Monday, January 18, 2010

The Romans Road

When I was a young girl, I faithfully boarded the church bus every Sunday to travel to a church that was approximately an hour away. To keep us entertained (as well as to teach us) the wife of our bus driver would often play games with us, such as "Sword drill" The game where a caller would call out a scripture, then the first one to find it would jump up and read. One such Sunday, the group of scriptures she called out, she deemed was the "Romans Road" If we could memorize these scriptures, these would be the ones we would use to evangelize the world. These were the "How to's" of salvation.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

He knows my name!

While reading through some of Matthew 6, my heart unexpectedly leapt for joy. Took me by surprise... the truth that dawned on me. Jesus knows MY name! Jesus was warning folks to beware of false prophets, that we'd know them by their fruits.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Don't Worry; Be Happy

Okay, so that's not quite how Matthew 6 reads. Well, towards the end, it DOES tell us to not be anxious for anything. Don't worry about life, what we'll eat and drink , what we'll wear--just plain and simply don't worry. I worry about this passage some (yes, a definite pun intended ;)). When does "not worry" become frivolous? I know of a married couple, he spends as if there's no tomorrow. "I'm not worried about tomorrow. Aren't we told not to worry about tomorrow?" Then, the wife, worries about every dime that gets spent. "We don't really need that, do we?" On one hand, it might be nice to make sure we're good stewards of our paychecks, and see that our bills are paid, but on the other hand, it's perfectly okay to spend some money on toys every now and again, isn't it? When does being a tightwad (how else can I say it?) become a demonstration in a faithless mindset (that God WON'T provide for us) and when does a free spender become a demonstration of irresponsibility? A friend of mine once shared this thought: God indeed feeds the birds of the air, but He doesn't throw the food in the nest! How true.
Don't worry, be happy--and responsible.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

He forgives me, he forgives me not, he forgives me, he forgives me not...

....for if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly father will forgive you. But if you don't forgive men when they sin against you, your father in Heaven will not forgive you" Jesus is quoted as saying to the people within earshot. In reading this, a thought came to me...

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Word of God, Speak

...Word of God Speak, let it pour down like rain...the words to this song by Mercy Me have found their way into my head and have been running on looping for about a week now. God certainly has His plans. I think it's ironic. I'd not heard that song until a few days ago, thanks to my oldest son who introduced it to me. Then, I find out that the praise team is singing that at church Sunday. Word of God speak to me. God is reminding me that it is He Who hold us, comforts us, and encourages us. Why? Simply out of His great love for us. Sure, He uses us to accomplishes His plans of comfort and encouragement, but make no mistake--our encouragement comes from Him, not each other. Here of late, I've been encouraged from within to "take every thought captive, and make it obedient to Christ" (II Corinthians10:5).

Friday, January 8, 2010

Who Are These Women?

Who Are These Women?

Good question. Who are these women and why are they listed in the genealogy of Jesus? Not only are they women listed, but they're women who had somewhat of a shady past. Well, Ruth didn't--poor ole gal simply wasn't Jewish. She was--heaven forbid.. a Moabite. What's all the fuss? Jump over to this guys' blog and see what's said!