Have your ever wondered how God feels about our faith? Faith in what He promises in His Word? Faith in Him?

On night, not too long ago, I was feeling really uneasy about something and I wasn’t sure why. So I asked God to help me understand – and He did.

God encouraged me to open the the Bible to Mark, chapter 6. It’s about when Jesus returned with his disciples to Nazareth, his hometown and was rejected.

God specifically showed me these two versus – Mark 6:5,6 (NIV) – “He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.

It says, “He could not” not would not or didn’t do or even chose not to. No, it specifically says,”He could not do any miracles there,” and it was because of their lack of faith in Him.

In the New Living Translation Mark 6:5,6 reads, “And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.”

This absolutely blew me away. I never paid attention to these versus before.

Next, God showed me that I was worrying about someone I care about. He told me that He sees that as a lack of faith. I asked Him to forgive me, and then I let go and let Him completely have the situation.

The uneasiness I was feeling went away immediately. And I am already seeing changes for the better, praise the Lord!

Our having faith is definitely important to God.

May God Bless You,

Jim Hageman

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Jesus Was A Party Animal!

Just finished our last Discipleship class and learned that discipleship involves daily living. Getting to know my neighbors, my co-workers. Taking time to listen to their story. Blessing and encouraging them. Eating and celebrating with them.

Jesus was a party animal? — What!?

What really stuck out to me was taking time to celebrate, to party. We are to follow the example Jesus gave us and when I look closely, Jesus was a party animal. He loved to eat and celebrate with people. He loved to share stories. He loved to live life with all that chose to follow him.

Pastor Jeff made a comment that made me think. He said, “What could we possibly ever be depressed about? We know how our life ends?” Why am I not celebrating life more? Why am I not eating with my neighbors and co-workers more often? Why am I not celebrating with people who do not know God’s story, eating with them, sharing with them, living life with them as Jesus did?

If we truly understand and believe the Gospel, we should be the most CELEBRATED people on the planet. It time for me, for all of us, to know our destiny and celebrate – following the example Jesus gave us. Bringing forth the Story of God, His Grace, celebrating and sharing God’s extravagant blessings.

It’s time!

May God Bless You,

Jim Hageman

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Are you living a purpose driven life or just living? What is a purpose driven life? Does it even matter?

All good questions…

Having lived a self-centered life, in ERROR for several years, I can attest that living a purpose driven life matters. In fact, it is the key to enjoying a truly fulfilling, successful life.

Purpose Driven, Living God’s Plan For Your Life

Living a purpose driven life begins with the understanding that God created us for a reason. He has a plan and a purpose that He wants each of us to fulfill, and… He will show you His plan for your life, just ask Him.

When you ask God, expect Him to answer. For me, He used my Zumba instructor, Nelly, to open my eyes to His plan. Nelly is a beautiful, young woman full of energy and a special love for Jesus Christ.

After class Nelly told me about a book, “The Purpose Driven Life,” written by Rick Warren. She told me that it was based on over 1000 scriptures and that God was using it to change her life. I bought it the next day and God has used it to transform my life significantly. Thank you Nelly!

What is God’s Plan For Your Life?

Let’s take a look at Ephesians 1:11 (MSG) – “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.”

God has 5 purposes for your life:

  1. God created you for His pleasure, NOT yours. He wants you to praise Him, worship Him, and live a life that gives Him glory. He wants you to love Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. – “Give yourself completely to God since you have been given new life.”
    Romans 6:13b (NLT)
  2. God formed you specifically to be an integral part of His family – His church. He wants you to love and care for other believers. He wants you to fellowship and serve within the church, NOT just go there to receive. – “You are members of God’s very own family… and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.”
    Ephesians 2:19b (TLB)
  3. God wants you to develop the character of Jesus Christ. The Bible shows you the life Jesus lived as an example of how God wants you to live. He wants you to become a true disciple of Christ, living a Christ centered life, NOT a self-centered one. – “In all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
    Romans 8:28 (NIV)
  4. God wants you to use the special gifts and talents that He blessed you with. Your entire life, your experiences, your problems, your everything, God wants you to use to love, serve, and help others. – “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
    Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
  5. God wants you to be a messenger of His salvation, through Jesus Christ, to those who have yet to be saved by the grace of God. This can mean in your family, work, city, country, or on mission trips to other parts of the world. – “Work at bringing others to Christ.”
    2 Timothy 4:5b (NLT)

In summary, My brothers and sisters in Christ, this is an overview of what God wants me to share with you. It is time for each of us, including you, to live God’s plan for our life… to live a Purpose Driven Life!

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May God Bless You,

Jim Hageman

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An Act of Love, Why Jesus Came

Jesus Christ came into our world for seven specific reasons. This was the teaching Pastor Mike Hayes shared today at Covenant Church in Carrollton, Texas.

He told us that Jesus Christ came to:

1. Save us from sin, so that we wouldn’t miss out on the life God has for us – Matthew 1:21-23
2. Demonstrate the Love of God – Romans 5:6-8
3. Destroy the works of the devil – 1 John 3:8 and Luke 4:18
4. Bring judgment – John 9:39
5. Establish an everlasting Kingdom – Daniel 7:13,14
6. Give understanding – 1 John 5:20
7. Become our Great High Priest, our Lord, and our Savior – Hebrews 4:14-16

Pastor Mike gave a very thorough explanation of each, but there was one reason that stood out to me:

Jesus Christ came to “Bring Judgement!”

How can that be an act of love?

John 9:39 says – And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.” (NKJV)

Jesus Christ came into this world to bring judgement, not upon us, but upon Himself. The Son of God became man to be a sacrificial lamb. He came to bear God’s judgement. He came to atone for the sins of the world, our sins.

Jesus Christ is the only one who lived a completely sin free life. His life on earth is an example of right living. His suffering and death on the cross, His atonement for our sins, is an example of God’s amazing love for us.

And His love doesn’t stop there. Jesus rose from the dead and is in Heaven now with the Father. He knows that life on earth can be a struggle. He knows that we are not perfect and that we will sin.

Jesus Christ loves us so much that His life, His death, and His resurrection happened so that we may be forgiven when we fall short. He loves us so much that all we have to do is believe on Him and honestly ask Him to forgive us.

John 9:39, in The Amplified versions, says – Then Jesus said, I came into this world for judgment [as a Separator, in order that there may be [a] separation between those who believe on Me and those who reject Me], to make the sightless see and to make those who see become blind.

Anyone who reads this, who believes on Jesus Christ, asks Him to be their Lord and Savior, and honestly asks Him to forgive them when sin – is forgiven and will enjoy eternal life.

May God Bless You,

Jim Hageman

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It’s Christmas time once again… This year let’s truly remember that, “Jesus is the reason for the season!”

As we all know, Christmas is a special time to celebrate the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ. It’s also a time that means, Santa Claus and Big Business, to the world.

In our bible study, at work this week, my friend Steve shared the true story of Santa Claus. It begins with St. Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time, the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast […] Continue Reading…

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As Christians, we are told to love Jesus Christ with all our heart, soul, and strength. We are called to be His disciples, to worship Him, and to serve Him.

The way to true success in life is to love Jesus Christ above all else, but how many of us are doing this? Can you honestly say that you love Jesus Christ more that your spouse? Do you love Jesus Christ more than your children? More than your parents?

Look at what the bible says in Luke 14:26 (NLT) – “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone […] Continue Reading…

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