Ponder A Little (Blog)
A blog that ponders the questions of Christianity, Christ and God's love for mankind.
|Posted on December 6, 2018 at 1:30 PM|
Most people celebrating Christmas do not celebrate the Christ of Christmas.
Christmas has become a very secular holiday full of commercialism and traditions that have nothing to do with Jesus. There is nothing wrong with the gift giving, Santa Claus and family celebrations.
But for Christians, it is a day to primarily celebrate the best gift ever given… The baby Jesus. God incarnate. Emmanuel, meaning God with us!
God in His immense love, took on human flesh with a plan to pay the penalty for our sins so that we can be reconciled with Him and have eternal life. Christmas is the beginning of a true story of amazing love. The love of God for all mankind. Including YOU!
Most people will celebrate Christmas without giving Jesus a single thought. But at Christmas, believers ponder the enormity of that gift, celebrate it and give thanks!
What will you do with the Christ of Christmas this year? Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour? Have you personally accepted the best gift ever given? If you would like to, then please email us at email@example.com. Your life will never be the same!
|Posted on November 27, 2018 at 1:35 AM|
Rick Warren has said, “When you live in the light of eternity, trouble just doesn’t bother you as much anymore!”
The Bible clearly teaches that we will face many trials. God knows that it is in trials that our faith and character grow.
The trials of life are inevitable but discouragement with the trials is not. How we respond to trials is solely up to us. It is our perspective on trials that is crucial. This involves having an understanding of their purpose and viewing them in the light of eternity.
We need to have a heavenly perspective, to live in the light of eternity.
A heavenly perspective is a mind-focus. We are told in Colossians 3, to keep our mind and spirit focused on our eternal home with Jesus. The benefit is more peace and less stress. More joy and less despair.
Col. 3:1-2 says, "Since you were raised from the dead with Christ, aim at what is in heaven, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. Think only about the things in heaven, not the things on earth."
A heavenly perspective involves reflection. When the troubles of this world cause discouragement and despair, it is time to ponder the life and death and resurrection of Jesus. There we will find hope.
Heb. 12:2 says, " Let us look only to Jesus, the One who began our faith and who makes it perfect. He suffered death on the cross. But he accepted the shame as if it were nothing because of the joy that God put before him. And now he is sitting at the right side of God’s throne."
A heavenly perspective requires faith. Faith is fundamental in our relationship with Jesus. It is a faith that is rewarded with an eternity in heaven. And it is a faith that gives us peace and courage to persevere while here on earth.
2 Cor. 4:18 says, " We set our eyes not on what we see but on what we cannot see. What we see will last only a short time, but what we cannot see will last forever."
Only when we focus on the Prize – eternal life with Jesus – are we living in the light of eternity!
|Posted on November 9, 2018 at 12:35 AM|
I’ve always been told that Satan likes to attack us the most, at our weak spots… areas in our lives where we tend to fail again and again. Perhaps in our spending habits, or personal bitterness, or misplaced priorities, or a tendency to gossip or a critical spirit. The list goes on. We all have sins we are most prone to succumb to.
But recently I heard a pastor teach the opposite. He said that Satan is most likely to attack us at our strengths, not our weaknesses. Why? Because our strengths lead to pride. So, he said we need to beware of our successes because it is in those successes that we are most likely to forget God (J.D. Greear)
Pride can be so subtle, can’t it? Nobody tends to see themselves as being prideful. Yet with a closer, more honest look, we all know that we have experienced times of personal, sinful pride.
Do you know why God does not bless many of us with wealth? Because with prosperity most people become self-sufficient. Clearly God often tests each of us with times of adversity and those times are hard but we usually make it through. However, the test of prosperity is not so easy for many. It is this test that most of us will fail. Because prosperity makes life easy. So, we don’t need God and we quickly forget about Him.
Thank God today for a life that is not easy and keeps you dependant on Him, seeking Him and loving Him!
|Posted on October 31, 2018 at 11:05 AM|
God doesn’t call the brave. He makes brave the called!
God doesn’t need your abilities. He needs your availability!
Time and time again the Scriptures speak of ordinary people that God made great! Men like unheard of Gideon, shepherd boy David, mistreated Joseph, fishermen from Galilee and an orphan named Esther.
God made leaders out of stuttering Moses, denying Peter, adulterer David, youthful Jeremiah and persecuting Saul.
Even a woman named Deborah, a prophetess, God equipped to lead the Israelites in battle, while the leader of the army, Barak, would only go to war if she went with him.
God repeatedly teaches us in the Bible that it is not about who we are - but about who He is!
God says He will never leave us and with His power we can do great things. We all face fears. But do we live daily with the full realization of God’s promise to always be with us? Do we ever need to be afraid if we fully believe in His presence and amazing power in our lives?
When you hear God’s calling, you will experience fear. Be ready for it and respond to it with courage grounded in the assurance of God’s promise to be with you and the realization that God is always bigger than our fears!
Ask God what He is calling you to do because God has placed a calling on each of our lives. Most of us choose the easy path. We stay in our comfort zone and fail to live out God’s calling. And then we miss out on God’s perfect plan for us. But it’s never too late!
Step out in faith and obedience to God’s voice!
|Posted on September 27, 2018 at 1:20 PM|
Christian author, Gary Chapman, writes the following in his book, “The Love as a Way of Life”:
In the later centuries of the Roman Empire – and the early centuries of the Christian era – the once-proud empire suffered a series of setbacks. Wars, waves of invasion by Germanic tribes, and devastating epidemics led to a fractured, failing society.
In the face of terrible conditions, political elites and their non-Christian priests fled the cities. T he only functioning social network left was the church, which provided basic nursing care to Christians and non-Christians alike, along with hope that transcended death. Even pagans acknowledged that early Christians were as kind to their neighbors as they would be to family. What made the church so powerful during that time was not artful persuasion but serving others with love….
As history shows, entire cultures can change as a result of the Christian community practicing the love of Christ.
Ponder how you can influence your community by practicing the love of Christ through random acts of kindness. Then begin!