Tuesday With Karen

If Life Goes Crazy

If life goes crazy on every side around,
With the devil’s evil ways that abound;
Cry out to God, who hears & truly cares,
He meets your needs & hears your prayers!

If circumstances change within your life,
And it seems like nothing at all goes right;
God is your Refuge & Shelter in the storm,
If you hide in Him, you stay safe & warm!

If situations come that you don’t expect,
Making you get upset and perplexed;
God’s grace will be there to carry you thru,
There’s nothing at all His hand cannot do!

Cry out to God in your greatest distress,
His wisdom will show you what to do next;
His love will wipe the tears from your face,
Nothing is too big for God’s loving grace!

He’ll Do It Again

He’ll do it again by His majestic hand,
God moves in ways we can’t understand;
His Spirit within us is our faithful Guide,
Walking by us in the pathway of life!

He’ll do it again, listen to our prayers,
It’s one way He shows how much He cares;
After He hears our heart’s humble cries,
His love meets the needs we have in life!

He’ll do it again, supply us with grace,
He’s there with us in everything we face;
God guides our steps in life as we live,
Abundant & sweet are the blessings He gives!

He’ll do it again, speak thru His own Word,
Remolding out life, healing every hurt;
He leads us in the Way of truth & right,
Praise God! His Spirit is living inside!

KI

What We Absorb

By Ricky Smith

If our minds are like sponges, it suggests that our actions and attitudes reflect what we absorb. In other words, our input impacts our output. Garbage in equals garbage out. Does that phrase sound familiar? You likely heard it as a child or have repeated it to your children. The truth is this principle is not exclusive to children; it also applies to adults. If I am honest, what I consume impacts my actions every day!

sponge

This truth is reinforced in Romans 12:1-2 and Philippians 2:5-6. We are challenged to not conform to the world’s pattern but to be transformed by Christ. Specifically, Paul urges that the attitude of Christ become our attitude. Moreover, the ancient concept of discipleship required that the disciple become just like the Teacher. 

Jesus serves as our perfect example. May we consume our thoughts with His attitude and actions. If we did, our behavior would certainly be different. Consider today our discipline and rhythm to seek the Lord, study Scripture, and model Christ in all relationships. This may require saying no to some things so that we can say yes to better things!

Somebody Different

Somebody different is what we became,
When He saved us as we called on His name;
God came inside, making our heart fully clean,
When we came in His fold, saved & redeemed!

Somebody different God will make our life,
If we trust Him to guide us in what’s right;
He works with us daily, with His own hand,
Doing many things our heart can’t understand!

Somebody different, God wants us to be,
Radiating Jesus, that others may see;
He’s living Water, who quenches all thirst,
Blessing our heart thru His holy Word!

Somebody different is what we’ll soon be,
When we go to Heaven for eternity;
A glorified body, we’ll have forevermore,
Giving God praise from on Heaven’s shores!

KI

Friday Funnies

In Court

Lawyer: Do you recall approximately the time that you examined the body of Mr. Edington at the Rose Chapel?

A: It was in the evening. The autopsy started about 8:30 p.m.

Lawyer: And Mr. Edington was dead at the time, is that correct?

A: No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an autopsy!

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Lawyer: You say that the stairs went down to the basement?

A: Yes

Lawyer: And these stairs, did they go up also?

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Lawyer: Have you lived in this town all your life?

A: Not yet.

Pastor to Farmer: “I missed seeing you at service on Sunday.”

Farmer to Pastor: “Well, I had some hay to put up. I figured it was better to sit in a hay baler thinking about God than to sit in church thinking about hay.”

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A one-dollar bill met a twenty-dollar bill and said, “Hey, where have you been? I haven’t seen you around here much.”

The twenty answered, “I’ve been hanging out at the casinos, went on a cruise and did the rounds on the ship, back to the United States for a while, went to a couple of baseball games, to the mall, that kind of stuff. How about you?”

The one-dollar bill said, “You know, same old stuff – church, church, church.

A Girl’s Night Out

My parents had not been out together in quite some time. One Saturday, as Mom was finishing the dinner dishes, my father stepped up behind her. 

“Would you like to go out for a walk girl? “ he asked.

Without turning around, my mother quickly replied, “Oh, yes, I’d love to!”

They had a wonderful evening, and it wasn’t until the end of it that Dad confessed. His question had actually been directed to the family dog.

Exclusive Title

By Ricky Smith

I am a huge Atlanta Braves fan. Growing up in Atlanta and living through the early 90’s with Braves dominance, it is undeniable that a sense of loyalty has developed in me that will never fade. This past season, Braves Country witnessed another milestone as Ronald Acuna Jr. reached an unprecedented milestone. He became the first player to accumulate 40 home runs and 70 stolen bases in a single season. He will likely hold this exclusive membership by himself for a long time. He literally wrote his name in the record books.

acuna web

Not to compare Acuna to a place of deity, but this analogy helps us understand what it may look like to have a name in an exclusive place. Let’s build off that analogy to a truly exclusive club that only Christ is worthy to fill. Only Christ is able to pay the ultimate price for our sins through the willing sacrifice of His pure blood. His death, burial, and resurrection proved His power over death and demonstrated that He has the name of “Lord.”

