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What Have I been Writing on Medium?

I am joining the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes. Join me. 

I am writing in a blogging platform called Medium. Visit me.

 

This has become an annual tradition inspired by the Write 31 Days challenge,
which takes place every October.
For Write…
fiveminutefriday.com

Here are my first five posts written in Medium. – a new blogging platform

Day 1 — How Did Your Fabulous Story Begin?   

The prompt is “story”.

Day 2 — How I was Afraid but Learned not to Fear

The prompt is “afraid”.

Day 3 — How and What Do You Believe?

The prompt is “believe”.

Day 4 — Do you Cry, “Why, Lord” When Things Go Wrong?

The prompt is “why”.

Day 5 – How Much or How Little Do You Share?

I am trying to catch up.

If you want to find me on Medium click here.

Stay tuned to more updates.

Hope everyone is doing well.

May I pray for you and me today?

Lord,I pray that the person reading this post is focused on You. I pray that they will continue to put your first. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

I Believe – If you can. I can

I Believe – If you can. I can

A look at 6 scripture through Lent using the SIMPLE Method of Bible Study.

S – Say the passage out loud. Check other versions.

 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes (Mark 9:23, NIV).”

The whole Scripture today comes from Mark 9:14-29.

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes (NLT).”

 Jesus said, “If? There are no ‘ifs’ among believers. Anything can happen (The Message).”

I – Interpret the passage – check footnotes, references, and commentaries. Find out all you can about the passage. When? Where? Why?

Crowds were around the returning disciples. The teachers of the law were arguing with them. The disciples had not been able to heal a boy. Even more, crowds were arriving. Then this discussion took place. Jesus said, “you unbelieving generation.”

Read: Matthew 21:21; Mark 11:23; John 11:40

They all talk about there being no limit to what God can accomplish. The fig tree is an example of someone dried up, not producing any fruit.

M – Make a list of thoughts, questions and ideas.

A poem came to me:

Stronger study
Stronger prayer
Makes belief
I become aware
God is here
God is now
I believe.

This will be my first study week in Lent. I hadn’t decided what to take on or what to give up – until today. I am giving up CONTROL of my hubby. Yes, I tend to take charge. For 40 days I am going to try to let go. Whew – big breath for me.

My thoughts go back to my spiritual growth over the past 16 years. Now I don’t only have head knowledge of God but heart knowledge too.

I watch
I see
I listen
I hear

I believe. God speaks. God shows. I see revival. (tweet this)

People are crying out for a Saviour. Some are looking in all the wrong places. They don’t know that they are seeking Jesus. But Jesus is here. Just ask Him.

P – Pray – After all your thoughts are expended – take time to talk to God and then to LISTEN to Him.

L – Life Application – Write down what you heard God speak (no matter how different from your own thoughts previously).

I am grateful that I know in my heart that I believe and I know the truth of Jesus.

I believe. Do you believe?

If I can help you in any way with your questions please email Janis.

E – Exit with a written prayer of confirmation, forgiveness, praise or acceptance.

Lord, thank You for opening my mind, eyes, ears and heart to know You are God’s Son. Thank You for increasing my ability to believe day by day, minute by minutes. In the stillness You are near – Thank You that You are in the bumps and the valleys; in the calm rivers and on high mountain peaks. I praise You, forever. In Your Name, Jesus. Amen.

 

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Lenten Thoughts Who is this Jesus?

Lenten Thoughts  Who is this Jesus?

Yesterday was the start of Lent. It is called Ash Wednesday. Ashes are a sign of repentance and “lent” means springtime. I need to take time for Lenten Thoughts.

I believe lent is a time for thinking.

Lenten Thoughts

Photo taken by Ruth Pinkus

 

My minister sent his Lenten thoughts in his yearly Lenten Letter and it is exactly how I have been thinking. I am sure you will enjoy it.

Harry Morgan – Haliburton Pastoral Charge – Lenten Letter 2016

For Lent you might feel called to to set something aside that might be overpowering your focus on God or you might want to give up something as a reminder to you of the suffering of Jesus.

You could look at something that you know is hard to give up; or some attitude or habit you feel needs changing; or something you want to add to your life to make it fuller and more alive.

Some people say that we shouldn’t tell what we are “giving up” or “taking on” as a remembrance during Lent. However if we are not doing the telling as a sign of outward holiness then speaking about what we are doing may be a good talking point with others.

