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March 24, 2015

All Powerful

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Psalms 139:13-19 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand — when I awake, I am still with you. If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!

Hear the Psalmist contemplates on the power of God. God has complete power. There is none more powerful than God. God created all that was, is or will ever be. God has the power to change His creations any way He chooses. Yet, in all that power, God has chosen to give His followers the power of prayer. It is through prayer that we are privilege to share God’s power to change the directions’ of lives on this earth. Our question is are we taking advantage of that power?

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May 9, 2013

Spell Checker

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2 Timothy 3:16. Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Automatic spell checkers are sometimes a nuisance.  If we don’t watch out they will change a word to a different one.  People have tried to do this with God’s written word, the Holy Bible.  They will often take a sentence out of context and manipulate it for a meaning of their own choice.  As Paul wrote to Timothy, every word in the scripture is useful for teaching, correction and training but it must be in the context of its entirety.  No word will disagree with the commandments of God.  All words will lead us to love God with all our heart, mind and strength and our neighbor as ourselves.  Any interpretation which doesn’t lead to this is wrong.  As with a spell checker let us be sure to ask ourselves the question, “will this understanding bring me into a closer reflection of Jesus?”

February 2, 2013

Super Bowl

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Psalms 100:2. Worship the Lord with joy!  Enter his presence with joyful singing!

Tomorrow is a special day.  Some think it is special because it’s Super Bowl Day.  Actually it’s special because it’s Sunday, the Lord’s day, the day we come together to worship and praise our God.  There is a lot of excitement about the Super Bowl.  People spend lots of money, time, and effort to be at the big game.  They cheer openly during the game.  When the game is over the entire thing gradually fades away. Our question is what about our gathering together to give God praises and worship?  How much money, time and effort do we spend. We are in the game of life.  As with the bowl game there will be winners and losers.  The only winners will be on God”s team and the worship and praise will never end. We start that in our churches on Sunday.  Which teams are worth the most time, effort, money and cheering – the Super Bowl teams or God’s team?  Enjoy the Super Bowl but keep God in first place in our time, effort, money and praises,

January 22, 2013

What We Can Give

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Acts 3:6. But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, stand up and walk!”

How often have we heard or said ourselves, “I wish I could give or help but I don’t have anything.”  Peter had no money but He was open to God’s Holy Spirit wanting to give through him.  So often we think money will make everyone’s problems go away.  There are many needs besides money.  We need to learn to allow God to show us the need and be willing to allow Him to meet the need through us.  The possibilities of what He can do through His obedient children are endless.  I will not suggest any so each of us can remain open without preconceived ideas on how God wants to use us in helping others. Our question is are we willing to listen with an open mind and be obedient with a loving heart?

December 16, 2012

Humbled

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Philippians 2:8 He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross! 

As we continue to prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus on this earth and prepare for His return, we must consider humility.  People, by nature, are prideful.  We like to think we are the ones in the right.  We like to think we deserve the best of all things. Jesus was with His Father in heaven.  He is Father God’s only Son..  He has every reason to be proud and to expect the  best of all things.  Yet He was willing to humble Himself, leave the side of His Father, God, and be born into a family considered to be low-class and in a smelly and dirty stable surrounded by animals.  Not only was His birth on this earth humble, He lived humbly with no place to call His own and was put to death between two common thieves.  All this in obedience to His Father and out of love for us prideful, sinful people.  What do we have to be so proud of?  Our question is are we willing to humble ourselves before God confessing our pride and sinfulness?  Are we willing to humble ourselves before fellow people by loving and serving them through the love of God?  We each must answer those questions.     

November 15, 2012

Burning Hearts

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Luke 24:32 They said to each other, “Didnt our hearts burn within us while he was speaking with us on the road, while he was explaining the scriptures to us?”

Luke is not referring to heart burn but to a burning heart.  A heart that is warmed and stirred.  Sometimes I refer to the Holy Bible as God’s love letter to mankind.  It warms my heart when I read of His love for me.  It warms my heart to read He will never leave me.  My heart is also warmed when I am with others who know and speak of God.  We can read the Bible without our heart being warmed.  We can be with other believers and speak of God without our hearts being warmed.  Our hearts can only be warmed if we have allowed God’s Holy Spirit to dwell within us.  Our hearts are warmed if we truly desire to be in His presence.  The two on Emmaus Road were not expecting Jesus to be with them.  They did not recognize Him  because they did not believe He was really alive.  Because they did not believe the did not recognize their hearts were burning.  Our question is do we want our hearts to burn for God, to burn for the realization of His very presence?  We can have a burning heart when we give ourselves over to Him.  When our relationship with God through Jesus is our first desire and we truly seek Him with all our heart, our mind and strength we will find our heart burns more and more for fellowship with Him.  There is a chorus that goes, “Give me fire in my heart, keep me burning.  Give me fire in my heart I pray….”  Let us choose to ask Him for that fire in our hearts through the power of His Holy Spirit.

October 15, 2012

Trials

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Proverbs 3:5  Trust a in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.

