The Gift of Our Discontent

Another World  God put within each of us a taste for the eternal.

When the disappointments of this life overwhelm,

He reminds us that we were made for another world.

And it is this yearning – the gift of our discontent –

that keeps us looking up.

Rejoicing in the hope of heaven.

The promise of home.

 

For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
Hebrews 13:14

The Mark of A True Disciple

FTI Love One Another“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
John 13:34-35

I’ll admit I struggle with this. Love can feel like one of the most difficult things in this world to do. But for a true disciple of Jesus, there is no way around it. We are called to love. Actually, we are commanded to love.

Before Jesus humbled himself on the cross, he humbled himself to wash the feet of his disciples. You can read about it in John 13, the same passage that contains the verses quoted above.

Jesus was teaching them by example – humility, service, others before self – this is how you are to live. Love each other so that “everyone will know that you are my disciples.” 

So it grieves me to see Christians divided when we should be standing in unity against the enemy of our souls.

I think Kristen encapsulated how I and so many of us feel when she used the word “weary” in her post yesterday. We are tired of seeing the virtual carnage, the bloodbath of hurtful words streaming in front of our eyes, wounding our souls. Yes, we are weary.

Some may think they are helping enlighten others when they attack and brother or sister (or an entire family) on social media. They may think it’s harmless venting. But the truth is, if we are going to identify ourselves with the name of Christ, we need to think long and hard about what messages we are conveying.

Because the world is watching. And they love to see us hating on each other because then they have an easy excuse for rejecting Christianity.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to give anyone a reason to walk away from Jesus. I want to be numbered with the true disciples – the ones who show love to one another, reserving their swords for the real enemy.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,
against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and
against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Ephesians 6:12

And The Saints Keep Marching On…

FTI Faith WaterfallWhen life gets hard and it feels like we’re losing battles left and right, it can help to read again the stories of all the brave saints who have gone before us.

To let our minds travel back in time, with the author of Hebrews 11, so that the testimony of the faithful can reignite the faith in our own hearts.

It’s good to remember we’re not alone and that the grace God has poured out on his children throughout history continues today.

 

If you are discouraged, I hope this song by Sara Groves will inspire you to keep marching on.

Sara Groves – When The Saints (Official) from sara-groves on GodTube.

Urgent call to prayer – Spread the word!

Jesus prayed. He taught his disciples how to pray. He also taught about persistent prayer and never giving up.

Even when the situation looks grim, we cannot give up. We are called to pray because prayer moves the heart of God. Prayer changes things. Prayer changes us.

Today is an important day for Christians to unite together in prayer for our nation. The supreme court is hearing arguments over the re-definition of marriage. Here is a link to the AFA website where you can read more sign the pledge to pray.

I will prayIf my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

 

This Changes Everything!

I woke up this morning with these words and the following song on my brain:

The tomb is empty!

Jesus is alive and well!

This changes everything!

Or at least it should, right?

Got to church and guess what the title of the message was?

The Resurrection Changes Everything!

Can I hear an amen?

I hope you all have a blessed Easter and have a moment to enjoy
this great tune from Matt Papa…