Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Why is Jesus called the Lamb of God?

When seeing Jesus for the first time, John the Baptist said: “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).  Thirty-one times in the book of Revelation the word Lamb is used. In 1 Peter 1:18-19, we are told we have been redeemed with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.  

Did you see that?  Precious blood.  Precious blood as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.  Oh my, these are the most beautiful truths. 

Here are a few tips that will make the below truths from God’s Word jump off the page and #wow your heart:

Ask God to give you understanding as you read and as you read
(1) circle every reference to blood
(2) put a square around every reference to lamb
(3) underline every reference to Passover.  

After you read each passage, look back at the words you marked (they should jump out at you) and
(4) make a quick and simple list of what you learned about blood, lamb, and Passover

I promise you will be left in awe and wonder.

  • Romans 6:23 (The word death implies both physical death and exclusion from the presence and favor of God in consequence of sin and disobedience but never as extinction.)
  • Romans 5:6-10 (Justification means declared right with God.  Reconciled means to change from enmity to friendship.)
  • Leviticus 17:11
  • Leviticus 5:5-9
  • Exodus 11:4-7
  • Exodus 12:1-27
  • John 13:1-2(a)
  • John 18:37-40
  • John 19 (In verse 30, “it is finished” can also be translated “paid in full”.  In those days when a debt had been paid in full, the word “tetelestai" was stamped or written across the certificate of debt and nailed where all could see.  The last words spoken by Jesus were - I have paid your sin debt in full – it is finished!)
  • Ephesians 1:7
  • 1 Peter 1:18-19
  • John 1:29 (“Takes away” means to take up, carry away, or remove by carrying away.  To take away sin means to take away the imputation or punishment.)
  • Revelation 5:12

“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” Revelation 5:12

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

I'd love to hear from you...

ŸHave you ever experienced rejection or been abandoned?
ŸDoes your story include someone who took every opportunity to knock you down and keep you there? 
ŸIs yours a lifetime of trying to get the approval and acceptance from someone who would never give it?
ŸAre you believing you are unlovable or unworthy to be loved?
ŸDo you ever wonder if God really loves you?

God has put on my heart a Bible study I believe provides hope, healing, and answers to the above. 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, would you like to pilot this Bible study with me? To learn more, sign up and/or pray for the pilot as well as receive updates, please click here.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Today is a special day!

Today is my mother's birthday (March 9).  Even though she's been gone for over 10 years, I still miss her...especially on her birthday!  All that she poured into me and my sister and all the other people God put within her reach and influence is a gift to be cherished and passed on. She introduced me to God the Creator; taught me about mustard seed size faith, good manners (that one almost killed her) and how to set a pretty table. Sitting at her feet, I learned organization, graciousness, selflessness, about the bond of marriage and family and the value of honoring parents. 

She loved to laugh and cut up!  To the right is a picture of a picture I have of her in my bedroom.  It's with her with the clown Emmet Kelly.  She loved him because he made her laugh and meeting him and getting that hug made her day.  She loved her family, high heels, pretty pajamas, and Jesus. I watched her faith in a Faithful God be tested, stretched and strengthened. Oh, she wasn't perfect - in fact, she could be a stinker just like her mother! But she left a legacy of faith and of biblical womanhood. 

This picture was taken shortly before Jesus came for her.  It's not the most flattering picture of her and she wasn't at her best due to brain cancer but I love this picture because those were my last days with her and I cherish them.  She handled her final days with grace and in the end, my father commended her spirit to our Father God. 

I celebrate her today by remembering my moments with her and sharing them with you!

"Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:  Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.' Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."  Proverbs 31:28-31 (NIV)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Women - Fashioned by God!

Here's a blast from the past.


So can I be honest here?  That message of the 80's was the image of womanhood I thought I was supposed to live up to. After exhausting myself, burning more bacon than I ever brought home and the shivers I can give my husband are not the ones eluded to in this commercial.  Let me assure you the 24 hour woman needs more than perfume!

