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The Battle is Real

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We see her at church or work or down our street and she is nicely dressed, clean and smiling as we talk.  But let us not forget that the battle is real.

What we don’t know is that she’s been under attack.  Maybe it was a terminal diagnosis of her loved one or maybe she just found out that her child was hurt by someone she trusted or she lost her job this week.  What we don’t know is that it’s not been just one of these, but a series of things that now have her bloodied and bruised.

We see her at the market and she hurls painful words at those around her.  She is mean and hateful.  We, too, want to lash out at her, or someone, when she said spiteful things to us! But let us not forget that the battle is real.

What we don’t know is that she’s been under attack.  Maybe everyday she’s told by her husband that she is not good enough and never will be, or she found herself in a compromising position and she compromised or she was betrayed by someone she never thought would betray her.  What we don’t know is that it’s not been just one of these, but a series of things that now have her bloodied and bruised.

The battle is real – but the battle is not with them.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12

Therefore, let us take up the whole armor of God:

  • the belt of truth
  • the breastplate of righteousness
  • the gospel of peace
  • the shield of faith 
  • the helmet of salvation
  • the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,

Let us pray at all times in the Spirit, to keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.   (Ephesians 6:13-18 paraphrased)

Don’t leave her to stand alone.  The Battle is Real.

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Right All Along

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The older I get, the more I agree with this clip I saw on Facebook.  For the record, “OMG” in my book means “Oh My Goodness”.  Just needed to clear that up.

Isn’t it ironic how, even though our parents lived in a different era, they were right about most everything? Our pastor recently said that his mother told him growing up that people don’t change.  So true.  Even Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, said there is nothing new under the sun.

When my Mom would say, “Birds of a feather flock together.” She was right.  When she would say, “No, not everyone is doing it – because you’re not.”  She was right. God always has a remnant and I want to be counted in that, don’t you?  When she said someone was being mean because they were jealous, she was right.  We know the list could go on from here but I’ll not bore you with more. We get the point.

I can’t count the times I wish I could tell my parents, “Oh My Goodness, you were right!” I can recall many times that my parents would let me make my own mistakes.  Sometimes I would come to them and say, “Why didn’t you tell me?”  One time in particular my Mom just shook her head and said, “You wouldn’t have listened…”  I’m the last of seven children.  I got the impression she knew from experience that I probably wouldn’t have listened.

My Dad’s famous answer to “Why didn’t you tell me?” was “There’s no experience like bought experience.”  Oh, if I had a dime for all the ‘bought’ lessons…

While I would have to say that my parents were right about most everything, I must tell you that Jesus IS right about EVERYTHING.  So when He says not to do something, it’s for our good that we DON’T do it.  When He says to DO something, it’s for our good that we DO it.

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. I John 5:3

Do you ever feel like His commandments are burdensome?  I have.  But when I understand that His commands are for my good and His glory, the burden is lifted. When I am obedient to His will, His commands are not heavy.  When I trust that Jesus is ALWAYS RIGHT and I adjust to His Will, I don’t have to ask, “Why didn’t You tell me?” After all, He did tell us…

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The POWER of Easter

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For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:6-8 NASB

Easter.  What a glorious celebration!  Jesus FINISHED everything God required for our salvation.  He conquered Death, Hell and the Grave.  He paid a debt He did not owe.  THE debt we could NEVER pay.  Why? “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  2 Corinthians 5:21.

This POWER can do anything – everything!  This Jesus paid your price and mine to redeem us from sin, from the penalty of eternal hell, for new and abundant life in Him NOW!  Just say “Yes” to Jesus.  Admit you’re a sinner and confess your sins as you agree with God.  Ask Him (Jesus) to come in to your heart and save you.  Commit to follow Him all the days of your life.

that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:9-10; 13(NASB)

 Get a Holy Bible and read the book of John, then all four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) to get to know our Saviour!  Find a Bible believing Church to join and be baptized showing the world that you have died to yourself and have been raised to new life in Jesus Christ.

Experience the PEACE OF GOD that only Jesus can bring!

He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Matthew 28:6

Hallelujah, Easter!  Hallelujah!

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Sometimes We Just Need a Hand

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Remember as a child when you just needed your parent’s hand to not be afraid?  I do.  In first grade, I was terrified of my French teacher.  He was huge (to me).  He had a deep resonating voice.  Well, he was just plain scary to me.  After a couple of horrific days of French class, my mom had to go to school with me. After she sat in class and made me participate in French with this giant man, I wasn’t afraid anymore.  It’s so funny now because after her coming to school and holding my hand through that class, I loved French!

I can’t remember much French all these years later, but I remember needing someone to hold my hand.  And her doing that was a game-changer for me.  She gave me strength – hers- that helped me get through something frightening to me.

Jesus is just like that.  He gives us strength – His – so we can get through life.  Times when we are frightened and times when we think we can’t go any more His strength will sustain us.

