Monday, April 30, 2007
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Saturday, April 28, 2007
let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them!
and treads on the waves of the sea.
he puts the deep into storehouses.
Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
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Friday, April 20, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
what our fathers have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their children;
we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD,
his power, and the wonders he has done.
5 He decreed statutes for Jacob
and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our forefathers
to teach their children,
6 so the next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
or the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
or let the fish of the sea inform you.
Monday, April 16, 2007
and the LORD saves me.
17 Evening, morning and noon
I cry out in distress,
and he hears my voice.
18 He ransoms me unharmed
from the battle waged against me,
even though many oppose me.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
night after night they display knowledge.
where their voice is not heard.
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Isn’t it great that the Lord is real! He’s not just a good argument or explanation. He’s not a matter of opinion or a philosophy. He's not theory and His truth cannot fade or change. He was here in the beginning, is with us now, and will always be. Although He is all powerful, He is also all knowable to each one who will invite Him in. If you think about it, following Him is not really one choice of many...it's the ONLY choice that makes sense. Many forceful currents compete to guide our ambition, sap our energy, and shape our lives each day. Isn't it wonderful that we can realign our thoughts with His as we forge into each new day!
perhaps most wonderful of all, He is a person, who formed us and now longs to indwell us. Truly, the Lord is not just a good idea...He is the one we should live for!!
Philippians 3:8 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Have you noticed that there are two benefits to walking in fellowship with another believer? Firstly, we are less prone to fall spiritually. If we fall there is help to restore us. Secondly, we have others to rejoice with as the Lord provides blessing, insight and help. So we only need close Christian friends for two circumstances: (1) when life is not going well and (2) when life is going well. We were designed to walk in fellowship because this life is a rugged training ground and much help and encouragement is needed. We were also made to walk closely because in helping each other and rejoicing with each other we exercise spiritual gifts that foster our own growth. In the wake of my recent bicycle accident I have been the recipient of bountiful love gifts of food, service and prayer. I probably would survive without these gifts but I am so much the richer spiritually from so many expressions of love. I know that I am not alone in my difficult time and I am being healed in body and refreshed in spirit. Sometimes in life we don’t find ourselves walking in close fellowship with other believers. We may be trying to ‘make our mark’ on the world. But I would encourage us all to walk close enough to catch another who falls, or to be held if we fall, ourselves.
8 There was a man all alone;
he had neither son nor brother.
There was no end to his toil,
yet his eyes were not content with his wealth.
"For whom am I toiling," he asked,
"and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?"
This too is meaningless—
a miserable business!
9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work:
10 If one falls down,
his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up!
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Blessings and thanks for helping me stand,
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Actually, God alone is a majority. I think we forget sometimes that He doesn’t require our approval to act or to define right and wrong. I continue to be challenged by the example of William Wilberforce, who decided it wasn’t foolish to tenaciously pursue the eradication of slavery in
Esther 4:12 When Esther's words were reported to Mordecai, 13 he sent back this answer: "Do not think that because you are in the king's house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?"
Sunday, April 8, 2007
What does it mean that “something’s impossible”? Generally speaking I think it means that whatever you’re thinking about is beyond the capability of any person or people…or that it lies outside the bounds of natural science and laws. I don’t know about you, but that seems like a great place for the Lord of Creation to step in. I really don’t need to arm or equip myself with more human or natural resources when dealing with the “impossible” kind of problems. I remember as a kid there was something called “superglue”. We thought it was fun to glue things together with superglue, just to find out how impossible the bond really was to break. Then there was something called “superglue remover”, the only sure way to fix things. I think we need to come to the place where we welcome our champion, the Lord Jesus Christ, to move with freedom through our lives. So many of our needs are of the “impossible” type: healing, salvation, loving the unlovely, forgiving those who hurt….even routine impossibilities like raising or children and loving our spouses touch most of our lives.
So lets not be shy about coming to our God for help…doing the impossible is His specialty!
