Jesus treated people with the upmost respect and kindness even when they were making bad decisions or going as far as bringing humiliation, threats, and persecution upon Him. This outward outpouring of gentleness and grace came from deep inside Himself. Even when thousands of people misunderstood and left only the closest disciples by His side or when Jesus was given the vinegar while on the cross, I am convinced, that He never had one thought of bad will toward those people. And I would even go so far as to say that as we are as guilty today as they were 2000 years ago He still never has a thought of ill will against you or I. God create in us a clean heart that is pure from retaliation just as Your Son has. Give us a new spirit and hope from within to do the good works that You have prepared us to do. Amen.
I know it’s long, lol, but stay in there. I hope you will be blessed as I was as I thought of today’s thought.
“He is the kind of guy that just stands out, even among Christian’s because he is different, but in a good way.” We all think about being that guy. That guy who people admire for being the “salt of the earth” and “light of the world” kind of genuine person. But how? Jesus is the light and I must reflect His glory by humbling myself and exalting His preferences and His way above my own, leading to having a deep conviction in my heart that leads to changing my heart and my ways to His way, making me a kind and gentle person, which creates a great appetite for knowing how to better treat Him and my family, friends, and enemies showing them His mercy and even grace, which empowers my thoughts to be pure, not revengeful, allowing me to forgive and bring the Peace of Christ into my life and others. This gives way to being misunderstood by some and being even ridiculed by others but also gives the blessing of being “that guy.” “You are the salt of the earth.” “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” Have a blessed day!!!
In order to win big we must give big. There is an inheritance awaiting those who remain faithful to The Lord that is larger than this life but the price of faithful living to receive it is painful many times. Remaining faithful to Jesus may take time out of sports, it may take shady tax exemptions off the board costing us more money, it could cause us to be misunderstood and even humiliated. To live rightly with God my finances, friendships, health, career, family, and time will be effected but neither here on this life nor in the life to come will we be saddened that we decided to live Godly lives.
When Jesus told the woman in Luke 7 to “go into peace” He was saying exactly what she needed to hear, precisely when she needed to hear it. Today it is no different. For there to be peace in our life, in our family, or in the world we must first know forgiveness. The reason that this formally sinful woman could leave in peace is because she was forgiven. At the root of most peace problems there is a forgiveness problem. Many struggle to forgive themselves or others for past stupidities, they hold grudges and limit the grace of God by thinking such thoughtless mistakes cannot be forgiven. “For by grace you have been saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8). Today faithful Christians can live in peace even forgiving others because of the forgiveness they have received. Have a blessed day!
“There are times when I look around and realize that it is hard, if not impossible to see God. With this hurt I feel, grief I am dealing with, sorrow in feel in the loss of opportunities, abilities, children, family, and friends. It really makes me depressed and question where God is.” When it is hard to see good it is impossible to see God. What do we fill our hearts and minds with when things go wrong? If we escape one darkness by finding more darkness in alcohol, lust, drugs, deep depression, gambling, or unhealthy living then it is understandable that we would wonder where God is. There are people that never wonder where God is. Those people who seek Him in the Bible, who look for the positive around themselves, and who center their thoughts on things that are noble, true, lovely, excellent, or commendable see God every day. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). Have a blessed week!!
God continues to touch lives in our small community. It was my honor to get to baptize my granddaughter, Lexee Benkley. She is going into the 3rd grade and we have been studying for a while now about the need to do what God has instructed us to do to become a child of His. I think of the passage in Deuteronomy 4:9 where the scripture ends with “teach your children and your children’s children.” Both of my children became a Christian at an pretty early age and we are now starting on the second generation. Just as God has instructed. What a Great Day for the Church here at Hammon.
Sunday was another great day in the Church here at Hammon. Kade Allen made the decision to be immersed into Christ. He was baptized by his father. It was a joyous occasion and very touching.
Sunday was a great day for the Church as a whole. Ethan Gower made the greatest choice one could ever make in their life. He made the choice to become a child of God and be immersed into Christ. I had the honor and privilege to be the one chosen to do the baptism. Although the water was frigid, we both went into the water just as it was done by Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch many years before. I know that Bobbie and Dustin are so proud of Ethan.
It is so great to see that God is still touching peoples lives.
Below you will find a video of the event.