Monday, November 30, 2015

A Child Is Born - November 30, 2015

Isaiah 9:6(New King James Version)
6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

There is nothing more wonderful than the birth of a new baby. It is truly a wonder to be a part of. I remember full well the birth of my own daughter; it was an event that moved me to joy and tears at the same time, and it changed my life forever. I am sure that those of you who are parents can easily relate to this. The emotions we go through are forerunners to the promise we hold for that small little miracle from God. In those moments we place our hopes and dreams, wondering what will become of our tiny baby. It is new life and a new beginning.

I am sure that God had all of these things in mind, when He sent His only Son from the throne room of Heaven, to be clothed in human flesh. The Prophet Isaiah said as much 700 years before the event. He spoke of God's promise and hope for mankind, and what the man Jesus would become. Fully God, yet fully man, a tiny baby that would become a man that people could relate to, because He would walk in our shoes, feel what we would feel, and yet exhibit a strength that could only be from God.

That small little miracle would someday carry the burden of all of the world's sin, past present and future, upon a wooden cross, and give His life for us.

The past several years I have taken you with me on my Advent journey as I travel the path of "the coming", the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus. I hope you enjoy reading these highlights about our Savior as much as I do.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The 1st Sunday of His Coming - November 29, 2015

Isaiah 9:2;6-7(New Living Translation)
2 The people who walk in darkness will see a great light.
For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.
6 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 His government and its peace will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity.

The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!

Today in the Christian church marks the beginning of the season of Advent(Latin adventus means "the coming"), which marks the time when God's people prepare for the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This marks not only the remembrance of his first coming, at the birth of Christ, but it also reminds us to look forward in anticipation of Christ's second coming. Many traditional churches today mark this Sunday with the lighting of the first Advent candle, signifying Hope.

This tradition has been lost in many evangelical, non-denominational churches, but this reminder given through the practice of reflecting on Christ's coming through Advent, seems even more appropriate today as the world focus on shopping, Santa Claus, reindeer and the like. As we approach Christmas, we need to stop to read God's word and meditate on Jesus Christ and his coming.

In this portion of scripture from the prophet Isaiah, written almost 700 years prior to the event, we read the word of God speaking of Christ's advent, the coming of "a great light" that will shine on those living in a land of great darkness. Who else can Isaiah be prophesying about when we read, "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders."

The "Hope of Mankind" is coming into the world; a light is coming to shine into the darkness of man's heart and bring freedom from the bondage of our sin. And we will call him our Wonderful Counselor, our Mighty God, our Everlasting Father, and the Prince of our Peace.

The past several years I have taken you with me on my Advent journey as I travel the path of "the coming", the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus. I hope you enjoy reading these highlights about our Savior as much as I do.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

God's Got Your Back - November 28, 2015

Romans 12:19-21 (New International Reader's Version)
19 My friends, don't try to get even. Leave room for God to show his anger. It is written, "I am the One who judges people. I will pay them back,"—(Deuteronomy 32:35) says the Lord. 20 Do just the opposite. Scripture says, "If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. By doing those things, you will pile up burning coals on their heads." —(Proverbs 25:21,22)

21 Don't let evil overcome you. Overcome evil by doing good.

Much is said in the Bible about how Christians should treat others. When you give your life to Jesus Christ and determine that you will follow and serve Him, you are no longer your own. You have been bought with a price, the price of Jesus' death on the cross for your sins. The great thing is that as God's possession, He takes on the task of righting every wrong that has been done to us. He promises to take care of any evil that is done to you.

That gives us the freedom to show the love and mercy of Jesus Christ to everyone we encounter, especially those who choose to harm us. It is our responsible to show those and all in the world the true nature and character of God. By our humble example, leaving room for God to correct anything that is done, we can help to make the good news of Christ and example for even evil people to follow.

There have been many examples of the love of Christians turning the evil hand of those who chose to harm. Leave the judgment and vengeance to God. We will be called to account for displaying the proper character of God to others.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Light of Life - November 27, 2015

John 8:12(New Living Translation)
12 Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

In our world many are trapped in a life of sin and death. Almost every place you turn, there is an undercurrent of evil that pervades daily life. Many times this remains hidden behind the scenes, but every so often it comes to the surface. Yes, we read and watch daily as bad things are shown happening in the media, but occasionally it boils over and is revealed in a big way. Those who live surrounded by evil will eventually reveal themselves out in the open.

Counter to this is exhibited daily by those who follow Jesus Christ. Because He has freed believers from sin and death, and defeated evil, they are free to "walk in the light". That means that the good thing they do can be done freely in the open, bringing God glory, and revealing to others what is available as a follower of Jesus. Life in the light of God brings joy and peace, and this fact brings "light" to every dark corner of this world.

How do we see this? It is seen in the face of those who have been suppressed and abused in places where the only real good is brought to them by the followers of Christ. It is seen in the faces of those who come in from the street, to feel the warmth and caring of those who love Jesus and are willing to give them food for their bellies and their soul. It is also seen in the persistent prayers and smiling kindness of those who bring comfort in hospitals and hospice.

No matter where you turn, the darkness of tragedy and evil can be illuminated through the love of Jesus. Be sure that His love shining in your heart is shared with all of those who come in contact with you.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Give Thanks to God! - November 26, 2015

Colossians 3:15-17 (New International Version, ©2010)
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

In 1863, in the midst of our nations bloodiest conflict, President Abraham Lincoln gave the proclamation to set aside a day of Thanksgiving which has led to the Thanksgiving Day we observe. On this day, as you gather with family and friends, it is only right that we follow his admonition and give thanks to our Almighty God for the many blessings He has in His mercy and grace given to us, our families, our communities and our nation.

Let the words found in His word set us upon a foundation, where our praises and thanksgiving to God for the many benefits given to us become as constant as the beating of our hearts. Let us also be ever thankful for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who has paid the price for our redemption, which is most worthy of our thanks. Let us join with Abraham Lincoln and not forget the Source of the many things that have been given us.

Proclamation of Thanksgiving
by the President of the United States of America

The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful years and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the Source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict, while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the field of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than theretofore. Population has steadily increased notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.

In testimony wherof I have herunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

A. Lincoln

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Forgetful Nation - November 25, 2015


Psalm 53 (New Living Translation)

1 Only fools say in their hearts,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and their actions are evil;
not one of them does good!

2 God looks down from heaven
on the entire human race;
he looks to see if anyone is truly wise,
if anyone seeks God.

3 But no, all have turned away;
all have become corrupt.
No one does good,
not a single one!

4 Will those who do evil never learn?
They eat up my people like bread
and wouldn’t think of praying to God.

5 Terror will grip them,
terror like they have never known before.
God will scatter the bones of your enemies.
You will put them to shame,
for God has rejected them.

6 Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel?
When God restores his people,
Jacob will shout with joy,
and Israel will rejoice.

Tomorrow we will gather with family and friends and celebrate a day of thanksgiving; a few of us will remember what the day is for, and we will give thanks to God Almighty for what He has done for us in the last year. Unfortunately for many others, it is a day to prepare for Black Friday, when they will search far and wide for that great bargain. What does God think when He looks down us? Too many have placed God on a shelf along with their Bibles to gather dust until absolutely needed. Many go through their days and barely give Him a thought. Worse yet, our Nation has forgotten the Godly foundation upon which our Nation was founded and built.

Did you know that within a year of his inauguration Thomas Jefferson, who rode on horseback to church in the Capitol, used to attend services in the House of Representatives? Worship services in the House was a practice that continued until after the Civil War. Throughout his administration Jefferson permitted church services in executive branch buildings and the Gospel was also preached in the Supreme Court chambers. Today many in these same chambers of our government are openly hostile to anything that has to do with the God of the Bible.

Why has our Nation wandered so far away from God? Why do so many people in our country prefer to listen to the blather of those who prefer to ignore the One who helped establish this Nation? Why have we allowed them to have such influence on how we are governed and what we are allowed to do in the public square? Why do we allow our schools to teach our children half-truths about our founding fathers, and neglect the truth about the roots of our Republic? Why aren't we more involved making the dramatic changes necessary to correct the course of this Nation? What will happen if we continue to go about our daily lives and do nothing?

This Psalm of David reveals what our Father in Heaven thinks about those who care little for Him and deny His very existence. Let's be sure that we are not counted in that number. Tomorrow as you gather together with family and friends, be sure you remember the One who has blessed you with everything. Give thanks to the Provider of it all, and be sure that with a spirit of thanksgiving you make it known to everyone you know that God is the One to be honored, worshipped, praised and thanked.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Giving Thanks Always - November 24, 2015

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18(New International Version)
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18(New Living Translation)
16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

It is good to approach God with a thankful heart. Can you imagine where you would be without Him? Through Jesus Christ, He has identified personally with us, and He has accepted us with our sins, faults and all. It is hard for us to get along and be accepted with each other, and here is the Creator of the universe reaching down and taking us just as we are.

His desire is that in turn for the love that He shows us that we at least are thankful for what He has done for us. He wants us to have an attitude of thanksgiving, which in turn will give us a joyful heart. Our prayer needs to be one that connects with Him and gives Him all the glory, praise and honor He deserves. Praise God for His faithfulness!

Monday, November 23, 2015

What It's All About - November 23, 2015

Hebrews 13:15-16(New International Version)
15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

What is our greatest reason for being here? Why has God placed us on this planet, in this country, at this time? What is the meaning of our lives? Is it the pursuit of riches or fame? Is it to live out our days and enjoy life as much as possible? What is our true mission in life?

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, God has made that all possible, and His instruction for us is to tell as many people as we can about Him. From the moment of our birth, God's ultimate goal for our lives was to be a living, breathing, telling witness to the love of Jesus. It is a Divine Assignment that everyone who calls themselves a Christian is to undertake.

It brings God pleasure when He sees us living out our assignment, forsaking everything else in life to give it all up for Him. It pleases Him when we boldly take on our assignment and tell everyone we know about the love and sacrifice of Jesus. So, as long as we have breath we need to be about praising God and telling about our lives with Jesus. Anything less than that is a waste of what God has equipped and appointed us to do.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday Praise! - November 22, 2015

Psalm 29(New Living Translation)
1 Honor the Lord, you heavenly beings;
honor the Lord for his glory and strength.
2 Honor the Lord for the glory of his name.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord echoes above the sea.
The God of glory thunders.
The Lord thunders over the mighty sea.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
5 The voice of the Lord splits the mighty cedars;
the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf;
he makes Mount Hermon leap like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord strikes
with bolts of lightning.
8 The voice of the Lord makes the barren wilderness quake;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord twists mighty oaks
and strips the forests bare.
In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!”

