Month: February 2022

February 21st – Luke 17:5

Luke 17:5

We live in a world which has a mindset that “more is better.” But Jesus says to walk closer to Him, we need to value quality over quantity. There were none closer to the Lord than the 12 men He handpicked to walk beside Him. For three years the disciples faithfully followed Jesus as He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and raised the dead. And still they cried out to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” Yet it wasn’t actually more faith they were seeking, but rather a deep, genuine faith that empowered them to fulfill all Jesus called them to do.

The disciples understood that faith is the Word of God in action. It is meant to be lived out, not left idle and stale. Because the deeper our belief and trust, the closer we are to God. Even the tiniest bit of genuine faith in the Lord, can produce amazing results in our life and in the lives of others. And that’s the kind of faith the disciples wanted. Because of their overflowing love and gratitude for their Savior, they wanted an active, deep faith. One that not only allowed them to walk closer to Jesus, but as did Jesus. Is that the faith you want? I do! So how can we have that kind of genuine faith?

First through spending time in God’s Word. All relationships need nurturing. By feasting on the scriptures, we get to know who Jesus is and what He teaches. Another is through obedience. When we step out in trusting faith, obeying God’s will in all things, we learn to depend on Him completely. And third, we grow closer to the Lord by living out our faith for all to see. By loving, forgiving, and caring for others as Jesus does, we become living examples of our Savior in action for the world to witness.

 

February 20th – Psalm 145:18

Psalm 145:18

Psalm 145 known as David’s Psalm of praise, celebrates the greatness, goodness, and grace of God. Our God who satisfies “the desires of every living thing”. Who is “faithful in all He does” and “near to all who call on Him in truth.” But what does it mean to to call on God in truth? It means coming before the Lord in complete and open honesty. Pouring out all of our hopes, fears, troubles, and sins. Holding nothing back from the One who knows us better than we know ourselves. To lay all we are and have, the good and the bad at His feet. And trusting in His guidance, healing, forgiveness, and great love. For when we hold nothing back in complete vulnerability, it is then we experience the fullness of God and a closer walk with our Heavenly Father.

February 19th – 1 Peter 2:2

1 Peter 2:2

Like babies who feed on the goodness of their mother’s milk, Christians likewise need to feed on the goodness of God’s pure, spiritual milk. For it is the milk of God’s Word which draws us close to the Lord. And through it, we grow and mature in our walk of faith. And that is God’s desire for our lives. To be continually feasting on the wisdom of the Bible. To yearn for His life giving nutrients that allow us to progress in grace, wisdom, and knowledge of the Lord. That’s why it’s so vital to spend time in God’s Word daily. For just like food fuels the body, the Scriptures fuel the soul. Equipping us daily to face whatever comes our way. How is your appetite? Are you starting each day empty and hungry? Or are you filling your mind body, and soul, with the perfect nutritional spiritual milk of the Gospel?

Here Am I, Send Me! – Isaiah 6

Isaiah 6

The Bible teaches about many prophets. Men and women anointed to be used by God in awesome ways. But far from enjoying peaceful, easy living, God’s prophets were often despised, persecuted, and imprisoned. And the messages they brought, hated and disregarded. Many suffered tragic, violent deaths. Yet they still stayed true to revealing God’s messages. Why? Because of divine encounters with the Lord. Encounters that transformed both their hearts and their lives. …

February 18th – Matthew 4:19

Matthew 4:19 

To be chosen by Jesus as one of His very own is a gift beyond reckoning. And it’s also a gift that requires sacrifice. Because we can’t follow the Lord and follow the world. Following Jesus means laying down all we knew before, giving up our old, sinful, earthly ways, for a better way of life. But sadly for some, this is asking too much. They would rather cling to the world and its desires then to Jesus. The Jews of old sacrificed much to follow the Lord. They were despised and shunned. They lost their friends, loved ones, way of life, and even their lives. But it was a small price in light of the great price Jesus paid to offer us everlasting life. Jesus calls to each of us, “Follow Me!” Will you answer His call? Can you leave behind the world to become one of His beloved disciples?

