Sermon Series Coming Up!

Over the next few weeks I will be posting some of my favorite sermons from both my church and some of my friends churches. I will be adding one each week sometime between Monday & Thursday in the morning. I hope to have notes for them on Friday afternoons. I will be choosing things to quote and also making note of any scriptures that are referenced. Feel free to add anything you caught in the comments section of the sermon notes post! I look forward to seeing what you catch or find interesting!

These sermons will be linked via my sound cloud account since I can’t upload them directly to the blog at this time. I feel like it is more than time to find a way to spread God’s word throughout the world!

My Mom

Since hubby’s surgery I have had this awful feeling that something was wrong in my family someplace but I just didn’t know who…. So anyway I got a text at 11 last night asking if I was still awake from my mom. It was 1 am her time so I knew it was important. So of course I answered that I was and asked what was going on? Next thing i know my phone is ringing … that means its not something she would say in a text message and that means its pretty bad.
Well the news was definitely NOT good… She proceeded to tell me that she had slipped on the ice walking home last night and could not feel her legs so they called an ambulance to take her to the hospital. Once there they did x-rays and lab work…. They found degenerative disks in her back and kidney failure…. I’m not sure what phase she is in but I am going to get the exact lab tests that were bad and talk to my Dr. about them so I can help her get some answers. She still couldn’t feel her legs completely when they discharged her from the hospital. I have no idea why they didn’t keep her until her legs returned to normal but they didn’t. She fell 13 feet at work about 10 years ago which caused damage to her back in the first place but she may be able to go back for more damages.
She has no medical insurance so she has no way of getting treatment without a miracle. Please pray that God reverses the failure and directs her towards help for her addiction to alcohol and gets her a good insurance so that she can get REAL pain management help. It just feels so unfair that she is going through all this …

Sunday Thoughts

Today at church I felt the Holy Spirit move in my heart the way I used to when I was a teenager. I have only felt that one other time since I stopped truly listening to the my heart and allowed my addiction to take over my life. It is the best feeling in the world when I feel that I am fully surrendering my heart and my will to God. I can’t remember the last time I felt like I was really living the way God intended me to live. I know I am human and that I will make mistakes but at least now I know I am going in the right direction. 
After service Matt and I had one of our marriage sessions with our pastor. I have been struggling with what a Christian marriage looks like especially when it concerns submission. I have given so many people so much control over my life in the past but it hasn’t always been in the right context. I have allowed others to control and abuse me thinking it was love. I have since learned through recovery that it is in fact abuse and not love to let someone control my every thought and decision. I am my own person and I finally understand now that I am to submit to Matt’s leadership of our family only when it lines up with the Bible. If we both agree about which direction to take our family then I will follow his lead. I also understand now that if we are battling about which direction to go, as long as his choice is biblical, that I may need to submit to the choice he makes.
After we talked about marriage and submission we talked about our love languages. As we were sitting there discussing them all of a sudden he was showering me with all kinds of praise. I was so moved by his words and his obvious affection and love for me I started to cry! I can’t tell you how much it meant to me to hear him say the things he said about me and to know he thinks so highly of me!

The Scientific Death of Jesus

At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to the death penalty.
At the time crucifixion was the “worst” death. Only the worst criminals were condemned to be crucified. Yet it was even more dreadful for Jesus, unlike other criminals condemned to death by crucifixion, Jesus was to be nailed to the cross by His hands and feet.

From common images, we see wounds to His hands and feet and even the spear wound to His side… But do we realize His wounds were actually made in his body. The nails were driven into His wrist, each nail was 6 to 8 inches long, not into His palms as is commonly portrayed. There’s a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder. The Roman guards knew that when the nails were being hammered into the wrist, that tendon would tear and break, forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support himself so that He could breathe. Both of His feet were nailed together. Thus He was forced to support Himself on the single nail that impaled His feet to the cross. Jesus could not support himself with His legs because of the pain, so He was forced to alternate between arching His back then using his legs just to continue to breathe. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage. But before the nails and the spear, Jesus was whipped and beaten. The whipping was so severe that it tore the flesh from His body. The beating so horrific that His face was torn and his beard ripped from His face. The crown of thorns cut deeply into His scalp. Most men would not have survived this torture.
Jesus endured this reality for over 3 hours.
Yes, over 3 hours! 
Can you imagine this kind of suffering? A few minutes before He died, Jesus stopped bleeding. He was simply pouring water from his wounds. (The human adult body contains about 3.5 liters, just less than a gallon, of blood.) Jesus poured all 3.5 liters of his blood; He had three nails hammered into His members; a crown of thorns on His head and, beyond that, a Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into His chest. He had no more blood to bleed out, only water poured from His wounds.
All this without mentioning the humiliation He suffered after carrying His own cross for almost 2 kilometers, while the crowd spat in his face and threw stones (the cross was almost 30 kg of weight, only for its higher part, where His hands were nailed).
Jesus had to endure this experience, so that you can have free access to God.
So that your sins could be “washed” away.
All of them, with no exception!
Don’t ignore this situation.
JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR YOU!
For you, who now read this … Do not believe that He only died for others (those who go to church or for pastors, bishops, etc).
He died for you! 
Accept the reality, the truth that JESUS IS THE ONLY SALVATION FOR THE WORLD.
God has plans for you, show all your friends what He experienced to save you.

