Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Friday, May 6, 2016
It has been an interesting two weeks for us. We had been smelling antifreeze in the duct work of the Toyota Highlander (Lana's car) and knew something was up...and you guessed it - Heater Core! And we thought that was an expensive car repair ($800 but we decided to bypass it for now) until this past week when I blew a head gasket in the Ford Taurus (my car) and now $1500 later, I have my car back from the shop! It only has 207,000 miles on it so I guess the inevitable was going to happen. Good news is I now have new heads, new tune up, new antifreeze and a fresh oil change!
I bought that 2001 Taurus when it had only 12,000 miles on it and we have been blessed with how it has performed! And I am so thankful to the Lord Jesus for keeping it running. And the 2003 Highlander has also been a good car full of the Lord's blessings. We were also blessed by not being stranded on some dark lonely highway. And we were blessed to have good friends to help get us where we needed to be until arrangements could be made for alternate transportation while the cars were in the shop!
Besides the cars, I started Physical Therapy on my left shoulder which had been strained. I have a good Therapist and some good meds to help with the pain! I'm blessed to get the help I need for healing and strength!
Speaking of blessings, the Lord has once again opened the door for me to preach more! I am filling the pulpit for a church for the next 2 months. It's always good to pray for the Lord to prepare my heart and the heart of the church where I have the blessing to preach. It's amazing what God does when I ask for that preparation to happen. When I arrive at the church I know with confidence that God has been working on all our hearts and when I hear the comments after the service I am humbled that God would still use me! All the praise goes to Him for His incredible blessings!
How have you been blessed by the Lord? Pause right now and thank Him for His blessings in your life. I bet you won't have to look far to see them.
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Saturday, November 2, 2013
He would like to see if the Bible and history correspond together...just read it and find out! Dates given in the Bible have proven to be consistent with historical records but you'll never know it until you read it!
The Seeker proceeded to say the Bible was written by men and I said yes it was, however those men were under the direction of the Holy Spirit. Then I realized something...
People who are critical of the Bible try to understand the Bible from a limited human observation! They are starting in the wrong place! Anyone attempting to understand the Bible must first start with the right perspective - Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning GOD..." You must start with God, not human logic!
So, before you develop your opinion of the Bible, get to know The Author first...then all else will begin to fall in place. You may not understand it all but being guided by Him will make all the difference. He will direct you in what you need to know and when you need to know it. Start today and let the journey begin!
Sunday, January 1, 2012
I absolutely love New Year's Day! There is just something about this particular day that gets most people to thinking. We regretfully think about the past and with great anticipation we think about the future.
Sure, today is no different than yesterday (Dec. 31) but there's just something about this day that puts great hope in all of us. Do you sense that on this day or is it just me?
The Bible teaches us: "Do not remember the past events, pay no attention to the things of old. Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it?" (Isaiah 43:18-19b HCSB)
"Something new" comes daily. With each morning we see a new day. With each day we see new opportunities. With each opportunity we see new progress!
Start each day with anticipation and remember: The past is past! Let's learn our lessons and move on toward our future. Life is better when you look through the windshield than through the rear-view mirror.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
CHRISTMAS THE SEASON OF HOPE
Isaiah 9:2 (NIV) 2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.
Christmas is one of the most hopeful times of the year. It is a season of hope.
- We have presents being given and received
- We have happy music playing
- We have some people actually being happier – with the exception of drives and shoppers
- We have decorations – that started in August
- We have SALES!
- We have trees and…
- We have lights…on the tree(s), on the house, in the yard, on buildings, on Mack Trucks, around the office…just about anywhere you can think!
The lights have their greatest effect in the darkness. Driving around at night looking at the lights brings a great sense of warmth and hope as we are reminded of the season upon us.
Unfortunately, even with all the lights around us at Christmas time, many people are still walking in the darkness. They are living lives of hopelessness because they have never discovered the Life that brings light into their dark lives.
