Archive | December 2012

TIME

IM000004.JPGThis is the last posting for this blog. I made a commitment to write everyday in 2012. Today is the last day. I chose to use the same photograph I used on January 1, 2012 when I started this blog  – the sundial at the waterfront in Grand Haven, MI.

Today people look back on the year which is ending and think about what they’ve done or didn’t do. They remember good and bad times.

Today resolutions are also being made for the new year. Some will be kept. Others will be forgotten in a matter of weeks or even days.

We have the chance to make 2013 better than 2012. Granted, there are many things over which we will have no control. However, we can control how we will deal with them and if we try to deal with them alone or not.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”   (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

How will you spend the time God gives you in 2013? Will you wallow in self pity, letting depression take over? That’s what Satan wants you to do. He wants your focus to be totally on you. When that happens it’s easy for depression to set in when things don’t go the way you want.

The alternative is to focus on God and His son, Jesus Christ. There will still be some bad times. There’s no doubt about that. The difference will be in how you handle those times. Instead of saying, “poor me”, you can rejoice in what God has given you. You can know you are not alone.

Maintain a positive attitude in 2013. Keep your eyes on God. Let 2013 be a life-changing year for you. All time comes from God. Use it wisely and to the fullest.  HAPPY NEW YEAR and have a new year in Christ.

NEW DAY

IM000729.JPGToday and tomorrow are all that’s left of 2012. A new year will be starting soon. Along with it will be new opportunities and experiences. A new day is dawning for us to live. We can start 2013 fresh, right some wrongs, build new relationships, strenghten old ones.

There is also a New Day coming in the future. We don’t know when. No calendar can tell us. It’s the day of Jesus’ return.

“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then He said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true’.” (Revelation 21:5)

Things will drastically change. Nothing of this world will be the same. Evil will be destroyed. The light of God will shine throughout the earth. Jesus Christ will establish His kingdom and only He will be sitting on the throne. Everyone will bow down and worship Him.

That New Day is coming. Are you ready for it? Will Jesus find you as a believer in Him and welcome you into His kingdom?

SING OUT PRAISES

IM000875.JPGAll through the Christmas season we’ve been hearing songs telling of Jesus’ birth. Maybe you were part of a group that went out caroling. Perhaps, you were visited by carolers. Christian Christmas music was played on secular TV and radio stations.

Now that Christmas is over does that mean we stop singing praises to God?

“So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind.”  (I Corinthians 14:15)

We can and should be singing songs of praise and thanksgiving to God all the time. We don’t have to constantly be singing out loud, but songs of praise can be going on in our minds and souls day in and day out.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”   (Colossians 3:16-17)

Don’t stop singing. God’s ears are open and He wants to hear our praises all the time.

FREE TRIP TO HEAVEN

IM000874.JPGThis sign is outside of Lighthouse Church in Grand Haven, MI.

How many times have you received notices in the mail  informing you you’ve won a free cruise or trip? You just need to call the phone number provided. The trips are never really free. They usually want you to listen to their presentation and then pressure you to buy a time-share or something else.

There is one trip that is free. You don’t have to buy anything. You don’t have to earn it. No contest to enter and hope you’ll win.

It’s the trip you can take at the end of your life to heaven. The only obligation on your part is to open your heart to Jesus.

“But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.”   (Ephesians 2:4-5)

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is a gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”   (Ephesians 2: 8-9)

All we need to do is have faith in Jesus Christ and a place will be waiting for us in heaven, free of charge.

What better time, than when the New Year is approaching, to turn to Jesus. It’s time to let Him in. It’s time to share His inheritance of eternal life. The trip is free. Don’t pass up this opportunity.

CUT OFF AT THE KNEES

IM000870.JPGWhile driving for work I spied this tree. The trunk appears fine, but the whole top half is sliced off.

Have you heard of the expression “cut off at the knees”? In a fight a person can hit his opponent right behind the knees and down he’ll go – cut off at the knees. It’s the way you feel when everything seems to be going wrong. You feel like you have no control and down you go.

All is not lost. You might not be in control, but God is. The writer of Psalm 42:5 put it this way,

“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.”

We all experience times when we feel all hope is gone, but it’s not. We always have our hope in God. He provides hope when we think there is none to be found.

Turn to God. Put your hope in Him, not in worldly things. God’s hope will not fade away or leave us. It’s there 24/7.

Reach out to God. Cling to Him and the hope He will install in you. You don’t have to feel cut off at the knees.

GET THROUGH ANYTHING

IM000869.JPGI saw the vehicle with these huge tires and thought, “this jeep can get through anything.”  No mud, sand, or snow is going to stop it.

Are we equipped to get through anything? When rough times, loss of loved ones, giant obstacles block our way, can we break through and overcome them?

We can if God is with us.

“For nothing is impossible with God.”  (Luke 1:37)

“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”   (Philippians 4:13)

There is no obstacle the Lord God Almighty can’t break through. Nothing Satan throws at us is too strong for God to handle.

On our own we are weak and give in to temptations. We crumble under the weight of evil.

However, with God fighting for us and with us we can resist anything the devil dishes out. Our strength comes from God and there is nothing mightier than that.

Is God by your side? Are you holding His hand? Call out to Him and you will be able to get through anything and everything.

THE BEST GIFT

IM000867.JPGMerry Christmas! By the time you’re reading this you’ve most likely already opened your presents. The kids are playing with their new toys. The adults might be trying on new clothes, or reading the instructions for some new gadgets they received. Christmas is such a fun time of giving and receiving gifts.

With all the excitement of the day please do not forget the best gift of all which you received. That is the gift from God of His son Jesus, who came to save us.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  (John 3:16)

What better gift can we ever possibly receive than the gift of eternal life?

This is a gift freely given by God. There is nothing we can do to earn it. We definitely don’t deserve it. Yet, it’s free for the taking. All that is required of us is to accept Jesus and believe His actions on the cross saved us from the eternal damnation we really deserve.

With all the other gifts you received today, don’t forget to accept the best gift of all – salvation through Jesus Christ.