Contributed on Jun 28, 2020
Psalm 34 is a gift from David to us. It gives us a rare and honest glimpse into the heart of a Godly man who was overwhelmed by fear and fatigue and for a moment panicked … just as we are being constantly being overwhelmed and worn down by what seems like a non-stop barrage of bad news lately.
It seemed like just another day in the sleepy little town of Gath. Merchants selling their wares in the little local market. People standing in front of the shops, discussing the latest news and gossip. Small town folks just going about another typical day … when “they” appeared. Now … any ...read more
Contributed on Jun 29, 2020
When confronted with a choice, we know what Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah chose. Are we a church of Hananiahs, Mishaels, and Azariahs? I pray to God we never have to find out … but if we do, I hope and pray the choice is clear.
Somewhere in the world … right now as I am speaking to you … a Christian has a gun pointed at their head because of what they believe. Somewhere in the world someone is going to lose their head or their life today because they refuse to give up their faith or deny Jesus Christ. Right now, as we ...read more
Contributed on Jun 29, 2020
This is the story of Romans 8:35-39. God loves you with a love so strong that nothing can separate you from it. Wherever you go, whatever you do, God’s amazing love will go with you, envelope you, encapsulate you, strengthen you, carry you, and give you hope and courage.
Chippie the parakeet was sitting on his perch one morning … whistling a happy tune … when his owner decided to clean his cage … [pause] … with a vacuum cleaner. The phone rang and when Chippie’s owner went to answer it … well … that’s when Chippie’s day took a turn for the worse. While his owner ...read more
Contributed on Jul 12, 2020
Do you have the heart a mouse or the heart of an eagle? Let me answer that for you. God has not given you the heart of a mouse. He has given you the heart and the spirit of an eagle so that by His strength and by His power you will be able to soar to greater and greater and greater heights.
A paratrooper was once asked how many times he had jumped out of an airplane while he was in the military. “None,” he said. “What do you mean ‘none,’” his friend asked, “I thought that you were a paratrooper in the service.” “I was,” he answered, “but I never jumped … I was pushed out of the ...read more
Contributed on Jul 19, 2020
No one … including you … gets to see God’s power, God’s grace, God’s strength in theirs lives when we’re just sailing along … but we really see it and experience it when we’re going through difficult times … and the world can see it to!
“So … Satan … where ya been?” “As if You didn’t know, LORD … I’ve been here and there … to and fro … looking about … You know.” “And while you were ‘looking about,’ did you happen to notice my faithful servant … Job?” “Oh, yeah …” “Good man, that Job … no one like him. Always does the right ...read more
Contributed on Jul 26, 2020
The Bible is filled with the stories of flesh and blood people … frail human beings with ordinary human needs who face all of the same kinds of struggles and challenges that we face … which is why we can not only relate to Paul’s discouragement but can learn from his courage as well.
I want to start out by reading an anonymous poem called “Friendship”: Friendship is a priceless gift that cannot be bought or sold But its value is far greater than a mountain of gold For gold is cold and lifeless It can neither see nor hear And in times of trouble it is powerless to cheer It has ...read more
Contributed on Aug 2, 2020
Habakkuk’s praise was not dependent upon his circumstances and neither should our praise be dependent upon our circumstances. Even if our whole world is coming unglued, we will praise and worship Almighty God. Even if we lose everything, we will rejoice in the LORD and spin around in joy.
I don’t know exactly when … it was about four or five years ago … I came across an interesting documentary while I was surfing the web. I wish I had written the title down … I probably did and lost it. Anyways, I don’t remember the title but I do remember the documentary. It was a fascinating ...read more