Mar 25, 2016 - Faith, The Love of God    6 Comments

WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT GOOD FRIDAY?


THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY

I woke us about 3:30 am Wednesday morning and as I laid there in bed I thought to myself that the celebration of Easter is coming.  Then the words Good Friday entered my mind.  So I got up and looked up on my phone “What’s so good about Good Friday?”  There were several articles talking about Good Friday, but only one really stuck out to me.

As I am writing this I’m still thinking, “What’s so good about Good Friday?”  Everything!  As dark as that day was, knowing  that we crucified an innocent man Jesus the Messiah in the place of a criminal named Barabbas,  Good Friday was the brightest day on earth for all of mankind.  Jesus’ death opened the gates to paradise once again to those who would believe on the name of Jesus the Son of God.  By one man’s sin, Adam, sin entered into the world and by one man’s act of righteousness sin is forgiven.

Romans 5:17-19
17 Since by the one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.

18 So then, as through one trespass there is condemnation for everyone, so also through one righteous act there is life-giving justification for everyone. 19 For just as through one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so also through the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.  

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Feb 28, 2016 - Communication    2 Comments

DON’T USE THAT TONE

WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? My girls, Emma Grace and Ella, will often say that when my brother or my brother-in-law come through the door.  It drives me nuts because it’s not said with a friendly sound of delight.  Rather, it sounds somewhat rude to me imagewhen these little kids are questioning an adult.  In thinking about this, I have discovered something new about language and the importance of how the proper tone  usage in our everyday conversations can make all the difference in the world . It’s really not tone usage that is new to me.  It’s the understanding of how tone can be missed used or abused.  I remember growing up as a child hearing my grandmother say, “Don’t you use that tone with me boy!  I brought you into this world and I can take you out.”  That was grandma’s way of saying don’t be disrespectful and I was headed for a good old fashion spanking.  Grandma, known as Miss Annie, raised me with all the love a mother could give and then some.  I learned from her that you are always to respect your elders whether they were relate to you or not.  You were always to be respectful and raising your voice as a child to an adult was a BIG No, No.

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Feb 1, 2016 - Faith    4 Comments

THAT’S LIFE

Every day that you wake up is a day from God.  You may wake up filled with pain, grief, sorrow and hurting; all you want is for the pain to stop.  Trust me God knows it.  He still loves you and He cares for you more than you know.

Have you ever consider that when you came into this world it was through someone else’s pain.  The pain of a mother giving birth to her child.  Even though she knew the cost of pain, she was willing to bare it, endure it, to bring her child into this world.  She did it even though it would mean unbearable pain.  And yes, even the possibility of her death.  

So what is it that gives us the strength to bare the unbearable pain that most certainly comes with life?  Love, we do it all for love time and time again.  For love of family, for the love of a friend, Oh! Let us not forget for the love of life itself.

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The wisest man in the world once said, “All is vanity, a chasing of the wind.”  Many scholars have made attempts to interpret what Solomon, King David’s son, meant by a chasing of the wind.  I heard it’s been said that his words were spoken out of great depression.  I believe now that he shared these word out of great love.  A love for life, the kind of life that only God can give.  The same God that gave him His wisdom.  

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