Without question, my greatest struggle and crisis of faith is, ‘Am I lovable’ and ‘AM I LOVED'? This question releases its evil first cousin; 'WILL I BE LOVED? Is being loved and loving contingent upon me doing some proverbial duty, service, behavior, performance enough and well enough? Close on their heels is 'can I really love' without…Continue
I believe we are all a work in progress. I do not declare to be perfect in my recovery and life nor do I claim this process will ever be complete. I still have areas of improvement and growth. There is always another way I could challenge myself. There is always a part of me I will need to…Continue
Added by Jenna Laird on August 27, 2015 at 5:26pm — No Comments
Our youngest daughter Amy (who just had her first baby) is one who has provided me with many stories; some ‘nurturing’ to reflect on and some not so much. This one has always been ‘nurturing’. Over the years, when down or especially tattered by life’s challenges, I recall this story. Hey, maybe that is why God’s community has always been partly run on the fuel of storytelling.…Continue
Added by James Ronald Ross on August 26, 2015 at 4:18pm — No Comments
I would like to ask for prayer over me and my family as I am now stepping out in faith and in to the training and role of a fire chaplain. As I look back I can see how the Lord has been equipping me for this task all my life and I am excited to see just how far the father is taking me on this path.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Matthew 5: 3-5, NIV.
In solitary silence we listen with great attentiveness to the voice that…Continue
Added by James Ronald Ross on August 23, 2015 at 10:24pm — No Comments
“For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This…Continue
Added by Deborah Neiberger on August 22, 2015 at 9:09am — No Comments
"So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, and be totally ready to receive the gift that's coming when Jesus arrives. Don't lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn't know any better then, you do now. As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God's life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, 'I am holy; you be holy.'
"You call out to God for help and he helps--he's a good…
Added by James Ronald Ross on August 22, 2015 at 8:06am — No Comments
IS THERE NOT A CAUSE?
(Dutch Sheets at Glory of Zion, August…
Added by James Ronald Ross on August 20, 2015 at 4:05pm — No Comments
When it’s all said and done? When the end is upon us? When the summation of all things is consummated? What will remain? What will withstand the whirling dervishes of insane world views? World views that leave anti-Christ perspectives in their wake; which are fueled by abusive false religions, out of control geo-political systems and ravenous bureaucracies? What will endure the scrutiny of God’s judgment? What is secured for eternity! What is laid up in heaven?…Continue
Added by James Ronald Ross on August 18, 2015 at 2:18pm — No Comments
Following are some words from Papa’s heart that are imperative if we are to make it through these difficult days. When received, they will strengthen you for whatever the journey has for you. All of creation is groaning for the sons and daughters of God to be made manifest
“You’ve made a mess, but I have a plan. Nothing works as it should anymore (or at least how…Continue
"The truth for which I would give my life, must also be the truths for which I am living!" The New Covenant heart must be at the apex of that list. Many die for family, friends, country—but not enough value their own heart that high! The heart is mentioned over 1,000 times in the Bible.
We have spent and wasted so much time in our…Continue
Added by James Ronald Ross on August 13, 2015 at 3:48pm — No Comments
Tough times? Up front, we all need to grasp; there are ‘no’ quick fixes or formulas in life. I have been told that repeatedly by people wiser and further down the path than me. Even so, I’ve tended to hold on to the illusion of proving them wrong. Even after walking with Jesus for 43 years. Why?
The closer I get to Him, the more I am overwhelmed with my need for a Savior. And life experiences are proving the wisdom others have shared with me accurate. Hold on…there’s…Continue
Added by James Ronald Ross on August 11, 2015 at 1:10pm — No Comments
I heard a story from Africa tonight where the Gospel was taken to a small village and a church planted. The members of the church came together to pray and each member went off to his own private spot in the jungle daily to do devotions. With…
"Just watch my servant blossom! Exalted, tall, head and shoulders above the crowd! But He didn't begin that way. At first everyone was appalled. He didn't even look human--a ruined face, disfigured past recognition. Nations all over the world will be in awe, taken aback, Kings shocked into silence when they see Him. For what was unheard of they'll see with their own eyes, what was unthinkable they'll have right before them." (Isaiah 52:13-15, Msg)
This passage contains the clearest…Continue
Contagious: communicable by contact, catching, exciting similar emotions or conduct (i.e. your enthusiasm is contagious)
Will those I come in contact with today catch love from me? Will my presence be communicable with love? Will my loving character entice and excite others to experience the emotions and conduct of love? Christ in us is contagious and enticing!
“Mimic God; you are his offspring. This is how: let the love of Christ be in your life;…Continue
Added by James Ronald Ross on August 5, 2015 at 5:24pm — No Comments
"I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer...Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can't bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can't bear fruit unless you are joined with me..."
"When you're joined with me and I with you, the relationship intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant...This is how my Father shows who He is--when you produce grapes, when you mature as my…
Added by James Ronald Ross on August 3, 2015 at 12:29pm — No Comments
"Therefore I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:1-2, N.I.V.
Keep God's mercy in view. Set His mercy in your rear-view mirror. When looking back all you…
Added by James Ronald Ross on August 1, 2015 at 4:23pm — No Comments