Showing posts with label faith. Show all posts
Showing posts with label faith. Show all posts

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Prayer Flag of Faith 2016

What is faith? 
It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. 
It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, 
even though we cannot see it up ahead.
Hebrews 11:1
Starting with a remnant piece of material, I then cut and formed the word "FAITH" from a blue silk flowered ribbon and tacked it down with clear gel "Tacky" fabric glue.  

Next, I traced my hands, cut them out, and then glued them to the material.  Finding a scroll pattern I liked and using an old world font, I printed Hebrews 11:1 from the Living Bible cut and pasted it to the material as well.  

Last, I took a tomato stakes from last summer's garden and trimmed it to a reasonable size, and looped it through the brass circles at the top of the fabric, and hung it in the dining room.

Faith is the certainty...

Thursday, December 24, 2015

A Christmas Prayer

Dearly Beloved,
If you are in a cold, dark period of your life, don’t be afraid—the Savior has come and He will save you to the uttermost! Believe in and trust Him. Hope, faith, and love to you this Christmas Season 2015.

Merry Christmas 
Praying for World Peace 
Peggy Jo

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sunday Reflection: Celebrate!

Today, 
celebrate what Christ has done, 
knowing He will complete His promise and come again to gather His people;
 The Church,
to Himself.

In 
faith,
hope,
and
love,
we wait
with joy
His coming again.

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Sunday Reflection: FAITH

Beginning today, December, 2, 2012, is the start of the Advent season for the modern day Christian church. Therefore, I find it necessary to list a few definitions to start with before I offer up questions to ponder or reflect on. The questions are personal and will require more thought then you think at first. The answers are deeper then you realize and require something of yourself.

Advent:
1. a coming into place, view, or being; arrival: the advent of the holiday season.
2. ( usually initial capital letter  ) the coming of Christ into the world.
3. ( initial capital letter  ) the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas,
    observed in commemoration of the coming of Christ into the world.
4. ( usually initial capital letter  ) Second Coming.
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Who is Jesus ChristWhat does the Bible say about Jesus’ deity as God's Son?

Does the Bible, which is the earliest and most historically reliable source, actually say Jesus is God? What does it tell us about Jesus and His identity?

Let’s take a brief look at a few of the many passages that clearly and consistently answer that question, straight from the pages of Scripture. We’ll begin by going back an additional 700 years before the life of Christ, to the Old Testament book of Isaiah, the old testament of the Hebrew People.


Jesus is God – Prophecies

  • Divine Messiah predicted in the Old Testament
    Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Emmanuel.”1

    “ Emmanuel” literally means: “God with us.” See also Matthew 1:23; Jesus was “God with us.”
  • This Messiah would be born a human son, but have a higher nature
    Isaiah 9:6: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

    This was a radical statement coming from a monotheistic Jewish prophet -- especially calling a human being “Mighty God”; but one that God fulfilled centuries later in Christ.
  • A couple hundred years later, but still more than half a millennium before Jesus walked the earth, more was predicted about the Messiah’s divine nature
    Daniel 7:13-14: “There before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven . . . He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”

    “Son of Man” was the primary title Jesus used for Himself -- and this passage shows that this was a clear and strong claim of deity. And in Mark, the earliest of the four Gospels, He also included the unmistakable phrase, “coming on the clouds of heaven” and applied it to Himself (Mark 14:62). His listeners got the point, refused to believe it, and added it to their reasons to try to kill Him.
Jesus is God – His Earthly Ministry
  • The baby Jesus worshiped by the Magi
    Matthew 2:11: “On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.”

    Along with being led to the site where Jesus was born, these Magi were apparently informed by God about Jesus’ divine identity, and so they responded appropriately by worshiping Him.
  • Jesus accepted worship from His disciples
    Matthew 14:32-33: “And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’”

    In a Jewish culture, only the one true God can be worshiped; their actions show that they acknowledged Jesus as being divine. And Jesus didn't correct them or say, “Don’t you realize that I’m just a mortal prophet? Stop worshiping me!” Rather, He accepted their worship, knowing He really was God in human flesh.
  • Jesus’ claim about Himself
    John 8:58-59: "‘I tell you the truth,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!’ At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.”

    This is a powerful double claim from Jesus: first, that He pre-existed His human birth and was actually alive and present (as God) before Abraham; second, that His title was “I am” -- which was the same title used for Jehovah God in Exodus 3:14. His listeners again got the point, and picked up stones to execute Him!
  • Another of Jesus’ claims of deity
    John 10:30-33: “‘I and the Father are one.’ Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, ‘I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?’ ‘We are not stoning you for any of these,’ replied the Jews, ‘but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.’”

