This is what a visiting preacher said at our church the other day. He wanted to know if it was okay if he just preached a simple message. I liked that. How many times have you gone to a church and whatever was being preached went straight over your head? Have there been times when it took everything just to keep your eyes open?
Since God led my family to our new church I can honestly tell you that I am excited to go to church. As a matter of fact, the sermons are usually over with before I am ready for them to be!! It is such a blessing to actually understand the message, to actually receive from the message. Most of the time our preacher doesn't even use his notes. Can you imagine that from a denominational church! They know exactly what they will be talking about, and they have the entire service perfectly timed. Not leaving God much room to move huh?
What our preacher has is not something you receive from a seminary. It is not something he has to memorize or practice hours before the service. It is quite simple actually, he prays. He ask God to speak through him. Who knows better what some or all of us need to receive better than God?
Something else that I have heard ask, "what must I do to be saved"? The Bible says, Repent, be baptized in the Name of the father (which is Jesus), son (which is Jesus) and Holy Ghost (which is Jesus). Be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ and you SHALL receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. That's His promise.
Do you suppose it is enough just to be a good person? Do you suppose that if you are kind to people and never lie and follow the Ten Commandments that you will automatically receive a free pass to Heaven?
Something tells me, that is part of it sure. But where is the Sacrifice? Do you suppose those that follow Christ will stand out amoung those who love the world more than God? I do not claim to be a bible scholar. Not even close. What I do claim is that I believe in God, I believe in his promises and I want to please him. I also know that I am not perfect and I pray every day that he molds me into what he wants me to be. Simple.
Don't know how much coverage this story has had in your area, but, if it has, here's a new look at it!
For those of us who thought we were well informed and weren't.....quite the realty check,
That old adage applies here. . . "there are two sides to every story" . . .we don't always get the truth from the media.
One of my favorite rants...the liberal controlled media...television news...newspapers...magazines...radio...all continue to show 12 year old Trayvon...NOT 17 year old Trayvon...they continue to show the 5 year old picture BECAUSE it helps to cement in your mind the little, cute, hoodie wearing youngster who was stalked by this monster
In reality.."little Trayvon"...at the time of his death...stood almost 6'2" tall...weighed 175 muscular pounds...had numerous run ins with authorities (both at school and local police)...had been stopped and almost arrested two days before his death for...smacking a bus driver in the face...because the driver refused to let him ride for free...he was released because the driver was told not to press charges by the bus company and to continue on his route.
When "little Trayvon" was suspended at school...it was not only because he tried to bring a little marijuana in with him...he was in possession of wedding rings and other jewelry...watches etc. that he said he "found" along with a large screwdriver...while on the way to school that day...the jewelry was turned over to the Police by the school. I am not trying to say this was a good shooting...
I am not trying to say this kid deserved to die...I am saying...the media in the USA is controlled by liberals who twist and distort what you see and hear in order for you to see things their way.
Not a single paper has printed RECENT photos of this kid...because...it would not keep your interest in this case... Not a single paper will admit that this kid was a marijuana dealer...his friends on facebook all say he had the "best plants"...not a single paper will show you any of his recent photos where he shows off a mouthful of gold teeth....all of his tattoos...not a single paper will tell the news like it really is....and NOT how they want you to think it is...
President Obama...looked at the FIVE year old photo the media chose to show the Nation...and said..."If I had a son...he would look like Trayvon" So from that comment...should I assume you did not bother to look for the facts in this shooting..or should I assume you want a son who is a 17 year old drug dealing, gold teethed thug whose name on one of his facebook profiles was "wild nigga"...who 'finds" jewelry and burglary tools on the way to school ?
A fair and impartial news media in the USA ? One that does not follow the liberal agenda? Is NOT looking to further divide this already fractured Nation?
I DID NOT COMPOSE THIS, I AM ONLY PASSING IT ON
Whenever this day is approaching I start having these mixed emotions. Although I am happy to be the Mother to three great kids I often wonder if I have been the kind of mom that they can be proud of. As so many mothers before me, we do our best and many times disappoint our children. There are also times when we wish we could go back and do things over again.
I can say with all honesty, that there has not been one second that I have ever regretted having any of my children. They are not perfect, but each one is unique in their own way. I have my oldest son Brandon who has such a sweetness about him. He is my charmer and can easily make me laugh. I was remembering yesterday when I used to hold him against my chest and rock him when he was sick and running a fever. I have my only daughter Tara who never ceases to amaze me with her determination and strength and has blessed me with three of the most amazing grandchildren in this world! Last, but not least I have my Jacob. He has got to be the smartest and most brave 10 year old that I have ever known. Although he suffers daily with finger pricks and highs and lows, you seldom ever hear him complain about it and he never feels sorry for himself. It is like having a mini-version of my husband and he soaks everything around him in, like a sponge.
The sad part about Mother's Day coming around is I have to face the fact that I cannot pick up the phone and call my own mother, or visit her. Circumstances have made it impossible for me and some of my sisters to have a relationship with my mom. Do I think about her, of course. Do I hate her, not even a little bit. I feel very sad for her. No one wants to think about their mother being sad or lonely. I try and remember the good things about mom. I remember that she used to sew us pretty dresses. I remember that she always made sure we were neat and clean whenever we went out. I remember the smell of my mom whenever I was close to her. I could dwell on the not so happy memories of my mom, and I used to, but what good does that do? I wish things could have been different for my mom. I pray that she can find peace in her heart, especially at this time in her life. I will say this, if there is ever a time in her life that she is alone and has no where to go and no one to help her, I will be here for her if she calls on me.
Fortunately, God gives some of us a second chance to have a mom, by giving us mother-in-laws. I was fortunate to have two wonderful ones in my lifetime. My husband's mother is a gentle spirit and has always made me feel special. We have not always agreed on everything but she has always accepted me for who I am. She has raised two sons, one who I can tell you is the cream of the crop. It is because of her that I have an amazing husband. Thank you Grace, I love you!
So, thank you to my children for allowing me to be your mom. Thank you for all of the joy you have given me. I love you all so much and although two of you are far away, you are forever in my heart and thoughts.