Jesus is Alive!

6 04 2015

easter picAnd now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.”  Matthew 28:7 NLT

For many the Easter festivities have come and gone. We have attended Easter programs, worship services and even had special dinners with family and friends. I am so glad that the celebration of a risen Savior continues today. We can give God praise for the blessings that came with the Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary. We thank Him for blessings of salvation, healing and deliverance that is available to each person that acknowledges and believes that Jesus Christ is Lord. I was so blessed to attend a program celebrating the Resurrection complete with children’s speeches and songs. One of the youngest participants had a simple but powerful message that “Jesus is Alive”. I thought to myself, what fitting words. Jesus is alive. We don’t have to look for Him in a tomb. He is alive and He is still providing the blessing of relationship with Him that brings healing, deliverance, peace and joy. We can continue to give praise that Jesus is alive from now into eternity.





Everyday Easter

3 04 2015

Yellow Tulips

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.  John 3:16-18 MSG

During this season, we recognize the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for our sins.   It is a time to reflect on His suffering and death at Calvary for you and for me.   God’s love for us is so vast and so complete that He gave His Son Jesus to the world.  The Son of God came that we might have salvation and that we would see an exemplary Holy life in flesh and blood.   We thank God for this season of celebration and recognition of His life, His death and His resurrection.  It is a season that we can extend throughout the year.  We can celebrate Easter every day.  We can honor His sacrifice by accepting Him into our hearts, confessing that He is our risen Savior.  We are so thankful for the gift of salvation and the opportunity to live in relationship with Him, doing our best to honor His example every day.

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. Romans 10:9-10 NLT





The Thrill of Hope

23 12 2014

Wreath imagesQ0ZCS1EOFor I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11

Jesus came that we might have life and life more abundantly.  What a sacred and precious gift that we celebrate this week.  He came and dwelled among us and lived an exemplary life that showed us how to love and live.  What a tremendous gift that is available to every open heart and soul to accept his gift of salvation and abundant life.  Walking with the Lord we experience His peace, His healing and His deliverance that allows us to receive His blessings that are above and beyond all that we can ask or think.  The change, the hope we seek in our lives can be found in Him.  His plan for us is peace, love and joy  –  a future and a hope.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10





O’ Come Emmanuel

22 12 2014

IMG_0116Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.  Matthew 1:23

A weary world is in anticipation of a Savior; a people waiting and hoping that change will come to our lives and the earth in which we live.  The people of the bible times and countless people even now, are expecting something that will change their lives.  The need for healing, deliverance and salvation is evident in our communities, families and our individual souls.  We seek the Savior today.  Unlike the shepherds and wise men in search of the baby Jesus, we don’t have to take a physical journey to find Him.  He is close and available to each of us when we open our hearts to Him.  As we celebrate this week the birth of Jesus Christ, each of us can open our hearts and minds to accept Him as Savior.  He came that we might have an abundant life; O’ Come Emmanuel into our hearts and minds.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10





Full of Hope

16 01 2014

winter snow

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NIV

Many years ago, I described a situation as “hopeless” to my Grandfather. It was a term that I thought accurately summed up a set of circumstances that were not going to work out well. Even reflecting on it now, I don’t recall the topic or the situation. It was my Grandfather’s reaction to my carefree use of the word hopeless that has stuck with me. In strong terms, my Grandfather told me that I should never say something is hopeless. In a mournful tone, he said that if you don’t have hope you don’t have anything. It is advice and a truth that has stayed tucked away in my heart and mind, where my hope, faith and love are nurtured and expanded.

As God’s children, we can put our trust in the Lord. Hope or expectation that something will change for the better is a position of faith that all believers should walk in. We serve a God that has provided the ultimate victory for His children. No matter what our situation we can be filled with hope that our God is working things out on our behalf and for our good. We can walk in hope, faith and peace as we put our trust in Him. We pray for God’s hope to fill our hearts today as we look for victorious living and victory to be evident in our lives.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13





Shine Bright

7 02 2013

Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the Light which is Life.   John 8:12

CaliSun1We may see so much darkness in the world today; so many people existing in despair and in need of God’s love. Sickness in minds, bodies and souls seem so pervasive. Lack of peace, harmony and even concern for our neighbors in the world seem commonplace. God sent His Son, Jesus that we might have life, in every sense of the word. We seek full life in relationship with Him, growing and developing as His children representing His love to the world. We thank God for the transformative power of His love in our lives that can be extended to others. We can use our hands, our walk, our talk to show kindness and compassion. Showing our love we become bright lights that pierce the darkness and create more and more opportunities for the light and for God’s Son Jesus to shine bright. He is the Light which is Life.





Full of Hope

26 12 2012

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NIV

IMG_0131Many years ago, I described a situation as “hopeless” to my Grandfather. It was a term that I thought accurately summed up a set of circumstances that were not going to work out well. Even reflecting on it now, I don’t recall the topic or the situation. It was my Grandfather’s reaction to my carefree use of the word hopeless that has stuck with me. In strong terms, my Grandfather told me that I should never say something is hopeless. In a mournful tone, he said that if you don’t have hope you don’t have anything. It is advice and a truth that has stayed tucked away in my heart and mind, where my hope, faith and love are nurtured and expanded.

As God’s children, we can put our trust in the Lord. Hope or expectation that something will change for the better is a position of faith that all believers should walk in. We serve a God that has provided the ultimate victory for His children. No matter what our situation we can be filled with hope that our God is working things out on our behalf and for our good. We can walk in hope, faith and peace as we put our trust in Him. We pray for God’s hope to fill our hearts today as we look for victorious living and victory to be evident in our lives.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13