Light is so important in life and one of those things we sometimes take for granted. Without light we stumble. Without the light of the sun, plants would die, and we would not get the nutrients we need and the warmth for our bodies. Living in darkness would take its toll on our physical and psychological health. It is no wonder Jesus often talked about light and darkness and why Jesus is called The Light of the World.Continue reading “Light and Darkness”
With God’s love there is no need to fear. No matter what we are going through, God is always there to guide us through it. Those of us who have faith in Christ know that we have eternal life with Him. So why do we fear? Continue reading “Do Not Fear”
There is a lot of talk about being tolerant in today’s society. What does that mean? When Jesus said, “Judge not” what odes that mean? And what is the context of it? As Christians, we are to love all people. Does that mean to accept what they are doing even if we know biblically it is wrong? How do we talk to that person without being judgemental? What does it mean when someone says, “love the sinner, hate the sin?” Why is this offensive to some people? Where do we draw the line between being self-righteous, judgemental, or “fruit inspectors” and being tolerant and compromising?
I had a person talk to me about churches and she was looking for a good church that isn’t “holier than thou” as she put it. We both agreed that God is a loving God and we are saved by grace. She talked about tolerance. I mentioned that some churches are too tolerant (and compromising) and do not want to teach about sin. We parted ways when she asked me my stance on gay marriage. She said churches should be tolerant and welcome all people. I agreed we are to welcome all people, including homosexuals. But, we are also to teach the truth and Romans 1 is very clear on this subject. She told me that I almost convinced her to come to my church until we talked about gay marriage.
So, how do we handle these touchy issues? Most people will quote Matthew 7:1 to basically tell Christians to mind their own business. I think many times they are right. We are also to share God’s word. I believe we must show God’s truth (we must teach and learn all of scripture, not just the part we are comfortable with), but our attitude must be in a loving manner but without compromising our faith and belief. Continue reading “Tolerance vs. Being Judgemental”
Today I am taking a little side trip in my blog about something that God has laid upon my heart. Over the past few years, I have had the wonderful experience and blessing of spending a week or two on a mission trip to Haiti. It is such an awesome experience to watch God work in places like this and if you ever have the opportunity or if God speaks to you to go on a mission trip, do not pass it up. You will not be disappointed. I know many of you will say, “that’s not really for me.” I remember saying the same thing. I was wrong. God kept tugging on my heart and put this passion and desire in me and I am so thankful He did. I plan on going again this year in November (perhaps it will be a little cooler!).
But, perhaps, this is not the direction God is taking you. You can still be a part in other ways. First and foremost, pray. Pray that God speaks to you about what His will is for you. Pray for the missionaries who sacrifice so much of their lives to go out in the world where others will not to share God’s love, not only but sharing the gospel, but by showing their love toward the people they minister to and helping to meet their needs. This is a big burden of both time and financially. The next thing you could do to be a part of a mission is to support those who are called to this field. If it is not going on a mission trip to support them physically, perhaps you can support them financially.
If your church supports missions, you can give there. There are good organizations such as Compassion International or World Vision which you can sponsor a child or others that you can give to or volunteer for, locally or abroad.
My friends in Haiti are asking for your help. They have a need for a total of $8500 a month. Sarah and Yves is a married couple that God has called to bring His love and His gospel to Haiti. At Living Water Haiti Ministries, they have brought in 16 wonderful children to feed them (3 meals a day which is unheard of in Haiti), provide shelter and medical needs, give them education (including teaching them skills such as music lessons, how to sew and how to grow crops) and teach them the gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition, they have a schoolhouse built to be able to bring other kids from the community to give them an education as well as sharing the gospel. They will also feed all of these children every day. Their goal is to bring in about 100 children and hiring 8 teachers. They also reach out to other communities, visiting orphanages and neighborhoods, bringing them a meal, playing games, singing songs and teaching the Bible.There are a couple of ways you can help. You can sponsor a child for $50 a month, you can partner with the ministry by making a one-time or monthly donation. You can check out their website at https://lwhm.weebly.com
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So, perhaps this is still part of the series on God’s promises. God promises to bless you, He promises to work through you and give you gifts, He promises to use your gifts to help others and strengthen the church, for His glory.
As Christmas approaches, let us remember the true meaning of it. Although family and presents and lights and decorations and songs and laughter are great, let us step back and consider that God sent His Son to us to save us. Let us remember this throughout the year and trust Him in all things. Let us abide In the light of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Continue reading “Jesus is the Light, We are the light”