26
Jun

Will the Real God Please Stand Up?!

I have to tell you; I have often wondered why people in Biblical times, and even now in modern times, believed in the possibility of more than one god existing. It isn’t surprising though, because society has always look to “something else” and changed what that “something else” is to chase what they think will make them happy.

What I really think they are saying is: “You can believe what you want, but don’t mess with me. I like my god, the one I think I control.” Ironic, isn’t it?

And then, there are those who think one higher being exists, some will even label this being God. However, they also reason that you can get to him many ways. I think I feel for this person the most, because the logic he/she is following starts out in the right direction, but then strays completely off course.

So why am I so sure there is only one true God?

Creation proclaims Him. As I sit back and look at some of the most beautiful things in creation – various landscapes, rainbows, and those little people we call babies – I am convinced chaos did not bring them forth.

God Himself makes it known in Scripture. Just one example of this is in Isaiah:

I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting people may know there is none besides me. I am the Lord, and there is no other. Isa. 45:5-6 NIV

Yes, the God of the Bible is who I believe in. Interestingly, as science moves on to higher levels of discovery, and architectural finds continue to unearth more and more ruins, the Bible is only more justified in its claims of the one true God.

God and I are connected through Jesus.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV

Not only did He leave a very detailed record for me to study, but my connection with Him is unmistakable. It is not a head issue for me, it’s a heart issue. Once Jesus comes into your heart, there is no denying His presence nor that of the Father’s.

So how can you and I help those around us know the one true God?

First, we must be clear on what we believe. The foundational belief of Christianity is that Jesus is the one true son of the living God. He lived, He died, and He rose again to offer salvation for all mankind. Those who are true followers of Christ are convinced He is the reflection of the one true God.

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Esp. 4:4-6 NIV

Second, we have to know what makes Christianity different from other religions. No other religion teaches that God reached down to humanity. They instead teach the need for humanity to reach up to God. But John makes it clear that God made the connection for us.

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17 NIV

Third, we must be both lifelong students and daily reflections of Him. We will not be able to articulate what makes God stand out above other so called gods if we don’t have a direct and active relationship with Him ourselves. If we know little about what is written in the Bible, we will not have enough to go on. And if I say I believe God is kind and compassionate, I should be kind and compassionate as well. Knowledge linked with action is powerful.

One of my favorite quotes by C.S. Lewis is this:

I believe in Christianity as I believe in the rising sun; not because I see it, but by it I can see all else.

Today, let’s work toward telling others about the one true God! Remember, be clear on what you believe and be able to present that to others, know the key difference between Christianity and other religions, and strive to be both a lifelong student as well as a daily reflection Him.

What experiences have you had with others that believe in a different version of God than the God of the Bible?


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16
Nov

That New Christian Feel

Believers Celebration Sunday

I’m not sure what your church service looked like this past Sunday, but this was mine! At Believers Church, we had service outside underneath a HUGE tent adjacent to the property our church family will soon call home (hopefully within the next 18 months to 2 years). We called it Celebration Sunday!

Yes, we got a little crazy, but isn’t the love of Jesus something to be crazy about!

So what were we celebrating? I am so glad you asked! During this service, we were able to look back and see how far the church has come since the Rescue Project, a former project that allowed the church to build our current worship center. Back then, the church was really no bigger than your average Baptist church is today, and my husband and I weren’t part of the membership! We have, however, benefited from the hard work and strong faith of those who took God at His word and launched out into the unknown “to rescue those who were drowning in their sin.” Darrell and I came to Believers in 2006. Next year, we will have been with the church 10 years! And the growth has been incredible, so much so that we have outgrown our current building and are working toward building a new church that house all the kids, teens, and adults that Jesus sees fit to send us each Sunday (almost 1500 total).

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7
Nov

Thankfulness for Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

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Well, it’s November, the month of Thankfulness (which should be every day, right?). So as I reflect on November, I thank God for all that has happen this past year and for all that will come. What I struggle with the most is thanking Him for what is happening in the moment -right now, today! You too! I’m so glad you spoke up!

Crazy how we can reflect on past things or even dream of future things, but those things right there in front of us always seem to elude me. I am sure I am not alone in this, which is probably why Cinderella’s hit Don’t Know What You’ve Got (Til It’s Gone) was so wildly popular in the 80’s. (but I digress!)

I am so thankful for a God that sees me in the moment, and although it is against our nature, I strive to see Him the very same way. I want to catch Him working in my life every hour, even every 5 minutes! Good to know Jesus “is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8 NLT). It gives me hope that I might actually catch up to Him someday. Ironic that to get up to speed with God, I actually need to slow down. Slow down from the busyness of the day, slow down and push out the distractions, slow down and listen for a small, still voice whispering words of mercy and grace to me.

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27
Aug

Walk in His Light!

