Wouldn’t it be tragic to discover that God had a gift for you that you never opened? I think eternity will reveal innumerable gifts left unopened, never received, that were available and waiting for us to unwrap. When Jesus encountered a woman at Jacob’s well in Samaria, He offered her a gift that would change her life forever!
Here’s a remarkable story of life change! And it impacted an entire family! One of the great joys we’ve seen at Woodlands Church, over the years, has been when whole families are baptized together – just like the Philippian jailer and his family in this story.
I’ve had many unique experiences baptizing people but none as unforgettable as when John baptized Jesus in the river Jordan. In fact, the Bible says that John tried to talk Him out of it, saying, “I am the one who needs to be baptized by You, so why are You coming to me?”
God wants to settle the differences between you and Him. He longs to rescue us, redeem us, and restore our lives! He knows the sin that has separated us from Him and stained our lives. You don’t have to live with that stain anymore!
The Bible says that the glory of children are their fathers. For those who never knew their dads, you could rewrite that Proverb to say, the longing of children is for their fathers. God wired us that way.
Are you a praiser? Think about that before you answer too quickly. Really evaluate your attitude and conversations of late. Are they filled with praise or complaints? Are they positive in nature or more negative and fault finding?
Have you ever prayed for strength? Strangely enough, sometimes, our prayers may hinder our faith more than help it grow. So, let’s examine our prayer lives for a minute. Are they filled with faith? One of the greatest expressions of faith in prayer is thanksgiving.
Would you do it? Would you, like Abraham, leave the security of where you were and set out on a journey if you did not know where you were going? Sounds absurd, doesn’t it? That’s the kind of faith that honors God!
I love grace stories! Nothing energizes me more in ministry than hearing the impact of God’s grace on a life! There’s no other explanation for life change but God!
Each year, we witness the miracle of life change in our Super Summer Baptism Celebration at Woodlands Church! It’s my favorite event of the year! What a thrill to see God at work, healing hurts and restoring lives! Each one is a grace story! Last year, Janet took that step following a painful experience in her life that could have left her shattered and bitter.