Isaiah 6:8 "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? ' And I said 'Here am I, Send me!' "

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  • Give Thanks

    May you remember the sacrifice and Greatest act of Love in the whole world. That Jesus Christ, God’s only Son died on the cross for your sins taking the punishment that you deserved. Saving you from your sins and eternal separation from Him. In Jesus you are forgiven, healed, strengthened, victorious, and Loved. Praise and give thanks to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Who is worthy to be praised yesterday, today, and forever.
    Written By: Christine Sawyer
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  • Nail Scarred Hands

    Scars can be a reminder of a painful past or a symbol of a glorious future victory. It all depends on how you look at it. Jesus’ nail scarred hands remind me of the victory I have in Him. The victory I have because of the pain He endured at the cross. Jesus’ painful time leading up to and at the cross left scars on the hands of the Saviour of the world and it is in those scars that I can overcome.
    Because Jesus told us He wouldn’t take us out of the world but that He would give us the strength to overcome it. We experience pain but the pain is but a moment before the victory. My scars remind me of all He’s given me victory over.

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  • God’s Provision/The Heart Of God

    Yesterday God gave me an awesome opportunity and in that opportunity He provided as well. Every time I get my paycheck I always pull aside a tithe. The amount of the tithe depending on what God shows me to give. This last week I had some things I needed to get so I had to pull extra money out of my check to do so. Which by the end left me with $20 for myself which needed to last me two weeks. For this weeks tithe I felt like God was showing me to give $40, but because I was so short I was very much tempted to only give $30 because it would have been considered 10%. I thought the extra $10 would help me get by better. But after a quick run through in my mind I stopped and told myself “no! There is a lot you can do but cheating God is not one of them. I will not take from God for myself.” So I gave the full $40. Not too much after that the money I had set aside for myself for the two weeks had dwindled to $5 and I still have a lot of days to go.
    But yesterday it snowed and as much as I hate snow God used it to bless me. In my town there is an ordinance that the snow must be shoveled off the sidewalk within 24 hrs. So whenever it snows my neighbors and I all help each other shovel snow to get it done faster.
    My next door neighbor is unable to shovel his driveway and sidewalk so my brother and I always go next door and shovel for him. We never ask for anything we just do it knowing he really needs our help. Yesterday he insisted on paying us (which we never ask for and refuse if he ever offers but he was very adamant about us taking the money). I was surprised at this not because he isn’t a generous man but because we’ve always had this understanding that helping each other is what neighbors do. He insisted we take the money and so we did and he gave me $20. I thought back to the beginning of the week when I had thought to take $10 from my tithe and I realized that God had provided for me because I had chosen to give to Him what He had asked instead of holding onto it selfishly. I trusted that God would do what needed to be done with this tithe and that He had laid the amount on my heart for a reason. Because I was faithful, God provided for me just like He promises. You see, we don’t give to God to get and we don’t give to God because God needs our money. God doesn’t need our money but what He wants is our obedience. Tithing is for others but also for us. When we give we are trusting God to use it for His purposes, we are trusting Him to take care of our needs, we are helping others in their need, we are learning to be selfless, to give of ourselves, and we are getting a glimpse of God’s heart. God loves to give to His children and by giving to others we get to see that, we get to be a part of it. We learn selflessness and compassion. God gave us Jesus, a Promise, Salvation, He didn’t hold back. God provides all His children’s needs. From the Spiritual to the physical there is no need that God can not fill.

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  • Love Is Not Earned It’s Freely Given

    God loves you and nothing can separate you from His Love. You can’t earn it, we don’t deserve it, but God freely gives it to us anyway. His Love is unconditional, it is everlasting, it is like nothing you’ve ever felt before, it cannot be fully described. All I can say is God’s Love fills the void left in your heart from the sins of the world and heals the wounds left there by the troubles you’ve fallen into. God’s mercy and grace is extended to all men. God’s Love for you is stronger than anything you’ve ever experienced or have ever known. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour and He will strengthen you and heal you and fill you with the Love you’ve been searching for your whole life.
    Written By: Christine Sawyer
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  • God Is Everywhere

    1 John 4:16-19
    16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
    17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.
    18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
    19 We love because he first loved us.