10 The Lord rules over the floodwaters.
The Lord reigns as king forever.
11 The Lord gives his people strength.
The Lord blesses them with peace.

There are days when very little needs to be said but to give God honor and praise for who He is and what He has done. Without Him we would not enjoy the benefits we have been blessed with. No matter your circumstance, whether good or bad, you can count on the fact that He loves you enough to die for you, so that you could be redeemed and spend eternity with Him. Give Him honor and praise; let us lift up the name of Jesus above all else. "Honor the Lord for the glory of his name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness".

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Salvation Living - November 21, 2015

2 Peter 1:3-11 (New International Version)

3His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.

10Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, 11and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

When you come to belief in Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, life takes on a whole new meaning. As new believers we are excited and have a hunger for God's word and anything that will continue your knowledge of Christian living. At the same time though, along with the joy of our new relationship with Jesus, we may find that there the more we try to do the right things, the Adversary(the Devil;Satan) will do all he can to trip us up.

You see, if your believe that there is a God, you have to believe that their is Satan. But Satan is no more than a fallen angel, created by God, that is always looking to torment those that are not following him and the ways of the world. It is his mission to lead as many as he can away from the love and grace of God as he can. Because of your new life in Christ, you may soon realize that many things you found desirable and appealing about your old life no longer are, and some of your old friends will no longer recognize you as one of them.

So how do you overcome these negative pressures and bad influences on your life? The answer is made very clear in the scripture verses from the Apostle Peter noted above. The step-by-step approach to "insulating" yourself is given starting in verse 5 where is states, "add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love." What's even better is that God gives you the divine power and ability to follow through on the steps.

So if your ready to embrace "salvation living" and grow deeper and stronger in your relationship with God, follow the step-by-step instruction from Peter, and you will soon see that you will have a new perspective on what happens to you, and you will experience the joyful life of following Jesus.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Don't Get Tired - November 20, 2015

Galatians 6:9(New King James Version)
9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Galatians 6:9(New Century Version)
9 We must not become tired of doing good. We will receive our harvest of eternal life at the right time if we do not give up.

There are times in this life when we feel like quitting; times when the burdens and difficulties become so large that we don't think we have it in us anymore to survive. We thought that as Christians that somehow this would all be easier, that we would be insulated from the "bad" things. But we were never promised that life would be nothing but "smooth sailing", and Jesus warned us that by following Him, we would even have more trouble. Many in this world face constant persecution and some even death because of their love and service for Jesus.

Everyone goes through times of trouble, and if you aren't going through it now, you will very soon in the future. The great thing about following Jesus Christ is that in the trouble, He promises to be with us. God's plan is not that we won't have trouble, but that we will be refined and stronger for it, and that in facing our difficulties, we will be better prepared when future difficulties come. And if our trouble is because of service to Him, then He will have a place for us in eternity.

Whatever you are going through right now, don't give up. God has a plan for your life, and He will help you as you go through it.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Living at Peace - November 19, 2015

Romans 12:17-18 (New International Version, ©2011)
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Romans 12:17-18 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
17Don’t pay people back with evil for the evil they do to you. Focus your thoughts on those things that are considered noble. 18As much as it is possible, live in peace with everyone.

As followers of Jesus we need to seek the good in every situation, even when it seems bad. This is especially true when it comes to relationships with others. Very often in life we are thrown into difficult situations where we are hurt by others. Our normal reaction would be to strike back, but it is best to "turn the other cheek" as we have learned from Jesus.

I have mentioned before about what was inflicted upon Jesus without Him striking back. We need to do the same by never repaying what evil that has been done to us. We also need to always live in harmony with those around us, seeking the best, and living in peace. Only then can we truly be mirror images of our Savior.

Photo "Hands" by Andy205, 7-7-2005 from stock.xchng

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Blinded by the Light - November 18, 2015

Isaiah 26:9-13(New Century Version)
9 My soul wants to be with you at night, and my spirit wants to be with you at the dawn of every day. When your way of justice comes to the land, people of the world will learn the right way of living.

10 Evil people will not learn to do good even if you show them kindness. They will continue doing evil, even if they live in a good world; they never see the Lord's greatness.

11 Lord, you are ready to punish those people, but they do not see that. Show them your strong love for your people. Then those who are evil will be ashamed. Burn them in the fire you have prepared for your enemies.

12 Lord, all our success is because of what you have done, so give us peace.

13 Lord, our God, other masters besides you have ruled us, but we honor only you.

John 3:19(GOD’S WORD Translation)
19This is why people are condemned: The Light came into the world. Yet, people loved the dark rather than the light because their actions were evil.

Have you ever been up very early in the morning, just before the sun comes up? Especially on a moonless night, it can be pitch black, and just before dawn a faint sliver of light begins to illuminate the darkness. You realize how little light is needed to begin to light up the darkness. It starts out very faintly, but as the minutes pass, the sliver soon begins to fill the sky. The sun hasn't risen yet, but the sky begins to warm up in beautiful hues of purple and red, then orange, and soon yellows. It is a beautiful and amazing, and each day is different from the last.

So it was when Christ came into the dark world, and so too it is in many parts of the world today. The love of Christ begins ever so faintly, in the life of a believer or two, but soon it is illuminating many hearts as the light of Jesus begins to light up the dark souls of many it encounters. Even so, there will be those who choose to stay in the darkness, those who are blinded by the light, and would rather hide where it's dark. If only they allowed a little light to shine in, they would soon feel the warmth of Christ's love.

Many of us may have been in that same situation at one time in our lives, and some reading this might still be there. Although they know of the light of Jesus Christ, they choose to run away from it, and go hide where it's dark. They are so deep in the darkness of their sinful lives, that when Christ's light begins to shine, they would rather not face it. They are happier in the darkness than they are in the light. Darkness hides their true selves, and they fear what the light of day will show.

The Light of God, Jesus Christ, has come into the world. We need to embrace it and allow it to warm our souls. Otherwise we may be trapped in the darkness forever, and find out that we don't want to end up there.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Simple Life - November 17, 2015

Psalm 1:1-2(New Living Translation)
1 Oh, the joys of those who do not
follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.

2 But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.

How great it would be if everyone would just follow the ways of God. Our world would be much more peaceful of we left it all to Him. He gives us the instructions, if we would just take them in and live by them. Then things would really be much simpler.

Unfortunately, we are a stubborn and self-centered people, and the Word of God is contrary to our nature. We choose to go the opposite way, so our struggle is one of overcoming the consequence of our behavior.

Why not simplify your life? Why not choose to read and live by God's Word instead of our own nature? Why not keep the good company of He who made you, and leave it all to Him? Let Jesus Christ be your guide and your life will be much simpler.

Monday, November 16, 2015

True Freedom - November 16, 2015

Romans 6:1-2,12-13,23 (New Living Translation)
1 Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?
12 Do not let sin control the way you live do not give in to sinful desires. 13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

What a wonderful thing living in Jesus Christ can be. No longer do we have to dwell in our past, in our old selves. Everything we were and did in the past has been wiped clean in the eyes of God because of Jesus's work. Then why do some of us seem to do the same old habits over and over again, even though God has forgiven them? How come we don't feel free from them?

That is because in our minds, we are still a "slave" to them. Even though we understand and believe in our hearts that Jesus has died for our sins and freed us from them, it is hard for many of us to believe that the payment is truly enough. It is hard to believe that God has truly forgiven us. It is hard to understand that we can be made right with God without doing something ourselves.

The wonderful fact of the Gospel, the good news that we find in the Bible, is that Jesus was God in the flesh and he gave his life a penalty for our sins. He then stepped out of the grave and went back to his rightful place in heaven. He has given us this wonderful free gift.

To claim it and to truly be freed from the bondage of your sin, you have to truly surrender your life to Jesus. Give your entire self, mind, soul and body to his service. How do you do this? Take the time to sit down, by yourself, seek God in prayer, and just let Him lead your thoughts. Ask Him for help. He will give it to you, but it takes giving it all to Him. Do this until the Holy Spirit confirms in your heart that you are God's.

It takes time, but if you will seek Him in this way every chance you get, it will happen. When you get up, think about how God would want you to spend your day. At work, think about what Jesus would do in each and every circumstance and encounter. And, at the end of the day, ask the Holy Spirit to give you His assurance and comfort that you belong to God. Give up trying to do it alone. Take the time to let God help you and you will truly be set free.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday Praise! - November 15, 2015

Psalm 92 (New International Version, ©2010)

1 It is good to praise the LORD
and make music to your name, O Most High,
2 proclaiming your love in the morning
and your faithfulness at night,
3 to the music of the ten-stringed lyre
and the melody of the harp.

4 For you make me glad by your deeds, LORD;
I sing for joy at what your hands have done.
5 How great are your works, LORD,
how profound your thoughts!
6 Senseless people do not know,
fools do not understand,
7 that though the wicked spring up like grass
and all evildoers flourish,
they will be destroyed forever.

8 But you, LORD, are forever exalted.

9 For surely your enemies, LORD,
surely your enemies will perish;
all evildoers will be scattered.
10 You have exalted my horn[b] like that of a wild ox;
fine oils have been poured on me.
11 My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries;
my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes.

12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
13 planted in the house of the LORD,
they will flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They will still bear fruit in old age,
they will stay fresh and green,
15 proclaiming, “The LORD is upright;
he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”

Photo "Playing Harp" by Gerrit, 10-27-2005 from stock.xchng

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Reflecting Patience - November 14, 2015

Psalm 37:7 (New International Version)
7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

James 5:7-8 (New International Reader's Version)
7 Brothers and sisters, be patient until the Lord comes. See how the farmer waits for the land to produce its rich crop. See how patient he is for the fall and spring rains. 8 You too must be patient. You must stand firm. The Lord will soon come back.

We live in a very busy world. Our lives are full of busyness, and most everything we do has an urgency to it. To compound things, we are in a constant state of activity and communication, receiving texts, cellphone calls, e-mails, messages, and tweets. In all the busyness and activity we rarely take a few minutes to take a breath and relax. We usually want everything done yesterday, and today is not soon enough. The world becomes a place of anxiety and stress; no wonder many suffer from burn out!

Just because we are Christians, doesn't mean that we are immune from this. Many of us get caught up in the activity of the church, and just in case we have left a few minutes in our day, we quickly fill it up with the "good" work of our faith. In fact, many pastors and leaders of the church suffer from the same burn out as the world does. Soon the life of the church is just as busy, anxious and stressful as the world.

We are in such a hurry to do everything we think that God wants done, that we also get impatient because Jesus hasn't come back yet to bring relief! In the Book of James, we are called to live a life of patience, especially in waiting for Christ's return. We are called to act as the farmer does, who waits months after his labor of planting before the rains come and his crop begins to grow. In everything we do, we need to approach it with patience, knowing that He is in control of all things.

Since we already know what is going to happen, we should live lives that reflect patience, yet eager anticipation that our Savior will soon come back for us. If your life is full of busyness, why not take the deep breath of the Holy Spirit and wait on the Lord?

Friday, November 13, 2015

Getting Ready - November 13, 2015

Luke 12:40(GOD’S WORD Translation)
40Be ready, because the Son of Man will return when you least expect him.”

Day in and day out, many of us spend allot of time getting ready. No, I don't mean to go to work or school, but we spend allot of time in preparation for what we are going to do. Athletes spend time at their sport getting ready for the big event. Musicians spend allot of time practicing for a concert or their recital. Artists and Architects do allot of sketches and preliminary work before they render their creation to paper or canvas.

Sales people practice their "pitch" to be as convincing as possible when presented with a customer. The military drills, drills, drills and spend allot of time on maneuvers before they go to war. Physicians spend years in school, residency and pouring through journals making sure they are prepared for that life or death case.

Attorneys study case law for years to make sure that the correct verdicts are rendered when they plead a case before judge and jury. Even ministers do allot of research into the meaning of this or that before they preach the Word of God, to accurately give their congregations the truths of God. No matter the occupation or the endeavor, we spend allot of time getting ready.

Do you make the same effort getting ready for the return of Jesus Christ? Do you take the time necessary preparing yourself and others for the coming of eternity. Are you just as focused on making sure that everyone you encounter is also ready to meet their Maker? If we are honest, for most of us the answer is "NO", yet we will spend far more time after life than before our death. And who knows, maybe Jesus WILL comeback in our lifetime.
Will you be ready?

Photo "Preparation Inspirational Picture 2" by Nabil Medawar, 11-24-2009, from

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sure Things - November 12, 2015

Revelation 21:5-7(New Living Translation)
5 And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.”

6 And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. 7 All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.

There are very few sure things in life, in fact you often hear people say that the only sure things are death and taxes. Even so, many of us fall into doing many things thinking that they are sure things, only to be disappointed both in the situation and ourselves. After this has happened to us several times, because we often have short memories, we eventually become somewhat jaded and extremely pessimistic about any new opportunity.

There is a sure thing that seldom gets mentioned in that list of sure things, and that is salvation. It does carry with it conditions that have to be met. We can be sure of our salvation, our hope and promise for eternal life with God, if we accept the free gift of God in Jesus Christ. Jesus paid for all of our sins by His death on the cross, and in doing so He has given us His sure promise that we can be made right with God.

If you are looking for a sure thing, why not accept the "blessed assurance" that God offers? Why not commit your life to serving Jesus, and you will be sure that your eternity is taken care of.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Finding Joy in Trials - November 11, 2015

James 1:2-4;12 (New International Version)
2Consider it pure joy, my brothers(and sisters), whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
12Blessed is the man(or woman)who perseveres under trial, because when he(she) has stood the test, he(she) will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
( )Parenthesis mine

There have been many times in my life where the circumstances and the burdens of this life have really weighed me down. During the darkest moments in my life, I reached out to God to find relief and comfort for the difficulty that I was going through. Every time this has occurred, as long as I sought God for shelter, the situation was resolved for the better.

When we become a Christian, this does not automatically give you immunity from the difficulties of life. In fact Jesus told his disciples just the opposite when he said,"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."John 16:33 (NIV) What we are promised by God is that He will be with us through the situation.

In fact, each and every trial we go through is a test, meant for our own good. It may not seem so while we are going through it, but God has a good purpose that will come out of every situation that a Christian goes through. We need to remember, as I have said several times about Next Worth living, everything we go through has an eternal purpose. Although sometimes we can look back and see where God helped us through a difficult circumstance, and we have been better off for it, the results of the many of the trials we will experience in life will not be realized until we have passed from this life.

If you are facing such a trial or difficulty right now, seek God in prayer. Ask Him to guide you through the situation, and He will provide you the wisdom and comfort you need to sustain you.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

My Virtuous and Capable Wife - November 10, 2015

Proverbs 31:10-31(New Living Translation) 

10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
She is more precious than rubies.
11 Her husband can trust her,
and she will greatly enrich his life.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.

13 She finds wool and flax
and busily spins it.
14 She is like a merchant’s ship,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.

16 She goes to inspect a field and buys it;
with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She is energetic and strong,
a hard worker.
18 She makes sure her dealings are profitable;
her lamp burns late into the night.

