Once you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life, you’re a changed person! You’re a new creation in Him, and your old life is gone forever through the Blood of Jesus. But, just as we accept Jesus as our Lord we need to work hard at putting Him in His place in our lives, and that is as Lord.
As Christians we desire to be Christ-like, imitating and following Jesus the best we can while we’re here on Earth. But how can we accomplish His work if He’s not truly leading the way? The Word says we are to “continue to follow Him, and let our lives be built on Him..”
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Easter is my favorite celebration of the entire year. From the bittersweet sorrow of Good Friday through the amazing joy of Easter Sunday, I am keenly aware of my deep gratitude to God for all that He has done for me. Easter is a time to reflect on just that. It was all for me, and for everyone else who puts their hope and trust in Jesus Christ. How awesome and amazing.
Various from Numbers 13 & 14
The LORD said to Moses, “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which
I am giving to the Israelites. So at the LORD’s command Moses sent them out.
Among those sent out was Caleb son of Jephunneh.
When Moses sent them to explore Canaan, he said, “See what the land is like
and whether the people who live there are strong or weak, few or many. What
kind of land do they live in? Is it good or bad? What kind of towns do they live
in? Are they unwalled or fortified? How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there
trees on it or not? Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the land.”
Recently I saw a video that my Pastor showed in service about witnessing. I figured it would be your typical video about evangelism. But what I witnessed blew me away. The video comes from Penn Jillette of the comedy/magician team of Penn and Teller. Penn is a devout atheist and a blog on my part could not do his video justice. Therefore I have decided to simply share the link with you. Enjoy and be challenged.
Have you ever wrestled with a story in Scripture, chewing on it, really sinking your teeth into it to try to get all the meaning out of it, only to come up scratching your head?
When I was younger, one of those stories for me was that of Samson and Delilah, in the book of Judges. I just couldn’t understand why this so-called man of God would give away his greatest secret?! Was he really that unintelligent? Could it be his love for the woman Delilah really was “blind”? Continue reading
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“…What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.
This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all….” (1 John 1:3-5, NASB)
The winter blues seem to get much blues-ier when you have an office job; particularly if your office happens to be in a corner of the building with literally no windows. You come to work when it’s dark, you live for a few hours under a wee bit of artificial light, and then you leave work at the end of the day only to find it’s once again…DARK. Continue reading
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“Your father’s blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the age-old hills. Let all these rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince among his brothers.” Genesis 49:26
Being a dad to a daughter, son-in-law, son and a grandpa to three boys, I often think about father-son/daughter/grandchild relationships and I recently thought about an example of such from one of my favorite Old Testament stories – the story of Joseph and the relationship he had with his father Jacob. I was again reminded of the relationship both of them shared with their Heavenly Father and what our relationships should be like with Him.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MTB is a husband, father and grandfather and life-long follower of Christ. He serves as a Elder at a Reformed Church in Hudsonville, MI and has served on a variety of ministry teams. He is an avid bowhunter and enjoys spending time with his wife and grandkids.