Isaiah 9 takes a look at the prophecy of the birth of Jesus Christ and the hope he would bring to the earth when he came.
Isaiah 9:2; 6-7 (NIV) 2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned… 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
The Northern Kingdom of
And in the middle of that gloom and darkness, a word of hope came from the Lord through the prophet Isaiah to the oppressed people – a light was coming to remove the darkness of captivity!
Verse 6 – For unto us a child is born; unto us a son is given. This child was to be the “light” who was going to be a rescuer for the people.
This is Good News!
Look how the child was described – he was everything the people needed and wanted.
Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV) 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
- Government on His shoulders – He will rule and govern as one from the lineage of King David. God promised David that there would always be a ruler on the throne from his household – Jesus fulfills that promise!
He will be called…
- Wonderful Counselor – He will discharge his office with supernatural wisdom…much greater than Solomon who was the wisest of all the kings of
…with more elegance and justice than ever seen Israel
- Mighty God – He will be a powerful warrior always winning every military adventure because of his precise execution of his plans
- Everlasting Father – “Father” means originator… he is the originator of eternity and he will be a father to his people throughout eternity with great care, compassion and discipline
- Prince of Peace – When he comes into power there will be peace among the nations of the world
Ever since those words were spoken,
What they missed, and I don’t want you to miss this, was that the Messiah did come. And in the middle of the night, in the deepest darkness, a little cry was heard and the light of the world came to be.
Later in his life Jesus said of himself:
John 8:12 (NIV) 12 "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
The Apostle John also wrote of him:
John 1:4-5 (NIV) 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
The people that Isaiah wrote about were experiencing hopelessness because of the darkness of their captivity. They were defeated by an enemy who now ruled over them.
The reason the people were in captivity was because of the REAL ruler of their lives – the darkness of the captivity of sin. They had turned away from their God to follow after their own desires and lusts.
What they really needed was not a warrior, but a Savior.
And it’s the same today – the darkness of the captivity of sin has created hopelessness in the lives of people because they have turned their backs on God and followed after their own desires and lusts.
So here comes Christmas as a reminder again each and every year – a reminder of the hope we have through Christ.
He wants to be your…
- Wonderful Counselor – to give you a vibrant life filled with the wisdom you need for your everyday life
- Mighty God – to lead you into defeating sin and the devil who tries to take you captive
- Everlasting Father – to show you great care, compassion and discipline both now and for eternity
- Prince of Peace – but you will never experience peace until the Prince of Peace is in your life
Why is Christmas the season of hope?
- Not because of lights…
- Not because of presents…
- Not because of decorations…
Christmas is the season of hope because “Unto us a Child is born; unto us a Son is given!”
He came for you because he is what you need.
Make this Christmas the season of hope for your life by inviting the Prince of Peace into your heart to dispel the darkness of captivity created by your sin.
Here’s what you do:
- Realize you need the light of the world in your life
- Repent of the sin that has taken you captive
- Receive Jesus into your heart
- Resolve to live your life for him
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I am at a point in my life where I need some good positive and encouraging words spoken into me. If you know me you know that I am an Encourager. I love building people up. But there comes a time when the Encourager needs encouragement. That time is here. I'm out of "encouraging gas" and need my "encouraging tank" refilled so I can go about continuing the tasks God has given to me.
All of us need to be refilled from time to time. We all need that time where we can relax, reflect, rethink, refocus, repent, regroup, renew... name your "re___"! So I say to God, "Fill 'er up!"
I was reminded today that everything starts with God. Not a book, pastor, leader, concept, program, etc. Everything starts with God! (Colossians 1:16) HE is where the focus must be. So I am at the right filling station. Rick says, "God is not just the starting point of your life, He's the source of it! (p. 20)
Are you needing that renewal that comes from God? Maybe you'll journey with me over these next 40 days and "dwell in the shelter of the Most High and rest in the shadow of the Almighty!" Ps. 91:1
Fill 'er up, LORD!