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To Those Who Trust His Name
8/6/2020 10:20:25 AM
David said in Psalm 9:10-And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.  I'm sure you that have studied the Scriptures always notice when the word "LORD" pops up and it's in all capital letters that it means Jehovah.  The word Jehovah speaks of Him being the I AM; the One who is self-existent, that is all loving and caring for His own.  He is the One who sent Moses to deliver the children of Israel from bondage and led them to the land of Canaan.  And now David says that those who know His name put their trust in Him.  The idea of knowing Him isn't just a head knowledge of who He is, but a heart relationship with Him.  It speaks of someone who knows Him as their personal Savior and Lord.  It also causes us to remember the great power associated with that name Jehovah.  He wrought miracles in Egypt, parted the Red Sea, fed the children of Israel with manna and quail, gave them water from a rock and many more wondrous things.  He is worthy of our trust.  But the psalmist says He is faithful to those who seek Him and He truly is.  He will never forsake those who put their trust in His name.  I am so thankful for that wondrous assurance that we have in Him today.
Who Will Stay or Who Will Go
8/4/2020 7:41:27 AM
In John 6, after some difficult teaching from Jesus, the Bible tells us in verse 66-From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.  There were those who loved the miracles of the loaves and fishes and wanted more, but when it came to the area of commitment to Christ and staying with Christ, they instead went away.  I'm afraid we still have that crowd today.  There are those who love the services when they are sweet.  When the preacher doesn't get to preach and the emotions run high.  But when it comes to the ordinary and it is service as usual and the preacher is just "preaching", then it isn't very thrilling to them.  Jesus looked on the twelve at that time and asked them if they too would go away.  Peter, who often missed the mark, hit the nail on the head that day when he said, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.  There is nowhere else to go to find what we find in Jesus Christ.  I want to be one of the kind who stays true to Him no matter what we have, whether it is the spiritual high or low.  Right now everything seems out of sync and quite strained.  It's not what we're used to, but I'd rather have what we have right now, than not have anything at all.  To whom shall we go?  The world has nothing better to offer God's children.  Even as different as worship is right now, I'd rather have Jesus as it is for now, than not have Him at all.  So, I'm just going to stick with Him until things return to normal or until He comes to take us home.  Are you with me?  Will you stay?
The Forward Look of Hope
7/27/2020 8:39:13 AM
It's so easy to get cast down with what we're dealing with right now in our lives.  I know, because I'm bad to do it myself.  I get focused on what is going on and forget the things God has promised.  We are human and we do forget.  The danger is that if we focus on what we're going through right now that we can lose hope.  I have often read Psalm 42 where the psalmist seemed so low and was longing, thirsting for the Lord in his soul.  He says in vs 3-My tears have been my meat day and night.  He remembers how things once were, but they're not that way now, vs 4.  He talks to himself and asks himself in vs 5-Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me?  He is discouraged, yes.  But then he says something amazing--hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.  He is saying, "You know, right now I may not be able to rejoice, but I will again.  I will praise Him for His help for I have a hope in Him."  You see, hope is a forward looking word.  It doesn't look backward, but forward.  The psalmist says that He will yet praise the Lord again.  He also says in vs 8-Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.  That was his confidence of hope.  The Lord will do this for me, so I will continue to make my prayer unto Him.  You may feel yourself at a low point in life today, but don't lose hope.  There will come a time, when He will touch your heart again, when He will lift you out of the fog, when He will stir your heart with song and He will let you rejoice in Him again.  Don't lose hope...keep looking forward in Him.
