Chaos, confusion, control, conflict, and peace!

2020 has been a year unlike any other for those of us alive today. Seems like an understatement, right?

I have spoken to people in their 90s who say the same… The world is in chaos, economies are collapsing, businesses are closing, there are peaceful protests, armed conflicts, destructive riots, shootings, bombings, a global pandemic, and fear mongering.

Government officials at all levels are trying to exercise control over individuals in ways our forefathers revolted against…and just wait until the American people have to pay back, through higher taxes, all the money our government has borrowed in order to pay out all those stimulus packages.

Borders have been closed, travel has been halted, states and cities are quarantining people who travel to and from hot spots, even when their spot is hotter than the ones they are so worried about…hello, Chicago??? In the meantime, here in the good old U S of A, you’ll get COVID at church, at school, a small business, a fitness center, or a restuarant; but not at a protest rally, Walmart, Menards (where I work), or a political rally. Go figure!

It all makes us wonder…is God still alive? Does God even care? Can we have peace, when the world has gone crazy?

YES, YES, and YES!!! The answers are YES!

YES, God is still alive! YES, God does still care! YES, we can have peace!

Jesus may have died on the cross and remained in the grave for 3 days two thousand years ago, but He was resurrected and He is still alive today at the Right Hand of the Father. He is still intervening on our behalf moment by moment. The Father is still offering forgiveness for all our imperfections through our faith in His Perfect Son. His Son is still bestowing Holy Spirit upon us believers to be our Indwelling Comforter and Teacher. The Church is still on Earth and in heaven to act as Christ’s Body and Bride. However, we need unity now, more than ever!

Only God can heal this world, only Jesus can unify our divided spirit, only Holy Spirit will convict us and call us to turn from our selfish desires and grow the Fruit of the Spirit within us. Do you want love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control to abound in the world? Let His Fruit grow in you, plant His Fruit in others, nurture His Fruit and watch it grow around the world!

In spite of the insanity in our world today, we can have peace… So, may the peace of God rest upon you. May the blessings of God live in you. And, may the love of God abound all around you.

You Cannot Serve Both God and Theology

Excellent and balanced article. Knowing God better and loving him more. So often, knowledge gets stuck in our heads but never travels to our hearts.

I have known people that could quote chapter and verse, talk about relationship, prayer, and grace; and yet miss the heart of God… Then, others who couldn’t even quote John 3:16, yet had a more profound faith and understanding of mercy, grace, forgiveness and love, than one with a PhD in Theology.

God promised to write his Word on our hearts, not just on the pages we can read.

https://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/247944-cannot-serve-god-theology.html

The 10 Stubborn People Nobody Can Help

Unless they have a true and transformative spiritual shift that helps them overcome this ingrained tendency…

https://churchleaders.com/outreach-missions/outreach-missions-articles/174489-people-nobody-can-help.html

Faith Over Feelings: What Are You Led By?

This is a huge issue, especially in our current culture, where how we feel rules everything!

I have a teenage daughter who particularly struggles in this area… I continue to impress on her and myself as well that our feelings lie to us, and we need to trust Hod and Scripture before how we feel.

Some feelings are indeed valid, however it takes discernment and sometimes wise counsel to find the truth.

https://churchleaders.com/outreach-missions/outreach-missions-articles/329522-faith-over-feelings-lara-dentremont.html

Quick Update

First, an apology, I have not been posting much for the last couple months nor writing much, for those who are following God’s Word Is Life, I’m sorry. Just really busy with work and family.
Second, I promise to get back on the ball sharing encouragement, perspective, and biblical truth regarding life and recovery.
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Let’s get the message of renewal, hope, joy, and contentment to the world through the mercy and grace offered to us ALL through a relationship with our Creator Father through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus the Christ, and the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Thank you all for your support!

The Big Secret

Part four of our series, Walking with Joy, in Philippians chapter 4 the Apostle Paul shares a secret that the world has missed or misunderstood for 2,000 years…

Today, we dig into the Scriptures and mine out the Big Secret that Paul shared that can lead to living a joyful and contented life, a life ruled by the power Holy Spirit through the forgiveness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and through the love of God the Father, Creator of the heavens and earth.

 

July 28 Reading

Shhh, “I have experienced times of need and times of abundance. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of contentment, whether I go satisfied or hungry, have plenty or nothing. I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:12-13

Strive with Endurance

In part three of our series, Walking with Joy, we walking with Paul through Philippians 3.

We started our time together watching God’s Chisel, by the Skit Guys…

Then, we dove head first into chapter 3.

Freedom in Bondage

Our first message in the letter to the Philippians, we start our series Walking with Joy, with our message entitled, Freedom in Bondage.

We may be in bondage in our flesh; we may be in bondage in our circumstances; WE ARE FREE IN CHRIST!

https://my.bible.com/bible/107/PHP.1.net