It’s that time of year that the adults in the church come together to create an amazing time for the children in the community! I remember VBS as a child. It is not nearly exciting as the VBS weeks I’ve been involved in as an adult. There are so many resources available now days to help plan around a central theme for the whole week. I remember just a few adults being involved, but now there are many adults and teenagers in the church that help to plan and carry out the whole week. I look forward to seeing the children singing the songs and laughing at the skits and running around during recreation time. I haven’t been involved for a few years in VBS, but I think this will be a fun summer to be a part of it again. How about you? Is it time for you to be a part of VBS at your church? Round up the kids in your neighborhood and encourage them to have a great time learning about God and Jesus this summer!
Accomplished by Faith… March 9, 2012
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.” Hebrews 11:1-2
I’ve been studying Hebrews the last couple of days and Chapter 11 really caught my attention. Part of the reason is because my blog is called “Stepping Out in Faith”. The other reason is because I was thinking about the those who were mentioned by the writer of Hebrews. We don’t really know who is the author of the book of Hebrews, but seems to be explaining the Old Testament to Christians. Today, I want to take a closer look at faith and how it can fit into our lives today.
Christians believe that God created the universe by commanding it into being. He created it out of no visible means. Is this something we saw happen? No. Did a relative see it happen? No. Then why do we believe it? To the unbeliever this must seem like a magical trick. But this is not magic. It is real! Faith is believing in something that you can’t necessarily see. Knowing that God is always with us and will never leave us; that he is preparing a place for us; and that Jesus is the only path to eternal life are all things that we believe because we have faith in God. I don’t need to know about theories of creation because I have faith that God created it because the Bible is the inspired word of God, and that’s good enough for me!
In my next post we’ll take a look at some of the Old Testament faithful.
Comfort in The Bad Times March 4, 2012
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4 NIV
With all the destruction and devestation of this past weekend, my prayers go out to those who lost loved ones or their homes. In times like this it’s easy to ask, “Why does God let things like this happen?” Sometimes, it takes a catastrophe to bring out the best in people. It’s hard for us to even come close to understanding God’s plan. The loss of the families that are suffering is real. I can’t begin to feel what they are feeling in their sadness. I do know that God will be there for them to help them through these tough times if they will ask for his comfort. Some tend to blame God, but that’s not the answer.
If you know someone who has suffered during the tornadoes in the midwest or any other time similar to this, don’t forget to give them your love, support, and encouragement. It’s important that we turn toward God, not away from him in our sorrow. No one loves us more than our Father. Pray to Him for comfort and you will receive it.
Ask, Seek, Knock February 25, 2012
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened tI o you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 NKJV
This has always been one of my favorite scriptures. But, it’s been a little hard to fully grasp the whole concept. It has always seemed to me that I shouldn’t bother God with trivial things when there are people with really serious problems who need his help. I forget that God can do anything! He can deal with all of us at once. He hears all of our prayers at one time and finds none of our requests to be trivial. He loves us more than we can even imagine.
Even so, I don’t think about asking for help with things that don’t seem that important. But, I’m forgetting that he wants to guide me in my daily life if I will only let him. Sometimes I don’t feel like I need his guidance; that I can do it on my own. But why can’t I grasp the fact that God cares more about me than my family, my best friend, or even myself? I guess I continue to struggle with completely giving myself to him. He waits patiently for us to come to him with our requests and to fully trust in his will.
Finding Inspiration in the Daily Things February 21, 2012
One of my favorite places to find inspiration is on church signs that I see as I’m driving along. On my daily journey from home to work I pass 3 of these signs. It’s a simple way for churches to minister to the public. One of the signs has this on it lately: “Give Satan an inch and he’ll be a ruler.” How true is that? If we give in to the little lies that Satan puts in our head, he can wiggle his way right into our lives. One little lie or discrepancy can lead to another and Satan soon can have us too ashamed to ask God for forgiveness. As Christians, we know how the story ends. Let us not forget that Jesus Christ is our Savior and our Redeemer and may we always remember that no matter what sins we may have committed we belong to Him.
The next time you pass one of these church signs, think about the message being communicated. It just may be the thing God wants you to hear today. One simple way that the church can reach out to the community around it is by using these signs to share God’s message! What does your church sign say? Will it make a difference in someone’s life today?
I Love Sundays! February 19, 2012
Why do I love Sundays? I enjoy seeing my church family on Sunday mornings and I feel so fulfilled when I walk out the door after the service. There was a time when I couldn’t drag myself out of bed on Sunday mornings, but now I really look forward to the service. Our praise band plays such uplifting music. I enjoy the traditional hymns as well and that’s why the church I attend is so perfect. We have a praise band and a pianist that plays two weeks out of the month. I have the best of both worlds! We have so many talented musicians and vocalists right here in our small town congregation. It is so cool to see the young people who are willing to share their talents with us as we all praise our Lord and Savior!
The sermons enlighten me on Biblical principles that I have studied in the past, but not quite understood. I have grown so much in my faith in the past few years. Many people who serve the congregation have jobs outside of the church, but still are able to find the time to devote to the Lord. The people are so friendly and giving of their time and gifts. I’m glad that I am constantly challenged to live my life to be more like Jesus. I know I’m not perfect-far from it, in fact. But I have the hope of the sacrifice that was made on my and your behalf. I hope you enjoy Sundays as much as I do!
Stepping Out in Faith,
Do You Believe in Miracles? February 17, 2012
I’m amazed when I read in Mark chapter 6 about Jesus visiting his hometown. The people there didn’t believe in him. It’s like they were jealous of him and didn’t know why he was so special. After all, he was one of them, wasn’t he?
Jesus said to them, “only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.” (Mark 6:4)
To think that Jesus Christ, the Lord, our Savior, came from among them! You would think they would be honored to have the Son of God to have come from their hometown. But, they lacked faith so much that wasn’t able to do miracles there except for healing a few sick people. You see, for miracles to happen, we must believe! If we have the faith of a mustard seed which is the smallest seed of all, miracles can happen! The mustard seed, you see, grows into the largest of all the garden plants. So, even the smallest amount of faith can help Jesus perform the greatest of miracles.
Many think that miracles are things of the past. They think they only happened in biblical times, but they happen every day. Some of them are small, some are huge! The small miracles could be something as simple as being delayed for a short amount of time so that we aren’t in an accident with the drunk on the road, or we meet just the person we needed to meet that was able to offer just what we needed. The big miracles are the tumor that was there when the doctor had the tests done, but is gone when it’s time to undergo surgery. I remember when my dad was in ICU and the doctor held no hope that he would survive. He was only able to breathe with the help of a respirator and he had little brain activity. Each day when I would go to visit him, the nurse would tell me not to get my hopes us. But, God was telling me something else. I felt deep in me, that he was going to pull out of it. He was in the hospital for 2 1/2 months, but he finally walked out of the hospital on his own power. We were able to share another year and a half with Daddy. Those times are precious as it gave me some time to really talk to him about matters that we had never discussed. I consider that time I got to spend with him a miracle. The cards were stacked against him, but God sent him back to finish his purpose here on Earth. You see, it’s important to believe, so that God can work his miracles!