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 »

Once again, the Lord has blessed us with another year. Yes, more opportunities to be thankful, productive and helpful. It’s precious indeed to be gifted with more time to live for the glory of God. We have so much to be grateful for as we continue our lives. High and jubilant praises to the Lord, Most High. Some folks have relocated. Others have given birth to new lives. Yes, adorable babies have entered families. Job changes have happened for select people. Adventures of all sorts are on the horizon. Expectations are ripe. The joy of the Lord is our strength. “. . . for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Nehemiah 8:10- KJV. Truly, his grace is sufficient for us. “. . . My grace is sufficient for thee: . . .” – 2 Corinthians 12:9 – KJV. This time of year lots of folks make resolutions about weight loss, exercise plans, eating healthier, ceasing to procrastinate, etc. One great purpose of pursuing is to keep GodContinue reading »

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. – Matthew 25:40 – KJV. That scriptural section is a favorite of many. It says so much. Yes, the emphasis is on love, caring and sharing — attributes that are deeply necessary. Jesus represents all of that and more. I’m immensely grateful for the people who cheerfully help “the least of these.” Truly, doing so does it unto Jesus. There are countless homeless people who yearn for arms of love to embrace them with generous actions. It matters less how they arrived in those circumstances. What really matters is to wisely help them by showing them Jesus through reaching out in ways that penetrate spiritually, mentally and physically. James 2:17 –KJV tells us, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” Elderly people often need help navigating during their golden years. Continue reading »

Once again we’re soon coming on December 25th, the day we celebrate the birth of Christ – yes Christmas. The Bible account of his arrival is deeply cherished by Christians. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph traveled and reached Bethlehem where the Lord was born in a manger because there was no room for them at the inn. Wise men were guided to look upon the newborn Saviour. They lovingly and generously came bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Repeated readings and sermons about the birth of Christ haven’t dampened the beauty of that rich event shared so splendidly in the Bible. Some church bodies have a custom of early morning Christmas services. Attending helps parishioners to be reminded of lifestyle priorities. Love and service to Christ transcend our material holiday activities. Yes, the hope of glory stands way beyond all the rest. Colossians 1:27 – KJV, “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you,Continue reading »

We’ve arrived at the time of year when folks are once again engaged in the activities of holiday planning. We have triple holidays forthcoming that are close to one another, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Lots of people consider this season a favorite. Yes, planning; church programs; traveling; shopping; decorating; cooking; diet busting eating; social gatherings; sports engagements; and time off from jobs and school. How many people, though, are mindful that folks had loved ones who transitioned during holiday seasons? Some have loved ones who passed away on Christmas Day last year. How challenging will it be for them this Christmas? How will they cope with the grief and the memories? What are ways that we can ease their holiday sorrows? Scores of elderly people are often lonely. It’s enhanced during this time of year. There are folks in nursing homes that rarely, if ever, get visitors. Gratitude extends to people who are considerate to include elderly folks in their holiday events. It’s good that nursing homes haveContinue reading »