Sunday, April 8, 2018

This Great Adventure


The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor… Isaiah 61-1-2a

Jesus partially fulfilled this prophesy through His ministry.  I say “partially” because those that follow Him also have a part to play in living out this word.  We are called to reach those that don’t know the Savior.  We have been chosen to share our testimony and the grace-filled gospel to those in darkness.

You and I can proclaim liberty for the captives.  We can see lives transformed by the power of Christ’s death and resurrection.  Each of us are ambassadors for Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:20).  We do not have to be ashamed of the gospel.  Ask God today to fill you with His Spirit.  Ask Him today to make you bold for Him, then step out in His ability. 

Reach out to the people in your world that do not know Jesus.  Look for opportunities to winsomely share your relationship with the Lord to others.

Living like this not only changes others, it transforms us as well.  Being used of the Lord in this way is both thrilling and rewarding.  If you haven’t already, won’t you join me on this great adventure. 



Tuesday, March 27, 2018

I am Free


I am a free man
No longer caged behind bars
I am a free man
I now can soar above the stars

Chains that held my ankles and wrists
They dissolve from a solid to a mist

Jesus Christ He bore my sin
Freed my heart from bonds within

Joy unspeakable and full of glory
I love to tell salvation story

I'm free, I'm free, I'm free
My Master liberated me

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Savior of the World


You’re body was raised and suspended
The focal point of the ages
The vertical beam
Bridging heaven and earth

From one bloody hand on the left
To the crimson-stained hand on the right
Your suffering forged the way for forgiveness
Between family members
Between races
You purchased our unity

They mocked You as Your
Torn flesh writhed with pain
The masses were violently opposed to You
And the Father looked away

They gambled for your garments
But you forgave the thief
You paved the way for him to dwell in Paradise

You asked the Father to forgive us
For we put You there on that cross
It was our sin and supreme insensitivity that nailed You there

The sky grew dark 
Then you said, “It is finished!”
And the world will never be the same.
Because of what You did on that cross
That tool of execution
And because of Your resurrection,
Billions of chains were broken

Those that trust in You are a new people
Free to live and free to love
But most of all, free to know You
Savior of the world



Saturday, February 24, 2018

Transformed





Jesus is gentle and compassionate, kind and humble.  The Bible says that God is love.  But did you know that Jesus came to change you.  He came to draw you out of your comfort zone.  He is a jealous God, who wants all of you. 
 
He desires to transform you like a caterpillar morphs into a beautiful butterfly.  He is a good God.  He loves you the way you are but does not want to leave you that way.  He us always pulling us into something better, something brighter, something more noble.

God has called us to be like Him.  He is ever changing us to reflect Him more and more.
 
But not everyone has embarked on this grand journey.  The way to begin is to first acknowledge our need for a Savior.  Jesus came to save us from our sins.  His death on the cross became the sacrifice that paid for our forgiveness.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes on Him shall not die but shall have everlasting life.” John 3:16.

God the Father gave His one and only Son.  Jesus brutally suffered for our sake and died. Then after three days, He rose victorious over death. 

Salvation can only come to us by receiving it as a gift.  No amount of hard work or good deeds can earn us a place in heaven.  Ephesians 2:8-9 says, For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast.  No one can be worthy enough receive salvation.  It took the work of Christ's death and resurrection to purchase that for us. 

If we will come to Him, He will transform us.  The scripture says that when we come to Christ, we become new creations – He changes us (See 2 Corinthians 5:17).  He promises to lead us through this life in serving Him and He offers us a home in heaven. 
So what must we do to be saved?  We must turn from our sins and turn to Him.  We must confess that He is the Lord over our lives and believe that He forgives us of our sin.  If you would like to experience new life in Christ and have him turn you into a beautiful butterfly, come and pray this prayer aloud and from your heart.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for dying for me, for suffering brutally so that I can be forgiven.  I receive your forgiveness and your gift of salvation for me.  I choose to turn from my sin and follow you.  I understand that I cannot earn your forgiveness, so I thank you for offering it to me as a gift.  I thank you that I can now embark on a new journey where you will change me from glory to glory.

If you have prayed  a prayer like this for the first time, I encourage you to read the Bible and pray daily, and also to attend church regularly.  Look for a church where the Bible is preached with conviction and compassion.  Congratulations, you have made the most important decision of your life.  All of Heaven is rejoicing at your choice to follow Him.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

My Holy Spirit

My Holy Spirit, You’re my Advocate, my Friend.
My Holy Spirit, You’re the One that Jesus sends.
You’re my Comforter.  The One in whom I trust.
By Your Presence, I can flee all youthful lusts.

You show me things to come.  You are wholly love.
You’re my rest. You help me strive for the best.
You are my ability, and You give me songs to sing.
There is none like You Holy Spirit.
You give me power to be a witness.

You’re my closest Friend.  Your love will never end.
You make me pure.  You’re salvation is sure.
I surrender to You oh Spirit of Truth.
Without You I haven’t a clue
You’re the best Teacher, Helper, and Healer.  You are my Leader
And I will follow you. Come fill me through and through.

My Holy Spirit, my Holy Spirit.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Becoming Less

He must become greater I must become less. John 3:30

No one likes the individual who always trying to gain attention.  That me-first attitude rubs most of us the wrong way.  That instrumentalist or singer who always tries to steal the stage can be annoying.

Jesus taught us a different way.  He said we are to strive to give glory to God.  John the Baptist, who was a forceful believer, in a godly sense, said regarding Jesus, “He must become greater and I must become less.”  He had led his group of followers to repentance towards God.  His mission was to prepare the way for Jesus’ ministry. 

He did not think more highly of himself than he ought.  Instead, all of his efforts were dedicated to preparing the way for Jesus and to giving Him glory.  Let’s learn from John’s example.  When we serve the Lord, in any capacity, let’s not draw attention to ourselves.

Lord, help us to have a servant’s heart, to walk in humility, and enable us to always give you the glory.  Teach us to truly serve you from our hearts to see your kingdom steadily advance.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

This God-Child


Hundreds of years before
The story was foretold
The humble entrance
The holy King born
Glorious to behold

For unto us was born
The Savior of mankind
This precious God-child
The one wise men find

He lived among us
The Way, the Life, the Truth
Pointing to the Father
Come for me and for you

God delighted in Him      
In Him He was well-pleased
Christ became the sacrifice
He bore our disease

Our sin and sickness
He took upon the cross
His death resembled defeat
He looked as if He lost

But in three days this God-child
Rose again
Now to reign
Now we can be
Forever changed
Because this God-child
Came