Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Mary: Our Example in Obscurity?


By Greg Laurie
It is difficult for us to understand, 2,000 years later, the significance of the angel Gabriel’s appearance to Mary in Nazareth.
After all, he could have found the future mother of the Messiah in Rome, the capital of the greatest power on earth at the time. He could have found her in Athens, the cultural center of the world, or in Jerusalem, the spiritual center of the world.
But God chose Nazareth, an obscure but extremely wicked city that was notorious for its sin. Upon hearing that Jesus was from there, Nathanael said, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46).
What is amazing about Mary is that she lived a godly life in a godless place, and she did so as a very young teenager. Commentators believe she may have been as young as 12, but not much older than 14.
Here she was, a nobody living in a nothing town in the middle of nowhere—precisely the kind of person that God goes out of His way to call. He chose an unknown girl in a relatively unknown city to bring about the most-known event in human history, an event so significant that we actually divide human time by it.
Maybe you are trying to live out your faith in a godless place today, at work or school or among unbelieving family members. You’re wondering if it can be done. It can.
Mary stands as an example for us, proving that it is possible to live a godly life in an ungodly world

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Bible Trivia

 During the days of Mary and Joseph, who sent out a decree `that all the world should be taxed'?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bible Trivia

 How long did Paul stay in Rome in his own rented house?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bible Trivia

 What happened when Peter was talking to the people who had gathered at the house of Cornelius?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Bible Trivia

Seven days after Job`s friends had come to him, Job opened his mouth and... 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bible Trivia

 How many stones were set up as a memorial to the LORD for bringing the children of Israel across the Jordan on dry ground? 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Shorten prayer

Dear heavenly Father followed by an impulsive need to lift up my arms and say, "Thank you Lord" over and over and over and over and over again was the only thing I felt moved to say to God today upon entering my apartment from work. To say anything else would have been overly redundant for Yahweh has been faithful in taking care of my everyday need. I could not help but shed some tears as I wrote the former  statement. Anyway, God has been good to me, is good to me , and will continue to be good to me in spite of my MANY sins. My God is truly a wonderful God whom I can always trust.
Will you open your heart and receive Jesus today?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

Gratitude

Yahweh did it again! Today, God saved one of my family members from trouble with the law. My family member was hanging with the wrong crowd. Talking about being at the wrong place at the wrong time. But alleluia, God is always at the right place at the right time. I can search through all eternity and find no one else like the Almighty,  All Powerful, All Knowing, need I keep going? Lord, you are my savior and in you all promises are fulfilled. Thank you Yahweh for what you did on the cross for me. Without the cross and resurrection, I would not have the hope I have in Jesus today. 

Will you give your heart to Him today and invite Him to be there for you in times of need?

Friday, October 5, 2012

My 3PM Thought


God, I continue to be in awe of your works. You are majestic in your ways. After the way you intervened in my behalf at work today with having to deal with an impulsive child, I have to say your faithfulness surpasses any that man can ever imagine. Victory is guaranteed in you. Thank you Yahweh! I can always count on you. In you Lord, I'm confident. No mountain is too high for me to climb. Please hold on to me and help me to never push you away, for your name is what I want to praise forever. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

My Thought of God After I Was Observed at Work



Yahweh, you are marvelous and none can compare to you. When your servant asks for divine intervention in regards to the unknown, you are faithful enough to deliver. I just want to thank you Lord for being there for me even when I am not there for myself. I need not worry about anything for as long as Yahweh is leading me. Lord, I prefer that you don't just stay by my side but that you take complete leadership of my life. Please work it out so that I'm always willing to follow your lead. Let your leading be the thing I crave for for as long as I live.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bible Trivia

 Jesus told his disciples to be as shrewd as what animal?

(leave your response in the comment box)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

What's the Purpose of Testimony?



Your testimony is not about what you gave up for Jesus. It's about what He gave up for you.
Greg Laurie

Sunday, September 9, 2012

What is Discipleship


Discipleship is all about following our Master Jesus Christ and learning to live by the wisdom of His Word.
John Barnett

Monday, August 27, 2012

Who Are The Meek?



By Greg Laurie
Meekness is not weakness. Sometimes we confuse the two. But the difference between a meek person and weak person is this: a weak person can't do anything. A meek person, on the other hand, can do something but chooses not to.
Jesus said, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:5). The word meek from the original language was used to describe reining in a stallion. It is the idea of a horse being controlled by a bit and bridle. The horse is choosing to submit to authority. That is meekness. It is power under constraint.
Although Jesus said, "Blessed [happy] are the meek," we don't celebrate meekness in our culture. Instead, we celebrate assertiveness. We celebrate getting things from other people, sometimes even taking advantage of other people. When is the last time you saw a movie that celebrated the virtue of meekness? When is the last time the big buildup for the movie was the moment when the good guy meekly restrains himself, even though he was wronged? We don't want to go to a movie like that. We want to see a payback movie in which the first half consists of bad things happening to the hero, and the last half consists of bad things that come to the people who did those things to the hero. That is what entertains us. That is what our culture celebrates.
How different this is from what the Bible teaches. The Bible celebrates meekness. The biblical worldview says last is first. Giving is receiving. Dying is living. Losing is finding. The least is the greatest. Meekness is strength. The idea is that we are living by God's truth—not by what our culture says should make us happy

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Can a Christian Lose His or Her Salvation?

Rather than trying to live in two worlds, it is far better to live as close to God as you possibly can.
Greg Laurie

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Feeling Inadequate for the Great Commission?



Jesus Christ knew all about the human tendency to feel inadequate. That is why He assured His followers they would receive a Helper - the Holy Spirit - who would come to abide in them forever.
Charles Stanley

Sunday, August 5, 2012

A Friend of Tax Collectors?

"While our religion can never save us; the good news is that our past can’t keep us from salvation."
-Ray Pritchard

Monday, July 23, 2012

I Love You

1 John 3:16 defines love based on what Jesus did for you and I on the cross, "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us." To what extent will you love someone?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Practice Daily Reading of the Bible

"To avoid satan's deceit, study God's word carefully and regularly. When you know what God says, you will not fall for satan's lies."
-Life Application Study Bible (NIV)