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The Only Thing That Counts

Good morning friends! I hope you are enjoying these summer months. We are in Montana, visiting family right now, and last night as we were sitting outside eating ice cream (yesterday was National Ice Cream Day in case you didn’t know. . . however, I think every day should be considered National Ice Cream Day!!) I was reminded again how much I love summer. It is by far my favorite season.

One of the things I love about summer is the time I get to spend in God’s Word with my kids. We are doing a summer reading plan together and it does this mama’s heart good to see them reading God’s Word. In fact, this was my 16 year old daughter’s observation from today’s reading in James 2:18-19: “People will know you by what you do, not just what you say you are.” Isn’t that good, and so true?

As I was trying to read my Bible, I had this cute little companion. I think she was intrigued by my morning breath. *smile*

Eva

Kate and Eva

I had two days of reading to catch up on, and Galatians 5:6 is the verse that spoke to me – “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” I used the T I M E method of Bible study to interact with this verse:

T(heme): Our faith in Jesus isn’t expressed by merely saying we’re a believer, it is expressed through our love for others.

I (mportant word/s):    Value & Expressing

M (eaning of word/s): Value – to be of force, avail

Expressing – to display one’s activity, show one’s self operative

E (ncouragement): Lord, please help me to express my faith in You through my genuine, agape (Your) love for others. This is the kind of love that never gives up on them, just like You never give up on me. In Jesus’ Name and for His sake, Amen.

Isn’t it interesting that our faith in Jesus is not a force to be reckoned with until it is expressed through our love for others? Love is the most powerful force in the universe. The good news is that as we continue to walk with Jesus, His love saturates every pore of our being and we begin to love Him and others with the same love He has showered upon us.

Let’ love with Jesus love today, it’s the only thing that counts!

With God’s Great Love, Your Friend in Ministry,

Name3

 

FREEDOM!

Happy Independence Day! How are you choosing to celebrate? A BBQ with family and friends? Packing up the kids and watching a parade? Or just lounging around because you have the “freedom” to do so? (*smile*)

As I sit here writing this, my daughter is with some family friends at a cabin for the weekend and I just sent my guys off to go crawdad fishin’ with some friends for a couple of hours. So I have the “freedom” to do whatever I want for the morning. Last night as I was thinking about what I would do, the concept of “freedom” kept rolling around in my mind. Although I consider myself patriotic and am so grateful for the “freedoms” we enjoy as Americans; whenever I think of “freedom” I can’t help but think of the “freedom” we have because of Christ…

“Freedom” is an antonym for the word “slavery”. You and I might not be able to relate to physical slavery, but I sure can relate to being a slave to certain things. How about you?

  • A slave to sin.
  • A slave to sickness.
  • A slave to fear.
  • A slave to addiction.
  • A slave to worry.
  • A slave to anxiety.

The moment Adam and Eve disobeyed God, slavery entered the world. Mankind has been subject to slavery ever since.

That’s why I love the promise of Galatians 5:1, one of my favorite verses of the Bible:

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” The moment you accepted Christ, the figurative yoke of sin that was harnessed around your soul was shattered and you were released from it. Yet, notice Paul’s warning . . . “Stand firm and do not let yourself be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

Because slavery is part of sin entering the world, it is easy to get caught back up in it. The original recipients of the book of Galatians were becoming enslaved to following old, religious laws. Even though God had given those original laws, the cross of Christ enacted a whole new way of doing things. Therefore, we are under the law no more, but under grace. Because slavery is a condition of our sin-sick society, our flesh desires to be enslaved to something, even if it is something good. Yet the message of the New Testament, in its entirety is “freedom” from slavery.

Why are we called to be free? Galatians 5:13 gives us the answer . . . “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature, rather, serve one another in love.”  Christ made us free, so we could be like Him, to love and serve others.

Isn’t it interesting that one of the main jobs of a slave is to serve others? Christ freed us from bondage so that we could serve, not because we have to, but because we want to, out of a heart of love and compassion. Just like Jesus.

How will you celebrate your “freedom” today?

  • To serve yourself?
  • To indulge in your flesh?
  • To love and serve others?

You have the freedom to choose. And the good news is, God will still love you the same no matter what you choose. His love for you doesn’t waver based on the choices you make. But to live a full, rich, rewarding, blessed life, let’s be people who choose to be like Jesus. Let’s walk about in “freedom” today as we love and serve whoever God places in our path.

It is for “freedom” that Christ has set us free!

Your Friend in Ministry,

Name3

 

10 Years in Cheney!

Ten years ago this week, my husband backed a big moving truck into our driveway and my then six year old daughter and three year old son climbed up into it before our friends began filling it up with boxes that contained our life over the past six years.

Moving truck 2005

Although we were assured of God’s plan to move to a new place to pastor a hurting little church, we were very sad to leave the people God had called us to serve.

KCC 2005

In looking at this picture, I teased my husband that he looked so young, but that I looked about the same (*smile*)!

Here is a recent family picture, and as you can see, we have ALL matured and don’t look as young as we did 10 years ago!

Easter 2015

On April 13th 2005, that big moving truck pulled into our new driveway and people we didn’t know began unloading and unpacking the same boxes that the dear people we loved and trusted had packed just a couple days before. Could we ever grow to accept, love and trust these new people like we loved those we just said goodbye to? The jury was still out, but we were willing to give it a try.

As the boxes got unpacked and we began to get settled, it became clear to us that God was indeed calling us to love the handful of families that had just walked through several months of difficulties.

In fact, on our first Sunday as my husband was closing the service, he said these words, “Always remember that Jesus loves you very much. So do Kate and I. Have a great week. We’ll see you next Sunday.” Little did we know that phrase would stick and he has been saying it now each Sunday for 10 years in a row.

I am happy to report that YES! God has grown a deep love in our heart both for the people of our church and the people of our town. My husband and I have learned and grown as leaders and over the next few blog posts, I will be sharing some of the things I have learned these past 10 years.

At times, it has been a wild ride . . . so, just for fun, let me leave you with this fun link of a couple little girls who took a wild ride themselves and lived to tell about it!

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