Contagious Faith

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. – Colossians 3:23

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The stronger your faith, the better you can rise above the inevitable stresses of turbulent times. And the more enthused you are about your faith, the better you can share it.

Are you genuinely excited about your faith? And do you make your enthusiasm known to those around you? Or are you a “silent ambassador” for Christ? God’s preference is clear: He intends that you stand before others and proclaim your faith.

Genuine, heartfelt Christianity is contagious. If you enjoy a life-altering relationship with God, that relationship will have an impact on others—perhaps a profound impact.

Does Christ reign over your life? Then share your testimony and your excitement. The world needs both.

– Steve Arterburn

Don’t take hold of a thing unless you want that thing to take hold of you. – E. Stanley Jones

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about. – Charles Kingsley

When we wholeheartedly commit ourselves to God, there is nothing mediocre or run-of-the-mill about us. To live for Christ is to be passionate about our Lord and about our lives. – Jim Gallery

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, let me be an enthusiastic participant in life. And let my enthusiasm bring honor and glory to You. Amen

Bad Coffee

Bear with each other and forgive grievances. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. – Colossians 3:13-14

Bad Coffee

Karin ruled her family with her explosive, irrational anger. Her children and grandchildren never knew what would set her off. Being around her was like being in a minefield. You knew you had to get out, but you were too afraid to take a step.

Yet every time Karin had one of these outbursts, she’d blame it on bad coffee. ‘I just got a hold of some bad coffee and just wasn’t myself,’  she’d say.

Do you have some “bad coffee”, some excuse you’re using for out-of-line behaviors? Are you rationalizing behaviors because you say you’re ‘tired,’ ‘under stress,’ or some other unique yet unacceptable excuse?

The best thing to do is confess. Confess to God, and confess to others.

– Steve Arterburn

It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.” – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)