In my opinion, Matthew 5:3 contains some of the most well-known words ever spoken by Jesus: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3. I also believe they are quite possibly some of His most misunderstood words. Poor in spirit does not mean defeated and dejected, it simply illustrates we’re not fully aware of God’s unconditional love, and we’re just getting by, when we could be thriving. Read the rest of this entry »
Archive for July, 2016
We did not earn reconciliation; it’s a gift from God through Jesus, and all we did was receive His gift. This is one of the most important principles of Christianity; we cannot earn our salvation, but need merely accept it. We cannot do our way into God’s grace.
We must merely thank God, seek Him, receive His love, and watch as our love for Him grows with every new revelation He presents to us. And all the while, we should remain joyful and at peace as we seek God. The amazing thing is, the more we seek Him, the more peace and joy He gives to us.
It’s a wonderful circle of love;
Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Romans 5:11
When I was very young I knew nothing of God, but then I was taken to Sunday school and church. When I was ten years old I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior and began to learn about Him and God. Then, as I got older, God and Jesus became less important to me, I stopped going to church and slipped easily into a life of sin. I was, though I didn’t realize it, God’s enemy. Read the rest of this entry »
It seems to me the Holy Spirit is God’s love—His very essence; the knowing Him and trusting Him, hoping in Him and accepting His unconditional love. For without hope, God could not hold our attention for long. Read the rest of this entry »
This is one of my favorites. I hope it encourages others as much as it encourages me!
Looking Through My Keep-it-simple Lenses
I like the way things look!
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Once upon a time there was a good man, who hadn’t always been good, but he’d always had some good in him, and the good seemed to grow larger as he grew older.
Every day, he’d write good things and share them with anyone who cared to read them. He wasn’t trying to change the world, he just wanted to give people hope in a time when things were changing rapidly, and not changing for the good; or so it seemed to him. He didn’t know if very many people would read what he wrote, but he hoped they would and thought maybe they’d feel better about things if they did. Read the rest of this entry »
This will sound strange—especially coming from me—but when does weird cross the line?
A few years back, I was walking the dog, minding my own business, and here comes this kid walking down the sidewalk toward me… pulling a shoe. Read the rest of this entry »