Marriage to the Lamb (Our Bridegroom)

Imagine the Highest Officiate conducting a marriage ceremony between Jesus, the Lamb of God, and the Bride of Christ (the Church of God.)  The dialogue might go something like the following:

 

“Jesus, do you take this Bride for your own?”

“I do!!”

“Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory for the wedding of the Lamb has come.”

(The witnesses are led into the palace with joy and gladness.  They are wearing glistening white, pure linen, interwoven with gold.  This symbolizes purity and represents the Church’s righteousness.  Jesus, the Bridegroom has made all Christians righteousness through His shed blood on the cross.)

You, […]

By | February 14th, 2017|Categories: Christian Living, Spiritual Maturity|0 Comments

Prayer to Our Sovereign God

Dear Lord,

I believe you are a sovereign God; creator of heaven and earth.

I believe you are the ruler of the universe and Lord of the landscape of my life.

However small a parcel of ground that is within your universe —

it is still within your universe and under your watchful eye.

I believe that you know what happens to us.

I believe you care.

I believe that you are good … and that all things work together for good

… for those who love you and are […]

By | February 13th, 2017|Categories: Christian Living, Scripture, Spiritual Maturity, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Shame, Guilt, and Fear

I was speaking with a friend today about the degree and intensity with which “religious” leaders use: shame, guilt and fear to control the members of their congregations.  Christians can become conditioned to believe that shame, guilt, and fear are normal everyday feelings that must be experienced and actually CARRIED.  We carry these feelings and they are overwhelmingly weighty on our hearts and souls.  How many Christians do you know who are weighted down with this unholy trinity of:  shame, guild and fear?  There are too many Christians to count.

What are we to do?

Honestly, there are many things a Christian […]

By | January 25th, 2017|Categories: Christian Living, Recovery, Spiritual Maturity|0 Comments

50 Scriptures about God, the Perfect Father

  1. I know everything about you … Psalm 139:1
  2. I know when you sit down and when you rise up … Psalm 139:2
  3. I am familiar with all of your ways … Psalm 139:3
  4. Even the very hairs on your head are numbered … Matthew 10:29-31
  5. For you were made in my image … Genesis 1:27
  6. In me you live and move and have your being … Acts 17:28
  7. For you are my offspring … Acts 17:28
  8. I chose you when I planned creation … Ephesians 1:11-12
  9. I knew you even before you were conceived … Jeremiah 1:4-5
  10. I determined […]
By | December 13th, 2016|Categories: Christian Living, Spiritual Maturity, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Press In or Drift Away

As a middle-schooler, 7th grade actually, I had the privilege to attend an all girls camp in the hill county of central Texas.  My grandparents graciously paid for my sister and I to experience Camp Mystic for half the summer ( a 6 week term).

This camp was amazing!  The activities included:

  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Music
  • Archery
  • Marksmanship – .22 rifles
  • Arts / Crafts
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • And much more

I really loved canoeing in the Guadalupe River.  God used it to teach me a memorable spiritual lesson.  When the river had a strong current, I had to”press into it” by paddling hard and continuously.  If I stopped paddling or slowed down, the […]

By | October 19th, 2016|Categories: Christian Living, Healthy Living, Personal Development|0 Comments

Road to Destruction

Hosea 4:6 — “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

Because you have rejected knowledge,

I also will reject you from being My priest.

Since you have forgotten the law of your God,

I also will forget your children. (NASB)

It is a powerful and ominous statement that God pronounces over Israel in Hosea 4:6:  God says Israel will be destroyed because they lack a very specific type of knowledge.  What knowledge might God be talking about?

By | October 19th, 2016|Categories: Christian Living, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Paraphrase of 23rd Psalm

“God Has My Back” – 23rd Psalm

God has my back – I have everything I need.

God has my back – I sleep comfortably and safely under His protection and watchful eye.

God has my back – I drink from cool, refreshing streams.

God has my back – He heals the deepest parts of me: my traumas, choices, and unseen hurts.

God has my back – He transforms and sanctifies me. He helps me choose right-living and it shows the world His glory, goodness, and power.

God has my back – When I walk through life’s darkest valleys and rough paths, when I face disappointments or tragedies (you know, the […]

By | August 7th, 2015|Categories: Christian Living, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Being The Person God Designed You To Be

Genesis – 1:28 — God blessed them (Adam and Eve);

and God said to them,

Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it,

and rule over the fish of the sea

and over the birds of the sky

and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’”

 

What does it mean, “to be fruitful?”

Most often we […]

By | August 3rd, 2015|Categories: Christian Living, Personal Development|0 Comments

Traits of a Healthy Family

The healthy family …

  1. Communicates and listens
  2. Affirms and supports one another
  3. Teaches respect for others (parents and children)
  4. Develops a sense of trust
  5. Has a sense of play and humor
  6. Exhibits a sense of shared responsibility
  7. Teaches a sense of right and wrong
  8. Has a strong sense of family in which rituals and traditions abound
  9. Has a balance of interaction among members
  10. Has shared religious core
  11. Respects the privacy of one another
  12. Values service to others
  13. Fosters table time and conversation
  14. Shares leisure time
  15. Admits to and seeks help with problems

By Dolores Curran

New Beginnings – Starting the Year Off Right

It is the begging of a new year!!!!!  It is universally thought to be a time of reflection and a time of re-orienting our life-course to God’s “true north.”  If there is something in my life that is not pleasing to God, now is the quintessential time to purpose to realign my life and purpose with HIs design for me.When you reflect on the past year, what are some of the things you’ve realized are not pleasing to God?
  • Do you put up a false pretense of yourself to others?
  • Do you pick fights with your spouse?
  • Do […]
By | January 3rd, 2015|Categories: Christian Living, Healthy Living, Personal Development|0 Comments
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