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UNITY IN THE BODY OF CHRIST
September 25th, 2020
    I have always enjoyed thinking about the comparisons of the body of Christ to the physical body. First Corinthians 12:12 says: “The body is a UNIT, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form ONE BODY. So it is with Christ.” This passage goes on to describe the awful results if the body does not function as intended by God. There would parts of the body goi...
THE SOVEREIGNTY AND OMNIPOTENCE OF GOD
September 24th, 2020
Today's passage in Isaiah (NASB) is a great reminder of who God is, and His active involvement in current events.43:25 “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” God forgives the sins of His children, and does not hold them against them.44:2 “Thus says the Lord who made you and formed you from the womb, who will help you, do not fe...
GOD'S RX FOR REDUCING PANIC AND ANXIETY
September 18th, 2020
Isaiah 28:16 is God’s solution for panic attacks and general feelings of anxiety, although not drinking caffeine is helpful too! The verse reads, “So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.” Panic and anxiety are defined on anxiety.org as “the sense o...
WISDOM FROM SCRIPTURE
September 17th, 2020
From Isaiah 25:1-28:13 and also Galatians 3:10-22:  The Scriptures state that you are a prisoner of sin and you must believe in Jesus Christ to gain His promises.From Psalms 61:1-8:  We need to seek God’s help wherever we are. He knows where we are and will help us! He is our safe refuge from our enemies – where they can’t find us. We have many blessings and an inheritance from Him. For God will a...
A MOMENT OF DEJA VU
September 15th, 2020
I have always loved the book of Proverbs. The simplicity of thought, and the depth of wisdom are a powerful combination. I am grateful for the wisdom of Solomon being packaged so that someone like me, with a standard measure of wisdom (granted this may be a generous estimation) can gain insight on life’s daily challenges. As a parent, I have gained an even greater appreciation for these nuggets of...
I FEEL LIKE QUITTING. I CANNOT TAKE IT ANYMORE.
September 14th, 2020
It is my experience that feelings like these are very common for both husbands and wives in marriages. I must admit, that I have had them many times early in my marriage; yes even with a wonderful wife like I have. It was easy for me to fall into the trap of self-pity. In my case, it started by focusing on me, all that I did and how I was not appreciated. From there I started looking for things to...
WHERE ARE YOUR PRIORITIES?
September 11th, 2020
The natural man does not understand the teachings of Holy Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 2:14 states "But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of GOD: for they are foolishness unto him: Neither can he know them for they are spiritually understood." The desire of the natural man is to get all he can get and keep all he can keep. The accumulation of wealth is one of his most important go...
WATCH WHAT YOU EAT
September 10th, 2020
"When you sit down to eat with a ruler, observe carefully what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you are given to appetite.  Do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food." Proverbs 23:1-3Upon reading this it took me a minute to discern its meaning.  Obviously, I'm not sitting down to eat with many rulers (unless you count Pastor Curt), and I'm pretty sure they're not se...
I AM ANCHORED IN THE LORD!
September 8th, 2020
When I consider the backdrop of Psalm 52, the text means so much more.  This is a psalm of David after Doeg the Edomite has killed the “eighty-five persons who wore the linen ephod.  And Nob, the city of the priests, he put to the sword; both man and woman, child and infant, ox, donkey and sheep, he put to the sword ( I Samuel 22:18,19).” I don’t know the anguish David probably felt writing this; ...
WORDS OF WISDOM
September 4th, 2020
Following are some verses from our OYB reading for today that hardly need any commentary. Sometimes the text of Ecclesiastes can seem somewhat cynical to us, but consider these verses—lots of good food for thought on a variety of topics: death… criticism… anger… adversity… sin…Ecclesiastes 7:2,5,9,10,14; 9:12 (NASB)  "It is better to go to a house of mourning Than to go to a house of feasting,  Be...
CALM IN CHAOS
September 2nd, 2020
Psalm 46 from today’s reading could hardly be more appropriate for us to reflect on in this season.  Worldwide, there seems to be plenty of fear and uncertainty and even chaos.  We know that we Christ-followers are certainly not exempt from troubles and calamities.  The same mountains-falling-into-the-sea and earth-giving-way kind of things happen to and affect us as they do to unbelievers.  With ...
WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN?
August 31st, 2020
I was reading a devotional by Tony Evans and he exhorted the readers to look for God and His character in the Scriptures as you read them. I saw in Jeremiah as I tried to apply this exhortation that God continually pursued His children. He gave relentless exhortations and warnings demonstrating patience as He longed for the Israelites to turn toward Him, longed for them to repent of their sins.  I...
THE LIFE-GIVING AROMA
August 28th, 2020
In today s NT reading, Paul starts a “great digression,” dropping his narrative in verse 13 and picking it up five chapters later (7:5-7)! There’s a big change in tone between verse 13 and verse 14. What happened that Paul was able to shift from not finding peace to praising God?In chapter 7, we hear Paul finish his story. He was finally able to connect with Titus, who told him that the truth of t...
GOD'S DOWN PAYMENT
August 27th, 2020
“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (NIV)I’ve read this passage many times and I always thought of it as, “this is my lucky day.”  I found a “golden ticket” that will get me into heaven.  But that isn’t what it is saying here. This is nothing abo...
It's ALL Your Fault!
August 26th, 2020
Have you ever heard someone, maybe your child, say, “It’s ALL your fault!”??  Now, depending upon what one is facing, the significance of that statement can range from horrible to no big deal.  But have you ever thought of what your response would be if you were asked to take on yourself the pain of another…?...to face hardship for another…?...to suffer when it was NOT your fault?!  Paul tells the...
EXCEEDING RIGHTEOUSNESS
August 24th, 2020
“For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”          Mt. 5:20 ESVWhen I read this in my early years as a Christian, I foolishly thought, oh, that’s not hard to do, Jesus called them hypocrites, white-washed tombs…. If marriage has taught me one thing, it has taught me how far from God’s righteousness I fall shor...
ANOTHER TIME AND ANOTHER PLACE
August 19th, 2020
One of my favorite songs is Sandi Patti and Wayne Watson‘s “Another Time and Another Place.”  This song embodies a believer’s desire to be in that place the Lord has prepared where all the struggles of this life will be gone and eternal peace, divinely provided security and the presence of Jesus will be our experience.  Both of these vocal artists were important to me ‘back in the day’...and I sti...
MARRIAGE ISN'T THAT GREAT
August 17th, 2020
You may think this is not a great way to start a blog on marriage. Well, this is the title of the first chapter of Francis and Lisa Chan’s book entitled, You and Me Forever. This book reminded my wife and I that, in the light of eternity, marriage is not only temporary, but in reality nothing in this world is worth being compared to the glory that is to be revealed to us (c.f. Romans 8:18). Conseq...
MAKING IT CLEAR
August 14th, 2020
They read from the book, from the law of God, translating to give the sense so that they understood the reading. Nehemiah 8:8, NASBThey read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people could understand what was being read. Nehemiah 8:8, NIV.Today’s One Year Bible reading from Nehemiah 8 touches on something I work on a lot: translating the Scriptures ...
THE LORD'S PLANS
August 13th, 2020
Psalm 33 gives us another timely reminder of God's awesome power, steadfastness and love. Verse 6 says "The Lord merely spoke and the heavens were created, He breathed the word and all the stars were born." The vastness of the heavens and massive size of the stars is beyond human comprehension, yet our Lord spoke them into being. On an earthly level, verse 7 says " He gave the sea its boundaries a...