Saturday, March 27, 2010

Bible Verse: 2 Kings 20:5

2 Kings 20:5  
"I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you."

Monday, March 22, 2010

Can God Forgive Anything?

Shades of Blue

Every once in a while I read a book just for fun. Not because I need to finish a review but just because I want to read the book. Karen Kingsbury's book are usually on that list. Shades of Blue is the latest book that I finished for fun.

Karen Kingsbury has an incredible gift. I am blessed every time that I read a book of hers. Seriously, I never go away empty handed. God is always leaving me with a verse, thought, or understanding that I didn't have before. As so many of her books, Karen tackles the topic of forgiveness and redemption. Here is a conversation between two characters in this book:
"Can God forgive anything?"
The pastor waited a few seconds. "Yes, definitely." Compassion lightened his expression. "When a person confesses their sins, when true sorrow is expressed toward God, then yes. God will forgive. That's why Jesus went to the cross."
Shades of Blue tackles a tough subject - guilt. Guilt from sex before marriage that lead to pregnancy that lead to an abortion. Whether any of these situations apply to your past, I promise that you will still grow in your understanding of God as your Personal Father. We all have Interrupted Expectations that had lead us to the need for forgiveness. Follow Brad and Emma as they learn about true forgiveness and the peace that only God can give.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Book: Broken Things

Broken Things: Why We Suffer

Taken from Broken Things: Why We Suffer by Dr. M.R. Dehaan
Emphasis added.
The greatest sermons I have ever heard were not preached from pulpits but from sickbeds. The greatest, deepest truths of God's Word have often been revealed not by those who preached as a result of their seminary preparation and education, but by those humble souls who have gone through the seminary of affliction and have learned exponentially the deep things of the ways of God.
The most cheerful people I have met, with few exceptions, have been those who had the least sunshine and the most pain and suffering in their lives. The most grateful people I have met were not those who traveled a pathway of roses all their lives through, but those who were confined, because of circumstances, to their homes, often to their beds, and had learned to depend upon God as only such Christians know how to do. The gripers are usually, I have observed, those who enjoy excellent health. The complainers are those who have the least to complain about, and those dear saints of God who have refreshed my heart again and again as they preached from sickbed-pulpits have been the men and women who have been the most cheerful and the most grateful for the blessings of almighty God.
How have you responded to the difficulties of life?  Have you become bitter or better?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Bible Verses as Comfort

One of my prayers for Interrupted Expectations is that is would be a source of hope.  Hope for those who are hurting.  Hope for people to deliver to the hurting.

One of the ways to minister to those hurting is to provide them with a set of Bible verses. 

Here are some ideas:

-Each day send an email that contains an encouraging Bible Verse
-Send a Bible Verse in a card.  Everyone loves to receive a card in the mail.
-Hand a stack of 3x5 cards with individual verses written on them to a hurting person.  Hole punch and place a ring on the stack.

View a list of Bible Verses on this blog.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Button Code

You know when you check and check and recheck thinking everything is okay only to find it wasn't?  Welcome to having a website/blog!  I apologize to those of you who have tried to place our button on your blog.  The code wasn't working!  I believe it is working now.  Let me know if you need help placing our button on your blog! You can find the code to the right under "Grab Out Button."

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Blinding Tears

I can't see it through these tears, but God does have a future for me.
--Author Unknown

Monday, March 1, 2010

Excerpt: So Long Insecurity

So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to UsThis is my final post about Beth Moore's book So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us.  I hope that you have gleaned wisdom and strength through her chosen scripture and words.  I also pray that if you have found yourself struggling with insecurity that you will take the time to read this book.  Free yourself from the enemy's hold on your life through lies and doubt.

Gal 5:26  (The Message)
We will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.
I am a child of God.
I am clothed with strength and dignity
My security is mine to keep.  God gave it to me & no one can take it from me.