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"As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend." Proverbs 27:17
|Posted by Lorraine Serra on January 1, 2015 at 12:20 PM||comments (0)|
A New Year, a fresh start. Inspired by a tremendous gift I received, a collection of powerful insights by wonderful teachers/pastors/authors, I want to share a few entries that really hit me.
As I read through this collection, a few stood out that made me respond, "That's what I believe! That's who I want to be. Here I am, Lord, send me!"
Maybe you will feel the same way, too.Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lorraine Serra on December 24, 2014 at 1:15 PM||comments (0)|
“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts." Heb 3:8
"See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lorraine Serra on December 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
"O COME LET US ADORE HIM, CHRIST THE LORD! "
This well known refrain of the season is one with which we may feel a disconnect. Perhaps it is just too familiar, or misunderstood, or maybe just overlooked. What does it all mean? What does it mean for us today?
As we look at renderings of the Christmas stable in Bethlehem, we see both simple shepherds and stately kings bowing in worship and adorati...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lorraine Serra on December 22, 2014 at 7:45 AM||comments (0)|
"Yes, Lord," she replied, "I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world." John 11:27
Do you know who said this? Do you know WHEN it was said?
Here is a clue: It was spoken by a grieving woman! Her brother had died 4 days earlier and Jesus had finally arrived in response to the news that Lazarus was very sick. ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lorraine Serra on December 17, 2014 at 8:45 AM||comments (0)|
"Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man." Acts 17:29
The apostle Paul seized the moment God had so beautifully provided to speak to the assembly of scholarly leaders in Athens. Surrounded by many statues of Greek gods, Paul noticed one altar marked "to the unknown God".
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|Posted by Lorraine Serra on December 16, 2014 at 11:10 PM||comments (0)|
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2: 10 - 12
A familiar story, centuries old. One that should not leave us empty or indifferent, but ful...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lorraine Serra on December 13, 2014 at 8:55 AM||comments (0)|
Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows them that are his. 2 Tim 2:19
Glory to God! He knows my name! He sees my heart! He hears my voice!
He holds me in the palm of His hand! I am the apple of His eye. He is for me. He loves me. He treasures me. He cherishes me.
He purch...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lorraine Serra on December 10, 2014 at 9:35 AM||comments (0)|
" Remember, those who have spoken God’s word to you. Think about the impact of their lives, and imitate their faith. Jesus, the Messiah, is the same yesterday and today—and forever!" Hebrews 13: 6-8
Consider the impact or influence of people and events throughout the history of the world, both evil and good. Consider what impact or influence you have in y...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lorraine Serra on December 8, 2014 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
"Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." Psalm 90:12
Life is brief. Taking an accounting of how we spend our days can reveal much about us. At this time of year, many will pause to consider what the past year brought through successes and failures, trials and victories. Then, with a wise analysis, some will plan and hope and dream about the coming year. How can life be bett...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lorraine Serra on December 7, 2014 at 1:15 PM||comments (0)|
Come, let us settle the matter. So many things in life clamor to be settled; racism, sexism, abuse, corruption, terrorism, health issues, faithfulness, commitments, green living, economic responsibility, world peace.
But, despite our best efforts, things once thought "settled" become unsettled again. The courts can reverse a ruling; the streets erupt in violence and chaos. Adultery, abandonme...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lorraine Serra on December 5, 2014 at 11:20 PM||comments (0)|
"Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God." Ephesians 5:1& 2
Well, that is certainly a command that makes you take a step back for a minute. Me, imitate God? But, what is He like...really? How can I do that, being only...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lorraine Serra on December 4, 2014 at 8:30 AM||comments (0)|
" Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved." Psalm 80:3
In light of God's holiness, we fall short. In light of His perfect love, we fail to love one another well. In light of His constant care, we are careless. Yet, since days of old, those bent in failure and burdened with disappointment, entertaining faithlessness and reaping consequences of poor choices, like the nation ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lorraine Serra on December 4, 2014 at 7:50 AM||comments (0)|
"And they were calling to one another: 'Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.' " Isaiah 6:3
"Day and night they never stop saying: 'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,' who was, and is, and is to come." Revelation 4:8
Two men, a prophet and an apostle who physically walked with Jesus, more tha...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lorraine Serra on December 3, 2014 at 9:30 AM||comments (1)|
"Call on Me when you are in trouble,
and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” Psalm 50:15
This world is no utopia; nobody escapes times of trouble or distress, pain or loss. God invites us to consult with Him. Divine intervention, divine solutions, are available for the asking. If you are weary "going it alone", won't you talk to God about it t...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lorraine Serra on July 22, 2014 at 2:40 PM||comments (0)|
I left you last time considering James 1: " Count it all joy, my brothers when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
Ah, the problem of pain and suffering. Why does God allow it, and what can we do with it? Well, James just told us there are gr...Read Full Post »