As the Lord Has Forgiven Us

Looking to God

When God sacrificed His only Son as payment for all our sins, He was showing just how great His love for us truly is. For as in Adam all are dead, we are now alive through Jesus Christ our Lord.

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”

(Colossians 3:12-13)

Unless it is a sin against the Holy Spirit, no sin is too great for God to forgive. For God is faithful in His promises, generous in His love, unwavering in His forgiveness, and kind to all. He provides us peace when everything seems to collapse around us, hope when there is no hope, grace when we need it most and joy when…

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Nothing Wasted

Nothing in your life is or will be wasted. God can use it all. Read this borrowed blog and be encouraged.

5 Minutes of Hope

Hey, Doug Dial here with two or three minutes of hope.

On the way to and from work I pass by a landfill that is filled with garbage, waste and rubbish. We throw away so much stuff. Most of us have several waste baskets throughout our homes and a garbage container or two outside the house.

How unlike God’s economy. He wastes nothing.

Let’s visit the scene of the miracle of the loaves and the fishes, shall we?

When the disciples told Jesus to send the crowds away for food and lodging, Jesus replied, “You give them something to eat.”

Do you suppose He might have been looking Peter’s way?

Hold onto that thought.

You see, Jesus is all about seeing that His sheep are fed.

So, He takes what is available, (another sermon for another day) blesses it, breaks it and multitudes are fed. Afterward He admonishes the disciples…

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3 Shocking Thoughts in 10 Minutes

Here is something I just posted on my more personal blog. I’m having a lot of anxiety this morning with rapid thoughts of things I cannot control. In the midst of this chaotic thinking came a few thoughts that grabbed my attention.

Dear Sister

It is almost 11 am on Friday morning. I stay up late on Thursday nights because going to work on Friday is optional for me. So I got up about a half hour ago. Within the last 10 minutes I had three disturbing thoughts come at me.

  1. The anxiety would go away within moments and I would be able to focus and get through the day.
  2. You have nothing to say to people. You don’t know how to write a blog of substance. No one needs to read what you put out there. Other people are already saying it and saying it better.
  3. (While reading the same blog which happened to be about anxiety and worldly concerns)

That is how fast negative thoughts come into our minds.

Now these weren’t the only thoughts I had during those 10 minutes. My mind is very active this morning. But I am grateful…

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Quotes to live by…..07/10/22

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all.” —Dale Carnegie

Quotes to live by…..06/12/22

“The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.” —Mark Caine

What Will You Do with Your One Precious Life?

Don't Lose Hope

“At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair should be messy, and your eyes sparkling.” -Shanti

We never know how much time we have left. That’s why it’s important to live everyday. And to fill everyday with something meaningful.

To create a life that is kind and beautiful. To invest in people … and to follow our dreams …

And to make sure we have captivating dreams!

For too often we wake up – and we’re stuck in a deep rut. We do “the same old, same old” and we shrivel up inside. We give up on adventure and we let our world grow small. We find we’re just existing. There’s no passion anymore.

But to really feel alive we must get out there and explore. We need to build new memories, and to live with open eyes. We need to find that courage to…

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The World is Watching

AN interesting update on how we are treating our homeless while helping others elsewhere who also need it.

A Homeless Life

The world is watching the war in Ukraine unfold graphically on our TV’s, Cellphones and tablets.

The world is watching the homeless loose all their possessions over YouTube, Twitter and Instagram in LA. City workers putting everything in the trash trucks saying “we’re only doing our job”. The city is cleaning up the homelessness out there more then once but, more devastating to watch it on InvisiblePeople.TV. A true and heart wrenching interview with the ones loosing their homes as the city makes way for opening day in the ballpark, the ballpark.

The world is watching Tennessee that just passed a bill, waiting on Governor Lee’s desk, that makes camping on state property a felony. A felony for trying to survive. There aren’t enough shelter beds for the estimated number of homeless in Nashville. The city wants to attract a super bowl so they’ll need a bigger stadium costing billions.

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Study 4: Pastors/Preachers

Sadly, sometimes the hurt that happens in a church directly involves one of the pastors. IF you or someone you know has been hurt by church leadership this might be a good study for you.

Church Hurts

Find the text of Study 4: Pastors/Preachers below. If you’d prefer to listen to the study, you can watch the video — the content is the same.We will host a Zoom meeting for for anyone who would like to discuss this Thursday, Feb. 24, from 7-8 p.m. at this link.

VIDEO:

STUDY TEXT:

What comes to mind when you hear the word “pastor”? What about when you hear the word “preacher”?

While these terms both often refer to the human leader of a church, “pastor” highlights the role of overseeing a congregation and “preacher” highlights the role of verbal proclamation. In some churches the terms may be used interchangeably; in some churches they may refer to different people. But in all churches, the humans who are in charge and who speak for the church are given tremendous responsibility. With this responsibility comes the risk of these human leaders…

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