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PSALM 32
August 12th, 2022
Psalm 32 has always been a favorite of mine. I had a Bible professor that enhanced this Psalm for me over 50 years ago and what he said about this Psalm has stuck with me all these years. I hope I can do justice to what he taught us. So, here goes…Verses 1&2 “Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against t...
I CORINTHIANS 5 - A LITTLE LEAVEN
August 9th, 2022
Not long ago, I was playing Cards Christians Like,[1] with some friends. One of the cards mentioned Covenant Eyes[2] and the person reading it did not understand the reference. After a brief explanation I read their expression and, on their behalf, jokingly blurted out “OH, we’re talking about Porn now!” The room exploded with uncomfortable laughter, as everyone processed the audible use of the “...
EXPERIENCING GOD'S GRACIOUS HAND
August 8th, 2022
The people of Israel had been in exile in Babylon for several decades. Babylon was an enemy land whose people did not know or follow God. It would have been natural—understandable—for the people of Israel to hate their captors and refuse to cooperate in any way. But that’s not what God had told them to do. Through the prophet Jeremiah, God had instructed them,“Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant ...
FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD
August 5th, 2022
Prayer is one of the greatest privileges believers have in our relationship with GOD. To have this great privilege we must be a forgiven sinner, having placed our faith in the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. The person who has never made this decision to accept Jesus Christ as personal Savior has no right to come into the Holy presence of Almighty GOD. True believers have that privilege becaus...
GETTING OUR ATTENTION
August 3rd, 2022
Today’s Bible reading in 2 Chronicles 33 tells us how King Manasseh repented and turned back to God after reigning as one of the evilest kings in Jerusalem.  He practiced witchcraft, sorcery and even offered his own sons as an offering to pagan gods.  The Lord had the king of Assyria come against Israel and captured Manasseh and took him off in and chains and even put a ring through his nose!  Whi...
SEEK OUR FATHER'S HELP
August 2nd, 2022
(16)" Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I (am) lonely and afflicted. (17) The troubles of my heart have grown large. Bring me out of my distresses. (18) Consider my afflictions and my pain, and forgive all my sins. (19) Consider my enemies, for they are many and they hate me with a violent hatred. (20) Guard my soul and deliver me. Do not let me be put to shame, for I seek refuge in you. (21) ...
A NATIONAL HIGHPOINT
August 1st, 2022
This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. In everything that he undertook in the service of Godʼs temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.  2 Chronicles 31:20-21.King Hezekiah wanted to lead his country in revival, and back to God. Not only his own kin...
ONE MORE REASON TO BELIEVE
July 29th, 2022
The very first verse of Psalm 22 should be easy to recall because it is the reason we gather on each Sunday morning. While Jesus hung on the cross, he spoke these words. Many who witnessed the crucifixion would have recognized the words as being the title of the psalm. Can you imagine what must have been going through the minds of those who realized the words were prophesy and they were experienci...
LIVING SACRIFICE
July 29th, 2022
Today’s reading includes Chapter 12 of Paul’s letter to the Romans. The first two verses of this chapter should be well known to every student of the New Testament: I appeal to you therefore, brothers,[a] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.[b] 2 Do not be conformed to this world,[c] but be transformed by ...
CONFESS WITH OUR MOUTHS
July 26th, 2022
Paul is writing to believers in Romans. In Romans 9:25, he quotes Hosea 2:23 stating that God is calling those who aren’t His people to Him. Paul is telling the Gentiles that because they believe by faith that they will enter the kingdom of God. For it is by faith, not works, that we are saved. Jesus came to save all mankind, not just the Jews. We are saved by faith in Jesus and not by works or an...
SHALOM WHEN WE LOSE CONTROL
July 25th, 2022
Most of us relate to the word shalom as peace. Shalom is also used as hello and even good bye as a blessing of peace to you. Shalom is hope of a glorious new life. But it is also rest in the midst of dark and ugly events that God wills. How do we as a family express the good and bad in the honest dialogue of our faith. Can we dive in and share our dirty laundry and the process of getting it clean?...
SLUGGARD
July 22nd, 2022
Proverbs 19:24-25  "A sluggard buries his hand in the dish, He will not even bring it back to his mouth.  Flog a mocker and the simple will learn prudence, Rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge."It is not too often that I have been so taken with a word that I had to stop and find out more about it, but to me ‘sluggard’ is just such a word. I was fourteen when I first came across it i...
PERFECT PEACE
July 21st, 2022
Proverbs 19:23 “The fear of the Lord leads to life, so that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.”                       Reading this passage alone, it would be easy to think this is saying that if you fear God, no harm will come to you at all. However, we don’t have to look hard to find examples of God fearing men finding hard times. Just read through the book of Job.            This brings...
GOD WORKS IN THE DETAILS
July 20th, 2022
Today’s One Year Bible reading in 2 Chron. 3 describes the beginning of the building of the Temple by King Solomon. Among the many details is the location—the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite on Mount Moriah—where the Lord had appeared to Solomon’s father, King David, and which David had selected as the site of the future Temple. What’s the significance of that location?Well, what had happe...
DISCIPLINE BRINGS HOPE
July 19th, 2022
Prov. 19:18-19 – These two verses address two important issues – discipline and anger.18 Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death. (NIV)Discipline is one of the hardest parts of parenting.  All of us want our children just to obey naturally, even willingly and quickly, but we forget that they have a sin nature, just like ours, that needs to be d...
LENDING TO GOD
July 18th, 2022
Proverbs 19:17 says Whoever favors (or is kind or generous or in anyway good, giving) to the poor lends to God and He will repay it.This verse speaks to me because when we often think about the poor, we think about those who are poor in finances; those who are lacking in physical comforts, and that is truly critical. If we see a physical need we should try and address that need remembering that Sc...
"CIRCUMCISION" THE SEAL OF THE DIVINE COVENANT
July 15th, 2022
Romans 2:23-3:3-8GOD made a covenant with the nation of Israel. He would be their GOD and they would be His people. GOD is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth. A spirit cannot be seen. GOD chose Israel to be His instrument through which He would make Himself known to the world. The Jewish people are the chosen people of GOD. They are His elect nation. Through th...
KNOWING GOD'S DIRECTIONS AND FOLLOWING THEM
July 14th, 2022
As people, we all face the temptation to be the one making our life choices based on our own goals and choosing for ourselves what we say and do. However, God’s plan is for us to be under His direction, as obedient, loving children and faithful servants, following His Superior knowledge to reach His goals. We were created by and for Him, not for ourselves. God makes it clear that there are consequ...
GOD HAS HIDDEN HIS FACE?!
July 13th, 2022
I have remarked regularly that one of the reasons I love the Scripture is because it is real. It tells the truth. The Word of God does not candy coat or paint reality with soft colors and muted scenes. It really does ‘tell it like it is.’ Life is difficult and one often finds him/herself asking the question, “Where is God in all this?! I have prayed and He remains silent and, seemingly, aloof. Doe...
SHARING THE GOSPEL
July 8th, 2022
“I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable. The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner. King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do… I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become w...