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Four questions you ought to ask yourself

  I like sharing my notes from sermons that speak to my spirit. Pastor Ed Young, Winning Walk , always preaches without sugarcoating God’s word.   God's word provides answers when we check it. We should all ask these questions anytime we need to make a decision. Is this beneficial? Is this addictive? 1 Corinthians 6:12 TLB I can do anything I want to if Christ has not said no,[a] but some of these things aren’t good for me. Even if I am allowed to do them, I’ll refuse to if I think they might get such a grip on me that I can’t easily stop when I want to. Does it hurt others? 1 Corinthians 8:13 NCV So if the food I eat causes them to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again so that I will not cause any of them to sin. Does it give glory to God? 1 Corinthians 10:31 NCV The answer is, if you eat or drink, or if you do anything, do it all for the glory of God.

Goodness matters to our good God -

Psalm 31:19 How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world. When did we stop being just plain good to each other? When did we decide manners, common sense and courtesy no longer matter? These are questions I've been asking myself especially after reading a blog post in Church and Culture by James Emery White on how Christians have missed the opportunity to rise above the moral, social and political upheavals in this generation.  We, who know Christ, and who are called His Body, have reacted without unity and Christ-likeness in this environment of meanness. But the thing is if you are a Christian, you probably don’t think this post is about you. But it is. We must all take responsibility.   You, who rants about those who don't belong to your  political party; you, who casts the first stone when someone sins differently than you d

Deepening your relationship with God - Luke 24:45

Luke 24:45  Then Jesus opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. Before God allowed me to know his presence in a big way, I had a really hard time reading the Bible. It just  didn't  make sense to me. And, it won’t make sense to you unless you know God. Once we have a deep relationship with the Lord, the Good Book comes alive. But it requires patience and diligence on our part.  The words of the Bible  didn't  start jumping out at me automatically. It took a disciplined effort on my part to understand the heart of God and get to know Him before the book opened up for me. I searched the popular Bible stories. I started with the Gospel of John. I read the ‘how to read the Bible’ books and I did everything I knew to do…but it  didn't  open up overnight. I attended many Bible studies and that  didn't  really help. I listened to sermons; talked to people…I did all the ‘right’ things.   It was only when God opened my eyes to read His w

Be glad in the Lord – Philippians 3

Be glad and pleased that you know the Lord. Think delightful thoughts of the Lord when you awaken and throughout your day; see how that changes your outlook. When you are least encouraged, try encouraging others. Phil 3:1 Whatever happens, dear friends, be glad in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you this, and it is good for you to hear it again and again. Remember that you don't have exclusive rights to misery. Life may be hard on your court right now, but praise the Lord and things change. Share God's love again and again. You never know when someone needs encouragement. It’s all about worshiping with our spirits. Ignore the trappings and entanglements of established churchianity. Phil 3:2 Watch out for those wicked men—dangerous dogs, I call them—who say you must be circumcised to be saved. 3 For it  isn't  the cutting of our bodies that makes us children of God; it is worshiping him with our spirits. Trust and hope in the Lord alone. Phil 3:7 B

Twelve Gifts from God | Significance

Significance  Matthew 18:12-14 -The Voice A shepherd in charge of 100 sheep notices that one of his sheep has gone astray. What do you think he should do? Should the shepherd leave the flock on the hills unguarded to search for the lost sheep? God’s shepherd goes to look for that one lost sheep, 13 and when he finds her, he is happier about her return than he is about the 99 who stayed put. 14 Your Father in heaven does not want a single one of the tripped, waylaid, stumbling little ones to be lost. Monday of Christmas week . Right about now you’ve probably gone down memory lane remembering your childhood Christmases, the family and friends who were part of those memories, and a thousand little memories of this miraculous week of yesteryears. Those memories will make you laugh, cry or shake your head. It’s all in your perspective. I’m going to challenge you to see through God-colored lenses for the rest of the year. Inst