Thursday, October 19, 2017
Tonight our Thursday night Bible Study lesson was taught by Bro. Joe Ferragamo. He taught on a lesson entitled, "Who Will Work In My Field". His main text was taken from Mathew 9:35-38. Evangelism is the heartbeat of God. He was moved with compassion when he was looking at people. He cared deeply for those around them and their needs. We all need to have a heart like God for others. We are a blessed people, our sins have been forgiven and we have his spirit living inside of us. His house is full, the fields are ready for harvest, but it's empty of harvesters. God is asking who will go and work in the field. We are the light of the world. We are to be the salt. Jesus was the salt, when others were around him, they became thirsty for more of him. We need to be like Jesus. We can make a difference in the lives around us. Ask God to give you a loving heart of compassion for those around you. We need to look at people through the eyes of Jesus. God gives us all talents, use them to share the love of Christ. Don't compare yourself to what someone else can do, God made you the way you are for a reason. That is your best way to be a light for Christ. Be intentional on how you reach for someone. Look for opportunities to share the gospel. Pray every morning for God to guide you to someone who is searching for God. Remember your testimony is powerful and can open the eyes and hearts of those you share it with. Signs will follow those that believe. In order for this to happen, you must be willing to spend time in prayer and reading The Word Of God. Nothing in the spirit happens by accident. Prayer is omnipotent and changes things. We must talk to God first before we attempt to talk with people about him. Jesus paid the price on the cross with his blood. We are to be the laborers who share the gospel. Who will answer the call? Who will go? God is good.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Today in my Bible reading, I started the book of Acts from the Bible. I don't know how I have read this so many times and I missed something so important. We read in the book of John that none of Jesus' siblings are at the foot of the cross when He died. However, there is one statement in Acts chapter 1. There is a description of who is there. It ends with Mary the mother of Jesus and his brothers. I had so many emotions run through me when I read that. AND HIS BROTHERS! Between the time that Jesus rose from the dead, to the time of the outpouring of his spirit in the Upper Room, his brothers had come to believe who he really was. Not just Jesus, their brother, but Jesus as God. Jesus, their Savior. Redemption, Healing, Grace and Mercy all rolled up in that simple statement. They believed until they day they died. Never give up Hope. Never stop praying, never stop believing. Jesus makes a way, he heals and he delivers. God is good.
Monday, October 16, 2017
I have been reading the book of John in The Bible. Some things have really been standing out to me. Towards the end of John, we read about Jesus hanging on the cross. It states that Mary, her sister in law and some others are there at the foot of the cross with Jesus. One of them is John-the beloved. Her only relative is her sister and of course, Jesus who is on the cross. Mary had children, she had a husband. I don't know if Joseph, the husband of Mary had passed away or where he was. I do know that she had children. I read, that none of them are listed as being there. In fact, as Jesus is dying he tells her that John is now her son. It doesn't stop there. John takes her home and takes care of her as if she was his own mother. This was huge to me. It doesn't matter what happens. When you stay close to the foot of the cross, close to our savior, he takes care of you. Your family can reject you, stay close to Jesus. You can lose everything, stay close to Jesus. Why? Jesus does care for you and he will make sure all your needs are taken care of. God is good.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Today we attended service at Solid Rock UPC in NJ. Sis. Kind taught on "Jesus Heal My Broken Heart". I didn't have my notebook, so I couldn't take notes. She was being very real with us and it was clear she was talking from experience. We all have gone through heartbreaks. It can be caused by a life choice that brought pain. Sometimes it's the choices of others that can cause us to hurt. Then there are the heartbreaks that the devil sends our way in an attempt to destroy us. Life sometimes just hurts. It's good if we have someone we trust that we can share what we are going through. We do have a friend who can heal our broken hearts, Jesus. He loves us and cares about us. It's ok to tell him exactly what you are going through and how you feel. He can and will heal your broken heart. I appreciate the lesson today and am thankful that I can go to Jesus with my every care. God is good.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Today was a day of celebration. Bob and I have been married 11 years. It's also, 10 years ago that we were given such an amazing baby boy. We surprised him today with a birthday celebration at Sahl's Father Son Farm. He was so excited. Everyone had a blast going from the corn maze, to the wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, duck races, pig races, peddle cart races, corn bin and fun with family. I'm thankful for a solid marriage and a love filled day with family. God is good.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Pastor Davis taught a lesson tonight on "Drawing Near To God". His main text was taken from Psalm 63:1-8. It's difficult in today's age to simply our life. Compared to many countries, we live a luxurious lifestyle and we work hard to keep it. We don't always need what we think we need to have. No matter how busy our lives are, we need to draw near to God. He allows us to be near to him, it's not impossible for this to happen. David wrote Psalm 63 while he was running and hiding from King Saul. David was hiding in the wilderness. The wideness is a dry and thirsty land. David longed and thirsted after God. He really wanted more of God. This is why David was a man after God's own heart. People will do what they want to do. We must have a hunger for God that supersedes are desire for anything else. When there is hunger, we will do what is needed to be done. We need to spend time with God in prayer. To be close to God we must be careful what voices we are listening to. We must obey-disobedience distances you from God. It's hard to pray when you are living in sin. You must have a thirst for God, take personal responsibility for getting close to him, Spend time with God in prayer and reading his word, Be obedient , avoid things that dull your spiritual sensitivity, seek to please God first, spend time with those that want to please God and participate in actions that encourage time with God. If you do not have a close relationship with God, you will perish. It is good to draw near to God.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
I'm a California Girl. A lot of my friends are being affected by the fires in California. Some have lost their homes and others have been evacuated and have no idea if they will have a home to go back to. Another natural disaster on this earth. More heartbreaking stories. I have confidence in my fellow Californians that they will pull together and they will get through this. One thing I know to do all the way in New York, I know to pray. I can't get a hose and try to drown out the fires, but I can pray for rain. I believe that God can send rain, drop the temperature and stop the wind. Will you join me in this prayer? Let's pray for rain in California. God is good.