Sunday, December 17, 2017

From the Heart: Shaping Up For Heaven

From the Heart: Shaping Up For Heaven

The scripture says our bodies are temporary houses of clay. A place where our eternal spirit lives until our body returns to dust. The pressure of God’s hand may hurt as he shapes our lives but we should remember he is getting us ready to fit in up there.

From the Heart: St. Nicholas

From the Heart: St. Nicholas

Many Christian parents wonder what to tell their children about Santa Claus. Some see red when they think about that jolly old elf getting all the credit. Others view him as a delightful fantasy that can do no harm. However, we could use Santa as a springboard for reinforcing young minds with the true meaning of Christmas.

From the Heart: Looking Back

From the Heart: Looking Back

Have you ever driven up a mountain side and stopped near the top and looked back? I remember diving from Phoenix to Flagstaff, Arizona. I had some time to kill so I took the old road instead of the interstate. Near the top there is a place to pull off the road and look back down the mountain. When I stopped and looked back from where I had come, it now seemed clearer, less treacherous, even the fog bank through which I had inched my way seemed clearer.

From the Heart: Life After Death

October 24, 2017 by  
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From the Heart: Life After Death

People have always wanted an answer to the question; “What happens to you after you die?” and the Psalmist were no different. They lived in an age without effective medicine, in an age when wars were fought hand to hand. Dead bodies were a familiar reality. Yet death, however familiar, remained mysterious and frightening.

From the Heart: The Power of Prayer

From the Heart: The Power of Prayer

I want to thank all my readers for your prayers. And to impress upon your minds that God is always listening when we call out to him. Whether we are crying out for help or shouting for joy, His communication line is always open. He is your friend, talk to Him, even about the little things. I’ve heard it said that anything that’s big enough to worry about is big enough to pray about.

From the Heart: Our Blue Rose

From the Heart: Our Blue Rose

It was obvious now that the boy had some special needs and was somewhat startled as he turned and saw Steve standing so close to him waiting to squeeze by. His eyes widened and you could see the surprise look on his face.

From the Heart: The Elijah Complex

From the Heart: The Elijah Complex

It’s not uncommon for some elderly people to feel like they have fulfilled their purpose. Like Elijah, they simply give up and wish that God would come on and take them home to heaven. Yet, whether they realize it or not, they are still a significant part of life. Many Christians have been encouraged by the patience, wisdom, and intercession of older people who love the Lord. Only eternity will reveal the full impact of their spiritual contribution.

From the Heart: Finding Truth

August 14, 2017 by  
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From the Heart: Finding Truth

When we hear something new, no matter how logical it sounds, we need to compare it to the Word of God. If it agrees with the principles found there, it’s the truth; if not, it’s a lie.

From the Heart: Worth the Struggle

From the Heart: Worth the Struggle

I believe God’s purpose in saving us is not simply to keep us from going to hell, but`that Christ likeness may be formed in us. (Gal. 4:19). The moment we become a child of God through faith in Christ Jesus the process begins. (Rom. 3:26-29). From then on, God uses all of life’s circumstances to make us conformed to the image of His Son.

From the Heart: The Appeal of the Forbidden

From the Heart: The Appeal of the Forbidden

The desire for what is off-limits is not confined to spoiled children. It reflects a tendency in all of us that goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden. All too often we like to keep our eye on the temptation while praying not to be led into it.

From the Heart: Pleasing God

From the Heart: Pleasing God

Our Heavenly Father expects us to help others, to set a good example, to let our light shine that they might see Christ living in us. How often do we get caught up in this old world, worrying about what others think? If we live our lives trying to be people pleasers we will never accomplish our goal.

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