Stop Hating Start Healing 

Rioters, let us not assume that any choice was easy for Robert E. Lee, or that he had our benefit of history on which to reflect. He did not like slavery, if you’ll read the account of his life, but said, “I will not draw my sword against Virginia.” He was a man torn by the choice he had to make. 

No one I know loves the pain in our country’s past. Maybe we should redefine what statues are for, to remind us of how far we have come as a people, and to see it as a scar on the skin of our history. 

Let’s heal the wound and leave the scar, to remind us of the pain, and to commit ourselves to healing. Just as edges of a wound bind one to the other, let’s see ourselves as humans first, and reach across the wound and grab those on the other side.

If in death we would accept the donated heart of another race to save our own life, let us accept it while it still beats in our neighbor.

Stop hating. Start healing.

~ Alane Bertrand-Roberts 

Falling On Our Knees 


I hope you’re somewhere Praying …..I hope your soul is changing – 

I hope you find your peace -falling on your knees …Praying…….


                           Praying!

    Oh, I am loving this new song by Kesha! 

I am moved to tears as I listen to it as I pray for her and hope she has found the Light of Christ to help her emerge from all the darkness of her past.  

May we all be moved to keep falling on our knees to pray for souls to be changed and for others to find wholeness and healing in Christ. 

            ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Balance 


WORTHY THOUGHT: Does our busyness keep us off balance and deteriorate our spiritual life?

Do not tell yourself that you have too much to do to spend time with the Lord each day. 

His Word promises that when you draw closer to God, He will draw closer to you. -James 4:8. 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30

The rest Jesus promises is peace we find with God, not the end of all effort.

When we open our hearts and ears and listen to His counsel only He knows how to balance us.

                ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Forgive 

WORTHY THOUGHT: “He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.”-George Herbert

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.-Matthew 6:14-15

When you have an unforgiving spirit, you put yourself in prison spiritually and emotionally; you pay dearly for carrying a grudge. If you are struggling to forgive someone ask Jesus, he will help and guide you because he is the master of all forgiveness. 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.-Proverbs 3:5-6 

When you find forgiveness you will find peace.

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Peacekeepers


WORTHY THOUGHT: The time to stop a dispute is when it begins.

 
“There is deceit in the hearts of those who plot evil, but joy for those who promote peace. -Proverbs 12:20 

 
As much as possible, do not let arguments get started. So many others contribute and start arguments of war. We, as believers, it is our job to contribute to peace. 

God blesses peacemakers and peacekeepers so let God’s wisdom direct you and use you to make and keep peace.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”-Matthew 5:9

~ Angela Like-Pattengill 

Peace 

WORTHY THOUGHT: What does the Bible say about how to get along with difficult people?

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”Romans 12:18 NIV 

“Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” Romans 12:8

Don’t be ruled by your emotions when someone upsets you. 

Let the peace of God act as an umpire continually in your heart. 

Have the mind of Christ and love others as Christ loves you. 

Whatever is necessary be at peace with all people and remain at peace; as commanded in Roman 12:8.

This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  John 15:12 NKJV

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Peace Blessed Peace 

“Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.” 

 “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God.”  

Peace, blessed peace. It is what we long for, what we hope for, and it is what we have with God in Christ“being justified by faith, we have peace with God.”

Peace is more than the absence of conflict. It is more than an armed truce. It is true reconciliation, atonement. God has no more argument with us. We have done what he wanted us to do. We have confessed and agreed with him about the truth – that we are sinners in need of a savior and that Christ is that savior. That is all that he wants, and, if we will continue in that truth, he will work wonders on our behalf. If we but hold on to the truth, he will perfect us in Christ; he will make us just like his Son. We will have the same intimate relationship with the Father that Christ enjoys. We will hear his voice and know his heart.
The heart of God: “peace on earth to those on whom his favor rests.” The only reason God ever goes to war is to prevent the violent from disturbing the peace of his children.

