All posts by Lola Harmon

01 Jul

America


Celebrating two-hundred and forty-four years of independence!

Anthem of freedom

Monument of truth

Emblem of faith

Resource of beauty

Independence for all

Courage in adversity

Anchor of justice

The foundation of a nation will determine its future. “In God We Trust” has been an influence in America’s greatness. The truths set forth in the Bible have given wisdom, strength, courage, and a code for morality. Psalm 144:12-15 gives reasons why a nation’s faith in God is important.

“That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace. That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store; that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten-thousands. That our oxen may be strong to labor; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets. Happy is that people that is in such a case; yea happy is the people whose God is the Lord.”

As we fly the flag, may we be reminded of the sacrifice of the brave men and women who have given their lives for freedom’s cause. May its colors give a personal interpretation of their meanings as we pause to honor a nation whose foundation is strong, whose purpose is pure, and whose hope is in God.

“Long may our land be bright with freedom’s Holy light.
Protect us by Thy might, Great God, our King!”

17 Jun

Honor to Whom Honor is Due


On June 21, 2020, America will celebrate its 110th Father’s Day. The first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington, on June 10, 1910. Mrs. Sonora Smith Dodd was responsible for its beginning. Mrs. Dodd’s father, a Civil War veteran, raised six children by himself. Her goal was to have a national day to honor all fathers. In 1972, President Richard Nixon declared Father’s Day a national holiday. In America Father’s Day is always celebrated on the third Sunday in June. One hundred eleven other countries celebrate Father’s Day on different dates.

History gives evidence of the major accomplishments of fathers through the centuries from the building of great cathedrals before the days of modern machinery to the present-day technology that has allowed men to walk on the moon. Imagine the number of different job positions filled by fathers today.

Two important roles come from God’s intent. The father is to be the head of his house and family. A second most important role is that of teacher. All fathers teach by example.

The father who loves reaps loyalty.

The father who gives instruction teaches security.

The father who practices gentleness produces greatness.

The father who possesses patience creates appreciation.

The father who teaches discipline generates respect.

The father who lives by faith gives hope.

On this Father’s Day may our fathers experience overwhelming love and appreciation.

You who walked
The winding road
Up the jagged mountain,
You who talked
Beneath your load
Of one eternal fountain,
Forgive the words I said,
Bitter, heedless, blind.
I did not know that your feet bleed
To clear the tracks for mine.
–Ann Harley

To the families of those whose fathers have given the ultimate sacrifice serving in our military, or as police officers and first responders, we have no words adequate to express the gratitude of the heart except to say thank God for heroes who will never be forgotten.

Happy Father’s Day!

“The Lord bless thee and keep thee: The Lord make His face shine upon thee and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee and give thee peace.” Numbers 6:23-26

16 Jun

A Sermon in Shoes

“Christian do you know that you are a sermon in shoes?” This question is asked in a song often used in Bible School. Indeed, every Christian is a sermon in shoes. This is a high calling, which is also an important responsibility. What does it mean to be a sermon in shoes? The words in the song offer some suggestions. The Christian is to walk and talk like a follower of Christ.

Since Satan offers opposition for the Christian, God has provided the armor of God to guard against the wiles (tricks) of Satan. Paul says in Ephesians 6:11: “Put on the WHOLE armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” In verses 11-17 Paul describes the armor.

First, we must put on the Helmet of Salvation, which protects the most vulnerable part of the body because it is here that man reasons and makes decisions. Also, the Christian is to put on the Breastplate of Righteousness. Here resides the seat
of conscience, where we choose between right and wrong.

The loins are to be gird about with Truth. God is truth. There is strength in truth.

The feet are to be shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace, having readiness to present the message of salvation. Isaiah 52:7 describes this beautifully: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace, that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation, that saith unto Zion, thy God
reigneth!”

In addition, the Christian is to take the Shield of Faith, which gives victory to overcome the world.

Finally, the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, is a powerful tool against which Satan has no power.

The Christian is best dressed to be a sermon in shoes when he or she is clothed in the WHOLE armor of God.

05 Jun

The Garden of Thoughts

A pleasant feature of spring is the beauty of gardens. Flower gardens appeal to the eyes as they color the landscapes. A variety of flowers furnish this beauty.

There does exist a different kind of garden: that is the garden of thoughts. This garden is not seasonal; it is a daily part of the mental involvement. In Philippians 4:8, Paul suggests six attributes for the Christian to think on. These include: whatsoever things are TRUE, HONEST, JUST, PURE, LOVELY, and THINGS of a GOOD REPORT.

