We read in the Bible numerous times, “Fear not.” We have many temptations that lurk to put us in places of fear. It isn’t always easy to resist those urges. God rescues us from anxieties and so much more. Clinging to godly principles is hugely helpful. Bible accounts express about people who pressed through despite having reservations, hesitations, and uncertainties. They made choices to trust the Lord, regardless. Of course, obeying God wasn’t always comfortable, but obey they did. Gideon, David, Abraham, Moses and more righteous folks proved the rewards of cleaving to what God led. Gideon was poor and apprehensive about what he was instructed by God to do. The Lord reduced the number of men who were to go to battle with him. It didn’t look logical from a natural point of view. But throughout the Bible, we read of the many accounts of supernatural events that occurred. Moses was charged with confronting king Pharaoh. He wasn’t, at all, eager to take on that enormous task. He attemptedContinue reading »

Challenged to forgive I long to fully let the matter go – Yes, forgiveness is necessary – My wounds are fresh What would Jesus do? Forgive They are disregarding what’s best – Still, despite their actions I must forgive What would Jesus do? Forgive My hardness had to soften and yield to forgiveness – It’s best and the way of the Lord What would Jesus do? Forgive Peter betrayed Jesus, denied even knowing him – He cursed and denied his Lord – Thrice Peter did that What did Jesus do? He forgave him Christ Jesus, pure and innocent was put on a cross and crucified for doing his Father’s business – loving, teaching healing, and raising the dead – What did Jesus say? “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”

I’ll come when I get it together – Jesus loves you Come as you are I’ll come when I can give more – Jesus calls Come as you are I’ll come when I get married – The Lord beckons Come as you are I’ll come when I fix myself up – You’re welcome now Come as you are I’ll come when I finish school – Jesus urges Come as you are I’ll come when I get a better job – The Lord invites Come as you are I’ll come when I stop my bad habits – Jesus assures Come as you are When you come to Jesus surely, you won’t stay as you are because the Lord guides with pure love, and gives life more abundantly

Valentine’s Day is once again upon us Flowers, candy, and stuffed animals galore – There’s no greater love, though, than what comes from God Trips are planned Dining out abounds – There’s no greater love, though, than what God gives Babysitters for the children Reservations are made – There’s no greater love than what God shares Yes, the Lord provides the best affection and way beyond – It doesn’t get better than love from the Master – Woo wee, I bask in the splendor of knowing that the love of God is forever unsurpassed I wish thrills and joy for Valentine’s Day celebrants – but most of all I wish the highest praise for God – for truly, none other gives the greatest love

Lots of folks love the following scriptural account: Matthew 14:28-32 – KJV And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. How many times have we faced boisterous winds in our lives and the Lord saved us? Challenges of various sorts confront us, but when we cling to Jesus, ways out are always made. We are repeatedly saved. Yes, salvation is ongoing. Day by day we experience forms of it. Immense gratitude flows for how the Lord rewards our love and faithfulness withContinue reading »

The well-known composer and pianist Rubenstein is quoted as having said something like the following: “If I fail to practice even a single day, I will notice it immediately. If I won’t practice two days my friends will notice it too, and finally, when I fail to practice three days in a row, the whole world will notice it.” And I believe he is right. It’s like the age-old saying, ‘practice makes perfect,’ and it applies to our faith as well. Faith is like a muscle. It grows stronger by practice and exercise. When nothing is being done in the area of strengthening our faith, our faith muscles will become flabby and we can’t use them to run the race that is set before us. Ultimately we will fail in reaching the goals that Jesus had in mind for us. Faith is not something that suddenly appears, although some people seem to think so and are surprised when in a difficult situation, they find out they can’t actually lean onContinue reading »

We are an array of hues, races, and cultures in the family of God No two of us are alike – God is the Father of assorted types We think, express and do common things, but our differences have value, as well We are blended in the family of God – It’s such a rich heritage God loves us all and treats us as individuals, but we all gain from group attention and “hugs” Truly, the manifold blessed assurances are treasures to behold – We flourish as children of the Most High Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name Thank you that we have the privilege of being in your blended family.

Mountains are high Waters run deep Wind blows Fire burns Nothing is bigger than God Trees grow Flowers bloom Earth replenishes People populate Nothing is bigger than God. Birds fly Lions roar Fish swim Bees make honey Nothing is bigger than God Computers produce Scientists discover Teachers guide Parents mold Nothing is bigger than God How big is God? His vastness cannot be measured – The glory is beyond our finite awareness Nothing is bigger than God Magnificence describes Lord Almighty as does splendor, perfection, and awesomeness Amazing is our God – Love pours forth from our Creator, wonderful, marvelous and incomparable love – Nothing is bigger or better than God.

The other day I read a touching tale that holds an encouraging lesson for us as children of God. The story was telling the tale of the damaged relationship between a father and his daughter, and the consequent scars on both of their hearts. Because of miscommunication and misunderstanding both of them had tucked their feelings for each other far away in dark basements of their hearts, but no matter how far we try to hide our pain unless we find real healing, such hurts will always continue to affect us and radiate confusion into our daily lives. One day, the daughter found out that her father was dying. This time she could no longer refuse to visit the man who had been such an integral part of her youth. When she came in they both stared at each other for some time in silence. At last, the old man looked up and said in weak tones, “Thank you for coming, my dear daughter. You know… I have always lovedContinue reading »

The old year is behind us now, and we are standing on an elevated plane, and we try to peer into the new. There is a certain sense of trepidation as we look at the path before us. Where will the road lead us, and what will the future bring? Already we may spot new mountains rising on the horizon, and if we listen carefully, we may already hear the rushing waters of foaming streams that we will have to cross. Doubtless, there will be shadow-filled valleys, although, for the moment, most of the road is still obscured by the misty clouds of the unknown. But time will not stop, and we are about to begin our descent into the uncharted future. And this is where we, as children of the King have an unparalleled advantage over the unbelieving world. We have an all-sufficient answer. Nothing, absolutely nothing, can separate us from the love of God. No things present, nor things to come. No power on earth can detach usContinue reading »

I super love the account in the Bible in 1 Samuel 16 – KJV. God instructed Samuel to go to the home of Jesse with the purpose to anoint one of Jesse’s sons as king. Samuel thought that surely Eliab was the anointed of the Lord. The Lord told Samuel that Eliab wasn’t the one. Next was Abinadab; he wasn’t the one either. Then came Shammah, again a son who wasn’t the one. “ . . . Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The Lord hath not chosen these.” 1 Samuel 16:10 – KJV. The Lord spoke these words to Samuel in 1 Samuel 16:7 – KJV, “Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth: for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” What comforts to know that God looks on the heart and that it pleases theContinue reading »