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Don’t Miss It

I just returned from a trip to the Holy Land.  I can now say I have walked in the footsteps of Jesus.  I saw places I’ve read about and heard about in the Bible for many years.  I’ve eaten bread and taken holy communion in a garden.  I learned a lot in a few short days but one thing I couldn’t grasp was how the gospel message is still foreign to some.  While in the Holy Land, I heard someone ask their tour guide about Jesus as we were standing in front of a beautiful church.  The tourist said aloud, “I don’t know this Jesus.” She said it as if she wasn’t sure who the tour guide was talking about.  The historical facts, the architecture designs and the stones were intriguing to us all, but her words hit me like a ton of bricks as I passed through a crowd to catch up to my group.  I silently prayed she would get to know Jesus personally, not just learn his name at a tour site.  That day I learned sometimes we can truly miss Jesus at home and abroad.  We can walk in his footsteps but not walk like Him.  We can eat bread and drink water but forget the source of it all.  I learned we must seek Him as the Bible says, no matter where we are.  Seek to know Him better, seek Him to find answers to questions. Keep seeking to  see how the Bible stories will come alive in our walk of faith.  This is my prayer as I strive to keep living on pitch and I pray the same for you.

John 3:16 (NIV) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. that whoever believes in Him should not perish have eternal life.

 

 

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Mission Accomplished

Sometimes I can accomplish something and think I’m doing something real big.  My friends will often affirm it by saying things to me  like you really “killed it” or you know you “crushed it.”  Even my personal goal setting journal encourages me with a nice font saying “nailed it!” right at the bottom of each page.  The idea of getting things done got me to thinking about how God did something real big one day.  He sent his only Son Jesus Christ to die for my sins. The gift of eternal life and everlasting joy was the only goal.   He accomplished it. The work of Jesus was finished on the cross through his death, burial and resurrection.  This made me realize no matter what I accomplish, no one can kill it, crush it or nail it like Jesus can.  None of my accomplishments can ever compare to Calvary.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for loving us so much that you sent your only Son Jesus to die for our sins.  Amen

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Messages of Love

I have received so many e-mail messages on love this week. The messages are mostly advertisements to remind me to buy something to celebrate, surprise, amaze, cherish my true love and my sweetheart. Chocolate, fruit, nice dinners, and jewelry are all fine but they are not the greatest gifts. The best messages of love come from how we live our lives according to God’s word. The Bible says love is not arrogant or rude and doesn’t insist on its own way. Love isn’t envious or boastful. Love never ends. One of my favorite songs about love says “by this men will know that we are Christ disciples” When I give love away with a message of hope and faith I am sending the right message.  God’s love always amazes me. I am blood-bought, not dipped in chocolate bought or nice restaurant bought, or even bling bought. I cherish the fact God so loved me that He gave His only son for me. I have tasted and seen the sweetest of love in my walk with God from the moment I invited Jesus into my heart. I invited Him in and God ignited me to live on pitch for Him. That’s my love story and I’m giving this message of love, faith and hope away today. God so loves you too. Invite Jesus into your heart and you will receive the greatest gift of love!