resurrection

Awake, Christian — see the light of coming dawn and rise up from death.

Christ didn’t leave His tomb for you to stay in yours; the stone has been rolled away and every chain is broken.

Jesus Christ has defeated death and sits in power at the right hand of God Almighty.

The same strength which raised Him to life is at work in you.

How can you rejoice on Easter morning if you haven’t been set free?

This is a truth that cannot be half-heartedly believed.  This is a truth that must be lived.

If it matters that Jesus didn’t stay dead, let it make a difference in you.

Rise up, Christian.

Resurrection is waiting.

Published in: on March 30, 2013 at 10:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Seeking God

“Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge Him.  As surely as the sun rises, He will appear; He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” –Hosea 6:3

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” –James 4:8

If you felt like God was distant in 2012…

If you’re longing to hear His voice again…

If you want to experience the adventure of a relationship with Him…

…Take these words to heart.

God is not hiding from you, beloved.  He is waiting for you.  Seek, and you will find.

Published in: on January 2, 2013 at 4:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Planted by the Water

Jeremiah 17:7-8. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.”

Let your roots reach out for the things of God! You can’t find fulfillment in this world — only in the Living Water!

“It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

Faith and fear cannot exist together; you will be full of one, or full of the other. When your roots are drawing from the Stream of Life, there’s no way you can be full of anxiety or fear. God has provided for you, so that you WILL NOT BE SHAKEN. Heat and drought may come, but YOU WILL STAND.

Hold on to that!

He is solid.

Always.

Published in: on November 27, 2012 at 12:02 am  Leave a Comment  
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Sacrificial Monday

As Americans, we think we have a lot of “rights.”

As Christians, we have none.

Instead, we are called to give up all rights, take up our cross, and live a humble and unassuming life of self-sacrifice. This can be super hard to live by on rainy Mondays when you think you have a “right” to a hot shower, or you “deserve” a raise you didn’t get, or your professor “should” have let you out early so you could get coffee between classes, and you now have a “right” to be angry. But instead, look to the example of Christ and make this a day where you lay down your rights, expect nothing, and see everything as a gift.

Luke 9:23 — “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.”

Published in: on November 26, 2012 at 8:31 am  Comments (1)  
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the answer to life, the universe, and everything

Of all the promises in the Bible, I think the one that keeps me going most often is one found in the little book of Zechariah, in the Old Testament and easy to miss amid all the “boring” reading of the minor prophets.

But it’s the answer to every question. Every complaint. Every cry.

Not by might. Not by power. By my Spirit.

When I’ve done all I can do and I’m completely exhausted. When I’ve poured myself into someone emotionally and I’m utterly spent. When I think there’s no way I can keep going.

Not by might. Not by power. By my Spirit.

When I mess up time and time again and wonder why I try.

Not by might. Not by power. By my Spirit.

When I’m hurt. When I’m tired of waiting. When I don’t understand.

Not by might. Not by power. By my Spirit.

It’s amazing. It’s unbelievable. It provides me with an intensity and a determination I could never have on my own.

Ephesians 1:19 says that the same power that raised Christ from the dead is at work in us. If we just reached out to tap into that incredible power, what could we not accomplish? Where our humanity limits us, God goes above and beyond.

When I can’t keep going, He can. When I don’t have the words, He does. On my own, I won’t get far. But if I put my hope in Him, I will “mount up on wings like eagles; I will run and not grow weary, I will walk and not faint.”

Relying on my own strength, I’ll never make it.

Relying on Him, I’ll never be overcome.

Published in: on February 19, 2012 at 10:46 pm  Comments (1)  
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In the Hands of the Potter

Romans 9:21 — “Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?”

All of us desire recognition, if not fame; we all want to feel like we are doing something impressive. But first and foremost, we are to serve.

By human standards, we feel insignificant if we lead quiet lives, but God sees it differently; He calls each of us to serve Him in a different way.  We have different roles to play in His plan, but He views each of us as vitally important in bringing His will to fulfillment.

Published in: on January 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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forgiven, not condemned.

“There is now NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus!” One of the most beautiful verses of all time.

Reminds me of another one: “Beloved, since our hearts cannot condemn us, we have confidence before God.”

My misguided heart may tell me that I am condemned, but God in His great mercy through Christ has shown me truth that overcomes feelings. I am not condemned, because He has said I am not condemned.

And that’s all I need to know.

Published in: on January 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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When the Heart Sees

It never ceases to amaze me how when you get to know a person and have a close relationship with them, it’s like you’re automatically tuned to their frequency.

They have the same hair color as everyone else, yet you can see the back of their head and recognize them instantly. A car that looks like theirs catches your eye out of hundreds. You can distinctively recognize their voice in a noisy crowd from several feet away even though you weren’t listening for it. Or you see them in the distance and instinctively know it’s them, and you aren’t even sure how you know, unless your mind subconsciously remembers how they walk or carry themselves.

But sometimes I think it’s a little more than that.

When we have that close connection with a person, some instinct teaches us to understand them on an intuitive level.

That’s why you can tell that your best friend’s fake smile is hiding tears, when everyone else is fooled.

That’s how you know what they need, how to be there for them in certain circumstances.

You just know.

Sometimes the heart recognizes what the mind cannot rationally process, because when it comes down to it, relationships are based on more than logic. They’re based on love, and who has ever been able to explain that? You can say it’s chemistry or common interest, but there’s a component that can’t be explained by science or psychology.

That’s partly what makes every relationship unique — you’re connected, somehow, by what the heart sees.

Published in: on September 12, 2011 at 9:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Tortoise and the Hare

“Slow and steady wins the race.”

Oh, how many times we’ve heard that quote. It comes, of course, from Aesop’s fable The Tortoise and the Hare, in which the the hare’s overinflated ego drives him to failure. Because he knows he is capable of winning, he doesn’t put forth the effort to win, which is obviously a stupid thing to do.

The mentality of the elite puts them at a disadvantage, because they don’t push themselves to achieve all that they could. For some reason, they are content knowing that they could do anything they wanted, without actually doing it.

Everyone loves the hares, because they’re like colorful fireworks with the potential to change the world. It’s inspiring, in a way… or you’re sure it will be, when they wake up from their nap.

But one day you notice the self-motivated tortoise that has been invisible to your starstruck eyes all along. With his careful deliberation and steady dependability, he has finished the race and accomplished more than the flighty hare ever did while waiting for his big break.

Moral of the story: potential is meaningless. Action is everything.

Published in: on September 5, 2011 at 9:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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