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REMEMBER MY SERVANT JOB
January 21st, 2021
“Remember my servant Job” – one of my favorite Old Testament books and one that applies to all Christians with the issues we face today.  Our nation has Covid-19, political and social unrest, economic and many other issues that we need to deal with. We can look to the trials of Job for strength and inspiration.  Job was right to seek wise counsel from others for his trials and troubles, but we mus...
DOES YOUR 'BREATH' STINK?
January 20th, 2021
Twice in our text (Job 5-7) Job says that his life and his days are nothing more than a breath (7:7, 16)...brief, short, transitory.  The psalms echo this reality (Ps. 39:5 & 11, 144:4) and James in his New Testament letter calls our life ‘a mist’ (James 4:14). The phrase used often of the beginning of our lives is something related to ‘when we took our first breath’ and the end of our life will f...
ACCEPTING GOD'S GIFTS
January 19th, 2021
Job is a difficult book to deal with, considering its placement within scripture. Set right before the Psalms, where we sing of God’s care for the righteous and His judgment of the wicked, and the Proverbs, where wisdom and righteousness lead to blessedness, Job doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. We have a righteous man, surrounded by the blessings of God, and boasted of by God Himself as being a...
ROAD TO RECOVERY
January 18th, 2021
In our course Soul Refiner Stronger Together Marriage sessions 1-3, we have begun to recognize Intimacy Anorexia in marriage. Healing comes through first becoming dependent on God and then recognizing how we deny our spouses. If we rely on “ok, I am an IA, but what is the big deal? I work, I provide and I am better than most.” We are missing the point. We are missing a central truth that God is no...
GOD IS IN CONTROL AND WE CAN TRUST HIM
January 14th, 2021
Jealousy surely played a part in the feelings that Joseph’s brothers had for him. It’s clear that Jacob loved Joseph more than his other brothers which would result in their feelings. In addition, Joseph had also given a bad report to his father about his brothers and their taking care of Jacob’s flocks. Add to it the dreams that Joseph revealed to his brothers which they probably saw as arrogance...
AND THERE HE BLESSED HIM... Gen. 32:29
January 12th, 2021
Here is the nadir of Jacob’s career as deceiver par excellence. In nearly every situation prior, his plans and schemes have gotten him his way—have gotten him out of tight and difficult spots. Yet as we find him in this text, now he is simply alone. Alone—and also terrified that this time there will be bloodshed and he may lose it all. He earlier attempted to pray—as we all do in supreme trial—and...
REMEMBER
January 11th, 2021
Kelley Nikondeha describes the book of Deut. as three exhortations that work with the rhythm of remembering. Remember where they had come from, remember standing at the foot of Mount Sinai, when they heard The Voice for the first time, remember their covenant, the Ten Commandments—“remember and do not forget”.Remembering matters…Moses tells us to remember our story so that we will live well on the...
NAMES ON A LIST
January 8th, 2021
I Chronicles 1:28-31 So far I have not had a passage to write about that contained genealogies. A list of names, how boring can it get? Most of them I cannot begin to pronounce correctly! Maybe I can just skip over them and get to the important stuff. Yeah, that is what I will do, I will skip the genealogies and read the rest! Then, we started reading the Bible annually and it seemed like cheating...
A RELATIONSHIP OF FAITH
January 7th, 2021
In yesterday’s blog post, Takiyah Gray spoke of heeding the word of the Lord. Our ability to submit our will to the authority and wisdom of God’s word and instruction is often hindered by our attachments to valuables. A person’s valuables aren’t confined to objects considered to be expensive or rare but can included people, habits, and activities. We all place varying values on aspects of our live...
HEEDING THE VOICE OF THE LORD
January 6th, 2021
What does it mean to heed? Heeding as defined by Webster is to pay attention, give consideration or to mind. There are times when the Lord will speak to us via the Holy Spirit and through the scriptures to pay attention, listen and believe that which He has spoken to us in our heart, mind and spirit. Even if it seems unbelievable or out of reach, with God all things are possible (Matt 19:26)! Abr...
ABRAM, THE MAN OF FAITH???
