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Are You Ashamed?

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Have you ever felt ashamed? Of anything? Then you know the awful feeling it is.  Have you ever felt that someone you love was ashamed of you?  Maybe you disappointed them in some way or was an embarrassment to them and they told you they were ashamed of you.  If so, you know the devastation it is!

Jesus said if we deny Him before men, He will deny us before the Father. Now THAT would be horrific and permanent! No one wants that (even if they don’t know it, yet).

Go back with me to when you became a believer, when you were saved.  What PEACE, what JOY, what burning desire to tell the world about your NEW LIFE!!  Remember?

How about now?  Still have the PEACE of God, the JOY of your NEW LIFE and still want to tell the world about your Saviour? Sometimes as we get further from our salvation experience our fervor fades.  Maybe we’ve gotten embarrassed or picked on or even persecuted when we talked about and faith and so now we just don’t talk about it much.

SNAP. OUT. OF. IT!  The gospel of Christ is THE power of God unto salvation!  Don’t be ashamed!  Don’t be silent!  People’s eternity are hanging in the balance!

Life is NOT about you (and me).  It’s all about Jesus Christ.  It’s about His kingdom. We must tell them!  Share the gospel.  Tell people about when you were saved AND what Christ means to you today.  Tell them how you are different.  Tell them about His PEACE and His JOY even in the midst of this life.

The gospel of Christ is THE power of God unto salvation!  Don’t be silent.

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Sewing and Serving

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Sew…what’s your hobby? I have a lot, but one of my hobbies is sewing. And I have recently been in the mood to sew, but I don’t have any particular project I’m working on.

You gotta love Pinterest and YouTube, right! While I was looking for ideas to appease my mood for sewing, I ran across port pillows.  These are small pillows that will gently cover an infusaport for patients who have those implanted in their chest.

Often times an infusaport is related to cancer treatment, but may be for other medical conditions as well.  In the basket above are 28 small heart-shaped, square or rectangular pillows that can be put on one’s chest under a seat belt in the car for pain/discomfort relief.  Small pillows like this may help offset pain after mastectomies or other chest surgeries and can be used under the arm of the affected side.

I decided to make some pillows and donate them to a local cancer center to hopefully meet a need, both physical and spiritual.  The pillow will help offset physical pain or discomfort and the gospel tract will offer hope for salvation.

Who knows, maybe someone will give their life to Jesus because they were introduced to Him while in a time of need.  At the very least, a seed has been planted!

But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.   Romans 7:6
What’s you hobby?  Is it something you can use to serve others?  I’ll just be it is!
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The Throne of Grace

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Wow!  I think this may be my new favorite verse!

You see, I am in NEED of mercy, grace and help from Christ right now as I am helping someone in need of mercy, grace and help. I don’t even know if that makes sense to anyone but me.

My mother used to tell me, “Be careful what you pray for – you just might get it!”  I’ve always thought that was a funny little saying and I have used it myself.  But for years now I have been praying for someone I love who has made some poor choices and is now reaping the consequences of those choices.

My prayer has been that God would send someone, in some way, to help this person get their life right with Him and get beyond the muck and mire they are in.  Well, it’s been six years and I am seeing Him answer that prayer!

But, as my pastor said, “Sometimes the way God chooses to answer our prayer is not how we expect.”  Sometimes God chooses to use you and those you love to be His hands and feet in the very thing you’ve been praying about!  Hence, “Be careful what you pray for – YOU just might get it!”

To clear the record – if I knew God would choose to use me and those I love to help this person find their way back to Christ and to walk the very difficult road on getting beyond the muck and mire they are in, I would still pray that prayer!

God is so merciful to us.  He lavished grace upon us.  How can we not do that for others? I have been guilty of thinking that I can serve Him by serving others and it be easy, neat and ‘clean’.  But in His mercy and grace Christ died a violent, bloody death separated from His Father (when God would not look on sin) to pay our sin debt so that we could experience God’s mercy and grace.

How naive’ I was to think you can ‘serve’ and ‘work’ for the kingdom and not get your hands ‘dirty’? Trust me, it has not been and is not easy being a “player” in the prayer I have so long prayed. But if one soul is reconciled to my God, my Savior, my LORD, Jesus Christ, IT. IS. SO. WORTH. IT!!!!

Hebrews 4-16.2

 

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By Whose Definition Will You Live?

