“It Is Done”

“It Is Done” by Watchman Nee

“A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and

lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (John 19:29-30)

Christianity begins not with a big do, but with a big done. We begin our Christian life by depending not upon our own doing but upon what Christ has done. Until you realize this you are no Christian; for to say: “I can do nothing to save myself; but by his grace God has done everything for me in Christ,” is to take the first step of faith.

“Our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away, that so we should no longer be in bondage to sin” (Rom. 6:6)

That is not an exhortation to struggle. That is history: our history, written in Christ before we were born.

Do you believe this? It is true! Our crucifixion with Christ is a glorious historic fact. Our deliverance from sin is based, not on what we can do, nor even on what God is

going to do for us, but on what he has already done in Christ. When that fact dawns upon us

and we rest back upon it, then we have found the secret of a holy life.

Chosen Friends, Stuck Families.

We are in touch with some family members but let others slide by the wayside. We might be related on paper, but we are not best buds for sure.

Are there relatives you entertain just because Mom asked or Dad likes to visit with them? That makes this verse a bit hard to take doesn’t it?

Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family], giving precedence and showing honor to one another.  (Romans 12:10, AMP)

As usual, God’s word gets to the core of the problem.

What is happening to your diet?

What is happening to your diet right about now? And we are only a few days into holiday eating!

Have the sugar plums and chocolate buns eaten their way onto your thighs? It is not too late to salvage the season. Try these few changes (and give up second helping):

  • At parties, scope the whole buffet before putting anything on your plate.
  • Go for the raw veggies, low cal shrimp.
  • Make / serve tiny tarts and cookies instead of instead of monster portions.
  • It never pays to miss a meal.
  • Don’t skip your exercise routine.
  • Keep lots of low-cal foods on hand for impulse eating.

Of course these are all helpful, but most of all, do not give up your time with God, for he is your key to success in all areas, even fat.

Then he taught me, and he said to me,” Take hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands, and you will live. Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. (Proverbs 4:4-5, NIV)

Prayer- Lord, thank you for reminding us that your word is full of answers, if we will but ask the questions! Amen.

Grief Extended

The second anniversary of Ron’s passing  (August 22) and I woke the day after, with these thoughts.

“Now it is year three. How will I ever get through another year?”

But I know that I will, because God gives me grace and my friends and family give me patience and listening ears…

Brenda J Wood

Will You Speak First?

Several people from several different churches tell me that they are leaving their congregations because no one speaks to them. Let’s examine this with great care.

Where does it say that the other guy has to speak first? What if all the congregants are thinking the same thing? What if everyone leaves their church and moves to the other churches where no one speaks?

Where in the Bible does it say we must be spoken to at our whim or that being offended is a reason to move on?  It doesn’t. However the Bible does say this.

Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. (Proverbs 17:9, NIV)

A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.(Proverbs 19:11b, NIV)

Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. (Ezekiel 18:30b, NIV)

See you all in church.

Prayer- Lord, make us a people of common sense before it is too late. For the Christ who died so that we could love and be loved…Amen.