• Faith on Fire

    Faith on Fire: Serving

    As we continue to explore our Faith on Fire series, we want to take a look at serving. Serving is so broad and can be done in so many ways. I am by nature a server to and of many times to a point of stretching my rope so very thin. I listen, I donate, I serve, I sit on committees and share my talents. I know that God calls us to serve and serving brings me joy.  What does serving look like? 1 Peter 4:10 reads “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace…” The Bible clearly lets…

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    Faith on Fire: Christian Fellowship

    The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines fellowship as a “community of interest, activity, feeling, or experience.” My response to that definition is, “meh”. Biblically, Christian fellowship is about community with others who share our belief in Jesus Christ and the experiences that stem from that belief. But, that definition does little to express the depth of the biblical sense of Christian fellowship.   1 John 1:3 states, “that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ” (ESV). Our ability to be in fellowship with other Christians…

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    Faith on Fire: Praise

    “Praise Him in the morning, praise Him in the noontime, praise Him, praise Him.” Just as the song says we should at times praise God. After all, he was the one who created us and has blessed us with so many wonderful things.  Just as we as humans like praise, so does God.  When someone says or does something nice for us and lets us know it gives us a boost. A positive boost can give us great energy and momentum to get through our days.  Praising God can be done in a variety of ways.  Just to name a few: going to church, spending fellowship with fellow Christians, singing…

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    Faith on Fire: Prayer

    Dear God,              I would like to take the time to thank you for another day you have blessed us with. I pray that we will get everything done that you have set out for us to do. I also pray that you would continue to help me to keep my faith on fire and let it shine. I praise you that even though things may not happen in my timing you provide what we need in your timing. In your loving name, we pray,           Amen Prayer can be long or short, simple or eloquent, but no matter how we pray God hears us. We do indeed need to engage in…

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    Faith on Fire: Christian Meditation

    I want to be clear that this post is about Christian meditation and not meditation in general, as they are distinctly different things. At one point in time, I did not realize there was a difference and that the difference is profound. New age or Eastern ideas of meditation support the idea of emptying one’s mind, allowing whatever thoughts that surface to just float by, becoming non-reactive. Meditation from this perspective emphasizes personal ability and power to control our circumstances and life. On the other hand, Christian meditation focuses on filling or focusing our minds on God and His Truth. Christian meditation provides a way for the believer to engage…

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    Faith on Fire

    What does that mean, to have faith on fire? Faith on fire to me means to be excited about your faith that it shows through in all areas of your life. Yes, we go to church but that’s not all. It is also about igniting that faith so it shows through in our actions, facial expressions, and how we react to each and every situation that comes our way. Faith on fire is about daily prayer and being in God’s word and knowing that he provides for us in His timing.  Take a moment to look around you at all the wonderful people and things God has blessed you with.…

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    Catch Your Breath…ReGroup

    I was initially going to write about the twelve days of Christmas and how they actually extend into January and begin on Christmas Eve. However as I have worked this week to stow away my holiday decor and dust everything off, I realized I truly need a moment of rest. Our upcoming articles this month will focus on Faith on Fire. The reality….my fire has a few sparks at the moment. The holidays bring anticipation, excitement, and joy. And then poof…it is gone in the blink of an eye! We have so much to celebrate during the holiday season–the anticipation of remembering the birth of Christ, anticipation of his return,…

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    Faith on Fire: A Christ-centered Approach to Life in 2022.

    For those of you who have followed the blog for a while, you might have caught on that none of us at Rhubarb and Rubbish are real big fans of New Year’s resolutions. Why, might you ask? Well, it has taken us a while, but I think I am okay to speak for all of us in saying that we feel resolutions are somewhat antithetical to the Christian faith. Let me explain a bit more. As a Christian, I have fully accepted that I am a sinner and powerless in and of myself to become sinless. I’m powerless to do better on my own. If I had the power, I…

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    January Devotional: New Year, New Approach

    Scripture for the Week: Psalm 31:23 reads “Love the Lord, all his faithful people! The lord preserves those who are true to him, but the proud he pays back in full.” Devotional Thought: Happy New Year! It is hard to believe we have turned the calendar once again. When I was younger I was always told time would go faster as I aged. I, of course, didn’t believe any of that. However, as I am more than likely halfway through my life I completely understand. We often hear the phrase “a new year, a new you.” It focuses on trying the latest diet fad, exercising like mad, and trying new…