Showing posts from September, 2011

Don't Be Afraid

Welcome to Real Life .  Last week, Abraham left home to follow God.  Along his journey, God has richly blessed him.  He only lacks one thing. Abraham Series | Part 2 |Genesis 15:1-6 Abram [1] and his men had just won a great battle.  At the victory celebration, Melchizedek, King of Salem and priest of God Most High, brings out bread and wine and blesses Abram.  Then, Abram gives Melchizedek a tenth of all the battle spoils.  After the festivities, God appears to him in a vision. “Don’t be afraid, Abram.  I am your shield, your very great reward.” But Abram said, “O Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless?” What did Abram fear?  God had given him a quick and easy victory in battle.  He was wealthy, powerful, and esteemed.  Yet the one thing he wanted, God withheld.  Abram longed for a child.  He was more than 75 years old.  If he had died in that battle, his estate would have gone to his steward. God had promised Abram offspring like the dus

Something Better

Welcome to Real Life . I was teaching on the topic of surrender and needed a strong example. Abraham came to mind. Abraham Series | Part 1 | Genesis 11:26-12:5 God asked Abraham to surrender something huge—his only son Isaac—and offer him as a living sacrifice. Amazingly, he did it. But, before we talk about Abraham, let’s talk about surrender. My spiritual journey began with an act of surrender: I gave my life to Christ. However, it doesn't stop there. Surrender is a continual discipline for a believer. Full devotion (to God) is a state of our hearts when our understanding of truth is equal to our level of surrender. –Mindy Caliguire [1] God won’t force me to surrender. I decide. I live with the consequences. Though, when God does ask me to give up something, he has a reason. While preparing to teach, I kept asking the Lord if there was anything I needed to surrender. I sensed him saying, “Peggi, you have the wrong focus. You fear what I might ask you to give up. W

Love is a Verb

Welcome to Real Life .  Last week, we began a conversation on love.  This week, we'll look at another aspect of love. Mom and I “The way you smiled just now, you looked like your mother,” Nora said.  My mom’s Hungarian friend Nora was teaching me how to make strudel.  Her comment took me by surprise.  No one ever says I look like my mother.  (My features resemble my father’s side of the family.) My mom is known for her joyful countenance.  I love her smile.  So, I was pleased to hear that my smile imitated hers. “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”   Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV (1984) Last week, I mentioned that for a long time it was hard for me to experience God’s love.    During those years, I would read this verse and focus on   “Be imitators of God”   while overlooking   “as dearly loved children.”     I’d try hard to be lik

Do You Really Love Me?

Welcome to Real Life . Come join me on my journey to take hold of the life that is truly life through knowing the God who is truly God. George MacDonald described it well: But the (woman) to whom God is all in all, who feels her life roots hid with Christ in God, who knows herself the inheritor of all wealth and worlds and ages, yes, of power essential and in itself, that woman has begun to be alive indeed. That's the Real Life I'm talking about. Are you with me? Let's begin this journey by talking about love. Because to know God, we must know his love... Do You Really Love Me? The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 NIV At one time, I couldn't own this verse. I knew intellectually it was true. God loves me. He loves everyone, right? It was easy for me to believe that God loves you. But, I struggled to experience it