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Happy 2017!  Can you believe we are in the year 2017?  I am really having a hard time coming to terms with this.  =)  Well 2016 was a good year, full of learning experiences and rest.  God was faithful and a good, good Father and I know He will continue to be this year!

Through prayer, I am starting back up on Periscope again in a more focused and structured manner.  I really feel led to broadcast about things that I am passionate about.  So I am including my schedule on this post for those of you who would like to join me in the broadcasts that matter to you! periscope-broadcast-sheet

We will begin our study in the Book of Matthew today at 9am p/t.  Then, I will teach a vocal class at 11am p/t.  Lastly, we will have some casual worship time at 6:30pm p/t where I will lead you in worshipping the Lord through song, with prayer time at the end.  It is going to be a good day!

Hope you will be able to join me on Periscope.  Here is the link to my Periscope page: https://www.periscope.tv/LaraMarriott/1yNxadnkyBXJj

Blessings to you as you go into this year.  It is my prayer that God’s Holy Spirit will draw you closer to Him.

Lara~

 

Devotion For Today ~

Honestly, I never thought I would be quoting from this kind of devotional. When someone told me about Oswald Chamber’s devotional book “My Utmost For His Highest,” it was from someone much older than me.  I received a very nice copy of one from my christian high school for graduation.  As I perused it, I found the words and the concepts to be over my head. So I tucked it away in my stack of books and forgot about it.

Now that I am in my upper 30’s I’ve pulled it out again on a whim.  Each time I’ve open the pages to read an excerpt I have been blown away by the profound wisdom of Oswald Chamber’s teachings.

Here is the devotion for today.  There is no candy coating here.  He tells it like it is and I am actually very appreciative of it.  If you’d like to buy your own copy, you can on Amazon by clicking here: My Utmost For His Highest

THE FOCUS OF OUR MESSAGE

“I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” – Matthew 10:34

“Never be sympathetic with a person whose situation causes you to conclude that God is dealing harshly with him.  God can be more tender than we can conceive, and every once in a while He gives us the opportunity to deal firmly with someone so that he may be viewed as the tender One.  If a person cannot go to God, it is because he has something secret which he does not intend to give up-he may admit his sin, but would no more give up that thing than he could fly under his own power.  It is impossible to deal sympathetically with people like that.  We must reach down deep in their lives to the root of the problem, which will cause hostility and resentment toward the message.  People want the blessing of God, but they can’t stand something that pierces right through to the heart of the matter.

If you are sensitive to God’s way, your message as His servant will be merciless and insistent, cutting to the very root.  Otherwise, there will be no healing.  We must drive the message home so forcefully that a person cannot possibly hide, but must apply its truth.  Deal with people where they are, until they begin to realize their true need.  Then hold high the standard of Jesus for their lives.  Their response may be, “We can never be that.”  Then drive it home with, “Jesus Christ says you must.”   “But how can we be?” “You can’t, unless you have a new Spirit.” (see Luke 11:13)

There must be a sense of need created before your message is of any use.  Thousands of people in this world profess to be happy without God.  But if we could be truly happy and moral without Jesus, then why did He come?  He came because that kind of happiness and peace is only superficial.  Jesus Christ came to “bring…a sword” through every kind of peace that is not based on a personal relationship with Himself.”Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

I’m amazed at how right on he was.  If I didn’t show when he was living, we would have never known what he said was for a different generation!  I don’t know about you, but I’m going to keep on reading.  Click on the link above if you’d like to get your own copy and join me.

Blessings,

Lara~

Worship Artist * Songwriter * Speaker

The Light Of Christmas

10686795_10153377889598362_7541136075211780417_nChristmas is coming!  Can you believe it? I’ve been deep cleaning my house in preparation for our guests to come.  Today’s “to do list” consists of making an assortment of cookies to give as Christmas gifts while watching Christmas movies throughout the day.  We have Christmas Eve services to get ready for, too! This is a very busy time of year.  It ALSO exposes quite a bit of darkness.  Have you noticed?

Almost everyday this week my husband has told me of at least one instance where someone was being selfish.  He only had a handful of items at Costco and two times in two separate transactions, someone cut him off to the line with a cart full of items, not stopping to even consider letting him go first since he would have taken 5 mins to check out.  Last night, someone was angry at an intersection, even though he didn’t have the right of way and sped up towards my husband honking as Brian was making a turn.

