Saturday 25 March 2017

14 Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this.                 15 Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.” – Mark 7:14-15

Our thoughts and feelings shape our actions. Are you honest with yourself about your thoughts and feelings? Having honest conversations with God about what we are feeling and thinking will keep Christ at the center of what we feel and how we think. And only Jesus has the power to heal our feelings and transform our thoughts. With Christ at the center of what we feel and think, then the actions that are borne of our feelings and thoughts will be pure and good.

 

Affectionately,

Pastor Ric

 

Friday 24 March 2017

But as for me, I am poor and needy; come quickly to me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer; Lord, do not delay. – Psalm 70:5

 

Each of us lacks something in life. All of us need something. What is lacking in your life? Is it health, financial security, friendship, a life-partner, job security? What do you need? Is it forgiveness, freedom, healing, peace, renewal, a new perspective? In some way or another, all of us are poor and needy. Every day, Jesus invites us to receive His help, and to let Him be our deliverer. But when it feels like God is delayed, please know that your feelings are not your reality. Jesus

is

by your side and He will always be your help and your deliverer.

 

Affectionately,

Pastor Ric 

 

Thursday 23 March 2017

37 People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” – Mark 7:37

 

“He has done everything well,” is the people’s reaction after Jesus heals a man who is deaf and cannot speak. I love this declaration. Jesus does everything well. What has Jesus done well in your mind and in your heart? What has Jesus done well for your life? The foundation of every good gift Jesus gives us, is His love for us. Jesus loves us very well. When Christ lives His life through us, we receive the ability to show the grace, love and kindness of Jesus very well.

 

Affectionately,

Pastor Ric

 

Wednesday 22 March 2017

They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. – Mark 5:1

 

Crossing to the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee is a big event for Jesus and His disciples. Across the lake are the gentiles. Across the lake are the people who are different – with different beliefs, a different way of living and a different perspective on life. Jesus crosses the lake because no matter how different these people are – they are people created in God’s image. People who need to be rescued by Jesus’ loving grace. Who are the different people in your life? It’s time to “cross the lake” and discover the beauty of these people whom Jesus loves and share Jesus’ love with them.

 

Affectionately,

Pastor Ric

 

Tuesday 21 March 2017

Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, Lord, you who said to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,’ 10 I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two camps. – Genesis 32:9

 

Throughout his life, Jacob had been a shrewd conniver. After spending his adult life far from home for fear of his brother Esau’s deadly anger, God calls Jacob to return to Canaan. Facing the possibility of his death, Jacob realizes that the blessings he enjoys are the fruit of God’s grace. Like Jacob we do not deserve God’s kindness, but God pours His grace upon us every day. You do not have to earn God’s love, because there is nothing you can do that will make God love you less. Living Faith is all about receiving and enjoying God’s love by loving Jesus, who loves pouring His blessings upon us.

 

Affectionately,

Pastor Ric

 

Monday 20 March 2017

31 [The Kingdom of God] is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. 32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.” – Mark 4:31-32

 

The Kingdom of God is everywhere we find the presence, power, love and life of Jesus. Like a Mustard seed the Kingdom of God starts out small and grows large enough to offer the life-giving presence, power and love of Jesus. The Kingdom of God comes to us. And when we choose to love Jesus we become the ones through whom God’s kingdom comes to others. Each time we pray, “Thy kingdom come…” we are asking Jesus to work through us to bring His presence, power, love and life to others. Who in your life needs to experience the Kingdom of God today? How will they experience it through you this week?

 

Affectionately,

Pastor Ric