Archive | November 2015

Leviticus * The Bible Project

I am hoping to post all of the books of the Bible summaries by “The Bible Project”. If you don’t feel like waiting, please feel free to visit their website by clicking their name in the first sentence. You can also find more of their videos on YouTube!

I pray they bless you as much as they have me ūüôā

Christmas time—oh so sweet!!

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Christmas is my favorite time of the year! ¬†There seems to be more peace, more camaraderie, more hope and joy as the days creep ever closer to Christmas day. ¬†However, as a society, we often focus on the gifts–what we will give, what we will get, black Friday, cyber Monday, holiday specials, sales, coupons! ¬†The list goes on and on. ¬†Christ has been almost completely removed from Christmas, but not in my heart, nor my home!

Though Christ was not truly born on Christmas day, it is a day we celebrate his birth. ¬†It was his birth that brings hope for a future, meaning to life, and joy midst the pain. ¬†Through his sacrifice on the cross, we are saved when we claim him and fall obediently into his arms. ¬†What a blessing to know that God is there, that he cared enough about us to send his only Son to be our salvation and our light! ¬†What a beautiful thing to behold another human being laying down his life for those he loves! ¬†What a miraculous event to be conceived through the power of God! ¬†So as you trim your tree with decorations and lights, as you put up the evergreen decorations and bring out the Nativity seen….remember Christmas is about what Christ has done for us. ¬†He has given us the most precious, priceless, and valuable gift…ETERNAL LIFE!

All my love and may the joy of the birth of Christ carry you through the days and years to come! ‚̧

 

The Mess and the Masterpiece

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There are times when the church and those within its walls are considered to be hypocrites, which turns many off to the church experience. The reality is that every human being in existence is a hypocrite, whether they acknowledge it or not (only Christ walked the line of pure truth and never came close to being hypocritical).  There is one standard we tend to set for ourselves, while we often hold a higher standard for others. There have been moments where someone has promised something that went undelivered. There have been times where a parent has told a child not to something they consider inappropriate, only to turn around and do the very same thing they just told their child not to do. There are times where people lie, whether a little white lie or bold-faced lie, it is still a lie and not a true representation of what we think or feel. There are moments where we all lose our temper, saying things that can be hurtful out of anger or pain when we know better. I think you get my drift. People screw up. We make messes in our life, and at times the lives of others, whether on purpose or accident. We all make mistakes and we all walk the line of being a hypocrite each day that we have life and breath in our bodies. I have been labeled a hypocrite at times for a variety of reasons, some good and accurate, others out of anger or frustration when someone does not like what I have to say.

The purpose of church is not to create perfect people, it is to help broken people find healing and hope in their Creator! The purpose of church is not to point out faults, but to meet you where you are, and bring forgiveness and love! The purpose of church is not to clean up life’s messes for you and make it all better, but to point you in the direction of the One True God who can come alongside of you and lead you out of them, creating a stronger, more faithful, loving, and compassionate person!

Today’s sermon, titled “The Mess and the Masterpiece” speak to this beautifully, so I figured I would share it with you. May it bless you as it did me.

All my love ‚̧

Genesis Part 2 *from The Bible Project

Truly hoping you enjoy this video series from The Bible Project. Please feel free to let me know what you think, or drop by their website to find out more information. Just an FYI, I have used these as a jump off point for quick studies with my, now 16-year-old, son! The review of the books is a great lead into more in-depth study.

Blessings and my your weekend be blessed with peace and comfort ‚̧

Alone {Hollyn}

There are days when we just feel alone midst an all-consuming world! However, we can stand firm in the promise that God is with us always…he will never leave you or forsake you. Yes, there will persecution and suffering (John 16:33, John 15:19-20).

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
~ Deuteronomy 31:8

Book of Genesis ~ Part 1 *from The Bible Project

Found out about a cool website and YouTube videos from a friend, and wanted to share the first one with you (The Bible Project). These talented men are both Bible scholars and artists, and have combined these talents to create 3-7 minute narratives that summarize and connect each book of the Bible.

I hope it inspires you and provides clarity and cohesion for you. Blessings for the Journey ‚̧

Guilty {newsboys}

It has been a while since I have had some time to sit and enjoy the pleasure of writing! Somehow life just gets busy and time escapes me. Nonetheless, God has blessed me with some time to touch base and share a beautiful song from Newsboys! May this be the mantra of every Christian and may the movement of Christ bring hope and light to a world filled with despair and darkness.

All my love ‚̧