There are times in our walk with God He tries to show or tell us of what is about to be.  Many times we don’t want to see or hear it.  We’re like Scarlet O’Hare in “Gone With the Wind” when we say I think about that tomorrow and we hope it goes away before tomorrow comes.  The real issue is our trust level in God.  We are emotional beings and our emotions are slower in the walk than our spirits and intellects.  We have the knowledge God is in control, is always with us, never allows more than we can bear but our emotions aren’t always in agreement.  When God shows us an upcoming trial it’s usually a place our emotions don’t want to go so we do all we can to turn away from it.  We are unaware He will give us all we need to face the trial as it comes along.  This is true even when the trial is involving a loved one.  What trials involve loved ones involve all those around them.  We don’t want to see one we love go through a hard time.  We aren’t sure of our own trust level in God for our loved one.  We fail to remember He loves them even more than we do.  We fail to remember He gives us each what we need at the time we need it.  Our question is how do we get our emotions to agree with the trust and faith we have in our God?  We quit concentrating on the why of the trial and start to open our heart to God and the how we are to walk the trial.  We open our hearts and minds through prayer and strengthen our faith through meditation on God’s written Word, the Holy Bible.  We allow other believers to help and to encourage us.  I’ve not only grown much and learned much in my own trials, I have also grown and learned as I walked with someone else in their own trials.  James was very right when He wrote for us to consider it joy when trials come our way, whether it is to walk them ourselves or walk with someone else.  They all bring us into a closer relationship with the One true living God.  We can welcome what we see or hear coming our way or the way of a loved one with full confidence that God is sufficient to supply all our needs.

October 5, 2012

Made Sin

2 Corinthians 5:21  God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God.

This verse is talking about Jesus Christ.  He did not know sin.  He walked this earth without any sin.  We are very familiar with sin.  I doubt that a day doesn’t go by without us sinning in thought, word or action.  Not so with Jesus.  But notice it says God made Jesus to BE sin for us.  It was on the cross that Jesus took on each and every sin for all mankind for all eternity.  Without Jesus doing that for us there is no way we could ever be in the presence of God.  Sin cannot be in the presence of God.  Since we are sinners we need Jesus to take on our sin and through Him we become righteous with the righteousness of God – a sinless righteousness.  That righteousness was Jesus until He took on our sins to enable us to be free in His righteousness.  The question is do we admit that we are sinners and we cannot do anything about it on our own?  The only way to be free from the burden and debt and separation from God because of our continual sinning is through His Son, Jesus.  Do we thank God each and every day for such a gift of love?  Think how we hold others in this world accountable for the wrongs they do.  How much more should God hold us accountable?  Yet, because of His love for us He sent His Son to pay the price – to account for our sins.  Have you opened the gift package of God’s righteousness through His Son?  Have you acknowledge Jesus paid for your sins?  If not, do so now.  Just admit to God and to yourself that you are a sinner (as we all are) and can do nothing to atone for it.  Ask Jesus to come into your heart, mind and life and fill you with His Holy Spirit.  The allow the Holy Spirit to grow in you though Bible study, meditation, prayer and gathering with others to worship, praise and learn more of Him.

October 2, 2012

Considered Faith

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Genesis 15:6  Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord considered his response of faith as proof of genuine loyalty. 

What a wonderful thing to be known for – faith in God.  This is our first priority – to believe God, to have faith in Him.  This must come before relationship can happen.  Without belief in God, without faith in God, there can be no worship, praise, prayer, fellowship, joy, peace or an abundant life.  God created us for fellowship with Him.  Real fellowship is based on faith/belief. God does not consider our prayers or fellowship or worship without our belief/faith in Him.  God sees into our hearts and minds and knows if we truly believe.  How do we believe?  Belief comes and deepens by hearing God’s Word and seeing God’s works.  We can keep our eyes on man and see all that man ‘has done” or we can open our eyes and see what God has done and what He has enabled man to do.  When we believe we will choose to obey because we have faith in the One we believe.  Our question is does our obedience to God show real belief?  Let us choose to deepen our faith/belief in God through the hearing of His Word and the seeing of His works.  Let us keep our eyes, ears, hearts and minds open to Him.

August 14, 2012

Attitude

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Psalms 55:21  His words are as smooth as butter, but he harbors animosity in his heart. 
His words seem softer than oil, but they are really like sharp swords. 

How often do we “grin and bear” something we feel we must do?  Going through the motions of serving God or serving others is empty in God’s sight.  God looks on our attitude.  He looks on what is in our heart, what we are really thinking.  Holding a door for someone and wishing at the same time they would hurry up so you can get on with your own plans is not the heart attitude God honors.  We can obey for the sake of obedience and serve for the sake of service.  We can obey from fear of consequences and serve for fear of what others might think of us.  These attitudes do not please or honor God.  He wants us to obey and serve Him and others through love for Him and His creation.  All other attitudes are as filthy rags.  We cannot serve enough or obey enough to overcome an attutide without love.  Our question is are we willing to admit apart from God’s Holy Spirit dwelling in our hearts and minds we cannot possibly have the right attitude?  Let us humble ourselves in the site of man and God and ask for a right attitude to grow in our hearts and minds.  In all we do we shoudl do as unto God with love and thanksgiving.

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