One in Christ

With all of the focus on diversity, it’s interesting to note that God is not concerned with such things. He doesn’t notice race, color, or gender. These statistics don’t matter as the Lord’s focus is on the heart.

We have fellowship with him as our Father, and that makes us collectively all brothers and sisters in the Lord. We comprise the body of Christ. Some may feel like they’re just the big toe, but in a body, the toe has a huge function!

As Christians, we are called to love one another. Although we all have shortcomings, we’re to make every effort to love in spite of our predilections and peculiarities. We need to preserve the unity of the spirit at all costs. Why? Because we are united as one—in Christ.

Maintaining a bond of peace is not always easy, but the power of the Holy Spirit gives us the strength. May we always remember:

There is but one Lord, one faith, and one baptism ~ Ephesians 4:5

             Also, there is one hope that we all share. Truly, everything rests in Him.

Never forget

This Memorial Day, we celebrate our war veteran serviceman and heroes, who sacrificed so much for our country. We salute them for their valiant efforts to ensure the safe keeping of our land and its liberty.

America, the land of the free, is a concept our founding fathers brought forth on this continent that all men should be free from tyranny. They acknowledged their Creator as God, thus paving the way for America to become a blessed nation of freedom.

Among the heroic souls who braved their lives to secure our liberty, there’s another who made the ultimate and distinguished sacrifice—our savior, Jesus Christ. The price he paid was the willing offer to give up his own life in obedience to the Father in an effort to bring new life and restoration to the believer.

Thank you, Lord, that we have liberty to worship you in this great land because of the sacrificial efforts of so many… the greatest being your Son.

“…and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” ~ 2 Corinthians 3:17

He makes all things new

As a seedling is buried in the earth and later comes to sprout in newness of life, we, too, are regenerated to new life through the Holy Spirit. In like manner when Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also walk in newness of life as believers.

All of God’s creation is beautiful in its time, and his handiwork speaks of his divine intelligence. To observe a flowering garden or a chrysalis evolving into a butterfly, or the diligence of an ant colony building its home in the sand, there’s a divine order and beauty at work.

The Lord’s love for his creation is evident all around, and his love for mankind extends all the way to the cross. As followers of Jesus, we have “put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator” ~ Colossians 3:10.

His mercies are new every morning, and we are renewed each day in Christ as we seek him for everything. Great is his faithfulness!

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Praise and thanks for mothers

To walk with the Lord and bear much fruit requires one to be less in his own eyes and for God to become more, to reign supremely, and to prevail in one’s every word and deed.

How blessed are those who’ve been nurtured by a Godly woman…one who takes the responsibility of raising her offspring under the guidance of her heavenly Father…who rises up to prepare her family for the day with feeding, clothing, teaching, and caretaking…who honors the Lord in all she does and walks in a manner worthy of him.

A mother’s love often extends beyond her own needs or concerns. Sacrificially, she’ll hold back from herself the last slice of bread, lend her only dollar, drive to the ends of the earth, or stay awake throughout the night, if necessary. She gives and gives until it’s time to give again.

Mothers are God’s special gift to this world. Today, all mothers—grand, foster, and surrogate—are being celebrated. You are a blessing to your children and they are blessed to call you Mother.

Next to Jesus, there is no other love like a mother’s love. Whether here on earth or at home with the Lord, we remember you not only on Mother’s Day but every day with our utmost love and appreciation.

 

A gracious helper

Sheep are soft and cuddly but not too bright. Without a shepherd’s guidance or a sturdy fence, a flock of sheep can easily roam right out of the pasture and end up falling off a cliff. People are sometimes referred to as sheep. Though for the saved, we have a personal 24-hour shepherd who holds us in the palm of his hand—no fence required.

I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father ~ John 10:14-15.

 Like a sheep, we know the Lord’s voice when we hear it. Whether it’s that still, small prompting or a verse from the Bible, God speaks to our hearts. As we know him better, we tend to trust and follow him more. We recognize when he’s talking to us because we’re open to his instruction and our ears are tuned to Him.

A believer should be forever grateful to be part of the Lord’s flock because of the great shepherd, the Rock of Ages, who guides us. Though we may need prodding, to be one of the Lord’s sheep is the most gratifying places to find oneself.

We were once like sheep who went astray, but the Lord saw fit to call us by name into his sheepfold where we will remain safe throughout eternity. Surely, he’s our help in all of life’s situations.