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 »

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 »

“Once,” the preacher said, “I was invited to speak in an institution for people with mental problems. While there I met a man whose main problem was that he was constantly afraid he wouldn’t get his next meal. Every time, after he finished a meal; be it breakfast, lunch or dinner, fear set in that the caretakers would not give him his next meal. Whatever the nurses would tell him, it was to no avail. He worried and worried some more. But this man was locked up in an institution. However,” the pastor concluded, “shouldn’t we, as children of the King, be more sensible?” Even though we have found faith in God and we know the Savior, still it seems we can all do better in the area of fear and worry. Worry is the enemy that we should not underestimate, but that we all encounter at one time or another. If we truly believe, though, that God will take care of us and really is watching over us, thenContinue reading »

I need a moment to think. I need a moment to consider. I am a Christian. What do I have to surrender? The money in my account is my own. I have worked too hard to give someone a loan. The car I drive is a classic. New paint. No scratches. Good deal. Need a ride? Who’s asking? My home is top on the market. Cobblestone driveway New appliances. Swimming pool. Video entertainment system. For me, not you. Everything I have God has given to me I am a blessed man. Most envied in the land. So why do they question me So why do they judge I’m going to Heaven And you are not

Stephen Hawking has a legacy of a stunning body of work that is unparalleled and he is heralded as “the modern Einstein.” Diagnosed with ALS at the age of 21, Hawking was said to be “on the cusp of death” in 2009; however, he is still alive today at the age of 74, and is thoroughly credited for his own survival per the Washington Post — “But, as is his custom, Hawking survived” (blasphemy). ALS is medically known one of the fastest killers of those who suffer from it, and yet Stephen Hawking has denied all the odds, living for four decades when statistics show that less than five percent of patients live even two. Why? Naturally, the answer to this question is speculative, since no one really knows. It has been attributed to his “capacity for survival,” and some wonder if his “transcendent… intellect” is the reason for his survival. I have another theory; actually I have two. Stephen Hawking unapologetically declares that there is no God. His undeniableContinue reading »

I have never been one for kneeling to pray and have often thought that this was not really necessary to the praying or hearing of the prayer. I know now what I didn’t before. When you come to a place of desperation, when you need to know your prayer is reaching the ears of God, kneeling with your forehead to the floor is an outward sign of complete submission and supplication– when you put yourself physically into the act of prayer. You bow to God, giving your full measure of devotion. Does that mean God doesn’t hear the prayers offered up under other circumstances? Does He turn a deaf ear to the one who walks, stands, sits, or reclines? To quote Paul, “By no means!” (Romans 6:2 NIV) The Bible, on the subject of prayer positions, has many examples, such as dancing and singing like Miriam is Exodus 15:20 or King David as he danced before the Lord in celebration in 2 Samuel 6:14. In Job 1:20, Job fell faceContinue reading »

Why I wonder, do I worry? Is it a lack of faith? Has God failed me yet? I suffer from a chronic pain condition and am on three medications for this condition. Two of these are to be taken four times a day as needed. Fortunately, I don’t require meds during the night (when I am sleeping) so I am able to restrict myself to the dosing instructions; however, some days I must take these every three hours to adequately control the pain, meaning some days I take five instead of four, which means, should I do this several times during the month, I run the risk of running out. Running out would mean a miserable time for me until I could refill my meds. Such was the case last month. Due to some rough days, I was seriously short at month end. Naturally, I began to worry. What would happen? How bad would it be? The shortage was sure to be a day, possibly two. I was very concerned,Continue reading »

Click hee to read “One What did Mary know – Part One” We know God’s ways are higher, His intellect greater, and his plan better. The Bible says we cannot understand everything now; our minds are not ready to or capable of embracing the full of the plans and thoughts of God. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 1 Corinthians13:12 (KJV) It stands to reason, Mary did not know everything there was to know, the ministry, the mockery and the cross. How could she bear that knowledge and still be His mother? He was her Savior and her baby boy. If she had fully comprehended Jesus and the Master’s plan, she would know Jesus was God in the flesh, and, perhaps, she would have been in too much awe to care for Him. Just as the Lord does with us here on earth, she knew as knowledgeContinue reading »

There is a wonderful worship song that poses the question, “Mary did you know?” It’s a well done song that I have been singing parts of for weeks, and as I was playing it mentally, I began to wonder, as I have before, if Mary even knew what she was getting into? We know the angel came and talked with her before she became pregnant with the Son of God, but, in thinking of it, I wonder how much she really understood? Maybe she was completely focused on the conception and what kind of a reaction that it would cause both in her personal life and in the community in which she lived. While it is true that both Mary and Zechariah sang of great things in their respective praises, Mary in Luke 1:46-55; “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for theContinue reading »

People often talk about the dark days before Christmas and depending on where you live in this world that is a true saying. Where I live the temperatures usually drop, the days are short and you can’t appear on the streets unless you are bundled up in several layers of clothing and like most Christmas lovers I am hoping for a white Christmas. But these days are a good illustration of where we are spiritually as well. In the Spirit, we must bundle up to protect us from the cold winds of doubt that seem to sweep this present world with strong gusts of unbelief. And then—in the heart of the darkness—there is a star. A sparkling star that pierces the dark night and that leads the way for all who wish to follow it, to the stable of the newborn King. It leads to a place of hope, forgiveness and peace with God. Like the Catholic Bible puts it, “Peace to men of good will.” * That is anContinue reading »

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Ephesians 5:21, 25, 28, 33 (NIV) I was away on a trip and had thoroughly cleaned the kitchen before I left. My husband, I am happy to report, is messy and also untroubled by the mess, meaning no matter the state of things, he doesn’t really notice it and doesn’t complain about it. The reason I am glad for his less than neat freakiness is simple. On the one hand, it can be difficult that he doesn’t pick up, but on the other it is good because he will rarely complain it things aren’t perfect. So if youContinue reading »