Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Retro Wednesday


A New Attitude by Carri P

Have you ever had one of those moments when you just feel like screaming, “I’m done! That’s it, I just can’t do this anymore!”?  Being a wife, mother, employee, friend, housekeeper, homework monitor, taxi driver, student, etc. is just overwhelming sometimes.  I catch myself longing for the Rapture to take me up and away from all of this.  When I am not strong, I find Satan whispering in my ear - telling me what a failure I have become.  Then I look around and notice that I am not receiving any type of appreciation for my efforts (which happens to be my love language).

When I feel this pain I turn to my Bible and seek God’s face, not His hand, to have my quiet time and my soul is refreshed by His love.  He helps me to change my perspective, which has a huge effect on my attitude.  He offers me His living water from His word, “…and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:2 NIV

If Jesus can make such an amazing sacrifice for me, and I am to be like Him, then I can change my perspective/attitude regarding the sacrifices I am making for my family.  My family is not a burden; they are a blessing from God!  My daily chores are not to be dreaded; they are to be cherished as moments of small sacrifices I can offer up to my family saying, “I love you."

Yes, being a mother may include a series of sacrifices, however with a Godly perspective we can receive a fresh attitude of love and joy towards our children and our role as their mother.   God chose you to be the mother of your children!  Rejoice and be glad, enjoy every moment and rather than complaining, thank God for the blessings in your life.  Being a mother is a gift.


Challenge:  The next time you feel an attack of “I can’t do this anymore,” get your Bible out and spend some time with your Father God.  Thank God that He chose you to be the mother of your children.

 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Resurrected with Christ

Resurrected with Christ
by Kim H
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
   neither are your ways my ways,”
            declares the LORD
. 
Isaiah 55:8
The more I look at Peter, the more I see myself. Full of passion and full steam ahead… But! Not always asking God before I act or react.
As Jesus is walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. And He said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."
Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.
1) Easy!! I’m so there, follower of Christ, DONE!
Simon was called Peter by Jesus meaning “Petra” that means “rock”. Jesus knew something about Peter, what his exact purpose was. He names him “Rock”. Peter had witnessed many miracles by Jesus. He was taught and mentored by THE Son of God. And yet he goes from telling Jesus he “is The Christ, the son of the living God” to saying to Jesus after he predicts his own death, “Lord, Lord! “This shall never happen to you!” To which Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
2) I tell God what his plan should be and getting rebuked
 Peter, Christ’s own disciple, denies Jesus three times in fear. In complete fear for his life, he tries to flee the scene of the cross.  After Jesus is arrested, twice he is asked, “You are not one of his disciples, are you?” Peter replies, “I am not.” Another asked him, “Didn’t I see you with him in the Olive grove?” Again Peter denies it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow just as Jesus said would happen in Matthew 26:34.
                          3) I totally relate to failing by trying to follow Christ in my own strength.
The Good News!!
Having an encounter with the resurrected Christ changes you. It changed Peter from a coward into the “Rock” Jesus knew he could be. Then, Peter went out boldly preaching the gospel to the masses where he told them, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
Ten out of the twelve original apostles, as well as Apostle Paul, died as martyrs (refusing to deny Christ) for their faith. The disciples died absolutely certain for the cause of the resurrected Christ they witnessed. It was Peter who was said to be crucified upside down at his own request seeing himself unworthy to be crucified the same way as Jesus Christ.
Challenge: Let us pray. Lord, may we seek and find the full power and knowledge of the Holy One and find our true identity in Him.  In Jesus name, Amen

Monday, April 14, 2014

Genesis Bible Study


Genesis 14
By Amy Gentry

“Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, "Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand." Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.”
Genesis 14:18-20

The Lord has sworn
    and will not change his mind:
“You are a priest forever,
    in the order of Melchizedek.”
Psalm 110:
Apparently there is some significance to Melchizedek in the scriptures.  Is he a forerunner to the Levite priests, Noah’s son Shem, or a theophany of Christ, or a manifestation of deity in temporary form?  After reading what seems like a hundred commentaries on the matter, I cannot begin to tell you exactly who he was.  What I can tell you is the first time I read about him in the scriptures, I pictured Christ.  

“Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.” Hebrews 7:2-3

The Old Testament pointing to the New Testament!


“Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine.
He was priest of God Most High…”
Genesis 14:18

 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sharing Sister Sites

Sharing Sister Sites - JCLU Forever
by Carri Pratt


Their message is clear, 
Jesus Christ Loves U Forever!

The ladies at JCLU Forever offer an inspiring blog as well as clothing and accessories for all girls who love Jesus.

Their most recent posts include:
  • Hearing God through the Clutter
  • Overcoming Peer Pressure
  • Mobile Apps Every Christian Should Check Out 
  • Fun Outdoor Date Ideas for Spring
Check out their fun site at:
JCLU Forever.com

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Preparing for Easter - One Week Devotion

VICTORY Preparing for Resurrection Sunday
by Billy Graham

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has created a free daily devotional full of wonderful verses extending from Palm Sunday (April 13, 2014) to Resurrection Sunday - Easter (April 20, 2014).

Download your free copy at:

Friday, April 11, 2014

Walk With the Wise

Walk With the Wise
When it comes to going to battle for your marriage, whether you know it or not, others are involved besides your husband and yourself. In my 20 years of marriage, for instance, my sister, my sister-in-law, my parents, my best friend, the Titus 2 Women Amy and Carri, have all stood in the gap for us (on the front line of battle) fighting for my family. I tell you that is support. These people have prayed with me, cried with me, gave their support and affirmation, and believed at times when I really needed encouragement and motivation. I couldn’t imagine my life without all my courageous “Navy Seals”.
The opposite can be the case if you have negative or unbelieving friends and family. Their thoughts, bad “advice”, and such, if believed by you, could be the kiss of death for your union.
“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” Proverbs 13:20

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Giving Up Grudges


Purposeful Pinterest




 
This Pin has a powerful message challenging us to give up grudges for Lent. This is such a profound act that is perfectly CHRIST-LIKE. Jesus Christ walked in constant unconditional love and forgiveness. Even as he hung on the cross he asked the Lord on behalf of his persecutors, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34
 
Walk in pure hearted love this Lent season and always.

“Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.” 1 John 2:6

 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Signs of the Times - Four Blood Moons



Signs of the Times – Four Blood Moons
By Carri Pratt

"The sun will be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood
    before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
"
Joel 2:31




There will be a “Blood Moon” on April 15, 2014. A Blood Moon occurs when there is a lunar eclipse and the moon appears to be red due to the refraction of red light rays in the atmosphere.

This will be the beginning of a series of lunar and solar eclipses that will be able to be seen from Earth. This series of eclipses will match up to a series of Jewish Holidays in 2014-2015, which is rather rare.


John Hagee has written a book titled Four Blood Moons, that discusses the upcoming series of lunar and solar eclipses.

Historically, the last three times a series of lunar and solar eclipses fell on Jewish holidays, major events happened in Israel. A few of these events were the Spanish Inquisition (200,000 Jews were expelled from Spain), the rebirth of the state of Israel, the Six Day War, and the acquisition of Jerusalem. There have only been three of these types of series in the last 500 years.

According to Hagee’s research on the 2014-2015 series of eclipses, “a Tetrad with a total solar eclipse, historically significant to Israel and falling on the Jewish Feasts with a Shemittah year that corresponds with the Feast of Trumpets… is astronomically rare!”

“Jesus said, ““There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars.””
Luke 21:25


So what is actually happening on April 15?

It will be a Total Lunar Eclipse:




When will it occur?


Find out what time your area will be able to view the eclipse at:
http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2014-april-15
(Maximum eclipse for Central Time Zone Apr 15 at 2:46 am)

Why does the moon turn blood red?
According to Deborah Byrd at earthsky.org, “Sunlight is composed of a range of frequencies. As sunlight passes through our atmosphere, the green to violet portion of the light spectrum is, essentially, filtered out. This same effect, by the way, is what makes our sky blue during the day. Meanwhile, the reddish portion of the spectrum is least affected.”

And everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord will be saved;
for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
    there will be deliverance,
    as the Lord has said,
even among the survivors
    whom the Lord calls.”
Joel 2:30-32