    It couldn't be clearer than it is here: Jesus’ highly educated listeners understood His claim of deity. They only had two possible responses: to humble themselves and bow before Him as the Magi and the disciples had done earlier, or reject His claim and judge Him as a blasphemer. Unfortunately they chose the latter option. But notice that Jesus doesn’t argue with their accusation, because it was accurate. He really was claiming to be God!
  • Thomas’ response to the resurrected Jesus
    John 20:27-29: “Then He said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.’ Thomas said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’"

    This disciple realized, because of Jesus’ resurrection, who Jesus really was -- and humbly worshiped Him and declared His true identity: “My Lord and my God!” Jesus not only accepts this declaration, but blesses all of the disciples -- and all of us today -- who come to the same realization and place of humble worship.
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Faith
1. confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another's ability.  
2. belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be
    substantiated by fact.  
3. belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the
    Pilgrims.  
4. belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.: to be of the same
    faith with someone concerning honesty.  
5. a system of religious belief: the Christian faith; the Jewish faith.  
6. the obligation of loyalty or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement, etc.: 
    Failure to appear would be breaking faith.  
7. the observance of this obligation; fidelity to one's promise, oath, allegiance, 
    etc.: He was the only one who proved his faith during our recent troubles.  
8. Christian Theology . the trust in God and in His promises as made through
    Christ and the Scriptures by which humans are justified or saved.
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Hopefully, you now have some basic understanding of Advent as the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas; observed in commemoration of the coming of Christ into the world a second time.  And who Jesus Christ is, God's son who died that you may live an abundant life, reconciled to God.   Faith a confidence or trust in a person or thing, a trust in God and in His promises as made through Christ and the Scriptures by which humans are justified or saved, an obligation of loyalty or fidelity to a person, promise, or engagement.

What does all this mean?

Do you believe in or have faith in Jesus Christ personally?  Do you have a “good” understanding of who He is and the “good news” he taught and preached and lived?  Have you truly heard the gospel of grace?

Make it personal and ask what can I do during the next four weeks of Advent to grow in faith?  Read the daily readings and think about what they are saying. (I will have links at the end of this reflection that will aid one in ones studies.)  Listen to sermons about Jesus.  Serve others with abandon to ones-self. 

When you have an in-depth knowledge of who Jesus Christ is and faith in who He is Advent takes on more meaning, a new beginning like you have never known.  I hope that this Advent will be a season of growing in ones personal faith, a knowing of the depth of God’s love for you personally.

Advent Prayer:
May you be enveloped in the love of God this Advent understanding the depth of Christ’s personal commitment to you.   May you in return have faith in what He has promised, the covenant of redemption, of reconciliation with God.  May you live the abundant life Christ promised. 

Romans 5:17 (NIV) 
For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:17 (Message)
Yet the rescuing gift is not exactly parallel to the death-dealing sin. If one man's sin put crowds of people at the dead-end abyss of separation from God, just think what God's gift poured through one man, Jesus Christ, will do! There's no comparison between that death-dealing sin and this generous, life-giving gift. The verdict on that one sin was the death sentence; the verdict on the many sins that followed was this wonderful life sentence. If death got the upper hand through one man's wrongdoing, can you imagine the breathtaking recovery life makes, sovereign life, in those who grasp with both hands this wildly extravagant life-gift, this grand setting-everything-right, that the one man Jesus Christ provides?


Monday, November 26, 2012

PREPARING FOR ADVENT 2012

During this Advent Season I will not be posting on a daily basis; instead, I will post a Sunday Reflection on Sundays.   I hope it will be something that will help everyone to prepare for Christ's second coming, including myself.   He will come again; we just do not know the hour.  We are; however, asked to spread the Gospel, prepare for His return, and speed its coming.  The focus this year will be FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE.  I hope you will join me on this journey towards a more personal intimate walk with Christ.

Two things I have found in the past that help me to focus is making and using an Advent Wreath and denoting in someway a count down activity for each day until Christmas.  You can count down using a prepared calendar or make your own using envelopes on a string...see the picture below for inspiration.


You may want to gather your wreath, envelopes or calendar supplies this week because Advent starts this Sunday, December 2, 2012.

Hope you will join me on the journey in walking closer with Christ this Advent.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Believe in Christ, He Is The Catalyst For Change


We are all a work in progress.  Change is possible in Christ.

Christ came because He, like His Father, believed that everything He created is good.  He died for His Bride the Church.  Our hope, faith, and love is like a three strung cord; strong, dependable, and unfailing.

The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”  Deuteronomy 31:8  

One day we will see Him face to face.  For now we see only dimly...so let your light shine before men.  It makes it easier for all on the narrow path.