The Friday we call "Good" is actually the worst. It is the best and worst day in history that tells of the best and worst death in history. This is part of an entire study I have doing since Wednesday, March 21. I have published nothing so far but this. Perhaps I will put more out from the rest of the study but for now, I at least give you this. Read More
*Disclaimer: notes from classes at WOL have been used in looking through these events. I have also in some areas (mostly dialogue but also some interaction) used my creative license. There also are no pictures so as not to distract from the story written.
Several weeks ago my metaphorical light bulb came on regarding love. It sounds kinda funny and even silly to say, but for the first time in 26 years my brain really connected the phrase with its deeper meaning; unconditional love. I honestly do not remember what triggered it and the more I think back on it, the fuzzier it is. It might have been a book I was reading, or it may have been in my Dave Ramsey class - maybe it was in my Dave Ramsey book, I do not remember! - but it hit me. Somehow I am thinking it was actually a Bible lesson though that was talking about John and Peter in John 20. Regardless, the start of it was along the lines God not loving anyone more or less based on their action or inaction. Again, it sounds elementary but something in my brain seriously clicked. "Unconditional love" was the pat phrase that came to mind but I instantly connected to something deeper that helped me to realize what that means; a love with no degrees! Read More
This past Sunday Pastor Ronnie spoke on being grateful and learning to have an "attitude of gratitude" in life. Here is the summary of the main points of the sermon:
- Repent of feeling sorry for myself
- Recognize that my salvation is the source of all gratitude
- Pray to be especially in His presence*
- Read God's Word
- Learn the discipline of thanking God for little things because little things become big things*
- Rejoicing brings peace
- Praise God with other people
- Always be thankful for Jesus*
Man was promised something in the beginning of creation.
15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Read More
~Genesis 2:15-16 (ESV)
The advent of Christmas is never something I have really gotten into. Yes, I have counted down the days to Christmas - but mostly just with a paper chain. When I was younger I did also have one of those calendars with the chocolate inside, but if we are honest, I cheated. . .I ate more than one chocolate per day. In recent years however, I have been hearing more people talking about advent books and studies. This year I was out on Black Friday and I saw a book at LifeWay for just $5. It is Louie Giglio's Waiting Here for You: An Advent Journey of Hope. So, I decided to give it a go. Thus far, I have absolutely loved the simple challenges everyday. Read More