Grace Beyond Our Expectation

What is grace and how is it defined? dictionary.com defines it as -courteous will, a divinely given talent or blessing In the Bible, scriptures says:  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2: 8-9 Grace beyond expectation is that no matter what we do, God loves us and grants His grace through our Lord Jesus Christ.  This God’s way of giving us a chance with anything we go through, even though we don’t deserve it. There …

Learning To Love

  The word ‘love’ has been defined in so many ways. There is ‘first love,’ ‘puppy love,’ ‘true love,’ etc. The list goes on and on. Human love wears out, but God’s love lasts forever. For those of you who are married, or were married, know that love at first looks different from love 5 years later. Most couples will start arguing on their honeymoon night. This is actually the norm. Think about it; two people, possible complete opposite personalities, all of a sudden, living together and making decisions daily. Disagreement is normal. It’s ok to disagree. Love is a …

In God’s Eyes

We see it all the time, especially in these times. People raising other people up, maybe because of their status in the company, maybe because they have more money, etc. Whatever the case may be, know this. God loves you and accepts you as you are. I was recently upgraded on a flight I took, and not because I paid more to get the upgrade. Some call it luck, others, like me, call it God’s grace. As I was sitting in the first class area of the plane, I made an observation that concerned me. The stewardess came by to …

Keep Sight of His Goodness

Job 42: 2 – “I know you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” Encouragement to others is lacking in our society. When my kids were little, I encouraged them in everything they tried to do. What this did to their spirit and determination made me smile. Discouragement is the opposite end of that. Many are discouraged because of their circumstances and I get that. I’ve been there. Some circumstances won’t feel peaceful. But, if you know the peace maker, the comforter, you can experience peace during uncertain times. I’ve spent many sleepless nights in my …

God’s Immeasurable Love

  Psalm 103: 11-17 gives us a glimpse into the measure of God’s love for us. “God does not deal with us according to our sins; nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward them who fear Him As far as the east is from the west; so far does He remove our sins from us. As a father shows compassion to his children; so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear Him. For He knows our frame is dust, and as his days are like …

He Crowns You With Steadfast Love

Scripture: He crowns you with steadfast love and mercy. Psalm 103: 4   Many crowns are mentioned in the Bible: Crown of Righteousness for those who serve the Lord and love His appearing. 2 Timothy 4: 8 Crown of Life: for those who patiently endure trials of life. James 1: 12 Crown of Glory: for those who faithfully serve God 1 Peter 5: 24 Crown of Rejoicing: to those who win souls, 1 Thessalonians 2: 19 Incorruptible Crown: for those who live lives of discipline and self-control 2 Corinthians 9: 25-27 But what does it mean to be crowned with steadfast love and mercy? We serve …

General Order #1

      General Order #1   In the military you have your general order that takes precedent over everything else.  The General order or Oath of allegiance for the military is to support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies both foreign and domestic. No matter what your other orders are while serving this is one that every military man or woman must do. Likewise as Christians Jesus told us our General order in Matthew 22: 37-39 “…you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul …

Is God Mad at Me?

      Is God Mad at Me?   Have you ever felt like God was mad at you or that He used a tragedy in your life as a result of something you did or didn’t do? There are people who feel this way all the time and then there are those who think like this once something bad happens. I want to speak about this for a moment. God is not out to harm you. You don’t have to do anything to earn His love or acceptance. The Bible tells us in 1 Timothy 2: 3-4 “This is …

By the Way of the Cross

      Isaiah 53: 4-5,12  “Surely He took up our pain and bore our suffering…But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities…He poured out His life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors” My name you do not know.  Throughout history, I have only been known as the thief on the cross.  My name is not important.  My story is.  My life began about 2000 years ago.  I was born into a respectable Jewish family.  We attended the synagogue and celebrated …

Barabbas

Read Matthew 27: 11-23 Barabbas was filled with hatred.  He hated the Romans with a passion.  They had conquered Israel and were ruling over them with an iron fist.  He was a zealot and had joined this group of like-minded men for the sole purpose of violence and insurrection against the government.  He had killed many Romans and would kill more if he had the chance. At this moment, Barabbas stood on one side of Governor Pilate next to his judgment seat overlooking a large crowd in judgment hall.  He was not alone on the platform.  On the other side …

The Blood Sacrifice

John 1: 29  “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” The Old Testament gives vivid, detailed instructions about the offering of a sacrifice in atonement for sin.  Since Jesus was the sacrifice for your sins and mine, we do not offer blood sacrifices on this side of the cross.  And because our culture is so different from God’s people in the Old Testament, we often do not fully understand the significance of its meaning. Because sin had entered the world through Adam and Eve, man could no longer come into the presences of Holy …