Contributed on Nov 8, 2015
We're secure; we didn't earn Heaven--Jesus earned it for us--so we won't lose out. We're guaranteed Heaven--not based on what we've done--but based on what Jesus accomplished for us on the cross.
How secure do you feel? The story is told of a monastery in Portugal, perched high atop a 3,000 foot cliff and accessible only by a terrifying ride in a swaying basket. The basket is pulled up with a single rope by several strong men, perspiring under the strain. One American tourist who visited ...read more
Contributed on Sep 27, 2015
God blesses us and causes us to be a blessing to others. We need to learn what it means to bless, and to let people know we are blessed.
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” In Fiddler on the Roof, a man from the Jewish village of Anatevka asks the Rabbi, “Is there a blessing for the Czar?” The ...read more
Contributed on Oct 4, 2015
-The Father looks at us and says: “I will never leave you; I created you and I love you!” -The Son looks at us and says: “I will never leave you; I died for you!” -The Holy Spirit looks at us and says: “I will never leave you; I dwell within you!”
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” Sometimes blessings are risky. A California public school student was suspended for saying “God bless you,” when another student sneezed; and a Kentucky ...read more
Contributed on Oct 11, 2015
Paul wanted to encourage church leaders to continue serving faithfully after he's gone. We who lead live out what we've learned. As witnesses to the truth, we apply the wisdom we've acquired through experience and by time spent in prayer.
As General George Patton was preparing for combat operations in North Africa during WWII, he called on his aging mentor, General John J. Pershing, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Patton thanked Pershing for giving him his start as a Company Commander. Pershing said, “I can always pick a ...read more
Contributed on Oct 25, 2015
God does help those who can’t help themselves! We’re disabled by sin, yet God still loves us too much to leave us in the mess we’re in. Admitting our powerlessness is the first step on the road to recovery and to receiving power from Above.
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to the power that is at work within us. To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations; for ever and ever! Amen.” On July 13th 1977, I was having dinner in Little ...read more
Contributed on Nov 1, 2015
Holiness is part of a process whereby God makes us more like Christ. It isn't just what we do in church on Sunday that marks us as holy; it is being faithful during the week, before the watching world...letting our light shine.
In a speech to the nation in 1863, Abraham Lincoln said this... “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have ...read more
Contributed on Nov 15, 2015
We bless because we love. True love isn't mere emotion or attraction; it is a fruit of the Spirit, produced by God, with tangible results.
“Peace to you, brothers, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.” When I was stationed in Korea, long before email and Skype, I used the MARS, or Military Amateur Radio System, to call home. ...read more
Contributed on Nov 22, 2015
In Christ we have a living hope that lifts us from fear and despair. We also have unity, which is not uniformity but a celebration of diversity. We are truly blessed.
Bible Blessings – the Blessings of Unity & Hope, Romans 15:5-13 -Pastor Bob Leroe, Cliftondale Congregational Church, Saugus, Massachusetts (22 November 2015) With Thanksgiving approaching, we have lots of blessings to be thankful for. We've seen in this series that the Bible is a ...read more