Living Hope

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade--kept in heaven for you." ~1 Peter 1:3-4

Stay on Course

 Psalm 119.1

You’re blessed when you stay on course,
    walking steadily on the road revealed by God.
You’re blessed when you follow his directions,
    doing your best to find him.
That’s right—you don’t go off on your own;
    you walk straight along the road he set.
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No More Hesitation

Matthew 4.19

It seems that no matter how many times I read this passage of Scripture, it still amazes me.  There was no hesitation!  There was no questioning!  The men simply left their nets to follow Jesus.  There have been many times in my life where God has asked me to drop my nets and follow Him.  But I have to be honest, most of the time I’m not ready to drop everything.  I tend to want to figure things out and ask a lot of questions.  I want the where, when, how, and why of the situation.  I want it all.  Often, all I get is “Just come follow me!”

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Mimic the Father

Ephesians 5.1

Sunday I heard an incredible story in my Sunday School class and I want to share it with you.  It’s the perfect picture of what discipleship is!  One of the men in our class shared how he was listening to worship music with his children while driving to his parents house.  He looked in the back seat and saw his little girl praising the Lord.  She was singing the song with Daddy and worshiping the King.  As Brad shared this, tears readily flowed from his eyes.  It was such a beautiful moment to be apart of.

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Hot or Cold

Revelation 3.15

Here is just a test to see if you are lukewarm.  The Bible calls us to be hot or cold, not in between.  We must examine what our lives look like.  Are we riding the fence or going fully for the Lord?   I know some of these might be hard to swallow, but I promise that it’s a good thing to take stock of where we are in our spiritual journey!

Are you Lukewarm?

Source:  Francis Chan

1. Lukewarm people attend church fairly regularly. It is what is expected of them, what they believe “good Christians” do, so they go. Isaiah 29:13.
2. Lukewarm people give money to charity and to the church as long as it doesn’t impinge on their standard of living. If they have a little extra and it is easy and safe to give, they do so, After all, God loves a cheerful giver, right? 1 Chronicles 21:24, Luke 21:1-4.
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Heart of Readiness

1 John 2.17 horizontal

This week, I thought it would be fun to explore what the life of a disciple looks like.  How far am I willing to go for God?  How far are you willing to go?  What does discipleship look like?  The first thing I see in Scripture when it comes to discipleship is an “Immediate Response”.  There is no delay, no time to think sometimes, and no time to come up with excuses.  We simply need to be obedient when the Lord calls us.  Let’s take a look at a few examples of this…

1.  Peter & Andrew

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew.  They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.  “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”  At once they left their nets and followed him.  ~Matthew 4:18-20

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Free to Run

 

Psalm 119.32


Pressing Onward

Philippians 3.13

There was no greater victory in history, then the victory of the cross.  God triumphed over death by raising His Son to life.  Through this one act, we now can experience victory in our own lives.  Today, we have a choice…  run with victory in mind or stand defeated.  Will you chase after the victory that is yours in Jesus Christ?

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An Eternal Prize

1 cor 9.24 hor

Well, I had a great devotional ready for today.  It was a perfect outline and really flowed well.  But when I went to save it, it disappeared.  So here I am stunned!  What should I do now?  The only thing I can think of is to offer a prayer up to the Lord.  Yes, I could go back and rewrite my devotional but I think I will just write my heart to you instead.

Here is my prayer to God…

Dear Father God,

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about my spiritual race.  Where am I at in this race?  Am I running with everything I’ve got?  Is there any sin that holds me back from fully running for You?  I see that I have the ability to throw off every sin and every thing that would try so easily to entangle me (Hebrews 12:1-2).  Lord, that’s what I choose to do.  I choose to throw off every sin.  I want to rid myself of the baggage I carry.

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Celebrating God’s Faithfulness

This week, I want to talk about the spiritual race that we are in.  I want to start by celebrating the faithfulness of God.  There’s no way we can actively run in the race without first acknowledging the faithfulness of God in our lives.  Once we see all that He is for us, then we run with more determination and discipline!  I invite you to celebrate the faithfulness of God with me!

As a little girl, I was blessed to give my life to the Lord. I loved everything about God straight from the beginning. My parents often tell me stories of the people I would share Jesus with as a young girl. Honestly, that’s all I can ever remember wanting to do with my life. I want people to know about this God that I serve. This amazing God who created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). The same God who formed me in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13-16). The one who loved me before I ever knew how to love Him (1 John 4:10). The One who wrote a beautiful love letter to me (Zephaniah 3:17). The One who sent a Savior to be sacrificed for my sins (1 John 3:16). The One who made it possible for me to spend eternity in Heaven (John 3:16). Oh, how amazing this God is. The One True God. The only One who has ever loved me enough to send a sacrifice for my sins.

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Praise the Lord

Psalm 145

I will exalt you, my God and King,
    and praise your name forever and ever.
2 I will praise you every day;
    yes, I will praise you forever.
Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!
    No one can measure his greatness.


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