Darkness = anger, selfishness, pride, control, deceit, envy, worry, anxiety, hate, gossip, frustration, gluttony, etc… However, Jesus came into this world so that He might give Light to world.  Jesus said,“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”- John 8:12.  Isn’t it interesting that every Christmas when we are suppose to be celebrating His birth, darkness fights it?  It seems like Christmas exposes so much more darkness in those who do not walk in His light than at other times in the year.  I know that when I let the darkness seep into my way of thinking, Christmas becomes more like a chore and a pressure, instead of an amazing opportunity to expose darkness and spread light wherever I go and in whatever I do.

I was listening to Kim Cash Tate’s devotional scope on Periscope this morning (you can find out more about her by going to her website: http://www.kimcashtate.com) She reminded me how important it is to stay away from the darkness and expose it for what it is with the light of Jesus’s Holy Spirit in my heart.

What are some ways as followers of Jesus, can we spread His love this Christmas?  We need to fight back the darkness with the fruit of His Spirit. Galatians 5:22 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”

So let us be challenged today to combat the spirit of darkness with the light of Jesus through as many ways as possible this Christmas, spreading what the world really needs more than any Christmas card, or gift, or money, or food, or a raise; instead, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  The only way we can do this is by daily keeping in step with the Holy Spirit.  He will help us.

Blessings,

Lara

worship leader * songwriter * speaker

(you can find my music on Itunes or My Store)

 

Devotion For Today ~

I wanted to share with you the devotion I read this morning from Oswald Chambers, “My Utmost For His Highest” devotional.  His writings are so good even for today.  This was taken from his May 30th excerpt:

“Suppose God tells you to do something that is an enormous test of your common sense, totally going against it.  What will you do?  Will you hold back?  If you get into the habit of doing something physically, you will do it every time you are tested until the same is true spiritually.  Again and again you will come right up to what Jesus wants, but every time you will turn back at the true point of testing, until you are determined to abandon yourself to God in total surrender. Yet we tend to say, ‘Yes, but – suppose I do obey God in this matter, what about…?’  Or we say, ‘Yes, I will obey God if what He asks of me doesn’t go against my common sense, but don’t ask me to take a step in the dark.’

Jesus Christ demands the same unrestrained, adventurous spirit in those who have placed their trust in Him that the natural man exhibits. If a person is ever going to do anything worthwhile, there will be times when he must risk everything by his leap in the dark.  In the spiritual realm, Jesus Christ demands that you risk everything you hold on to or believe through common sense, and leap by faith into what He says.  Once you obey, you will immediately find that what He says is as solidly consistent as common sense.

By the test of common sense, Jesus Christ’s statements may seem mad, but when you test them by the trial of faith, your findings will fill your spirit with the awesome fact that they are the very words of God.  Trust completely in God, and when He brings you to a new opportunity of adventure, offering it to you, see that you take it.  We act like pagans in a crisis-only one out of an entire crowd is daring enough to invest his faith in the character of God.”

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Blessings,

Lara~

 

Let’s Go Deeper – Book of John Bible Study

I just finished leading a Periscope bible study on the book of John.  If you missed any of the chapters, you can go to my Katch.me account at https://katch.me/LaraMarriott and search for “Let’s Go Deeper” and the chapter(s) you are looking for. They were a joy to do and we found ourselves going deeper in our knowledge of why Jesus came, how He showed His authority, and how loving and selfless He was.  You will love growing deeper through this study of John!

Now, on a side note, I promised my viewers I would post some of the facts from the study on my blog to help bring some clarity and organize the events of Jesus.  So here they are:

SIGNS & MIRACLES

  1. Jesus changed water into wine
  2. The healing of the official’s son
  3. Healing of the 38 year old invalid at the pool
  4. Feeding of the 5000 (there were more actually when we include the women and children)
  5. Healing of the man born blind
  6. Raising of Lazarus

I AM

  1. The True Vine
  2. The Way, the Truth, and the Life
  3. The Good Shepherd
  4. The Gate for the Sheep
  5. The Light of the World
  6. The Bread of Life

The Seven Sayings of Jesus on the Cross

  1. “Father, forgive the, for they do not know what they are doing.”
  2. “I tell you the truth, today, you will be with Me in paradise.”
  3. “Dear woman, here is your son.” and ” Here is your mother.”
  4. “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
  5. “I am thirsty.”
  6. “It is finished.”
  7. “Father, into Your hands I commit My Spirit.”

