated with this theme. However, Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. We see these same […]
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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