Christina's Corner by Christina Hollensbe en-us The .05 Cent Bubble Gum "Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free." (Ephesians 6:8, NLT) When I was a little girl, I would often ride my bike to the corner gas station. Sometimes mom would send me on an errand or sometimes I would just stop in for some pop (or a "coke" - as Texans often say it). Now, I typically would have to save up my pennies to get something I wanted, so to have enough money for that bubbly black stuff was a real treat. I must admit,... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:12:02 -0400 Fool's Gold Luke 12:1-5, (TLB) "Meanwhile the crowds grew until thousands upon thousands were milling about and crushing each other. He turned now to his disciples and warned them, 'More than anything else, beware of these Pharisees and the way they pretend to be good when they aren't. But such hypocrisy cannot be hidden forever. It will become as evident as yeast in dough. Whatever they have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms shall be broadcast... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 21:20:52 -0400 You were made for this Colossians 3:12-14 "So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It's your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it." Recently, I was asked if I would take on a particular task. To be honest, I... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 22:11:00 -0400 God's Discipline vs Man's Discipline "Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it," (Hebrews 12:10, 11 NIV). Notice the above scripture points out that God disciplines us for our good. I know...the thought of the word "discipline" makes many of us cringe. Partly, because it... Fri, 29 May 2015 20:48:20 -0400 Steady my heart Psalm 112:6-10, ESV "For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries. He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn is exalted in Honor. The wicked man sees it and is angry; he gnashes his teeth and melts away; the desire of the... Thu, 14 May 2015 22:37:28 -0400 Next time you look, see yourself as God sees you It's OK to be You! "Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother's womb. I thank you, High God -- you're breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration -- what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before... Thu, 14 May 2015 22:36:27 -0400 Remember Easter isn't over just yet Esther 4:1-3, (MSG) "When Mordecai learned what had been done, he ripped his clothes to shreds and put on sackcloth and ashes. Then he went out in the streets of the city crying out in loud and bitter cries. He came only as far as the King's Gate, for no one dressed in sackcloth was allowed to enter the King's Gate. As the king's order was posted in every province, there was loud lament among the Jews--fasting, weeping, wailing. And most of them stretched out on sackcloth and ashes." In... Thu, 14 May 2015 22:34:52 -0400 Saved lives, changed lives come only from Christ Luke 11:24-28,(MSG) "'When a corrupting spirit is expelled from someone, it drifts along through the desert looking for an oasis, some unsuspecting soul it can bedevil. When it doesn't find anyone, it says, 'I'll go back to my old haunt.' On return, it finds the person swept and dusted, but vacant. It then runs out and rounds up seven other spirits dirtier than itself and they all move in, whooping it up. That person ends up far worse than if he'd never gotten cleaned up in the first place.'... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:14:01 -0400 Be Confident in Who God has Created YOU to Be Psalm 139:14-17, (NLT) "Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous--how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!" Long ago, before the foundations of the Earth, The Lord... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 08:16:47 -0500 Trust seems like such a complicated ordeal Proverbs 3:5-12, (MSG) "Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track. Don't assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. But don't, dear... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 08:15:52 -0500 Flesh vs. spirit is often an internal battle "For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the [Holy] Spirit. Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind... Fri, 06 Feb 2015 10:56:52 -0500 True Success is measured in many ways 1 Timothy 6:10 (AMP) "For the love of money is a root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have been led astray and have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves through with many acute [mental] pangs." Many often inadvertently twist this scripture to convey that money is evil. Money is not "bad" or "evil". Money is a constant variable. Notice, it is the love of money that is evil, not "money" in itself. Before I looked up this scripture, God was showing me that when one... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:53:49 -0500 The time is certainly ripe for a miracle Luke 17:11-19, AMP "As He went on His way to Jerusalem, it occurred that [Jesus] was passing [along the border] between Samaria and Galilee. And as He was going into one village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance. And they raised up their voices and called, 'Jesus, Master, take pity and have mercy on us!' And when He saw them, He said to them, 'Go [at once] and show yourselves to the priests'. And as they went, they were cured and made clean. Then one of them, upon seeing that... Fri, 09 Jan 2015 11:14:12 -0500 What can I really expect from God? "I have made a covenant with my eyes; Why then should I look upon a young woman? For what is the allotment of God from above, And the inheritance of the Almighty from on high? Is it not destruction for the wicked, And disaster for the workers of iniquity? Does He not see my ways, And count all my steps? If I have despised the cause of my male or female servant when they complained against me, what then shall I do when God rises up? When He punishes, how shall I answer Him? Did not He who made... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 09:43:57 -0500 Are you running the right kind of race? "We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:28-29,... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 09:42:44 -0500 Be mindful when it comes to gender boundaries "Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master's wife took notice of Joseph and said, 'Come to bed with me!' But he refused. 'With me in charge,' he told her, 'my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?' And though she spoke to... Fri, 07 Nov 2014 15:16:31 -0500 When Evil Prevails you just have to keep faith Zephaniah 3:1-5,(GNT) "Jerusalem is doomed, that corrupt, rebellious city that oppresses its own people. It has not listened to the Lord or accepted his discipline. It has not put its trust in the Lord or asked for his help. Its officials are like roaring lions; its judges are like hungry wolves, too greedy to leave a bone until morning. The prophets are irresponsible and treacherous; the priests defile what is sacred, and twist the law of God to their own advantage. But the Lord is still in... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:31:53 -0400 The Sinful Christian has many tough decisions "My people are ruined because they don't know what's right or true. Because you've turned your back on knowledge, I've turned my back on you priests. Because you refuse to recognize the revelation of God.....The result: You can't tell the people from the priests, the priests from the people." (Hosea 4:4-10, MSG) In the book of Hosea, both priests and people rejected God's knowledge and lived a life of sin. They forgot the law of God, they neither desired it nor abided by it. Therefore, God... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:01:39 -0400 The Heart-Shattered Life Psalm 51:16-17 The Message (MSG) "Going through the motions doesn't please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you. I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don't for a moment escape God's notice." David had written this Psalm after he was confronted about having an affair with Bathsheba. He was feeling exposed, ashamed, humbled, and remorseful. Although David was a man after God's own heart (1 Sam 13:14), he acted absolutely... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:19:54 -0400 The Christian Argument for Tolerance 1 Corinthians 6:7-11 New King James Version (NKJV): "Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated? No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren! Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:18:24 -0400