Saturday, December 1, 2018

Naughty or Nice?

God is Love

Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. Romans 3:20

Have you been good this year? The question is used with good intention, but if Santa only brings good gifts to good people, maybe this is where we get the notion that love is conditional. Maybe this is where we get the idea that we have to perform to be acceptable to others.

While many of the places we work leave us with an impression that how we’ll be treated is based on what we do, the opposite is true for God. God’s purpose for rules is to protect us and provide orderly living. And while God’s holy law will show us areas in our life where we fall short, He never expected us to keep the law. In fact, He knew we never could. His plan is for us to accept His love and forgiveness offered through His Son Jesus. And by knowing how deeply God cares for us, we in turn do good for His glory.

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40


Because God is love, through Jesus, we too can love unconditionally.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thanksgiving

God is Ever Present

I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday – a time for reflection and for spending time with friends and family, a time to give thanks for all the blessings we have in our life. Too often though, the holiday brings busyness, preoccupation with year-end expectations and demands, concerns over family dynamics, anxiety and stress. We sometimes find ourselves without a moment of peace and look forward to getting back to our usual routine.

With Thanksgiving approaching, how about taking this moment to consider all that we are thankful for? Not only little things but the big things as well --we live in a free country, we are the richest nation in the world, we are highly educated…We also have a God who loves us, oh how He loves us! His grace and mercy are always there for us to receive when we turn to Him. In fact, each day can be full of thanksgiving as our Heavenly Father pours out His blessings on us, His beloved children.

For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 1 Timothy 4:4

Because God is ever present, with Christ everyday is a day of thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

100% Guarantee

God is Unchanging

Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

Whether it is with a relationship, a business dealing, or just simply something we read or hear, we all have doubts. As much as we'd like to, there are times when we are not quite sure we can trust someone or in something. Maybe it is because a particular person has let you down in the past, or maybe it is just caution that has been wired into each of us. We have tried to compensate for a lack of trust with laws and contracts, but we all know that this does not guarantee results either.

Wouldn't it be comforting if we could rely on someone 100% of the time? While none of us is perfect, we know from scripture that God can be trusted wholeheartedly. That He never changes and that the promises He made at the beginning of time are still true today and will be forever. The only requirement is that we have faith -- faith in God's provision -- faith to go one way when the world would say go the other. God has extended an invitation to be part of His family. Are you willing to trust and take a step towards believing and accepting the promises of your Heavenly Father?

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6

Because God is unchanging, with Christ, we can live with confidence.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Climbing the Corporate Ladder

God is Gracious

Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11:4

We spend a large percentage of our lifetime climbing the corporate ladder. Some of us make it further than we ever dreamed and some even make it to the top. But then what? Do we ever feel satisfied with our position? Is our current title, our fame and our fortune ever enough?
Whether we know it or not, we all have a yearning to be in a relationship with our Creator. It is the missing link to finding fulfillment. Yet, history shows that man has always strived to build a legacy for himself by himself. Not long after God flooded the earth to remove all wickedness from it, the people of the world tried to build a tower to reach the heavens on their own accord. But God stopped them. He had already provided a way for man to reach Him, but the gift was rejected. Nothing we do in our own strength can bring us into a right relationship with our Holy God. We must accept God’s provision -- Jesus. It’s that simple.

Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

Because God is gracious, through Jesus we can be in relationship with the Creator, our Heavenly Father.

Monday, October 1, 2018

My Inheritance

God is Eternal

so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:7

The thought of receiving an inheritance can be exciting, but why? We all know inheritance comes through personal loss. And while our lifestyle can be significantly enhanced, at the end of our life, will what we’ve owned even matter?

What will matter is God’s promise to us to spend eternity in heaven. It is this eternal inheritance that brings peace in all circumstances because we know our future is secure. Yes, inheritance comes at a steep price, but Jesus willingly died so that we could become heirs to the King. And God’s inheritance is available to all who accept it through faith by His grace.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, 1 Peter 1:3-4

Because God is eternal, through Christ we will inherit the Kingdom of God forever.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Garbage In, Garbage Out

God is Wisdom

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

In economic modeling, we all know that the results forecasted are only as good as the data entered; and, that without a solid foundation, the predictions for the future are meaningless, even potentially harmful. The same is true in business as the vision, ethics, and values of its leaders seep through the organization. But if the core is rotten, so too will be the results. It is only a matter of time.

To have a fruitful life in business or at home, God’s word tells us to begin by protecting our hearts which can only be done by filling ourselves with things that are wholesome and pure, eliminating that which is not. It takes discipline to develop new habits and eliminate the old ones, but we can trust God that the results will be worth it.

My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil Proverbs 4:20-27

Because God is wisdom, and because He has shared His divine knowledge with us through Christ, we can develop good habits for a fruitful life

Saturday, September 1, 2018

A Lofty Declaration

God is Gracious

They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?” He replied, “You are right in saying I am.” Luke 22:70

We all have experienced the salesperson who makes elaborate promises with little downside or cost to us, but experience tells us not to believe in anything that is too good to be true.

But what about Christ’s claim to be the Son of God, sent to earth as part of God’s redemptive plan to pay the penalty for all the sins of mankind without cost to anyone? Does it sound too good to be true? Shouldn’t we owe something or someone to be forgiven? How do we come to accept this truth? And while the answer is simple, it is not simply accepted. Much debate can occur among ourselves and within ourselves as we struggle with accepting Jesus as the Messiah. But the simple answer is it is by faith that we believe. And it is only by faith that we are saved.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:1, 6

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:19-20

Because God is gracious, through faith in Jesus Christ our sins are forgiven.