It is once again the beginning of a new year. We have been blessed to live another day and to see the beginning of 2019. It is a good time to reflect on our lives and to take stock of our lives as we strive to live them for the Lord. What have we accomplished thus far in our lives and what do we hope to accomplish in the time that we have left? Are we thankful for what we have and are our hearts and minds open and giving toward our God and toward others? Are we living as we should or are there changes we should make to improve our service to God?
In our lives we will always experience good times and bad times. The song says that “I never promised you a rose garden.” Well God has never promised the faithful that their lives would always be perfect either. We will have times of happiness and times of sadness as we strive to live the Christian life. If we put our faith in God and His son, Jesus, we can live at least a balanced life that will see us through the good days and the bad days. The important thing is to take each day as it comes and live for the Father and the Son to the best of our ability each and every day.
James wrote in James 1:2 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,” Continue reading
The Apostle Paul suffered many things in his quest to get the gospel out to the whole world. 2 Cor. 11:24-28 says:
“Five times from the Jews I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked. I have spent a night and a day in the deep. I have been in travels often; in dangers from waters; in dangers from robbers; in dangers from my race; in dangers from the heathen; in dangers in the city; in dangers in the wilderness; in dangers on the sea; in dangers among false brothers. I have been in hardship and toil; often in watchings; in hunger and thirst; often in fastings; in cold and nakedness; besides the things outside conspiring against me daily, the care of all the churches.” Continue reading
2 Corinthians 13:5,6 says:
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith.
Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus
Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.
But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.
Often we take the first part of this passage and teach that we as Christians should always examine ourselves to see that we are in or that we remain in the faith and do not waver or wander off the path into the ways of the world. Continue reading
What makes us the way we are quite often as Christians. We seem to want to drift through life as if there is no God and to kind of rock along, drifting as it were, while neglecting, if not outright forsaking the things of God that we should be doing. It has been over 5 months since I posted in this blog because I have been guilty of drifting into this pattern myself. It is time I snap out of it and begin to reach out to others again with the things I have learned and will learn about the great God that we worship and serve. I will attempt to get back to it and post regularly again. After all, if we don’t do some work for God in our daily lives then the work will not get done at all. Continue reading