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Grace Who?

March 6, 2017 — Leave a comment

               Grace is a word that gets tossed around a lot, but what does it mean?  Merriam-Webster says, “unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification.”  Well, what’s regeneration or sanctification?  Again, according to Merriam-Webster, regeneration deals with the state of growing in divine grace as a result of Christian commitment after baptism or conversion, while regeneration is spiritual renewal or revival.

Now that we have the definitions out of the way, what does Grace mean?  Clearly some people have tried to used it as a 00666 License to Sin, but as you can see, by definition it’s divine assistance to get us back on the right track.

To me, growing in grace, renewal and revival don’t sound like words associated with intentional, repetitive sin.

Now, I realize most of us, if we are honest, can remember a time when we callously did things we knew we weren’t supposed to do.  But when we repented (turned away from what we were doing), our loving father was there with His marvelous grace to lavish on us.

Don’t forget that first word…unmerited!  It means you haven’t done (and can’t do) anything to earn it, but it’s given to you anyhow!  What an awesome God we serve!

Today, if you are doing things that you know God doesn’t want you to do, stop it, and receive His grace.  It is truly AMAZING!  Gwen

Starry, Starry Night

February 6, 2017 — Leave a comment

               A while back on a news website, there was a piece on the sound a star makes.  What?!  Yep, the sound a star makes.  I clicked on the audio portion and my body was immediately covered in goose bumps from head to toe.

I don’t think it was the repetitive droning sound that had that effect on me.  I think I was overwhelmed by the fact that so very, very far away, the splendor and majesty of the Creator is on display. Just because we had not heard it until now didn’t mean that for generations unknown the star wasn’t singing its song!

The Hubble telescope brought pictures of those distant worlds to us – spectacular in ways we couldn’t imagine.  Hear the word of the Lord~

               Genesis 1:1  “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”

Genesis 1:14-18  “And God said, Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.  And it was so.  God made two great lights-the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night.  He also made the stars.  God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness.  And God saw that it was good.”

What else is there to say? Gwen~

 

Redeemed

November 17, 2016 — Leave a comment

Redeem: to buy back : repurchase . to get or win back to free from what distresses or harms, to free from captivity by payment of ransom , to extricate from or help to overcome something detrimental , to release from blame or debt : clear , to free from the consequences of sin .

“But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”(Galatians 3:13,NLT)

Praise God! ~Debra

Potential

November 15, 2016 — Leave a comment

I read a story about a great sculptor Michaelangelo.  He was moving a huge, odd shaped rock through a busy street..  “When asked what he was doing, the artist replied that he was going to release the angel within the stone.”  Before he put hammer and chisel to the rock, he could see the potential within.

God is that Artist, Sculptor, Designer who looks at you and sees more than you can possibly imagine.

He sees the gifts that he has designed within you   He knows exactly what your capable of and he knows the preparation that has taken place for you to serve in your church.

“All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.  The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, the form one body.  So it is with Christ.  For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body – whether Jew or Greeks, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.  Now the body is not made up of one part but of many.” (1 Corinthians 12:11-14, NIV)   

Each believer was created to serve the church with his God given talent.  Let’s serve together for the Kingdom. ~Debra

               Some days are just hectic days!  The grocery store where I shop is always like a zoo if you don’t get there really early, which I usually don’t.  And a trip to the mall to go with it…I’m exhausted!

The highlight of one particular day was meeting a young man who was a sales associate where my son was shopping.  His name is Evan, and you could just tell there was something different about him.  He was kind and attentive, not in a schmoozy “let me sell you something” way, but sincere and honest.

               Do you remember this verse found in Luke 6:31 that we call The Golden Rule?  It says, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”  I could see that put into practice today by this young man.

Matthew 5:16 says, “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Evan’s light shines.

I know that it’s tough living for Christ in a hostile world.  I’ve seen the persecution that often accompanies taking a stand, but I thank God for people who do…especially those who are just coming into adulthood.

They are standing at the jumping off point, and their actions early on will influence the rest of their lives.

               When you meet someone and recognize that light, thank God for it.  It’s a gift!  And, let them know that you saw their light.  Thanks, Evan!  Gwen~