Thursday, October 18, 2012

If He did it for them He will do it for me!!

Hebrews 13:8 says, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Acts 10:34 says, "Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism.""

Believing the truth of these two verses, I realize that I can read a story in the Bible, even in the old testament and see how God worked in the lives of people in the Bible, and know that because Jesus Christ never changes and God is not a respecter of persons, He can work the same way in my life too!

Does that mean He is going to part a red sea for me? Well, I likely won't be in the exact situation, but it does mean that when I am stuck between a sea and an army (between a rock and a hard place) either of which could take my life, He can make a way out.

Does that mean that He is going to ask me to build an ark and bring two of each kind of animal on it and wait for the earth to be flooded? No, because He promised He would never destroy the earth by flood again. However, it does mean that when God tells me to do something, I can do it, no matter how crazy other people think I am, and I can rest assured that He is working for my good. I can follow His direction knowing He is bringing me through the flood and placing me and my family on dry ground on the other side of it.

Does that mean that He is going to save me from the fiery furnace? I don't know about that, but it means that when the heat is on, He is standing with me. He will not leave me to face the fiery furnace alone.

I could go on and on, but you get the idea. What He has done before, He can do again! We serve an AWESOME God who cares for us and loves us the same as He cared for and loved everyone else who came before us.

“The Moment – Hot Springs”

Pastor Ben Wiles, pastor of River of Life Church in Hot Springs posted a great blog post concerning an upcoming local event in his area.

Friends, take a moment to read his post. It is amazing to me to think that we have "Christians" who are falling for the lies of satan left and right. They truly are deceived and because of that are deceiving others as well.

Don't make decisions based on what others have to say. READ YOUR BIBLE and make your own decisions based on what THE INFALLIBLE WORD OF GOD has to say!!

Check out Pastor Ben's reflections here!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Simple Life

I remember a time in my life when things seemed simple. A time where the most important thing I had to worry about was how many boxes of girl scout cookies I could sell this year. A time where the most difficult decisions I had to make was which shirt I was going to wear to school today. Where did the simple times go?

Is life more difficult because I am an adult now or is life changing all together? Being an adult brings on its own set of responsibilities that I didn't have to worry with as a child, but I really think that life is getting harder over all. Things that used to be simple are so complex now. Things that are supposed to make life simple, add layers of complexity that cause more stress. 

A good example of this is simple communication with a friend. When I was a kid, if I wanted to communicate with someone, you basically either had to talk to them face to face, call them on the phone, or send them a letter by snail mail. When I was a teenager (or around that time) we got the internet at home and added email as a means of communication. Then there were cell phones and pagers and now we add texting and social media outlets to the list of endless ways to communicate with people.

Before all the technology, I could call someone and they would answer and talk to me. Now I don't know how I should try and get a hold of someone and when I try they sometimes don't respond. Come to find out later, they saw your text, email, or facebook message, they just didn't reply. It is easy to hide behind the technology to avoid people and it makes it more difficult to communicate.

This is just one example. I love technology as much as anyone, but some days, I just want the simple life back!!