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FROM CREATOR TO CRADLE TO CROSS TO THE CROWN
December 7th, 2022
I can hardly believe we’re in Advent. It can many times be a struggle to be still and reflect on what the season is all about.Reading Hosea 6-9, I am reminded that the whole book centers around the idea that to know God is to enter a marriage relationship with Him.Since the beginning of Creation, Satan has attempted to thwart and dismantle God’s plan. God’s plan was for the seed of the woman to br...
A BETTER PRIEST AND KING: HOSEA 4-5
December 6th, 2022
It’s strange… I don’t get it, but somewhere along the way, it changed… Christmas as an adult is just not the same! Yes, the joy of Christmas morning with little eyes bulging at the gifts under the tree, and time with family is still wonderful. But right now, there is so much to think about before we get there. And as an adult, the world does not feel all bright, warm, and fuzzy. It’s cold, food i...
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY
December 5th, 2022
The thing that strikes me about these passages is that family matters. Sometimes there is discipline from God but it's for the good of the family. And there is the protection that God gives His family. The character flaws you may have doesn't prevent you from becoming a member of the family. Believe in the Son; welcome to the family.......
GOD'S PROMISE OF DIVINE PROTECTION
December 2nd, 2022
Psalm 121:7-8 "The LORD shall preserve you from all evil. He shall preserve your soul. The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth and even for evermore."We are confident this promise in it's strictest sense was a promise to the nation of Israel, GOD'S chosen people. I also believe it is a promise to every true believer. If indeed this is true, how does God do it...
A NEW WORLD ORDER
December 1st, 2022
In Daniel 8, the prophet Daniel had a vision of which Gabriel told him, “understand that the vision pertains to the time of the end,” (v.17). So the vision told about the coming Persian (v.20) and Greek (v.21) empires, and we know that Daniel personally would survive the fall of the Babylonian empire, and also serve in the government of the Persian empire, which would facilitate the return of some...
WHAT KIND OF GOD DO WE SERVE?!
November 30th, 2022
In today’s OT reading in Daniel, Daniel has a vision and needs assistance to discern its meaning. There are beasts, horns, seas and kings. Daniel asks a being standing close to him what the meaning of all this is and he receives an enlightening response. This vision concerns the end of time and the ten kings who will arise and who will be ruled by the ‘little horn’ for 3 ½ years. It is a future gl...
THE WRITING ON THE WALL
November 28th, 2022
Today’s Old Testament reading includes Daniel chapter 5. In yesterday’s reading, chapter 4 ended with Nebuchadnezzar’s testimony of how the Lord God had humbled him and that he had come to recognize God as the one true God and the King of heaven. In chapter 5 we are introduced to one of Nebuchadnezzar’s descendants, King Belshazzar. We are also introduced to the source of the proverbial saying, “T...
MAKE THE ONE YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN A PRIORITY!
November 23rd, 2022
We all have a longing for a connection to eternal things….a relationship with the eternal God, an understanding of His enduring truth, forgiveness that knows no bounds and which lasts forever.  But we get easily side-tracked and our values warp as we focus too much on the here-and-now and do not keep our eyes on God’s Word.  We obsess over social media, human beauty, followers and fail to follow t...
HOLINESS
November 22nd, 2022
I Peter 1:1-13 ~~ 1: Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2: who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by His blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance. 3: Praise be to the...
WHILE WE WAIT
November 21st, 2022
James 5:7-19Therefore, be patient, brothers and sisters until the coming of the Lord. What does patiencelook like? Behave like a farmer – accomplish your due diligence with the soil while waiting inthe midst of early and late rains. Wait with patient resolve even in the unknown because thisstrengthens you.This due diligence is especially needed with the people of the church. Do not complain aboutt...
THE CORE OF OUR RELATIONSHIP
November 18th, 2022
Today’s One Year Bible reading in Ezekiel 37–38 begins with a familiar account — Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones. It continues with prophecies regarding the reunion of Israel and Judah, and a message for Gog. While examining the details of these prophecies is certainly worthwhile, encouraging, and sobering, I want to focus on a specific detail that I think is very important.We often te...
PAY ATTENTION TO THOSE WARNING LIGHTS!!
November 16th, 2022
Today’s vehicles come with countless warning lights. Lights warn of the need to change oil and buckle your seatbelt. Lights warn that the gas tank is low or that your tires need air. Lights can warn that the engine needs to be checked or even that your gas cap is not properly seated. And the problem with most of these lights is that we can drive quite comfortably for miles after they come on with ...
MY GOD IS SO BIG
November 15th, 2022
“ My God is so Big”…”so strong and so mighty there’s nothing my God cannot do”.Kids love to sing that song. It even has some great hand motions to go with it to help them remember it. See if you can read this Psalm slowly and maybe just maybe you’ll see what they are singing about.Who Is like the Lord Our God?113 Praise the Lord!Praise, O servants of the Lord,praise the name of the Lord!2  Blessed...
IRON SHARPENS IRON
November 14th, 2022
Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”People very often like to be independent, to depend on themselves.  If something needs to be done, better to do it yourself and not have to involve others for whatever reason-not wanting to bother someone else or maybe to have the satisfaction of having done something on your own.Do we struggle as Christians with sin in our life? ...
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF PUBLIC WORSHIP?
November 11th, 2022
Hebrews 10: 24-25 "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is. But exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching."Why do we gather corporately for the purpose of public worship? We do so because we are commanded to do so by GOD. The person or family who does not atten...
GIFTS OF GOD
November 10th, 2022
The writer approaches two thoughts of the Old Testament and the New Testament. When we look at the Old Testament, it is the law laid down to show men what is good and evil. No man could live without sin, and so man had to have sacrifices that he would offer up year after year. If these sacrifices had completely cleansed their sins, there would be no point for Jesus to die for our sins. We know thi...
DOES THE LORD HEAR YOU?
November 9th, 2022
In today’s reading in Ezekiel (chapter 20), the Lord asks the people, “Do you come to inquire of me?” And then He states, “I will not be inquired of by you!” Why would the Lord make this assertion? It’s not the first time in Ezekiel He has said this. In 14:3 He says, “Should I be consulted by them at all?” It would seem that the Lord is refusing to allow certain people to inquire of Him or come be...
DIVIDED
November 4th, 2022
Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the gate of the house of the Lord that faces east. There at the entrance to the gate were twenty-five men, and I saw among them Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah son of Benaiah, leaders of the people. 2 The Lord said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who are plotting evil and giving wicked advice in this city… 4 Therefore prophesy against them; ...
THE GOD WHO HAS OUR BACK
November 3rd, 2022
After reflecting on Psalms 105:1-15, the covenantal God came to mind. I was looking for Jehovah something that literally says, “the God who has our back”. As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday season, how much more, even beyond the thanksgiving portion of our prayers, should we consider the goodness of God to His children.The analogy of a shepherd in earthly terms is a person committed to a floc...
BE IN RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS AND THEN SHARE HIM WITH OTHERS
November 2nd, 2022
In Ezekiel God states many times that He wants us to know that He is the sovereign Lord. “That they will know that I am the Lord”. Ezekiel 5:13, 6:10, 13 and 14. His desire is that we know Him and have a relationship with Him in which we know Him as sovereign Lord and want to share Him with others.Psalm 104: 24-35 reminds us that God made all things in His wisdom and they all look to Him for every...