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Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Bible





This week I want to tell you about a mini series which will begin airing on the History Channel this weekend, March 3rd. You will have to check your local listings to know what time it will be on. The name of the mini series is The Bible. It will cover the major stories found in the Bible. I have seen excerpts online and in commercials on TV. Pastor Rick Warren and others are using materials created to be used by churches and small groups to discuss the material covered each week. This indicates to me that the material is covered in an appropriate way.

Maybe you have a friend who’s searching for answers about God. This might be a tool to use. Invite them over for the next few weeks on Sunday to watch it and then spend time discussing the themes. You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to do this. Be authentic; share your own questions and lack of understanding of things to do with God. Invite them to join you at your place of worship to continue the search for answers. If you don’t have a place of worship, seek one where you feel comfortable and continue on your journey.

Blessings,
Anna









Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Where are You in the World?


I was reading Matthew 28:18-20 today as I was working on the Hisportic Christian Mission Facebook page. It caused me to stop and ponder the verses again. The first part commands us to go and make disciples of all the nations. It got me to thinking about the world we live in now. Much of the world has come to us here in the United States and Canada. I know that Toronto is the hub for every nation in the world. Every ethnicity group lives in that city. Many of our own US cities have numerous ethnic groups living in them. Even here in Vancouver, you will find myriad groups from all over the world. Many of them are American born and raised but their ancestry is rooted in far away places.

You’re probably thinking, ‘well, Anna, all of our families came from another country at some point,’ and you’d be right. My point is that we don’t have to go further than our grocery store to meet the world. We all can’t go to other lands to share the Word of God, but we can talk to those in our own neighborhoods.

I must admit that I have struggled with getting to know people who do not share the same heritage as I do. Not because of their skin color but because I’m afraid of offending them. But each time I step through those barriers and get to know someone, I find we have so much in common. And I wonder why I was so hesitant.

When I visited in Toronto a couple of years ago, I had the awesome opportunity to worship with a body of believers who came from over 20 different countries. And I thought about how this was an example of how it will be in heaven. ‘Every tongue will confess, every knee will bow, at the name of Jesus.’  Why? Because we followed Jesus’ command and went to all the nations, far and wide and right here in our neighborhood.

Will you be there with the rest of the nations? Would you like to know more about having a relationship with Jesus? Contact me and we can discuss it.

Blessings,
Anna





Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Favorite Verse...or Two


Last week I asked you what your favorite verse(s) were. I have many, but one that I especially like is found in 1 Peter 5 verse 6-7Humble yourself, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.”

We are given two directives ‘humble ourselves,’ and cast our anxiety upon God. What happens if we do that? The answer is: we will be exalted at the proper time. Who’s time? God’s time. And why will He do this? Because He cares for each of us!

I hear so often, the phrase, ‘God doesn’t care about me’. But right here in His Word, it says He does. Peter is speaking to the younger men in this passage but God does care for all his children.

I am comforted by the fact that if we cast our anxiety upon God, the burdens are taken on by God. He desires to do that for each of us. ‘Well,” you might say, “my problems are too big. God can’t possibly take this on.’ When you say that, you limit what God can do. God, the creator of the world can do anything He desires. There is nothing too big for Him. “Okay,” another responds, “but my problems are so insignificant that God couldn’t possibly care about me.” Again you would be wrong, if He knows the number of hairs on your head, He cares about you.

It’s not easy handing over the problems that plague us, but when we do, what joy and peace flows in to replace the apprehension we had.

Are you holding onto something so immense that you can’t see how life will ever be normal again? Do you feel like the silly inconsequential items in your life are not worth God’s concern? Hand them over. God is waiting for you to do give them to Him.

 Let Go and Let God.

Blessings,
Anna


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Best Book in the World-The Bible








A couple of weeks ago I asked a gentleman what his favorite Bible verse was and his answer was, ‘they are all good at one time or another.’

I spent some time contemplating that response and discovered I agreed with him.The history of all mankind is shown and told throughout the scriptures. There is something there for everyone. In fact the Bible has every conceivable type of story in it. There are love stories, both virtuous and adulterous, battles between good and evil, good rulers and bad rulers and everything in between. Deceitful, courageous, and sacrificial acts are told and the consequences that befall the individuals are shown.

We see people, even ones who love God, make poor choices at times. We see how God restores them and we learn how we can apply these lessons to our own lives.

The Psalms in themselves, give the reader a taste of every emotion possible. The writers express pain, sorrow, anger, despair and love. We are shown that we can feel the full spectrum of emotions and still be a child of God. The Proverbs is full of instructions for how to live our lives. Consequences again are given if we choose to ignore the wisdom written into them.

The Gospels, each written to a different audience, shows us all the different facets of Jesus, the Son of God. We see and hear Jesus but all of it comes from His Father, God in Heaven.

Paul wrote letters to individuals and to specific churches. Some of his letters were exhortations to remain true to the teachings of Christ, while others were simply letters of encouragement.

The final book, The Revelation, shows us what will happen when Christ returns. Some of it is so terrifying that one can hardly withstand reading the events, but for those who believe and trust in the Lord, there is immense joy in reading the coming of the Lord and what that will mean for those who have been His servants throughout time.

Yes, every verse, chapter, and book included in the Bible ‘are good at one time or another’ in each of our lives. We will never outgrow reading and learning from it.

Do you spend time in the Bible? What is one of your favorite verses, story or book of the Bible? I’d love to hear from you!

Blessings,
Anna