Showing posts from April, 2015

Riots & racial divisions

Racial divisions & riots... Who knew this is just one more prophecy being fulfilled!?! 
Jesus said, "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places." Matthew 24:7
Did you know in the original Greek language the word for "nation" is ἔθνος and is Pronunciation eth'-nos!?! It means a race (as of the same habit)! Safe to say, this racial & cultural divide is NOT from Christ but rather stems from the world. 
"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." 1 John 2:16
With that said, these things cannot be joyful nor pleasing to the Father in Heaven but rather grievous! 
Galatians 6:8 tells us, "For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting."
Safe to say Je…

Heaviness in the Heart

"Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad." Proverbs 12:25
To my surprise, I thought stoop meant to be brought low. In actuality it means so much more! It is to depress, that is, prostrate especially reflexively in homage to royalty or God:-- to bow self down, crouch, fall down flat, humbly beseech, do reverence, worship. (Strong's Concordance) Wow! 
So what is this "heaviness" that has such a profound impact? It is anxiety; fear, sorrow and carefulness. This could be any number of things we face in life, often a collection of situations or circumstances. 
We could all use a "good word" from time to time. What better encouragement can we share with another than Christ? There's none so uplifting which causes us to be full of joy, hope and peace than Him. 
Why? He knows exactly how we feel, every emotion in what we face, as well as the heaviness this life gives. Can we see that these things are to bring us to a heart…

In the world but not of it- oil & water Jr. Church lesson

Today was so much fun in Jr.  Church! I love hands on lessons, it really helps open understanding (of course along with prayer 1st!) and  shows the reality of it! 
We used: a small container of oil, a mason jar of water and red dye. 
We had 3 passages today: 
1 John 2:15 - Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Romans 12:2 - And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Matthew 5:14 - Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
The water represents the world and the oil was representative of us, saved, redeemed & in Christ. The red dye was added to the water and represented the things in the world. 
It showed so many things!  1- We know oil & water don't mix. Given we have Jesus, we are IN the world but not of it. We need to talk with our Heave…

The rod and reproof

"The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul." Proverbs 29:15,17
A common misunderstanding when the term "rod" is used is that it's a beating stick. Though it is figuratively a stick, it is not necessary or recommend to be used to whoop on or beat anyone. 
When shepherds used their rod or walking stick; its primary use was in guiding the sheep. Correcting them, as in keeping them together, guiding them with the fold. 
Just think if Father God beat us with His rod, there would be no evidence of His love. So, just as He corrects, guides and deals with us, His children; we are to guide and correct our children in a similar way. In action, with words, by example with persistence, diligence and always with love, care and concern consistently. 
We are not born knowing the right way to go or live in a manner that's pleasing to the Fathe…