It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

JUST ONE MINUTE



Just One Minute

When you are depressed, angry, sad,

disillusioned, grieving, joyful, tempted,

estranged, or in any other state of mind and

heart, include God for just a minute. When you

include God for just a minute, that minute is a

little window into the infinite love God has for you.

When you include God for just a minute, that

minute becomes the door through which

Christ will walk to sit down next to you so

He can give you peace, joy, comfort, and

the incredible power of His uplifting love.

Author unknown to me

'On Ya' - ma

Friday, April 20, 2007

MY STUDY NOTES - Chapter 24, To Live Is Christ



Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus.

He was a learned man with a knowledge of the Scriptures.

He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, And he spoke with great

fervor, and taught about Jesus accurately,

though he knew only the baptism of John.

Acts 18:24-25

My study notes, Chapter 24, TO LIVE IS CHRIST

ACTS 18: 24-28

Paul completed his long stay in Corinth and journeyed to Syria, accompanied by Pricilla and Aquilla.

He returned to the synagogue in Ephesus, where the Jews asked him to spend more time with them. He did not stay but journeyed on to Antioch leaving Pricilla and Aquilla behind.

Even though Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles seemed to be more effective, he always returned to the Jew in almost every city he visited.

Why? Paul answers this question in Romans 9: 2-5

He wanted his fellow Jews to know Christ.

When he was so favorably received in Ephesus, he could have remained to be with the receptive Jews, but as the Holy Spirit was his guide, he had to say no, and journey on.

We all have a hard time saying no.just as Paul probably did. He stayed focused on the priorities that were set before him by God. We can learn a lesson from Paul by this –- although there may be a need, it does not mean that God has chosen us to meet that need.

We must trust God when he is leading us away from something contrary to what we may want to do.

Because there was a Jew named Apollos in Ephesus, God did not want Paul to remain there. The way was left open to Apollos who was a powerful and passionate preacher.

When we cannot say no, even when God does not give us approval we are open to repercussions

We don’t do a good job and we don’t leave an opening for God’s chosen person to fill.

Apollos initially only knew part of the Gospel.. Prisilla and Aquilla were quick to instruct him. This new found knowledge was preached just as Paul would have but with Apollos’ own special style.

We tend to compare Christian leaders and churches. Each usually has it’s own group of followers. God uses these many methods and styles to equip His church to be effective and holy in difficult days.

We should value each of their contributions. Just as Apollos and Paul were different, but effective.

There really is only one LORD of all !

‘On Ya’ - ma

Monday, April 09, 2007

My Study Notes: Chapter 23 - TO LIVE IS CHRIST


Because he was a tentmaker as they were,

he stayed and worked with them

Acts 18:3

My Study Notes – To Live is Christ

Chapter 23

Acts 18: 2-24

In Acts 18 we see that Paul stopped off and had a hair cut. This act holds the key to his visit to Corinth. He had a reason for getting a hair cut. He had made a vow.

Numbers 6:1-8 tells about the Nazirite Vow. It was a special vow because it was voluntary and offered to both men and women. Usually they would take this vow when experiencing difficult circumstances or temptation. To be victorious or obedient, they needed extra help from God.

Corinth was a city of incredible depravity. The most significant pagan practice was the cult of Aphrodite. Her followers would worship her with acts of immorality.

The haircut in verse 18 is not the beginning of the vow, but the end. Before he entered Corinth Paul wisely committed himself to the vow of the Nazirite so he could remain consecrated to God.

We are reminded that we are to avoid temptation and when we must face it we can come prepared.

Those who took the Nazirite vow let their hair grow long showing a special devotion to God. Once the need was over, Paul went to get a haircut.

Paul had decided to keep his head straight while in Corinth. He did not want to be enticed into any kind of trouble. He applied a bit of wisdom which offered him protection while he was there.

He was sent some money so he would be free to preach, but he supported himself by a far more typical method – he worked.

Pricilla and Aquila were a couple who were friends and co-workers with the apostle Paul. Paul stayed with them because he was a tent maker as they were.

We’ve seen the human side of Paul, he was not so different from us. He had a job and worked just as we do.

No matter how spiritually devoted to God we may be, I think we all are expected to do our part and not be tempted to depend on the gifts of others for our needs. Every job we do, no matter how big or small is doing the work God intended and we are to do it the very best we can.

‘On Ya’ - ma

Sunday, April 08, 2007

EASTER PROMISE


With OUR EYES we see

The beauty of Easter as the earth awakens once more...

With OUR EARS we hear

The birds sing sweetlyto tell us Spring again is here...

With OUR HANDS we pick the golden daffodils

and the fragrant hyacinths...

But only with OUR HEARTS

can we feel the MIRACLE of GOD'S LOVE

which redeems all men...

And only with OUR SOUL

can we make our 'pilgrimage to God

and inherit His Easter Gift of ETERNAL LIFE.

Helen Steiner Rice



What does Easter mean for us?


It’s about remembering where we’ve been, and finding the courage to continue on our journey: choosing hope over despair; seeing the “blessing” in the setback; and opening our arms instead of shutting others out.

Like Peter, it’s about looking for the Savior and seeing for ourselves the magnificence of the Creator - in larger-than-life-events, and in everyday moments.


We are the heirs of the promise – a new life in Christ!


'On Ya' - ma

Friday, April 06, 2007

A HAPPY EASTER TO YOU ALL


Easter is the gift of HOPE

Easter is the gift of PEACE

Easter is the gift of LOVE
Let us rejoice in Him,

Who gives them all.

May God bless you at Easter,

And keep you all year through.

May God give you all the faith it takes,

To make your dreams come true.

May His love and wisdom always help,

To guide you on your way.

May His light shine down upon you now,

To bless your Easter Day.


Author Unknown


Have a Happy Easter Day !
'On Ya' - ma

Sunday, April 01, 2007

HOLY WEEK BEGINS


Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and found human in appearance,
he humbled himself,
becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name
which is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Phillipians 2 6-11

Loving Father,
how do I "celebrate"
the passion and death of Jesus?
I often want to look the other way
and not watch,
not stay with Jesus in his suffering.
Give me the strength
to see his love with honesty and compassion
and to feel deeply
your own forgiveness and mercy for me.
Help me to understand
how to "celebrate" this week.
I want be able to bring
my weaknesses and imperfections with me
as I journey with Jesus this week,
so aware of his love.

Sunday we held palm branches in our hands, and waved them to greet our Lord's entry into the city of our salvation. Last year's palms were burned to form the ashes that marked our foreheads to begin this Lenten journey. We can place these palm branches in a special place in our home Each day this week they can represent our celebration of his love

The image of the crucified Christ is the greatest sign we will ever have of perfect, loving obedience to the will of God.

As we meditate on the death and resurrection of Jesus this Holy Week, let’s especially focus on the glorious victory that Jesus won for us by his reverent submission to God. Let’s allow the promise of the gospel to move us to imitate Jesus’ life of obedience

May the Lord bless us,

protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

May the many blessings of this Holy Week extend to each and everyone of us.

'On Ya' - ma