    Every time I watch Frozen I think about this Scripture verse. The whole movie Elsa is running away in fear and she convinces herself that she has found true freedom by being isolated and alone where no one can see her. It’s not until Anna saves Elsa from Hans that Elsa realizes that what she needed the whole time was Love. It wasn’t isolation she needed but to accept the Love that was being offered to her the whole time.

    As people we tend to do that with God. We do things that we regret and then in fear we run. We run from God, we run from people, and we even try to run from ourselves. We run ourselves into an inward isolation and we turn to other things to help us forget what we’re trying to hide. Then we try to convince ourselves we have a handle on things. When in all reality we don’t. Our problems are still there they are just swept under a rug and even though no one else may be able to see them we know they are still there.

    There is someone else who knows they are still there and that’s Jesus. Jesus was sent to earth by Our Heavenly Father to die on the cross and pay the price for our sins. Jesus took our punishment and in Him we are forgiven. Because of what Jesus did you can come before the Father and He will forgive you, He will take your shame, the things of your past that try to torment you and the burden away from you. The Bible tells us that God is Love and that Perfect Love casts out fear. That those in God’s Love are made perfect. That anyone who fears is walking in judgment and have not been made perfect in Love because God’s Love casts out fear and in Christ Jesus there is no judgment.

    When we trust in Jesus we see that we have nothing to fear and although things may try to come against us in Jesus we can overcome them. It’s when we focus on our troubles instead of Jesus that we start to fear. But if we focus on Jesus instead of our troubles we will not fear.
    When Elsa realized that Anna loved her and was willing to give her life up for her that was when her fear left her and the storm that tormented her had to leave. It’s the same with us. When we realize that Jesus loves us so much that He suffered on the cross, gave His life for us, died on the cross, and rose again even though we didn’t deserve it, we find that God loves us more than we could ever imagine and we can trust that He will protect us from all evil and He will give us strength for a new day. God will take our shame, our pain and make something beautiful.

    God loves you very much. He wants to take your pain away and the burdens you carry from your past, from your sin. All you have to do is give your life to Him accept Jesus as your Saviour and He will forgive you.

    If you want Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour say this prayer;

    Dear Heavenly Father,
    I come before you asking that you would forgive me. I’ve made mistakes and I realize that I am a sinner. I ask that Jesus would come into my heart and be The Lord and Saviour of my life. I ask that you would make me new Father and cleanse me of my transgressions. Help me to be who You called me to be from this day forward. I ask this in Jesus Name I pray amen.
    John 8:11b
    Jesus: “Go and sin no more.”
    (John 8:1-11)

    Jesus too changes our heart because of His Love and because of what He did on the cross.
    In Ezekiel 36:26 it says:
    “26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”

    Jesus changes our hearts to that we can love and have The Fruits of The Spirit through His Holy Spirit. (See Galatians 5:22-23)

    John 15:12
    “12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”

    “Only An Act Of True Love Will Thaw A Frozen Heart”

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  • Trials, Tribulations, and Victories

    Psalm 119:75

    “Both David and The Korah Clan understood that God’s Providence can include pain, that difficulties can be a Divinely plowed path inviting us to experience Him more fully.” Page 82 of “A Perfect Mess” by Lisa Harper

    Trials…the word strikes fear into even some of the strongest people. It’s a word that gives us a sense of discomfort and uncertainty. As human beings it’s one of our greatest fears. I think one of the reasons we fear trial is because we fear weakness, we fear vulnerability, and we fear uncertainty. We tend to fear a need to rely on God in a situation without knowing the details of the end results of said situation. Again we fear vulnerability but we also fear judgement. To go through a trial means admitting ones weakness. We fear other seeing weakness in us. At the same time we fear that our weaknesses will taint an unbelievers view of our God.

    But I think the thing is that we tend to forget that without a good battle a victory isn’t much of a victory. If everyone showed up to a sporting event and both teams were just handed a trophy there wouldn’t be much reason to boast in either team nor in all of the hard work they put in to preparing for the match.

