Saturday, June 23, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 NIV
"The old is gone. The new has come" 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
Saturday, April 21, 2012
"I have been crucified with Christ and no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body I live through faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Saturday, March 3, 2012
"Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice - alive, holy, and pleasing to God - which is your reasonable service. Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God - what is good and well-pleasing and perfect." Romans 12:1-2 NET
Romans 12:9-21 MSG
- Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good.
- Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing the second fiddle
- Don't burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don't quit in hard times; pray all the harder.
- Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.
- Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath.
- Laugh with your happy friends when they are happy; share tears when they're down.
- Get along with each other; don't be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don't be the great somebody.
- Don't hit back; discover beauty in everyone.
- After you've got it in you, get along with everybody.
- Don't insist on getting even; that's not for you to do. "I'll do the judging," says God. "I'll take care of it."
- Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he's thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness.
- Don't let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
"But they are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." Romans 3:25
Saturday, February 18, 2012
"Therefore you are without excuse, whoever you are, when you judge someone else. For on whatever grounds you judge another, you condemn yourself, because you who judge practice the same things." Romans 2:1-2
Sunday, February 12, 2012
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." Genesis 1:27
"…Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and said 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and will be united with his wife, and the two will become one flesh'? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate." Matthew 19:4-6
"The glory you have me, I have given to them, that they may be one just as we are one -- I in them, you in me -- that they may be completely one, so that the world will know that you sent me, and you have loved them just as you have loved me." John 17:22-23
"Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others." Philippians 2:3-4
And God blessed them. And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth." Genesis 1:28a
Saturday, February 4, 2012
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful in teaching, rebuking, correction, and training in righteousness." 2 Timothy 3:16
"Do not let the Book of the Law depart from your mouth, meditate on it day and night, so that you will be careful to do everything in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful." Joshua 1:8
Don't let it "depart from your mouth", but keep it on your lips each day.
We are commanded to meditate and to do it. Read God's Word. As you read, listen, allowing God to speak to you through His Word.
O Word of God eternal, preserv'd through all the ages,
O gift of God supernal, with wisdom on thy pages.
O lamp of life, so radiant, shed light upon my way,
O pow'r of God, invariant, save souls today, I pray.
O book of inspiration, by the Holy Spirit sent,
God's message of salvation, for the whole wide world 'twas meant.
O word of revelation, the love of Christ revealing,
The one book of creation, no act of God concealing.
O sword of God, so piercing, that severs joints and marrow,
The love of God rehearsing, who cares e'en for a sparrow.
O wonderful discerner, of the thoughts of ev'ry heart
Oh, let me be a leaner of every sacred part.
O hammer of God, that breaks the stubborn and stony heart,
O comfort of heart that aches, with balm for every smart;
O wonderful Word of God, unerring and unfailing,
Applied to my sinful heart is sure and all availing.
Cordelia Hawkins Gatewood
Saturday, January 28, 2012
"Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and show myself to him." John 14:21 NIV
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God -- this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1 NIV"
By the mercies of God, I beseech you
Your body to Him to present,
A sacrifice, holy, acceptable,
Which will bring you heart's ease and content.
Be ye daily renew'd in your spirit
To this world be not conformed;
Thus you are proving the good will of God,
To His image being transformed.
Day by day, lay your life on the alter
In complete surrender to Him;
Let your love and your purpose ne'er falter,
Thus your living will glorify Him.
Cordelia Hawkins Gatewood
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. The old has gone. The new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
As we live in your sphere as Your new creations, we are thankful that the old has gone and the new has come. We ask that You guide and direct us as we walk as You lead us. We pray in Christ's name. amen
Saturday, January 14, 2012
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; I do not give it to you as the world does. Do not let your hearts be distressed or lacking in courage." John 14:27
"If I'm going to have the peace of God in my heart I must accept His view of my circumstances and rest in His love and power to see me through it. " Dr. Charles Stanley
In every circumstance I have learned the secret of contentment, whether I go satisfied or hungry, have plenty or nothing. I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me. Philippians 4:12-13
Thank you for the Holy Spirit who provides peace to us each day of our lives. Peace no matter our circumstances. Help us to respond to Your gift of peace in the way you intended -- through our relationship with You provided by Christ. We pray in the name of Your Son. Amen
Saturday, January 7, 2012
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
"Conviction" and "condemnation" are terms that you may have heard, but not fully understand.
In reading your bible and listening to sermons, we will frequently hear the terms that may at first seem to be very similar.
It is important to see that the two are very different.
Conviction happens in the believer's life when the Holy Spirit tells us that something that we have done or are contemplating is not in agreement with God's will for us.
For example, if we have not prepared well for a test we are to take in school, we may have considered the possibility of cheating. We know that cheating is wrong and we hear the Holy Spirit telling us so.
Maybe we have heard something about someone at work that we don't know to be true, yet we repeat it to a co-worker. Again, the Holy Spirit is there to tell us what we've just done is wrong and let's us know that we should repent and ask for forgiveness.
In these two examples, the Holy Spirit is convicting us. He is helping us to remember what is right and what is wrong.
God created us for fellowship with Himself. We were created for His pleasure.
When we choose to live apart from God, we live in sin. The result of this sin is condemnation by God.
Once we become Christians, we are no longer condemned by God for sin. That is the good news! Being born again makes us new creations in Christ. We are no longer our old self and Christ now lives his life in us and through us.
If we sin after becoming Christians we are not condemned, but through repentance, we receive forgiveness through Christ's death on the cross.
We rejoice that we are no longer living under condemnation, but are new creatures in Christ. We thank you for the Holy Spirit who convicts us of any wrong doing and for Your grace to grant us forgiveness. We pray to you in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen