New Year's Eve

This is an exciting day! We are pausing to be thankful for the year God has given us. Through the mountains and valleys God was always there for us. Just as he will be in 2018. It seems that as we begin a new year we are always excited about what the year may bring. Many of us will make resolutions. Some will keep them and others will abandon them quickly. Whether you make resolutions or not, it is important to begin this year seeking God’s will. Burk Parsons says this about New Year’s resolutions, “We cannot resolve to do anything with a presumptuous attitude before God. The whole matter of making resolutions is not just goal setting so that we might have happier lives. We are called by God

Psalms 19:14

Growing up in my home, one of the scriptures recited often was Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord my strength, and my Redeemer.” (KJV) It was said to us as instruction, correction, it was frequently rehearsed at the end of family devotions and became a prayer that this truth would become reflected in our lives. What we think about does matter. What has our attention determines our path. There are very challenging things that God allows in our lives. How we interpret these events can draw us to our Lord or run from Him. Philippians 4:8 gives us insight on pleasing meditation of our heart, “Finally, brothers and sister, w

Laying Down Your Life

The Virginia Tech shooting, also known as the Virginia Tech Massacre, occurred on April 16, 2007 on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute. During the massacre, there was a certain engineering professor Liviu Librescu that blocked the door to his classroom with his body. As the professor blocked the door to his classroom, it allowed the students to have extra time to escape by jumping out the window to safety. The professor's bravery cost him his life but allowed others to live. John 15:13 - "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends." Look at the word life (psuche') which means the soul of a person. The soul consists mainly of the mind, the will, and

Integrity

A righteous person lives on the basis of his integrity. Blessed are his children after he is gone.” (Proverbs 20:7) The Bible says that God blesses those who have integrity (Matthew 5:8). So what are the blessings we can expect when we live our life with authenticity and a pure heart? Personal Confidence When we have integrity, we become the kind of person that other people like to be around because we know who we are and where we’re going. Proverbs 10:9 says, “People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed” When we don’t have integrity, it’s like walking on an icy road after a snowstorm. We’re putting every bit of our energy into trying not to fall.

From Visitation to Habitation

Part 2 What will it take to be a place of Habitation? 1. Prayer and Fasting The Sabbath School Teacher asked, "Now, Johnny, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?" "No, sir," Johnny replies, "I don't have to. My mom is a good cook!" A little boy was overheard praying: "Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it. I'm having a real good time like I am." “Sometimes the very presence of God is barred by our presuppositions and our intense and constant desire for triumph.” Ravi Zacharias Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Cor. 15:58) God made it clear through the prophet Joel th

From Visitation to Habitation

“A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fascination, and looked at the old pages as he turned them. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible, and he picked it up and looked at it closely. It was an old leaf from a tree that had been pressed between the pages. 'Momma, look what I found,' the boy called out. 'What have you got there, dear?' his mother asked. With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered: 'I think it's Adam's suit!' Is it the culture of Christianity or is it the Christ of Christianity? Everywhere you go, the word is out: God is about to do something. (But then, God is always about to do something; He's just waiting for us to say "yes.") We have made th

Diligently See Him

I love those who love me; and those who diligently seek me will find me. Proverbs 8:17 Oh, I want to diligently seek the Lord! Just saying the word diligent makes me think of something strong and stable. The online Oxford Dictionary defines diligent as showing care and conscientiousness. That makes sense, if we are diligently seeking God then we are showing that we care by spending time in His Word and His House. We are conscientious about our assignment and what God has called us to do for His Kingdom. As I was studying the verse above, this definition confirmed what I thought about being diligent and diligently seeking God. However, it was Merriam-Webster that caused me to pause and refle

Mary's Faithfulness

The Christmas season has officially started in Branson and I love everything about it. I love the lights, trees, my children’s smiles, and the list goes on. When I sit and think about Christmas I can’t help but be thankful and in awe of Mary’s faithfulness. I could not imagine how she felt when the Angel sent from God appeared and told her she would conceive and give birth to Jesus. In Luke 1:26-38 you see The Birth of Jesus foretold and you see Mary’s faithfulness. I am the Lord’s servant, Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Luke 1:38 As I read that verse two questions came to mind. 1) Would I have been faithful? 2) Does God ask me to do simple things and I ignore him becau

Through Your Hands

All four Gospels tell the story of Jesus feeding the 5000 with the loaves and fishes. What a great story. It lets us know: 1. Jesus is the bread of life, 2. He provides for both soul and body, 3. His power to do miracles. The disciples brought the loaves and fishes to Jesus; he blessed, broke them, and gave to the disciples and they gave to the people. He worked his miracle through the disciples' hands. He still works through the hands of wiling people. Oft times we make excuses; I’m not a teacher or preacher; I can’t sing. Just present yourself to the Lord. He will do the rest. Have you witnessed to that lost neighbor, took a meal to a sick friend, or run an errand for someone that in unabl

Today...

