Posts Tagged ‘new life’



In all, 1,760 priests returned [from Babylonian captivity]. They were heads of clans and very able men. They were responsible for ministering at the house of God.” (1 Chronicles‬ ‭9‬:‭13‬ NLT)

The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church was constructed in Berlin in the 1890s. In 1943, the allied forces sent in an air raid, mass bombing much of Berlin in an attempt to eradicate the evil Nazi regime. The sad collateral damage of the air raid was the church’s destruction. It’s ruins stood as a war memorial. A new church was built there in the 1960s to keep the ministry going. 

Sometimes good people suffer because of the misdeeds of others, just as priests were taken off to Babylon during the exile. Whether children in a divorce, citizens caught in a gang crossfire, or the masses that lost their retirements in the Enron debacle, collateral damage occurs. It may seem that God is unfair and uncaring, but He isn’t. Just as Life circumstances tear us down, God is the Master Rebuilder!

If Life as brought some destruction your way, come to God for rebuilding. Just as God brought His people back to their homes from Babylonian captivity, and He has brought ministry back to Berlin, so God will turn your circumstances around! Trust your life into God’s restoring hands! You are loved today!

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Arise, let us go from here.” (John‬ ‭14‬:‭31‬ NKJV)

Anna Mary Robertson Moses, aka Grandma Moses, is one of the biggest names in American folk art, and she didn’t even pick up a brush until she was well into her eighth decade! Grandma Moses was originally a big fan of embroidery, but once her arthritis grew too painful for her to hold a needle, she decided to give painting a try. She was 76 when she cranked out her first canvas! By the time she passed away at 101, her paintings were worth thousands of dollars.

I’ve often heard that a rut can be described as “a grave with both ends knocked out”. We sometimes settle for lesser things in life and in God when there is more, but it requires moving beyond places of comfort and safety. Regardless of age or circumstances, God directs our lives as we follow His path. If we settle into a place of grief, loss, or discouragement, we’ll miss the path to better living.

As Jesus spoke these words to His disciples, He was in the final moments of His life. Let God take the remainder of your days and, like Grandma Moses, create beauty in the lives around you! You are wonderfully loved today!

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Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.” (Luke‬ ‭3‬:‭8‬ NLT)

Steven Spielberg is argumentatively one of the best movie makers to ever hit Hollywood. But to experience his early works might make you wonder how. Even he admits that a lot of his early projects were bad, calling one production as boring “as a piece of drift wood ” or “a Pepsi commercial”! Yet, he proved himself capable by staying at it, improving his craft, and letting his imaginative collaborations display his greater caliber of work.

The mark of a truly godly person is their authentically changed life. We can say whatever we want people to believe, but it’s our actions that will actually proclaim the verdict. It doesn’t mean that we won’t make mistakes or commit sins, but that we react with humility, repentance, and graciousness. What is seen is truer than what is said.

While Spielberg is no longer judged by his lesser works, neither should we. Allow the world to see your greater genuine works as you live for Christ in front of them! You are His best work of grace!

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My old self has been crucified with Christ.” (Galatians‬ ‭2‬:‭20‬ NLT)

According to David Farabee, a research psychologist at the University of California, we have a criminal rehab problem in America. Each year, some 600,000 criminals are released back into society. Yet, 70% of all criminals are re-arrested within 3 years of their release from prison. While there are some faith-based programs that do have much higher success rates, they only impact a trivial amount of this group. So how do we decriminalize criminals?

We face the same issue in the Christ Life. The mark of a true believer is a changed life. The hardest part of spiritual discipline, though, is the changing of our nature. We can’t keep living the same bad life yet proclaim that God saved us! It’s more than losing our guilt, it’s about losing our old life in order to gain a new one!

Spiritual recidivism, just like criminal recidivism, means I’ve invested some time towards change but haven’t allowed myself to change. We can’t change ourselves, only God can do that. Ask God today, and everyday, to be changing you, helping you to have discipline to say “No” and a desire to accept a new way of living. Your life was made for better things! Choose to live it! You are loved today!