    Here’s another example; armor. In order to truly know if a piece of armor is durable or how durable it is it has to be tested. Without a test you really wouldn’t know what needs to be fixed. It can only be made known during the test where there is weakness in the armor and what needs repair and once the weakness is exposed it can be fixed and the armor can be used for a future battle.

    Sometimes God allows us to go through trials to make us stronger. To expose our weaknesses and make them known to us so that we can give them over to Him to fix for the future plans He has for us.

    Other times in our lives the devil will try to attack us in an attempt to discourage our faith in God, but God will give us the victory in Jesus because that is His promise to us. Jesus going to the cross and rising again gave us the victory.

    It’s the blood, sweat, and tears that make a victory sweeter and more effective. As human beings we love the story of the underdog, but we seldom love the idea of actually being the underdog.

    We forget that the underdog overcame when he realized he possessed something great. When we are in Christ and we focus solely on Him and not in ourselves we see that our strength comes from Jesus and we realize we were never really the underdog.

    We already have the victory because Jesus has the victory and that is His promise to us. Not that everything in our lives will be perfect but that we too will be victors despite what tries to come against us.

    A crowd of people shouted for Jesus’ crucifixion and He still came out the victor. Jesus didn’t deny the pain or even the fear, but in spite of them He pressed on knowing and trusting God The Father’s will knowing the victory was His to take, but first He had to go through suffering.

    It was the moments that Christ Jesus put down His guard and endured the suffering, trusting the Father that gave us and the whole world victory Salvation.
    It’s what our whole Faith is, Christ’s victory at the cross. Christ’s sacrifice gives us the strength to endure any trial or tribulation we experience. It’s not that we deny suffering but that we recognize it for what it is and that we understand the Strength and Empowerment that we are given through The Holy Spirit in these times.

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  • Jesus said “I Have Overcome The World”

    John 16:33(NIV)
    “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

    In life things may not always go the way you want them to. Jesus said in this life you will have many troubles, but take heart for I have overcome the world. Which means that no matter what hardships come in your way He will uphold you and give you the strength to not only get through it, but to overcome it as well. We can have the victory over the the things that come against us because Jesus conquered them all when He died on the cross and rose again on the third day. God has provided for us a Saviour so that we can have eternal life and He provides for our physical needs daily. In Jesus we are truly blessed, because in Him we have all we need. Praise God for all He has done for us and for His unending Love.

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  • Our Identity Is Found In Jesus Quote

    “The only way to find who we are is to look to Jesus, because in Him is where our identity is found.”

                                                                                              - Christine Sawyer
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  • Jesus Gives Life

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  • Showing Jesus’ Love/Giving All Year Round (Accompanying Song: My Own Little World By Matthew West)

    Every year around Christmas time we stop thinking only of ourselves and take the time to give, to love, to hope. I’ve been told by someone very close to me that “Although we may not think about it, what changes at Christmas time that is different throughout the year is that we not only give but we focus all of our attention on Jesus. We focus on Jesus, on giving, on helping others who need it. Our attention is no longer on ourselves but as it should be showing the love of Jesus and thinking of others before ourselves.”

    At Christmas time we focus on Jesus (all of our time and attention is on God), we worship Him through Christmas songs (about the birth of Jesus and His Holiness), we think of others before ourselves(giving gifts to others and truly thinking about who they are as a person and what we know about them), we have generous hearts (wanting to give and seeing the joy on the persons’ face is thanks enough, not expecting anything in return), and we go the extra mile to show love to others(volunteering at food drives, donating jackets, baking meals at soup kitchens etc.). We don’t realize the impact we are making at Christmastime. Christmastime shows us how much better our lives, our attitudes, and our impact can be if we would focus on Jesus and following His commands. What would it be like if we lived like this all year round ? Think about all of the opportunities we miss to show Jesus’ love to others because we are not focused on Him.

    So this year after Christmas is over and the new year comes I challenge you to focus on Jesus and your relationship with Him, what He has done for you, give to those in need not just in things but in time and by showing you care. Even if you feel like you have nothing to offer give what you have (sharing the love of Jesus, friendship, taking time to listen to someone who needs to know they are heard, helping someone with a task or chore, etc.) It’s the little things that we say and do that may not seem like much, that mean the world to someone else.

    Accompanying Song: My Own Little World By Matthew West

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