Eyes on Jesus Brings Joy!

Since it’s spring break I took the afternoon off to go fishing with one of my daughters and her kiddos. It was a beautiful afternoon. We all had our fishing equipment and we tried several spots around the lake. My daughter caught a nice bass. She cast out, almost hit the walkway with the lure, jerked it into the water and boom she retrieved her prize! No one else caught a fish, nor did we even get a bite. Did the day turn sour? Did the sun quit shining? Did we run home with disappointment and agitation that she was …

The Word is Loyal

First, let me say loyal doesn’t apply to a handful of people on this planet.  Not really. And second, let me tell you I pray to be a loyal person, loyal to God first and loyal to my loved ones, friends and family. The most loyal person I’ve ever met is Jesus.  When He introduced Himself to me it was forever and He has never left me or failed me. He won’t rat me out, in fact He talks fondly to the Father about me. And He rebukes the enemy on my behalf.  He is a loyal friend who has …

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 …

No More Fog

Some friends took a trip to the mountains recently. January in Arkansas can be interesting weather to say the least. It was mid-week and winter and amazingly they were the only guests at their destination. The scenery there is absolutely breathtaking, along with the wildlife which is always on for show. The only problem was the fog. It was so foggy they could not see anything, not even out their hotel room’s window. Without the visual perceptions, they just had no idea how very beautiful the area really was. They were fogged in. Oh beloved, life can get foggy can’t …

Joyful Call to Worship

  Joyful Call to Worship       We hadn’t been in a church building in nearly a month with hospital and then rehab hospital. But we had church. Fellowship with Jesus becomes so much sweeter when He’s all you have to hold onto. Danny and I have watched more music videos from VTN and enjoyed various preachers. We also took communion together after hearing a televised pastor talk about the importance of it. Just like at our wedding it was just the two of us – only with cranberry juice and saltines. It was the most touching event I’ve …

At the Cross-God’s Plan in Action

The conference was what I wanted. The topics sounded informative, the lodging looked beautiful, and the hands-on video training was only slightly intimidating. I calculated ninety-six hours I could spend fine-tuning my speaking craft. I even planned out my free time. Between classes, I’d retreat to my room, practice my speech, and edit my novel. So, I registered and attempted to book a flight. The plane schedules were awful! Flying would take almost twice as long than if I drove. It dampened my enthusiasm. I reluctantly decided to drive. The long road trip turned out to be easy, even relaxing. …

Lord, Help Me Be A Friend…A Poem

Lord help me to be The friend that You’d have me to be, To pause, to think, to listen, Before I even speak. Help me to love more, pray more, Lend a helping hand, Encourage, lift up, And be there to understand. Use me Lord Jesus, And forgive me when I err. I want to be like You, And always be there… To be a blessing to someone today, To praise You , give You glory, And magnify Your name.   Ruth Basquez

Grow, Mature, Pass It On

  Six steps to finding God when you’re living with a crisis Step 6  Grow, Mature, Pass it On As we close out this series, I’d like to review the previous steps briefly. When we are in the midst of a time of crisis, intense grief, or a long-term trial, we may lose the sense of feeling God’s presence. Calming our mind is the first step in preparing to seek him. In Step 2, we discussed how unconfessed sin can block our sense of reciprocal communication, being heard and hearing God’s response to our prayers. It’s also important to keep …