Invite Them In

“Come to Me.” Matthew 11: 28 Jesus invited others to Himself. He said, “Come to Me.” He was offering of Himself with no expectation of anything in return. The invitation for people to come wasn’t just for the well-mannered. It wasn’t just for the cleaned up. And it wasn’t just for the intellectual. The invitation was an open for all to come. How often do we as believers narrow the invitation that Jesus gave? We may not do it on purpose, but rather subconsciously as to only invite those we feel comfortable with. We must keep in mind that Jesus …

The Gift of Giving

      “The generous will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.” Proverbs 11: 25 When we brought Lisa home, we knew that we were helping her. We also knew that as we poured out to her, God would pour into us as well. This is a Biblical principle. We don’t expect it, but we have seen it time and again from experience. We know from the verse above that as we live generously we will be made rich. We understand that this isn’t necessarily a material wealth, but rather a spiritual wealth. Generosity …

A Cup of Hope

   “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15: 13   I had a coffee mug which a dear sister had given to me some years back. The mug was blue and brown and had the word hope on it. Lisa had asked if she could use my mug the first day she arrived. I replied that of course she could. She asked if she could use the mug for the time she would be staying with us. …

Only Words

  “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18: 21 We may think that our words don’t impact others. We might think that they may not matter. We may not consider them important. But, we would be wrong. Our words impact others, they do matter, and they are important. My husband, Owen, and I sat and spoke with Lisa while she was staying with us on several different occasions about heart issues. Lisa shared with us the struggles of a being a homeless addict. Owen and I shared about God’s faithfulness to each of us. Lisa …

Hold It Lightly

    “But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Hebrews 13: 16 Does it belong to you? Or does it belong to God? This question played itself out while Lisa stayed with us. When she was released from jail, Lisa had nothing but a clear plastic bag filled with a few personal items and a Bible. She asked if we could stop at a friend’s house to pick up another bag she was keeping there. We did. Lisa walked away with two half-filled garbage bags of clothing and papers. …

Put a Happy Face On It

      “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8: 28 One afternoon found me, Lisa, and my 2 girls heading to an appointment. As we rode along we chatted. Lisa asked a question, “What do you do with the bad things that come up in life? How do you handle those things?” I remained quiet for a moment and then deferred the question to my 11 year old girl. “What do you think honey?” She was silent for a time …

Fred Teague

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