25 Christmas Prayers – Day 19

December 19, 2013

This is the 19th in a series of daily Christmas blogs: 25 Christmas prayers celebrating the names of our precious Lord. Featured today is Jehovah Shammah, The Lord Is There. I hope these simple prayer blogs will enrich your Christmas season and draw you close to the One who is the true reason for Christmas. (I’ll be returning to my regular, weekly posts after Christmas).

http://www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com/25-christrmas-prayers-day-19Day 19 – Jehovah Shammah, The Lord Is There

Lord, when our hearts are failing, where can we go? You are our source of strength. You will hold our hand when our steps falter. In the midst of danger, persecution, or emotional confusion, You are there. Read more

25 Christmas Prayers– Day 5

December 5, 2013

Today is the fifth in a series of daily Christmas blogs: 25 Christmas Prayers celebrating the names of our precious Lord. I hope they will enrich your Christmas season and draw you closer to the One who is the true reason for Christmas.

http://www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com/25-christmas-prayers-day-5Day 5 – Immanuel – God with Us

Lord, how is it that a righteous God could be “with us?” We are sinful. You are holy. You are in heaven. We live on earth.

Yet the very essence of Christmas is rooted in an eternal, loving plan that brought You here to live in us, with us, and through us.

Because of Christmas, You are now “with us.” Long ago men housed Your “presence” in a tabernacle made by human hands with supernatural instructions. But Christmas ushered in Your presence here on earth, walking among us, living with us.

You no longer live in columns of clouds or pillars of fire. Read more

How Big Is Your God?

September 9, 2013

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People form their ideas about God from various sources: books, other people, their own fathers, movies, television, personal experiences, the internet, and yes, even the Bible. What about you? How big is your God?

How Big Is Your God? Read more

What Does God’s Love and Grace Look Like Today?

September 25, 2012

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth even more. During his message as a guest speaker for our church Sunday, Max Lacado showed this you-tube video to illustrate the depth of God’s love and grace for us. I just wanted to pass it on. Whether you’ve seen it or not, it’s worth reviewing often. What a powerful picture of not only a mom laying down her life for her kids, but of a Savior who gave His all for us! Read more

What If You Can’t See God’s Footprints?

August 27, 2012

What If You Can't See God's Footprints?

Photo by Rebecca Barlow Jordan

My mom graduated to heaven a few years ago. The night before her funeral I was still struggling with not being able to see her just before she died. I looked for God’s footprints in all of it and coudn’t find them, even though I prayed and searched diligently.

That same night a terrific storm blew in–one that literally shook the house with loud thunder claps and lightning bolts that lit up the room in Mom’s house where I was trying to sleep. When the storm finally calmed, I turned on a nearby lamp and grabbed my Bible on the stand. When I opened it, the pages fell to the book of Psalms. I began to read through chapter 77. As if highlighted by lightning, these were the words that especially spoke to me: Read more

Why Is God Silent?

March 19, 2012

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You’ve called. You’ve prayed. You’ve asked. You’ve waited. But heaven gives no answer. Why is God silent?

Forget the formulas. God deals with each person uniquely, and we can’t always answer the why’s to our own satisfaction. Here are some reasons you won’t find why God is silent. Read more

25 Things You Won’t Find in Heaven

November 29, 2011

 

photo by Rebecca Barlow Jordan

 

 

Todd Philips, one of the teaching pastors at our church, recently shared a series of messages called “The After Party.” In one of those messages he read from Randy Alcorn‘s book on Heaven listing numerous things you won’t find in heaven. That sermon inspired this blog. Obviously we could name more than 25 things. Todd quoted many more. So when you finish reading my list, (and listening to Todd read Randy Alcorn’s list), maybe you can add your own. Read more

Is Heaven for Reals?

March 14, 2011

photo by RBJ

I used to joke around with my grandchildren making unbelievable statements. One of my them loved to say, “Uh-uh! For reals, Mimi?”‘

“Just kidding!” I’d reply.

There are some things they never question with, “For reals?” Words like, “I love you! You’re so special! I’m really proud of you!” I hope they know Mimi never kids about those things. They are definitely “for reals.”

Jesus made numerous unbelievable statements in the Bible–words that seemed too outrageous to be true. Promises about heaven are at the top of that list. Read more