We’ve all heard the expression, “pride goes before a fall.” And we need look no further than Satan to see just how far we can fall. Once one of God’s most beautiful creations, a heart of pride caused the devil to rebel against his Creator, leading to his banishment and eventual destruction. And a self serving heart can take us down the same dark path. For God loves nothing more than humility, as exampled in the life and death of Jesus. And as a fruit of the Spirit, humility keeps our hearts focused on God and others, allows us to be shining reflections of the Lord, and keeps us walking in obedience to God.
Once we were eternally separated from God, dead in our sins. We practiced all kinds of worldly debauchery. But then we received Jesus as our Savior. And now the heart that once craved immorality, longs for the things of Christ. For we have been washed, sanctified, and justified through the blood of Jesus. So the change in our heart should be followed by a change in our actions. For how can we be shining examples of Christ to the world, if our lives mimic the lives of the unsaved. May we each walk in His Spirit and truth, “so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” (Phil. 2:15)
The apostle Paul and his teachings were being challenged in Galatia. Yet Paul stood firm, using Christ as his defense. As followers of Jesus, the world will challenge us as well. But we too can stand firm in the truth of the Gospel. For Christians answer not to man, but to God. And the lives we lead and changes we make are for His glory alone. So no matter what people tell us, or how they chastise us, we can find comfort in knowing we aren’t seeking the approval of the world. We are striving to lead lives pleasing to God alone, and trusting Him to handle the naysayers!
Arkansas Governor Signs Sweeping Anti Abortion Bill
Arkansas Governor, Asa Hutchinson, is facing backlash after signing a near-total ban on abortions in the state. Hutchinson acknowledged that the bill defied Supreme Court precedent, but was confident it would face legal challenges and ultimately force the United States Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade—the 1973 case that legalized abortion across the country. Hutchinson said he signed the bill due to his sincere and long-held pro-life convictions. Read more about the Unborn Child Protection Act (SB6) here.
High School Football Coach Fired After Praying On Field
Joseph Kennedy, a high school football coach, was fired by Bremerton, Washington high school for praying silently for 15 seconds after each game, a practice he devoted to for seven years. Kennedy appealed the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit yet lost. The three judge panel stated Kennedy’s actions of praying after games on the 50-yard-line was a violation of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Read more about his firing here.
Some churches Will Be Holding In Person Easter Services This Year
After all churches were closed last year for Easter serves, this year some parishioners will be welcomed back to in person services. Among American Christians, 39 percent say they plan to celebrate Easter in person, compared to 62 percent during a typical year. Although many Christians still plan on viewing services virtually, many more are excited to gather and celebrate the holy Resurrection Day. Easter is typically one of the most-attended weekends on church’s calendars. Read more about church going on Easter here.
Boy Finds Ancient Fertility Amulet In Israeli Desert
Hiking with his family in Israel’s northern Negev Desert, 11-year-old Zvi Ben-David picked up a tiny ceramic figurine. The ancient amulet, which depicts a bare-chested woman whose scarf covers her head and neck, was apparently intended to promote fertility or protect children. The molded figurine stands less than three inches tall. It was probably made during the fifth or sixth century B.C., toward the end of Judaism’s late First Temple period. Read more about this unique finding here.
I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit of a fashionista. I love looking through magazines and seeing the latest styles. Although each of us has our own personal tastes, I think we can all agree that we want to look good. And what we wear can also impact how we feel. Whether it be a comfy pair of sweatpants or a brand new outfit, when we love what we’re wearing it shows. And in this chapter of Colossians Paul becomes our personal stylist, providing us with the perfect Christian clothes. …
The Christian life has often been referred to running a race with the goal of becoming perfect reflections of Jesus. And the great apostle Paul knew the importance of pressing on and the difficulty of reaching the finish line. For along the way we have setbacks, and feel the pull of fleshly living. But no matter the circumstances we face, we need to keep striving forward. For our reward is far greater than anything we could ever face in this world. The trophy we receive is not only seeing our Savior face to face, but spending an eternity by His side!
If there’s anyone in the Bible that shows even the greatest can fall, it’s king David. Even though he was personally chosen by God, David committed horrendous sins. But what David’s story also shows, is God’s never ending love and forgiveness. For when David truly wanted to make a change and come back to Him, God eagerly welcomed him back. And God promises to do the same for us. When we return to God in true sorrow and repentance, He will forgive our sin, welcome us into His open arms, and faithfully cleanse us of our iniquities!
Our goal as Christians is to reflect the goodness and love of Christ to the world around us. And for us to be able to do this takes daily work on our part. Work to cast aside the pull of worldly desires, and put on the righteousness of Jesus. Yet we never need worry about accomplishing our goals in our own strength. For God in His unmerited love, gives to us all we need to perform any task set before us. He gives strength to the weary, and power to the powerless. So put your trust in Him. “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” (2 Cor. 1:25)
The apostle Paul knew well that apart from God we can do nothing. For He alone is the giver of life, and source of our strength. And so Paul’s prayer for us all is to experience the super natural power provided to us through the Holy Spirit. For God so loves His children, that He never leaves us to fight our battles alone. Through His overabundant, overflowing, divine riches, He sends to us the great Helper to indwell our soul. And through His strength, we can overcome anything the Enemy can throw at us!
Change is hard. And real godly change is impossible on our own. But out of His great love, God never expects His children to go it alone. That’s why the moment we receive Jesus as our Savior, the Holy Spirit indwells us, becoming our permanent Helper in all things. Now the once seemingly impossible becomes possible, through the strength of the Spirit. He guides, teaches, and convicts us of our sin against God. The Holy Spirit is our divine gift from God, and is our eternal source of revelation, wisdom, and power.