Giants Are No Match For Our God
7/23/2020 9:05:25 AM
I guess we have all heard the story of David and Goliath since we were knee high to nothing.  The story has fascinated children through the years, but it isn't just a children's story.  It is a truth to encourage saints of all ages to be reminded that our God can handle the giants of our lives.  We all have our "Goliaths" that we deal with.  Mine may not be the same as yours and yours are not the same as mine, but we all have our giants that walk up our valley threatening our peace and seeking to control our lives.  The hero in the story was David who was willing to face this giant and defeat him by the power of God.  Our hero is found in David's greater Son named Jesus who is able to defeat the giants in our lives.  No matter how loud they talk and no matter how big they stand, they are no match for our hero.  It isn't in our power that we can handle the giants that we face.  Far too often I have tried to handle them on my own, and suffered humiliating defeat.  But when I put the giant in Jesus' hands, victory is found in Him.  I have no idea today what giant may be walking up your valley, but I know that your giant is no match for our God and that He is able to give victory in your heart today.  Why not give your giant to Him?  Right now. No matter where you are. Bow your head and place that giant in His great hand and trust Him for the victory you need over that giant.
Is There Anything Too Hard for God?
7/20/2020 8:01:49 AM
Each of us have things today that we struggle with and are facing in our lives.  Some may seem as minor blips on the radar, while others seem so overwhelming and weigh our hearts down so heavily.  What may seem so minor to one individual though, can at the same time, be so big to us.  Our scales often weigh so differently, don't they?  But I've come to realize that on God's scale they all weigh the same.  It matters not how large it may be, there is nothing too hard for Him.  The prophet Jeremiah lived in days of such difficulty and uncertainty for the land of Judah.  He found himself imprisoned by king Zedekiah, but even then God gave him words of hope for days yet to come.  And Jeremiah prayed and in part of his prayer he said in Jeremiah 32:17-Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.  When everything seemed all out of sorts for him, Jeremiah reflects on the thought of who God is, the Creator of all things, and declares that nothing is too hard for Him.  No matter your burden; no matter your situation; no matter your worry; no matter your trial; no matter your diffculty; no matter your need--there is nothing too hard for Him.  Put your need in His hands, the hands that created and controls all things, and trust Him to meet your need.
Till the Storm Passes By
7/16/2020 11:17:14 AM
I'm not sure why the Lord has put this on my heart for the blog today or who it's for but back in 1958 Mosie Lister wrote a song entitled "Till the Storm Passes By".  It's a song that has always blessed my heart tremendously.  Here are the words for somebody today who may really be needing it.  

"In the dark of the midnight have I oft hid my face
While the storm howls above me, and there's no hiding place
'Mid the crash of the thunder, Precious Lord, hear my cry
Keep me safe till the storm passes by
Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand
Keep me safe till the storm passes by
Many times Satan whispered, "There is no need to try
For there's no end of sorrow, there's no hope by and by"
But I know Thou art with me, and tomorrow I'll rise
Where the storms never darken the skies
Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand
Keep me safe till the storm passes by
When the long night has ended and the storms come no more
Let me stand in Thy presence on the bright peaceful shore
In that land where the tempest, never comes, Lord, may I
Dwell with Thee when the storm passes by
Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand
Keep me safe till the storm passes by."
Finding Your Way
7/14/2020 8:30:43 AM
We have many options today in helping you find your way to where you're wanting to go today.  There are still those old road maps, Google Maps, GPS systems and more.  We as Christians are often trying to find our way in this life.  Sometimes it's just a matter of making a decision involving family or a personal matter.  Sometimes it is a life changing decision that can determine the direction of our lives.  The verses that always come to my mind at such a time are found in Proverbs 3:5-6 where Solomon says, Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  Far too often I want to trust my "gut" feelings or the advice of someone else and sometimes those are helpful.  But the most helpful thing is to put all your trust in the Lord, for He truly knows the right way and the best way for us to go.  We can't lean on our own understanding because we can't always see the "big picture" but He does.  So, I must always lean on His wisdom and His understanding and trust in His guidance and He will lead me in the right way through my life decisions.  Maybe you're needing to find the right way in some matter today.  Let Him show you the way.
The Great Comforter
7/9/2020 8:30:26 AM
Paul wrote to the Corinthians these words in 2 Corinthians 1:3-Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.  There are so many today who want to view God as some angry despot that sits on His throne just waiting to strike down in vengeance all who He desires.  But our Bible speaks of a God, who is holy by all means, but who is the "God of all comfort."  Although He is righteous and holy and cannot or will not tolerate sin, He is a God who comforts us in all our troubles.  He is a God who cares! I am so thankful that He is. He comes to us in our troubles and difficulties of life and gives strength in our times of need.  So, no matter where you are today.  No matter the kind of trials you may be facing, the God of all comfort can comfort you in what you are going through.
