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A Time to Sow

Life is about sowing!  The real function of each generation is to sow the seeds that will make a better world possible in the future. Spring brings in the time to sow the seeds of the fields and our gardens.  For the sower there is a vision and compelling want to see the grown crops and enjoy the fresh cucumbers and other tasty items from the garden.

The soul of a sower knows the time to sow is now!  The sower should work without ceasing, never knowing when the seed will take root, and never quitting until it does.  Sowing is a slow process and rarely are there instantaneous results!  We live in a world in great need of sowers.  The people who have the conviction and patience, and know the possibilities, do take on the moral task of sowing.

Ok, remember this..."If there is a need, sow a seed."  Take action!  We know that sowing is the act of planting.  Plant the seeds of faith in your growing children.  Plant the seeds of love in your marriage.  Plant the seeds of financial blessings for those who need.  Plant the seeds of compassion in the wounded.  Plant the seeds of hope in a failing situation.  The growth of those seeds can better a situation!  Sometimes it takes courage to toss out the seeds and the act of planting seems in vain.  You may not always get to see the results of your planting; but be content to know that the Holy Spirit can make the conditions perfect for those seeds to root and grow.

Do not get discouraged as a sower; and keep in mind that the world needs urgent sowers to keep tossing the good seeds! Make a daily decision to sow for God's Kingdom growth too, so that all may receive His salvation!

May you feel the joy of Jesus today!

 

 

 

The Heart's Desire

The Heart's Desire.

In ancient times, the heart was thought to be the "command post" of a person's life.  While God's people were in Egypt, Pharaoh's heart was described as "hard".  His hard heart was filled with his own wants and pride.  The heart can be full of corruption, like lying, boasting, cheating and hating.  Fears in our heart can ruin us, for 'fear' likes to take a seat in the heart.  The human mind often justifies what the heart wants.
Our Lord gives strong attention to the heart.  In 1 Samuel 16:7 it reads, "But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.  The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, "but the Lord looks at the heart".  So, what is going on in your heart, as the Lord looks at it?
Other Scriptures to read about the heart are:  Jeremiah 17:10, Matthew 6:25-34 and Psalm 28:7.
How do we fix the heart's desire?  Can a heart remain neutral?  The more we embrace good desires in our heart, the more the bad desires decrease in frequency.  Ask the Lord to teach your heart to always do the honorable thing, which glorifies Him.
  TRY welcoming each new day with a new heart, a pure heart and a heart with godly feelings and intentions.  Have a committed heart to serve and love Jesus.  The Holy Spirit can help your heart to do exceptional things you never thought possible.

The Bad Habit!

The Bad Habit is Realized!

  If you want to get rid of a bad habit, you must make up your mind to work on it!  Habits are strange because they often start subtly or gradually, and then we try to break the bad habit "cold turkey!"  Sometimes the radical break is necessary.  You and others could be in a high risk situation where the habit needs to change abrutly.  So is there some habit you need to break because "time is a-wasting"?

  Let's think about Zacchaeus situation in the Bible.  Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector at Jericho.  In those days, the tax collectors were not popular.  As the collectors gathered funds for the Roman Empire, they always collected extra funds for their own personal profit.  Therefore, the tax collectors became wealthy.  In Luke 19, we read about Zacchaeus getting curious about Jesus.  After the encounter between Zacchaeus and Jesus, the bad habit of this tax collector was realized!  Luke 19:8 "But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, "Look I'll give half of my possessions to the poor, Lord!  And if I have extorted anything from anyone, I'll pay back four times as much!"  This tax collector made a commitment to change and to do better.  A habit of greed was replaced with generosity. 

  Any bad habits of our own, that we finally realize can be changed with help from Jesus, our saving lifeline.  Jesus willingly wants to give this help to us.   Do you think the choice is easy or difficult to stop a bad habit?  It might feel wonderful to get unstuck from the mud of a bad habit.  

   Speak with Jesus today about the strength you need to change and to do better.


  

Your Gospel Bucket List

Your Gospel Bucket List
  
Most people know how to make a bucket list.  This list involves hopes and achievements that an individual wishes to complete in their lifetime, before getting too old or death.  Maybe on the list is places to travel, foods to try or even learning to drive a boat or operate a crane!  There are all sorts of categories for a bucket list, likely some more risky than others.
 What about changing your list to a "gospel bucket list"?   It does not matter if you are just starting your life with Jesus as Lord, or if you have been on the journey with Jesus for 40 years.  The gospel bucket list can help you to embrace Christ and service to Christ in a whole new way.
  Here is a short list of ideas for a gospel bucket list:
  *Spend time caring for the homeless
  *Read a minimum of 12 Christian books a year
  *Plan a fundraiser for missions
  *Find a prayer partner for one year
  *Participate in a "Adopt a Child" program
  *Help in teen ministry for 6 months
  *Take a short-mission trip to a new area for you
The list can be as long as your imagination.....
  Why would you want to spend your life watching from the sidelines?  You can believe in the fact that God will do great things with you as you work on that gospel bucket list.   Jesus asks us to live by faith, trust him, double down, get going and serve Him. Don't forget how your gospel bucket list will impact other lives too.  
   Scripture for today:  "Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered." (Proverbs 11:25)

  

Jesus and Social Distancing?


  By now we are getting better at keeping our distance from others, due to the coronavirus spread.  Is distance from others comfortable, or do we long to be in the crowd?  As recorded in the Holy Bible, Jesus himself spent time around 5,000 people (to feed them) and He would travel with his 12 apostles to teach them.  In fact, the term "crowds" or multitudes is mentioned 106 times in the Scriptures.  
  A few examples in the Bible are Luke 8:4 "When a large crowd was coming together, and those from various cities were journeying to Him, He spoke by way of a parable."   Matthew 8:1 "When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him."  So, what did Jesus see when he was among the crowds?  He saw people in need.  He felt compassion for the men, women, and children in the crowd.  He could recognize those who felt empty.  Jesus responded with helpful, teaching words, helpful actions and healings.
  As we slowly return to more socializing, and gathering in groups for various reasons.  Perhaps we should look at the "weary eyes" or "lost faces" around us.  Many are living their life today without Jesus.  Truly a leader, like Jesus, is missing in their days.  We need to break through to them with the hope and difference Jesus will bring to their life.  Ask the Holy Spirit to direct your steps, and give you the words to impact someone in the small or bigger crowd.   That day will come, when we will have less spread of the virus, and positively more spread of the news of Jesus!  It's up to you to increase the spread of Jesus!

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Loving God our Father!

When you turn to the Lord Jesus you delight his heart!   You know the feeling when someone rushes forward to greet you with a smile and hug.  You feel so loved and acknowledged!   Perhaps that's how God feels when we call on his name in worship and prayer, acknowledging him as our heavenly Father and honoring him above all else.