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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Love wins every time

Love wins every time

Lord of all, Your grace covers all and You make all things new. As another year slips away, show us how to stop obsessing over things that we can’t take with us to heaven because all we leave behind is the impact that we had on the lives of others.

In the absence of so many things, we can be God’s light and love on this earth so give us the strength to push through the fear so that we can touch and change lives as Your Son did with us. The birth of the Son of God, His life, death and resurrection tells us the truth that fear cannot keep us away from the presence of God. Nothing can.

Lord, just “give us enough light to see the next step” (Vicky Beeching). Center us now to step back into the story of “how God so loved the world that He sent His only Son” (John 3:16) to be the eternal living truth for all generations to know that “hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can.” (Martin Luther King) and Love won over death and sin and will continue to do so forever and ever. Amen.

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Posted by on November 29, 2015 in Conversations with God

 

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No one can take away God’s blessings

No one can take away God’s blessings

Almighty One, You are the author of salvation and life everlasting. Thank You for laughter, love, friends and family. Thank You for being our shelter from a dark world.   Thank You for being the only constant in our lives.

Help us to identify with You so that we can have the audacity to love each other as You love us. Challenge us to “read Your word, live Your word, and to be Your word” (Rachel Garcia) so that we can let go of our will and let Your will be done in our hearts and in this world.

Because of Christ, nothing and no one can take away any of the blessings that the Lord God has given us. The “death and resurrection of Jesus Christ removes the distinctions that we have created amongst ourselves” (Rachel Garcia) so that Love, not judgement or condemnation, can be the lens in which we see each person in this room and in our life as fellow children of the only living God.

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2015 in Conversations with God

 

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You are the bridge between hope and the hopeless

You are the bridge between hope and the hopeless

Almighty One, thank You for another sunrise. Another opportunity to experience and be the experience called life.   We’re here because we don’t have all the answers.   We’re here because the world is clouded by doubt and fear. We’re here because of You.

You are the bridge between hope and the hopeless. And right now we need hope. Hope for a world that can know peace. Hope for a world that can know love. Hope for a world that can know You.

“Our faith rests not in what we are, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ is, in what He has done and in what He is now doing for all of us” (Charles H. Spurgeon). For there is no mistake or regret that we confess that will make God love us any less because even when we forget God, God never forgets us and holds us in the everlasting arms of love.

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2015 in Conversations with God

 

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Good News For Everyone

Good News For Everyone

Great Provider, we come to You today because we need You. We need Your strength. We need Your comfort.   And we need peace in our hearts and minds that only You can provide. We’re just imperfect people loved by a perfect God. We need a new heart, a new spirit and a new understanding so that we can be more like You.

“When our faith wavers, when our trust withers, renew us O God. Grant us confidence in You, large enough to move mountains, deep enough to receive all the goodness that you give” (Bread for the Day 2015, p 346).

We can never go where You, Lord, are not.   So open our minds so that we can side with the widow, the poor, the sick and the strangers among us who the world has kicked to the sidelines. Let’s share Your good news knowing that “if the faith that we share is not good news for everybody then it isn’t good news for anybody” (Rob Bell).

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2015 in Conversations with God

 

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By Faith we can see

By Faith we can see

Lord God, thank You for the gift of life and the people that you have put in our path. Thank You for those who have gone before us. Guide us as we pave the way for those yet to come. “Search us, oh Lord, and know our heart. Test us and know our anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in us and lead us in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139: 23-24).

By faith we can see Your works all around us. And it is by faith that we are called to go into the lives of those we know and those who we don’t know and share the good news that tears down the mountains of doubt and fear. Center our hearts and minds in You so that we can be a sanctuary for the broken souls of this world.

When the world turns cold and dark remind us that You are forever with us and that we never face these mountains alone. “Scripture, Christ, Grace, Faith and the Glory of God alone” (Martin Luther) gives us the strength to face anything that comes our way.

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2015 in Conversations with God

 

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