Nicaragua Mission Trip 2015

Nicaragua Missions Trip 2015

We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love. 2 Corinthians 6:6 NLT

Wow! I can’t believe it has been a little over a month since we talked! It really went fast, and God has been so faithful! I have so much to tell you! Starting this weekend, I will begin posting again on a weekly basis.

Taking some time to refresh and ground myself again was well worth it. I definitely needed to drink deeply from the well of living water! Maybe today you do too!

On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me!  Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’ John 7:37-38

Of course, going back to Nicaragua this year was an incredible boost! Seeing the growth of the church, orphanage, and feeding center there in just two short years was amazing! And then, being able to share Love Echoed Back with some pretty awesome ladies just topped it off!

Love Echoed Back BeGroup in Spanish

Love Echoed Back BeGroup in Spanish

Can I say it again!  AWESOME!!!

So stay tuned. Lots of new things coming: new posts, a new look for the website, new speaking engagements, and work on my second book! Please share with your family and friends!!!

Until this weekend, walk in His light! Blessings!!


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7
Jun

Home Run Series: Heading to Home Plate

Home Run

Wow! Here we are at the bottom of the ninth ending, and our series is coming to a close. We have rounded all the bases and are headed to home plate. Home plate represents “connection to God”. In others words, what is your relationship to God –are you connected?

Consider this, no one can get to first base without starting at home plate, nor can anyone finish a run without returning and crossing over home plate. The Bible says, Jesus is “the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.” (Revelation 1:8) In order to run the bases successfully, we need to align our lives in such a way that He permeates it from beginning to end. Every time we run the bases in order something amazing happens –we strengthen our walk with Christ, and our relationship with Him is more balanced. Life becomes less about us and more about Him. John the Baptist said it best:

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24
May

Home Run Series: Who’s on Second?

Last week, we talked about building our character, which was represented by first base. The week, we’re on second base discussing why relationships (founded in Christian love) are so important!

If God is anything, He is a God who is all about relationship. From the beginning of creation, God planned for us to be in relationship with Him.

Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. … Genesis 1:26

Notice two things:

1. God has always existed in relationship –God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost are represented in this verse by “us.” The Trinity is the most powerful display of relationship that exists.

2. He wants us to be like the Trinity, always in “relationship,” not only with each other, but most importantly with Him.

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15
May

Home Run Series: Who’s On First?

This week, get ready! Life is standing on the pitcher’s mound waiting to throw the ball, and it’s time to make a play that leads toward first base. First base represents our inner self and the work we need to do to get ourselves in line with God’s will for our lives.

Proverbs 16:2 states:

I know for me; on any given day, I have to fight what I think is right for me versus what God says is right for me. That inner struggle builds character. Will I do what needs to be done to stay close to God or will I do what I feel like instead?

The biggest pressure in a baseball game is in the bottom of the ninth inning, when the bases are loaded and there are two outs. Scoring a run can be the difference between winning and losing the game. Does life feel that way most days? Are your bases loaded? Perhaps you have a relationship or marriage on first, kids on second, and your job on third. Or maybe your bases are loaded a little different, but no matter how life stacks up for you–God’s will must be in it, in order for you to have the character you need to be a top scorer. When the pressure is on, whatever is inside you will come out! You can count on it.

When that moment comes, will it be self-control, grace, mercy, and compassion that you display or will it be arrogance, selfishness, or jealousy?

God wants to work on us from the inside out, but we have to be willing to stand in the moment. Are we willing to let Him make the call on which play will be next? Are we willing to swing the bat with all that is within us for His honor and glory? Or will we simply try to bunt the ball on our own and see how far we get?

God doesn’t promise this character- building stuff will be easy. Sometimes we will strike out, but if we let God work in us and through us, we will soon be on our way around first base and going to second.

However, our biggest obstacle to first base is pride:

Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Romans 12:3 NLT

So, humble yourself to the ultimate coach, and let Him steer you to first base and beyond! Let’s play ball!


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2
Mar

Magnify the Word

In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.

John 1: 1-5 NLT

This passage gives an eternal glimpse into the person of Jesus. Have you only thought of Jesus in the day He lived? Historians do –they label Him a human who walked the earth once during His 33 years among us. Believers, although knowledgeable of His existence prior to His appearance on earth as well as hopeful of His reappearance in the near future, should challenge themselves to meditate on this passage in John. These 5 verses, when placed in context with the entire life of Jesus, allow us to fully appreciate the Savior we worship.

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10
Jul

Top 12 Scriptures Regarding Love

This week I just wanted to share with you why I think the Bible is a huge love letter from God. First, nothing is more important to us than something written down. Sure, we love to hear family and friends tell us they love us, but there is just something special about having it ‘in writing.’ Second, the most significant reason for having something written is so we can go back and reread it over and over! In that way, we can relive the feeling we got when we first read it, and enjoy the moment all over again.

God is no different. He loved us enough to put His thoughts in writing, and He hopes that we will go back and read them over and over. So let’s read a little on the subject of love from our heavenly Father’s perspective.

12. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

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