The word Christian means “Little Christ.” If we want to become more like Christ we need to know Him better. I invite you to experience Christ with me as we read through the Gospel accounts of Jesus and His life. The goal is to read one chapter a day starting on June 1 with Matthew chapter 1. We should finish the last chapter in John just before the start of September. My postings may come later on days I have to be out early like Sundays. Hope you will join me to see where Jesus and God’s Spirit will lead us.
Almost everyone has hopes and fears. Some fears are important because they get us to act, like the fears we have when we hear tornado sirens and we seek cover. But there are other fears like the fear of getting caught or punished. Those are the fears of the wicked that will eventually happen. The hopes of those who walk with Jesus in faith are more than wishful thinking. The hope of forgiveness, God’s strength to get through tough time and eternal life with Christ will be granted. When our hope is in the Lord we will not be disappointed.
I hear people say “Blessings” or “Have a blessed day” at the end of a conversation. Sometimes I wonder if these are just popular sayings that don’t mean a lot to either the speaker or the heater. Blessings come from God. They don’t always take the form we expect. (Read Jesus’s words in Matthew 5:1-12.) God’s blessings may not make us financially rich, but they do make our lives richer, fuller.
Words are important. Some words can be very valuable and encouraging. Those are the words we should speak and cherish. Other words can be worthless and destructive. We should avoid those kind of words. As James in in the New Testament tells us, we should learn with The Holy Spirit’s help to tame our tongues.
Today we remember those who died in defense of our nation. We honor those who gave their lives so that we could live in freedom. Today we also remember and honor Jesus Christ who died in our place to set us free from sin and death. “Greater love has no man that’s to lay down his life for a friend.”
Our political system is broken. Why? It seems that representatives from the two major parties hate each other. Instead of working for the Good of the nation, they tell lies about each other. Are we guilty of the same things? Maybe we should all read these two verses and take them to heart.
“My way or the highway.” These are the words of the person who doesn’t listen, who won’t accept discipline or correction. Whether or not they know it, they are going the wrong way. On the other hand, people who accept discipline and correction are on the path to life. Which Way are you going?
Money itself is neutral, neither good nor bad. How we view money and what we do with it are different. Making a god out of money is a bad thing. Loving money too much is the source evil. Laziness, not working to support yourself or your family is dangerous to health and relationships. Using money for good things, saving money for a rainy day and giving money to support Christian ministries are good things. What does your money say about you?
There is a contrast between the wise and the foolish. The wise seek God. The foolish reject Him. The wise search for understanding and knowledge. The foolish invite disaster. Talk about a contrast!
Life doesn’t give us do overs. We can’t turn back the clock and avoid the accident or keep ourselves from saying words we already regret. Some people love to stir the pot and create problems. The love God gives us is not a do over. But it can be the kind of love that can make up for offenses.