Now think about this!

May God bless your life!

 

If you are not ashamed to do this, please, follow Jesus’ instructions. He said (Matthew 10:32-33): “Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before My Father in heaven; but whosoever denies Me before others, I also will deny before My Father in heaven.”
If you believe, send this message… But send it only if you believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
Yes, I love God. He is my source of life and my Savior. He keeps me alive day and night.
Without Him, I am nothing, but with Him “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.
This is the simple proof. If you love God and you are a believer and trust in salvation through Jesus Christ, send this to all those you love.

Women of Faith Weekend

I went to Women of Faith this weekend and it was awesome. There were several awesome speakers there including Patsy Clairmont, Andy Andrews, Lisa Whelchel, Brenda Warner, and Marilyn Meberg.

There were several things they said that caught my attention. I posted some of them on my Facebook page and others I just wrote down. Here are some of my favorites:

  • “Opinions set us up to be judges” – Patsy Clairmont
  • “Sarcasm is anger gone underground and comes back up as a clown” – Patsy Clairmont
  • “God’s Principles work EVERY single time.” – Andy Andrews
  • When I make a mistake “I’m sorry” covers it but when I make a choice only “Will you forgive me?” will press the ‘Reset’ button! – Andy Andrews
  • “Smile while you talk!” – Andy Andrews
  • “My circumstances do not determine who I am!” – Brenda Warner
  • “NORMAL is just a setting on your dryer” – Patsy Clairmont
  • “A true friend accepts you for who you are, NOT who they want you to be.” – Lisa Whelchel
  • “Everything we do matters” – Andy Andrews
Then there were a couple performances by Deborah Joy Winans that were just amazing and one of them moved me to tears!!! It was the story found in John 8 of the woman who was caught in adultery. It was so powerful to hear it the way she portrayed it. I wish I could watch that performance again and again. She was so amazing!!! 
Mandisa was also there and she gave a couple awesome performances and told her powerful testimony about loosing 100 lbs. She performed her newest hit “Stronger”and even took on Mary Mary’s song “Shackles (Praise You)”
My heart goes out to Amy Grant, who was supposed to be there but was unable to come as her mom was ill and sadly passed away on Saturday morning. I have prayed for her family to celebrate her life and remember that she is Home with Christ now.


I got four books; Tell me Everything by Marilyn Meberg, The Final Summit by Andy Andrews, Friendship for Grown-Ups by Lisa Whelchel, & Kaleidoscope by Patsy Clairmont; a WoF bracelet, a Green WoF Totebag, coffee mug (for my sister), and two CD’s; Mandisa’s “What If We Were Real” & Amy Grant’s “Somewhere Down the Road” all for $95. I also got a WoF T-Shirt for free!!!

It was an Awesome Weekend!!!

The Cross in Our Bodies …

Got this in an email and decided to share it here instead of littering email boxes with it!!!
This is a pretty neat story and an interesting thing that few of us know. It’s brief, so please read. (FROM A DOCTOR) 
A couple of days ago I was running (I use that term very loosely) on my treadmill, watching a DVD sermon by Louie Giglio… And I was BLOWN AWAY!  I want to share what I learned….
He (Louie) was talking about how inconceivably BIG our God is… How He spoke the universe into being… How He breathes stars out of His mouth that are huge raging balls of fire..  Etc. Etc. Then He went on to speak of how this star-breathing, universe creating God ALSO knitted our human bodies together with amazing detail and wonder. At this point I am LOVING it (fascinating from a medical standpoint, you know.) . And I was remembering how I was constantly amazed during medical school as I learned more and more about God’s handiwork. I remember so many times thinking.. ‘How can ANYONE deny that a Creator did all of this???’
Louie went on to talk about how we can trust that the God who created all this, also has the power to hold it all together when things seem to be falling apart…how our loving Creator is also our sustainer.
And then I lost my breath. And it wasn’t because I was running my treadmill, either!!!
It was because he started talking about laminin. I knew about laminin..Here is how Wikipedia describes them: ‘Laminins are a family of proteins that are an integral part of the structural scaffolding of basement membranes in almost every animal tissue’ You see…. Laminins are what hold us together… LITERALLY. They are cell adhesion molecules. They are what holds one cell of our bodies to the next cell. Without them, we would literally fall apart. And I knew all this already. But what I didn’t know is what they LOOKED LIKE…

But now I do.  And I have thought about it a thousand times since (already)….Here is what the structure of laminin looks like… AND THIS IS NOT a ‘Christian portrayal’ of it…. If you look up laminin in any scientific/medical piece of literature, this is what you will see…

 
Now tell me that our God is not the coolest!!!  Amazing.  The glue that holds us together…. ALL of us….. Is in the shape of the cross. Immediately Colossians 1:15-17 comes to mind.
‘He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible And invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or Authorities;    All things were created by him and for him.  He is before all things, and in him All things HOLD TOGETHER.’ Colossians 1:15-17
Call me crazy. I just think that is very, very, very cool. Thousands of years before the world knew anything about laminin, Paul penned those words. And now we see that from a very LITERAL standpoint, we are held together… One cell to another…. By the cross.
You would never in a quadrillion years convince me that is anything other than the mark of a Creator who knew EXACTLY what laminin ‘glue’ would look like long before Adam breathed his first breath!!