Word of God
“Do not fear those that can kill the body, but cannot kill the soul.” Christ is instructing his disciples in the tenth chapter of the book of Matthew. The disciples would face persecution for what they believed, taught and preached. We are fortunate not to live under such a threat. Christ knew what his first century disciples would face. Christ would be killed and his disciples targeted.
Do not fear. Unfortunately, fear is a common thing, oftentimes learned at an early age. But we were not given a spirit of timidity, doubt and fear. We were meant to live bold lives of faith with the courage to step out of the shadows when God calls. Do not fear those that kill the body, but cannot touch the spirit. Rather, fear him who can destroy both body and soul.
Do not fear those that mock, insult or defame your Christian way of living. Do not fear those that refer to faith as superstition and the church as irrelevant. Only fear the one that can destroy both the body and soul.
Pastor Shawn, Seymour UMC
Author of Incomplete
There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish.
A mother’s day is full of small tasks like making sandwiches and packing lunches while juggling tight schedules and finicky eaters. Children seldom say “Thank you” for their crackers, cheese, apple slices, and yogurt; and it’s natural for us to sometimes resent the onslaught of small, daily duties that come our way.
But Colossians 3:23 says, “…whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” Imagine packing that lunch for Christ! That’s what happened when the mother packed the lad’s lunch in John 6, and it’s a lesson about our Lord’s ability to bless our small chores. A 1902 publication contained a prayer written by a woman named Olive Kimball, and perhaps it’s just the word you need today:
Dear Father, as we realize that we can do but little, may that thought never discourage us, but may we eagerly do whatever our hands find to do. Help us to realize that life is made up of nameless little things, and that true happiness only comes to those who find comfort and contentment in the doing of life’s smallest duties … Wilt, Thou, oh God, bless the ministry of small things if done in the Master’s Name. Amen.
Faithfulness in the small things will lead to blessing in the big things.
Warren W. Wiersbe, in The Bumps Are What You Climb On
After a one and a half year hiatus, my family has finally rejoined me. GOD is GOOD!!!
Mom, Jo, Aaron & Anaiah
@ Shankumukham Beach
Me and Anaiah
Aaron & Chewie
Flying from west to east
Concealed in-between the mist
Safe soaring on the clouds
Empty, alive and proud.
No voices to be heard
Not the whisper of a word
No fear can reach my being
My soul ascends seeing
The pain be left behind
Eyes that are no longer blind.
Air, earth and blood
Quiet and undisturbed
Bids my humanity goodbye
As my spirit reaches new heights.
Everlasting I am
For the Eternal Son Of Man
Gave his breath to redeem
Those whom the world had not yet seen.
Erstwhile dead,now forever alive
I foresee the moment I am to arrive,
In glory no longer transitory
To witness the beginning of an old told story.
Click the link and prepare for a shock.