For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV) We are all at different places with our relationship to God, including those who have completely lost their way. We are all sinners and therefore fall short of the glory of God. However, it is through God's GRACE, not works, that we are saved. That means anyone can be saved and receive all that God has to offer us, including eternal salvation. It also means that no one is better, or less, than anyone else. We are all equal in God's eyes, and we all come to and through grace equally. In this we can praise God...and be thankful for. Love, Beau
Saturday, October 23, 2010
...which if you keep going ultimately results in this picture, taken by the Hubble telescope. This is a sample of the "deep core" of the universe, and just in this one sample picture there are about 10,000 galaxies (the oldest being approx. 800 million years old).
Now that you have some idea just how tiny we are in God's universe, think about all this in relation to this Bible verse:
"Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." (Luke 12:27 NKJV) (YOU are a lily!) Love, Beau
Sunday, October 17, 2010
"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer." (Psalm 19:14 NKJV) Words are very powerful. They can hurt, or they can inspire, build up, and or encourage. Words that hurt not only hurt others, but they can also hurt ourselves. Most of us have said something thatwe felt bad about later. On the other hand we can brighten someone's day just by saying something nice to them. It's important that we take the time to be careful what we say, so that our words are always positive, enriching, and encouraging. It is important to be that way towards others, but we are ultimately responsible to God. It is our hope that our words, and what's in our heart, and EVERYTHING we say and do is pleasing and acceptable to God. Love, Beau P.S. Have a nice day!
Sunday, October 10, 2010
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven." (The Beatitudes. Matthew 5:3-11 NKJV) This is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Handicap Awareness Month, Spina Bifida Awareness Month, and probably something else I'm missing. We are just going to group it all under handicaps because all of the above can potentially be handicapping conditions. Everyone has a handicap of some sort, to some degree. If you wear glasses, that is even a handicapping condition. The good new is the Jesus Christ tell us that the least of us are blessed. The meek inherit the earth, the poor in spirit and the persecuted theirs is Heaven, the mournful shall be comforted. Jesus also tells us to be exceedingly glad when others revile you, speak evil of you, and lie about you. Rejoice for great is your Heavenly reward! In this same sermon, Jesus also teaches us how we should be towards others, and how blessed we are by doing so. He say to be merciful, peacemakers, and pure in heart. In return we are called Sons of God, obtain mercy, and will see God! It all goes back to loving others as we love (or should love) ourselves, doing unto others as we would want to be treated, and not judging until we "walk in the others' shoes." And, it can give us peace in difficult times knowing that the kingdom of God is ours. Love, Beau
Sunday, October 3, 2010
"For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe." (Deuteronomy 10:17 NKJV) Everyone is discriminated against, in one way or another, at some point in time. It can be frustrating, hurtful, and unfair. It certainly doesn't feel good. However, God is god over everything and everyone. There is none greater than God. And, for better or worse, God shows us amazing mercy and grace, but also just as equally God requires consequences of bad behavior and evil doing. God treats everyone the same. No matter who you are or what you have, "you do the crime, you do the time." When we go before God, everyone is equal. AND, God wants us to act the same towards others. He wants us to treat each other equally, with the same grace, compassion, and love God shows us. God does not want us to be influenced by the ways of the world, base our choices on who has the most and or who can benefit us the most...God wants us to follow a more divine way...His way. Love, Beau