Sunday Collectives 3/14/16 – 3/20/16
The first thing we need to do is to define the word repentance. Repentance means to change one’s mind. We change our mind about God, His ways, or how we live our life in the light of God’s Word. This change of mind usually results in a change of direction, in the way we may be living.
Now here is the tricky part, there is not a time frame, or a time limit, or a duration, or an expiration date on either the change of mind or the result of that change of mind. Often we may spend years reflecting or living in a way that seems against God’s Word. If we have accepted Christ as our Savior, we should know the Holy Spirit is always at work in our hearts, pointing to truth…
By Lynne Raatz
“…with God all things are possible.”
Have you ever let fear hold you back? Perhaps it was the fear of failure, embarrassment, or the unknown. The truth is, many of us struggle with fear and it often keeps us from living the full life God wants us to experience.
While at my 7 year old son’s basketball game last week I made a simple but interesting observation. Ready? Here is it. The kids who made the most baskets were often the same kiddos who also missed the highest number of shots. Doesn’t seem overly profound? Here’s the point. In order to be successful, these kids had to overcome fear of failure, embarrassment, and past mistakes and keep trying. They couldn’t let discouragement over missing a shot keep them from trying again.
Gal 6:8-9 for the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up
Heb 9:27 and just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment
I have noticed lately as I do my writing that more and more people seem to be bothered by those who wish to exude positivity in their lives. They feel that they have no clue about struggle, heartache, disappointment and the like. “You are so busy spouting about Karma and no negative thoughts that you have no clue what I am going thru”…
By Lynn Cowell
I couldn’t stop the tears as they flowed down my face. Crying in church, I’m ok with that. But when you start that shaking-and-I-can’t-stop bawling, that can be down right embarrassing.
Our pastor was preaching on, all of things, giving. Giving. Is that something to really get so emotional about? This is an area that hasn’t actually been a struggle for our family. God blessed me with an incredibly generous man and he has taught me in our years together what it means to be a giver. (Honestly, it has been a long and slow learning process for me!)
So why was I crying over giving?
“The Son reflects the glory of God and shows exactly what God is like. He holds everything together with his powerful word.” ~ Hebrews 1:3 (NCV)
Jesus Christ rules the universe the Bible says and holds it together by His powerful word.
In fact, the bible says that by His word He created the whole world!
Psalm 33:8-9 says “He spoke and it was done…He commanded and it stood fast.”
Our lives are so uncertain. We’ve just experienced a massive winter storm where I live that produced record amounts of snow and single digit temperatures…
Claiming all you need are the red letters, or love, or the Bible is forgetting some important truths. Those same red letters, that same Bible says that because of love we should “be aware of false teachers.(Matthew 7:15, Romans 16:17-20, 1 Timothy 4:1-2)” Paul, told Timothy to study God’s Word, so that he would be a craftsmen (2 Timothy 2:15).