124 results for 'jesus'
...lonely on Christmas Day. Many long for a repair kit under the tree with which they can somehow magically reconstruct the relationships left in shambles by their past actions, ripped and strewn about like the paper and boxes of Christmas morning.
Such a repair kit does exist and has since Jesus took His first breath among us. He came, you know, for the world, which was broken. He came, not because He wanted to rejoice with the got-it-all-togethers among us, but because He looked down and He saw the broken, which, as He knew, is all of us.
No doubt some are more aware of their... (more)
... thanks today, for the long and winding road that is right now taking you to who knows where. You can't go back. The road to back was washed away a long time ago. You really don't want to go there anyway.
You know me by now, so you know what I am telling you. I am telling you now to let Jesus choreograph your dance, instead of predictably turning the same corner day after day after day. He can see the stage you're dancing on a whole lot better than you can. After all, He built it. So let Him have His way. Trust, and be thankful.
Here is the Christmas chapter of my... (more)
What do the gay people in your church look like? Do you spot them by their flamboyant clothing . . . their mannerisms . . . their declarations?
When a brother or sister in your church came to you to ask you for your help and support in their personal struggle against homosexuality . . . what did you do to walk with them? How did you respond the last time this happened to you?
“Oh . . . we don’t have that problem in our church,” you say?
If you are a typical church, you do.
Statistics show that one out of every five church members has a family member or close friend... (more)
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. Luke 23:34
I have been told the church was mostly silent on that day. Evidence of my ongoing struggle with homosexuality was presented, a vote was taken and I was declared unfit to be a member and removed for the destruction of my soul. I was not there that night, but instead was angry and alone in the darkening end of a long and frightening day, as they proclaimed me unworthy of them. Oh . . . my soul. And all that is within me.
I have not seen, in the... (more)
Let us face it! Many of us have once in a blue moon heard: "Your body is a temple designed by God" "Your body is sacred and so is the fruit within" "The body is not meant for fornication; it is for the Lord and the Lord for the body"
If you were raised in a religious home, this was enforced until you were either 50 years old or you deviated so much that you fornicated until your insides had rotten. Personally, I was not born in a religious home but it's as if it was. Old values were always enforced and with a Cuban military father and grandfather - Shit! You didn't even want to think... (more)
...about Moses. How he was found as a baby, raised in the Pharaoh's household like a prince, only to discover that he was not related to them at all. Moses had a lot of courage, because soon he was encouraging the Hebrew slaves, his people, to dream about freedom.
"Being a huge admirer of Jesus, I often tried to envision Him partaking in the traditional dinners and coming of age celebrations." I learned about the plagues Moses told would come to Egypt and how the Pharaoh's son would fight against Moses. You have to understand that while the old Pharaoh was all-powerful in Egypt, he... (more)
...your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful" Col 3:15"Be thankful." Such a simple phrase, but what did Paul mean? Be thankful for what? To whom? Let's think about it.The first thing that comes to mind is to be thankful to God for giving us salvation through His Son, Jesus. That's good. If it weren't for that, our lives would really be meaningless. If there were no "eternity," why would we spend so much time being "good?" Without salvation, what purpose would there be in living for anyone by yourself? We all know self-centered people. They tend to be miserable... (more)
...none of the above, God asked him to do something relatively simple. "Forget the whys and simply praise me in spite of the wrongs." When Job did, his life was restored.
I often ask Pastors about the Job syndrome, I do get answers. I don't necessarily like it. "You have them because they need what only they can offer. They need to see Jesus in you. Touch them with your love, your concern, and your mercy. I am here to show the way to God the Father through Jesus Christ.
Come to think of it, that is why all of us are here, present Jesus to a world of lost people. Amen and Amen.(more)
"You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?" says the LORD of hosts. "Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house" Haggai 1:9Sometimes they are on top of the world; other times they are in the pits. Ever wonder why?Have you ever tracked your spiritual development and compared it to your financial status? I have, and I sometimes find that when I have sin abounding in my life, my financial status does a serious reversal. I have also discovered that I have received plenty of warning and opportunities... (more)
"But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all" Matthew 12:15If anyone could have boasted, it would be Jesus. He was the Son of God. He was a miracle worker. He could produce gold out of the mouth of a fish. He could raise the dead. It seems that there was nothing that He couldn't do. And all of this is true. Still, when it came to a point when He could boast, He told everyone to keep His story a secret.He could have aroused the crowds into a rebellious frenzy. He could have commanded a legion of angels to prepare the way. If a follower... (more)