Here are a few ideas of what to add to your life:

For Bible study:

Add memorizing Scripture
Choose to get up earlier to meet with God
Study a verse a day

For your health:

Plan to do 15 more minutes a day walking.
Cut back on sugar.
Stretch before any active sport.

Each week of Lent I will be studying the following Scriptures in Word of God Speak. If you want to study with me please do. I have made a PDF with these scriptures so you can print them off. I found my ideas for this study from a post in Gospel Coalition. They also give a Free 40 day study called Journey to the Cross. I hope to have time to do some of it as well.

Scriptures to Study for Lent – 2016 PDF

Mark 9:14-29
Mark 10:32-34
Mark 11:27-33
Mark 12:41-44
Mark 14:1-9
Mark 14:66-72

Today I will look at Mark 8:27-30 to get us started on our thinking:

Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”

They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”

 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

My Lenten Thoughts – Who Do You Say I am?

That was the question which I struggled with. “Who are you, Jesus?”

Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do others say I am?”

That was my problem. I listened to others.

When I entered university my faith was semi-solid. I had been confirmed in our church. I had said the words, “I believe in Jesus, the risen Lord.”

My head knowledge felt secure. My heart knowledge was empty. (tweet this)

University courses, particularly anthropology, made me start questioning creation (now Creations Ministries International helps me sort out my thoughts and questions).

I wrote about the Creation Story back in 2012. (which WordPress decided to publish Tuesday and I thought I was just updating)   This helped me believe.

Lenten Thoughts - believe - Bumblebee

Bumblebee by Janis Cox

The people around me did activities that did not conform to my upbringing or faith. I did my studies, forgot church and grew empty. Relationships formed my life. My family held me strong in their love. But I developed a crusty character as I tried to be in control all the time.

Fast forward to 2000 – God drew me to a church where Christ and the Bible were preached every Sunday. God led me to Christian sisters who had a heart for God and desired to learn more (as I did). I joined them.

But still I asked, “Who are you, Jesus?”

Finally after studying both God’s Word and good scripture based, faith-filled books, I knew I wanted to know this Jesus. My friend suggested, “Ask Jesus to reveal Himself to you.”

I did ask Jesus to reveal Himself. Jesus did. Now I could say like Peter, “You are the Christ”.

This meant to me that I knew Jesus is the Son of the living God. It meant I believed. (see my faith story)

If you are still seeking –  Ask Jesus to reveal Himself to you. (tweet this)

I guarantee He will.

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WHAT IS GOD’S REQUIRED WORK? – sermon

What is God’s Required Work?

The work of God is this – to believe in the One He has sent.

A review of a sermon given by Harry Morgan

Based on John 6:28-48

People in the crowd were conducting a type of interview of Jesus. They were trying to give Him hard questions.

Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”

Harry asked what we might have answered for Jesus.

        1. the 10 commandments
        2. love God and love others
        3. seek justice
        4. mercy
        5. forgiveness

But the answer:

Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

We ONLY have to believe that Jesus is God. That’s it.

As C.S. Lewis explained in Mere Christianity, there are only 3 possibilities for who Jesus really is:

        • A Lunatic
        • An Evil Man
        • He is Lord
Lewis says:
I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say.
A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell.
You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.

 

Those who say Jesus is a great human teacher – that is nonsense. A man would not say these things unless he were a lunatic or an evil man. So  – HE IS LORD.

Belief means more than just believing someone; it means actually putting our trust in someone.

To Believe in Jesus We Need to Know 3 Things:

  1. Jesus is Invisible so our trust must be that He is REAL, ALIVE. We believe in the Resurrection – the whole thing.
  2. It is all by the grace of God – it is a gift from God. God gave it to us.
  3. It is a CHOICE. It is our decision whether we follow Him or not – each day, each minute.

Our Work is this – TO BELIEVE IN JESUS

Why would we do this?

If we have deeper thoughts and questions such as:

        • What is Eternity?
        • Why am I here? Why do I exist? What is the point of life?
        • Is forgiveness needed in my life? By God?
        • Do I need deep healing for my soul?

Jesus said I am the bread of life. We can have eternal life – which is LIFE with GOD – we can have that – here on earth – right now.

Let’s taste and enjoy life with Jesus – Now and forever.

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