There is Strength in the Lord
7/6/2020 8:00:18 AM
I remember reading a little story about a dad who asked his son to move a rock out of the way.  The son tried his best to lift it, but it was just too heavy.  The dad asked him, "Son, are you sure you're using all your strength?" The son replied, "Yes, dad, I am."  And, again the boy tried with all his might to lift the rock to move it out of the way, but couldn't.  Once again the dad said to him, "Son, I don't think you're using all your strength.  Are you sure you are?" The boy frustrated and exhausted from trying said, "Dad, I have been using all my strength.  What else could I do?"  The dad said, "You weren't using all your strength because you never asked me to help you.  If you would have asked I would have helped you move that rock."  You know, we are the same way.  We'll do our best in our own strength to carry our burdens, but never ask the Lord to help us with them. If we only ask Him, He will come to our aid and help us carry those heavy loads that we aren't able to carry ourselves.  I thank God today that there is strength in the Lord.  What are you trying to carry all by yourself today?  Let Him help you carry it.
The Lord is Never Too Busy
7/3/2020 8:35:31 AM
I was working on the website this morning, trying to get some things updated before moving on to some other things I needed to do.  I started to skip putting something in the blog section thinking that I really didn't have time then I realized I hadn't put anything here in a while.  You know? Isn't it amazing how we let ourselves get so busy with so many things?  Things that pull us here and then things that stretch us there.  But I am so thankful today that the Lord is never too busy for us.  He always has time for whatever I have going on in my life.  He has all of the universe to control.  He feeds all of the wild animals on the face of the earth.  He provides for all that you and I need.  He keeps the stars in their places and the sun shining in its brightness.  It isn't too hot and it isn't too cold.  He is watching over every single one of His sheep, but He always has time for me.  He never is too busy when I call on His name or ask Him for help or cry out in fear or seek Him in a time of need.  I'm so thankful today that the Lord is never too busy for us.  So whatever you are needing from the Lord today.  Go ahead.  Reach out to Him.  You'll find that, no matter what He is doing, He has time for you.
Someone is Praying for You Today
6/29/2020 7:53:31 AM
The book of Hebrews, for one thing, contrasts the ministry of the Old Testament priesthood to the priesthood of Jesus Christ.  In one particular portion Paul writes about Jesus having an unchangeable priesthood and goes on to say in Hebrews 7:25-seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.  There are things that happen to us through the course of life that would cause us to believe that no one cares and bring us to the dark place of despair.  But Paul writes to remind us that there is One who does care and that He ever lives to call our name out in prayer to the Father.  Right now in your present situation, there is one praying for you as no one else can.  Others can pray for you without ever knowing exactly how you feel or how desperately you hurt, but He does.  He knows where the very need of your life lies and is able to present that need before the Father as no one else can.  I am thankful for everyone and anyone who prays for me, but I'd rather have the Great High Priest Jesus Christ who sits at the right hand of God calling my name out to the Father on my behalf.  So take courage today weary saint.  Someone is praying for you today!
A Listening Friend
6/26/2020 8:20:45 AM
You know, I think we've all had those friends who are handy with advice.  They are always ready to share their "two cents" worth of help with us.  Don't get me wrong.  I appreciate good friends who are willing to come and help in a time of need, but there are some who are more like Job's friends that their advice is more of a critique of what you're doing wrong than trying to find out how they can help.  There's a verse you don't often hear from the book of Job that is a response of his to them found in Job 13:5 when Job says, O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom. Job was saying, "If only you would just be quiet and listen for a little while." You know, sometimes all you really want and need is a listening friend.  Not someone to try and "fix" you or "straighten you out", but just to be there and listen to you as you hurt and to encourage you by letting you know that they are there for you.  It is in my heart today to be that kind of friend.  I've been the kind who wants to have all the answers and to try to have the right words to say to meet the situation.  But sometimes it means everything just to be the kind of friend who is there to listen.  I want to be a listening friend.  How about you?
