March 31, 2013

He Is Risen!

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” ~Matthew 28:5-7 NIV

Teach us to number our days

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. ~Psalm 90:12 NIV

March 30, 2013

Rejoice!

The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. ~Psalm 118:24 NIV

March 29, 2013

Justice, Mercy and Compassion

“This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’ ~Zechariah 7:9-10

March 28, 2013

But what about you?

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”  Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” ~Matthew 16:15-16 NIV

Alive! Alive! Hallelujah, Risen Lord!!!

March 27, 2013

The Precious Blood of Christ

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 1 Peter 1:18-19 NIV

March 26, 2013

Death

There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. ~Proverbs 16:25 NIV

March 25, 2013

Confess Your Sins and Pray

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. ~James 5:16 NIV

March 19, 2013

Family

For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother." ~Matthew 12:50 ESV

March 18, 2013

Through Him

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. ~Philippians 4:13 ESV

March 17, 2013

God's People

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! ~Psalm 133:1 NIV

March 16, 2013

Look to the Lord

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. ~Psalm 105:4

March 15, 2013

The Mighty Warrior Who Saves

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” ~Zephaniah 3:17 NIV

March 14, 2013

My Portion Forever

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. ~Psalm 73:26 NIV

March 12, 2013

Your body is a temple

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. ~1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV

March 9, 2013

Be Strong and Courageous

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” ~Joshua 1:9 NIV

Make every effort to add to your faith

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~2 Peter 1:5-8 NIV

March 8, 2013

The Clear New Testament Message

The clear New Testament message is that justification is by faith alone. "By grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God~not because of works, lest any man boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9). Moreover, "the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23).

March 7, 2013

Heavenly Father: please protect me from cookie-cutter homeschooling Christians

(Quote) There may be many “Bible-believing Christians” with children in public school, but “Bible-living Christians” are becoming the minority. (End Quote)

Normally I would bite my tongue, let it go, consider the source, choose the high road, not give such blanket statements the time of day. Who do you think you are to tell me that I’m not a “Bible-living Christian” because I don’t homeschool my children?

Why does Christianity have to be so legalistic and complex? Do you not realize how unattainable you make Jesus out to be when you try to put Christianity in a box with a bunch of man-made rules?

Homeschooling does not equal any sort of godliness. Homeschooling does not make you less of a sinner in need of a Savior. Homeschooling is not the be-all end-all for attaining a good foundation or a Christian education. Homeschooling is not one-upmanship or some sort of who's-the-better-parent competition. A person’s worth or value in this life as a Christian or even a Human Being is not defined by where your children go to school. Homeschooling is just another educational option. Homeschooling is a personal choice and it’s not one-size-fits-all.

(Quote) I’ve been given an awesome responsibility raising my son. I will teach him to fear the Lord by example. I will trust in God to guide me. For we all stand alone on the Day of Judgment. (End Quote)

God said we are to train up our children in the way they should go. We can do that no matter where they go to school. God never said, “Thou shalt homeschool.”

Let’s talk about Salvation – Everyone who knows me understands that I do not nor will I ever believe in works-based Salvation. Legalism is slowly chipping away at the freedom and Salvation that only comes from Christ. Believe it or not there is nothing you can do to earn your way to heavenly fellowship in the presence of God. Christ’s death on a cross was enough.

What’s next? You don’t read the right version of the Bible? You don’t go to the right Church? You don’t live in the right neighborhood? You don’t go to the right school? You don’t stay home with your kids? You don’t homeschool your kids?

Let’s be clear – God doesn’t need us in order to be God. He wants our participation but no matter what we do He will always be God. He doesn’t need or require us to do anything in order to bring our children to Him. He can draw them to Him in spite of us. He doesn’t need our help. He is God!

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? ~Romans 8:35 NIV

March 6, 2013

How can we say that this is a true church?

When there is an assembly of people who take the name Christian but consistently teach that people cannot believe their Bibles~indeed, a church whose pastor and congregation seldom read their Bibles or pray in any meaningful way, and do not believe or perhaps even understand the gospel of salvation by faith in Christ alone, then how can we say that this is a true church?

Start Children Off

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. ~Proverbs 22:6 NIV

March 5, 2013

The Fruit of the Holy Spirit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 NIV

March 4, 2013

The Message of Christ

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. ~Colossians 3:16 NIV

March 2, 2013

He is faithful and just

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. ~1 John 1:9 NIV

March 1, 2013

Christ Was Sacrificed Once

so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. ~Hebrews 9:28 NIV