Saturday, April 22, 2006

Is it wrong to have pictures of Jesus?

The Bible is filled with images of Christ that capture our imaginations and thrill our souls.

He is the Light of the world (John 1:4-5);

The very Bread of life (John 6:32-33);

The living Water that quenches the thirst of our souls (John 4:14);

The High Priest who intercedes for us with the Father (Hebrews 2:17);

The Good Shepherd who lays down His life for us, His sheep (John 10:11,14);

The spotless Lamb of God slain before the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8),

The Author and Perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2);

The Way, the Truth, the Life (John 14:6);

The very image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15).

How can we even consider reducing Him to a piece of paper and hanging Him on the wall?

Thursday, April 20, 2006

The ABC's of Faith

A = Act on the Word
B = Believe the Word
C = Confess the Word

Let's meditate on Hebrews 11:6, Romans 10:17 and Mark 11:23.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Claiming What Is Mine in Christ

Col 2:10-11
And you have been made full in Him, who is the Head
of all rule and authority. In Him also you were
circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in the
putting off of the body of the flesh, in the circumcision of

I must not look at myself. I must turn my eyes away from my feelings and from my situation. Because I am in Christ, I have been made full positively and I have been circumcised to remove the negative things. Praise the Lord!!

Jesus Understands My Struggles

Hebrews 4:15
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathise with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Praise the Lord! There is absolutely No Struggles that I face that Jesus cannot identify with.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Read - -> I Corinthians 15:54-55

A story is told about Sin and Death. On the Friday night after Jesus was crucified, Sin came running into the garden where the body of Jesus had been laid in the tomb. Sin cried out, "Death, do you really have Him?"

Death called back from within the tomb, "Yes, Sin, I really have Him. I've got my hand on Him. My shroud is around His body." Sin left.

On Saturday night, Sin went back to the garden and called out to Death inside the tomb, "Do you still have Him? The word is out that He's going to rise again after three days." Death replied, "Go home. I've got it under control. My hands are on Him, and the stone's in place. He's not going anywhere!"

Sin left, but the next day he was back. He found the stone rolled away and Death sitting in the tomb, his head in his hands. "What happened?" Sin asked. "Where is He?" Death said, "Something began to move around in that tomb. Suddenly that stone catapulted from the door, the angels of God filled the space, and Jesus shook me off and rose up out of that shroud, whole, well, and alive!"

"Did He say anything?" Sin asked.

"Just one thing," Death answered. "He said, 'Tell your good friend Sin that you're both conquered.'"

Sunday, April 09, 2006

The Seven Wonders Of The World!

A group of students was asked to list what they thought were
the present Seven Wonders of the World. Though there was
some disagreement, the following got the most votes:

1. Egypt's Great Pyramids

2. Taj Mahal

3. Grand Canyon

4. Panama Canal

5. Empire State Building

6. St. Peter's Basilica

7. China's Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one quiet
student hadn't turned in her paper yet, so she asked the girl if
she was having trouble with her list.

The girl replied, "Yes, a little. I couldn't quite make up my
mind because there were so many." The teacher said, "Well,
tell us what you have, and maybe we can help."

The girl hesitated, then read, "I think the Seven Wonders of
the World are:

1. to See

2. to Taste

3. to Touch

4. to Hear

She hesitated a little, and then added,

5. to Feel

6. to Laugh

7. and to Love

The room was so full of silence you could have heard a pin
drop. Those things we overlook as simple and "ordinary" are
truly wondrous. This is a gentle reminder that the most
precious things in life cannot be bought. God gave them to us.

Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect, it just means
you've decided to see beyond the imperfections.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

HIS Love Letter to You!!!

My Beloved Child,

You may not know me, but I know everything about you. (Ps 139:1) I know when you sit down and when you rise up. (Psalm 139:2) I am familiar with all your ways. (Psalm 139:3) Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. (Matthew 10:29-30) For you were made in my image. (Genesis 1:27) In me you live and move and have your being. For you are my offspring. (Acts 17:28) I knew you even before you were conceived. (Jeremiah 1:4-5) I chose you when I planned creation. (Ephesians 1:11-12) You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. (Psalm 139:15-16) I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. (Acts 17:26) You are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14) I knit you together in your mother's womb. (Psalm 139:13) And brought you forth on the day you were born. (Psalm 71:6) I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me. (John 8:41-44) I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. (I John 4:16) And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. (I John 3:1) Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. (I John 3:7) I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. (Matthew 7:11) For I am the perfect Father. (Matthew 5:48) Every good gift you receive comes from my hand. (James 1:17) For I am your provider and I meet your needs. (Matthew 6:31-33) My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. (Jeremiah 29:11) Because I love you with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3) My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. (Psalm 139:17-18) And I rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17) I will never stop doing good to you. (Jeremiah 32:40) For you are my treasured possession. (Exodus 19:5) I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. (Jeremiah 32:41) And I want to show you great and marvelous things. (Jeremiah 33:3) For if you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. (Deuteronomy 4:29) So, Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4) For it is I who gave you those desires. (Philippians 2:13) I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. (Ephesians 3:20) For I am your greatest encourager. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17) I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. (Psalm 34:18) As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. (Isaiah 40:11) One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. And I will take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. (Revelation 21:3-4) I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. (John 17:23) For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. (John 17:26) And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. (2 Corinthians 5;18-19) His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. (I John 4:10) I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. (Romans 8:31-32) If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. (I John 2:23) And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. (Romans 8:38-29) When it's time for you to Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. (Luke 15:7) I have always been your Father, and will always be your Father. (Ephesians 3:14-15) My question is....Will you be my child? (John 1:12-13) I am waiting for you. (Luke 15:11-32)

With Love,
Your Abba aka Almighty God