19 Her hands are busy spinning thread,
her fingers twisting fiber.
20 She extends a helping hand to the poor
and opens her arms to the needy.
21 She has no fear of winter for her household,
for everyone has warm clothes.

22 She makes her own bedspreads.
She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.
23 Her husband is well known at the city gates,
where he sits with the other civic leaders.
24 She makes belted linen garments
and sashes to sell to the merchants.

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
27 She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.

28 Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her:
29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!”

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
31 Reward her for all she has done.
Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

I love the verses above, because they speak to the blessing I have had these last 25 years. God in His grace and mercy has blessed me with a very "virtuous and capable" wife. She has been with me through good times and difficult ones, and I thank God for each day that we have together. I pray that we will continue to help us grow our relationship and that He will grant us His wisdom for what ever lies ahead.

A Faithful Servant - November 9, 2015

Matthew 25:23(New International Version)
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Sometimes when I meditate on what I should be writing about, I will take a phrase that comes to mind and look up the definition of the words. In hearing about Billy Graham's birthday, the phrase of "good and faithful servant" as stated in the verse above was much spoken of and it made and impression on my mind that I should meditate on what that means.

The word "faithful" means:

1. strict or thorough in the performance of duty; a faithful worker
2. true to one's word, promises, vows, etc.
3. steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant: faithful friends
4. reliable, trusted, believed
5. adhering or true to fact, a standard, or an original; accurate: a faithful account; a faithful copy

The word "servant" means:

1. a person employed by another
2. a person in the service of another

In reading these, what comes to mind is the character and the actions necessary to serve God and others. It is the example given us by Jesus Christ, who was the living example of these definitions to those around Him. It is the attitude God has and means for us to have as we demonstrate God's love to one another.

We are to be thorough in our duty, true to our word and promises, steady in our allegiance to Christ, loyal and constant to the good news of salvation, reliable in our walk for Him, adhering to the truth of the gospel message, and a living example of our Lord to others. We are to be God's "employees" in service to Him.

What is a "faithful servant"? Yes, it is the men and woman that profess the message of salvation in Jesus Christ to the world, such as Billy Graham, and countless numbers of ministers of the gospel, Christian musicians, authors and others, but more importantly, it is the daily example of Christ of the individual that is devoted to sharing with others the love, mercy and grace of God.

It is the person that confesses their sins, and accepts the forgiveness of God, and His payment for those sins through Jesus Christ, and steps out in joy to tell others that their chains have been broken, and their burdens have been lifted, and that God's gift is available to them as well. It is you who accept Jesus as Lord, and who will walk in faith to be His enduring servant to the world around you.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Bedtime Prayers - November 8, 2015

Psalm 16(New Century Version)

1 Protect me, God,
because I trust in you.
2 I said to the Lord, "You are my Lord.
Every good thing I have comes from you."
3 As for the godly people in the world,
they are the wonderful ones I enjoy.
4 But those who turn to idols
will have much pain.
I will not offer blood to those idols
or even speak their names.

5 No, the Lord is all I need.
He takes care of me.
6 My share in life has been pleasant;
my part has been beautiful.

7 I praise the Lord because he advises me.
Even at night, I feel his leading.
8 I keep the Lord before me always.
Because he is close by my side,
I will not be hurt.
9 So I rejoice and am glad.
Even my body has hope,
10 because you will not leave me in the grave.
You will not let your holy one rot.
11 You will teach me how to live a holy life.
Being with you will fill me with joy;
at your right hand I will find pleasure forever.

Remember when you were little and your mom or dad used to tuck you in and say your prayers with you? Remember how it was (or maybe is) to tuck in your own children and pray with them? Do you remember what you prayed for? Do you still say your prayers right before you go to sleep?

It is at times like these, just before we go to sleep when we trust God the most. Think about this; we are getting ready to fall asleep and leave all that happens in the waking world around us to God. Whatever happens, He is the One left in charge. He is our only sentry, that will protect us from all that happens. Imagine that; rarely do we ever trust Him more!

The psalm above makes for a good bedtime prayer. Tonight, right before you are ready to fall asleep, pull out your Bible and read slowly through this psalm. Break out each verse and each idea, and lift them to God. He will protect you this night; He will lead you and make sure that you do not get hurt. Take pleasure in knowing that He will watch over you.

Picture from Diane's Peaceful Hush, "A Mother's Bedtime Prayer"

Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Kingdon of Heaven: Are You Ready? - November 7, 2015

Matthew 25:1-13 (New Living Translation)

“Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, 4 but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. 5 When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6 “At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’

7 “All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. 8 Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’

9 “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’

10 “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. 11 Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’

12 “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’

13 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.

The Kingdom of Heaven is upon us! God has been working through human history for the last 2000 years to let us know that the kingdom in Jesus Christ is among us, and to tell us that He is gathering us all together for His final kingdom that we will enjoy in heaven. Everything we hear concerning Jesus has been kept alive these many centuries so that we might know that he is the only way back to God. This is the good news of the kingdom, that Jesus Christ has sacrificed himself for our benefit so that we might be reconciled to God, and Jesus is among us and awaiting our arrival.