The Shoulders of Jesus
6/25/2020 9:37:02 AM
A verse we hardly ever think of or read until Christmas is found in Isaiah 9:6-For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Of course, we know that Isaiah's prophecy is of none other than our Lord Jesus Christ.  He is more than a child born, He is the Son given as Savior for our sins.  But the phrase on my mind is the part that says, and the government shall be upon his shoulder.  There is a time that He will reign as king of all the earth and rule this earth as it ought to be ruled.  But I think about the shoulders that are the only one's that could carry such a load as that.  His shoulder can handle that massive task and if His shoulder can handle the massive task of the government of this world, don't you think His shoulder can handle anything you and I will ever face in life?  He carried the cross on His shoulder and bore it to Calvary.  He will one day bear the government of this world on His shoulder.  Yet, right now He as our Shepherd will carry His sheep on His shoulders.  If you think you can't make it today, the Lord your Shepherd, will carry you.  His shoulders are strong enough to handle it all.
Trying to See Through the Fog
6/22/2020 8:51:15 AM
I'm sure we've all had the experience of driving down the highway in the fog.  It's hard sometimes to just find the road and to make sure we stay out of the ditch.  You grip the steering wheel more tightly and strain to focus so that in an instant you can hit the brakes or swerve to miss something in the way.  All the while you're praying that the Lord help you just get through the fog and make it to your destination.  It can be unnerving to drive that way.  What a blessing it is when suddenly the fog lifts and everything clears up.  Sometimes it feels that our lives spiritually are a lot like that.  There are times we feel as though we're driving in the fog, trying to find the way and just hoping to stay on the road.  We keep looking for the place where the fog will lift and we can see clearly once again.  Maybe you're still waiting for the fog to lift.  I say to you today, don't give up, just keep pressing forward and asking for the Lord to get you through the fog.  There will come the place for you when the fog will lift and you'll be able to see things more clearly again.  Will it come soon?  I can't say how long it will take, but just keep leaning on the Lord and trusting in His guidance and help.  He will get you through the fog and somewhere it will lift for you.
When Will the Rain End?
6/18/2020 8:08:20 AM
It seems like we've hit a weather pattern of rainy, dreary weather that just doesn't want to let up.  Oh, there are a few breaks of sun here and there, but for the most part it's been a lot of rain lately.  I glanced at the forecast and next week looks like several days of rain chances again.  It seems like life has those patterns too.  Times when the rain just won't let up.  One rainy, dreary day seems to follow another.  But I know there is a purpose behind it all.  If all we had was sunshine, we would grow unappreciative of it and take it for granted.  But after a period of rain and dreary days, we sure rejoice when we see the wondrous sight of the sun shining through the clouds.  It's the same spiritually.  If we never had difficult days we would take for granted the good things the Lord gives us, but after the difficulties pass, we sure do appreciate His blessings even more.  Can you imagine what it will be like when we stand in His presence knowing all the storms of life are past?  In that day, we will realize as we could never down here, just how blessed life for us has truly been.  What a day that will be when the rains will have ended.  Storms of life will be no more and we'll enjoy the blessings of the Son forevermore.
Psalm 13:1-6
6/15/2020 10:20:24 AM
1-How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
2-How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
3-Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;
4-Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
5-But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
6-I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.

My Cup
6/11/2020 7:52:25 AM
It's so easy to think about all we have to do from day to day.  It seems like there's always things to be done around the house or for the family.  For so many there is the daily rush to get up, get ready for work, get out the door and then finally when you get home and eat some supper you're ready to find a spot to sit down and relax.  You've got a full cup and most of us do anymore.  But my mind thinks of what David said in Psalm 23:5-my cup runneth over.  When he said that, he wasn't talking about everything he had going on in his life.  He was talking about how blessed he was in life.  When he thought about the Lord being his Shepherd and how He provided for him daily he said, "My cup runneth over."  When he thought about how the Lord cared so deeply for him he said, "My cup runneth over."  When he realized he never faced a trial alone he said, "My cup runneth over."  When he thought about the enemies the Lord kept him safe from he said, "My cup runneth over."  Well, I think you get the picture.  David was saying that when he thought about how truly blessed he was that his cup was one that ran over.  I remember years ago how when people drank their coffee they used the cup and saucer and often they would fill the cup till it ran over into the saucer.  That's how I feel today.  I feel as though the Lord has filled my cup so full of His blessings that it has run over into the saucer.  I feel as David today, "My cup runneth over."  How about you?
God is Always Good
6/8/2020 9:09:06 AM
It was the psalmist Asaph that penned the words in Psalm 73:1-Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.  If you study the psalm out you will find that Asaph was struggling in the psalm.  He was watching the wicked prosper.  He looked at them and thought that they seemed to not share in the same kind of troubles that he dealt with.  They were corrupt, evil, deceitful and selfish in their actions, disregarding God completely.  He, on the other hand, was trying to faithfully serve the Lord, but yet he often struggled and he sought to understand it all.  That's something we struggle with too at times.  Yet, he said it all when he said, Truly God is good.  We often say He is good when our tests come out good.  We say He is good when the surgery goes well.  We say He is good when we recover from some sickness.  We say He is good when our loved one is spared.  We say He is good when something we've prayed for is given to us.  But I have to ask the question He only good when what we desire of Him is good?  When He gives me what I wanted or when He meets my expectations?  I want to say today that He is still good even when things aren't as I desired.  Even when the tests didn't turn out as I had hoped and prayed for.  Even when the problem didn't go away.  Even when I ended up with more questions than answers.  God is still good even then.  He is always good.  His goodness isn't based on my getting the good I had hoped for or desired.  His goodness isn't based on me doing certain things to merit it or earn it.  His goodness is based on who He is.  God is simply good at all times to all of us, in the good times as well as the bad times.  God is so good to you and to me.
6/3/2020 10:54:24 AM
I remember years ago reading the story about an elderly lady whose favorite Scripture verse was 2 Timothy 1:12 that says, for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.  That was her life verse and it was her anchor that she lived by and trusted.  As the years passed, her mind got worse and she finally had to be placed in a nursing home, but she still would cling to her verse.  Then it got harder to remember all the words until the day finally came that she could only remember one of the words of her favorite verse--the word "Him."  When anyone would come to see her, in a barely audible voice she would just say over and over, "Him...Him...Him."  You see, when it comes down to it, He is what really matters most of all.  Knowing Him is what sustained her till she went home and He is the One who will sustain us also.  It isn't whether I remember Him, it is the fact in knowing that He remembers me.  Don't let what you're going through in life take your eyes off of Him. Whether we face good days or bad days remember whatever comes in our lives it's all about Him.  Till we take our final breath or till the trumpet sounds, keep your eyes on Him.
Keep Pressing On
6/1/2020 8:16:11 AM
We often think of how wonderful it would be in life if there were no problems, no burdens, no difficulties or no trials to ever come our way.  But the Lord knows that if we never had any of those things that we would, no doubt, become careless and tend to pray much less than we do now and even forget to depend on Him as we ought to.  So He sends these things our way and they press us towards Him, causing us to lean on His strength and rely on His wisdom day by day.  Oh, I am like most of you, thinking of how great it would be to not have to deal with those things, but for now we do.  We press on, realizing that there will come a day, when we'll lay aside the battles, burdens and sorrows of this life and exchange it all for Heaven's wonders.  I don't have a clue when that great day will come, but until then I press on.  Living each day as though it might be the day He calls us home from a world of trouble and strife.  And if it doesn't happen today?  I keep pressing on until the day He comes.  You may be hurting this morning.  You may be worried today.  You may be burdened over something in your family.  Don't let whatever you're facing today stop you from pressing on.  He will give you strength for today and one day, we'll cross the last hill, we'll round the last curve, we'll carry the last burden and we'll be home.  Until then just keep pressing on.
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