God has a Plan!

‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. ‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. – Jeremiah 29:11-12

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False Gospels

Attended a conference tonight on false teachings, cults, and new ages practices. It can wholly (and holy)  be summarized with the following verse…

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel– which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!” –  Galatians 1:6-8

 

 

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A Gift From a Stranger

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Abram i am

The story of Abraham (orginally Abram) is one of slow and steady progression. It begins as he carries on his normal life of pagan worship. In Act 1, Abram receives the call from God and struggles to obey his calling. In Act 2, he travels the rollercoaster of life until the promise of the Lord starts to transform. Abraham’s story teaches us that faith is not an easy, linear process where God takes us directly from A to Z. It is also not a process in which we manage the timeline. Instead, it is filled with twists, obstacles, challenges, and delays that are all as much a part of faith as righteous living and prayer. No one said this would be easy.

When we reach the place where we are willing to do or accept God’s will instead of our own, we have reached a great turning point in prayer and in life.

Jesus said:  “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will, but to do the will of him who sent me.” (John 6:38, NIV)

This is so hard when we want something passionately. As spoiled children, WE WANT IT AND WE WANT IT NOW!!!

Tonight pray that you can submit to God’s will instead of our own.

Remember: God is absolutely trustworthy.

 

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It’s been a while

Bridgette and I are married and honeymooned. Time to get back to the blog. Praise His Name!

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Does the Bible say we will recognize our loved ones in Heaven?

There are several passages in the Bible that indicate we will maintain our identity in heaven and be recognized by our loved ones.

For example, Jesus makes it a point in Matthew 22:31-32 that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were alive and existing as individuals by those names.

Also, in Matthew 17:1-8, Peter, James and John recognized Moses and Elijah.

In 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 Paul expected to recognize in heaven fellow believers to whom he had been ministering to on earth.

In addition, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:12, “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”. That last phrase, ” I shall know fully, even as I am fully known” would indicate that we shall know others as well as be known by others.

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Drinking From The Garden Hose

I am not sure how this memory popped into a Pittsburgh mid-winter conversation, but my fiance (30 days and counting) and I fondly discussed this childhood ritual a few weeks ago. The experience was pleasant and the cold water was refreshing; however, our satiety was only temporary.

Temporary because we were drinking from the wrong garden hose…

Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman

1 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8(His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

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