We are forgiven by God. He loves us. It is easier said than done to transfer that head knowledge to heart knowledge, so we can forgive ourselves. Love yourself as a child of God. It’s easier said than done because of the hurt we experience this side of Heaven. Place those hurts at God’s feet. He is the healer.
Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. Psalm 30:2
Believe Him for the healing and by doing so, we point the glory back to God! Darren Mulligan from We Are Messengers shares the story behind their song Point to You.
Needtobreathe and Matt Maher collaborated on the song Walking on Water. Bear from Needtobreathe and Matt Maher reveal what they were thinking of as they created the song. They focus on the good that came from Peter’s example in Matthew 14 when he got out of the boat to walk on water and obey Jesus. When we focus on Jesus nothing is impossible. Focusing on Jesus means focusing on love. The glass is half full, not half empty! Jesus doesn’t require us to be perfect. He asks us to trust Him and take the first step. Will you take the first step?
Big Daddy Weave‘s I’ll Be Brave This Christmas has special meaning for Family Life Radio member, Robert. He remembers the Christmas his dad was serving the United States of America in Vietnam. Robert had to be brave that Christmas. He shared his dad with our country 50 years ago. Christmas 1967 was a hard one for Robert. It makes him appreciate the opportunities he’s had since to celebrate Christmas with loved ones.
Robert reflects on the appreciation he has for the sacrifice our current soldiers and their families are giving, when they can’t be home for the holidays. Freedom isn’t free.
Who is Jesus? He is the anointed one. When Francesca Battistelli sat down to write Messiah, her goal was to not just have the lyrics of a Christmas song sound like a worship song, but feel like it too. Listen as she shares the story behind the song.
Jesus is our savior! There are so many names for The Lord. He is the son of God and son of Man. The story of Jesus’s birth in Bethlehem on that Holy night reminds us to worship our Savior this season. Christ is the long awaited promise for God’s people. He is our hope!
Holiday spending shows our society has forgotten the real reason for the season.
Many of us go into to debt to buy Christmas presents.
Last year, 63% of Baby Boomers, 58% of Generation-Xers, and 40% of Millennials took on debt.
Most Americans plan to spend $660 this year.
Family Life Radio member Adam shares how he avoids the busy stores this time of year.
Chuck Bentley of Crown has some tips to help you avoid the holiday spending trap.
- Pray and seek guidance from the Lord
- Reset priorities and adjust lifestyle
- Renew your mind with truth
- Seek accountability with a trusted friend
- Plan ahead
- Pay cash
- Avoid social media
- Take an extra job to avoid debt
- Sell some items
- Build savings now for next Christmas
Family Life Radio Member Rebecca is reminded to come before the presence of the Lord, worship and adore Him when she hears the Christmas hymn O Come All Ye Faithful. It took on even deeper meaning when her husband of 40 years passed away.
Rebecca has peace knowing her husband is in the presence of the Lord. She says it’s worthy of celebration to know the Lord fully.
May you get lost in worship!
O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem!
Come, and behold Him, born the King of angels!
O come, let us adore Him;
O come, let us adore Him;
O come, let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord!
Sing, choirs of angels; sing in exultation;
sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above!
Glory to God, all glory in the highest![Refrain]
Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to Thee be all glory giv’n!
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing! [Refrain]
The bible tells us to love God and love people. “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matt 22:37-39 We combine the two when we serve others.
Family Life Radio member Layla shares her experience of the hands and feet of Jesus.
Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free. Ephesians 6:7-8
Do It for Him
Have you noticed it’s easy to think that freedom is doing what you want to do—doing what makes you feel good? That’s not as satisfying as it may first appear. When “self” is indulged it just usually wants more, and the thirst is never fully quenched. Yet, there is such joy in serving others. This doesn’t come naturally; you must rely on God’s power through His Holy Spirit to lead you.
Jesus lived the example of giving up His own desires for God’s will and His love for people. He served in the ultimate way so that humans can be truly free from the bondage of self-focused indulgence that leads to wanting more and more.
Do you find yourself dissatisfied? Tweak your perspective. Ask God for His help, and discover the reward of freedom in service to others.
Today’s One Thing
Choose to do something for another and enjoy God’s rewards of focusing on someone else’s needs.
– Dr. Randy Carlson of Intentional Living.
Family Life Radio member Ann Marie is going through a tough time physically and emotionally. Even in her trial where she feel like she can’t take the next breath, Ann Marie is blessed by the message of Casting Crowns‘ song Oh My Soul. The lyrics remind us all that we are not alone in the storms of life. We can give our fears to God. He makes a way. God is our strength. He creates beauty from ashes.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all Psalm 34:18 – 19
We have so much to be thankful for. Reflecting on and appreciation our blessings in and of itself is something to be thankful for. Recognizing that God provides those reveals the gift of faith, yet another blessing! God is good! If you’re spending this Thanksgiving with family count yourself blessed.
As you “Come to the Table” this Thanksgiving, greetings from Sidewalk Prophets and all of us at Family Life Radio. Dave thinks it’s cool that his wife sees the silver lining in all situations and invites us to do the same.
May God richly bless you and your family as you enjoy the gift of His presence.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4
Did you know volunteering is good for your health?
A study published in JAMA Pediatrics shows a drop in cholesterol levels for those who volunteered.
Blood pressure levels are also lower for those who volunteer. A study in the Journal Psychology and Aging shows people who volunteered were 40% less likely to develop hypertension than those who help others.
Helping others raises your level of happiness. A study from the University of California shows people get a boost of dopamine when volunteering. Dopamine is a chemical that creates a sense of well-being.
Family Life Radio Member Linda enjoys volunteering to help those grieving at her church.
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2