You are being offered the time to be ready for His coming. You have been given through the grace and mercy of God the way back to Him. There is no denying the fact of Jesus. It is up to us to get ready. Will you keep watch and be ready to enter into the Kingdom of God? Will you be welcomed in when the bridegroom comes? It is up to you. He is offering you the "keys to the Kingdom of Heaven". Will you accept them? The answer is up to you. Everything has been told so that you will believe. The rest is up to you.

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Kingdom of Heaven: A Rich Man's Folly - November 6, 2015

Matthew 19:16-24 (New International Reader's Version)
16 A man came up to Jesus. He asked, "Teacher, what good thing must I do to receive eternal life?"

17 "Why do you ask me about what is good?" Jesus replied. "There is only One who is good. If you want to enter the kingdom, obey the commandments."

18 "Which ones?" the man asked.

Jesus said, " 'Do not commit murder. Do not commit adultery. Do not steal. Do not give false witness. 19 Honor your father and mother.'—(Exodus 20:12-16; Deuteronomy 5:16-20) And 'love your neighbor as you love yourself.' "—(Leviticus 19:18)

20 "I have obeyed all those commandments," the young man said. "What else do I need to do?"

21 Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go and sell everything you have. Give the money to those who are poor. You will have treasure in heaven. Then come and follow me."

22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad. He was very rich.

23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "What I'm about to tell you is true. It is hard for rich people to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is hard for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. But it is even harder for the rich to enter God's kingdom."

We in the West are both very blessed and at the same time very unfortunate, when it comes to following Jesus Christ. It is great that our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian values, and that we can practice our faith with very little grief or opposition. But it is also true, that because of the very freedom and wealth that we have, and the fact that we are blessed materially, that it is difficult for people as a whole to understand their need for the life-saving message of Jesus.

Doing right and wrong is fairly easy, because our foundation has for the most part dictated a certain moral code that has been embraced by society, and as long as relativists are held at bay, our country operates fairly and with civility. Because of all this, most people live in harmony and have little need for a God, much less a Savior. Although we are rich, we are extremely poor; we are rich in freedom and possessions, but we are poor spiritually.

That is what Jesus was talking about in these verses. It is difficult for those who have the wealth that we do to give it all up for the sake of God. It is not until we realize our extreme spiritual poverty that we realize our need for the Father and the salvation found in His Son. Once again this is a heart issue, more that it is a money issue. In our very rich country, even those without much money can have the same spiritual poverty that those who have much.

We need to pray for Americans to wake up and realize how poor they really are. We need to make everyone aware that they need to make the things of God a priority before it is too late. What do I mean? Well, in countries where the people are either extremely poor materially, or they are heavily persecuted when it comes to their faith, especially Christian faith, the things of God and His church is thriving. People cling to the hope that the Gospel message gives them, and they have a hunger to "feed on His Word" and learn of Him more.

We need to pray the we will realize our need for Jesus, before we are driven to our knees and have to realize our need the hard way.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Kingdom of Heaven: Growing Faith - November 5, 2015

Matthew 13:31-32 (New International Version)
31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

Jesus spoke in many parables, instructing people in terms of what they could understand. He often used familiar circumstances and objects from their daily lives, so that those who were meant to understand his teaching could do so. On the surface these parables seem to be just simple stories, but when if you meditate on them and seek God's wisdom in them, they take on a much bigger meaning.

The parable of the mustard seed is one such parable. Jesus used the tiniest of seeds in his time to illustrate many concepts in his teaching. In my opinion, Jesus uses the mustard seed to illustrate what was to happen in the Kingdom of Heaven that Jesus brought with him. We understand that the kingdom he is talking about is the reign of Christ in the hearts of mankind, and the belief and obedience we have in faith in him.

The Kingdom of Heaven started in the smallest of towns in a remote corner of the world, as a baby in the manager. God planted his Son in the world to live among us and proclaim the message of the Kingdom of Heaven. His message of the gospel of Jesus Christ and his sacrifice on our behalf took root, grew and spread throughout the world, and those who took hold and believed the message were able to find rest and comfort in the shelter of his love, mercy and grace.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Kingdom of Heaven: A True Disciple - November 4, 2015

Matthew 7:21-23 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the person who does what my Father in heaven wants.

22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name? Didn’t we force out demons and do many miracles by the power and authority of your name?’ 23Then I will tell them publicly, ‘I’ve never known you. Get away from me, you evil people.’

This portion of Matthew is one of those that can strike fear into every believer. Who hasn't read this passage and asked, "Lord, do you mean me?" If you look back starting with verse 15, you will notice that Jesus was warning about false prophets, those who claim to speak about and for Jesus, but they are far from him. There are many different cults and faiths that claim to be followers of Jesus Christ, but they believe in a very different Jesus than a true Christian does.

Here though, Jesus is talking about those within the church. They act and talk like they follow Jesus, but in their hearts they are far from him. They have a far different agenda than sharing the life-saving good news of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. They do not call on Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord of their life. They haven't called on the name of Jesus to redeem them from their sin. In gratitude they have not made it their purpose in life to please Him, and tell all they know about Jesus as best as they can, or work for his purposes.

If you even are asking this question, you have already passed God's test. All of us who love and call on our Savior Jesus know that we fall short and that we are undeserving of God's mercy and grace, and knowing so is what is most important in determining whether or not you are a true disciple. It is because we know of our inadequacy and need for Him that we can know that we are chosen by Him. Jesus reaches out to all of us, who will realize our very dependence, to call us his children.

