The Bible has hundreds of prophecies, but not all prophets have the people’s good at heart. Take, for example, Jonah. God called Jonah to prophesy to the people of Nineveh about God’s judgment on their sin and what would happen to them if they did not turn from their sin and turn to God, but Jonah did not want to preach to Nineveh. He knew God would forgive them if they repented, but Jonah thought they deserved judgment instead of mercy. After he initially ran from God and found himself swallowed by a whale, he agreed to go, but he did so grudgingly. Even though when the people heard his prophecy, they repented and were saved, Jonah was not happy about it. Jonah did not love the people of Nineveh, but God did. God wanted the people to be saved; Jonah did not. In the end, he only agreed to go to save himself from God’s wrath.   “But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. HeContinue reading »

How did the Wisemen feel when they saw baby Jesus, realizing in their hearts that He was the Christ? I imagine they felt the same awe and wonder of seeing God as we do when He moves on our behalf. When I pour out my heart to Him or seek His guidance and I hear Him in my spirit answer immediately and I know it’s the right thing – know that God through the Holy Spirit has just spoken to me. I feel it when He blesses me, uses me and goes with me, helping me when I need someone on my side. I fall to my knees in worship, amazement and gratitude that the God of the universe loves me, hears me and answers me. Imagine the wonderment when they all looked on the baby Jesus, taking in the supernatural of God in the flesh, yet in lowly human form. Sometimes the things of God must be pondered, turned over in the mind and heart to seek to knowContinue reading »

In the Bible, we read where God promised Abraham a son. Genesis 16:19 – KJV, “And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.” Abraham was beyond ninety five years old and Sarah was ninety when they had their covenant son, Isaac. Abraham was old, too, when Hagar bore Ishmael. Talk about waiting — wow! David was anointed king years before he performed in the role. He experienced challenges while he waited, challenges that included King Saul, who became his ardent rival. Saul was in hot pursuit of him. At one point, David hid from Saul’s relentless onslaughts. Saul’s son Jonathan befriended his father’s enemy, David, while David waited for change to come. David had opportunity to slay Saul but he spared his life because David declared to him in I Samuel 24: 10 – KJV, “Behold, this day thine eyes haveContinue reading »

Oh, how challenging it can sometimes be for us to trust and wait. Expectation sits within us as we wait. What we wait for varies. Some folks are waiting for healing, enduring the episodes and bouts. Some folks are waiting for financial relief, which can certainly strain mentalities. People wait on suitable mates hoping for matrimonial bliss and steadfast contentment. Job expectations are another facet of waiting, as are college acceptances. Scores of youth claim, “I can’t wait to move out on my own.” If they only knew . . . . Often, it’s a matter of how we wait — our frame of mind and spirit. Attitudes make meaningful differences in regard to waiting modes. Dispositions run the gamut in our pause seasons. Groups of folks do well and trust God while needs and desires are pending. Calmness is their choice. Other folks are antsy while waiting and don’t reasonably handle periods of waiting. Nope, being on hold often isn’t delightful in comfort terms. But, wait we must. It’sContinue reading »

Once Bob sought help from his pastor, since he felt his prayer life was severely lacking. “Pastor,” he said, “I love the Lord, but I just can’t concentrate. Whenever I close my eyes I get hit with all these distractions and after some time I give up in frustration. Would you have some advice?” The pastor thought for some time. “Well Bob,” he finally said, “Prayer can be a fight, it is true. But how about this; just place a chair before you and imagine Jesus is sitting right on that chair and then you just talk to Him as you would to a dear friend. After all, He is with you in the room, except you cannot see Him with your physical eyes.” Bob liked the idea; he tried it and it seemed to greatly help. However, some time later the pastor got a frantic call from Bob’s sister. “Pastor…please come; Bob just died. He must have had a heart attack. We found him this morning and he wasContinue reading »

In the Bible, we are told to “Fear not.” Why? It’s because the Lord is at the helm. When we trust and obey righteous precepts, fear has no place. God fears nothing and no one. Be not afraid. Rest in the truths of the Lord’s amazing assurances. Deuteronomy 31:8 – KJV And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

Precious friendships are a joy to experience. Yes, loyal friends are true treasures. Relationship connections add much richness to our lives through the assorted variables. Gratitude flows for the joys of friendship engagements. No friendships, though, top the bond with our best friend, the Lord. Proverbs 18:24 – KJV A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Music is instrumental in dazzling our heart strings. It manages to delight, comfort, inspire, and encourage us. The Master Maestro is God Almighty, who splendidly orchestrates in harmonic rhythm. He never misses a beat and is always on key. We all have our favorite songs, melodies, and lyrical treats. Yes, and we have our preferred artists, as well. Moments for instrumental sounds arrive, as do moments for upbeat, lively melodies. Our moods have occasions when we desire and welcome the benefits of soothing music, too. All races, cultures and types of people enjoy music. We certainly have that in common on a global scale. Music is used to unite and to aid in reconciling differences. It also “speaks” love languages in an array of ways. Yes, indeed music comes into play in remedial fashions. We’re so grateful for the musical professionals who entertain and engage us with their musical gifts. They work, in earnest, to advance their crafts. Appreciation extends for what they invest and share with us of theirContinue reading »

“He is born. The baby is born!” Oh, what joy had befallen us. The delivery had gone well and without complications. We were on our way home to enjoy life. I smiled at my wife and she smiled back. Heaven had come down. This was the day. *** I got the call while I was away on a trip. Our son was three now and I wasn’t prepared for the news. “You’ve got to come home right away. He’s sick.” “What’s wrong? Why do I have to come back? Doesn’t the doctor have a pill or something?” “You don’t understand.” My wife was frantic. “He’s got leukemia.” This was the night. *** Months in the hospital. Months of needles, doctors, medication and stress. Willing nurses and unwilling nurses. Food on the run. Prayers and worries, friends and kindness. And then the doctor finally said those wonderful words: “He’s healed. The leukemia is gone.” I smiled at my wife and she smiled back. Heaven had come down again. ThisContinue reading »

The thought of someone we don’t like going to Hell should never make us happy. We are supposed to see through the eyes of Jesus and he sees everyone as worth saving. Yet, while we live in the flesh, we will constantly do what Paul spoke of in Romans 7. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at warContinue reading »

The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. Exodus 13:14 (NIV) Pharaoh, when faced with the worst of the plagues, the killing of the firstborn, had finally agreed to let the Hebrews go into the wilderness to worship God. At least that is what he was told they wanted to do. We know, as did they, they were never intending to return to slavery in Egypt. But before they had barely begun to march, Pharaoh found out the Israelites were not planning on returning and sent his full army with their horses and chariots to overtake the Israelites and return them to slavery. For His glory, God told the Children of Israel to camp on the shores of the Red Sea so as to cause Pharaoh to think they were trapped and easy prey. The Lord, to the glory of His great name, commanded Moses to stretch out his staff over the water and proceed through the sea on the path of dry ground provided by God. MosesContinue reading »