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 anecdote which deserves to be shared. A father and his daughter were no longer on speaking terms. Things had happened and as a result, they both had locked away the love they had once felt for each other in the dungeons of their hearts. One day the daughter heard that the father was dying and she decided to at least see the old man one last time before he would pass on to the next world. When she sat at his bedside both of them were still. What could they say? At last, the dying man broke the silence and whispered, “My dear child, do you know that I have always loved you? I am so very sorry for the things I did wrong.” The daughter looked at him, and the bitterness welled up in her heart. “You said, you would always be there for me… But you weren’t. You hurt me that way.” The old man raised his bushy eyebrows. “How, child?Continue reading »

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  

Once again Memorial Day approaches. Service men and women are vital to efforts and actions to benefit global interests. Appreciation is abundant for the bountiful work and sacrifices made by the scores of folks who perform for the well being and protection of people worldwide. The armed services are full of brave, dedicated and honorable soldiers and officers. Privates up to the levels of generals perform admirably with diligent commitment to their duties. There are specialists and elite force personnel who contribute considerably to the missions that need to be accomplished. Salutes galore extend to the men and women who show up, on the regular, for the good of we the people. They come from varied backgrounds, cultures and religions. Despite their differences, they perform in unison in the armed services. Bonds develop and some friendships become lifelong engagements. Marriage happens, also, among the military ranks. Yes, love connections indeed manifest in the midst. The children of service parenting often benefit from travel advantages and sometimes live abroad with prolongedContinue reading »

Let us expand on Part One, showing the roots of our fear and obsession. We who are sealed by the Spirit of God are protected by that Spirit; therefore, we need not be afraid of evil spirits. However, we must be cautious not to invite harmful things into our thinking. At some point in the recent past, I was obsessed by the type of shows such as Dateline on 20/20, Snapped, and other dramatizations of gruesome criminal acts. Therefore, I was exposing my mind almost daily to the heinous acts of murderers. Even though I know the Lord watches over us and keeps us safe, once I allow those graphic images into my mind, I am unable to prevent these thoughts from creeping into my subconscious and causing fear in me. Take a moment to consider with me the terror that grips me as images of my loved ones are superimposed over these victims of violent crimes and flood my mind. Your eyes, ears, and mind are the spiritual gatesContinue reading »

Take every thought captive to the knowledge of Christ. I don’t know if others are like me, but I imagine there are at least some, and probably many. Perhaps, as I have grown older, I think more about dying. I don’t mean my dying, but loved ones, and not just dying but I picture… well, I can’t tell you what I picture, or rather I won’t tell. As I was capturing the scene with my words, the Spirit of God said I should not, and weird or not, as I started writing those things out, I quickly felt the darkness was pressing to break through. These are some of the vain imaginations that God does not desire you or me, to dwell upon in any way. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5(NIV) The same happens when I begin to picture the scene in my mind, which comes allContinue reading »

I wonder how often folks pause to do introspection. Isn’t it more likely that people “inspect” the conduct of others more quickly than we do introspection? Self-evaluation is indeed necessary to tune in to where we need to adjust and alter what is within us. Yes, sometimes spiritual “housecleaning” is something that we should do. When we engage in that healthy exercise, it not only benefits us but also those folks with whom we engage and encounter. Certainly, we do well to make changes in our personal and professional lives. Regular quiet time with the Lord sure helps us to recognize, understand and to know what’s necessary to address. God reveals what best pleases him. When we line up with the guidance of our Lord, such wise choices are always a plus. Years ago, I worked with a guy who regularly complained about the conduct of others. One day as we rode the bus, seated next to each other, he proceeded to inform what, in his estimation, was wrong withContinue reading »

“The star which they had observed at its rising went ahead of them until it came to a standstill over the place where the child was . . . They prostrated themselves and did him homage” – Matthew 2:9-11 The Gospel of Matthew tells us of the first Epiphany, the visitation of the three “wise men” to Mary and her child. Long before the day took on the aura of a religious observance and became known as “little Christmas” and long before it became the last of the beloved “12 Days of Christmas” there was a greater meaning to this visit. Matthew speaks of Jesus being born in Bethlehem, with no manger or shepherds. These details are found in the Gospel of Luke and speak to his, gentile, readers. Matthew, through his recording of the words and deeds of Jesus, presents Jesus as the fulfillment of Scripture and the ultimate teacher, rabbi, or wise man. Therefore, it is important, for Matthew, to have wise men from the mysterious East payContinue reading »

What is it? What does it look like? Can you see it? Your life…where you want it to be. It’s right there. You can almost touch it. Yet, sadly, you can’t. You won’t. You refuse to step forward. You refuse to reach for it. You refuse to turn the knob and pull back the door, stepping into the way your life is supposed to be. But why? The fear of failing. The fear of falling. The fear of making crucial mistakes and becoming the laughing stock of the entire world. This fear cripples you. It controls you. It haunts you. And it defeats you because you’re still standing here looking at it. What are you going to do? Nothing. Impossible. There must be a way to defeat yourself. To no longer hide behind the curtain on the stage as the audience murmurs and gripes over the ten-year delay. When will the show begin? When will you step out into the spotlight? When will a smile replace the dread that hasContinue reading »

It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate: A man is sleeping with his father’s wife. And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning and have put out of your fellowship the man who has been doing this? Corinthians 5:1-2 (NIV) Toleration is not love. And while it may be what the world thinks we should do, to leave people in their sins without warning, what we actually do is condemn misguided people (of whom we were once) to an eternity in Hell. Don’t we, as the church, stand accused of tolerance of sins that will be judged unrighteous when the Lord Jesus returns? We condone ungodly unions with pride – adultery, fornication, and homosexuality. And lest you think our churches don’t condone sin, think again. We condone whatever wrongdoing and unholy things go on in our churches if we stand silently by and allow these things to continue. Although it seems harsh, even to me,Continue 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 »