Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in Heaven for you. (1 Peter 1:3,4 NIV) Celebration time It’s celebration time, come on! Are you motivated to shout praises to God and a thank you, Jesus? Have you ever had anyone to die for you? Jesus did not die on the cross for the thief by His side only. He […]
But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten. (Jeremiah 20:11 NIV) Judgement again? It is Motivating Monday! I wanted to bring you a bright and cheery message today and I land in Jeremiah. This Jeremiah was no bullfrog. Judgement is set to come again and this time Jeremiah is summoned. The Lord appointed Jeremiah over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant. God made Jeremiah into a […]
“At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home. I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes.” (Zephaniah 3:20 NIV) Hope in darkness Our fortunes restored before our very eyes, words written to make us smile. Zephaniah reaffirmed Nineveh was desolate, dry as a desert. A city superior with carefree individuals who felt safe, left in ruins for wild beast. Who is this scripture meant for? A possible remnant? How could he be so hopeful when darkness lurked all around […]
The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him, but with an overwhelming flood He will make an end to Nineveh; He will pursue his foes into darkness. (Nahum 1:7,8 NIV) Nineveh? Wait! The reluctant prophet, Jonah, delivered God’s message for Nineveh. They were to repent from wickedness or in forty days, Nineveh would be overturned. God saw the greatest to the least of them change their ways. The King of Nineveh urged all to call on God, turn from their evil ways and violence. Moved with compassion, God did not […]
When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, He had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction He had threatened. (Jonah 3:10 NIV) Violent storm A violent storm arose, winds tossed the ship almost over. The crew frantic with fear, knew someone was responsible. All evidence pointed to Jonah, who was in a deep sleep below deck. Jonah confessed, he was to blame. The storms grew rougher, they had no other choice than to throw Jonah overboard. The storm calmed, the crew began to fear the Lord. A big fish swallows Jonah […]
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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