For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. ~John 3:16 (NIV) Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like … Continue reading Becoming God’s Valentines in the World
4 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. 5 There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. 6 God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. 7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us … Continue reading Stitched with Love and Purpose
INow by this we may be sure that we know him, if we obey his commandments. Whoever says "I have come to know him," but does not obey his commandments, is a liar, and in such a person the truth does not exist; but whoever obeys his word, truly in this person the love of … Continue reading It Matters!
Have you ever wondered if you were good enough to serve God? Have you been sure that you did not have the right skill set or the right personality to be a disciple of Christ? Are you shy? Do you lack physical strength? Do you feel like you aren’t smart enough? I imagine we have … Continue reading Right Where You Are
Several weeks ago, my daughter and I walked along the beach collecting cockle shells. The sand was covered with a multitude of shells that had been tossed about the waves, and then deposited along the shoreline. When a shell caught our attention, we picked it up, examined it carefully, compared it to others we had … Continue reading Cockle Shell Wisdom
That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the … Continue reading Happy New Year!
And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. ~Luke 2:6-7 (NLT) Don’t forget to make room for Jesus this Christmas. … Continue reading Make Room for Jesus this Christmas
Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing, but of reflection. ―Winston Churchill This has been a busy week—one that has made it challenging to find the fun and joy of the season. I often allow that to happen to me during this time of year. I work at a church so things definitely get busier … Continue reading Christmas Joys and Reflections
Christmas is a time for creativity. At least it is for me. Throughout my life, Christmas has been a time to create with my hands. I’ve created handmade ornaments to share; cards to express holiday wishes to my family, friends, and co-workers; as well as gift boxes and special party favors. When I have made … Continue reading Have a Creative Christmas!
One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left … Continue reading It’s Okay to Follow the Crowd…Sometimes