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I started reading Steps to Christ a while back so I decided instead of the usual Sabbath scripture, I would write summaries of the chapters on Sabbath. It’s my way of spending time with the Lord and sharing the gospel. Hope you enjoy.

Chapter 1

God’s love is shown throughout nature from the sun to the rain, to the birds and the trees.  God loves us but sin tarnished man.  God put thorns and thistles in our lives so that we would know the trials and work for our salvation.  God also sent His son to save us.  He came in human form to be the medium for Christ and by doing this, He raised humanity.  God sent His son because the enemy blinded people and made them think that God was only stern and ruled with jealousy.


God showed His love through creation. The pain endured as a result of sin is meant to prepare us for heaven. God’s love is shown throughout nature, but the enemy tries to deceive us into thinking that God is severe and we are to serve Him out of fear. To combat this, God sent His Son to die for our sins. Love, mercy, and compassion were revealed in every act of His life. He took man’s nature, that He might reach man’s wants. His life was one of self-denial and thoughtful care for others. Every soul was precious in His eyes. In all men He saw fallen souls whom it was His mission to save. {SC 12.1}

     It was to redeem us that Jesus lived and suffered and died. He became “a Man of Sorrows,” that we might be made partakers of everlasting joy. God permitted His beloved Son, full of grace and truth, to come from a world of indescribable glory, to a world marred and blighted with sin, darkened with the shadow of death and the curse. He permitted Him to leave the bosom of His love, the adoration of the angels, to suffer shame, insult, humiliation, hatred, and death. “The chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5. Behold Him in the wilderness, in Gethsemane, upon the cross! The spotless Son of God took upon Himself the burden of sin. He who had been one with God, felt in His soul the awful separation that sin makes between God and man. This wrung from His lips the anguished cry, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46. It was the burden of sin, the sense of its terrible enormity, of its separation of the soul from God–it was this that broke the heart of the Son of God. {SC 13.1}

     But this great sacrifice was not made in order to create in the Father’s heart a love for man, not to make Him willing to save. No, no! “God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son.” John 3:16. The Father loves us, not because of the great propitiation, but He provided the propitiation because He loves us. Christ was the medium through which He could pour out His infinite love upon a fallen world. “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself.” 2 Corinthians 5:19. God suffered with His Son. In the agony of Gethsemane, the death of Calvary, the heart of Infinite Love paid the price of our redemption. {SC 13.2}

By assuming human nature, Christ elevates humanity.



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Prayer and Fasting

Jeremiah 30:17 “For I will restore health unto you, and I will heal you of your wounds, saith the Lord.”

My church is starting a fasting and prayer diet today in regards to healing. Anyone who needs healing or knows someone who is in need of healing is asked to participate. It doesn’t matter what the diagnosis or situation is, all illnesses and/or conditions will be prayed for. Please join in with us and offer up a prayer for those who desire to be healed.

Psalm 34:19 “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.”

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The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you- depending on how YOU respond to them. Unfortunately, most people fail to see how God wants to use problems for good in their lives. They react foolishly and resent their problems rather than pausing to consider what benefit they might bring.


Here are five reasons God may have permitted the problems you experience in your life:

1. God permits problems to DIRECT you. Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving. Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change. Is God allowing this situation to get your attention? “Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways.” Proverbs 20:30

2. God permits problems to INSPECT you. People are like tea bags…If you want to know what’s inside them, just drop them into hot water! Has God tested your faith by allowing a problem or two into your life? What do problems reveal about you? “When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience.” James 1:2-3

3. God uses problems to CORRECT you. Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure. It’s likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stove. But you probably learned by being burned. Sometimes we only learn the value of something (health, money, relationships, etc.), by losing it. “It was the best thing that could have happened to me, for it taught me to pay attention to your laws.” Psalms 119: 71-72

4. God permits problems to PROTECT you. A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from being harmed by something more serious. Last year a friend was fired for refusing to do something unethical that his boss had asked him to do. His unemployment was a problem, but it saved him from being convicted and sent to prison a year later when management’s actions were eventually discovered. “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.” Genesis 50:20

5. God permits problems to PERFECT you. Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders. God is far more interested in your character than your comfort. Your relationship with God and your character are the only thing you are going to take with you into eternity. “We can rejoice when we run into problems. They help us learn to be patient. Patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady.” Romans 5:3-4


Here’s the point: God is at work in your life even when you do not recognize it or understand it. It is much easier and profitable when you cooperate with Him.. Know that even when times are bad God is good.