News Of the Day – February 17th

Pastor Greg Locke Says Satan Gave Him The Names Of Six Witches In His Congregation

Controversial pastor, Greg Locke is in the news again. This time he’s making claims of conversations with demons. Those demons, he said, had revealed the names of a group of “full-blown, spell-casting” witches who’d been sent to infiltrate Global Vision, a nondenominational church east of Nashville, Tennessee, where Locke is pastor. “To God be the glory, I lie not,” he told the congregation at Global Vision on Sunday (Feb. 13), which was meeting in a packed tent on the church’s property. “We got first and last names of six witches that are in our church. And you know what’s strange, three of you are in this room right now.” Read more about his outrageous claims here.

 

Professor Of Religion Labels Masks Opposers As Having The Spirit Of The Antichrist

Obery M. Hendricks Jr., a religion professor at Columbia University, said last week that Christians who refuse to wear masks are possessed by “the spirit of antichrist.” “These folk are not fulfilling their gospel responsibility. They’re violating it. They’re spitting in the face of it,” Hendricks said. “It’s anti-biblical. It’s anti-Christian. And I’ll go farther … what we see reflected in their attitudes and their actions and their pronouncements is what 1 John calls the spirit of antichrist.” He went on to claim that Franklin Graham, Paula White, and Robert Jeffress, all prominent evangelical supporters of former President Donald Trump, also have the spirit of Antichrist. Read more about his comments here.

 

Christian Crowdfunding Site Hacked, Donors Names Released

GiveSendGo, the “number one Christian crowdfunding site”, was being used by the protestors to raise funds with over $8.7 million donated so far. But the site was hacked, and users were redirected to a different domain, which featured a video condemning the website and the Freedom Convoy. A file revealing the identities of 92,845 donors was made available as part of the hack. The video the hackers redirected GiveSendGo to referred to the website as “grifters and hatriots”. “You helped fund the January 6th insurrection in the US. You helped fund an insurrection in Ottawa. In fact you are committed to fund anything that keeps the raging fire of misinformation going until it burns the world’s collective democracies down,” it said. Read more about the hack here.

 

Jonathan The Tortoise Named Oldest Land Animal

Jonathan, a Seychelles giant tortoise, will celebrate his 190th birthday this year at his home on the South Atlantic Island of St. Helena, a volcanic British Overseas Territory. According to the Guinness World Records, the event will make the reptile the oldest-ever living chelonian, the reptile order that includes turtles, terrapins and tortoises. Previously, the record was held by Tu’i Malila, a Madagascar radiated tortoise gifted to Tonga’s royal family in 1777 and died in 1965 at 188 years old. Jonathan arrived in St. Helena as a gift to Sir William Grey-Wilson in 1882, who later became governor of the island. To put Jonathan’s age into perspective, when Queen Elizabeth II’s great-grandmother Queen Victoria ascended the throne in 1837, the tortoise was already five years old. Read more about Jonathan here.

 

 

 

February 17th – Jeremiah 12:2

Jeremiah 12:2

This week we have focused on growing in the Lord and in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, pressing on to maturity in our walk with Him. When we hear His Word, we choose to believe it or not. And we choose whether or not to act on it. Jesus says that once we accept Him as Lord and Savior, we should be growing and producing fruit, wanting to share Jesus with others. God’s love for us is a redeeming love (Ransoming; procuring deliverance from captivity, capture, bondage, sin, distress or liability to suffer, by the payment of an equivalent.-1828 Webster Dictionary) and others should be able to see it in our lives. So we need to ask ourselves is God really Lord of our life? Do we know the right words to say but do not really believe it in our hearts. Are we the same person during the week that we profess to be in church on Sunday? And most importantly, can others see His fruit in our lives?

Blessings,

Lyn

February 16th – Hebrews 6:1

Hebrews 6:1

Some are content to know only the basics about being a Christian. They let days turn into weeks, weeks into months and months turn into years. Although they have gained new worldly experience, knowledge, and physically they have aged, spiritually they have not grown. And they produce no spiritual fruit. They may attend church and occasionally read their Bible or say a prayer. They may even be able to quote Scripture and recite the lyrics of every popular Christian song. But those words have never penetrated into their heart and made a real difference. 

