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Second Chances

May 21, 2016 — Leave a comment

I was watching a movie the other night about a young man who had been called into the ministry.  He ran from his calling and became a very rich investment banker.  Not a nice one I might add…

He had also left a young woman who loved him very much at the bus station expecting him to return.

Then story takes a twist…After 15 years he receives an invitation to come hear her speak at a church in a small town near by.  He decides to go.  As he’s racing down the road in flashy new sports car, it breaks down and who comes to his rescue but…an Angel.

This Angel announces that he is being given a Second Chance.  He is transported into the life he didn’t choose.  He’ married, has two girls, and is the Preacher of a small church. 

You can imagine the ciaos.  He struggles with resentment, anger, and bitterness.  After a time, He begins to see the love of those around him.  Prayers being lifted on his behalf…the love his wife and girls have for him.

One night he is called to minister to a dying man.  This man is not a believer and very old.  He shares with him the parable of the workers in the vineyard from Matthew 20:1-16.

He wanted him to realize that it’s never too late!  No matter when you decide to accept the Lord, our reward is the same, eternal salvation.

God’s mercy and grace is His to give as He sees fit.

The parable from Matthew indicates that several believers weren’t happy

Love Heart, celebrate God’s grace and mercy regardless of when a person come into His saving Grace.  It is never to late to serve and it’s never to late to accept Chris as your personal Savior.

 

CAUTION:  Scripture warns, that we have no promise of tomorrow!

Take that second chance to serve the Lord and rejoice when someone comes to serve Him, no matter how late they arrive.  ~Deb

“No one knows about that day or hours, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matthew 24:36, NIV)

 

 

 

 

 

What if…?

February 21, 2015 — Leave a comment

I work for a utility software company.  We have salesmen that have territories that they cover for sales and service.

As I was glancing over the map of each of their service areas I thought to myself; I can do that!

Of course I know nothing about software but I do know about the love of Jesus!    

“For God so love the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NIV)

What if?  I took one section of town and worked each neighborhood over a period of time.

What if?  I volunteered at a local nursing home.

What if?  I helped with a children’s ball team.

What if?  I volunteered at the Salvation Army.

What if?  I volunteered at a local school’s reading program.

What if?  We dedicated ourselves to HIS service.

What if?  Each of us took one small part of our state, city or neighborhood and shared the love of Jesus!

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.  If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.  To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4:10-11, NIV)

I believe we could cover a HUGE territory.  Don’t you?!  Pray today as to what God might have you to do.   

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the Sod and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20, NIV)

Each One…Reach One! ~Debra

 

 

Simply Extraordinary!

December 26, 2014 — Leave a comment

2015Have you been given an extraordinary life? Before you answer, don’t consider your wealth, or your status in the community, or the power you may wield at your work.

Consider, instead, your service to the King. Has He given you extraordinary ways to serve Him?

Do you teach a Sunday School class, or sing in a choir? Do you do mission work, or help feed the poor? Do you volunteer at a school or mentor those younger than you?

If you do any of these things, or countless others, chances are you’ve been given an extraordinaryJesus washing modern foot life!

As we look forward to the New Year, instead of making short-lived “resolutions,” think about ways you can live an intentional life in 2015. Then set out to make a difference in the lives of those around you.

Serve as Jesus served!  Gwen~

Like A Sore Thumb!

April 27, 2014 — Leave a comment

photoI have a friend that some people might believe sticks out like a sore thumb.  He has long white hair that he wears in a short pony tail and has a long beard to match.

His superior’s grumble about it at work and others have been known to make snide remarks.

What they fail to see is the reason behind his appearance.

“Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected  him.  The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7, NIV)

During the months of November and December, Charles is Santa’s Helper.  He is Santa personified!  He works every night and weekend bringing the joy of Christmas to hundreds of children and their families.

Some people would say this is a silly ambition, but we see Charles’s heart!  His love for the Lord overflows as he ministers to these children.

I bet that several prayers are said over these little ones as they share their dreams with this man of God.   th (2)

The next time you see someone that “sticks out like a sore thumb” remember, God uses ALL kinds of people to minister.  Those that are old, the very young, those with down syndrome, the poor, rich, deaf, crippled and even Santa Clause.

“In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purpose and some for ignoble.  If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes , made holy useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.” (2 Timothy 2:20-22, NIV)

Love Heart, take your blinders off and see the work of God! ~Debra

The picture you see above is Charles and Gwen Fischer.  My friend and Co-Founder of Love Heart Ministries is married to Santa Clause!

I Will Not Comply!

September 7, 2013 — Leave a comment

309134_327835893979693_143201604_n“Moses said to the Lord, ‘O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past or since you have spoken to your servant.  I am slow of speech and tongue’” (Exodus 4:10)

As I look as this scripture, it occurs to me that Moses is refusing the calling placed on him by our Creator.  Can you imagine?!

It also occurred to me that we do the same thing.  When was the last time you where asked to serve in some capacity and you thought of every excuse imaginable?

Are you not pursuing something because it has to be perfect?  The perfectionist is worried about what other people think while others step out in faith and obedience.

I battled with this issue this past Sunday.  I was asked to teach Sunday School.  Immediately, I started comparing myself to the current teacher.

Lord, I can’t!  Please don’t ask me! Choose someone else!   After several seconds; I took a very deep breath and accepted.

“‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 2:9, NIV)

When God calls you to serve, He will draw on whatever skills you have to complete that service.

What is God calling you to do?  Step out…He won’t let you fall!  ~Debra  th (16)

 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9, NIV)