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Never Give Up
However, life and people can be discouraging at times. It can feel like a burden more than a blessing when you are weary. It’s when circumstances and people don’t respond favorably to our obedience, that we feel like giving up. But wait! Don’t give in! Don’t give up! There is proof that God is with you. There is solid evidence that the dream God has given you will materialize.
The scripture says,” Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). The word “substance means realization. It is the building material that makes God’s dream in you come to life! The word “evidence” means confidence. You can have confidence that your hope is not in vain because of the very fact that you have that hope in the first place. Your God-placed dream, fueled by the Spirit of the Creator who knows all things will propel you forward into the destiny that He has encouraged you for.
Don’t give up! This present difficulty is no match for the faith God has given you. You can and will be rewarded for your perseverance. Maybe you need help. God will provide a friend. Maybe you need financial assistance. God will make a way. Who can know the impact that your one life will make if you just keep saying yes to God? He says, “love”. You say, “yes”! He says, “forgive.” You say, “yes”! Pray? Yes! Work? Yes! Keep walking? Keep praising? Keep moving ahead one step at a time? Yes, yes, yes, and God’s spirit of perseverance will win! He has a plan and a map for your victory over sin in this life and the death that comes at the end of this life. It’s yours and nobody can take it away from you. So, don’t give it away by giving up.
Jesus Loves Women
At Jesus’ arrest, the men scattered in fear but the women showed up for the brutal crucifixion, burial and resurrection. Women such as Mary and her sister Martha were some of our Lord’s biggest supporters. Their home was a place where He could come freely and rest. That was a big deal when you read His words, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.”
When the incarnate God broke in through time and space to enter this world as a person, he placed himself in the arms of a beautiful and faithful young woman. She raised Him, followed Him and comforted Him at the foot of His cross. Three women all named Mary were instrumental in His life and ministry. His mother, Martha’s sister Mary who broke open the expensive perfume and poured it on His feet, and Mary Magdalene who He first revealed himself to the morning of His resurrection. She was the first person to proclaim, “He is alive”.
Jesus loves and respects women! We should follow His example. If you haven’t already, make sure your mother knows you love her. If your mother has already passed from this life to the next, thank God for her. And make sure you wish every mother you see a Happy Mother’s Day! Love the women around you and make sure you treat them with the love and honor that comes from the heart of God!
On this Mother’s Day, Lynnae will be doing the message and she will be bringing back one of her comedic characters from her women’s conference days. I’ve seen her perform this act many times and it’s always just as hilarious as ever. Don’t miss this Sunday! Join us for worship at 10:30 am, 2620 Clinton Ave., Campus 805. Just follow the blue flags! See you there!
Go The Distance
This is what John said about hope. "Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure." (1John 3:2,3) Our hope purifies us and this hope is eternal. Paul said, "these three remain, faith, hope, and love.” It makes the top three eternal constants.
Hope is what calls us to a higher place. It summons our resolve. It gives us a reason to run the race, to express our faith and to follow Christ across every mountain and through every valley. It is the nature of Jesus at work in us both to will and to do His good pleasure. Do you need this kind of encouragement? The scriptures are full of it! It’s plentiful for all believers and unbelievers who dare to open their hearts to the Savior of us all.
Heaven is Close
We believe as the Bible states, that a good many people died and came back to life. Those who Jesus and His disciples raised and those who came out of the graves at Jesus’ resurrection. We believe that our Savior, Jesus Christ Himself died and was raised again. And He is the prototype for us all. We believe that the Apostles, Paul and John, both went there without dying and wrote about their experiences. The book of Hebrews says that we are surrounded by those faithful ones who have died before us. We believe as Jesus said, that the Kingdom of God dwells in us. I believe that this kingdom is heaven or at the very least, the beginning of it. We also believe as the Apostle Paul expressed, “to be absent from the body is to be present with God”. So, if heaven is so close and we are all surrounded by it as an island is surrounded by water, is it so hard to believe that a few of us have dipped our toe in it and have lived to tell the story?
This week, we will take a dip in heaven or at least in what God tells us about it. What should our response be to this amazing news of "life forever”?
Jesus invites everyone to the banquet. He says “Go out to the back roads and compel them to come in so that My house may be full”. Everyone is welcome (no exceptions)! Join us Sunday morning at 10:30 am, 2620 Clinton Ave., Campus 805. Just follow the blue flags! See you there!
What’s Your Resurrection Story?
God has a plan specifically for you. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5). Have you ever thought about the fact that every one of your sins was present with Jesus at His crucifixion and that your resurrection life was present with Him at His resurrection? Imagine that. The scripture says that if the same power that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you, He will make your mortal bodies come to life! Wow! Our mortal bodies actually change when His resurrection power raises us out of our trespasses into eternal salvation. That has to be a good thing!
Maybe this Easter Sunday will be your resurrection day. Perhaps it will be a day of reawakening for you. At the very least, it will be a celebration of God’s great love and sacrifice for you! We would love to share this incredible day with you!
Join us Sunday morning at 10:30 am, 2620 Clinton Ave., Campus 805. Just follow the blue flags. See you on Sunday!