Got Gifts This Year???

Wishing each and every one of you a Merry Christmas filled with warmth and love!!!

I was reminded during quiet time this morning that we have a purpose here on this earth other than keeping the mousepad and keyboard warm.  Jesus told us many things but only gave us one commandment.  He told us to love the Lord God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and to love our neighbor as our self. 

Jesus showed us the way to love.  He didn’t show a half-love, or a tough love, He loved all unconditionally.  Jesus didn’t look at what people did, He looked at what their heart attitudes were.  He never condemned anyone for their sins, He forgave them.  The exception being with the Pharisees who committed the sin of rejecting Him.  While none of us reject Jesus the way we might reject the opportunity to jump off the Empire State Building in pink shorts, how many of us have rejected this command He gave?  Read the rest of this entry »

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 To Know the Heart of God – John 14  

By Karen Houston                                 

Jesus TeachesWe pick up in chapter 14 where Jesus and the 11 disciples are in the upper room, Judas Iscariot had just left.  Jesus addresses the 11, speaking words of comfort.

John 14:1 (New King James Version)

1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.

 Knowing the forthcoming events (arrest, crucifixion) which will affect the disciples, Jesus comforts them.  In actuality, they should be comforting Him, but in demonstrating servanthood (Mat 20:26-28), Jesus teaches that faith in Him will Read the rest of this entry »

King’s X

 by Karen Houston

king throneThere was an old saying when someone wanted to renege on something they said or did; they called a “King’s X.”  Theory goes… A King had absolute power in his kingdom, including the right to take back the things he did.

When we think of our Almighty King, we think of absolute power.  Total absolute power.  But there is one thing He cannot do, Read the rest of this entry »

The Ball is Snapped;  Here’s the Hand-off…

  By Karen Houston

72069073AL_D006It must be football season again; the sounds of guys spouting “football talk” are revving up all around us.  There was one guy telling of a play where the quarterback handed the ball off to a guy right before he was sacked, and that guy took it completely down the field to score!  There was excitement in his voice as he recounted every move.

The only player that counts crossing the goal line is the man with the ball; he is the one with the authority to score, and the only one that can make forward progress against the enemy.  Read the rest of this entry »

Who Flips the Switch?

By Karen Houston

We are made to think we are powerless when faced with adversity, or our adversary the devil.  But how powerless are we?  What is our authority as believers in Christ?

Directing trafficAuthority is delegated power.  When an officer directs traffic at the scene of an accident he can raise his hand and cars will stop.  He doesn’t have the physical power to stop a car with his hand, but he has power of the authority of the government he serves.  People recognize this authority and obey his commands. Read the rest of this entry »

Snipit: Standing in the Face of a Lion

by Karen Houston

lionThere have been times where I am unable to go to sleep, my mind runs on and on.  Left unchecked, I will not get much sleep and be drained the next day.  When I stop and take authority against Satan’s oppression, I can quickly drift off to sleep.  He can’t oppress my spirit, but he can affect my body.  We have to recognize that and take authority over him.  Satan will use anything in his means to steal our joy or make us ineffective for the Lord. 

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What does the Bible really teach about divorce?

by David Instone-Brewer

What Does the Bible Say?

Bible gavelThe New Testament presents a problem in understanding both what the text says about divorce and its pastoral implications. Jesus appears to say that divorce is allowed only if adultery has occurred: “Whoever divorces a wife, except for sexual indecency, and remarries, commits adultery” (Matt. 19:9). However, this has been interpreted in many different ways. Most say that Jesus allows divorce only for adultery. But some argue that Jesus originally didn’t allow even that. Only in Matthew does he offer an out from marriage: Read the rest of this entry »

A Walk By The River

by Karen Houston

Author’s note: As God’s places messages on my heart, some could possibly be more suitable as sermons than Bible Studies.

IMG_9224I have lived in different places, but especially love the forest of East Texas. Tall Pine, Sycamore, Ash, Holly, Hickory, the list is almost endless. There is a path from my back yard that meanders two miles through the woods down to a river at the point it meets a large lake. It’s a peaceful place; cool in the summer as there’s always a breeze blowing across the lake waters. I was there recently enjoying that breeze in the Texas heat and drought, watching the river with its constant movement of water. Read the rest of this entry »

GreenHornRockHi, my name is Karen.  I will be your hostess as we journey into God’s Word, grasping nuggets and keys to vibrant living through Christ!

In the next few days I will be adding various Bible Studies as the Lord leads.  As Jed Clampet used to say…  “Y’all come back now, ya hear!”

Karen Houston

Hi, my name is Karen. I will be your hostess as we journey into God’s Word, grasping nuggets and keys to vibrant living through Christ!

I pray that your heart will be touched by God's Word as you browse the pages here. If you do not know Jesus as your personal Savior, you can ask Him to become Lord of your life right where you are. I'd love to hear from you, also please comment if something strikes your fancy.

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In His Love,
~Karen