Spring! New Life! Resurrection!
I have been so thankful to see the evidence of Spring. After 55 years of experiencing the glories of this season change, I still am in awe. Watching the birds return, the daffodils green shoots pushing up through the dead grass of winter, and days warm enough to go enjoy the porch swing.
Being in ministry, we are always delightfully busy at this time of year, preparing for the great celebration of the Resurrection. This year there will be an AWANA egg hunt and a gospel message and puppet show to prepare, as well as Craig
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
This is the verse I am working this week to memorize with the kids in AWANA. What a difference a timely verse from the scriptures can make to my heart and thought life. When the Bible says that our minds can be renewed, and at peace, it is a fact.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2
If there is one thing I know about myself, it is that I am an open book. I don’t put on airs, or do any acting, or hide behind a facade of “put together.” I am not two faced. I am just real, with my heart out there transparent and open. I am not bragging. I am not proud of this, it is just how I am wired.
I don’t have a problem with the idea of putting up walls to keep from being hurt, or even being selective on who gets to see the real me. I would like to do more of those things, and I need to.
What I do have a problem with, is the lack of integrity, authenticity, and the fruit of the Spirit, in Christian organizations.
Our culture despises the concept of absolute truth, or that a person can actually know THE truth. We have the Oprah’s of the world telling us we can all have our own truth, the Osteen’s of the “church” telling us we can twist God’s truths to fit our fancy.
Proverbs 12:15 The way of a