Matthew 19:25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, "Who then can be saved?" 26 Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
Luke 1:36 Even
Saturday, April 7, 2007
I thought spring had finally arrived until I awoke to snow this morning. It’s been a wild transition between seasons and nature seems to be having an identity crisis. The other day it struck me just how short the blossoms last on many of the flowering trees. We have some kind of ornamental fruit tree in our front yard. It seemed to burst forth in full blossom almost overnight recently. The lovely white petals always transform the front yard into a lovely park. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the blossoms don’t last nearly long enough…within a week of blooming they are gone. It seems sad that the tree weathers 51 weeks of living for one week of beauty. Sometimes I think we’ve given up on our own opportunity to bloom for the Lord. It may seem that we have weathered years of difficult living and many seasons of life without a sign of fruit or flower. But I am convinced there are many types of flower. Some appeal by sustaining color for a long time and some grab us briefly and take our breath away. Some bloom early in season and some don’t bloom until nearly winter. Taken together they form a diverse garden that glorifies the Lord. And so some of us may bloom early, some late, some short and some long. Taken together we form His living garden, reflecting beauty and bearing fruit, across the growing season of this life.
Acts 14:17 “Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.”
Friday, April 6, 2007
It occurred to me recently that the Lord is very practical in our lives. Many of us are still locked into a work routine, where we provide services and sell products each day to make a living. From our human point of view, this is how we put food on the table. I believe there is more to it from the Lord’s point of view. When we picture Jesus as our boss and as our client our desire is to honor Him through excellence and integrity. Colossians 3:23 “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”
All that we do in the world becomes an opportunity to reflect the Lord. This refreshing difference is attractive, as many feel captive…almost like slaves…to their life of work. Let’s look past our earthly supervisors, subordinates, and customers and see the Lord. It’s another aspect of our living relationship with God.
Blessings and thanks for all the cards, thoughts, prayers and delicious food!
Thursday, April 5, 2007
Right now I’m hurting a lot. It’s been a source of frustration because it prevents me from doing, thinking, sleeping and just plain being. On the other hand, when you have pain to deal with you don’t live too far into the future. Your attention is riveted in the present and your sense of need for help and your healthy dependency on the Lord’s care keeps driving you in a very basic way to His arms. Isn’t it wonderful that He not only inhabits the praises, but also the pain of His people? I love it when the Lord gives victory, provides our needs, and ultimately demonstrates His power to heal. I’m learning to love Him in the midst of pain because it is an intimate time of curling up next to Jesus.
2 Corinthians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.
I just remembered this is Good Friday…the day when the pain endured by Jesus purchased our eternal life. Praise the Lord for our courageous savior!!
Blessings and thanks for praying!
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
When I was hit and thrown off the bike last week two kinds of people stopped. The first man who stood over me had an angry look. He uttered a curse word and seemed to disappear. I thought sarcastically, “Great…that’s real encouraging. This is probably the guy who hit me. I represent an expense and a problem for him.” Fortunately, within seconds others gathered around with encouraging words: “We’ve called 911”…”I’m a nurse and will stay with you”…”How can I call your wife”. Then the Rescue Squad showed up and demonstrated cool competence as they wrestled with how to transport me to the hospital. I didn’t know any of the people who stopped that evening but I sure appreciated the immediate bond of love and concern that all showed, after the first man faded. It occurs to me that we have a love bond and an absolute commitment to all who live around us. We are called to respond to the needs in such a way that we will lay aside our personal schedule to help. I could easily have died if total strangers didn’t become instant brothers and sisters.
I believe this is true for spiritual needs as well as obvious physical ones. I was led to Christ by one who did not me well, but who really cared about helping me grasp God’s loving plan for salvation. In the course of one afternoon he went from stranger, to brother, in Christ.
Let’s be eager to lay down our schedules and personal agendas to see more strangers become family members for eternity!
Luke 10:33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.
I have had an interesting time over the end of March and the beginning of April. I experienced two crashes: a computer hard drive “crash” took me away from email contact for several days on March 24 and on March 29 I had a real crash, up close and personal, when I was hit by a car, while bicycling. Thanks to all of you for your loving prayers. I know that our wonderful Lord is carrying me on a bed of prayer. I am eager to get back in the battle and I don’t think the enemy appreciates these “thoughts”. My thought for today is building on the solid core of Jesus. When I was lying next to the road last Thursday I did a sort of inventory of my body parts. Although the left side was pretty battered, I was aware that the core was ok. My thinking was clear, I could wiggle my toes, and there weren’t any apparent pains coming from my midsection. I knew that there was a strong base to build on. Now I’m gradually trying to expand that base to the rest of the body. By our very nature we will stumble and fall many times in life. But once Jesus takes up residence in our hearts we have a strong core to recover from and to build upon. As I get up and face a little pain to recover, I am reminded of the great pain He endured for each of us…so we can keep building on the solid core.
1 Samuel 2:9
He will guard the feet of his saints,
but the wicked will be silenced in darkness.
"It is not by strength that one prevails;
Blessings, with gratitude