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September 11, 2018, 3:07 PM

Dialogue with Jesus

Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a teacher of the law, think professor. He was a highly respected religious leader, but he knew being good and kind and religious was not enough. He was empty on the inside and went secretly to visit Jesus. "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him" (John 3:2). Jesus replied, "No one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again" (John 3:3). Nicodemus wondered how this could happen. Surely he could not enter his mother's womb as a man. Jesus explained that spiritual birth is different from physical birth. "The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit" (John 3:8). Jesus went on to explain that He would die on a Roman cross to give us spiritual birth. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him, will not die but have eternal life" (John 3:16). 

This simple message is the foundation of our faith. Jesus did everything necessary to rescue us from a life of sin. By believing this, we surrender our lives to God and receive new life in Him. In Christ we are a new creation; old things have passed away; all things become new (2 Corinthians 5:17). 

People often think they have to give up too much to live for God. Think about this: What about a life without fear, anxiety or anger? What about a life of peace and hope and love? If this is your desire, pray this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I am sorry for the way I have lived and I want to live for you. Forgive me of my sins and help me live a life pleasing to you. I pray these things in the name of Jesus, Amen.

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August 16, 2018, 3:05 PM

Do Not Despair

Do you often feel unworthy of God's amazing, abundant and unconditional love because of your sins? It's good to remember that God doesn't punish us as our sins deserve. Check out Micah 7:18-19--"Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea" and Isaiah 61:1-3--"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord as anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengeance of our God to comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve in Zion--to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair."

God is faithful to lavish His love on us, even when we don't think we deserve His mercy. "It's in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone" (Ephesians 1:1-12 MSG).

Be encouraged, my friend. God loves you with a deep and everlasting love!

June 6, 2018, 12:00 AM

God's Free Gift to You

It's fun to receive gifts from friends and family for Christmas or birthdays. Sometimes we receive gifts when we shop for cosmetics, but those gifts often require that we spend $50. 

God gives us the gift of eternal life. He gave all He had, His only Son. He did this out of a great love for us (John 3:16). "For 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" (Ephesians 2:8-9). This gift has two benefits. First, Jesus died on the cross to save us from sin, death and hell, and second, He gave us everlasting life with Him. 

Have you ever felt empty and unfulfilled? What do you do when you have these feelings? Many look for love and acceptance in the wrong places. The good news is that Jesus accepts us. He loves us so much He wants to spend eternity with us. Along with this eternal life, our lives have purpose. If we begin to feel anxious or restless as we did before, we can take those feelings to Jesus in prayer, and experience His peace and love.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your free gift of eternal life. Help us to receive it and day by day grow to be more like Jesus. Amen.

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