This is not what God desires. God doesn’t want us to be content with an elementary education. He desires to continually challenge and enhance our spiritual growth and understanding. The most important gift we can offer God, who so lovingly saved, us is a teachable and yielded heart. True devotion to God requires letting the potter mold us as clay and truly transform us from the inside out. As God remakes us, we should become more and more reflective of Christ. That is the ultimate goal of spiritual maturity. And just imagine the impact of a collective body of mature Christians reflecting the light of Christ to a dark world. 

Blessings,

Becky

February 15th – News Of The Day

China Rewrites Textbook Having Jesus Stoning Woman

Communist party officials in China have rewritten one of the Bible’s most powerful accounts of Jesus Christ by claiming the Savior stoned to death the woman caught in adultery. The New Testament account is found in  John 8:3-11, and is completely altered to depict Jesus Christ as a murderer and sinner in a “professional ethics and law” text book used in Chinese vocational secondary schools. The book’s version of the account states, Jesus saying, “Let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone.’ Hearing this, they slipped away one by one. When the crowd disappeared, Jesus stoned the sinner to death saying, ‘I too am a sinner. But if the law could only be executed by men without blemish, the law would be dead.’” Read more about the alteration here.

 

80 Year Nun Sentenced To A Year In Prison For Embezzlement Of $835,000

A nun who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Los Angeles Catholic elementary school and went on Vegas gambling sprees is heading to prison. Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper, of Los Angeles, was sentenced Monday to one year and one day for fraud and money laundering charges. The 80-year-old nun also was ordered to pay a total of $825,338.57 in restitution for the money she embezzled while she was a principal at St. James Catholic School in Torrance, Calif. Prosecutors said Kreuper, diverted funds to pay for expenses that her order would never have approved, including large gambling expenses from casino trips and credit card charges she made from 2008 to September 2018. Read more about her sentence here.

 

Christians Protest First Ever Satanic temple Convention

Christians in Scottsdale, Ariz., protested outside the inaugural convention of The Satanic Temple over the weekend, even as a prominent Catholic bishop urged believers to “refrain from participating in any public demonstration.” The Satanic Temple calls itself the “primary Satanic religious organization in the world,” even though the group itself is atheistic and believes in neither a literal God nor literal Satan. Instead, the Satanic Temple venerates the biblical Satan as a symbol of “defiance, independence, wisdom and self-empowerment.” SatanCon included “talks and presentations” that discussed the “various campaigns championed by The Satanic Temple,” according to a news release. Read more about the convention here.

 

For The First Time A Man With Severed Spinal Cord Walks Freely

In 2017, Michel Roccati was in a motorbike accident that left his lower body completely paralyzed. In 2020, he walked again, thanks to a breakthrough new spinal cord implant. The implant sends electrical pulses to his muscles, mimicking the action of the brain, and could one day help people with severe spinal injuries stand, walk, and exercise. It builds on long-running research into using electrical pulses to improve quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries, including a 2018 study by the same team that helped people with partial lower-body paralysis walk again. “It was a very emotional experience,” Roccati told journalists of the first time the electrical pulses were activated and he took a step. Read more about his journey to walking here.

 

February 15th – 2 Peter 3:18

 2 Peter 3:18

Peter tells us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.” But have you ever wondered what that means exactly, and how one can grow in grace? Is it our responsibility, God’s or both of ours? Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us that we are saved by grace through faith. This is not our doing, but a gift from God . One through which we mature and are sanctified by grace alone. Grace is defined as “unmerited favor”; a blessing that we don’t deserve. It is God, through His grace that justifies, sanctifies, and eventually will glorify us in heaven. This sanctification process, (becoming more and more like Christ), is actually synonymous with growing in grace.

Therefore to grow in grace actually means to mature as a Christian. We grow in grace by reading God’s Word and letting it “dwell in us richly” (Colossians 3:16). Peter also mentions growing in “knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ“. This happens  by praying and communicating with God, our Father and our Lord, Jesus Christ. And It’s also important to note it’s not about gaining more grace from God, for His grace never increases; it is already infinite. But we do need to seek and trust Him for it. Because grace will be the attribute of God that will enables us to break free of our sinful nature and follow Him. It will give us strength and protect us from the evil one.

Blessings,

Sue