faith, spiritual

We Were Created To Have Meaningful Lives

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The sermon Sunday was based on John 15:26-27, the latest in our church’s series on the Holy Spirit. In the book of John, Jesus spoke to his disciples, telling them he was leaving and promising to send them the Spirit…their advocate. They were given this promise and testified to the goodness of Jesus and the saving power of his life given for the world.

So often we look at Jesus’ disciples and all that they did and think that the real power of the Holy Spirit is not available today. We think that the prophets of old could move men to faith. We look back on past generations as great generations of faith and think there really is no hope for this generation. But God’s kingdom does not rely on great generations. It does not rely on anything except on testimony.

In unity, the following all proclaim…testify…to God’s goodness.

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The heavens testify to God’s glory.

“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. John 15:26

The Holy Spirit testifies to the truth of Jesus.

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We are to testify to the truth of Jesus, the One and Only.

There are difficulties to testifying these days. In today’s world we are focused on middle class Americanism. We are all about the American dream, making a good living, and building a life of comfort and ease. But we are created for more.

We are created for our lives to mean something…to be fulfilling and fruitful. 

We all want to come to the end our life having touched other’s lives. We want to be remembered, not for what we owned, but for how we lived. We want a meaningful life. But without a focus on Jesus, our lives are meaningless, unfulfilling, and unfruitful.

A life as a Jesus follower is a life lived in love. When the world responds in hate, we…filled with the Holy Spirit…respond in love. Love truly is the answer. Jesus is the answer.

We are all called. We are called to pave the way in love. That is how we testify. And a life of testimony is a fulfilling life…a fruitful life…a life full of meaning.

**Thank you, John Ketchersid, for a brilliant sermon! **

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My Documented Life- Week 27

Here is my take on Week 27 of The Documented Life Project: add a crossword puzzle, suduko, or word challenge. I really like the scalloped border made out of a crossword, and I just did some lettering in the middle of the page. In the 3 page spread, I cut up a greeting card I received a couple of weeks ago. I really like these ladies…reminds me of me and my 2 sisters for some reason.

Have a great weekend!

art, art journal, creative, DLP

My Documented Life – Week 26

Here is my take on Week 26’s Challenge of The Documented Life Project: Add a Bible verse that inspires you. Galations 5:1 is my life verse…”It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” I love that verse and decided to use some watered down Dina Wakley paint (which I love!) to make some drips down the page. I also used some patterned cellophane (clear and pink) and a chipboard dragonfly. The border is some fun “happy mail” that I received. Actually, I used quite a bit of happy mail in this week’s pages. I love incorporating gifts from others into my pages. It is a collective venture…and it is soooo therapeutic.

Have a super Thursday!!

family, personal

Happy Birthday, My Second Child

Today is my second child’s birthday. He is 24 today and he is such a blessing. He has always been a laid back child. Even from birth, he would just lay in his crib, content, looking around and smiling.

He was a curious child, experimenting with things, trying to figure out how things worked. One time he tried to carve a huge boulder in our front yard into a “K”. It just cracked the rock in half, splinting it into many pieces. What does he do? He hides the pieces in the trash can, which made it impossible to lift!

He found that he liked to draw in high school and once he began, he never stopped. He has become an incredible artist and is now working for Boss Fight Entertainment, designing video games for phones.

My son is sweet, funny, and a really hard worker. He has many great qualities and I know God is going to use him in His kingdom to bless many.

Happy Birthday, son. I love you!

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My Documented Life: Week 24

I’m a little behind in posting, but here is Week 24 of the Documented Life Project. The prompt for this week was to use book text on your page. I decided to do a face….a manly face, as it turns out. The face ended up being too big, so I wrapped the face around the page. I like the colors of this spread, but really don’t like the face. It is fun to experiment though.

Have a great day!

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The Presence

The only life worth living is a life in Jesus’ presence. But for the disciples in John 14, that was about to change. Jesus was telling them he was going to leave them. What?? They had left everything to follow him. He is leaving? Yes, but his presence would come and be with them always.

We Christians are told that this presence will always be with us. God is with us. Surrounding us. Living in us. But sometimes we feel spiritual isolation. We feel God is far off. Abandoned. Alone.

Jesus taught his disciples in John 14:18, “I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you.”

Jesus could return to them because he is one with the Father and one with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, or Advocate, Counselor, Comforter, or Helper, as scripture calls him, is available to those who will receive him.

How do we receive this presence?

Jesus says in John 14:15, “If you love Me, obey the commandments I have given you. I will ask the Father to send you another helper, the Spirit of truth, who will remain constantly with you.”

What are the commands he has given? What is obedience?

  1. Believe – “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” (John 6:29)
  2. Love – Love God and Love Others as Yourself. (Mark 12:30-31)
If we live in the way of Jesus, we will live in the power and presence of Jesus.
What a great and power Word for each of us. Believe and Love and live in the Power of Jesus. 
Have a blessed Monday!
These words are from John Ketchersid’s sermon July 6, 2014 at the Plymouth Park Church of Christ.