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  • Pastor Ryan 6:55 am on April 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Harmony in the Home 

    “Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening. Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” (‭1 Peter‬ ‭3‬:‭1-9‬ ESV)

    Harmony in the home is possible when husbands and wives put on humility and love and model them consistently for their children. It is through humility and love that we will have peace with each other in our homes. 

    Think about how you can humble yourself today to serve and love your family. 

  • Pastor Ryan 7:27 am on April 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    The Picture of a Godly Family 

    “Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.” (‭Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭18-21‬ ESV)

    The Bible gives us a clear picture of what a Godly family looks like. 

    A family that loves each other and glorifies God. 

    In a Godly family the wife will respect and submit to the leadership of her husband. 

    The husband will love his wife as Christ loves the church and gave Himself for her. The husband will not be harsh with her, but instead humble humble himself to love and serve her.  Even lay down his life for her. 

    Children will obey their parents.  They will do what they are told, when they are told, and with a good attitude. 

    Fathers will love and encourage their children, not provoke them to anger. They will raise up their children in the nurture and teaching of the Lord. 

    This can only happen when all seek Christ and put on His love. Love is the uniting bond of peace in the family and in our world. 

  • Pastor Ryan 7:40 am on April 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Let God’s Word Live In You 

    “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (‭Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ ESV)

    What is it that you fill your mind with?  What you fill your mind with will direct your thoughts and the attitude of your heart. 

    Fill your mind with the Bible. Read it first thing in the morning. Think on it throughout the day. Let God’s word live  in you. Then share it with others. 

    When you soak your soul in God’s word you will find that living a godly life will flow from it. You will understand what love is and where lasting and true peace comes from. You will better understand the blessings of God in your life and feel thankful for what Christ has done in your life to save you and bless you. 

  • Pastor Ryan 7:19 am on April 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Set Your Mind On Christ 

    “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” (‭Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭1-2‬ NLT)

    So often I’ve read this passage and thought of the literal things of heaven: pearly gates, streets of gold, the glory of Christ.  As you continue to read the rest of the chapter it is clear to see that Paul is not writing about geography, but rather the perspective of our hearts and minds. 

    He teaches us here to think about the things of heaven, not the things of the earth. From the context we see that the things of the earth are the things that as believers in Jesus we are no longer slaves to. Things like sexual immorality, lust, greed, anger, wrath, malice, profanity, lying. We should put off those things and instead think on and put on the things of heaven.  Things like love, thankfulness, joy, peace, mercy, compassion, and patience. 

    What are you seeking and setting your mind on?  Seek Christ and the things of heaven. Set your mind on loving, forgiving, and sowing peace and joy into others today for the glory of our Lord Jesus. 

  • Pastor Ryan 7:05 am on April 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Praise the Lord! 

    “Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord! Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised! The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens! Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people. He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord!” (‭Psalm‬ ‭113‬:‭1-9‬ ESV)

  • Pastor Ryan 7:35 am on April 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Jesus, the Lamb of God 

    “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.” (‭Isaiah‬ ‭53‬:‭7-9‬ ESV)

    Amazing and miraculous how Jesus fulfilled these words of Isaiah the prophet. 

    Jesus, although He had done no crime, silently allowed Himself to be crucified as the perfect sacrifice for my sins and yours. 

    Put your trust in Him today and receive abundant and eternal life. 

  • Pastor Ryan 6:36 am on April 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    With His Wounds We Are Healed 

    “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” (‭Isaiah‬ ‭53‬:‭3-5‬ ESV)

    Many when they hear these verses think immediately of Jesus Christ and think that they are from the New Testament of the Bible. It’s amazing that they are written about Jesus, but are from the prophet Isaiah and recorded in the Old Testament.  God gave Isaiah these words hundreds of years before Jesus walked the earth and was crucified for our sins. 

    Jesus died on the cross to save all those who would believe in Him from their sins. He took the wrath of God we deserve for our sins on Himself on the cross. His death was no ordinary death. He experienced the full wrath of God in His death. 

    He was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.

    Jesus died for you. 

    Will you live for Him?

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