January 5th, 2021
Genesis 15:1-21In Genesis 12:7 and in Genesis 13:15, God makes a two-fold promise to Abram. First, He would give Abram seed, and secondly, He would give the land of Canaan to Abram and his seed. God promised him a seed and a land for that seed to be planted in. Twice He has confirmed this to Abram, and yet here we are in Genesis 15 with Abram struggling a bit with both aspects of this promise. In ...
THE SIN OF WITHHOLDING
January 4th, 2021
Let’s just walk through a Soul Refiner open door. If you are withholding intimacy from your spouse, you are an Intimacy Anorexic and your anorexia is your choice. All of us really need to deal with the old hurts. This requires recognizing the old hurts and rejecting living a life in the victim state. Talk to God about the locked doors and ask for His power to heal you. The Soul Refiner program has...
PRAISE GOD FOR 2020
December 31st, 2020
This was not the year I was expecting. Nor was anyone else. I think most of us were expecting the election to bring some tension, but the rest of this circus? Only the most prescient or the most paranoid could have predicted this. Undoubtedly, it has been a brutal year for many. Lost jobs, lost businesses, lost friends and family. We’ve lost connection with people. Our whole sense of normalcy has ...
PRAISE TO THE LORD
December 29th, 2020
When I think of praising the Lord, my mind goes to groups of church people singing in worship to God for who He is or the great things He has done. We, as God's children, certainly should praise Him. It is commanded hundreds of times in Scripture. In Psalm 148, one of the passages in today's Bible reading, the emphasis is on God's creation praising the Lord. The angels, all heavenly host, sun, moo...
THE LOCKED DOOR OF THE VICTIM
December 28th, 2020
Let’s just open a locked door. If you are withholding intimacy from your spouse, you are an Intimacy Anorexic and your IA is a choice (Soul Refiner session 3). But wait, some of us will say we withhold intimacy because we are victims of abuse. Like the book of Job, we suffer loss. Job lost his children, his wealth and his health. We can relate to loss. Some of us can relate to victims. Job asked G...
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THEM?
December 22nd, 2020
Proverbs 30:18-20 (CSB) It doesn’t make sense… no matter how often or expressively you try to explain the pitfalls, kids are going to try it out anyway… “They’ll learn” you tell yourself, but you wish they would just take your word for it, and not have to get that wisdom the hard way. Wishes like these don’t often come true though, so you’re left wondering, “what’s wrong with them?” Agur was a man...
WHEN WILL THEY LEARN?
December 21st, 2020
If you’ve raised children or are in the midst of raising them, you’ve probably thought this phrase a time or two. When Manuel and I have conflict, I ask it of myself, sometimes weeping before the Lord, grateful for His faithfulness and everlasting love. I’ve been reading in Numbers as the Israelites wander through the desert. God declares often about the stubborn hearts of His children. And we are...
THE DAY OF SALVATION
December 18th, 2020
In Revelation chapter 9, I am reminded how most folks will not accept Jesus as God the Son, the One who died to save them from their sins. It simply says most of humanity “still did not repent of the work of their hands…”Even from Jesus’ birth there was opposition and refusal to receive Him as Emmanuel. Throughout His three year ministry most folks resisted His claim to be the Lamb of God who has ...
GOD'S PATIENCE AND OUR HOPE
December 17th, 2020
The book of Nahum is one of those small Minor Prophets that, I’ll bet, if you're like me, you don’t dive into too often. With only 3 chapters, it’s easy to flip right past it, but it is a powerful little book packed full of truth about God’s holy character and standards and how “all” His enemies will eventually meet their demise. It is a book about the judgment of nations and a proud city, Nineveh...
DON'T WORSHIP DUMB STUFF
December 16th, 2020
I requested of my Nissan Juke that it turn all the traffic lights green so that I would not be delayed on my trip.  I also have a special piece of jewelry that is quite costly which I asked to provide my evening meal on Friday.  And since my health is a concern during this world-wide pandemic, I pleaded with my bank account to do whatever was necessary to ensure my health and safety.  All of them ...