Broken into Beautiful

Broken into Beautiful 
Jeremiah 18:4  But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make.
I first heard the song, “Something Beautiful” the year I trusted Christ. My life was in shambles, and I was filled with despair and disgust. I had almost given up on life when my mother, bless her, said to me, “Dianna, you need to go to church!” I didn’t want to go to church, but I did. Upon entering the church, I felt empty, alone, even somewhat afraid. But, praise God! When I left the church that day I was “alive in Christ” and blessed with a Friend that would stick closer than a brother.
God, the Creator, and Master Potter of your life will not spoil His own work; it is sin that impairs and mars. When you are unyielding to the Potter’s control, you become unfit for the Master’s use. You, the clay, must be tender and pliable to the Potter’s loving touch, and sensitive to sin’s grip.  Are you saying “…

Am I Captured by His Grace?

Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.
The power that transports men and women out of the darkness and makes them alive in Christ is the power of the gospel ("for by grace are ye saved"). Salvation brings spiritual life to the dead. Before we can experience the grace of God, we have to see ourselves as the sinners we truly are before a holy God. What is this gift of grace Paul writes about? He says it’s not of ourselves that we have salvation but it is the gift of God through faith in Jesus Christ. No works are involved in God’s gift of grace. Good works cannot produce salvation but are the evidence of His so-great salvation––a work done in us.
Have you been captured by His grace? John Newton, the great songwriter and preacher of the gospel, wrote these words in his song, “Amazing Grace”: “How precious did that grace appear, the hour I first believed.” John Newton …

God's Will for You This New Year

Ephesians 6:6 KJV Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. 
This New Year has approached so quickly, and some of us are most likely still reminiscent of all this past year’s pleasures, as well as its disappointments. A few are anticipating what great things God will do in our lives, while others are fearful and apprehensive about the will of God for them. In order for Christians to know and do the Lord’s will, we need to understand that we are all admonished to give praise and honor to God as true worshippers of Christ. We are to submit ourselves to God as a living and holy sacrifice, which is acceptable to God as our spiritual service to Him (Romans 12:1).
In Romans 12:2, God tells us that when we are transformed by the renewing of our minds, we are able to prove, test, or discern what the will of God is for us. If we carefully evaluate Scripture, we can see that we are to examine ourselves and trust the working of the Hol…

Holding on to Grudges

A grudge is "a strong, continued feeling of hostility or ill will against someone over a real or fancied grievance." (Webster).

If we carry a grudge, it means we are unforgiving and unloving. Carrying a grudge will cause us to hold hatred and bitterness in our hearts. Anger, an internal hostility, will fuel grudges and put hatred into action. Grudges, in a Christian's life, is evidence that the old man is not being put off (Colossians 3:8-9). Grudges promote gossip and slander. People that continue to repeat a difficult situation to others are those who hold grudges showing they have neither love nor forgiveness.
Take a good look around you, does, the sight of someone bring bitter feelings to the surface? Do you avoid someone only to keep from having to speak to them? Oh, my! Can you think of others that are not living near you, and still you have these same emotions and would treat them in this fashion? You need to rid yourself of any grudges you bear, while there is time…

Who's Missing Christmas?

Luke 2:11-13 KJVFor unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God…”
There will be many people this year that will miss Christmas for one reason or another. You may ask, “How can this be, with all the advertising and holiday spirit going on?” Even though many are “celebrating” Christmas, they don’t know what Christmas is truly about. Sometimes, with the hustle and bustle of Christmas, we become preoccupied with all the presents, the food, and other fun activities. For us who are Christians, we too can get caught up in the magic of the moment and forget about the One who came so long ago.
The angel of the Lord came to shepherds the night Jesus was born. Out of the many people in Bethlehem, they were chosen by God to hear the heavenly host proclaim, “Glory to God…

Born a King

Luke 1:26-33  We sing the wondrous songs of Christmas and declare that the baby born in a manger has come to be the King of Kings. The song "Joy to the World"says, "The Lord is come, let earth receive her King." The wise men asked, "Where is he that is born King of the Jews?"  This question emphasizes the great reality of the birth of Christ, that He is born a King. In the book of Revelation John says, “for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings” (Revelation 17:14). He is the greatest, the most supreme of all kings. Matthew gives an account of Christ’s lineage through His father, Joseph. And in Luke, His lineage came through his mother, Mary. Mary was a descendant of King David, through the lineage of David's son, Nathan who never reigned, but nonetheless was of royal blood. It is through Mary that Jesus is the son of David. Christ was born of a virgin meaning, Joseph had no part in His conception. God’s seed was planted by the Holy Spirit of God in the…

God's Gifts

James 1:17  “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation of shifting shadow.” In Bible times, exceeding joy was often accompanied by the giving of gifts. Today, the custom of giving presents is practiced around the world and for many different reasons. At Christmas time, we find the greatest expression of pleasure in the practice of gift-giving. Recall the Magi in Matthew 2 as they brought costly treasures to Jesus and the angels in Luke 2 echoed glad tidings of great joy in the birth of the Christ Child, our greatest gift.  The tradition of giving began at Creation when God gave us the earth we enjoy. His finished creation was perfect and good “coming down from the Father of lights.” God’s creative hands were flawless, and He pronounced everything, “very good” sustaining all creation with His mighty hand.
Christ is a precious gift given to us as revealed in John 4:10; “If you knew the gift of God, and…