I took this picture in Glacier National Park while driving the Going to the Sun Road. I added a purple filter for the fun of it. 🙂 The scenery here is spectacular. I saw two mountain goats on the side of the hill right before my family drove through a tunnel. Of course, this would be the one time I didn’t have my camera ready. Maybe next time! Wishing you a wonderful week!
For those of you in the States, I hope you had a wonderful Independence Day.
Freedom is something we should never take for granted either as an American, or as a Christian who has been set free from the consequence of our sins.
Continuing in the “Essentials of Our Faith” series, Pastor Cliff Purcell shares some things we need to know about the Holy Spirit: Holy Who? (July 1, 2018).
Have a great week!
The other day my daughter, Annie, was babysitting an eight-year-old girl and her five-year-old brother at our house. Annie volunteered to fill in for some local Grandparents who had to work this day while their Grandchildren came to stay with them for a couple of weeks. While sitting down for lunch, my daughter asked them if anyone wanted to say the blessing. Both children volunteered and said the sweetest prayers. “Kaci” asked God to “be close to all those who are hurting and have lost loved ones.” Curious, I asked Kaci if she attends church. She shared about her church and going to Sunday school each week.
“What do you learn there?” I asked.
“We learn about Jesus and how He died for our sins.”
I told her that Annie and I are God’s children because we have asked Jesus to forgive our sins and have asked Him to be our Lord and Savior. Her big brown eyes grew even larger as she smiled and said, “Me too! And I know that I will be with Him when I die.”
“Isn’t that great hope?” I asked, “. . . knowing that we’ll be with Him when our life is over here on earth?”
Needless to say, Annie and I were both blessed as she replied, “I can’t wait to be with Jesus!”
Ah, to have that kind of childlike faith and enthusiasm. It seems like many of us lose sight of hope as we grow older and find ourselves burdened by the pressures of adulthood. But hope is what enables us to keep our heads up, even when the storm clouds gather and we’re treading on rocky ground. Hope is our lifeline connecting us to heaven.
If you find your head slumping and the weight on your shoulders too much to bear, remember there is One who never leaves your side. As we focus on His continual presence and the hope of heaven, He will help carry the load. The road He leads us on may be steep and full of potholes at times, but remember—as a child of God—your final destination is in heaven with our Lord.
What Christians believe and accept—Jesus’ ascension into heaven—probably sounds more like a fairy tale to some people. This portion of the Apostle’s Creed can be a real faith stretcher. Listen as Pastor Cliff Purcell shares not only about Jesus ascending to heaven, but also of His return in his series on “Essentials of Our Faith”: Wow! Why? Wait–Whoa! (June 17, 2018).
Hope you’re enjoying summer and are able to find some time for rays and relaxation. 🙂
Does the Bible ever seem more like a huge book of outdated history than pertinent information? Maybe a nice decorative piece of literature displayed on the mantle or bookcase? Wish someone would just explain the nuts and bolts of the gospel? Well, you’re at the right place!
Continuing the series from the Apostles’ Creed, Pastor Cliff Purcell shares essentials of the Christian faith. You may listen to his message here: Stripped Down Faith (June 10, 2018).
Have a great week!