That word is tossed around casually, but we must pause and marinate in its depth of meaning. To say that Jesus is Lord certainly translates to ownership and authority. We must consider our submission to give Him control over all areas of our lives. We must bend our knees and bow our hearts to His power.

We must also accept that “Jesus is Lord” means more than His authority. “Lord” in the Greek language is synonymous with the Hebrew name for “Yahweh.” Literally when we say that “Jesus is Lord,” we are acknowledging that He is God. He is the One who creates and sustains. Apart from Him, we are nothing, and we have nothing.

Whether you confess Him as Lord or not, Jesus is Lord. Will you bow your heart and knee to confess Him today? Romans 10:9-10 reminds us that, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Wade’s Wednesday

Getting Yourself Grounded

By Steve Goodier

Dante, the Florentine poet of the Middle Ages, knocked at the door of a Franciscan monastery at Lunigiana. He was asked, “What do you want?”

Dante replied, “Peace.” I think that maybe he was speaking for a lot of us—especially these days. But how do you find peace?

If you’re not ready for a stay in the monastery, I think one way to find peace is to look within. Get yourself grounded. Let me explain.

One winter morning I drove down the steep mountain roadway leading from my home. I was traveling slowly, actually just inching forward down the icy road. But the car had no traction. It was all I could do to keep it pointed downhill as I slipped and slid on the ice. Then I lost control and gravity took over. The car began a slow motion spin as it slid on its own down to the bottom of the hill. When it finally came to a stop, I was thankfully still on the roadway, but now facing the wrong direction.

My problem was traction. What had separated me from the ground’s surface was just a thin sheet of ice. If I could have only made contact with the ground, I’d have remained in control. I needed to be grounded.

I think life is like that. People who are not grounded lose control of the direction they are heading. It is easy to slip and slide, hoping to grasp onto something real. Or just hoping for a safe landing.

Nancy Santo Pietro wrote a book called Feng Shui: Harmony By Design. In it she says, “In your lifetime the most sacred space you will ever need to create is the space within yourself—the place deep within your soul where you go to find peace and serenity….” She’s talking about being grounded.

Finding the peace we need is really a spiritual issue. Get yourself grounded and you can navigate even the stormiest roads in peace.

Tuesday With Karen

God Will Never Change

God will never change in the work He does,
He still has wisdom & watches over us;
Our friends on earth will go separate ways,
That’s not how God operates loving grace!

God will never change, regardless of man,
Everything He does is by His perfect plan;
Since time began, God has seen man’s wrong,
Trusting in Him gives our heart a sweet song!

God will never change His amazing love,
He pours it on us from His throne above;
He blesses our heart with unending care,
And also has time to hear every prayer!

God will never change, He always prevails,
His Word given to man, true & will not fail;
We have trials that leave lasting stains,
Praise God! His love & grace never change!

We Live In God’s Grace

We live in God’s grace as each day begins,
In every day, sheltered, protected by Him;
He guides our steps as on earth we trod,
We’re so blessed to be cared for by God!

We live in God’s grace, in each day anew,
Wherever we are, His love brings us thru;
He knows what we feel deep down inside,
Living in His grace enriches our life!

We live in God’s grace & under His care,
Whatever we face, He is always there;
He even sees the times we make mistakes,
Nothing will ever change His loving grace!

We live in God’s grace & thankfully so,
He’s with us in every place we go;
We should rejoice, & be filled with praise,
Simply in knowing we live in God’s grace!

KI

EAST TO WEST

BY MEAGAN DAVIS

EAST TO WEST, NORTH TO SOUTH

Psalm 103:12 – As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Today, one of my teachers spoke of this beautiful truth, so I thought I would share it with you. This verse holds the beautiful truth that Christ removes are sin far from us. But think about how far this really is. He didn’t say the north and south. Eventually, if you travel on this earth, you will come to the point where you are going south. Then, when you come around again you will meet the north because the earth is a sphere.
But God chose the words “east” and “west.” The east and the west will never touch. You can keep going around the earth in an eastward direction and you will never touch west. The same is true if you travel the opposite direction. You have to physically turn around if you want to go the other direction.
This is how far God separates our sins from us. They can’t be reached. Yes, we will make mistakes and sin again because we are human. But God forgives when we ask Him too. And if you know Christ as your personal Savior, His precious blood has already covered yours sins past, present, and future. That gives us every reason to live for Him!
So next time you travel east or west, think about the vastness of God’s forgiveness. Think of the beautiful truth of this verse, and thank Him for what He has done for you.