“He was looked down on and passed over, a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand. One look at him and people turned away. We looked down on him, thought he was scum. But the fact is, it was our pains he carried— our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us. We thought he brought it on himself, that God was punishing him for his own failures. But it was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed.” Isaiah 53:3-6 (MSG) Although this is the prophecy in Isaiah that speaks of Jesus, it is somehow at odds with what we see and hear about Jesus during His ministry. It is plain to see in the gospels that everywhere He went people were drawn to Him. His magnetism was such that when He called his disciples they immediately dropped what they were doing and left with Him. In Luke chapter 5 Luke includesContinue reading »

No one has ever, or will, ever suffer more than Jesus. Isaiah called Him “a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.” Isaiah 53 is speaking of Jesus 700 years before His birth. The Bible tells us that God’s plan from “the foundation of the world” was Jesus Christ as our Savior; the whole Bible is the story of Jesus; the fall of man, the payment for that sin, and the glorious return of our triumphant King of kings and Lord of lords. “He was looked down on and passed over, a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand. One look at him and people turned away. We looked down on him, thought he was scum. But the fact is, it was our pains he carried— our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us. We thought he brought it on himself, that God was punishing him for his own failures. But it was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins! He took the punishment, and thatContinue reading »

Love is not arrogant A long time ago it happened that King Canute of Sweden conquered England and his fame rose to great heights. His courtiers were flattering him and kept telling him how great and mighty he was. “Who is like unto you, O great King.” But the king didn’t like the flattering. He ordered his throne to be placed on the beach near the sea and sat on it. When the tide began to rise, the water came closer and closer to the throne. His subjects were standing nearby and were watching in amazement as the water surrounded the King. “Safe yourself, O King. We don’t want you to drown,” they shouted. “That’s not going to happen,” said the King, “for I order you all to stop the waves from rolling in.” But his servants were powerless and could not do a thing. Finally and just on time, the king saved himself and said to his courtiers, “Behold, the power of kings.” But the LORD, who brought youContinue reading »

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Elemental Gifts from God — Part One

Air circulates
and feeds us vital sustenance —
Wind whistles,
and breezes are generated
by the air distribution from God —
I sit here now observing
the air movements on tree leaves —
Birds land in the safety of the branches —
Oh, what a view

Water properties
provide countless benefits —
Our thirsts are quenched
Our food is cooked —
Rivers, streams, oceans and seas vibrate
with the abundant gift of water

Ah! The tranquility that’s resident
in water views, touches and sensations —
It puts out fires
It pours, rains, drips and floods —
Water ebbs and flows
Tides in, tides out

We play in water and
breathe the splendor of air —
We refresh in water and
frolic in the wind-filled air movements —
Gentle air breezes caress our beings
Ah, the pleasures of such company

Water drops from the sky
in drizzles, and torrents —
Yes, raindrops speak to
and contribute much that sustains us.

Air and water live together
They jointly thrive and move —
Dual gifts that give us vital flavor
and additions to our varied journeys

Appreciation swells and goes forth
bountifully to God — the Creator and Generator
of the elements — air and water.
Yes, those cherished gifts to us, indeed.

Thank you!

Someone once mentioned to the evangelist D.L. Moody that he was considering starting a “No Worry” club. “Are you using the Bible as the foundation for your club?” Moody asked. “The Bible?” the man seemed incredulous, “of course not; I don’t need God.” “How, then, will you overcome your fears?” Moody asked. “It’s simple. I just refuse to worry.” “And that works?” “Well, eh…Most of the time. I am still learning.” Moody smiled as he placed his hand on the man’s shoulder and said, “Friend, Jesus already started a ‘No Worry’ club 2000 years ago. You don’t need to start your own. You can just join His club. Jesus said, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”   When people don’t have faith there is precious little for them to hold onto when things go wrong. They cannot comprehend why such trials befall them.Continue reading »

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Comfort in Certainty

It is oh so comforting to be certain about God — the ways and wonders of God. When all is thought, said and done, God is . . . .

The appearances of God are undeniable, immeasurable, incomparable and unsurpassed. The Most High resonates with resounding glory packed with enormous power beyond our finite abilities to comprehend.

