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 »

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 »

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 »

Scriptures are from the King James Bible. Our Father has loaded us with multiple benefits from His vast treasury of provisions. He gave His beloved Son, Christ, to sacrifice for our salvation. What love indeed. We’ve also been blessed with the gift of the Holy Ghost. Romans 5:5, “. . . the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” The Holy Ghost is power. Unquestionably, we need power to forge ahead to accomplish our tasks, from the smallest to the greatest. Yep, power charges get us through our days. The Holy Ghost is a witness. Acts 5:32, “And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.” How many times have we received witnesses that we’re on the right track? How many times have we received witnesses that we made wise choices? How many times have we been warned by the witness of the HolyContinue reading »

“For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” –Romans 1:20 Technology is amazing these days. Before it conked out on me, I was in love with my GPS in my car. I could plug in my address, my destination, and it would give me turn-by-turn instructions on how to get there. Did I still get lost? Of course. But the GPS was almost always correct in it’s calculations. This, to me, is how I look at the book of Romans. I have read this book through several times, and it never ceases to amaze me just how much wisdom and direction and life is packed into it! What Romans does is much like a GPS-it spells out the life of a Christian from beginning to end. From the initial address of who we used to be, to the end destination of what to do withContinue reading »