It's not a real concern what has happened in my past....as to what God has promised me for my daily future. Our past choices and actions can be real weighty in our minds if we don't know how to take care of them by the word of God. Today I choose life and first of all..... I repent of my sins. - I John 1:9 I cast all my cares upon the Lord. I Peter 5:7 I bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. II Corinthians 10:2-6 Remembering that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. II Corinthians 10:4 And then I Renew! Ephesians 4:23 I renew my mind with God's word, as Romans 12:2 says, "And do not be conformed to this world,

House of Mourning

“It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is made glad. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.” Ecclesiastes 7:2–4 (EVS) This is one of those passages of scripture that doesn’t seem to be a favorite. It is not usually framed and used as wall art in the home. It is not a favorite topic that is preached on often. It is, however, a passage of scripture that holds truth for those who apply it to their life. Chapter 7 has several verses that refer to “better tha

Bathroom Jesus

Many years ago a church Elder at my home church in Miami was preaching about intimacy with Jesus. It has stuck with me over the years and I wanted to share it with you. There are different levels of intimacy that as humans we afford each other especially around our home. To a complete stranger driving by it’s a tentative wave from your front porch. To the neighbor that walks his dog every day at 6 pm it’s a brief conversation at the edge of your driveway. After a few of those conversations, your neighbor may come on to your porch for some lemonade and small talk. Friends that you’ve gotten to know you invite into your home for a meal and cafecito (coffee) in the living room. You share small

Control

One of my favorite pass times is riding my horses. From a young age I have always loved horses, they have such power and beauty. A horse can be a valuable tool and an enjoyable pass time. Or they can injure, kill or be a total headache when they are given free reign. A horse is born with the nature of a prey animal. When fear and uncertainty is introduced they naturally resort to the flight nature which is to run away to regain control of their environment. The nature of the horse also changes in who has control of them. Natalie always asks me when I am working with a horse, How did you do that? I always say, I just know. The real reason is the Horse has already told me what it is going to d

Are you Ready?

“Are you ready for Christmas?” a friend asked. “Sure.” “You are?” Her eyebrows raised as she looked at me. It was the first part of December. “Yes, I’m always ready to celebrate Christ’s birth.” “Oh, you’re not thinking about the things to get done.” It seems the question, “Are you ready for Christmas?” is a contest to see who gets the most things accomplished or as a conversation starter. It can also become a pity-party for poor me, look how much I have to do. Our culture has become so engrossed in getting things done for the holiday that the true essence of Christmas is lost. The focus is on buying gifts and getting them wrapped, making cookies, sending out cards, and decorating the tree.

Come Home, Come Home, It's Supper Time

When my mind began working on this subject, the first thought was “Do you ever . . .?”, when the question became “Have you ever . . .?” Have you ever felt as if you were surely standing at the very gates of hell? Something, or perhaps someone, caused you to be literally blasted from your warm, comfy existence to a place you’ve never been before. You aren’t sure of how you got there, and you sure have no idea on how to get back. I have. I’m sure I’m not alone. And if you haven’t yet, you may experience it some time. Thinking on this subject, as it was given to me, I looked for the “spiritual value” in it. I figured if the Holy Spirit was giving me this, He had to have a scriptural reference.

Melodious are the Hearts

It is clear, thru practice..burden..and, benediction, the purpose and power of the thrust of your(many) prayers! As the nation has commanded a change because of the sufferings, of those who have been stifled, mocked; and made to pay dearly for their sense of right and proper way...the army of the Lord understands and is stepping up, to intercede for the light bearers, game changers, the bold and even less so, that can avail and undergird the purposes and plans of God thru His kingdom here on earth...for I, the Lord, surround the midst of you- the beautiful body of Christ, which so eloquently and diversely speaks My heart revealed! These days My people require and offensively need the touch o

Woe is Me

1st Kings chapter 19; Elijah is having a pity party. Jezebel had threatened to kill him following his great victory over her prophets of Baal. When God questioned him his answer, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too. (Verse 14.) A great wind came, an earthquake, and then a fire. God wasn’t in either one. He spoke in a still small voice. Oft time during our pity parties, we are so busy moaning and groaning we fail to hear when he speaks. Before moving to the Branson area, I lived on the fourteenth flo

Worship

Praise ye the Lord. Psalms 150:1 Do you ever have those days where you don't want to worship? You don't want to raise your hands in victory because you feel defeated. We need to start reaching down deep inside not just focusing on words but the everlasting comfort and emotions and spirit that comes with those words. How does the song you are singing make you feel? How can you apply it to your life? Are you where you are to be in Christ Jesus? I know all too well how you can get up there and go through the motions and beg and plead with God to show you something or show up. But are you earnestly seeking? Are you waiting on God or circumstances? Let us be like David today and though our hearts

Relationship with God

Romans 4:20 tells us how Abraham grew strong in faith and began to praise the Lord before his miracle happened because he had confidence in God. In verse 21 we read he was fully persuaded in his faith that what God had said to him God would do. So, he began to praise and thank the Lord for it in advance with boldness and confidence and God brought to pass what he was believing for. Faith begins with our relationship with almighty God. The Bible tells us that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2) In 1 John 5:4 we're told that “this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith”. So today if you're in need of a breakthrough renew your relationship with the Lo

Ezra's Pattern

There is an interesting story found at the end of 2 Chronicles and continues through Ezra and Nehemiah. The story centers on the Captivity of Israel by foreign empires because of their rebellion against the only true God. Seventy years of bondage has passed and some of these Israelites find special favor with the King they are serving and allowed to slowly start the rebuilding process of Jerusalem. There are many key players in the historical rebuilding. Cyrus; the King of Persia opens the door for the captives to return to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. Nehemiah and the rebuilding of the walls and gates, Zerubbabel’s construction and dedication of the temple, and Ezra bringing spiritual r

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