“God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” John 1:3-5 NLT Five years ago, I was a witch, medium, and ghost hunter. Halloween […]
"I love you, Lord;you are my strength; The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies." Psalm 18:1-3 (NLT) I was preparing to […]
Foolishly expecting God to be at our beck and call, making promises we cannot keep or bargaining with Him as we pray, is reckless at best. As The Teacher of Ecclesiastes ( which is how Solomon refers to himself) instructs…when coming before God, "let your words be few".
I know there isn’t nearly as much chance of this in Lake Michigan or some of the other lakes that have really nice public beach areas and such.
However, Jesus tells us in Matthew 6 that such worry is rather pointless…each day has enough trouble in itself…and to trust (have faith) that God, who loves us so dearly, will provide for our needs if we will only seek Him first. Making God a priority in our lives…seeking Him first in everything we do…will show us to love God, love people…trusting and obeying Him the whole way.
Directly or indirectly, the effects of sin can lead us down a path that seems wonderful at first, perhaps even spiritual or holy, but ultimately leads us away from God.
It’s no small fact that all of the disciples…as well as Paul who had an encounter with the risen Lord and was convinced of the truth even as he was on his way to kill Christians…were beaten, jailed, mocked, and eventually killed for their claims about Jesus and teaching the good news throughout the Roman empire.
It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a church that celebrates Palm Sunday, remembering the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into the capital city of Israel.