I am taking a Thanksgiving/Christmas break and will hopefully be back on Periscope to begin another bible study.  I will be praying about which book of the Bible to do next.  I’ll keep you posted.  Until then, I hope you too will start getting excited about studying the Bible on your own to discover all that God’s Living Word has for you!

Lara

Psalm 138:1 “I will praise You, Lord with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing Your praise.”

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Kids Bible Journal Scripture Verses ~

I had a mom ask me what scripture verses I used for our homeschool Bible journals I put together this year.  So here is a list of them for this quarter.  I mistakenly said we had 40, but now that I am looking at the journal, we’ve written down 20 so far.    Hope this list will be encouraging and helpful.

Bible Journal Scripture Verses

1. Proverbs 22:6

2. 2 Corinthians 13:14

3. 1 John 4:19

4. 1 John 3:18

5. 1 John 3:3

6.  Proverbs 3:5

7.  Psalm 138:1

8. Isaiah 29:13

9. John 3:16

10. Psalm 146:6

11. 2 Peter 1:5-8

12. Ephesians 6:10-11

13. Psalm 46:10

14. Psalm 27:8

15. 1 Thessalonians 5:15

16. John 1:1

17. John 3:30

18. Psalm 23:1 (actually the whole chapter ; ) )

19. Galatians 5:22-23

20. Psalm 27:1

If you are excited about these scripture promises to give to your kids or to just hold dear to your own heart, then join my blog or send me your email address so I can put you on my email list.  I’m going to be working on something to offer you that I think you’ll really enjoy!!

Blessings,

Lara ~

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Periscope Bible Q&A (part 2) –

I don’t know if you have heard of the new live streaming app called, “Periscope” yet, but I have been leading daily bible studies on it at 6:30am P/T, going through the “Jesus Calling” devotional. Well, because it broadcasts globally to anyone who wants to join in, I have had a few people ask some amazing questions about God, Jesus, and why I(we) believe in Jesus. During our study time, others can tweet responses, questions, and prayer requests that we all can read and reply too. I don’t usually have time to try and answer some of the questions, so I am using my blog as a tool to do so. Usually, my husband (who is a worship pastor and who is currently taking Theology in University) helps me answer the questions, but he hasn’t been able to, so I am going to try my best to answer them. Please, feel free to comment or add to these answers if you think I missed anything. =)

Questions: (for Amin)

What is the meaning of worship?
– The meaning of worship is to give honor, reverence, and adoration to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. It is a way to thank Him for all that He has done and has yet to do. It aligns our hearts with His.

What has God done for you?
– God has given me the assurance of knowing that He is with me by showing Himself to me in very specific and personal ways. He has helped me be more peaceful, than angry; more bold, than fearful; more faith-full, than uncertain. He has blessed me abundantly.

What is the reason when a kid is born with flaws?
– It is because of sin that we are flawed. In the beginning when God made creation He rested and looked at what He had made and called it “good.” All of creation was once perfect in His sight. However, humans were given the freedom to choose. Unfortunately, through the first man and woman, we chose our way, instead of following God’s way. Because of their choice, everything was cursed by sin. That is why there is suffering, heartache, unfairness, flaws, etc. But, there is hope! Jesus, is coming back again to make things right and to bring justice to the world. Through Him, we will be saved from the curse of sin. In heaven, everything will be restored and we will be able to walk with the Lord just like Adam and Eve did in the garden in the beginning. All we have to do is give our lives over to Him and believe Jesus is the Son of God.

Why do we have to live with flaws?
– A good read would be the book of Job. There are probably many different reasons why. Only God knows the specific reasons. Sometimes, they are used to teach us something. Sometimes, God can use them to draw us closer to Him. Sometimes, there is no logical reason. It says in the bible, it rains on the good and the bad. We live in an imperfect world. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart I have overcome the world.” Thankfully, through Jesus, there is hope.

So you believe in heaven and hell?
– Yes. Why? Because, the God who loves me and whom I love talks about heaven and hell in the bible. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt there is good and there is evil. They are always at war with each other all around us. That is obvious. So to think there is a heaven and a hell isn’t that difficult for me to believe.

Who will go to heaven?
– Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 3:16 says, “For God loved the world so much, that He gave His one and only Son. That whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.” So, those who believe in Jesus and ask Him into their hearts will go to heaven to be with Him forever.

