I Am a Temple of the Lord

I Am a Temple of the Lord

    I am a temple of the Lord     1 Corinthians 3: 16 – “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you…..for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.”   When I stop to think “I am a temple of the Lord” I always stand in awe and almost unbelief that the Lord trusts me with his Holy Spirit and that spirit is within me. One of my fellow writers at My Journey of Faith, Doris Lisemby, sent me an encouragement email last year. I will never forget …

I Am Part of the Body of Christ

I Am Part of the Body of Christ

      I Am a Part of the Body of Christ   1 Corinthians 12:  27 – 31 – “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having the gift of healing, others, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have the gift …

Running to His Arms

Running to His Arms

Galatians 2: 2 – I went in response to a revelation and set before them the gospel that I preached among the Gentiles. But I did this privately to those who seemed to be leaders; for fear that I was running or had run my race in vain.” (NIV)   One of the greatest joys of being the parent of a child comes at the end of the day when you walk into the rooms and you hear “mommy” or “daddy” and that bundle of endless energy comes running toward you with a smile on their face and arms wide …

The Empty Tomb

The Empty Tomb

Matthew 28: 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay.         Imagine with me if you will. In the tomb so quiet and still, The body of my Savior lay Dead and cold and sullen gray Man had crucified God’s precious Son. Beaten-scourged this very one, Who came to save the soul of man. Now sacrificed by God’s own plan. The wrath of God that day was stilled. Jesus sinless blood was spilled. The penalty for my sin was paid. Now in the tomb His …

The Aroma of Christ

The Aroma of Christ

2 Corinthians 2: 14-16 “But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of Him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life…” I am told by someone who has raised sheep that when a lamb is born, the fragrance of birth gives off a sweet aroma unlike any other animal birth.  …

The Voice of the Shepherd

The Voice of the Shepherd

John 10: 4 “When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.”    Jesus used sheep as illustrations to teach many lessons in the New Testament.  Because of the culture of the day, the people of Israel would have caught the lessons immediately.  I, on the other hand, have never been around sheep to learn their characteristics, so what I know of them is not through experience but through reading, studying or listening to teaching about the subject. Recently, during a Bible Study by Anne …

The Lamb Was Silent

The Lamb Was Silent

I watched in amazement at how still the sheep had become during a shearing demonstration in Australia.  The sheep sat silent and still as the owner of the ranch talked about sheep and the shearing process. He continued to talk for several minutes explaining what was about to happen as the wool was removed from the sheep.  The animal at his feet did not make a single movement or a single sound. Then in the shearing area, an experienced shearer very carefully and deliberately began removing the wool from the silent sheep. As the shearing proceeded, the sheep made not a sound and …

The Precious Lamb of God

The Precious Lamb of God

John 1: 29 “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!” The Old Testament gives vivid detailed instructions about the offering of a sacrifice in atonement for sin.  Since Jesus was our sacrifice for sin, we do not offer blood sacrifices on this side of the cross and because our culture is so different, we often do not fully understand the significance of the meaning of a sacrifice for sins. Because sin had entered the world through Adam and Eve, God’s plan provided a way for man to come back into the presence of Holy …

All We Like Sheep

All We Like Sheep

Isaiah 53: 6 “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.’   I am admittedly a “city girl”.  I was not raised on a farm and I know little of farm animals of any kind.  I know even less about sheep but since the Bible says so much about these animals, my curiosity peaked. I turned to one of my sources of information, my old friend “Google”.  There I found page after page of things to know about sheep.  The …

The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

John 10: 11-16 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.  “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life …

Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights

John 8: 12  “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” God never misses a single detail, especially when it concerns Jesus, the Son of God.  In the book of John, Jesus makes several statements proclaiming His Deity.  He said He was God in the flesh.  He reinforces these statements by using the words “I AM”. By Jewish culture and tradition, the words “I AM” was God’s name.  Moses learned the answer to his question when he …

The Coming Messiah

The Coming Messiah

Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus the promised Messiah.  We often get so busy “doing” Christmas that we forget its real purpose and the very reason for the season.  It is not about Christmas trees or buying presents or receiving them.  For Christians, Christmas should be focused on the birth of Jesus.  It should be a joyful expression of what we believe. So what is it that we believe?  Do Christians think more about the commercial aspects of the Christmas season or do we know what, why and in whom we belief?  We don’t really know the …