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    by Cecelia Lester

December 3, 2021
And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.” Luke 1:46-48 (NRSV) Mary was very young and from a poor family. The Angel Gabrielle came to her and told her that she would bear God’s……  ( Click for more )
November 26, 2021

As children of God we learn to respect those who are in our lives. Respect is a feeling of honor or esteem that, in the world, sometimes a person feels another needs to earn. However, with God it is different. He commands our respect because of Who He is.

When we come to God, we are to humble ourselves and give Him the attention He deserves. “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face . . . then I will hear. . . .”(2 Chronicles 7:14) What are the roles or qualities of God that we are to respect?

He is our creator.…  ( Click for more )

November 19, 2021
I will bless them and the places surrounding my hill. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing. Ezekiel 34:26 (NIV) The LORD God here talks about blessing his people. He tells Ezekiel He will look favorably on those who love Him. He further tells the prophet that He will……  ( Click for more )
November 12, 2021

“And we pray this in order that you may live a life

worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing

fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.

Colossians 1:10(NIV)

When we see children after a while of not being around them, it seems the first words we speak

to them are, “My, how you’ve grown. Last time I saw you, you were so high.” And we hold our hand to the approximate place they stood.

I remember a group of siblings who came to our former church several years ago. I remember that all but one of…  ( Click for more )

November 5, 2021
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the almighty. Psalm 91:1 (NKJV) The Psalmist headed this chapter as Safety in Abiding in the Presence of God. ……  ( Click for more )
October 29, 2021
Protected He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the almighty. Psalm 91:1 (NKJV) The Psalmist headed this chapter as Safety in Abiding in the Presence……  ( Click for more )
October 22, 2021
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world and the world is passing away and the lust of it,……  ( Click for more )
October 15, 2021
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears……  ( Click for more )
October 8, 2021
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me ……  ( Click for more )
Come, you blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you. . .” Matthew 25:34 (NKJV) In the parable about the sheep and the goats, Jesus tells us of two groups of people. In the verse above, He speaks to those who……  ( Click for more )
In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near.” That is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah. Matthew 3:1-3a (NIV) John the Baptist was what we today call an itinerant preacher.……  ( Click for more )
September 17, 2021

When we are asked about why we go to church, how do we respond? Do we say we go to be with people, to get caught up on the lives of our friends, or do we realize that we go out of habit?

Our main reason for attending church is to worship God. How does God tell us to do this?

Throughout His Word, God tells us about how he wants us to approach Him.

“Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful song.” Psalm 100:2 (NIV)

The psalmist advises us to have glad hearts when we approach God. When we have a lot of evil in our world, He still gives…  ( Click for more )

September 10, 2021

Humble, Gentle, Patient

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2 (NIV)

We can’t turn on and off humility and gentleness as we do a water spigot. We shouldn’t choose to be humble one day and haughty the next. In other words, we can’t come across as if we know it all.

Gentleness should be worn every day. Once we ask Jesus into our hearts, we belong to God at all times. We are to model Him before those in our lives. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Colossians, “Therefore as God’s…  ( Click for more )

September 3, 2021
I heard, and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us. Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the……  ( Click for more )
August 27, 2021
Jesus’ Invitation he said to them, “Come away with me by yourselves and get some rest. Mark 6:31 (NIV) This verse comes in the middle of a passage where the apostles had reported to Jesus about “all they had done and taught.” The……  ( Click for more )
August 27, 2021
he said to them, “Come away with me by yourselves and get some rest. Mark 6:31 (NIV) This verse comes in the middle of a passage where the apostles had reported to Jesus about “all they had done and taught.” The twelve were so crowded by people……  ( Click for more )
Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and rest. . .I would hurry to my place of shelter. Psalm 55:6,8 (NIV) David was fearful of his enemies. It looked to him that his life would soon end. He thought that he could find rest in shelter from those who intended to harm him. ……  ( Click for more )
August 13, 2021

“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways. Then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and hear their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

When you encounter problems in life, do they tend to get you anxious? Does it seem that you cannot forget the hurt someone has caused you? How do you solve them? What about the issues our cities and towns face? What about the states and the nations? We have available a tool that can cause improvement in our outlook and in our world. King…  ( Click for more )

August 6, 2021

“I will bless them and the places surrounding my hill. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.” Ezekiel 34:26 (NIV)

From time to time, we receive blessing from God. He chooses to grant us special favors to make our lives richer. We spend a certain season of the year counting the ways God has blessed us. Could it be possible that we are to acknowledge His blessings upon us throughout the year?

This spring I started a journal listing of blessings God showered on me. My goal is to be able to share one thousand blessings in my blog…  ( Click for more )

July 30, 2021

“This day I have called heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life. . .” Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV)

As individuals, we make choices every day of our lives, starting from when the alarm rings each morning to when we retire for the night.

We had an elderly relative who was a very early riser. She called me once and asked me to meet her the next day at the building where her doctor was located and go with her to her doctor appointment. The hospital’s patient van would transport…  ( Click for more )

July 23, 2021
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge in the sinful nature; rather serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13 Paul, in writing to the Galatian believers, cautioned them to use their freedom to serve one another in love. In today’s world,……  ( Click for more )
July 16, 2021
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. Isaiah 61:1 (NIV) As we honor God in our world today, we may……  ( Click for more )
July 9, 2021

Love

“. . . and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)

Poets write about it. Songwriters pen lyrics and spark something in our hearts. The apostle Paul tells us it is “. . . the greatest of these. . . .” He also calls love “the most excellent way.” (1 Corinthians 12:31)

Jesus tells us to “love the Lord, you God, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Mark 12; 30) He also commands us to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”(Mark 12:30)

“Love”…  ( Click for more )

July 2, 2021
I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. Psalm 119:45 (NIV) As we in the United States celebrate our freedom this month, I think of how we celebrate Christ. I once heard that we celebrate Jesus Christ every time we gather to worship. It came to me that we celebrate God……  ( Click for more )
June 25, 2021

“Ask and it will be given to you. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will open.

Matthew 7:7 (NIV)

ASK

When we have a need and we approach someone as we seek help from him or her, how do we bring up the need? Do we use force and demand that need be met? It doesn’t work like that. We have to ask. When I was a child, there was a saying. “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” I didn’t fully understand the meaning until I became an adult. We will be received better when we present our needs as requests.

When…  ( Click for more )

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