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I read a story recently about a man who loved animals.  He worked from his house and his front door would not stay closed unless it was locked.  The man rarely bothered to lock it.

One day he was working and heard his front door open.  He went to see what the noise was and discovered that a neighborhood dog named Buster had pushed it open.

The man gave Buster a treat and ruffled his ears a bit.  The dog returned each day.  He would push the door open and wait for the man to come to him.  He never barged his way in or begged for his treat.  He just waited patiently until the man came to him and he always came. 

As the weeks went by Buster started bringing some of his friends with him.  Sometimes these furry friends wouldn’t go home! People would smile as they went by the man’s house.  The front door would be open and they knew that he was inside enjoying the fellowship of Buster and his friends.

This man showed love.  The ones he shared with shared and look what happened.   Unconditional Love and fellowship.  I think we all want a little be of that!  Reach out and share the love of Christ.   Someone is waiting for an invite!!  Deb~

1 John 4:7-8  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.  Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

79 Years Strong

April 25, 2014 — Leave a comment

imageToday is my father’s 79th Birthday, now that is something to celebrate!  What’s even greater, he is now a “doer of the word and not a hearer only!”

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22, NIV)

My father has always been a believer, but never felt the need to be part of a church fellowship or to make a public profession of Christ.

“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.   But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.)  Matthew 10:32-33

As I entered adulthood and had children of my own, my father begin to come to church.  He still didn’t deem it necessary to make a public profession or to be a member of our fellowship.   His relationship with God was just that…between him and God.

th (1)I know with all my heart that my father has always been a believer and that his salvation was secure, but he was missing out on so much by not being obedient to God’s word.

Aren’t we all in that same boat?  As we read God’s word we are faithful in following some of his teaching, but some of it…well, it’s a little too much to take.  We find ourselves saying, “He wants me to do what?”

Believer, take that step to not only be a” hearer of the word but a doer!  As you do, your life begins to transform in ways that are just unbelievable.

On a side note, with love and prayer from fellow believers, my father did make his profession of faith and has never looked back.  He serves God with a passion as never before.  Never, ever give up!  God has a plan! (Jeremiah 29:11)~Debra

 

Praise the Father

October 27, 2013 — Leave a comment

imageWe are missing our church fellowship this Sunday morning, my poor husband is trying to pass a kidney stone.  Ouch!

That doesn’t mean, however,  that we are missing worship.  As we read His word and listen to praise music, we feel him renewing our strength.

 

Time spent with God is never wasted! ~ Debra

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“but those who hope in The Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31, NIV)

Texas our Texas

February 13, 2013 — Leave a comment

The Lord has opened the door for me to travel to places I never thought possible.

th (3)I remember on my trip to Canada someone asking…”where are you from?” My reply, Texas!  It never occurred to me to say, America.   I’m very proud to be an American but Texas is my home.

What makes Texas my home?  Family, friends, beliefs; our way of life.  It makes me stronger just knowing where I come from.  th (4)

I’ve found it to be the same as you fellowship with a body of believers.  You can call it by many names…”Christian, Believer, Follower of Christ!”  What makes us strong?  Our Faith!

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”  Heb 11:1 (NIV)

A common believe; a strong conviction where people no longer rely on their own strength but commit to the power and guiding word of Him in whom they believe.

 th (5)“Faith comes by hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” Rom 10:17 (NIV)

“Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.  Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” (Matthew 13:1-23, NIV)

Take root! ~Debra   th (8)

 

 

 

Iron Sharpens Iron

September 17, 2012 — Leave a comment

Do you think church is important?  I can believe and serve without every darkening the doors of our local church…right?

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” Proverbs 27:17           

The idea of church fellowship is that we grow from interaction with one another.  We don’t live in a vacuum therefore change happens through a relationship with others and most importantly, Jesus Christ.

“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20, NIV)

The bottom line…we need each other, Love Heart, for accountability, growth, and encouragement! ~Debra