But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?
(2 Corinthians 2:14-16)
Luke 11:33-36 (NLT)
33 “No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a basket.[a]Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house.
34 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is unhealthy, your body is filled with darkness. 35 Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. 36 If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.
14 The Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this,
Cursed are you more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you will go,
And dust you will eat
All the days of your life;
15 And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
He shall [a]bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise him on the heel.”
16 To the woman He said,
“I will greatly multiply
Your pain [b]in childbirth,
In pain you will bring forth children;
Yet your desire will be for your husband,
And he will rule over you.”
17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’;
Cursed is the ground because of you;
In [c]toil you will eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you;
And you will eat the [d]plants of the field;
19 By the sweat of your face
You will eat bread,
Till you return to the ground,
Because from it you were taken;
For you are dust,
And to dust you shall return.”
20 Now the man called his wife’s name [e]Eve, because she was the mother of all the living. 21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.
14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Matthew 14:31 (NIV)
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
Have you ever been inspired by a song? Today Pastor Bob reminds us that God's word says ask and it will be given. This message was inspired by the song "Even If" by the band Mercy Me and its very powerful message.
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like the glass blower makes beautiful creations out of sand, the blacksmith makes very strong and mighty things out of metal and like our father who has created us like clay and is constantly molding us: all are refined with fire. Our God Jesus wants to refine us and make us on fire for Him. If you do not know Jesus as your savior He want's you as one of His children and badly wants a relationship with you. Come to Him now. He is always waiting
With so many things that consume our attention in today's world, it can become very hard to see what is right in front of us. That is our heavenly Father God. How much can our relationship with our family grow if we never speak to them? The same goes with the relationship with Jesus. He wants that growth. He wants that relationship and He wants our attention.When we struggle in life He wants us to lean on Him and even when things are going great we should thank Him and praise Him.So get on your knees or stand and raise your hands to give praise to the one that has a love for us that is never ending and all powerful.
We are like dirty stones covered in the mud of our sin. Jesus is so pure that He can wash us clean and remove the stains we put on our lives.
Is your life on a good foundation. Our buildings and houses are built on top of a concrete slab or a foundation. Why? Because if the building was built on anything but a very strong and solid foundation it will not last. It will come down. It is the same for our lives. If we live out lives on a weak foundation we will come tumbling down. Jesus must be our foundation if we are to last and grow. Make Him your cornerstone.
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)
7 For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself.
35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.”36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”