Will You Go to Heaven?

Will You Go to Heaven? I remember a period in my life, a very long period in fact, where I could not honestly answer that question.  I thought the answer was no, I was not going to heaven.  I believed, like many, that Heaven was for the perfect.  I believed Heaven was for those people that had their lives all figured out, had God all figured out, went to church every Sunday and Wednesday, and obeyed every commandment.  I believed Heaven was for the person who had never committed adultery, had never lied or stolen, […]

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I Don’t Know It All

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. ~ Proverbs 3:7 This is a small verse but it packs a lot of punch.  We are simply reminded here that we don’t always have all the facts and that our opinions are just that – opinions.  If you google the word opinion you’ll find this definition: a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.  Too many of us believe our opinions to be fact and this verse warns us against this type of arrogance.  The NLT puts it this way, “don’t […]

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Loving Your Neighbor

And behold a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law?  What is your reading of it?” So he answered and said, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’” And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” But he, wanting to justify himself said to Jesus, “And […]

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Hear Him!

Today, while reading how Jesus was transfigured on the mount (Luke 9:28-36), I was reminded to quiet my mind and focus on Jesus, not on my own plans or ideas. Then it happened, as they were parting from Him, that Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” -not knowing what he said.  While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were fearful as they entered the cloud.  And […]

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Illogical Obedience

“That can’t possibly be God talking to me.  That doesn’t make sense, it’s not logical.”  Have you ever caught yourself thinking that or something like it?  I have and unfortunately I do it quite often.  But this week the Lord reminded me that obedience to Him takes faith. Always.  And faith means we believe even though we may not understand.  Consider these two passages from Luke: When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, […]

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Worship That Hurts

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? ~ Psalm 27:1 I recently attended a women’s retreat put on by the church I have been attending.  My family and I have only been attending this church for a few months and before I went to the retreat I did not know many of the women from church.  When the pastor first started making announcements about the retreat I was a little interested but mostly I was fearful. […]

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He LOVES You

God didn’t sacrifice His Son on the cross to smirk and say “There! Your sins are paid for! Now you owe Me, you filthy sinner.”  He sent His Son to show us His true, unconditional love for each and everyone of us.  Yes, even you. We are guilty of sin, we are sinners and a price had to be paid – must be paid – for our wrong doing.  But the beauty of the cross (I said beauty, ponder that for a moment) is that we no longer owe God for our sin, our sin […]

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The Potter and the Clay

Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor. ~ Romans 9:21 O, how I long to be a vessel created for honor; I so desire that the LORD is glorified through me. So I set out to do His good works, not realizing that my flesh has tricked me and in reality I am attempting to do my own “good” works and pretending to do them in His name.  You may ask, “Whats the difference – doing His good works or […]

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An Entire Universe

God doesn’t need me to worship Him (though I’ll do it just the same), He has an entire universe that glorifies His name. Praise to the LORD from Creation Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights!  Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts!  Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light!  Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, And you waters above the heavens!  Let them praise the name of the LORD, For He commanded and they were created.  He also established […]

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Glorifying God Above Self

In John 3:30 John the Baptist says of Jesus, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (NKJV).  John had a very specific role to play in furthering God’s Kingdom.  We all do and God gives us skills and talents to fulfill that role.  I was thinking about my skill/talent the other day and just how good I am at it.  I was wondering what other people thought of me, if they were impressed by what I can do, and how I could be better.  The truth was, I was quite self-absorbed in that moment.  Then God quietly reminded me that my talent was not given to me to glorify myself […]

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