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Archive for April, 2012

BE WHO YOU ARE

29 Apr

1 Corinthians 12:12        “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the membrs of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.

It’s just too hard to try to meet up to other people’s expectactions, and sometimes it just too hard to meet our own expectations of how we should be like the best of everyone and everything.

We get ourselves in trouble when we try to please our friends and those who assume that what they believe and what they do must be our calling too.   We are called to listen to the voice of God, to the instruction of the Father, to let Him guide us in His way.  Our gifts are from Him and they are not necessarily the same as someone else’s.  It doesn’t make our gift any less or their gifts any more.

We need to strive to become a better ‘me’, not a poor copy of someone else!

Too often we beat our selves up because we aren’t:

  • as good a singer as our pastor’s wife,
  • aren’t as good a speaker as Patsy Claremont,
  • aren’t good at quoting scripture or
  •  don’t make the best lasagna at church! 

We want and need to learn from others and to stretch ourselves beyond our norm, but if you are lacking in these areas, then maybe those aren’t your gifts.   The Spirit will prompt you in the areas of your gifts.  In most cases, who we are and the gifts that God has blessed us with, will reveal themselves in our everyday life.  

“If God made you an eye, being hard of hearing is no big deal.  Ignore the weakness.  Instead of worrying about what you can’t hear, keep improving your vision.”   from : Spirituality for the Rest of Us – Larry Osborne

What do you see as your gifts from God?  Do you ever compare gifts?  Thank God for entrusting you with what ever gifts you have been given.  There are none more important.

Have a blessed week.

Thelma

 

 

 

 

 

The Immeasurable Mercy of God

22 Apr

Jesus believed in every possibility.  He preached these grand possibilities:

  • Man can be born again!
  • Character can be changed!
  • You can become a new person!
  • Life can be beautiful!
  • There is a solution to every problem
  • There is a light behind every shadow.

 

He became angry only with religious people who made people feel they were miserable, guilty sinners.  Jesus rushed to build – in the worst of sinners-a belief that they, too, could be saved for inspiring service!  He proclaimed the greatest possibility:  The immeasurable mercy of God.

Imagine what possibilities for exciting living this opens up to you!

“All things are possible to him who believes”  Mark 9:23

Show us, oh Lord, the people we can become and the people we can share your immeasurable Mercy to today!

What possibilities will you ask God to open to you this week?

 

1 Corinthians 1:18 (NIV)

15 Apr

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

What does it mean to be a fool for Christ.  On April 1st our pastor, Kurt Bubna, shared that it means to be bold as we are empowered by His Holy Spirit to live in Him! 

We sometimes think that we are not worthy, not smart enough, not Biblically trained enough to share the word of God.  In Acts 4:13 it says that “when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled.  And they realized that they had been with Jesus.”

Being with Jesus, truly knowing and experiencing Him gives us the authority to share His good news.  Christ asks us to share our story, to tell others what He has done in our lives, what He has done for us.  Above all else, He asks for us to be passionate about Him.  He asks that we share His values, which are contrary to the values of the world.

Following Christ does not mean that our lives will be fun and easy, they will just be blessed for eternity.

No longer will we say…”When I change, I’ll come to God”, but rather that “When I come to God, I’ll change.”  Join me today as we come to God and change into the people that He planned for us to become.

Where do you need to come closer to God?  Share with us the changes that you have seen God make in your life, when you take the time to seek and truly know Him.

Have a Blessed Week.   Thelma

 

He Is Risen – My Redeemer Lives!

08 Apr

Luke 24: 6-8

     “He is not here, but is risen!  Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, “saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”  And they remembered His words.

No one knows what  is before life or what is after life, we only know life, and we only know our life.  We know we have been given life and we understand that we must go through death.  For some…that’s all there is.  For others, those who trust in the promises of God, we understand that the whole pupose of God sending His Son, Jesus, was to help us understand life and to conquer the sting of death.

The Bible guides us through life, explaining the plan that God set for us, to proper and to give us a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11

There is no hope for a future without Christ.  Peace comes in knowing that today we celebrate the Resurrection of our Saviour.  It’s not what we know in our head, but what we believe in our heart that gives us hope.

God promised us comfort in our pain, strength in our days, light along our way and a life after death.  When you call upon Him, he will listen; when you seek Him with all your heart, you will find Him. 

Romans 10: 9

     “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”   

My Redeemer Lives…  Your Redeemer Lives…  Today we celebrate – He Is Risen!

May your days be filled with hope.    Thelma