Recently I was flipping through the channels on my TV looking for something interesting to watch when I came across someone explaining to someone about Christmas. She made the comment: “Oh yeah, and we celebrate a baby who was born 2,000 years ago”, she said it with a laugh and in such a way as you could tell it did not make sense to her.
This got me to thinking about how people look at that baby whose birth we celebrate. There are many who probably hear the Christmas carols and have no idea what they mean. To them perhaps it is like singing a song about some one they know simply as a historical figure. To many, Jesus as the Song of God is not real to them. Continue reading →
The hope of the world, where is it? What do we hope for and hope in?
Today, more than ever we must find the source of where our hope comes from. Our world is filled with many things that can bring us down if we don’t have hope and know where who our hope is in. It can even cause us to become physically ill.
Proverbs 13:12 says :Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
So, where does our hope come from?
Our hope comes through the promises our Father God gave us and Jesus and what He would do and bring for us was the greatest promise of all. It’s not in the things that we have around us, nor riches, not in who our friends or family are, but in ALL that God has promised to us through His Word. I really love how the Message bible describes why we can hope in this.
Seeing ourselves with God’s eyes and how it affects our praises and our worship.
One of the things I’m planning to touch on in the future in one of my In-Home Worship Encounter Events, is our need to see God in a new way and in turn being able to see ourselves as God truly sees us. His love and grace make it possible for us to come boldly before Him, openly without restraint or reserve in our praises. The problem is that many of us have a hard time lifting our praises up like that because we come to God feeling condemnation, quilt, or unworthy of His love and grace for us. We expect ourselves to first come to him perfect. No one is going to be able to come to God perfect and without having messed up sometime during the day. If we wait till we are perfect before coming boldly before God with our praises, our adoration, even our requests in prayer, we will never be able to come to Him and lift up our praises unrestrained. This affects us being able to enter into an intimate time of worship. Continue reading →