Like the typical garden, the garden of thoughts must be properly maintained. The evil weeds of Satan grow fast. Also, plants need food in order to grow strong and mature. A daily spraying of the Holy Spirit keeps the weeds away, and a daily feeding of the Word gives nourishment for growth.

Come away daily to the garden of thoughts and meditate on Truth Tulip, Honest Hosta, Just Jasmine, Pure Petunia, Lovely Lilly, and Things of a Good Report Geranium.

Also, include thoughts from the Father such as these:

“Thou will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee because he trusteth in Thee.” (Isaiah 26:3)

“For I know my thoughts that I think toward you saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Proverbs 23:7 states that we are what we think. Think on that!

26 May

Life’s Wages

I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty score.

For Life is a just employer;
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.

I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have paid.

-Jessie B. Rittenhouse

When some material item is sold for a price less than it is worth, that brings joy to the buyer, but for the seller it is a loss. Sadly, the Bible gives several examples of individuals who bargained precious, priceless things for a worthless exchange. Beginning in Genesis, we see that Adam and Eve bargained paradise for the taste of a forbidden fruit because, “It was pleasant to the eyes and a tree to . . . make one wise” (Gen 3:6). The wage for this disobedience was the fall of all mankind. What a price!

Also, Sampson bargained his great strength for the lust of a woman. His loss of strength and his death were a poor wage for what he could have achieved for God.

Judas bargained the high calling of being Christ’s disciple for thirty pieces of silver. His wage was a lasting reputation of a traitor who took his own life.

We cannot put a value on life; it is too precious. It is a gift of God. Giving a life to God for His use is far better than bargaining a life for worthless things.

“Only one life, ‘twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.”
-C.T. Studd

16 May

A Unique Identity

Through the centuries, the Christian has made a positive difference in the world.  Before Christ ascended back to heaven, He gave His disciples an important responsibility to fulfill: that is to be the light of the world.  Light was one of the early creations of God.  In Genesis 1: 3, “God said let there be light, and there was light.”  Light is a symbol of holiness and purity.  John Wesley said that “God is not only the author of light, but also the fountain of it.”  Darkness is the opposite of light, symbolizing sin and guilt.

Being the Light of the world requires using the resources that God has provided for this calling.  First, the Bible gives the “how.”  Psalm 119:130 reveals that “The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”  Christians are to “walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8).  Obeying the word of God keeps us from sin and walking in darkness.  Christ is the source and power of light to which we must stay connected.  If we follow Christ, “We shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Also, the Holy Spirit who lives in every believer gives guidance.  The Spirit is our comforter, counselor, and advocate who teaches and guides us into all truths.  Only as we walk in the Spirit, do we really walk in light.

Not only do the Word and the Holy Spirit equip the Christian to be the light of the world, but also prayer is essential.  Prayer is a line of  communication between man and God, which creates a fellowship of personal contact.  In prayer, we may come for confession of sins over and over again.  A clean light shines much brighter.  Christ invites us to ask, and we shall receive.  How pleased God must be when we come in prayer just to praise Him and to give praise for blessings that cannot be numbered.  Luke18:1 reminds us “That man ought always to pray and not to faint.”

Having the gifts of God’s Word, the Holy Spirit, and prayer, we are equipped to be the light of the world if we choose to please our Father’s leading:

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matt.5:16). 

Every day, those who walk in darkness need a light.  Love cannot be hidden when it shines in action.  Shine forth!

10 Apr

An Able Guide for the Journey

“O Lord, by all Thy dealings with us, while of light or darkness, of joy or pain, let us be brought to Thee. It is He to whom and with whom we travel, and while He is the end of our journey, He is also at every stopping place.”

This prayer written by Phillips Brooks in the mid eighteen hundreds, has meaningful application for Christians today. That the Creator of all things and He who has all power chooses to have dealings with us gives comfort and security. The Lord’s dealings may come in times of light and joy or in times of darkness and pain. The important result should be that the Lord’s dealings in our lives draw us to Him.

During times of light and joy, let us be drawn to Him in prayers of thanksgiving and praise. When we journey in darkness and pain, let us claim His promises of help and love. The Lord gives a steadfast promise in Jer. 31:3 where He declares:

I have loved you with an everlasting love.

As we journey to Him, we also journey with Him. We never walk alone because the Lord Eternal hears, listens, and cares. Indeed, our Lord is at every stopping place along this journey home.

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