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Burden or Blessing?

Turning away from evil, following God’s commands, remembering Biblical teaching, giving steadfast love, being faithful, acknowledging God in all you do, fearing the Lord, honoring God in your finances, accepting and appreciating God’s discipline, and knowing God delights in us brings all kids of benefits to us throughout our lives – following the Lord is a BLESSING, not a burden. God gives us guidelines for our own benefit, and for His glory.

Proverbs 3:1-12

“My son, do not forget my teaching,

But let your heart keep my commandments;

For length of days and years of life

And peace they will add to you.

Do not let kindness and truth leave you;

Bind them around your neck,

Write them on the tablet of your heart.

So you will find favor and good repute

In the sight of God and man.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

And do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He will make your paths straight.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;

Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

It will be healing to your body

And refreshment to your bones.

Honor the Lord from your wealth

And from the first of all your produce;

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So your barns will be filled with plenty

And your vats will overflow with new wine.

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My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord

Or loathe His reproof,

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For whom the Lord loves He reproves,

Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.”

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Happy Resurrection Day!

May you enjoy today worshiping the Lord, our risen Savior, and spending time with family and friends.

Our Identity as Believers

While this text was not the base for the sermon this morning, this is the passage from the service that really stood out to me. I thought I would share here, that you may also be encouraged.

Scripture quotes taken from John 17:9-13, 20-21

  • We are treasured!

“I am praying for them.”

  • We bring glory to Jesus.

“All mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.”

  • We are witnesses of Jesus in the world while He is in heaven.

“And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You.”

  • We are kept in the faithfulness of Jesus and the Father.

“Holy Father, keep them in Your name, which You have given Me, that they may be one, even as We are one. While I was with them, I kept them in Your name, which You have given Me.”

  • We are protected.

“I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost.”

  • We are to be unified. Our unity gives testimony of God’s grace to a lost world.

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one, just as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.”

  • We are glorified by Jesus for unity with other believers.

“The glory that You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one.”

I hope this brings you encouragement this week. We are treasured, kept, protected, and glorified by Jesus, that we may give testimony to His grace to a lost world through unity with other believers.

Imperfection & Confession

“I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin.”

– Psalm 38:18

The Christian is not without sin. There shouldn’t ever be an implication of such. True Christians should be the first to admit fault and seek forgiveness.

Christianity isn’t about the lack of existence of sin, but rather the freedom from it through Christ’s sacrifice and our confession. When we cry out to God in sorrow and repentance, He hears us.

“Do not forsake me, O LORD! O my God, be not far from me! Make haste to help me, O Lord of my salvation!”

– Psalm 38:21-22

“I sought the Lord, and He answered me

and delivered me from all my fears.”

– Psalm 34:4

I’m not sure why we as Christians feel the need to sweep sins under the rug when freedom only comes through confession. There is no reason to fake perfection when Jesus paid for our sin. After all, if we are without sin, what need have we of a Savior?

“For one will scarcely die for a righteous person – though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die – but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:7-8

Prayerfully consider how you act once you’ve done something wrong, and make an effort to intentionally admit fault that you may move forward in the freedom of the Gospel.

Work For Peace

“God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:16

When our hearts and our mindset is righteous, God blesses us with peace.

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” – Isaiah 26:3

God has already planned peace in our lives, as He works in and through us through His sovereign grace.

“O LORD, You will ordain peace for us, for You have indeed done for us all our works.” – Isaiah 26:12

We are to grant this peace to others as well, by living harmoniously, as much as we are able to do so.

“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” – Romans 12:18

Simply believing in and trusting in Jesus Christ brings peace and joy to our lives as well.

“May the God of hope full you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” – Romans 15:13

Even in the most troubling of times, God’s love can sustain us and give us an internal peace that far surpasses what we could ever imagine. May His peace bless us today as we follow His will.

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:16

Taking Its Toll


I’ve been observing a lot of life events taking their toll on my friends and family members, and even myself lately. 
Sudden deaths, difficult goodbyes to those departing (not yet for eternity, but for places that seem an eternal distance away), scary medical diagnoses, job transitions, and more can really bring a person down.
Well wishes and hugs honestly only do so much for a person who has one, several, or maybe all of these hit them at once.
Many of those who follow Jesus begin to wonder where He is. Those who don’t follow Jesus may think that the luck of the universe is against them. Both may wonder if this life is even worth it in the end. 
Life has a lot of aspects that really do suck the hope out of any human being, no matter their beliefs. 
Some preachers say that if your life is hard and you aren’t financially blessed, you’re doing something wrong. They may blame your lack of faith in prayer, your lack of frequency in prayer, or a host of other possibilities.
Here’s the thing, though. God never promised an easy life for us on this earth, but He did promise to be with us every step of the way, through every kind of trial we face. God is faithful to His faithful, and He is faithful to the faithless. 
He won’t give us more than we can handle through His strength. As the saying goes,

“He Who brought you to it

Will see you through it.”

Find rest, weary soul. The burden is heavy, but Jesus carries our burdens with us, and His heart breaks with ours.

Comfort & Gratitude

Luke 10:16,19-20 “The one who heard you hears Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me, and the one who rejects Me rejects Him Who sent Me. Behold, I have given you authority to treat on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

We can find comfort in the realization that when we share the truths of God’s Word, the response we receive is for or against God Himself, not for or against us. I know from personal experience that the truth of God’s Word and the commands therein are not particularly popular in this world. I’ve personally receive some very negative feedback and even insults for sharing truth publicly. I must remember that these responses are against God Himself – I’m just one of His mouthpieces here on earth. I should not take these insults personally, but rather stay focused on the truth of the Lord. It’s up to Him to change hearts – it’s not up to me.

We should be more thankful for our salvation than focused on our power over evil. Rather than gloat that we aren’t any longer prey to evil, we must humble ourselves in gratitude to Jesus for His sacrifice that allows us to be freed from the bondage of sin and evil. We should focus on what Christ has done, not so much on what He enables us to do, for without Him, we are powerless against the world, the flesh, and the devil. Let’s thank the Lord for His new mercies to us each and every day.