Anxiety and Worry

After the last series, I was not sure what to write about next.  I am still not sure where to go from here.  I need to be patient and listen to the Holy Spirit to guide me.  In the meantime, I have been struggling looking for work.  I was laid off the end of July and it has been frustrating, getting few calls.  There also has been a couple family issues to deal with.  So, this one is kind of reminding me that God is good and He provides.  He will take care of me and I don’t have to worry, because I can trust in Him for things to work out.  It is a time to remember that many in this world are struggling, a lot worse than I.  I have been very blessed, as most people are in this country and many of us take it for granted.  I have been to Haiti several times and each time I am reminded of this.  Though people are in poverty, sometimes in danger, they still can find joy.  I see it in their smiles, I see it in the love they have shown me.  This lady in the featured picture was always smiling and singing praises to God, though she lived in an impoverished, struggling country.  We can learn from people like her.  God doesn’t always give us everything we want or get us out of the storm, but He is always there to help us through it.  And I know there is more blessing ahead.  So, don’t worry. Continue reading “Anxiety and Worry”

I AMs…Before Abraham was, I AM.

There has been a couple times now that I received a comment from someone claiming I do not understand the scriptures and that Jesus is not God and never claimed to be.  I admit that I do not understand all the scriptures and by no means am I an expert, but one thing I do know and have no doubt is that Jesus is Lord.  He came to this earth, God in the flesh, to save us from our sins.  Jesus’ I AM statements along with His works show us that He is God.  To not believe that Jesus is God, you would have to remove much of the New Testament (and The Old Testament, that points to the Messiah).  I hope and pray that people would believe, that they would be saved and accept God’s grace through His blood, through His death and resurrection. Continue reading “I AMs…Before Abraham was, I AM.”

I AM’s…The Vine

Jesus uses much about the pastoral and agricultural lifestyle of Israel in His parables and analogies.  Much of their wealth and well-being is based on their vineyards and olive gardens. Here, Jesus says, “I am the vine.”  The vine is the sustainer; without the vine there is no fruit.  The vine is the livelihood of the family business.  Jesus is described as the cornerstone.  It is the same principle.  He is the foundation of our faith, of our life. Continue reading “I AM’s…The Vine”

I AM’s…The Way, the Truth, the Life

There was a sermon a couple weeks ago about how Christianity is exclusive…yet very inclusive.  Jesus Christ offers salvation to ALL who believe.  If you trust in Jesus Christ, you will be saved.  No exceptions.  But it is ONLY through Jesus Christ.  There is no other way to heaven.  No other way to the Father.  Jesus is the only way.  Through Him we have eternal life.  That is the truth. Continue reading “I AM’s…The Way, the Truth, the Life”

I AM’s…The Resurrection

The next “I AM” begins with the story of Lazarus, one of Jesus’ closest friends.  Lazarus became very sick, but it was time Jesus showed His power and glory and He was going to do more than heal.  (spoiler alert!)  He was going to raise him from the dead!  Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life.

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