SUFFERING? Count It All Joy

Do you rejoice in suffering?   I can be honest and admit that I don't, well I didn't, but I am learning to count it all joy. All my life I've endured suffering, not always understanding it and certainly not rejoicing in it.  The Lord gave me the strength to stick it out and not…

Stand Up & Take Control

There are so many things that will push us around if we don't stand up and take control. Our flesh will push us to do what we want to do, fulfilling our own selfish desires, doing what is natural and contrary to the will of God.  Other people will push us around, pushing us to…

2018: How’s Your Year Going?

We're quickly nearing the end of the 4th month of the year.  1/3 of the year has quickly passed us by. How is your year going? Do you still have the excitement that you had on Januray 1st?  Are you still focused? Surely, we've all had things thrown our way that we hadn't expected- some…

Jesus Is Compassionate. Are You?

As the Lord is growing me in grace, He is showing me how grace and compassion are intertwined. We are able to extend grace to others because we are compassionate toward them and their situation.  So often, instead of being compassionate, we criticize.  We have gotten so hard that instead of emphathizing, we judge.  We…

I Know Nothing About Grace

Go, go, go.  Do, do, do.  Work, work, work. This goes against what we have been offered through Jesus Christ: Grace. The world's system is contrary to God's system in every way. The world's way: Strive, climb, work, perform. God's way: Receive, trust, rest, grace. "Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give…

RESURRECTION SUNDAY: There Comes a Time

There comes a time in our lives when everyone must flee. There are some things that we have to do that only involve us and God- No one else. There comes a time. Yesterday, Resurrection Sunday, our Pastor taught from Matthew 26:51-56.  This passage focuses on the betrayal and arrest of Jesus Christ.  It is…