Learning, learning, learning It continues Forever ongoing – Elementary, Middle, High We’re taught Sunday school Bible study Sermons, Lessons, tests – Learning, learning, and learning some more We gain, we develop and progress – Brain and heart challenges Come in plentiful supply – Our achievements Build and cheer us – Learning, learning and learning some more We grasp, we forget We recall and review – Notes, bookmarks, and graphics galore Learning, learning and learning some more Knowledge of God transcends all other topics of learning – Love lessons, Jesus lessons, Wisdom lessons, gospel lessons – Learning, learning and learning some more Nothing adds up better Than learning of the Most High – Learning, learning and learning some more.

Are you feeling trapped? Are you feeling weighed down? Cast your cares on to the lord. Ask him to set you free from the trap you fell into. He will pull you out. He will destroy the traps of your sin. You just have to trust Him. Fix your eyes on Him.     “My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭25:15‬ ‭NIV‬‬  

Autumn is on the horizon A time to reap what’s been sown Seasonal changes occur – Leaves gain new colors and flutter from the trees Coolness arrives in our mornings Pumpkins display their artistic carvings Hay rides fill with gleeful children Candy apples delight our eager taste buds The Lord tells us that we reap what we sow – Yes, we learn the truths in that message – Throughout the Bible we read of the realities of consequences reaped from sown acts of good and evil Splendid changes are on the horizon for those who chose closeness to God Indeed, it’s a win win choice of direction Harvest time is ever present in the kingdom . . .

We are appointed to be diligent laborers in the “vineyards” of the Lord. In Matthew 20 – KJV, we read about ungrateful laborers and how the householder dealt with their dispositions. In Matthew 21 – KJV, beginning at verse 28, we read about the man and his two sons. One son informed that he would not work in his father’s vineyard. Afterward, he repented and went to labor there. The second son agreed to work in the vineyard but was a no show. The first son did the will of his father. Sometimes we reach spiritual, mental and physical postures where we grow weary. We have our seasons, too, when we don’t feel sufficiently appreciated. The Bible, though, empowers us with this verse in 1 Corinthians 15:58 – KJV, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” Glory to God, too, that we’re comforted by a favorite verseContinue reading »

In the Bible, the name of the mother of Moses isn’t given. The act — Exodus 2:3 — that she did resulted in Moses being brought into the care of the daughter of king Pharaoh. The king’s daughter paid wages for a woman to nurse Moses unaware that that woman was his mother. Moses grew in the house of Pharaoh, learned the ways of the Egyptians, and became the main man who God used in the exodus of the Israelites from the land of Egypt. The deed of Moses’ mother set essential “wheels” in motion on behalf of the people of Israel. In the book of Judges, Chapter 4, we read about the brave actions of Deborah, the prophetess who judged Israel for a season. I love reading about her role as a judge. She issued instructions and was instrumental in the execution of the tasks necessary to assure victory. She was a woman on a mission that indeed got accomplished, of course, with the hand of God in theContinue reading »

Tributes are indeed fitting for the godly, noble and courageous women mentioned in the Bible. We read about precious, Mary, the mother of Jesus and her dear cousin Elizabeth who gave birth to John the Baptist. John baptized Jesus and we read in Matthew 3:17 – KJV, these words spoken by God, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” I wonder what it was like for those two women to raise Jesus and John. Imagine those spirited households! Certainly, God knew who’d make the best mothers. We don’t know whether John was an only child of his parents. The Bible does tell us that Jesus had sisters and brothers. It had to be strikingly interesting to raise the Son of God in the home with siblings not charged with such awesome missions to accomplish. Huge admiration swells for Mary’s role in the rearing of Christ Jesus. Of course, Joseph had a vital role, as well. Elizabeth’s role was an important one, too, with her husband ZachariasContinue reading »

Imagine that. A beautiful puzzle of a mighty snow-capped mountain somewhere in Austria. 2000 pieces big and with the warning that it’s only suitable for experienced puzzlers. Can we do it? I am certain that, with enough time and several strong cups of coffee, a lot can be done. But what would happen if I would put those 2000 pieces in some sort of shaking machine and would start shaking them around for weeks, no, maybe even for years on end? Would I eventually get the complete puzzle of that rustic nature scene? No, I would not. Of course, some pieces would coincidentally fall into the right positions, yet others would get stuck in the wrong places, and after a certain amount of time, whole pieces would break off again. Science would say that the puzzle would reach ‘equilibrium.’ Some sort of balance would develop between good fitting pieces and bad fitting pieces and the breaking off of puzzle pieces. After a certain amount of time, the puzzle would simplyContinue reading »

“In the world, you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” * These words Jesus spoke to His disciples shortly before His crucifixion, and they are a wonderful and comforting promise to us, His children, who are so often confused by the struggles we face. It is a reality that we will face trouble in this world, unlike the popular idea that God should take all suffering away from us and give us clear sailing from the cradle to the grave. According to Jesus himself, this will never happen. And it is easy to understand why. This worldly system and its shallow principles are not guided by the Spirit of God. In fact, they are guided by entirely different forces, forces that do not like to be acquainted with God and His heavenly ideas. And because of that, we can be certain there will be lots of tribulation. Does it matter? Not really, because Jesus has already won our main battle. Our destiny isContinue reading »

We are approaching the first Monday in September, which in America and Canada is Labor Day. In the USA, it became a federal holiday in 1894 as a tribute to the achievements of American workers. Appreciation extends to the many people who have made and who now make valuable contributions to work places. Indeed, there are many folks who regularly sacrifice to provide services to others. Years ago, manual labor was more prevalent. Some workers toiled in intense heat on farms, in mines, and in factories. Lots of muscle work was put in to do the assorted jobs. Such continues but the numbers in such fields have diminished. In high and low places, laborers perform, often in dangerous environments, to accomplish necessary tasks. Currently, computer usage has replaced much that was done manually. Yes, things have changed considerably in the labor markets. The Bible tells us in Mark 6:3 – KJV that Jesus was a carpenter. It says, “Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother ofContinue reading »

A humorous look at our present time “Your contumacious attitude will get you into deep trouble son. Why are you so feckless?” My mother’s eyes were angry and dark as she spat out the words, which is why I knew, as a nine-year-old boy, that I was in trouble. But what did she mean? I knew I had been disrespectful and I hadn’t been doing my chores and I had even lied. That part I understood. But I didn’t understand the words she was using. Was I contumacious? And feckless? It sounded like a disease. Where did I pick it up? My mother, being an old English schoolteacher, was fond of using difficult words. It confused me. My father, who had left my mother when I was three, raised me in the Netherlands and therefore English wasn’t my first language. “Sorry Mom,” I answered timidly. “But what do these words mean?” “Go to the library and find out!” My mother was clearly not in the teaching mood. “Your father’s truculentContinue reading »

A testimony It was almost dark when I saw the haystack silhouetted against the edge of a forest, barely visible through the steady rain. Maybe I could sleep there. I was cold, hungry and soaked, and in need of rest. I had heard of people sleeping in haystacks, so I figured it was my best option. I cautiously approached the dark mountain of hay, and after I made sure it was safe, I carefully hoisted myself into the musty fodder. At first, I was relieved, but soon the loneliness that had been my constant companion raised its ugly head again and reminded me of my desperate plight. “There’s little hope for you, buddy. You are on a dead-end street.” I knew, loneliness was right. I was safe for tonight. But what about the next night, or the night after that? How long could I go on like this? I shivered and rolled out my sleeping bag. It was damp, despite the plastic bag I had been carrying it in. NeverContinue reading »