Jesus-My Living Hope

          Jesus – My Living Hope   1 Peter 1: 3-5 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy He has given us a 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, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” As parents we want to leave our children an …

Grow Up Spiritually

        Are You Up For Peter’s Challenges?  1. Are you ready to ‘Grow Up’ spiritually?   I Peter 2: 2-3 – “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” I love new baby Christians. I love everything about them; their endless questions as they seek to know more about Jesus, their desire to shout from the rooftops to tell everyone about Jesus but most of all I love the look on their faces.  The glow on the face …

A Solid Christian Fellowship

          Are you up for Peter’s challenges? 2. Build a Solid Christian Fellowship   I Peter 2: 4 – “You also like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” As followers of Jesus we are to set apart the moment we believe.  Peter calls us ‘living stones’.  It is the ‘living stones’ who make up the church. One of the desires that is placed within us is to be surrounded by other believers.  We have to leave our old life …

Called To Worship

          Are You Up For Peter’s Challenges?  3. We are called to worship   I Peter 2: 5 & 6 – You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  For in scripture it says:  “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” Oh, how I love to worship my Lord.  I don’t have to be inside a building to worship Him.  …

Called To Witness

      Are You Up For Peter’s Challenges? 4. We are called to witness   I Peter 2: 6-8 – For in scripture it says:  “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” Now to you who believe, this stone is precious.  But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become a cornerstone,” and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.”  They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what …

Called to Holiness

        Are You Up For Peter’s Challenges? 5. We are called to Holiness   I Peter 2: 9 – “But you are chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness in his wonderful light.”  You are a chosen people – chosen by our Holy God to be a member of His family. You have a royal priesthood.  In the Old Testament people had to sacrifice an animal and then through a priest they confessed their sins and sought forgiveness.  When …

A New Citizenship

        Are You Up For Peter’s Challenges? 6. We are called to a new citizenship   I Peter 2: 10 “Once you were not a people, but now you are a people of God, once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” This last challenge is that of our calling to citizenship. I am a citizen of the City of Hot Springs, the State of Arkansas, the nation of the United States of America, on the planet Earth, all of which I proudly claim. But this earth is not my home. When God called …

Burning Passion by Betty Lacy

I wanted to define passion before writing this article. I went straight to the good old Webster’s Dictionary where passion is defined as a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something. I thought this is right on target. Then, my eyes fell just two lines down on yet another definition that surprised me. The full definition of Passion: often capitalized; a: the sufferings of Christ between the night of the Last Supper and His death. This was not the definition about which I wanted to write. I wanted to write about my passion for women’s …

Thank You Jesus for Choosing Me

      Thank you Jesus for choosing me   Ephesians 1: 4 and 5 – “For He choose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will.” The Bible tells me in Jeremiah 29: 11 that God has a plan for me. That plan did not begin when I were conceived in my mother’s womb. His plan began before He created the world. He knew he wanted to adopt me …

Jesus Re-created My Life

      Jesus Re-created My Life We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God make Him who has no sin to be sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we became a brand new person, on the inside. We are no longer the same person because the Holy Spirit lives within us. We have been re-formed, rehabilitated and re-educated – we have been re-created with …

Thank You Jesus for the Power of the Cross

      Thank You Jesus for the power of the cross   Colossians 2: 9 and 10 – “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form and you have been given the fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.” When I stop to really think about these verses I cannot begin to derive enough adjectives to describe the feelings welling up inside of me. Just the sheer realization that the same power that is in Jesus Christ is in me makes me want to shout. Jeremy Camp’s song Same …

Jesus Brought Me From Darkness

        Jesus brought me from darkness Colossians 1: 13, 14 and 22 – “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in who we have redemption, the forgiveness of sin. But now, he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight; without blemish and free from accusation.” During a recent visit to Blanchard Springs Caverns, we took time to tour one of the caverns. Halfway through the tour we were seated in what our guide called …