He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power.           Isaiah 40:29

I’m so thankful that my LORD and Savior does that for me!  I honestly don’t know how folks without Him make it.  If you are a follower of Christ and find that you could really use a hand, reach out to Jesus.  He is holding you already.

If you don’t know this Jesus that I talk about, He’s the Creator of the universe.  He’s the only God and He is reaching out to you – just say “yes” to Him and He will take your hand now and for all eternity.

Blessings, Wendy

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Church – more than a building

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I recently read the book, Everyday Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. They remind us that we are called to live out our faith everyday just like the early believers in 1 Peter. Ever since Jesus walked the earth, believers have been pushed to the margins of society.

The early church faced daunting persecution, as believers all over the world are facing today; and yet, they lived out their faith everyday. Near the end of the book, the authors ask and answer questions as to whether or not we have what it takes to live as God’s people.  Yes, we do.  Through our faith in Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit, we have what it takes.

“Do we have the imagination to be what we can and should be as the people of God? Do we have the desire to be the people of God together on mission? Can we move beyond church as a weekly service and become a community that shares life and mission? Can we be a people for whom church and mission are our identity rather than occasional events? God gave His Son and sends His Spirit so we can be His people and live as His people.” (Everyday Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis)

In a post-Christian society, people do not come to our church events all that much just because we ask them.  No longer does the Bible carry weight for society as the moral, ethical and evangelical standard of authority.  Times have changed. And so must we.  No, the gospel message will never change, but we can no longer passively invite people to come to church and expect to see souls saved.  We MUST LIVE IT.  Loving people, helping people, encouraging people and telling people the GOOD NEWS of CHRIST everyday.

Yes, we still need church meetings to strengthen and encourage believers so we can serve and share everyday.  It needs to be part of our fuel but service is outside the walls of the church building.  WE are the CHURCH and WE must be telling the world about Jesus or how will they come to know Him?

America has been blessed for so many years because our founding fathers built our country on Christianity.  However, America has changed and is changing.  Do you find yourself more and more on the margins of society?

The authors remind us that from the time Jesus walked on the earth, Christians have been pushed to the margins of society – persecuted for the faith.  And, they remind us that it is during those times that the gospel is spread the most.

“But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;” 1 Peter 3:15

Believer, you are here now for this time in history. Are you ready?

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Set My Soul on Fire, Lord

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What sets your soul on fire?  What are you passionate about?  What do you long to be passionate about?

We all pursue something.  Jesus said the greatest commandment is to …”love the Lord your God with all you heart, soul, mind and strength”.  Now that’s a great pursuit.

Scripture also teaches us to ask and we will receive.  I’m pretty sure if we ask God to kindle a flame in our heart for Him, His people and the lost, He will do just that!

We used to sing a song in Church titled “Set My Soul on Fire”.  It talks about asking God to burn His Word deep within me. Isn’t that what we are to do? Don’t you know that what is in the heart comes out?

We should be fearless in the pursuit of what sets our soul on fire – Jesus!  If we fearlessly pursue Him we will love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength AND we will love others.  We will express that love by sharing our faith with those who don’t know our Lord and we will encourage those who do.

Join me in fearlessly pursuing Jesus!  We only have one life so live that life of purpose.  Choose this day Whom you will serve.

Be fearless!

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Let’s Make 2017 Even Better

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Well it’s January 6, 2017. Can you believe it? I’ve heard so many people say they are so glad 2016 is over. Done. Finished! I can understand that if 2016 was a hard year for you.  I’ve certainly had them. But what if 2016 was great?  Are you going to make 2017 even better?

My pastor always says that we should ask Christ to “Make it Count” rather than make it better. (For the record, I think he’s right.) If we are going to truly mean it when we ask God to ‘Make it Count’, then shouldn’t we be intentional about our relationship with Him?

Jesus said the greatest commandment is, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all you soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)

Our relationship with Christ is first!  It must be on fire if the love of God is going to pass through us onto those we meet. But how can we love God more?  We spend time with Him – alone – everyday.  We read His love letter to us – that’s the Bible. We memorized scripture so we can recall it in hard times.  We listen to His ‘still small’ voice and we obey it – immediately. Everyday we should be getting to know Him more intimately than the day before.

I’ve been married over 31 years. (I know that’s hard to believe, but he robbed the cradle! Anyway, I digress.) Let me tell you that when we got married, I was IN LOVE with that man. All these years later I LOVE him even more!  I know him better.  We’ve been through good and bad times together.  The longer we’re married, the more alike we become – well, I’ll use that loosely…

Jesus compared His relationship with His followers to the relationship of marriage.  He is the groom and we are the bride.  When I gave me heart to Jesus at salvation, I loved Him so much for saving me. I’ve been saved (His bride) now for 37 years.  I know Him better now than back then.  He has been with me – never leaving me – through good and bad times. The longer I belong to Him the more I (hopefully) am becoming like Him.

This year, I’m going to live on purpose.  I want everything I do and say and become to COUNT for the kingdom of God.

Won’t you join me? Let’s make 2017 even better than any year before…let’s make it count for the Kingdom of Christ!