Hosea: God Waits for His People to Come to Him

God blessed Israel in so many ways, yet they abused those blessings by turning to false gods and trusting in themselves and others. He waits for His people to turn to Him. Like the prodigal son, He will be there and accept him with open arms and celebrate his return to Him. In the previous post, we discussed how God would turn from His people until they turn back to Him. But He is always there and will show mercy and grace to all who will accept it and trust in Him.

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Racisim

There is so much bitterness going on in the world today.  We have a history of racism in this country as well as many others.  It has been going on throughout the world probably since there were races.  Our country is struggling with this.  It has gotten tremendously better since several decades ago, but we still have work to do.  And racism is not the only problem.  Right now we see hatred on both sides toward and from most races.  We see people judging entire people groups because of what a few have done.  We see disrespect toward those who serve and try to make this country a better place.  We see people looking down on others because of their situation and others taking advantage of it and the system.  We see bitterness toward those who believe differently, whether it would be politically, religiously or what their opinions are about certain issues.  What are we to do?  What did Jesus have to say about this and what was His example?  It’s pretty simple, really.  Be kind, love others and treat each other right.  One parable comes to mind that tells us how we are to treat others. Continue reading “Racisim”

You Will Be With Me in Paradise

It is not too late to be forgiven.  The thief on the cross asked Jesus for forgiveness hours before his death and He granted it.  He realized his sin, confessed it before God, and repented.  He knew there was nothing he could do to earn it.  Only by trusting in Jesus.  And that is what he did.  Jesus offers everyone a chance.  We are all like these thieves.  We are all guilty.  The question is which thief do you want to be?

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What are the Spiritual Gifts?

God gives each of us gifts of the Holy Spirit.  But, what are they?  Paul lists several of them.  I believe that this probably is not an exhaustive list, but let’s look at this list and what each of these gifts are.  This is what I have gathered from teachings (and, yes, Google).  Any comments would be appreciated.

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Guilt and Forgiveness

In some ways guilt and forgiveness go hand in hand, but in other ways they are completely opposite.  Without guilt there is no need for forgiveness.  Forgiveness is more about the forgiver showing mercy.  We can all receive forgiveness if we just believe and trust in Jesus Christ…and we all need it.  In my last post, we talked about how we should forgive, knowing that we have been forgiven too.  Jesus not only took our sins away, but He also took away our guilt.  Knowing this, we should e able to not only forgive others, but also forgive ourselves. Continue reading “Guilt and Forgiveness”