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Looking forward to a new heaven and new earth

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Do we eagerly look forward to the day Christ comes for us?

Do we struggle with the concept of leaving what is familiar on this earth?

Last week our Sunday School lesson was on the earth, how we need to treat it as the Lord’s and how one day it will pass away and the Lord will created a new heaven and a new earth.

Focus Verse

The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein.
2 For He has founded it upon the seas,
And established it upon the waters.

Psalm 24:1,2

Our Response

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Printable Prayer card

It was interesting to hear the children’s response. One young man in particular was very curious about whether there would be pizza in heaven. I can relate because built within our nature we cling to what we know, what is familiar. Our natural eyes struggle to comprehend…

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Overlooked Beauty

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Overlooked Beauty

As I gaze through the windows inside this Upper East Side Starbucks I come to the conclusion that just like the snowfall outside -so beautiful and peaceful- it mirrors the life we are invited to have in Jesus. Somewhere along the way of our day-to-day lives, while following Jesus, we tend to adapt the mindset that nothing cruel can possibly happen. That of course we won’t go through trails, experience the lows and we certainly won’t get a little dirty along the way. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you will. I will. He will. She will. We all will.
When it comes down to it, how we deal with our trials determines how much we are truly trusting Jesus. But I’m here to say that the great thing about Him is even in the darkest times of this life, God will provide us the light…

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The Gospel According To Jesus – Part 12

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“Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged. For with the judgment you use, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, there’s a log in your eye? Hypocrite! First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Don’t give what is holy to dogs or toss your pearls before pigs, or they will trample them with their feet, turn, and tear you to pieces.”
Matthew 7:1-6 (HCSB)

Chris Tomlin – I Lift My Hands
http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=FJ0J9CNU

The Difference

I got up early one morning
and rushed right into the day:
I had so much to accomplish
that I didn’t have time to pray.

Problems just tumbled about me,
and heavier came each task.
“Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered,
He answered, “You didn’t ask.”

I wanted to see joy and beauty,
but the day toiled on, gray and bleak;
I wondered why God didn’t show me,
He said, “But you didn’t seek.”

I tried to come into God’s presence;
I used all my keys at the lock.
God gently and lovingly chided,
“My child you didn’t knock.”

I woke up early this morning,
and paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish
that I had to take time to pray.
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Basic Christianity Part II: Man’s Need

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Part II of Basic Christianity addresses the topic of sin. (For Part I click here) A correct understanding of sin is vital to the Christian life!

We are all sinners – every follower of every religion has this in common. None are perfect. Chapter 5 contains an overview of the ten commandments. 

  1. You shall have no other gods before me.

To keep this commandment would mean that He is first in every thought, every word and every deed.

2. You shall not make for yourself a graven image.

Stott addresses the fact that though we may not have made idols with our hands what about mental images in our minds?

3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

This one stuck me deeply “To call God ‘Father’ and be filled with anxiety and doubts is to deny His name. To take God’s name in…

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The Gospel According To Jesus – Part 11

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“This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the sky; they don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying? And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don’t labor or spin thread.
Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these!
If that’s how much God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown onto the furnace tomorrow, won’t He do much more for you – you of little faith? So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Matthew 6:25-34 (HCSB)

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