Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sunday's Thought

A few weeks ago, I spent a week at Myrtle Beach. A nice trip and good to visit the beach again.  Seemed like an eternity since I'd been to the ocean and seen it's incredible beauty.  

One morning my buddy and I took a long walk down the beach and back, probably close to walking a mile. A few areas along the beach where the tide comes in became a bit difficult to walk through but my stubborn determination was going to enjoy it. Which I did.

However, about the time the walking became difficult, my friend put his arm out for me to grab and prevent falling.  Not a bit unusual for my friend to show polite kindness.  I didn't have to ask or tell him what I needed or might need.  He did his thing and we went on.  As we walked he pointed out many places coming up which might be a problem or a challenge.

As we walked, I couldn't help but realize this is how our relationship with God is.  While life may take us through difficult walking or loss of loved ones or many other tragedies, God is there to reach His Arm to help us through these events.  He will reach down when we least expect it too.  He will see us through the issues.

However, God wants you to ask Him into your life and develop a relationship with Him.  He doesn't butt into life and take control nor is He an "on demand" button pushed when wanted or coming into your life to take help when He's needed.  He wants to be part of your life, like my friend is part of mine, and to be there for you beyond your comprehension.

While this doesn't prevent you from going through life's challenges, and you might even go through more or hard events, God will be there with you which will make it incredibly easier, beyond your imagination, to get through.

Becoming a Christian following Christ is as simple as stated in Romans 10:9:

(C) Allen Pearson
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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday's Thought

"Billy Graham preaches at a Youth for Christ rally in the mid-1940s. He became well-known for the intense, passionate way that he delivered the Word of God." Used by Permission, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Are You Afraid You've Failed?
by Billy Graham

You may be headed in the wrong direction. I am asking you to come God’s way.
You say, “I am afraid that I have already failed.” All right, let me tell you what to do. Ask God to forgive you. He will. When the woman taken in adultery was dragged before Jesus, He did not condemn her. He gave her a hope that she could face tomorrow without sin. He said, “Go and sin no more” (John 8:11, NKJV).

Christ will forgive all the past. That is why He died on the cross. When those nails went into His hands, it was for you. He took the judgment, the hell, the death, the suffering that you and I deserve because of sin.

Ask God today to cleanse and forgive and change you, and give you the capacity to say “No” and to live a pure, wholesome life—the kind of life God meant for you. If you wait, your heart will harden. God is speaking to you. Come to Him now.

(Adapted from “The Days of Youth” by Billy Graham)

Prayer
In so many ways, I have failed to live a life that honors You. Please forgive me and help me unswervingly trust in Your love, grace and mercy going forward. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday's Thought

"Wildflowers in the Garden"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved
What If You’re Wrong?

For whosoever shall call upon 
the name of the Lord shall be saved.
 - Romans 10:13

Some of you are wondering whether or not you ought to give your heart to Jesus Christ. You may ask, “What if Adrian Rogers is not right? What if the Gospel is not true?” Let's suppose that what I believe is wrong—that the Bible is a bundle of blunders. Let's suppose there is no God and that Christ never died for our sins. Well, you're going to die anyway. So you're no worse off. But suppose I'm right and you're wrong. By coming to Jesus, you've got everything to gain and nothing to lose.

Now, it takes more than that kind of rationality to come to the Lord, but you need to do a little spiritual calculation. The Holy Spirit will prove to you that what I say is true.

Interested in learning more about Salvation and God's Love for you? Please visit Love Worth Finding, Assurance of Salvation.

For more from Love Worth Finding and Pastor Adrian Rogers, please visit www.lwf.org.

Devotion Used by permission of Love Worth Finding.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wednesday's Words

"Purple Cone Shadows at Dusk"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

"Blessed are ye,
when men shall hate you. 
and when they separate you from their company,
and shall reproach you,
and cast out your name as evil,
for the Son of man's sake."

 - Luke 6:22

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday's Thought

(C) Allen Pearson
We are not saved by good works or by being good boys and girls or men and women but by faith in Jesus Christ.  Accepting Christ as our Savior.  Simple as that.

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July - Independence Day!

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Have a happy, 
blessed, and safe July 4th!

Remember to take care of your pets- they need special attention during this festive celebration.  Visit from The Dog's Paw to get Noah's take on the day!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Sunday's Thought

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The 4th of July, or Independence Day, brings back a flood of memories every year. Some sad, some fun, some happy, all of which can make you tear up with emotion, smile or in some cases, be a little sad.  

When I was growing up, I spent the 4th of July at my grandmother's house.  We usually went to my grandmothers house a few days ahead and enjoyed time with her and grandfather.

The 4th of July was spent at the annual family reunion.  My grandmother's sister would host the event at her house on top of a mountain. I wasn't much on the social aspect, but I liked the food and playing on the trail and the side of the mountain.  We always saw family we hadn't heard from all year and my parents would have fun talking the day away.  Fireworks ended the day.  As we got older, we'd go into town and see them.

Whenever we went to my grandmother's house, we would go to church, meet her church friends and would always see her reading her Bible every morning. There was never a doubt about my grandmother's belief in God.  She always shared her beliefs.  She was a Sunday School Teacher and an ordained Minister.

As I grew older, married, over the years the July 4th took on another meaning. After a battle with cancer, my mother-in-law passed away the day after the Fourth. Like my grandmother, she was a strong woman of faith.

My mother-in-law never failed to share her faith and to stand up for what she believed.  She never wavered.  She always shared in loving ways to people she met.

To this day, I believe her faith is what kept her in happy and cheerful spirits during her battle with cancer.  She was always positive, loving and happy.

When you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, your life will not be perfectly, awesomely happy in the sense that many people think.  However, you will have an unexplainable joy, peace and comfort within yourself.  A remarkable experience to say the least.

To learn more about God's Plan of Salvation, please visit Peace With God!

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