Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Do you have a Barnabas in your life? from "His Kindness Year Round"

Acts 9:26-27 “When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to join the followers.  But they were all afraid of him, because they did not believe he was a true follower!  Then Barnabas helped him by taking him to the apostles.  He explained how Saul had seen the Lord and how the Lord had spoken to him.  Barnabas also said that when Saul was in Damascus, he had spoken bravely in the name of Jesus.”
I recently heard a pastor teaching Acts 9.  He gave a personal testimony of an occasion in which he was ministering where he knew no one.  Until, God placed a ‘Barnabas’ in his life.  Barnabas stepped up from the others in the church body and community to be a friend; to support this pastor and introduce him to the church and the vicinity; to help the newcomer feel welcome and give him the sense of belonging, without the minister asking for help.  ‘Barnabas’ was a gift from God.

We aren't mind readers, and often people need to speak up and ask for assistance when needed.  But there’s also nothing wrong in asking someone from time to time if there is anything you can do for them.  Or in doing a deed of kindness, just because.  When you know one in need, or when someone desires to experience the treasure of a friendly face and the sense of belonging, please don’t think everyone else will be the ‘Barnabas’.  Step up and take the role. 

I understand we are busy and have our own trials.  But as I've said more times than you've wanted to see, even a smile or greeting is a precious gift to give another.
God shows us kindness year round. Extend your kindness.  Be a ‘Barnabas’.

2 Corinthians 6:1 “As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it.”
Philemon 1:6-7 “And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ.  Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.”

If you have one true, not superficial, Barnabas in your life, you are deeply blessed. More than one is priceless.

Your sister in Him,

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Body piercing from "His Kindness Year Round"

Body piercing? Yes.

I recently saw a bumper sticker that read "Body piercing saved my life."

Upon seeing it, I was caught off guard . . . . until I saw the picture of the Savior on the cross.

Isaiah 53:5 "But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed."

John 19:34 “Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.”

Body piercing saved my life.  I can’t say I display the bumper sticker or wear the t-shirt, but I can say the piercing of Jesus body, His death and resurrection, enabled me to choose to become His child to serve Him.  His body piercings saved me from eternity in the lake of fire.

2 Corinthians 4:14-15 “Because we know that the One who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to Himself.  All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”

Body piercing saved my life.  I'm thankful to the Lord for His great sacrifice for our sins!

Saved because of Him,


Friday, July 18, 2014

Nearer the Light from "His Kindness Year Round"

Someone asked me what I have been up to. My reply: sweating! Literally. But, that's another story.  However, it did make me think.

Naturally, we enjoy a comfortable life. When we have a healthy aspect of our lives removed, it can cause our flesh to rebel. We don't generally like losing healthy comforts.

So ponder this . . . . . we know in our souls that salvation and a close relationship with the Lord is necessary to be a follower of Jesus and spend eternity with Him. If we begin walking away from that relationship, we are deliberately removing a healthy, vital part of our lives.

Why would we do that? Why would we take something as critical and necessary to us as our relationship with the Father and put it in danger? Why would we walk away from the Light and into sin?

Matthew 4:17 "From then on Jesus began to preach, "Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near."

The enemy comes is to kill, steal and destroy, to devour. With the death and resurrection of our Savior, we can’t allow satan the victory. Run to the Light, grow in Him, love and celebrate Him. He is our all.

Ephesians 2:13 "But now you have united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to Him through the blood of Christ."

Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord . . . . . . nearer to the Light.

Your sister in the Him,


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Are you proud? from "His Kindness Year Round"

I am!
Generally when a believer Biblically thinks of pride, we think of references from God’s Word of pride being sinful.  With the upcoming birthday celebration of our nation, how do you feel about being a part of this great country?  How do you feel about being a Christian?

This nation is not perfect by any means, but it still remains a great land to live.  The body of Christ is not flawless either, but we continue to strive to be obedient and pleasing to the Lord.
I’m delighted and grateful to be an American.  I’m furthermore extremely honored and pleased to be called a follower of Jesus. 

There are positive Biblical references of pride.   Paul writes:

Romans 11:13 “I am talking to you Gentiles.  Insomuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I take pride in my ministry. “

2 Corinthians 7:4 “I have spoken to you with great frankness; I take great pride in you.  I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds.”

Galatians 6:4 “Each one should test their own actions.  Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else.”

I am proud to be an American and celebrate her birthday.  I am proud to be a Christian and celebrate the Father. 

Your sister in Him,


Monday, June 30, 2014

The Promise from "His Kindness Year Round"

Several weeks ago I heard a Christian song I'd never heard before.  Since that day, I often hum or sing one particular line from the chorus:  "There's a Promise coming down that dusty road."

I don't need to recite the entire song or chorus to gain my blessing; that one line is sufficient. There is a Promise coming down the road for me.

Revelation 22:13 "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End."

He's my Promise.  He is working daily in my life, even when I don't see His great works.  The Word is full of promises to us, promises He will fulfill, for He is Truth.

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Do you ever have occasions in which you don't know if there's a promise for you? No need to doubt, because as followers of the Father, the Promise is coming.

2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness.  Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."

Are you "standing on the promises of God"?  (Another song for another day . . . )

Your sister in Him, waiting for The Promise,


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Do you take time for the Truth? from "His Kindness Year Round"

As the case with most believers, we usually know what we are 'supposed' to do.

Just as we know for our physical bodies, drinking water is healthy for us, and eating that second slice of peach pie perhaps is not. But do we always follow what we are 'supposed' to do?

Although following the obedience of God is what we know to do, sometimes, just as with our bodies and souls, submission may seem a bit more difficult to follow at certain times.

The past several weeks I have heard or read various really good teachings on learning the Bible, God's Word, the Truth.  It is our guidebook from the Father as to Who we are to follow, showing how to completely obey Him. We see the mightiness of God in His Word, and learn the path to salvation and the assurance of living with Him in eternity.

Matthew 4:4 “Jesus answered, “It is written:  ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God."

Please take time to do more than read His Word.  Study it, understand it, absorb it, speak it.  As I was reminded from a pastor this weekend, any thought that migrates into our minds which shouldn’t be there, counteract it with the WORD.  Thoughts of fear, confusion, discouragement, worry, obsession, guilt, condemnation, anger, bitterness, etc. – there is always an answer from the Lord to guide us through our thoughts. 

Ephesians 6:17 “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

As another minister noted, our Father sincerely wants His children to have peace and rest.  In this world, often that peace and rest in Him is interrupted by chaos and drama and busyness.  Keep the Word close to our hearts to distract the thoughts in our heads.

God is so good, and never leaves or forsakes us!  Isn’t it so special when He brings us a precise message at just the precise time!  His timing is always on time!

Your sister in Him,


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Our Father from "His Kindness Year Round"

Matthew 6:9 "Our Father Who is in Heaven, holy be Your name."

Basically, that says it all.  Holy, honored, hallowed is the name of God.

As school graduation celebrations continue, as we remember to honor fathers today, I trust you have spent time glorifying the Father, the Creator of all, our Almighty God.  

Praise and honor the Great I AM.  

As quoted above, "You were made to know God." Do you?

Humbly, your sister in Him,