Contributed on Dec 18, 2013
Mary was willing to humble herself, accept the change of her circumstances, accept the shame and gossip and disdain she would face. In your life God wants to do something impossible for you, but possible for Him.
The Riddle I was at a Christmas party many years ago. A pastor and author was there who liked to play games with riddles. He had a good one which stumped everyone at the party. “what’s bigger than the universe . . . dead men eat it . . . if living men eat it they ...read more
Contributed on Mar 1, 2014
It is in our weakness God's strength shines through. Only in humility we see our prayers answered.
The Prayer of the Sinner or the Prayer of the (self)-Righteous Video: I’m Perfect (sermoncentral.com) A logician saves the life of a space alien. The alien is very grateful and, since she has knowledge of the whole universe, offers the following reward: she offers to answer any question ...read more
Contributed on Mar 29, 2014
Prayer keeps us focused on our Calling Prayer can be painful Prayer delivers us from temptation Prayer enables us to face our lives with courage Prayer opens our eyes to spiritual realities
March 30 Luke 22:39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 ...read more
Contributed on Mar 22, 2014
Peter denied Jesus three times in one night Yet Jesus prayed for him. What about you? What is your big failure? Do you feel like it is the end? IT IS NOT. For God our ends are His beginning. Jesus is praying for us.
Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned, strengthen your brethren.” 33 But he said to Him, “Lord, I am ready to go ...read more
Contributed on Mar 15, 2014
Recognize the signs, rather than being caught in the Worldview of the day. Pray Always, rather than allowing addictions to dominate your consciousness. Stand before the Son of Man, rather than falling into the traps of the devil. Watch, Pray always, Stand
Luke 21:34 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that ...read more
Contributed on Dec 29, 2013
God calls us, as He called John the Baptist, to Prepare the Way of the Lord Proclaim His salvation and Shine with the love and grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ
This morning I’d like to give a post script to the year. When you write a letter and you have one more thing to say you write ps. That means post script, or after the letter. If you then think of just one more thing you want to say you’ll write pps. Or post-post script, after the ...read more
Contributed on Dec 31, 2013
a meditation on the Audience, Message, and Response to the angels' proclamation of the birth of Jesus. The meaning of glory-and Jesus ethical teachings compressed into "peace on earth goodwill toward men".
Luke 2:28 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news ...read more
Contributed on Jan 4, 2014
Lessons from Simeon and Anna: Wait Patiently for God’s Will (Don’t Waste away) Worship (Don’t Wallow) In this way your life will be Fruitful, even when you are old
Luke 2: 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by ...read more
Contributed on Jan 11, 2014
Prayer should follow Jesus' example. Prayer is dying (drowning ourselves completely in the waters of baptism) Prayer is receiving (submitting whole-heartedly to the guidance of the Holy Spirit) Prayer is listening (listening quietly to the Voice of God
January 12 321 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form liker is dying (drowning ourselves completely in the waters of baptism) Prayer is receiving (submitting whole-heartedly ...read more
Contributed on Feb 1, 2014
Jesus knew His identity, and gained strength to take the cross through prayer. Through this He was glorified. We will only see the glory of God if we will also take up the cross and embrace God's will for our lives, finding our identity in Him.
918 And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 19 So they answered and said, “John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again.” 20 He said to them, ...read more
Contributed on Feb 22, 2014
Jesus tells us to pray and not give up-He already taught the content of prayer-Persistence in the Lord's Prayer is required if we are to see God work.
Luke 18 Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, 2 saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. 3 Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my ...read more