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Today we ripped this meme off a blogger called Kontan from Kontan’s Place. She explains that she stole the meme from Tense. But, it was probably stolen at that blog as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft’s thieves might take some time. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Sunday Stealing: The Random Question Meme

1. How old do you look? at the most,  22

2. Where do you live? MS

3. Are you waiting for something? Yeah

4. What’s one pet peeve of yours that is not common? I’m crazy about how my food looks on my plate

5. Do you want/have kids? not sure

6. Have you ever thought about converting your religion? no

7. Last shocking news you heard? Inappropriate to share

8. What was the last thing you drank? water

9. Who do you most look like in your family? probably, my sister

10. If you could have something right now, anything, what would it be?

11. Where does most of your family live? scattered throughout the south

12. Where did you grow up? MS

13. Where do you want to go on vacation? anywhere but here

14. Have you ever had a panic attack? yes

15. What can’t you wait for? at the moment, I’m hungry, so I’ll say ‘to eat’

16. When’s the last time you told someone you loved him or her and meant it? last night

17. Have your parents ever smoked pot? no

18. Want someone back in your life? yeah, but I don’t think his wife would approve

19. What do you order at the bar? anything fruity

20. When was the last time you cried really, really hard? Friday, I was reading a post on my blog

21. Ever licked someone’s cheek? if possible, it was a sibling

22. What is your favorite thing to eat with peanut butter? jelly and milk

23. Where were you on July 4th, 2008? Memphis

24. What are your nicknames? Kim

25. If you could go back in time, how far back would you go? 5 years, to 2003

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If someone asked me “how was church Saturday”, I would definitely say it was great, because it really and truly was. But, if that same person asked me “what was the sermon about”, I would honestly say I have no idea. I know it sounds crazy and it probably is, and even though I was in church and paying attention, for the most part, I don’t know what my pastor preached about.

My pastor is a very talented man and it seems as if he can get a sermon from any situation and/or life experience and Saturday this was definitely shown. I know the sermon had something to do with V8 Fusion and him taking his car to a mechanic to get it checked out. But the experience that touched me and moved me was the story he told of him and fellow pastors putting up tents for campmeeting. This may not sound moving, but he explained that it was the middle of the summer, in the sweltering heat and he told of how the only way that he could get what he needed, water, was by getting down on his knees and looking up.

This may not sound like a big deal, but when using that illustration in the context of our lives, that’s all we need to do when things are going bad AND when they seem great, fall on our knees and look up toward Jesus.  He is our answer to all of our problems and if we would just keep our eyes stayed on Him, He would keep us in the ark of safety and always protect us.

I was definitely moved and hope the sermon helped others, as well.

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Church was excellent today. Lately, at least for me, church has truly been a blessing and today was no different. Bro. J gave the sermon and he used a house to illustrate the sermon. He pointed out that just as a house must be built on a strong foundation with strong supports and materials, so shall our lives, specifically our spiritual body. He brought to my attention that the things we put in our body are the things will come out. Today I was reminded to always and constantly build up my spiritual body.

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Who Knew….

Who knew that preparing 2 weeks of bible lessons for children would be so hard. I thought that teaching the kids would be a breeze, but notsomuch, especially when no people such as Joseph or Jonah or even Noah are mentioned. I have also had to deal with the fact that I have had a wide range of ages and have needed to keep them all interested and involved at the same time. Although difficult, the lessons have not only been for the kids, but I feel like I have benefitted tremendously.

The Evangelistic Series continues and tonight I have the topic of salvation planned for the kids. Preparing for this particular lesson was exciting and uplifting for me and I hope they enjoy it, understand it and give their life to Christ.

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