16 Sep

Heavenly Communication

Today communication is possible through many different means. How many times do we communicate with others throughout the day? God the Creator of communication desires to communicate with us. This is possible through prayer and the Bible. God speaks through His Word, the Bible, and we speak to Him through prayer.

The Bible is no ordinary book. Its author is God. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (II Timothy 3:16)

The Bible contains sixty-six books recorded by a variety of men, yet it has a unity that can be explained only by the fact that its writers were all inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Bible’s purpose is to give God’s message to the world. The Bible’s theme is the redemption of man.

This Book is a precious, perfect, powerful book of history, law, poetry, wisdom, and prophecy which engages its readers with stories of love, adventure, wars, suffering, heroes, friendship, greed, dedication, sacrifice, and much more.

Word pictures give insight to personal testimonies of what the Bible is:

In John 4:14, Christ presents the Word as SEED, which when planted in the heart of unbelievers and is received, will result in that person’s salvation.

In Jeremiah 15:16, Jeremiah says that the word is the “JOY and rejoicing of the heart.”

In Psalm 119:105, the writer declares: “Thy Word is a LAMP unto my feet and a Light unto my path.” In other words, the Word gives understanding and shows the way to journey through this life.

In Jeremiah 20:9, Jeremiah describes the Word as a FIRE that cannot be hidden but must be shared with others.

Volumes may be written about the Bible, but only when its pages are opened and its words read, will the reader understand the life changing power of God’s Word, the Bible.

“The Bible is a book in comparison with which all others are of minor importance and which in all my perplexities and distress has never failed to give me light and strength.”
Robert E. Lee

21 Aug

The Dominion Mandate

To have dominion is to rule. At the highest level, it means that man understands that he has a free will and a measure of power delegated to him by God and that he is charged with using that free will and power responsibly.

Psalm 8:6-8 6Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: 7All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; 8The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

But some men fail to recognize that.

John 19:10-11 10Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?   11Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. 

Even though man has repeatedly failed to exercise dominion well, that doesn’t mean that God failed in His design. The way one rules is determined by the character of the one ruling.

When Adam sinned, he forfeited dominion to Satan who became the prince of the power of the air. The Dominion Mandate is still in force even though it has been greatly affected by man’s sin. The mandate came from God, and God will never cede total dominion to Satan, although Satan certainly has the power to influence man to use the mandate for fleshly, carnal purposes.

While most fail to recognize the biblical basis for the mandate, it is still in effect and indirectly authorizes all honorable occupations – science, technology, medicine, commerce, government, education, the arts, etc. God’s intent was for it to benefit mankind and to honor Him.

We are God’s stewards. He has charged us to be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish (fill) the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth (Genesis 1:28). May you and I as believers do our part well.

11 Aug

Small Things

“For who hath despised the day of small things?” (Zachariah 4:10)

In 587 B.C., Jerusalem was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon. The magnificent temple that Solomon built was among the ruins. Soon after the destruction, the Jews from the tribe of Judah were exiled to Babylon. Their stay would last approximately fifty years.

In 538 B.C., Cyrus, the King of Babylon, allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem. However, the returning Jews were few in number, and their resources were small. Twenty years would pass before the building of the second temple. Finally, under the leadership of Jeshua, the High Priest and Zerubbabel, the governor, the building of the second temple began. There were many difficulties, but God promised that the temple would be finished, “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit.” (Zachariah 4:6) As the foundation was laid, the old men cried and the young men shouted for joy.

The temple was completed in 515 B.C. After seventy years, the Jews could once again worship God in their temple. It was during this difficult time of temple rebuilding, that God asked the question: “For who has despised the day of small things?” (Zachariah 4:10) God is not hindered during difficult times because He is the God of all resources.

Does this not encourage our hearts in this time of uncertainty! Small things become great things when given to God. Today, we find ourselves somewhat in a day of small things. Our choices have become smaller. If severe suffering comes, what should be our reaction? We serve a God who has promised: “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5)

There are many examples of how God used small things to accomplish His purpose. For example, Christ used a lad’s lunch consisting of five barley loaves and two small fish to feed at least 5,000 people. (John 6:9) May we in these days think of the importance of small acts of service to others: a card, a phone call, an email, a smile, a meal, a prayer, an expression of gratitude. We serve a God today who promised that by His Spirit He would accomplish great things in “the day of small things.”

“Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things – a chance word, a tap on the shoulder, or a penny dropped on a news stand – I am tempted to think…there are no little things.” Bruce Barton

When a small thing provides a great blessing, it is no longer a small thing.

27 Jul

More Great Truths for Times Like These

Recently I shared some truths from God’s Word in a devotional entitled, Great Truths for Times Like These. Here are more great truths. These are not original, but were shared by a lady in a former Sunday School class in regard to dealing with trials in life. I was so challenged by them that I wrote them down in the back of my Bible and added Bible references to them.

A time of crisis is no time for sloppy thinking.

1 Corinthians 2:5
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

The greatest danger is always the flesh.

Romans 7:18
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

God’s Word is always the answer.

John 17:17
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

God’s glory is always the goal.

1 Corinthians 10:31
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

God Himself is always enough.

Philippians 4:19
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Making those truths come alive in our lives is part of the trying that the Lord permits us to go through. This lady’s sharing these truths was particularly revealing as she had been through treatment for cancer herself, and her teenage daughter was suffering from acute leukemia. Both were doing well at the time she shared these with the class.

16 Jul

Promises Kept

The story of the rainbow is such an uplifting account. The rainbow is mentioned four times in the Bible. In all of these references, there is a promise involved.

In Genesis chapter 8, after the flood has ended and Noah and his family are on dry land, Noah builds an altar and offers burnt offerings to God, “and the Lord smelled a sweet savour, and the Lord said in His heart, ‘I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; neither will I again smite any more every living thing.’”(Gen 8:21) Here we see the tenderness of God toward man and His creation. God establishes a covenant with Noah in which He promises: “Neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.” (Gen 9:11) As a seal of the covenant, God promises: “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between Me and the earth.” (Gen 9:13)

The other three references to the rainbow: Ezekiel 1:28, Revelation 4:3, and Revelation 10:1 refer to happenings after the rapture of the Church. In these three references, the rainbow functions as a reminder that God keeps His promises. Just as God restored the earth in Genesis, in Revelation, He promises a new heaven and a new earth.

A rainbow occurs when the sun shines through the rain. I like to think that there are personal rainbows which come when the SON shines through the rain in our lives and creates a rainbow in the heart. Take time to think on all the promises our God has kept and those He will continue to keep. Our Father, thank you for the rainbows, rainbows, rainbows!

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.

15 Jun

Be Acceptable!

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

As a child of the Lord one of the most difficult tasks that you will face is to keep your tongue (your words) and your thoughts under control. It is difficult because you constantly have to guard against saying that which will not please the Lord and the devil constantly bombards your mind with wicked thoughts.

However, this verse gives you great encouragement. In this ongoing battle, your Redeemer, Jesus Christ, is the One who gives you the strength that you need to be victorious. Will it always be easy? NO! But you can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth you!

13 Jun

Praise God From Whom all Blessings Flow

It has come to my attention these past few weeks and months that I’m not giving God the credit He is due. I find my prayers are generally directed to Jesus Christ with barely a mention of God the Father or God the Holy Spirit. In the early 13th, 14th and 15th centuries the prayers were directed solely to God and not to Jesus or the Holy Spirit, I believe this too was erroneous. But in this 21st century our prayers are devoid of God the Father.

After all my friends, it was God who determined to set us apart to have fellowship with Him even before He created the world.

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love (Eph. 1:4)

It was God who was grieved in His heart that because of sin in our lives He could not have that sweet fellowship that he so desires.

Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. (Gen 3: 23,24)

It was God who sent His only begotten Son to be the propitiation for our sin, that that sweet fellowship might be restored.

Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God (Rom.3:25)

It was God to whom Jesus prayed when his disciples asked Him to “teach us to pray”. “Our Father who art in Heaven hallowed be Thy Name”. It was God to whom Jesus promised His disciples that when He was no longer walking the earth with them He would pray the Father and He would send the comforter (Jn. 15:26). It was God to whom Peter referred to when he said “because it is written be ye holy for I am holy” (1 Pet. 1:16). It is God who is now already sitting on the throne invites Jesus to join Him when He says “The Lord said unto My Lord sit thou at my right hand” (Ps 110:1).

So you see my friends, it is important to honor the entire Trinity: God the Father, God the Son who God the Father sent and God the Holy Ghost who indwells us. Let us work at realizing what great things He has done. As the song writer says “Praise God from who all blessing flow. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost”.

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