Posted by: Anne | April 22, 2017

the importance of Easter

5 Reasons Why Easter Is Important to Christians

1. Jesus Restores Our Brokenness: Because of all Christ accomplished on the cross and confirmed by rising from the dead, we are not under sin’s condemnation. This means that even regrets need not be a part of your life in Christ anymore. The Savior declares those things forgiven. Jesus Christ pronounces them done, handled, gone, buried, behind us, over, finished!

2. Jesus Provides Faith to Settle Our Doubts: A lot of people struggle with doubts—and you can bring yours to Jesus. If you’re sincerely wrestling with Can I trust God? or Can I trust His Word? Is all of this real? you don’t have to be afraid. From the flaming questions of Job to the stubborn “Show me!” of Thomas, God has demonstrated an incredible capacity to deal with the doubter. In Jesus’ presence, doubts vanish.

3. Jesus Gives Peace to Replace Our Fears: Perhaps you have been dealing with a specific need. You are waiting and praying for a significant change. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ is alive! And I believe He wants to touch every need in our lives.

4. Jesus Conquers Our Struggles: Maybe there’s a particular sin that rings your phone, and every time you answer, you wonder, Will I ever get victory here? Will I ever be able to leave this addictive pattern behind? Know this: those are the exact areas Jesus wants to step into and conquer with His resurrection power!

5. Jesus Encourages when We’re Overwhelmed: Maybe you’ve been heavyhearted or overwhelmed from carrying some other weight. Jesus Christ wants not only to address but also to make you new again. With His resurrection newness, Jesus can touch any area in our lives where we have struggled. He did when He left the grave, and He’s still doing it today.

Whatever you are facing today, I’ve got breaking news: the resurrected Jesus is alive! And He is ready to make Himself known powerfully in your life—to make you forever new.

Read the full article at the source:
www.lifeway.com/Article/why-is-the-easter-story-important-to-christians

Posted by: Anne | April 15, 2017

Forever

Forever
by Kari Jobe

The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Savior of the world was fallen
His body on the cross
His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse upon Him

One final breath He gave
As Heaven looked away
The Son of God was laid in darkness
A battle in the grave
The war on death was waged
The power of hell forever broken

The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting
Our resurrected King has rendered you defeated

Forever, He is glorified
Forever, He is lifted high
Forever, He is risen
He is alive
He is alive

We Sing Hallelujah
We Sing Hallelujah
We Sing Hallelujah
The Lamb has overcome

Forever, He is glorified
Forever, He is lifted high
Forever, He is risen
He is alive
He is alive

Hear the song and see the lyrics:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6duzVn5M6E

Lyrics were found here:
www.klove.com/music/artists/kari-jobe/songs/forever-lyrics.aspx

Kari Jobe’s official website:
https://karijobe.com/

Posted by: Anne | April 8, 2017

remember His words

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words. – Luke 24:1-8

Read more:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+24&version=NIV

Posted by: Anne | April 2, 2017

nothing else will do

Have you ever thought about why the world has gone so desperately wrong? C.S. Lewis thought about this question and offers us a helpful perspective:

“…And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history—money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery—the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.

The reason why it can never succeed is this. God made us: invented us as a man invents an engine. A car is made to run on gasoline, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about religion. God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”

Read more at the source:
http://www.cslewisinstitute.org/webfm_send/156

Posted by: Anne | March 25, 2017

nothing more than feelings

I’m going through an emotional time, and I’m discovering that when my thoughts threaten to run away with me, I can help keep them in check by reminding myself that, no matter how strong and real they may seem, feelings are *not* truth.

If I need evidence, I need look no further than the way my feelings can change with lightning speed. For example, over the past year, more than once – in a particularly bad moment – I’d feel doomed, but then, the next instant I’d feel hopeful. Was I truly doomed and then, mere seconds later, suddenly fine and dandy? Of course not. Only the feelings changed.

Naturally, we will react emotionally from time to time. (Some of us more than others…) But before we expand a bad moment to live in a miserable state of overreaction, let us push past that urge and seek the bigger picture. Otherwise, we lose twice: we’re suffering, and yet, we’re doing so needlessly.

Posted by: Anne | March 18, 2017

an Irish blessing

IRISH BLESSING

May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine on your windowpane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
May life fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

Posted by: Anne | March 11, 2017

preparation, painful but necessary

“The Israelites spent 40 years on a journey that should have lasted 11 days. It wasn’t distance that stood between them and the Promised Land. It was the condition of their hearts. God’s purpose went deeper than simply transporting a huge group of people to a new land. He was preparing them to live in obedience to Him once they arrived… The journey was a painful but necessary part of their preparation.” Deuteronomy 1:1-2 (Life Application Bible)

Posted by: Anne | March 4, 2017

fasting

Pope Francis’ words:

Do you want to fast this Lent?

  • Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
  • Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
  • Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
  • Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
  • Fast from worries and trust in God.
  • Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
  • Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
  • Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy.
  • Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
  • Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
  • Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

Source:
kingscourtparish.ie/2017/02/a-thought-from-pope-francis-for-lent/

Posted by: Anne | February 25, 2017

purpose in the present

“God’s training is for now, not later. His purpose is for this very minute, not for sometime in the future. We have nothing to do with what will follow our obedience, and we are wrong to concern ourselves with it. What people call preparation, God sees as the goal itself.” ~Oswald Chambers

Read more at the source:
https://utmost.org/

Posted by: Anne | February 18, 2017

pampered, or purposed?

Many thanks to my Facebook friend, Caren, for this:

The Bible is such a wonder! You can read a passage over and over, and get something new from it every time. I was reading and studying Psalm 23, probably the most well known passage of the Bible. We all read it and see our Shepherd, how He takes care and provides for us, His sheep. But this time, I saw something totally different!

Yes, He is our Shepherd and He does take care of us as His sheep. But do we just see ourselves as pet sheep? That’s not what sheep were for in Bible times. Sheep were raised for 3 things. For wool, for food, and for sacrifice. The shepherd took care of his flock to prepare them for their purpose. Yes, the shepherd loved his sheep, he invested in his sheep, he protected his sheep and he led his sheep…for a purpose.

We are His sheep. We have a purpose. God loves us, invests in us, protects us, and leads us…for a purpose. We are not just spoiled pets. Our purpose isn’t just to be petted and pampered. We are to provide wool – taking care of needs of others. We are to provide meat – feeding the souls of others with the Word of God. We are to provide a sacrifice – living our lives for our Shepherd and others.

Are you just a pet sheep, or do you have a purpose?

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