Welcome 2016

WOW how time flies.  The last time we posted was almost 2 years ago.

How life catches up to us.  In the past two years, we have seen God the Father do wonderful things in our family, our friends and in our Church.

As we start this new year, a couple months into it, my wife and I hope to share pieces of our journey, what we learned that worked, and even what didn’t.   Continue reading “Welcome 2016”

Titus 2:11-14

11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Holding Every Thought Captive.

Holding Every Thought Captive

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 says,

3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4 (For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

If we can begin to hold those thoughts that are not of God, how much further in our walk with God, our relationships, and even our day by day lives we would be.

Something to consider.

Power, Love and a Sound Mind

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)

Fear doesn’t play fair.  It can either push you into a form of drivenness, performance and perfection or will flat out shut you down so you don’t do anything.   If we allow Fear to drive us, we are not allowing God to work in our lives.  God has promised to never leave us or forsake us.  With that piece of knowledge, we can seriously rely on His strength.  With that security, we don’t need to worry about what people think about us, we just accept God’s love for us and everyone else that accepts us is just a bonus.

When we push past fear – we have Gods strength, we love unconditionally and we hold nothing back, and we make good Godly choices.

 “. . . for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
Hebrews 13:5b

I am my brothers keeper

As I sit here praying over what words to say at a memorial service tomorrow, I am overwhelmed with how fragile hearts are and how massive of a responsibility we have for each others hearts.

We are our brothers keeper in so many ways. Its in how we treat each other; how we either protect the hearts of those around us or we trash them.  Its our choice to decide.  No matter what some else says or does, its still our choice.  We don’t have the luxury to blame our bad choices on others.  We still have the ability to step up above the evil to make a proper choice.

So often we react when we should respond and our relationships take the blunt of those bad choices.  We are our brother’s keeper.  We have a responsibility to to each other.  Not in a false burden bearing, fix everyone else’s problems for them, type of thing, but to do our part to protect each others hearts.  To do our part to be available when someone hurts, to be that shoulder to cry on, that friend to laugh with.  There are so many things in this world that are intellectually designed to tear us down, to break our will to follow Christ and walk in his precepts.  As fellow air breathers, we should be building up and encouraging each other not trying to bring each other down.

I pray tonight that God continues to bless each of us with people in our paths that encourage us, that have our hearts and our best interest in mind.  For those looking out for us.  I also pray, that we are mind full how important good Godly, encouraging relationships are.  That as we go out into the world that we are not of, that we are the example of love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance that God was to us.  That we remember to treat people the way we would want to be treated and not less than important.  That we protect each others hearts, to the best of human ability with God’s help and direction, that we can.  Have a great nights sleep.  In Jesus name , Amen.

T Scott Harper