 Our heritage: a Father that loves us so much that he is willing to shake heaven and earth to ensure that his children live in safety and security. Also, it is our inheritance. “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.” 
 God loves those that have forsaken violence to walk in obedient trust, suffering when necessary for the sake of Christ and his Gospel. The end result will be a world without conflict, peace loving believers living in harmony with the Father and all of his creation.

What is it going to be like living in a stress free utopia in which there will be perfect order and harmony? 

We can have a foretaste now as we give our lives to Christ and commit to loving our neighbor as ourselves. At some point, the vision will become the dream, and all those who hate peace will be removed from the scene, so that only the lovers will be left standing. “God will be with us and walk among us. He will be our God, and we will be his people.”

~ Brad Heilhecker 

Battles 

Worthy Thought:  It is encouraging to know God is for us in the battles of life.

We need strength for the battle and strength for our journey and God abundantly provides both. 

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you He will not fail you or forsake you.” -Deuteronomy 31:6

Be sure to wait on the Lord first, if you run ahead or lag behind you can be a target for the enemy. Satan wants to trap you, but the Lord will show you a safe way. 

The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? -Psalm 27:1

Battles become victories when we believe and trust in His promise’s and His awesome power.

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Building Up

Today I was stacking stone at work and Holy Spirit was speaking to me about how we are each building blocks to build up the church. 

Jesus is our corner stone but we are the rest of the puzzle to the body. 

We are called to build one another up at all times in love. 

It’s a healthy reminder that we are not here for ourselves but we are here for the edifying and sharpening of our fellow brothers and sisters. So that, they may abound in Grace, peace, and Love. 

Always esteem others as higher than yourself and always put them first calling forth the good that God has originally put inside of them for the glorying of His name. 

“Under his control all the different parts of the body fit together, and the whole body is held together by every joint with which it is provided. So when each separate part works as it should, the whole body grows and builds itself up through love.” -Ephesians 4:16 GNB

“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” -Ephesians 4:29 NKJV

                    ~Thomas Joel Trevino 

Approximations Of Our Future 


Our heart’s desire – to finally be able to cease from toilsome labor and just enjoy life, to work on building relationships, to delve into the depths of our partnership with the Almighty, to know God as Father and friend, Savior and Lord. We want to develop our hobbies and passions, to re-create ourselves, to become new, fresh, and enthusiastic about life. We need time to think, to pray, and to dream. We desire time to just be without having to do.

If nothing else, heaven will be restful. 

 Here on earth, Our Father gives us glimpses of our heavenly rest as we meditate on his word and his ways, as we explore paths of peace and love, and as we set our ambitions and affections on the things of the kingdom. If earth is the appetizer, then heaven is the five course meal, a banquet of love. If earth is our apprenticeship, then heaven is our full partnership with all that is holy and good, and with all who have been adopted into the royal family.

We are told to cease striving and to be still and just know that Our God is GOD, that he will be exalted in the earth. He is the strategist; he is the master tactician. Military geniuses, master chess players, and corporate giants are only mere shadows of our creator, sustainer, and vindicator. The Lord, the King of kings, not only sees 10 moves ahead, but he sees the end from the beginning. He knows what he is going to do today, and he knows what he is going to do on the last day of mankind’s final revolt against his authority.

We can hardly imagine the paradise awaiting us, the bliss that is our inheritance. We are so accustomed to life’s toils and troubles, we might wonder what we would do with our lives if we weren’t having to overcome some difficulty. We might wonder how we would feel if all negative emotions just ceased to exist. We might wonder what we would see if everything around us was all of a sudden infinitely beautiful.

To see the eternal, the infinite, to be children of light, to live in a kingdom of light and love, to be immortal, eternal beings like our Father – this is our inheritance. Power beyond imagination, peace which passes understanding, love so strong that it would make the mighty faint – these are only approximations of our future. We will surely be like God, for we will see him as he is.

~ Brad Heilhecker