Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Call To Focus

This past week I went to my sister-in-laws funeral. As a part of that celebration (and it really was a celebration) several women read from a book that Sharon had put together over several years. The book listed what Sharon believed. I was impressed that anyone would take the time and thought to list the bedrock beliefs that guided their life. I was so moved by the reading that I thought it would be good for me (everyone) to start my list of things I believe.

I Believe:
I believe Jesus is The Son of God.
I believe every word of the Bible is true.
I believe God created the world and everything that is.
I believe God knows my name.
I believe Jesus loves me.
I believe Jesus lived a perfect life.
I believe His Church is precious to Him.
I believe I am saved by grace through faith in Him.
I believe baptism is where I come in contact with the forgiving blood of Jesus Christ.
I believe in God the father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, and even though I don't totally understand it, I believe they are one.
I believe God has placed His Holy Spirit inside me.
I believe God hears my prayers.
I believe God puts me where I need to be, in order to give Him glory.
I believe I am not alone.
I believe Jesus will return some day.
I believe He has prepared a place for me.
I believe I am forgiven.

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Hands and fingers are a remarkable. Our fingers can be used to point out faults, accuse, judge, or they can be used to give direction, and if you place a ring on the correct figure it can show the mark of a covenant. When our hands are closed they can inflict pain, and show anger, but when you open that same hand if can give comfort and receive blessings.
God help us point to you and comfort for your glory.
In Him
J. Tom Washburn