So if I believe in Jesus I will go to heaven? Even when I do something wrong? So I will do whatever I want like killing and raping and believing in Jesus and so then I will go to heaven.
– Yes, If you believe in Jesus with a humbled, reverent heart, asking Him to come inside you and help you through your life, you will go to heaven and be saved. You will be covered with His grace. You will still mess up and make mistakes, but His Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth and will help to transform you so that you won’t have any desire to do something that is not aligned with His heart, like killing or raping.

Who defines the good thing and the bad thing?
– God is the standard. He is Love. He is all good. “There is no one (man or woman) who is good, not even one.” Psalm 14:2-3

So how can I contact God?
– By just talking with Him as if He was one of your friends. Even though we cannot see Him we can see the effects of what He is doing. He is Spirit. So when we call out to Him, He will be there. Psalm 139

The Bible is for 2015?
– Yes! The Bible is the inspired word of God. It has been applicable and relevant all throughout history for the Jews and now including the gentiles (all those who are not Jewish). God can and has used the bible to guide and direct our steps in many different ways. I was reading in Colossians the other day and the Apostle Paul told the church he was writing to, to share his letter with the other churches. The Bible was intended to be shared all over the world.

Other people with other beliefs will go to hell?
– There are many people who strive to be good people. God is Sovereign and knows each of our hearts. Jesus said He was the way, the truth, and the life. He was the only way to get to the Father. He became the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Remember, because of the choice we made back in the beginning to do our own thing, we were cursed to die as a result of our sinful choice. Well, Jesus took that punishment that we deserved upon himself when He came to this earth. He was the only one who could have done it because he was without sin. He was fully God and fully man. He died a criminal’s death to break the curse over us and give us the gift of freedom from that bondage and to allow us to freely live life to the fullest; the way God intended. We no longer have to strive to be good and to do good in order to be with God. Through the grace of Jesus, we get immediate access with the God of the Universe. No more striving in our own effort, just the acceptance of His abundant grace. This is good news! He is the only one who deserves all the glory, honor and praise.

How do you know that the Bible is not modified?
– Great question! (I wish my husband was available to help me out on this one) One of the ways we know that the bible was not modified is to look at the archeological evidence that is out there, for example, the Dead Sea Scrolls were written thousands of years ago and when those books in the bible that were preserved, were lined up with our current bible it showed the accuracy to be in the 90th percentile. That is very impressive!! We can also see how the bible has stood the test of time throughout the centuries. Now, there are translations that are known to have modified the text somewhat to make it more current in tone, such as, the Message Bible. I believe they call that one a Paraphrase Bible. But for the most part, the bible is the most unchanged sacred text in all of history.

What will happen in heaven?
– Philippians 3:20-21 says, “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. (NIV)”

Revelation 21:1-4 “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away … I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God … And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (NIV)

So when there is no crying how can we define happiness?
– Happiness is defined as being in God’s Presence. There was no crying in the garden of Eden when the first man and woman walked the earth. Why? Because they got to be in fellowship with God daily.

Without war, what is the meaning of peace?
– The meaning of peace is what God intended for His creation in the beginning. He is a God of Peace. Jesus was called the “Prince of Peace.” War doesn’t bring about peace, it reminds us that we have a longing for peace and we can find that peace through Jesus.

Questions 5/19

Do you believe in the supernatural?
– Yes

What are your thoughts on the new revival and the great awakening?
– I have had a passion for years of another great revival happening where God’s people will wake up and get excited for His coming again and that many, many more people will come to know Jesus as their Savior.

Can signs and wonders happen for everyday, regular people
– Yes, I was healed as a child. I have family testimonies of amazing supernatural signs happening for them in their time of need. I have personally been rocked by God’s supernatural power. I am totally an everyday, regular person too! =)

Do you think anyone is really the “chosen ones”
– This is just my opinion. No matter what your take is on this, most of us will probably see each other in heaven. But, for me personally, I believe God saw all who were going to chose Him, yet He still gave us the choice to choose. Jesus died for all.

Muslims, Jews, etc all believe they are the chosen ones. Once you have that many who believe that it is not as special anymore
– The one thing that believing in Jesus has that none of the other religions believe is “grace.” You can’t earn your way to God. Because of the unconditional love that Jesus showed and because I have personally been transformed by His loving grace, my faith and relationship with Him is the most special possession I have.

Great, great questions!! I hope these answers helped. Hopefully, I will be able to find some of my pastor friends to help me out. =) These questions are helping me grow in my faith too! Looking forward to hearing more and learning from you all too.

Blessings,

Lara ~

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