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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…

With Strength In My Heart

Psalm 28:7 KJV The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. 
What do you do when your strength is gone and you feel like you just can’t keep going on? Have you looked for other things to comfort your soul and found that they are empty, meaningless and futile?  Has food or drink or any other idol stolen your heart from God? Where will you find the strength to carry on? 
Luther Bridgers, a preacher of the Gospel and songwriter was full of promises and dreams. While Luther was away on a trip, his family went to visit his wife’s parents in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. In the middle of the night, a nearby neighbor, unable to sleep, went to his window and saw Luther’s in-law’s house engulfed in flames. The neighbor sounded the alarm, but the house was too far gone to help. The parents escaped, but Luther’s wife and three young boys, five, three, and seven months, all died in the fire.
When Lu…

Giving Thanks Aways

Ephesians 5:20
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Giving thanks is a good thing and is a foundational part of our faith and trust in Christ. We are sometimes guilty of failing to thank God for all the things He has done for us. It seems so simple to set a little time aside every day and just thank Him, but we forget. And although we forget and fail to thank Him, He unconditionally loves us in spite of our neglect.
The Apostle Paul is outstanding in reminding Christians to be thankful to God for all things (I Thessalonians 5:18).We are to be thankfulfor our salvation, and the work that Christ has already begun in and through us (Philippians 1:6). It is important to keep this thought in the forefront of our minds that we may not forget toexpress our gratitude to Him for His exceptional life, excruciating death, and extraordinary resurrection.
Scripture teaches us that the living creatures spend time thanking God around the thron…

From Prison to His Presence

From Prison to His Presence 1 Corinthians 6:20  You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
A young woman named Perpetua stood firm in her faith in the year 203 AD in Carthage, North Africa. Because she kept a diary, we know about her imprisonment and faith in God. Perpetua and Felicitas, the servant to Perpetua, boldly faced death rather than deny Christ. All they had to do to get out of prison was to offer a small sacrifice of incense to the pagan gods. Perpetua’s father insisted that something this small should be easy for her to do. Why was she being so stubborn?
Perpetua was willing to give up everything, even her life to stand for Christ. As she sank down to the hard stone floor, deep anguish pierced her heart. The Roman official, Hilarion, was viewing her case, as her father returned to the prison begging her to abandon her Christian beliefs.
Finally, the sentence was handed down. Perpetua and Felicitas were condemned to the arena where wild …

Why Does the World Hate Jesus?

Why Does the World Hate Jesus?
Book of John 
The Apostle John is writing to influence people to believe in Christ and declares openly that Jesus is God. John, who is called the “Beloved Apostle,” has an intimate and unique relationship with Jesus and he desires that others have the same cherished relationship.
In Chapters 6 and 7, John writes about Jesus exposing evil in people (especially the religious leaders), and He makes them so angry they want to kill Him. After feeding the 5,000, Jesus perceives that some men were about to take Him by force to make Him king. It is not yet His time and He withdraws Himself from the crowd.
Remarkably, the Jews still marveled at His teaching and because He spoke with such authority and wisdom, He would claim His absolute knowledge of God. He clarified His understanding of Scripture by saying He was here because God the Father had sent Him, and His teachings were not His own. For a sinner to see Jesus as the All-Sufficient One, and for Him to be reveal…

If Any Man Thirst

If Any Man Thirst John 7:37 Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
John 7:38 conveys that Jesus is the “Living water” and to satisfy one’s thirst we must come to Him, the source. In Exodus 17:6, God gives instructions to Moses, “Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink.”  Jesus is not only known for being “Living Water” but He is also called, “the Rock.”  “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: (Deuteronomy 32:4). Psalm 78:35 says, “And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.” The Apostle Paul makes a connection for us from the Old Testament. I Corinthians 10:4 reads, “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.”
We all want our thirst quenched physically and this thirsting for God in the Christian life is found in S…

Seeking Sinners

Seeking Sinners
Luke 15:1-7  Now all the tax collectors and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him. Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”  So He told them this parable, saying, . . .
Tax collectors of Jesus day were hated and despised by the Jews, mainly because they were usually fellow Jews working for Rome. Jesus was seen eating with “publicans,” another name for tax collectors or tax-gatherers which the Pharisees and scribes complained about. Tax collectors were always under the suspicion of being extortioners (the practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats) and were probably guilty in most instances. 
When Jesus was seen having dinner at a tax collector’s house named Matthew, along with other sinners, the Pharisees questioned Jesus’ choice of companions. Jesus’ response: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. . . . I have not come to call the righteous, b…

Waiting Patiently

Waiting Patiently Psalm 37:7a KJV Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him: Psalm 40:1a I waited patiently for the Lord;
I dislike waiting! Do you? Have you waited impatiently to hear from someone you love and it seems like decades have passed before they call? Have you waited in the doctor’s office, or at the hospital for a doctor’s report to be given and fear begins to creep into your mind? Waiting, waiting, waiting, and yet, God’s Word instructs us to wait and as Christians, we need to learn to wait in faith for God to move on our behalf.
The word patient or patience is derived from the Latin word, “patientia” from “patior,” to suffer,  to endure. Our Lord not only tells us to wait, but to patiently wait on Him. The definition of the word, patience is: “willingness to put up with waiting, pain, troubles, or hurts; calm endurance without complaining or losing self-control.” This explanation of the word, patience is what God wants for us, while we wait for His will in our lives. Willing…

