Stone-Caster or Stone-Catcher?

When someone has damaged their reputation or fallen into sin, the easiest thing to do is - well - nothing! But Galatians 6:1 commands something very different. Frankly, I don't know if there is a verse in the Bible that is less practiced in today's Christian world. But God has been clear. If you are "spiritual," it is your duty to get involved in restoration of the fallen - to become a stone catcher.

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The Promise

The Shepherd has taken us on quite a journey. We have lain in green pastures, drank from still water, walked righteous paths, and gone through the valley of the shadow of death. He has fed us, bound our wounds, and overfilled our cups. Now He wants to leave us with a promise to hold onto as we continue on our journey.

Lamentations

This 'book of tears' has been called the funeral of a city (Jerusalem).  Every chapter is weeping from A-Z (Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters).  Jeremiah was called to remain back and minister God's love for His people in the midst of chastening.  Whatever you do - don't miss chapter 3... it's the key to the … Continue reading Lamentations

The Lord is Merciful

God is everything mercy ever hoped to be. He isn't just part mercy - He IS mercy. God has NEVER been unmerciful. It's who God is; mercy is His very nature. Mercy can be simply defined as 'Love in Action' (Eph. 2:4). It is living compassion (Ps. 116:5, 145:8). Theologically, mercy is what withholds that which is deserved. I always represent mercy with a "").

Longsuffering: a Fruit of the Spirit

‘Hurry up and wait.’ That ought to be my motto – but I can't bring myself to use it because it’s painfully all-too-true. Much of life is waiting and most of our frustrations come from unrealistic or improper expectations about life and others. We think longsuffering is a good quality for the driver behind us, but never for the one in front of us! We presume that others should give us a liberal amount of slack, yet we fail to deliver the same. This only leads to more frustration, impatience, and anger.

Let God’s Smile Bring Back Yours

Article by Pastor Nix Even though I’ve been a Christian for over twenty years, I’m just now learning about grace.  When I was twelve, I was ‘saved by grace’ – but I’m just now learning what it means to live by grace.  I’m so thankful for this all-too-often misunderstood and abused ‘secret’ of living the … Continue reading Let God’s Smile Bring Back Yours