Confidence

Hebrews 13:6 So we can say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid, What can anyone do to me?" Remember the story of David and Goliath? You can find it in 1 Samuel 17: 31-47. Like David, when things don't seem like they are in our favor, we can still be confident that God is at our side and He will take care of us. When we feel weak, vulnerable, and afraid, we can remember with confidence that we are not alone. In times like these we need a Savior, and that Savior is Jesus! Be confident! Lift up your head and smile! Have a great day!

Authentic Russian Beef Stroganov

They say confession is good for the soul. So I hereby publicly "Confess" I have "Collaborated with the Russians" to bring you this recipe. It is from an old cookbook of Russian classics. The author/translator says this recipe "makes the best Beef Stroganov I have ever eaten." I agree and the procedure is easy because it is not based on an elaborate "French-type" sauce like some Stroganov recipes. This comes from a typical Russian kitchen. You Will Need (for six people): 1-1 1/2 large onion, thinly sliced 4-6 tablespoons of butter, perhaps a little more 2 pounds fresh mushrooms, sliced 1-2 heaping tablespoons of flour 3-5 heaping tablespoons of sour cream, perhaps a little more 2 pounds beef

Gilbert Macias

Gilbert is coming to the First United Methodist Church of Gulfport on May 20th at 10:30 AM. Come and listen while he shares a message thru scripture and music. He is a true artist at the piano. All are welcome!

Our Light

John 1:15 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it." Psalm 119:105 "Your word is a lamp before my feet and a light for my journey." The light is Jesus and the Bible is the story of Jesus. If you wish to know Him better than read His story. It will change your life.

Serving God

Luke 2: 36-38 "There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. As we age it becomes common to complain about our aches and pains. But here is the story of Anna who did not complain or dwell on her past. Her circumstances were difficult, a widow early in her life, a prophetess in the time of Jesus. Her focus was servin

Disappointments

Psalm 120:1 - "I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me." The psalmist begins by telling us he is in distress. Clearly, he has been the victim of lying and deceit (v2). His soul was in pain over what was going on in the world, yet he did not repress his feelings and pretend that he was not feeling the way he did. Many Christians think that admitting to pain and disappointment concerning the way things are is pure negativism. If indulged in, it can become that, but to admit to something is not necessarily to indulge in it. We must not stay there but we must start there. Sometimes we have to be thoroughly disappointed with the way things are before we find the motivation to cast ou

Don't Work in Vain

From the book: "Every Day Light; Treasure for the Heart Psalm 127:1 "Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain." A subject on which most people have strong views is that of work. Those who are out of work or cannot work because of some injury or disability find the subject a distressing one. Those who have work and enjoy what they do find it deeply rewarding and fulfilling. There is a minority who , while they like the thought of financial reward, are not so keen to make the effort necessary to earn that reward. The theme of Psalm 127 is,as you have guessed, work. It puts the whole subject into clear spiritual focus. Work is a major component of our lives. It is the one ar

Plans For Today

From the book: Lists to Live By 1. To awake each morning with a smile brightening my face. 2. To greet the day with reverence for the opportunities it contains. 3. To approach my work with a clean mind. 4. To hold ever before me, even in the doing of the little things, the ultimate purpose toward which I am working. 5. To meet men and women with laughter on my lips and love in my heart. 6. To be gentle and kind and courteous through all the hours. 7. To approach the night with weariness that ever woos sleep and the joy that comes from work well done------ This is how I desire to waste wisely my days.

Simple Joys

From "The Upper Room" Psalm 100:1-2 "Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing." Our two-year-old grandson, Gabriel, is a delight to all his family. My husband and I are in our seventies and our other two grandchildren are teenagers, so it has been a blessing to us all to have this little one come into our lives. Gabriel greets every morning with great enthusiasm, checks out all his toys as if they are brand new, and gives everyone hugs and kisses as if they had been gone a long time He inspects everything outside - leaves, rocks, swings, slides - as if he had not seen them just the day before. What if we all apprecia

10 Strategies to Strengthen Your Beliefs

From the book: Lists to Live By 1. State with confidence and boldness: God has endowed me with everything I need to be what He wants me to be and to accomplish what He wants me to accomplish. 2. Remind yourself often of the Lord's promise to make a way when there seems to be no way. 3. Highlight every verse in your Bible that deals with courage, confidence, faith, and believing. 4. Pray the promises of God. 5. Visualize and affirm your assets. 6. Make a list of character qualities you want to develop, and then memorize your list. 7. Actively replace negative thoughts and statements with positive thoughts and statements. 8. When an obstacle arises, state boldly: If God is for me, who can be

Making Us Clean

From the book The Bible Tells Me So John 15:3 - "You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you." On their last night together before Jesus was put to death on the cross, He told His disciples that He had made them clean by the words He had spoken to them. For three years these men had been following Jesus, and they heard Him say many things. From these words they had learned so much about their sin, about obeying God, and about living a like of love. That's what becoming clean was all about! God's Word makes us clean as well. Many times we don't feel loving and good; our minds are far from God. But if we realize this, and then open our Bibles and let His words rinse ov

Thoughts About God's Word

From the book: Lists To Live BY 1. The Bible is a window in this prison-world, through which we may look into eternity. by Timothy Dwight 2. Nobody ever outgrows Scripture, the book widens and deepens with our years. by Charles Haddon Spurgeon 3. As in paradise, God walks in the Holy Scriptures, seeking man. by Saint Ambrose 4. Be astounded that God should have written to us. by Antonv of Egypt 5. The gospel is not only the most important message in all of history, it is the only essential message in all of history. by Jerry Bridges 6. A Bible that's falling apart probably belongs to someone who isn't. by Christian Johnson 7. One who uses the Bible as his guide never loses his sense of dire

Developing Self-Discipline

From the book: Lists To Live By 1. Start With Small Things: Learning self-discipline in the little things of life prepare us for big successes. On the other hand, those who are undisciplined in small matters will likely be undisciplined in more important matters. 2. Get Yourself Organized: Make a schedule, however detailed or general you are comfortable with, and stick to it. Have a to-do list of tasks you need to accomplish. 3. Don't Constantly Seek To Be Entertained: When you have free time, do things that are productive instead of merely entertaining. Read a good book, listen to classical music, take a walk, or have a conversation with someone. 4. Be On Time: Being punctual marks a life t

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