Saturday, July 5, 2014

What occupies your mind?

 Is it Jesus or the world? A dear friend continuously reads/listens to world news, her concern over the condition of the world is echoed in her emails.  While it is good to be alert about world events, I fear for my friend’s health.  A song I learned long ago says, “when you walk through a storm, hold your head up high and don’t be afraid of the darkat the end of the storm is a golden sky” this song reminds me to look-up in these unsettling times. At times, as Christians, we overload ourselves with unnecessary worries and anxieties, it is then when we need to look toward Jesus. It is then we yearn for Jesus to come. The apostle Paul says “he who is coming will come and will not delay” (Hebrew 10:37). And the apostle John testifies that Jesus will come (Rev 22:20), let’s keep our mind focused on Jesus.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Trust, Believe, Don’t be Afraid

At one time or another most people fear something, bugs, thunderstorms or even the future. The antidote to fear is trust God, take Him at His Word.  There are things to do for the Lord, so first, identify the safest place in the entire universe, is God.

 Psalm 56: 2-3
“When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” When you really believe that He truly loves you, you will not fear. Cry out to God for comfort, strength, and assurance any time you are afraid. 

Second, how will people believe if we don’t tell them about Jesus? “Don’t be afraid, just believe” Mark 5:36. Don’t be afraid, go and do the work God has given you for this day. Do God’s work and be blessed!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Kind Words



Do you know that the key word in the Bible book of Proverbs is wisdom? Proverbs provides, God’s people, detailed instructions on how to deal successfully with practical everyday life issues. It gives instructions on how to relate to God, parents, children, neighbors and government. The principal author of the book, Solomon, uses a combination of poetry, parables, to-the-point questions, short stories and wise sayings to provide common sense and divine perspectives on how to handle life’s issues. Take for example, Proverbs 25:11 “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”The power of words is amazing! Encouraging words may lift us up from despair, put hope in our heart and put a “bounce in our steps” (to walk with confidence, happy and cheerful). Can your friends count on hopeful, encouraging words from you? I hope so. Today, make it a point of speaking kind words to raise someone up and help them walk with a “bounce in their steps.” I also encourage you to read the book of Proverbs. 

Blessings!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Steadfast

Have you readjusted your priorities yet? Consider what Psalm 57:7 says. “My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast.” What does “steadfast” mean to you? Does it mean something that stands firm, not budging an inch, or holding on so firmly that nothing can move you? Well, that’s the way you should hold on to God. Steadfastly hold on to Him – so nothing will break the relationship between God and you. 
When trials or problems come your way, hold steadfast to Jesus! Remember, it is a minute-by-minute decision to turn away from evil and stand firm for God. An old spiritual sung by John Hurt really brings this point home. The lyrics say, “I’m on my way to heaven, I shall not be moved. Just like a tree that’s planted by the water I shall not be moved.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

A Lesson from King David

There was a moment in King David’s life where he was being hunted down. While hiding in a cave to save his life, he wrote Psalm 142. “When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way” (Psalm 142:3).During that stressful and discouraging time of his life, David knew God was in control. He continuously cried out to God for help. King David knew that the answer to his problems was in God’s hands. Are you willing to cry out loud to the Lord, like David?  My prayer is that you will because I know, like David, that God has heard my cries for help (Psalm 5:2 & 6:9).


Friday, May 24, 2013

Thankful for the thorns







2 Corinthians 12:7-10
“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distress, for Christ’s sake.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.”


Can you see them?  The thorns I mean.  As I see my flowers in the garden I notice they have thorns. Ouch!  How painful when I went to grab the flower and I felt the sting of the thorn. Thorns can be described as an obstacle or a source of discomfort.

In the Bible, Paul lists some of his thorns as: infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions and distress.  Paul prayed for God to remove the thorns.  God assured Paul that God’s grace was all Paul needed in order to deal with the thorns

Are there thorns in your life?  Are you feeling the pain of a thorn? Are you going through something difficult in your life?  Turn it over to the Lord.  Thorns can bring us closer to God as we seek Him more fervently.  As we draw closer to God, He will bring healing, cleansing and maturing in our faith.  He will heal the pain the thorns have left behind and make us grow more beautifully just as my flowers in the garden. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God” (John 14:1).


By Aimee Tapia

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Violin

Sing him songs, belt out hymns, translate his wonders into music! Psalm 105:2


Yesterday (Sabbath morning) we had a guest musician by the name of Jaime Jorge at our church. I had the opportunity to listen to Jaime in concert before a few years ago, and I was impressed by his dedication to glorify God through playing the violin. Yesterday's concert was just as dynamic, filled with the same dedication through his music and personal testimonies.



Unlike the previous concert, this time I felt the urge to record a few of his songs and share the music of this "Musical Missionary".



Here is one of the songs he played: I Surrender All.




I hope you have enjoyed the music video - every time I hear this song I say, "Yes Jesus, I Surrender All."

Oh by the way... I did buy his newest CD. Rock Of Ages, and I am enjoying it very much.