A favorite Bible story is in 1 Kings 18. That’s the account of Elijah and the prophets of Baal. I believe that he was certain that God would prove the prophets wrong. Elijah says in 1 Kings 18:24 – KJV, “And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.”

Powerfully, the account continues. 1 Kings 18:36-38, says, “And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.

“Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, . . . .

“Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.”

Wow! The magnificence of the evidence of God. Elijah sure got the answer to his prayer. The prophets of Baal were shown the TRUE God with undeniable proofs — center stage. They conceded, likely — albeit, reluctantly. The works of God “stared” them in their faces — clearly. Certainly, a marvel to witness.

God doesn’t half step. Our Creator steadfastly performs with flourish. Yes, certain comfort resides within whosoever believes and acts with awareness — that God transcends any and all!

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11 When David sinned with Bathsheba and was finally exposed by Nathan the Prophet, he said, “against you and only you have I sinned” speaking of and to God. But what about Uriah? And Bathsheba? Didn’t David sin against them also? Breaking God’s law/commandments is sinning against Him. Is it true then when we break a rule that we are sinning against God and God alone? If a friend who draws me into an argument, and in anger says things that are hurtful, hasn’t he sinned against me and therefore, owes me an apology? If he does not admit to or recognize his behavior as sin, isn’t he in my debt? Not necessarily. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Romans 12:19 Consider this carefully. I know the Bible also talks about sinning against others and makingContinue reading »

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Love Potencies

Love is spilling in overflow
coursing through heart channels
in blissful contentment

Dancing with love
tunes the inner instruments –
God is the maestro
orchestrating oh so splendidly

Blaze bursts explode
in the fire of love displays –
What compares to love?
It’s in a class all by itself

Love rings
Who answers its calls?
God arranges –
Who plays?
The glory of love trumpets
and resonates in resounding clarity.

The chords, notes, and beats
line up in harmony –
Rhythm syncs with the
channels of awe

The vibrations of love
stimulate and penetrate
to the core of hearts –
God is witness
to its power and potency –
Of course, God is the author
of the manifold love currents –
Indeed, we are blessed
with the rewards provided
by love in vivid manifestations
for us to partake of and share.

Song of Solomon 8:7- KJV
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: . . .

“The arrogance of man will be brought low and human pride humbled” (Isaiah 2:17) “Can I talk to you? It’s important,” said the young man who approached me with a big smile. Talk to me? Why? It looked suspicious. What did he want? I had to admit he looked sort of friendly, but whatever he wanted, I was not in the mood. Suddenly I noticed he carried a Bible and then I understood. He was talking about God. He was converting people, and I was to be his next victim. No way. Not me. “You know God?” he asked when he came close. He seemed genuinely happy, but since I was not, I could not let him get close to me. I looked at him with an air of self-righteousness. Who was he to know what I needed? Had he read the Tibetan Book of The Dead, as I had? Had he studied meditation and yoga as I had? I was even highly experienced in the use of mind-altering drugs.Continue reading »

When someone asked the famous mountain climber Mallory in 1920 why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, he simply stated: “Because it is there.” That may raise some eyebrows. Did Mallory not know that staying home would have been a whole lot safer? Did he not care about the dangers and hardships and was he not afraid of the risks of slipping and sliding and breaking his neck, just because there was a mountain? History seems to be on my side, as it has been recorded that Mallory got lost in 1924 while climbing the Everest. His broken and frozen body only showed up 75 years later when some climbers found it on a remote part of the mountain. He died trying. Still I have an inkling that Mallory would do it again, if he had the chance. He apparently believed in the motto: “It’s better to have tried and failed than not to have tried at all.” It’s called vision. Instead of hiding behind closed doors, safely tucked awayContinue reading »

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God’s Wonders

Under the open blue sky
I sit digesting the
fruits of God’s wonders –
Birds and insects fly free
engaged in the sounds of
their beings.

Gentle breezes blow –
Tree branches sway
in the movements
of the morning air.

It’s crisp out here
in this fresh a.m. beauty
Yes, splendid glory to view –
The magnificence of God
cannot be contained.

It’s such a joy to witness.
As the bible says, truly,
the earth is the Lord’s
and the fullness thereof.
Let everything that has breath
praise the Lord.

Certainly, God is the Master
of creation and the Master
of our fate.