MARK 1:27 ON 1/27

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The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.”- Mark 1:27

Every Bible verse brings a gospel song to my mind.  What can I say…  I’m a Southern Gospel  musician – so is it really a big surprise?  This portion of Scripture reminds me of a song from 1977 by The Rambos called, “He was the Talk of the Town”.

There’s a line in that song…  skeptics called Him a devil…  interesting to call one Who gives orders to impure spirits a devil.  Hmm…  it’s been a tactic of the enemy since the dawn of time to put a spin on the truth.  Sadder still is the fact that so many folks bought the spin!  Some folks are still buying the spin.  Sigh.  We need to be so careful to have ears to hear the real truth – God’s truth.

Jesus taught with authority!  He knew Who He was and where He came from – He knew He was sent on a mission to seek and to save the lost.  Not everyone believed His teaching, but some did.

So it is when we teach today.  Not everyone will listen to the teaching of Christ.  Is that a reason to stop sharing His good news?  No, it isn’t – and we are commanded to go and preach – go and teach – go and share – go and love.  We’re given what we need to minister – and there are many ways to minister to others.  Not everyone writes a daily blog, but it seems to be the way God has opened for me.  There are creative ways to tell others about the Lord and what He has done.  Ask Him and He will open a door for you.

If you’re a prayer warrior…  send up a few for this humble blogger, okay?  I appreciate every one of them!  ❤

I’m so thankful that Christ came to earth and lived among us.  He was completely God while becoming completely human.  Don’t ask me to explain that – but that’s the truth.  He preached with authority from His Father, God.  He loved as no one before Him or after Him ever did.  Every battle he fought was spiritual in nature – and praise God – He won them all and He will win every one in the future.

There’s nothing of a spiritual nature in your life that God through Christ can and will not overcome for you.  That’s the truth – the real truth – no spin.  🙂

 

 

 

 

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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There are different meanings behind the word CHARACTER.  We talk about a character that is portrayed in a movie or program on TV.  Sometimes we refer to a person as a real CHARACTER…  it’s usually not a compliment.  It’s rare these days to hear that a person has a good CHARACTER, meaning that they can be trusted and live an upstanding life.

Which one of these definitions describe you now?  No, wait – don’t tell me.  The real question is, which one of these definitions would you like to describe you in 2016?

Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.  – Cavett Robert

It’s going to sound like I’m trying to lay guilt on you, but which one of these CHARACTER definitions would Christ be pleased with where you’re concerned?  Hmm…  that puts it in a different light, doesn’t it?  I’m pretty sure He would not like for me to BE a CHARACTER – not in that way.  And I won’t be acting anytime soon, so…

There is just one kind of CHARACTER to be known as – that is to have a good CHARACTER – a good reputation, a good track record, as it were…  He is pleased when we are what we’re supposed to be as His child.

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.  – Maya Angelou

Sadly, there are a ton of examples of Christians who put forth all the right stuff – or so it seemed – and in the end, they were not genuine in their relationship with Christ.  If we are going to claim Christ is our Savior, we need to tow the line in the relationship.  I’m not fussing at you, I’m talking to me too.

THE YEAR OF DAILY STEPS

We fail because we’re human, but we need to do our very best in spite of the times we fail Him.  God is so faithful to us and He does forgive when we ask.  In 2016, let’s put our best foot forward in our relationship with Christ and be people of good CHARACTER…  when the world sees us, may they say, “Yes, this is a little Christ…  a Christian with good CHARACTER.”  🙂

 

PASTOR APPRECIATION DAY

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God did not call me to go overseas to the mission field or call me to be a pastor’s wife. Would you think poorly of me if I admitted I’m glad? The Lord knows I would have been the worst pastor’s wife ever. I lack the patience it would take to be that Proverbs 31 kind of woman. But to those special women who are called by God to be a pastor’s wife, I tip my tiara to you today!

Today is PASTOR APPRECIATION DAY!!! While I know the day is for your pastor husband and you – together – because let’s face it, it takes both of you to make it work, (am I right?) – I want to show my appreciation to the wonderful WIVES of the ones who marry, carry & bury. You, ladies, are the ones behind the scenes doing the real work – wink… 😉

As your husband was called to minister, so were you. Why this analogy comes to mind I don’t know, but it’s a bit like you are the one standing in the corner of a boxing ring while your husband is fighting. You are the one waiting for the bell to ring, indicating a round is finished – you wait with love and encouragement as well as water and nourishment he will need before he has to go back out there to fight another round.

We all do that as wives, but I just imagine it’s more necessary, more imperative for you to be there in that way. In these days when people have gotten more desensitized and there is a blatant sense of entitlement instead of a sense of shame, it has to be a tougher fight than it used to be. We all come up against it, but it must be something your pastor husband sees more than the rest of us.

See everything; overlook a great deal; correct a little.  – Pope John XXIII

That’s good counsel for all of us, isn’t it?

I pray for all the pastor’s wives today. I pray that God will fill you with wisdom, patience and power from Him. May His Holy Spirit give you a greater resolve to minister when you feel like throwing in the towel. As the great hymn says, it will be worth it all when we see Jesus. ❤