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Divinely appointed or coincidence? You decide. based on Matthew 5:8

Matthew 5:8 NCV
They are blessed whose thoughts are pure, for they will see God.
I am in a season of deeper learning and yearning for the things of God.
During the sacred Lenten season, my heart compels me to remember the Lord’s great sacrifice by sharing Communion in community and by practicing spiritual disciplines.
Coincidence or not? God works His power in ways I never expect…
I attended a service and shared Communion at my daughter’s favorite church. The pastor brought us a very touching and powerful sermon via video from Ghana where he is attending a Living Water global conference.
I left church and went to my lay ministry volunteer work with the ill. I always begin my ministry of compassion and listening by spending time in the chapel asking the Lord to use me in His name and by reading his word.
My eyes and heart focused on Matthew 5 (the Beatitudes) and I thought of the poor in Ghana and other countries.
Later I stopped in to visit with a man who shared a powerful story.  A few years…

Oh Lord…I never want to forget that I am a mess in process! Matthew 9:13

Matthew 9 Jesus Chooses Matthew 9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew. He was sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him. Matthew got up and followed him. 10 Later Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house. Many tax collectors and “sinners” came. They ate with Jesus and his disciples. 11 The Pharisees saw this. So they asked the disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?” 12 Jesus heard that. So he said, “Those who are healthy don’t need a doctor. Sick people do. 13 Go and learn what this means, ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice.’ (Hosea 6:6) I have not come to get those who think they are right with God to follow me. I have come to get sinners to follow me.”

I don’t want to forget that Jesus was about relationships with everyone he didn't distinguish between sinners and tax collectors. Andy Stanley compares tax collectors to the people who sell drugs to young kids in our days. They were unpopular people, but Jesus as…

Last words from the Cross | Forgiveness

Lent series at First Presbyterian | My sermon notes
Luke 23:32-34   Jesus wasn't the only one being crucified that day. There were two others, criminals, who were also being led to their execution.  When they came to the place known as “The Skull,” they crucified Jesus there, in the company of criminals, one to the right of Jesus and the other to His left.  Jesus: Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing. Meanwhile they were drawing lots to see who would win Jesus’ clothing.

God's grace is boundless and there's nothing you have to do to deserve it. There's nothing we can do because we all fall short. 
"God is a perfect God. We are an imperfect people." ~ Pastor preaching
Jesus prayed an intercessory prayer before those who crucified Him even understood that they were killing God. 
You don't have to know or understand. And there's nothing you can do that doesn't fall under God's great heart of forgiveness.
If you are forgiven with God…

Be an encourager

My sermon notes: Encouraging one another
 ~ Dr. Charles Stanley 

You can find this sermon at InTouch Ministries.

We should all be encouragers. Even Jesus needed encouragement. Everyone needs encouragement. 
Matthew 26:38 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 

Dr. Stanley suggests we don't keep our faith to ourselves or keep to ourselves. We need each other. 

Below are simple things you can do to encourage your friends, family, coworkers, those who help you and those you know need a little extra TLC. 

➡️Call ➡️Text better than nothing ➡️Write a letter ➡️Compliment  ➡️Ask: What can I pray about for you? ➡️Fulfill a need ➡️Give someone your time ➡️Provide Scripture. Psalm 32:8 ➡️Tell the truth ➡️Be forgiving  ➡️Say it -> I love you!  ➡️Be a good example  ➡️Give godly correction ➡️Listen ➡️Look people square in the eyes ➡️Be patient  ➡️Weep with those you love ➡️Agree with them. ➡️Give a meaningful gift. ➡️Give an affirming look  ➡️Pass on help…

Pray. Listen. Read. The Bible.

Sharing God’s Word – February 2014

These Scriptures touched my heart during February. I shared them with family, friends and, now you. Take time from your busy life to open your Bible or Bible app. Be random, be purposeful - just be filled with God’s word. Learn to go straight to His word. The more you open the Good Book and ask the Lord for understanding, the more it will miraculously open up for you. My personal notes follow each Scripture.
1 Chronicles 29:11 NCV - The glory of God Lord, you are great and powerful. You have glory, victory, and honor. Everything in heaven and on earth belongs to you. The kingdom belongs to you, Lord; you are the ruler over everything.
2 Corinthians 5:17 TLB - We become all new When someone becomes a Christian,  he becomes a brand new person inside.  He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!
2 Corinthians 5:18 Voice – We are to bring others back All of this is a gift from our Creator God,  who has pursued us and brought us into  a restored and healthy relatio…