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THANKSGIVING IN LIFE AND MARRIAGE
November 30th, 2020
Last week was Thanksgiving week, so what better time to discuss thanksgiving in life and in marriage?Philippians 4:4-9  4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of ...
FAITHFUL, NOT FAMOUS
November 24th, 2020
“I’m cool if I’m faithful but ain’t famous”--Christian rap artist, Trip Lee in “Still Unashamed”In approaching Ezekiel 40-48, the vast array of interpretive options and disagreement among even conservative scholars can be bewildering. What should be universally accepted, however, is that Ezekiel was in fact instructed to faithfully share a vision of a new temple with his fellow Judean exiles in Ba...
LOVE NEVER FAILS
November 23rd, 2020
The first sentence of the marriage intimacy study Soul Refiner states “God’s love never fails,” yet in so many marriages it may feel like it has. Couples, our environment today has left us isolated and anxious. With this isolation, conflict grows and the difficult task of hiding our problems, our addictions, and our secrets from our spouse become more impossible. But God gives us hope! Revealing t...
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES!
November 20th, 2020
Last November I was settling in to my new life. Our youngest son had gone off to college and my wife and I were now “free birders”. (We’ve never liked to focus on the negative image the term “empty nesters” conjures up so I’m trying to get this new term started.) We settled into a less hectic pace and were enjoying meals together. I had even pulled out a calendar and we started planning weekends a...
WHERE DOES YOUR LEADING COME FROM?
November 19th, 2020
Proverbs 28:2 looks like a good place to begin.  "When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order."  It feels like the rebellious Israel fell under many rulers when its people were scattered and sent out. It was a punishment that God thought appropriate and so it happened.In Ezekiel 39:1-40:27, God saw that it was time to bring the nation ...
PRAISE IS A TEST
November 16th, 2020
Proverbs 27:21 -  The crucible is for silver and the furnace for gold, And each is tested by the praise accorded him.Here in this proverb we see a powerful lesson on testing. There are certain environments that test us. Many things in this world have environments that test them. Silver has the fining pot. Gold has the furnace. And the man is tested by the praise of others. Testing is needed, and i...
THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD
November 13th, 2020
My intention is to write about psalm 111 today. But first I thought I would take a paragraph or two and tell you about a sad event that happened in our household a little over a month ago. Schroeder, our Miniature Schnauzer, became very ill and died at the end of September. He was a companion, a friend, a great listener, and a terrific comic. When I said our dog I really meant Pam’s dog that toler...
DANGER! DANGER!
November 10th, 2020
Proverbs 27:12 - “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.”The prudent man sees danger coming and responds appropriately. He sees it en route. He forsees it.  He sees it before he experiences it, and he responds based on what he discerns is coming. That is Faith…to see something that is coming and to respond with action based on what you see. What a blessi...
JESUS - OUR PERFECT HIGH PRIEST
November 6th, 2020
In Hebrews 7:18-26, we encounter the truth, once again, that the law does not save us and that Jesus is the only way to receive salvation. Verses 18-19 say that the law “is weak and useless for the law made nothing perfect” Even though the law was good at pointing out our sin, it lacked power to forgive our sin. That is why we need Jesus. Verses 24-25 say “because Jesus lives forever, He has a per...
DO WE STILL NEED TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT IDOLATRY?
November 5th, 2020
"This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Repent and turn away from your idols, and stop all your detestable sins. I, the Lord, will answer all those, both Israelites and foreigners, who reject me and set up idols in their hearts and so fall into sin, and who then come to a prophet asking for my advice. I will turn against such people and make a terrible example of them, eliminating them from among m...
HUMILITY
November 4th, 2020
Today's reading in Proverbs is a seemingly simple instruction. Proverbs 27:1 instructs us to not boast about tomorrow as we have no idea what may happen in a day. We can have the best plans and intentions about the future but if they are not in alignment with God's will and we have not consulted God about those plans, we are in trouble. A well-respected pastor once said that both the hospital and ...
MAKE HIS DEEDS KNOWN
November 3rd, 2020
Psa. 105:1 Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name;  Make known His deeds among the peoples.What a great way to start off a Psalm of praise and a great way to start off your prayer for the day. With these troubling times we live in, the Psalmist reminds us what our response to life should be. In the midst of a pandemic, fear, and the uncertainties of life, God gives us a blueprint for life ...
JESUS OUR REDEEMER
October 30th, 2020
Hebrews 1 is an amazing chapter! A few incredible facts about Jesus are highlighted: He made the universe, He is the exact representation of God, He sustains all things, He provided purification for sins, He sits in Majesty in heaven, He is God’s Son, angels worship Him, He will rule eternally, and more.Jesus Himself said when you see Him, you have seen the Father, just another way of saying He is...
SAVED BY GRACE
October 29th, 2020
The grace of God can change anyone. Take Onesimus, from the book of Philemon, for example. He was a run-away slave, probably a thief, and, prior to that, a useless servant to Philemon, his owner. After fleeing Philemon, he made his way to Rome, where God got ahold of him. He became a Christian, a follower of Jesus, and his character started to change. He began to help the Apostle Paul, who was in ...
CHRIST'S SELF-SACRIFICE
October 27th, 2020
How can Christ’s self-sacrifice bring about our redemption? The key is in vs. 13: because of who He is. If He were not our “great God and Savior” then he could not have mollified the wrath of God the Father over our sin—so reasoned Athanasius in his dispute with Arius over the coeternality of the Son. One who is of the very nature as the One offended by human sin is required for true justice to be...
GENUINE FAITH
October 24th, 2020
2 Timothy is the last letter we know of that was written by Paul and it is a personal letter to a fellow servant of the Lord, Timothy. I think the age difference is that of father to son but in Christ they are on the same page and there was a close and emotional bond. In 1 Corinthians 3 and 4 we see them working together. Paul was the wise master builder and from 1 Cor. 4:16 we read that Paul want...
SPIRITUAL BATTLE
October 23rd, 2020
Paul is writing to his faithful companion and fellow worker, Timothy, his son in the faith. He gives instruction to Timothy to faithfully teach other believers the truth that he had learned from Paul. He charged him to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Paul was the apostle to the Gentiles. He was the champion of the doctrine of the grace of GOD. The grace of GOD teaches that all men ...
BUILD THE WALL!
October 21st, 2020
Abundant life, in American culture, is defined as life without rules....life without limits...life without ever needing to say ‘No!’  But true freedom and the abundant life Christ promises His followers is freedom to refuse and life lived with godly guidelines. In today’s reading, the writer of Proverbs states, “Like a city that is broken into and without walls is a man who has no control over his...
THE THING ABOUT PROMISES
October 20th, 2020
Today’s reading from the One Year Bible has us in Psalm 89, a very difficult Psalm. The writer presents a picture of God’s faithfulness, a reminder of God’s promises, and a plea for God to come through. I can relate with this psalmist: as the world seems to lean further away from God with each day, I find myself looking to the promises of my God that He will return and overhaul all this someday. I...
OPPOSITION
October 16th, 2020
Opposition. Jeremiah faced it (chapters 28-29). Timothy faced it (1 Timothy 1). David faced it (Psalm 86). This seems to be a common theme in the passages from today’s One Year Bible reading.Today’s chapters in the book of Jeremiah took place at a time when some of Israel’s population had already been taken captive to Babylon, but Jeremiah the prophet remained in Jerusalem with King Zedekiah and t...