2" dir="ltr"> MacArthur Blvd. Christian Church: February 2015

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Your Plans or God's Plan?

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Eternal, “plans for peace, not evil, to give you a future and hope—never forget that. At that time, you will call out for Me, and I will hear. You will pray, and I will listen. You will look for Me intently, and you will find Me.”

Jeremiah 29:11-13     The Voice      


I know a lot of people don’t think God cares about them, but in His Word, the Bible, there are many verses that contradict that assumption. Right here in Jeremiah is one example of God’s love and compassion for His people. His plans are for ‘peace and not for evil”. He tells us that! His plan was set in place in the Garden but Adam and Eve broke trust with Him. Sin entered the world. Nothing has ever been the same since. There has never been a time when there was peace in this world. Adam and Eve’s sin was just the beginning. One of their sons killed the other and hatred entered the world. Did God create that? NO! The one who deceived Eve and Adam brought pride and greed into the world as well. And throughout time it has continued.

But God had a plan. Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, the sacrificial offering to provide a way for us to return to God was given. God gave each of us a future and hope. He tells us to never forget that. When we talk to Him, He listens. If we seek Him, we will find Him, and that, my friend, is best plan in the whole world!


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Every Day should be a Day of Rejoicing

"The last few days have been awesomely beautiful here in the SW corner of Washington (the state). The sunrises, spring birds out and about singing their hearts out.  Walking our dog, I marvel at the sights and sounds. Then in the late afternoon, as I return from my job, I walk the park with our dog and visit with my neighbors and their dogs. Later, when all is settling in for the night, I walk again one last time; listening to the frog chorus in the fields around us and marvel at the brilliant stars in the sky. Polaris, Orion and so many others. I feel blessed."

I wrote this on my Facebook status a few nights ago. I did feel blessed. But then I got to thinking, I should feel blessed every day. God gives us every day and we are blessed because of that, but many days we don’t feel like it’s that way. I know it’s hard when we’re going through a rough patch, when the weather is lousy, or we lose a job, or a friend, or the car broke down, or any number of reasons. But the following two verses speaks to me about how I should view each day and life in general.

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.      ~Psalm 118:24 NIV

So who can separate us? What can come between us and the love of God’s Anointed? Can troubles, hardships, persecution, hunger, poverty, danger, or even death? The answer is, absolutely nothing. But no matter what comes, we will always taste victory through Him who loved us.

~ Romans 8:35, 37

Isn't that comforting to know? Do you believe this? What makes you feel blessed?