The Love of Christ

The Love of Christ Romans 8:31-39

To separate means to disconnect, detach, breakup, split, parting (of the ways), estrangement, rift, rupture, breach, divide. Paul declares Christ’s love for us by posing this question; Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? The fear of separation from God is impossible for those who are Christ’s. If we are truly born again by the Spirit of God, we can know and experience the boundless, unwavering love of Christ. What security this brings to the believer. There is no need to ever fear the past, the present, or the future––– we are secure and protected, in the love of Christ.
God assures us that the hard things in life are working for our good and not against us. He encourages us that we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. God allows the trials of life to come so that He may use them in our lives for His glory. He will never desert us, for He is closest to us when we go through the most difficult times of our life. We, my friend, ar…

How Do I Parent An Angry Child?

How Do I Parent An Angry Child? Not every household has an angry child to deal with. If you are someone that does, here are some steps that you can take to help you during this difficult time. The purpose for writing this blog is not to beat you over the head with all the things you have done wrong, but to encourage you with the actions you’re already taking that are good and right. Every parent needs to hear that they are doing some positive things to help their child overcome the acts of aggression and anger that are so destructive.  Having a practical and favorable course of action in mind is extremely helpful to you. When your child decides to have a meltdown in the middle of the grocery store or anywhere else, you can begin to practice what you have learned.

Helpful Hints in Parenting an Angry Child in Public
•Work through behavior issues at home before going out (This is what will happen if you show a problem in public).
•Prepare them in knowing what is acceptable behavior in public

Does Prayer Increase My Faith?

Does Prayer Increase My Faith? Matthew 6:5-8  But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
You may ask, “Why pray? What purpose does God have in mind when urging me to pray? What is God accomplishing in me through prayer?” These are certainly challenges to think about regarding your prayer life. Prayer strengthens your daily walk and increases your faith to live for Christ.
Prayer is a great privilege that God has given to you through the death of His Son on the cross.  When the veil of the temple was rent in two, everyone at that moment had full access to God as a believer (Matthew 27:51). The curtain, then blocking the entrance to the Most Holy of Holies, was open to you and you are now free to enter into the presence of a Holy God. Coming boldly to the throne of God is a great honor and because of Jesus’ extreme sacrifice, we have liberty and freedom to come before Him. What an immen…

"I Know Not What Awaits Me"

“I Know Not What Awaits Me” James 4:14
News Headlines ~ Chicago Tribune ~ December 30, 1876   Gospel Singer and Songwriter Burns to Death in Tragic Train Wreck
The railroad train, on which Mr. and Mrs. P. P. Bliss rode to their death, left Buffalo, New York, on Friday, December 29, 1876. When approaching Ashtabula, Ohio, the bridge gave way, and the train, with 160 passengers plunged into the ravine. 
It was the worst winter night of the year and as the train was creeping across the bridge, something snapped. There was confusion with the cracking of wooden beams, and then the crash of the train, into freezing water. Cries of the injured and suffering could be heard from the train below. Men, women, and children, with limbs, bruised and broken, and some pinched between heavy timbers, begged with their last breath for help.
Five minutes, after the train fell, a fire broke out. Mr. Bliss succeeded in escaping from the wreckage and soon realized his dear wife was pinned under the ironwork of th…

Abide in Me

Abide in Me John 15: 1-6
A few tips to interpret Scripture accurately. Be careful not to take word pictures, illustrations, or parables to literal when reading them. Understand to whom the writer is directing his message and why is it relevant to them. And remember to use all Scripture to interpret Scripture context correctly. 
Do you feel like you have failed in producing fruit in your Christian life and have no idea how long, or how much fruit you are to be producing? Maybe, you’ve become a fruit inspector for God and look at other’s fruit comparing it to your effectiveness? A fruit inspector is another name for a self-righteous person or to put it in Biblical terms, a Pharisee. John 15 was written to be an encouragement and not a discouragement to the believer, and especially to the remaining disciples. 
We need to look at what the Apostle John is “not” saying in this portion of the Word of God. He does not imply that if you stop bearing fruit, you lose your salvation or if you don’t b…

How Do We Strengthen Our Home?

How Do We Strengthen Our Homes?

Matthew 18:21-22 
Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
What can we do to strengthen our homes?  Does the Bible have an answer for us? Keep in mind what God calls us to do, He enables and equips us to achieve. What is most important in our families that causes relationships to be sustained for the long haul? The answer, FORGIVENESS. Forgiveness is an act of love that is undeserved and unearned. It affirms to the offender that there is no longer any anger, hatred, or a desire for vengeance necessary. The guilt has been removed and the blame is gone. This is the exact compassion that God demonstrates towards sinners. He grants to us a promise of unconditional love through His precious Gospel. Our reproach and humiliation have been removed and God’s attitude towards those who have put the…