We feel his presence when we are moved in worship and praise, or we are touched by the injustice, hurt and pain around us. We know we are his, when we long for his return and we hope and wait for his loving embrace. Are you a true disciple? Do you long for the Kingdom of Heaven? If you do, then in your heart you already know the answer.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Kingdom of Heaven : True Equality - November 3, 2015

Matthew 20:1-16 (New International Reader's Version)
1 "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who owned land. He went out early in the morning to hire people to work in his vineyard. 2 He agreed to give them the usual pay for a day's work. Then he sent them into his vineyard.

3 "About nine o'clock in the morning he went out again. He saw others standing in the market place doing nothing. 4 He told them, 'You also go and work in my vineyard. I'll pay you what is right.' 5 So they went.

"He went out again about noon and at three o'clock and did the same thing. 6 About five o'clock he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, 'Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?'

7 " 'Because no one has hired us,' they answered.

"He said to them, 'You also go and work in my vineyard.'

8 "When evening came, the owner of the vineyard spoke to the person who was in charge of the workers. He said, 'Call the workers and give them their pay. Begin with the last ones I hired. Then go on to the first ones.'

9 "The workers who were hired about five o'clock came. Each received the usual day's pay. 10 So when those who were hired first came, they expected to receive more. But each of them also received the usual day's pay.

11 "When they received it, they began to complain about the owner. 12 'These people who were hired last worked only one hour,' they said. 'You have paid them the same as us. We have done most of the work and have been in the hot sun all day.'

13 "The owner answered one of them. 'Friend,' he said, 'I'm being fair to you. Didn't you agree to work for the usual day's pay? 14 Take your money and go. I want to give the ones I hired last the same pay I gave you. 15 Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Do you feel cheated because I gave so freely to the others?'

16 "So those who are last will be first. And those who are first will be last."

Our world is all about power, position and prestige. We are all brought up with the saying that "It's not what you know, but who you know!" Many of us had the uncomfortable experience of choosing teams, and wondering if we would get picked. Others have had the experience of being passed over for a promotion at work or school because someone was more favored than you. Even in our families, many of us had the experience of a parent favoring one child over another. Because of some of these things, many of us may feel very inadequate at times, and at other times we spend our entire lives competing to stay on top, or working to get ahead.

What a difference there is in the Kingdom of Heaven! In God's economy, there are no favorites; there is no working your way to the top. You can work all of your life for the Lord, or you can be a brand new believer, a new Christian, and when it comes to His gift of salvation, we are all equal. Everyone will receive the same reward of eternal life, and spending eternity with our God in heaven. Jesus wanted to make this very clear to all who read his words. God has the right to make the decision because everyone and everything is His.

Just as in the parable, there will be those who feel they deserve more, but we are fortunate that despite our sins, God accepts us no matter what. We don't want it any other way. The world would tell us that you have to be better than someone else, or work harder, or accumulate more good deeds over your bad, but not so with God. Jesus is available and free to all. He has made the payment on our behalf.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Looking for God - November 2, 2015

Habakkuk 3:2(New Century Version)
2 Lord, I have heard the news about you;
I am amazed at what you have done.
Lord, do great things once again in our time;
make those things happen again in our own days.
Even when you are angry, remember to be kind.

Habakkuk 3:2(New International Reader's Version)
2 Lord, I know how famous you are.
I have great respect for you
because of your mighty acts.
Do them again for us.
Make them known in our time.
When you are angry,
please show us your tender love.

Many of us have a longing to see God work in our lifetimes. We want to see Him do mighty things and know that they are from Him. As we become weary in waiting for the bad things to end, we long for God to bring about justice and set all things right. There is so much trouble, pain and difficulty that we long for His hand to bring about relief and comfort. We want to be able to see Jesus alive and in person. We know that God has been mighty in the past, and now we want to see it for ourselves.

I believe that God is alive and well in our world today, and He is doing "mighty acts" each and every day. Jesus is newly inhabiting lives and the Holy Spirit is changing hearts and minds on a minute by minute basis. In addition, God is doing great things today in the acts of His people. Each and every good thing, every gesture that is good and decent, every act of mercy and grace, ultimately are because of Him and from Him. He shows up whenever we are in trouble, are in pain or difficulty, and in His love and mercy, He shows us His tender love.

If you are longing to see God do great things, accept Him into your heart. Let Jesus Christ be your example, and let the Holy Spirit guide you each and every day. God will show up in all you do, and you can praise Him for His "mighty acts" and know Him today!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sunday Praise! - November 1, 2015

Ephesians 1:18(New Century Version)
18 I pray also that you will have greater understanding in your heart so you will know the hope to which he has called us and that you will know how rich and glorious are the blessings God has promised his holy people.

In this fast and furious world, we seldom take a moment to pause and remember what God has in store for us. We get so focused on our daily lives that we fail to remember that this is only a short stop on our way to eternity. This is a place for us to learn and serve, because we will all have specific things to do in Heaven. Our objective is to gain understanding of the hope that God has for us, that is the hope of a future with Him.

Give thanks to Him that He has given us the gift of salvation, and that He has loved us enough to want us with Him forever.