While studying Genesis, I was reminded that we females are "fashioned" by God.  We come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. We can be prissy, athletic or both! We can love pink or NOT. The point is we’ve all been created distinctively female and according to the"helper design". Remember what God said…no helper suitable was made for Adam so God provided one. You say, but I’m not married. I'm not talking about being married. I'm talking about ALL women fulfilling their purposes according to their role as helper (helper design). Read what Susan Hunt says about out helper design:
“Helper is not a fragile word, and we are not called to a mission of fluff. This is a life-giving ministry of nurture, defense, comfort and caring. Adam celebrated the purpose and privilege of this design when he ‘called his wife’s name Eve, because she was a mother of all living’. Two words summarize the helper ministry: community and compassion. But sin marred woman’s design, and now she thinks about her womanhood in terms of her own self-fulfillment. She seeks her own completeness. She is her own reference point. She is her own authority. She abandons her design and mission for a never-ending quest for her own happiness. Woman became a life-taker rather than a life giver… It is because of our redemption that we can live out our helper design. Redeeming love breaks the reign of sin in our lives and empowers us to fulfill our creation mission. And it is our knowledge of our Redemer’s love that compels us to do so.”  Susan Hunt - The Legacy of Biblical Womanhood
Being in the world but not of the world (John 17:16), is all about the hard selfless work of nurturing, defending, comforting and helping others on behalf of God Himself.  And, in doing so, we reflect His image.  Sound beautiful and I want it so much to live this way.  But...

This kind of work is both emotionally and physically exhausting. And, I admit - there are times...days...okay even weeks where I want it to be "all about me."  People’s lives can be messy and getting involved can be costly. Honestly, this life-giving mission is impossible apart from the Holy Spirit of God.  And, as Mrs. Hunt says, in the world this kind of helper ministry lifestyle doesn’t fit or make sense. Truthfully, helper ministry only fits and makes sense within a community of women who have surrendered their lives to Christ and understand, embrace and live out their role as helper. Thank God for my sisters!

The Enjoli commercial spoke into my life independence, "self-sufficiency is power", pride in my ability to bring home the bacon, fry it up in the pan and never let him forget he’s a man. It was all about me and my glory. The message of the Enjoli commercial is a lie that my generation believed and it is the lie we have passed on to the next generation and the next… This lifestyle and thinking is in stark contrast to the Word of God.
“Helper is not a fragile word, and we are not called to a mission of fluff. This is a life-giving ministry of nurture, defense, comfort and caring.”
Married, single, divorced, widowed our mission and role as helpers is life giving. Reconciliation with God brings life and we speak reconciliation with words, actions, behaviors, and attitudes that nurture, defend, comfort, and care. This is serious, life-giving work!  As women, we have a unique role in God’s plan (as do men). Before the foundation of the world, God planned for us. He knit each of us together in our mother’s wombs – distinctively female according to the helper design. God has prepared specific works of nurture, defense, comfort and caring for us each one of us to accomplish. These works are life-giving and God-glorifying and prepared specifically for each one of us.  Wow!

When the reality of this truth sinks in there is no way we can look around and measure our lives against the lives of others. Knowing this, why would we ever entertain the thought that we are less than or our good works are not as important as the good works of others? I’ll tell you why. We’ve believed a lie! The one that immediately comes to mind is: “Surely God is holding out on me!” Trace it all the way back to the fall. Eve’s and ours! Are you mad yet? Satan’s crafty, lying, killing and scheming ways have distracted us, taken us on a detour, and robbed us of understanding and fulfilling our unique God-given purpose. Just like Eve, the evil one has come along and caused us to doubt God’s word, His will and His good intentions toward us.

Enough! We are mad and we aren’t going to take it anymore! Let’s forget all that WAS or even IS and focus on what CAN BE and SHOULD BE!  We can do it!  Amen?