Archive | November 2017

Coping With Holiday Blues

According to the popular Christmas songs this is the happiest season of all. Perhaps that’s the way it should be, but it isn’t always, is it? Today’s devotional thoughts, reposted from Dr. Carol’s blog, give some solid, practical tips for dealing with the blues when they come caroling at your door.

 

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Perhaps you’re too young to remember Elvis’s Blue Christmas, but you may find yourself fighting a serious case of the holiday blues this season. The pictures of families and Thanksgiving feasts on your social media feeds may have left you even more lonely or hurting inside. Your expectations have so often been disappointed – or worse – during past holiday seasons that now you have no idea how to face Christmas without being overwhelmed by the blues.

Failed expectations in the past can certainly give your Christmas a blue color. So can family conflict or drama, painful memories around past holidays, loss of a loved one, and more. Hallmark movies, commercial images of family and decorations and gifts, Christmas lights and music, and even our Christian holiday traditions sometimes paint an unrealistic picture of celebration when our world is so broken.

That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate! In fact, the darkness around us makes it even more read more

 

Source: drcarolministries.com

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Being a Mary

It’s so easy to take the path of least resistance, right? Carving out time in our uber busy lives to just sit at Jesus’ feet as Mary did take some doing, and sometimes it’s easier to just be busy like Martha. Sunday’s message by Pastor Shayna points out the importance for us as Jesus Followers of making the effort to take the time to spend in God’s presence on a regular basis. Click on the arrow to listen to the message.

 

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God Time: It’s Not a Checklist

Sometimes our lives get so crazy busy we have a difficult time maintaining and growing relationships with people who are flesh and blood mortals we can see and touch let alone growing our relationship with God whom we cannot see with physical eyes. Today’s devotional, reposted from Devotionals Daily, gently encourages us to make that special relationship with God a priority. Not as a checklist item in our daily to-do lists, but a real heart connection with the God who made and saved us.

 

My four-year-old son, Jackson, was trying to get his straw in the juice pouch when he got lost in the food court crowd. I thought he was right behind me, but when we finally found a table and turned around, we saw he wasn’t there. I figured he couldn’t have gone far. In fact, he was probably near the live performance happening over by the stage. I looked everywhere for his red-and-brown striped shirt and khaki cargo shorts, but I didn’t see him.

As fear started to rise in my throat, I called his name. Surely he was around the food court somewhere. A few minutes went by, and I still couldn’t find him. I walked around, frantically yelling his name louder and louder.

One by one, people came up to me. “Is someone you love read more

Source: faithgateway.com

Getting Past the Past

We all have done things we aren’t proud of. Everyone has sinned. God freely offers forgiveness for all of our sins, mistakes, and bad decisions. The trick is to get past it ourselves. Today’s devotional by Chad Veach, reposted from Devotionals Daily, helps us do just that.

 

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 NIV, emphasis added

We all have a past. I grew up in church, I’m a pastor’s kid, and I felt like I was always hearing someone say this famous line: “You know, we all have a past.” I always thought to myself, Yeah, but some of us have a bigger past than others.

The older I get and the more I study the Scriptures, the more I understand that we all have a past! In fact, 1 John 1:10 NIV says,

If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His Word is not in us.

We all have a past because we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God!

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23, emphasis added

The interesting thought about having a past is that read more

 

source: faithgateway.com

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from our house to yours. Thank you for being a part of our online family of readers; we appreciate you! We pray God’s grace, peace, and abundant blessings on you all.

 

Today’s devotional offers a different take on being thankful during this season.

The Power of History

Thanksgiving is a time of remembering all the good things that God has given us. We can look back and remember what God has done, and that gives us faith for the future. Today’s devotional by Dutch Sheets shows us how history can influence our present as well as our future.

 

The thought of shaping the future is powerful, but past history is also very important. Karl Marx said, “If I can steal their history, I can steal their country.”

Roots are essential and powerful; foundations are critical. Before facing Goliath, David asked the question, “Is there not a cause?” Interestingly, the Hebrew word used for “cause” also means “history.” Therefore, David may have been asking his brother and fellow Israelites, “Is there not a history?”

What would David have meant by such a question? Perhaps he was asking, “Don’t we have a history worth believing in and fighting for?”

Or, thinking of his fellow Israelites’ unbelief, maybe David was asserting, “Is there not a history of faithfulness from our God that brings enough confidence to face this giant? What about Abraham and the promises made to him? Did God come through with Isaac and the land He promised? And what about the Exodus with all of its miracles? Come on guys, isn’t there enough of a history with God to bring the needed courage to face this giant? We have history on our side!”

In addition, David may have been read more

Source: dutchsheets.org

Angels

There are a lot of ideas out there regarding angels. Many of the ways people portray angels are not biblical. Sunday’s message by Pastor Mike presents some simple, biblical facts about what angels are and are not. Click on the arrow to listen.

 

If you are in the Anchorage area please join us for our Thanksgiving service Wednesday, November 22nd at 7 PM. We will have a dessert fellowship following the service, and the youth are doing a pie auction to raise money for missions.

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