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“Behold, the Lamb of God!”

John the Baptist. He played a significant role in the life of Jesus. Not only was he Jesus cousin but he was the one who paved the way for Jesus and was, “A voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord'” (John 1:23).

I love John because he knew what his role was and when it was fulfilled he backed off and let Jesus take center stage so to speak. In fact, John says in verse 27, “even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” It was a slave’s job to untie his master’s sandals to clean his feet but John didn’t feel worthy to perform even this humble task for Jesus.

The one thing that stood out to me through today’s reading of this passage was John’s excitement at seeing Jesus. In his excitement he says, Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (verse 29). I pray that we will be like John not only as humble servants of Christ but to be truly excited to be with Jesus and share with others what He did for us. 

Krista Jones – 7.14.17


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Shine in the Darkness

This morning I came across a verse I’m sure I’ve read several times both in Luke as well as in Isaiah. But for some reason it stood out to me this morning. The verse is, “To give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:79). This verse in Luke is quoted from Isaiah 9:2, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.”

My bible study notes say of this great light, “Jesus and His salvation that would be a ‘light to the nations.'” Jesus already paved the way by being the “Great Light” when He fulfilled the plan of Salvation for us. Now it is our turn to let our lights shine. This won’t be hard to do because our little lights will become increasingly brighter as the world gets darker. Let us show, “Those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death” the light so they will no longer be lost and separated from God.

Krista Jones – 6.20.17


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Stay Alert!

Sometimes we need a good reminder of things to come. Please read through Mark 13.

As I read through this chapter I could see that some of these things are going on now. Many people are being misled by false teachings. Nations are rising up against each other. Natural disasters have been occurring more frequently. And yet, these are “merely the beginning of birth pangs” (verse 8).

We will not know when the Lord will return. I won’t get into the pre or post tribulation debate because what happens will happen but the end results will be the same – spending eternal life with our Lord. As believers we need to stay alert during this time. Know the truth of God’s Word so you will know the truth of false teachings. Don’t let your guard down – “Be on the alert!”

Krista Jones – 6.14.17


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Jesus Never Changes

 

Yesterday my daughters and I took a little adventure after dropping off my eldest’s transcripts at a college she is transferring to. We visited Volunteer Park which is located on Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA. I haven’t visited this park since I was in elementary school and was delighted to explore it again after all these years.

The one thing I vividly remember from my last visit is the old water tower. This tower is built from beautiful old bricks and is filled with visual history. It has 180 stairs that wind up to the top observation deck. I’m not a fan of winding staircases because it seems to set off my vertigo. Usually I avoid going up them but I really wanted to join my girls at the top so I gave it a try. Sure enough, halfway up I started to feel a little off but I know I was almost there and couldn’t quit. Each step brought me closer to my destination. I knew I’d get there sooner than later and kept on going. My reward for reaching to top was to view the beautiful park from the tree tops with my daughters.

I took this picture when I was halfway to the top. It reminded about a promise that the Lord has given to us. The path immediately before us may be dark and uncertain but the Lord always shines a light up ahead that will lead us to Him. He never leaves us when we’re walking through uncertainty. He never changes when our world is changing. He is our solid rock when the ground beneath us becomes shifting sand.

I will leave you with this one simple yet amazing verse of God’s promise to us, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). The fact that the Lord never changes give me a great sense of peace. Our world is changing quickly. Frightening things are happening and this unrest around the world makes our future here on earth feel uncertain. What a blessing it is for us to serve a God who knows that we need something solid and unchanging to cling to. I pray today if you are facing an uphill climb that is dark that you will cling to the One who will light the path ahead of you to show you the way to go.

Krista Jones – 7.8.17


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Heart Health

A few years ago my husband had a minor heart attack. It is one of those genetic things we didn’t know about more than his overall diet. His cardiologist said he could have been eating the healthiest diet and been a world-class athlete and this event would have still happened. Needless to say we did change our diet to help reduce further risks of future issues.

Some of those changes weren’t easy to make because it made cooking more challenging. If you know me you’d know that I’m not a fan of cooking. But in order to eat normal food and not the low sodium food that tastes like sawdust I had to learn to cook from scratch to monitor the sodium level. Cooking takes a little longer but I found out that I love cooking from scratch. I love to make something out of nothing instead of opening a box or can. Oh, and it tastes so much better!!!

The bible says, My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life (Proverbs 4:20-23).

Our soul is like our physical heart. What we allow into our soul affects its health just like what we eat affects our physical heart. In these verses we continue to read Solomon’s words about paying attention to what he is saying about wisdom. As Believers we can see this as paying attention to what God is saying to us through His Word. We need to treasure the Word in our hearts and never let them out of our sight.

In order for us to become spiritually healthy we need to start with our heart. The heart represents our inner self. The thoughts we think, what motivates us and the desires we have. “For from it flow the springs of life”. 

Changing our heart health may not be easy just like my family needing to change our diet. It was hard for me to be motivated to cook because it meant longer prep time. But the changes we’ve made has helped fully heal my husband’s heart. It may take time to make the necessary changes to have a healthly soul. For some it may be harder to make those changes than others. Habits have a way of having a fierce grip on us.

I pray that today you will take the time to exam the health of your heart. Take to heart (ha ha) what the Lord says in Proverbs 4:23, “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”

Krista Jones – 6.11.14