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God in the Valley: His Hand, His Voice, His Glory

November 8th, 2016|

God called Ezekiel to go and be a prophet to the people of Israel exiled in Babylon. They had rebelled against God, were immoral and were following false Gods. God was sending Ezekiel to be his messenger and warn them to turn back to God or they would die in their sins (Ezekiel 3:18).

This was a scary proposition for Ezekiel because he knew all too well what happened to the prophets that came before him. They were not popular among the rebellious people and many were killed. The “kill the Continue reading

Ash Wednesday 2016: History, Dates, Traditions Of Lent’s First Day Of Fasting

February 8th, 2016|

The Christian holy day marks the beginning of Lent.
 

Do you wonder what Ash Wednesday and Lent are about? Why do so many Christians observe this day of fasting and time period known as Lent leading up to and in preparation for Easter? Here is a brief article about it you can read from the link below.

Source: Ash Wednesday 2016: History, Dates, Traditions Of Lent’s First Day Of Fasting

What to Give Up for Lent 2016? Consider Twitter’s Top Ideas

February 7th, 2016|

Charting how Lenten abstinence has changed over time.
Here is a link to an interesting article about Lent and lists of ideas floating around Twitter on what people are giving up as the season of fasting approaches with Ash Wednesday on February 10.

Source: What to Give Up for Lent 2016? Consider Twitter’s Top Ideas

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Discipleship: Walking the Walk (On Water)

October 29th, 2015|

There is a bumper sticker I’ve seen a few times that says, “Tithe if you love Jesus, any fool can honk.” Someone who loves another will have a sincere desire to spend time with them, do good things for them and be of service to them. The disciples loved Jesus. Well, at least 11 of them did. What did Jesus say about being his disciple?In John chapter 15, Jesus explains the relationship between God the Father, himself and his disciples and followers and the importance and benefits of obeying his Continue reading

Valley of Blessing

August 22nd, 2015|

If you are facing a difficult struggle in your life and really need God’s blessing in that area, here is a word of encouragement I received from reading 2 Chronicles chapter 20. Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, got word that 3 different large armies had declared war on them and were marching towards Jerusalem. They were gravely distraught. So, Jehoshaphat and the people of Jerusalem prayed and cried out to God to save them. Then God spoke through one man who prophesied that the battle belongs to the Lord and to Continue reading

4 lessons from the little boy in John 6:9

August 7th, 2015|

Most of us can remember the stories of the biblical giants of faith that we can gain such insight and inspiration from.  There is Noah, Moses, King David, Isaiah, the Disciples and Apostle Paul, etc.  Most everyone also knows the great miracles of Jesus told in the Bible, like the feeding of 5000.  This one is so important, it is told in each of the four Gospels.John 6:9 contains the only mention out of the four Gospels in which we learn where the food that Jesus multiplied came from.  In Continue reading

Mother’s Day Message – The Only Necessary Thing

May 10th, 2015|

Today we celebrate the moms.  It’s Mother’s Day.  Though you may receive gifts, cards and admiration for all that you do, remember there is no better gift than that of salvation through Christ.  You are super busy but never too busy to stop and listen to your children, right?  Jesus is never too busy to listen to us but He also has a lot to say and we would be wise to listen.  In all of the craziness of a regular week you have filled with your responsibilities like work, Continue reading

The Missing Wheel in American Schools and Culture

March 7th, 2015|

Our public school system is a microcosm of America as a whole. Is it broken or is something missing? When we look at our public school system we have a microcosm of what is happening in America as a whole.  We have ever-increasing, world record setting amounts of money being allocated from hard-working, tax paying citizens to our school system to try to fix what many politicians, parents and teachers have referred to as “broken.”  The problem is not what is broken so much as what is missing!  If a Continue reading

Importance of the Bible When Tragedy Strikes

March 5th, 2015|

Misao Okawa, the oldest living person turns 117 years old. How she, tragedy and the Bible relate…I read a story today about Misao Okawa in Japan who is the oldest living person in the world, just 117 years young today on March 5, 2015.  Naturally, she was asked about her secret to such a long life and her reply, interestingly enough, is that it has “seemed rather short.” She was born in 1898.  Her husband died in 1931, leaving her with 3 young children to raise!  The story didn’t Continue reading

Sowing in Tears

February 22nd, 2015|

An inspirational word with a twist at the end, but try not to read ahead. Psalm 126: 4-6 says:
Restore our fortunes, LORD, as streams renew the desert.Those who sow in tears will harvest with shouts of joy.
They weep as they go to sow their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.

Notice that the psalmist here is stating 3 sentiments of truth:

He knows God hears our prayers and is a restorer and redeemer of people.
He is recognizing that the sowing season is difficult, nobody is having fun doing it Continue reading

Enoch Walked With God

February 21st, 2015|

Is life just about living and dying? What is the point to life? Learn from an often skipped over chapter in the Bible about what is important to God. When you think of life, are you sometimes tempted to doubt what you’ve been taught and believe?  Do you sometimes want to throw your hands up and wonder if there is even really a purpose to life other than living and dying?  What’s the point to life?  Is there any?

The Bible gives us an indication very early on that for most, Continue reading

A Journey Back to the Tree of Life

February 20th, 2015|

A Journey Back to the Tree of Life. What the first 3 chapters and last 3 chapters of the Bible have in common. The human struggle is a journey throughout life filled with conflicting ideas and circumstances of both good and evil that lead one closer to God’s truth or further from God’s truth. Those that receive Jesus Christ as their savior have managed to find the truth in a crazy world. This truth is called the Word of God and it contains God’s ultimate plan to bring people back Continue reading

4 Steps To Blessings From God

February 7th, 2015|

The 4 steps to receiving blessings from God in your life. Observations and personal experience have led me to conclude that it boils down to 4 basic steps to receiving an abundance of blessings in your life.  They are as follows:

    1.  Declare your faith

Words have the power to influence for better or for worse, not only other people, but the person speaking them.  The right words spoken can improve your situation, peace of mind and your overall outlook on life.  This is especially true when the words spoken Continue reading