Difficult Times

James 4.jpgThere are many times in the life of a Christian that we go through difficult times, and sometimes it seems that at every corner we are being attack spiritual, and it is when we know that we are the words of James comes to my mind. James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you, as well as Jeremiah 6:16 This is what the Lord says; Stand at the crossroads and look, ask for the ancient paths; and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. Instead of us running from our Lord we need to run as fast as we can towards him, to rest our tired soul. When we are feeling sad, Jesus wants us to anticipate feeling joyful again. This takes the sting out of our sorrows, because we know it is only temporary what we are going thru. Sadness tends to duplicate itself along the timeline-convincing us that we will always be unhappy. But that is a lie! Jesus is telling us to turn away from the lies we are hearing and to turn to him and more important to trust him and all that he has promised us. The truth is, all of his children have infinite joy ahead of them, reserved in heaven, guaranteed through-out eternity. No one can take this away from us, which is wonderful to know. While we are journeying towards heaven, our earthly path has many ups and downs. Through your down times are uncomfortable, they are not worthless. Pain and struggle can be highly productive when we trust Jesus in the midst of our sufferings. Our anguish is comparable to a woman enduring labor pains. Her suffering is very real, and she wonder how much longer she can bear this pain, and this is the way we truly feel at times. However, all this agony produces a wonderful result-a newborn baby. The memories of her suffering retreat to the background of her mind as she begins to focus on her child. While we labor through earthly afflictions we need to keep our eyes on the promised reward in Jesus, and the wonderful joy we do have in knowing him no matter what we are going thru.

Grace and Peace to you My Friends

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July 4th

July 4th.jpgEarly Christians often met violent opposition and Peter’s letter comforted and encouraged Christians who were being persecuted for their faith. In the book of 1 Peter 2:16 Peter tells us to live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil, live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers. fear God.

Today we celebrate the birthday of American our nation, a nation where we are free to live, free to work anywhere we want, come and go as we want and more important worship God the way we choose as Christians. However many men and women died to keep us free, this day means more than a cookout with family or friends, more than people getting drunk and doing something they should not do, and more important than fireworks. If you never had a chance to talk with a vet I encourage you to do so to listen to the terrible stories of what wars can do to you in a personal way. How many people reading this post can say that the know the words to our country Anthem Star Spangled Banner- written by Frances Scott Key

The words were written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key, who had been inspired by the sight of the American flag still flying over Fort McHenry after a night of heavy British bombardment. The text was immediately set to a popular melody of the time, “To Anacreon in Heaven.”

The National Anthem consists of four verses. On almost every occasion only the first verse is sung.

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,

O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?

And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Many have sung or hear these words especially during a baseball game, do you truly understand the meaning to these words. We remain free because of so many who went off to war and never came home to their families, and if some did come home they were never the same either. So I encourage you to say thank you to any vet that you see or somehow come in contact with, because without their sacrifice for our nation we would not be celebrating this July 4. Please stay safe.

Grace and Peace to you my friends

Are You Listening

1 Samuel.png Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, ” Here I am. And he ran to Eli and said, Here I am, you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call, go back and lie down,” So he went and lay down. Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, you called me.” My son, “Eli said, I did not call go back and lie down. Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord. The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, Here I am, you called me.” Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, ” Go and lie down, and if he calls you ,say, “Speak, Lord for your servant is listening.” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel!” “Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

Samuel was a child when he heard the Lord calling him. How often as Christians do we say these words to the Lord that we are listening, and are we truly listening to what he might be saying. Is that because we are over committed our own lives that we only half listen. As adults when we begin to work, we go out with friends to have a good time, because we feel we work hard we deserve to have some fun. Next we get married, and we still work and still enjoy having fun with friends and our spouse. Then we begin to have our family and we get so busy with the demands of life in general that we never truly are listening to the voice of God. How can we possible know what God’s will for our lives if we don’t stop to listen to what he is saying to us. More than ten years ago that is what I began to do to slow down, take the time to fast and seek God’s will for my own life. The first time I heard someone calling my name I look around my home and I realize that no one was home except for me. This happen twice, so then on a Sunday morning after our church’s service I ask our pastor can we talk. I began sharing what I heard, I thought he was going to tell me I was crazy, but he did not. ( I also told he I was too afraid to talk with God almighty, because I knew I was a sinner)  He ask me if I remember the story about Samuel and I did, so he told me the next time I heard that voice say Your servant is listening. Well guess what it happen again and that is what I said, your servant is listening. Thru my dreams I had seen what God was calling me to do.

I know when we all seek God and truly listening what he is saying and what he has called all of us to do in this world, we will begin to hear the voice of God. You see God has a job just for you that no one but you are able to do it, I don’t know what that is but God does. You just need to Seek and You will found your answer.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Ash Wednesday

untitled5465.pngThe season of lent will begin on Ash Wednesday March 1, 2017 and will end on Saturday April 16,2017. Ash Wednesday is an important day to us as Christians, many of us will attend some kind of service. It is in many ways a somber day, many pastors will smudge ashes on our forehead at some point of the service in a sign of the cross. These ashes that a pastor uses are the psalms from last year Psalm Sunday. They remind us of our mortality and calls us to repentance-seeking God’s forgiveness for our sin, both the things we have and also for the ones we have not done yet.

During these forty days of lent we can take a hard look at our own lives, as we draw closer to God, and his desire for our own lives. God has a plan for your life as well as my own and that no one but you or I can do. We can do different things such as forgive someone who has wrong you in someway, and believe me that is one that is so hard for any human to do. You may need to ask someone for their forgiveness if you have wrong them in anyway, and more important you need to forgive yourself of any sin that you seem to hold on to. Jesus already died on the cross for all our sins and he has forgiven you, now you must forgive yourself. Take time out to pray, pray thru out your day, pray is our conversation that we have with God everyday. Some people fast, at times a meal, some may do an entire day what ever is best for you and always check with your doctor before you begin to do any fasting. Find a way during this season to serve, in a church, your community, the possibility are endless for all. One thing that we can do is BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD  (Psalm 46:10) it is when we are quiet that we can hear what God needs to share with us, and hear his calling on own life.

Psalm 51:1-2 (NIV)

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from sin.

 

Grace and Peace to you my friends

 

The Season of Lent

Lent.pngWe are approaching the season of Lent this coming week. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and last for forty days (excepts Sundays) and it last until sundown the day before Easter Sunday.  During lent we as Christians enter into a season of preparation, self-reflection and repentance when we seek to literally “turn around” and realign our lives and focus toward God. It is a time to give up things as well as take on new life-giving practices, helping us rid of ourselves of distractions and our own selfish desires. By doing so, we seek to live and love as more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. As you made realize that Easter Sunday is always a different date each year, that is because Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the full moon in springtime that we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  It doesn’t really matter what any of us give up during the Lenten season because nothing can compare with what Jesus did by sacrificing his life for all mankind.

Joel 2:12-13                                                                                                                                                     Even now ‘declares the Lord return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.                         (NIV)

Let us all journey together during this coming season, as we seek forgiveness from God as well as wisdom and understanding of his word (the Bible)

Grace and Peace to you my friends.