Christian growth · Christian Life · salvation

How To Have Life and Peace

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It was a busy evening of decorating the church for our recent Vacation Bible School when one of the leaders picked up a “Conversation Beach Ball” and decided it was time for a break.  She threw the ball to a worker and yelled, “Right hand!”  They caught the ball and then read the question that was under the grasp of their right thumb and answered it.  The ball was passed to me and the question I read was something like,

What  Bible story do you love the most?

Not wanting to take too much time to answer, I thought of one I’d recently been reading in my morning devotions.  I said, “The story of Joseph forgiving his brothers.”  The group was satisfied with my answer because it allowed the game to continue.

The next day I got to thinking back on our game, and my question in particular, and I was shocked when I thought about how I had responded!

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Christian Life · trials

Behind the Clouds

I remember the drive as I headed out early to purchase the last items I needed for my Easter dinner.  I was filled with excitement as I anticipated Easter Sunday and the joy of worshiping and remembering the empty tomb! The sky was kind of gray and cloudy as I headed out, but I needed to get this done.

As I drove into town, my mind went to the first Easter Saturday – that very day after Continue reading “Behind the Clouds”

Bible study · Christian growth · Christian Life

Early Shopping

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Laryngitis is keeping me from posting a video today, so I’m writing my post instead.  Hopefully I’ll be back with a voice and a video next week!

 

Whether we want to admit it or not, the Christmas season is closing in on us.  I’ve seen Black Friday ads long before November even arrived!  I can remember the days of shopping on Black Friday.  One year my whole family was in Kentucky for Thanksgiving and we decided we were going to join the crazy shoppers and head out and get some bargains, too!  We mapped out: Continue reading “Early Shopping”

Christian Life · Conviction · fellowship with God

Conviction is…

Do you remember these “Love is…” cartoons? How many descriptions of love have been described in this cartoon since the 1960’s when it first began? It covers every aspect of love, both tender and funny. I’ve always enjoyed them and look for them, and often find them taped to the bathroom mirror from a certain someone. 🙂 The illustrator could recognize love in many forms.

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Christian Life · Empty life · obedience

Faithful & Full

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Running on empty is not a good thing.

Years ago when I was single, I was driving in town and all of the sudden my car sputtered, coughed, and then STOPPED.

I know nothing about cars, so I had no idea what the problem could be, but I assumed I had engine trouble.

I was teaching at a Christian school far away from my parents, so I called my pastor and told him my car was dead and I needed help.  He came to my rescue and the first question he asked was,

“Do you have gas in your tank?”
“Oh yes, I have gas,”  I replied.

My dad always said he doesn’t feel sorry for anyone who runs out of gas because you can see if you need to fill up!  I tried to live by the good principle of keeping the tank full, and was sure that I hadn’t stooped to this negligent nature of not watching how empty my tank really was!

So, after my pastor did all the checking he could on the engine, he decided to look at the gas tank level.  It was on empty.  I can still remember the embarrassment I felt.  No matter how much I said the tank had gas, the truth was eventually revealed.

Empty is never good.  Think about it…

  • Empty cupboards
  • Empty house
  • Empty wallet
  • Empty life
    or even
  • Empty words

Proverbs 20:6

Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness:
but a faithful man who can find?

Proclaiming our own goodness is using empty words.  They come from the person who says they’re full, but they’re running on empty.

  • I go to church.
    • But their life is their own the rest of the week.
  • I’m a good person.
    • But they fail to realize that all are sinners in need of a Savior.
  • I’m better than _______.
    • They compare themselves to others instead of God’s standard.
  • I’m a Christian.
    • But they live their life as they please.
    • There’s little desire to grow, to be in God’s Word, or to talk to God in a relational way.
    • In a trial they fall apart.
    • In difficulty they are weak because they are far from God and they operate in their own strength and get what they can do, rather than what God wants to do.
    • They look just like an unbeliever in their lifestyle, their activities, conversations and desires.

If we’re honest, we all run on “empty” from time to time.  The encouragement here in this Proverb is not to say you’re full, when you’re really not.  We must be honest and admit the need.  When we confess the need we call it what God calls it – this is repenting and turning from our own way.  Then we open our arms and embrace God’s way instead.  We allow Him to fill us and enable us to be faithful. You can keep your “tank” filled by reading His Word and talking with Him.  Keep short accounts of your sin. Obey whatever He tells you to do.  Your heart will be filled with His joy and His life!

Let’s not be like foolish I was, running on empty and thinking I could boast about being full.  Let’s admit our emptiness and allow the Lord to sweetly come to our rescue!

The emptiness you feel can only be met in Christ.  If He is already your Savior, tell Him your need and your heart’s longing.  He promises to fill us with His presence and peace.  If you’ve never trusted in Him to be your Savior for your sin, tell Him you want to have a relationship with Him, that you know you’re a sinner and need Him to save you.

Rather than boasting while on empty, let’s stay faithful and full!

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