Sunday, January 25, 2015
Those are reserved for those true friends.
A true friend will love you regardless. You can make a dumb decision and a friend will still love you. You can root for different sports teams and a friend will not fall out with you. A true friend will not insist on going to their favorite restaurant all of the time because they know it’s not about the meal, it’s about the fellowship. Yep, that’s a true friend.
Real friends are born for those tough times in your life. I remember those kind of friends. I want to be that kind of friend. In those tough times you don’t need a cheerleader, you need a shoulder. You don’t need advice, you need an ear. Those are true friends.
Jesus is our friend. I pray that you allow him to reveal his friendship to you today.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Our Veterans had to leave home. They trained hard. They learned how to live on a little and to brave the elements. If they were not planning on making the military a career, they literally put their lives on hold.
Many have gone in to battle and been wounded, maimed and even killed. All of this for love of country and liberty. Yes, our freedom comes at a great price.
Jesus secured our spiritual freedom. He also left home. He endured hardship. He suffered. He was wounded. He died. He did it all for you and for me. He paid the ultimate price so that we could be free.
Tuesday we remembered the price that our veterans have paid. But we also remember the price that Jesus paid. God bless the United States of America.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
The nations of the world side with these hater nations and always condemn Israel when any conflict arises. Britain was instrumental in getting a sliver of land carved out by the UN for the Jews to call home. When Israel declared itself to be a nation in June of 1948 the United States was the first nation to recognize Israel’s independence.
God has blessed and honored these two nations for their actions toward Israel. But more and more Israel is finding herself isolated. The U.S. is not as friendly to her as it has been historically. God said he would bless those who blessed Israel and would curse those who cursed her. I want to live in a nation blessed by God. Our government must continue to help protect and support the nation of Israel.
Bishop Stephen D. Hobbs
Monday, April 28, 2014
We have just come through the Easter season. Churches were full. Worship was energetic
and alive. Many guests will become active church members. Who knows how many were
saved and added to the church on Easter Sunday. Yes, Easter is the highlight of the year
for the church.
But I remember years ago of a pastor who had a huge attendance push for Easter that
almost tripled his average Sunday morning attendance. I heard a pastor say, “I wonder
what it’s going to be like preaching to hundreds less people this Sunday?” He wasn’t
being snarky or jealous. It’s a legitimate question. How are we supposed to feel after the
biggest day of the year?
The church in Acts is our model. They worshipped, prayed, did church business,
preached, discipled; well, you get my point. They carried on.
Easter is now over, but we must carry on. Be the church. Have church. After all, every
Sunday is a little Easter. Be blessed.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Sunday, January 19, 2014
This winter season has only been going on for a month. It sure seems longer that that. We have had some record cold and quite a bit of snow. There are a lot of us that feel like this season has been going on much longer that a month and we are more than ready for spring.
But just because we feel a certain way is not enough to change the season. Winter will be over when it’s over.
That’s the way life is. Disliking a season in our lives is not enough to change it or stop it. Like it or not, some things just have to run there course. Some things will always get worse before they get better. Encouraging, isn’t it?
But don’t lose hope. Spring is only two months away. The birds will sing. The grass will grow and turn green. The sun will warm the earth. Why? Because God said that it would.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
a quitter, but its worse to finish something you never should have started.” That’s a little
heavy for me on this second day of 2014.
I get the quitter thing. But it’s the second part of this quote that I find challenging. How
do we determine what is proper to start and see through? When you think about it the
possibilities are endless. But for me there is one simple guide. It is found in the Bible.
Proverbs tells us that if we trust God with our whole heart and not our own fickle
emotions, he will give us direction.
So there you go. Trust God. Seek God’s will for your life. He will give you direction.
Then you won’t end up trying to finish something you never should have begun in the