This has been a busy but incredible weekend as we celebrated Ruth’s graduation and spent time with family. We really are blessed. It has also been our annual Memorial Day that reminds us so many other things as well. I draw your attention to our freedom, and the fact that we live in a great nation. This nation and our freedom were are not simple gifts that just happened over time. There have been men and women who have given their lives and fought for our freedom. They paid the highest price for us to enjoy what we have.
Yet we would agree that this is not a perfect nation, the USA. We have much that we need. We have much that needs to be fixed, and we have people, including ourselves, that desperately need God.
Psalm 33:12 NASB
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.
Our strength as individual Christians and even as a nation comes from our connection to God. When we honor God, we find purpose. When we live connected to God, we find strength. When we draw closer to God, we live with meaning. I suggest that we must live in a way connect us even more to God as we honor, worship and learn from God.
James 4:8 NASB
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
That verse tells us that we have problems. And we do. That verse tells us that we have a God that will come close to us. And we do. But what is it that pulls us away from God?
Knowing and sharing what God has done for us changes us in huge ways, and let’s take a look at the passion of Paul. This is our testimony. Our testimony lets others experience God has we have. It often opens a door for people to come to know God.
This past Sunday I shared much of this with our church family, and I want to encourage you as well to share your personal testimony with others. Help people meet God. Help people get a better picture of who God is and how incredible our God is.
Colossians 4:5-6 NASB
Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.
To stay connected to God helps you connect to others. In fact I believe the more we think about and connect to God the more we will talk about God with the people we come in contact with. Living life to the fullest and with purpose will open more places for us to share
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!” ― Hunter S. Thompson
Prepare to share with others what you have learned, what you have experienced and how God has impacted your life. You have a testimony. Here is what we should share in our testimony:
YOU HAVE A TESTIMONY!!!
1 --- life before Jesus
2 --- how you met Jesus
3 --- life since you met Jesus
To share our testimony will change us and change others. Prepare now what you will share with others.
Ephesians 1:18 NASB
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
People I am praying for:
Pray for Larry Wood who is on a mission trip in Arkansas and having health problems. Continue to pray for Allyson Foley’s grandmother who is in the hospital. Please keep on praying Joann Norman and Tim Luther as each is recovering from surgery. Pray for McKayla Foreman, a preacher friend’s daughter, who is serving a missionary this summer in Nevada.