So that you may be the sons of your Father in heaven; for his sun gives light to the evil and to the good, and he sends rain on the upright man and on the sinner. Matthew 5:45
Thanking God for the following can lift your heart to see above the problems of this world:read more »
"Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding". Proverbs 3:5 read more »
Once upon a time the colors of the world started to quarrel. All claimed that they were the best. The most important. The most useful. The favorite.
"Clearly I am the most important. I am the sign of life and of hope. I was chosen for grass, trees and leaves. Without me, all animals would die. Look over the countryside and you will see that I am in the majority."
Blue interrupted:read more »
A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art.
When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son. read more »
I believe . . .
that we don't have to change friends
if we understand that friends change.
I believe . . .
that no matter how good a friend is,
they're going to hurt you every once in a while
and you must forgive them for that.
I believe . . .
that true friendship continues to grow,
even over the longest distance.
Same goes for true love.
I believe . . .
that you can do something in an instantread more »
The Lord is my Shepherd – That’s Relationship!
I shall not want – That’s Supply!
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures – That’s Rest!
He leadeth me beside the still waters – That’s Refreshment!
He restoreth my soul – That’s Healing!
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness – That Guidance!
For His name sake – That’s Purpose!read more »
Praying for forgiveness is a vivid reminder that God frees us from debilitating guilt and forgets our past. No sin is written with indelible ink.
We seek replenishment of "our" debts—the debts of all the Father's children. I do not just pray for my sins and you for yours. We pray for our Father to forgive us.
Muckraking is not gospel work. Witch-hunting is not gospel work. Shaming the outcast is not gospel work. Forgiving sin is gospel work.
He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself, for every man had need to be forgiven.read more »
THE LORD GOD called to the man, and said to him, "Where are you?" … Then the Lord God said to the woman, "What is this that you have done?"
THEN THE LORD SAID to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" He said, "I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?"
THE ISRAELITES QUARRELED and tested the Lord, saying, "Is the Lord among us or not?"
MY GOD, MY GOD, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
IS THERE NO BALM in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored?
WHERE CAN I GO from your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?read more »
"You are the salt of the earth. . ." Matthew 5:13
Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another." Mark 9:50
After I read these verses, I began to think about the reasons for salt being good thing.
- Salt enhances the flavor of food,
- Salt is used to preserve meat.
- Salt is used to thaw ice.
- Salt is a water softener.
So, because Jesus said, we are the salt of the earth, how are we, as His followers salting the world around us?
We enhance our surroundings. Two examples. Our behavior is based on Biblical values—integrity, truthfulness, peace, joy and love. We dress modestly to set a standard.
We preserve by being there to help neighbors, co-workers and family when they need someone to comfort them – we are like healing ointment. We share the gospel with them so they can choose to know the power of Christ within them.
We melt icy relationships by being kind and loving to those around us even when they are cold to us. In time they will melt. Love never fails.
We soften the world around us by smiling and being gentle and kind. We make an effort to be friendly to all people—regardless of their race, religion, color, or lifestyle. We help those in need.
So, let us reflect, are you still a salty Christian? Or have you lost it? You can become a salty Christian again by repenting and asking the Lord to be in control of your life once again. He produces salt in our lives.