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The Christian faith is meant to be lived out loud.  We are to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Jesus daily.  We are to go and make disciples.  There is NO such thing as a “closet Christian”.

Sometimes God’s call is tough – most of the time it’s tough.  God always seems to call us to go and do (with seasons of stay and do).  Notice that doing is constant.

Let’s look at a few examples:

  • God called Abraham to leave his country
  • God called Moses to go back to Egypt
  • God called Noah to build a boat for a flood when it had NEVER rained
  • God called Ruth to follow Naomi

John Cowling said in effect, “When you stop doing, you start doubting.”  Think about that. Isn’t it true?  When we are busy doing what God has called us to do we are confident in our calling, but when we stop we start doubting.

Don’t you know in the examples above folks told them that surely they had misunderstood God’s call.  Why He wouldn’t want you to leave, go back or build while preaching about doom. But that’s precisely what He had called them to do.

It’s hard to go against what our family or friends think, especially when God’s call seems a little “out there”.  The choice is yours.

By whose definition will you live?

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Why Worry?

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My husband used to tell me that he was going to have my “motto” framed and given to me.  What “motto” I would ask. Then he would say,

Don’t just sit there…worry!

Well, that is not a proud memory.  Because I really did worry… all the time.  “What might happen if… What could happen if… How will something work out?  Will things work out?” You get the picture!

Worry is rooted in fear.  Fear and Faith do not usually co-exist. God began to teach me that my worry was my NOT trusting Him.  OUCH!  After all, I am a Christian.  Of course, I trust Him. But did I really?

I learned that salvation faith is not an automatic daily faith.  What I mean is that I realized I trusted Jesus with my soul for eternity, but I had not trusted Him with my daily needs.  You know, “…take up your cross daily…”

Not to say that I never worry anymore, but it is NOT my motto.  I have learned that God is in control so I don’t have to be – and I’m not, even if I think I am, right? I know there are some of you that know exactly what I mean!

Not only is worry not trusting our Faithful Father, but it steals our joy from today.  Worry does not change anything AND most of what we worry about never happens.

The Cure for Anxiety ] “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? … Matthew 6:25-34
So, not to sound flippant, but – Don’t worry!
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Who Do You Serve?

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Who do you serve?

I’m reading a book by Lisa Bevere.  It’s about finding your value in God, not in your self-image.  In the book, she makes a profound statement about serving the creation rather than the Creator.

“When you serve what is lifeless, you die.”     

She talks a lot about how we get caught up in what others think of us, what we think others think of us and ultimately what we think of ourselves.  We must know and trust the TRUTH, if we are to have LIFE.  Jesus said,

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6

Even as believers we get caught up in the world’s deceit and lies.  As we learn that life is NOT about us but about Jesus, we can stop worrying with our self-image and start conforming to His image.

Do you feel the weariness and weight in life of trying to live up to what you think others expect or even what others say?  When we give up our selves and trust our Savior, there is rest.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”            Matthew 11:28

So let me ask you again, who do you serve?  If you and I are serving anything or anyone other that the LIVING GOD, we are serving an idol and it’s lifeless.  Take a personal assessment today (I have) and be sure you are serving Jesus. There is rest and freedom in Christ!

“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”

 John 8:36

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Even If by MercyMe

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They say sometimes you win some
Sometimes you lose some
And right now, right now I’m losing bad
I’ve stood on this stage night after night
Reminding the broken it’ll be alright
But right now, oh right now I just can’t
It’s easy to sing
When there’s nothing to bring me down
But what will I say
When I’m held to the flame
Like I am right now
I know You’re able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone
They say it only takes a little faith
To move a mountain
Well good thing
A little faith is all I have, right now
But God, when You choose
To leave mountains unmovable
Oh give me the strength to be able to sing
It is well with my soul
I know You’re able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone
I know the sorrow, and I know the hurt
Would all go away if You’d just say the word
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone
You’ve been faithful, You’ve been good
All of my days
Jesus, I will cling to You
Come what may
‘Cause I know You’re able
I know You can
I know You’re able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone
I know the sorrow, I know the hurt
Would all go away if You’d just say the word
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone
It is well with my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.  Daniel 3:17-18

Songwriters: Bart Marshall Millard / Benjamin Glover / Crystal Lewis / David Arthur Garcia / Tim Timmons
Even If lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Music Services, Inc