|Verse of the Week|
“For the word of God is active and alive, sharper than any double-edged sword.” -Hebrews 4:12
How incredible is this? Some may read this scripture and think it means that verses from the Bible are still applicable to our lives today. That’s true, but that is not all this is saying. This verse is telling us that the Bible, God’s word, is ALIVE. Indeed, it’s active and alive, sharper than any double edged sword. One way I’ve heard it described is that it’s not like a pool or a pond that you can get to the bottom of, it’s like a continual river with no end.
A question I often get is: which Bible do you read? People may open their Bible, see lots of “thee’s” and “thou’s,” and run for the hills. There is a beauty to these translations, but I know when I first started reading the Bible, I simply didn’t understand what was being said. If that’s you, I’ve got you covered.
The button below will allow you to download the Bible app, aka YouVersion. It has every translation you could want, so you can choose a style/language that you’re comfortable with. If you’re not sure, try NIV (New International Version) or NKJV (New King James Version). You could even do ERV (Easy to Read Version) or the ICB (International Children’s Bible). We read the ICB with the kids.
Not sure where to start? The app has free plans you can sign up for where you choose a topic (love, anxiety, money, etc.) and they select what you read each day. It’s awesome.
You will hear more from me in future posts about why we need to make Bible reading a part of our every-day routine, but for our purposes today, I encourage you to download YouVersion if you don’t already have it. You won’t regret it.
|If you’re still walking around feeling guilt or shame about your past, it’s time to let it go. No, really. The word of God tells us that “as far as the East is from the West, that’s how far God has removed our sins from us. Isn’t that amazing? It’s gone!|
You hear the term “repent” thrown around the church often. What does it mean to repent? It simply means to turn away from your sin. Looking back with shame or guilt about something in your past does nothing. Only God can take it away. So give it to God. Confess your sins to Him and tell Him you’re turning away from them, you’re done with them. And be free! When you’ve accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you’re no longer a slave to fear.
The truth is this: Jesus took your sin, your shame, and your guilt on that cross. He took it all. If you’re still living with regret, then you’re not living for all that Jesus died for. And he did it for you. Honor Him and get off the guilt train. It’s time.
Verse of the Week
Verse of the Week
|1 Timothy 4:12: Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.|
I’ve heard it said that when it comes to our kids, “more is caught than is taught.” In other words, we teach them by what we command, but they’re learning exponentially more by observing how we live. For better or worse, they’re like little mirrors. Sometimes it can be a negative. Like when they’re driving me nuts because they’re yelling and my response is to….. also yell. But it can also be a beautiful thing. I don’t think I could have been more proud than when Anthony told me he was also writing a book. He’s been working hard on his Baseball History Book. We even ran it through my Kindle Create program so he could see what it would look like as an e-book! Granted, the book breaks about 18 copyright/plagiarism laws, but I digress. I’m really proud of him, and it was a reminder that he’s paying attention to a lot more than just what I say.
In our verse this week we’re reminded that, as Christians, we are walking ambassador’s for Christ. Just as our kids learn by observing how we live, we are much more likely to attract someone to Jesus by how we live than we are to convince them they need Him by what we say. As crazy as our world is, I’m encouraging you to set the example. Let others around you be wondering… “Something’s different about her. She’s got something. She’s living different.” Go about your life as if you’re wearing a uniform that says “I represent Jesus,” because more is caught than is taught!
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|My New Years Day run is a tradition I love. It sets the tone for the year and gets the ball rolling in the right direction. I track my miles each year, so making the first entry into a fresh run log satisfies the spreadsheet nerd within me. Benefits on top of benefits!|
I’ve run it on mild days and frigid days. I’ve run it feeling 100% and run it with flu-like symptoms. But I can’t say I’ve ever run it with a broken foot before! In true 2020 fashion, I suffered a Jones fracture in my right foot while playing tennis on the night before Thanksgiving. I had resigned myself to pedaling on my stationary bike on NewYears, but that wasn’t going to cut it.
We’re moving forward in 2021. It’s a fresh year, and today is the day the Lord has made! I crutched/hobbled/hopped my way to mark that first mile in my run log. As I struggled along, Hebrews 12:1 was on my mind. No one ever said that the Christian life would be easy. It’s not like our problems just go away when we give our lives to Christ. Some might even get worse. But we’re instructed to run the race set before us with endurance! We’ve got the joy of the Lord within us whether things are going our way or not.
As we head into the new year, I want to encourage you to run your race with endurance. Talk to Jesus about your problems and allow the Holy Spirit to come into your life and help you out!
I had a nice little New Year’s Day message written for this inaugural newsletter, but it no longer feels appropriate. As we all know, yesterday, the US Capitol was stormed by an angry mob protesting the presidential election results.
It was hard to believe the near- anarchy I was seeing. This is the kind of thing that happens in other countries, not here in the US. I held my breath as I watched a news
reporter being followed around, intimidated, and mocked by a group of protesters.
If anyone was feeling anxious about our country’s political climate, yesterday surely cranked up the intensity. We pummel ourselves with hypotheticals:
What if this candidate gets elected? What if that policy gets changed? What if, what if, what if?
This stuff runs through my mind, too, but I try to remind myself, and I want to remind you here:
God is still on the throne.
The president may be changing, but the King of kings reigns forever. Our country may be divided, but “as surely as I live, says the Lord, every knee will bend and every tongue will confess the name of Jesus.” (Romans 14:11)
The bottom line is that God is still in control. As my friend Joe Labieniec says, nothing gets by God’s desk without Him noticing. So, if He allows it, there’s a purpose.
Human nature causes us to be ruled by our emotions and get bent out of shape because we want to control everything. I encourage you to take comfort in the fact that if God allows it, there’s a purpose. Like our verse of the week says, the purpose of the Lord WILL stand.
Take courage, friends! We’re not alone.