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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)

  

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.


  

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!

The Church Emergency Center

Have you considered all the emergency needs and care that is tended to within the church body?  People arrive to the church gatherings with many normal human conditions like lonliness, fear, pride, loss, financial struggle, and many other concerns.  Men, women and children deal with the sin consequences of everyday life.  The church body does care about the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of a human.  Jesus, himself, healed the mental and physical illnesses.
   Some congregations will  provide a "parish nurse" who can take blood pressure checks and answer or guide in some of those medical questions.  Historically, Christians have been leaders in building hospitals.  You probably have heard of hospitals with a connection to the Methodist, Lutheran or Catholic Churches.   Did you know that the founder of the Hospice Programs was a Christian doctor named Dame Cicely Saunders?  She also was a social worker and writer.  
   The point is that "healing" in various ways, is a big part of the church being our emergency center.  Some weeks the human urgency care is a heavier load.  And other times we might even find ourselves positioned to be the "emergency care-giver" to another human in need.  
  Which area do you feel "called" to serve in the Church body emergency center?  Are you the one who helps more with physical needs?   Maybe your calling is comforting the mentally distressed!   Have you ever considered ALL the urgency of needs in a group of even 10?  The good news is that God lines up our pathways to be in the right place at the right time so we accomplish His purpose.  So, this means you can handle that task before you.   Be faithful, sure-footed, and trust in the timing of God using you to be that emergency care provider!   Remember to praise Him when your urgent need was brought to a peaceful solution, due to others working in God's name!
 Thank you Lord Jesus for paving out pathways, so goodness and blessings are received.  Amen.

Living without FEAR!

During this month of March we are hearing much about the coronavirus.  Fear and great concern has been elevated in our society.  This prayer is posted to aid you in praying about the health situation and the fears in our world.  Peace be with you.

Fear and worry are not of Your heart. 1 John 4 reminds us that perfect love casts out all fear, and we pray Your perfect love upon the hearts of all those who are burdened with fear of this virus.  Oh Lord,  we are aware that You are bigger than the threat of anything, even illnesses.  We ask you to comfort those who are living in fear, free them from the bondage that anxiety creates within.  Remind them You are still on the Throne and that You are still in control.   Rain down serenity that comes from only you, our Prince of Peace.  
Living God, be near all the doctors and nurses who are ministering to the sick.  Fill them with your Holy Spirit, that they may go forth in your strength, in your wisdom, and in your goodness to help those in need.
We ask all of this in your holy name, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

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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.