Jesus Is…

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God (John 1:1). And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth (John 1:14). He is eternal (John 8:58 NLT): “Jesus said, I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am.” He is unchangeable (immutable): Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He is creator: Through Him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16 NLT). Read more…

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The Heart Of The Matter

A number of years ago, during my personal prayer time, a God impressed thought came to my mind: ‘the heart of the matter is the matter of the heart.’ I sensed this was an important phrase and promptly recorded the words in my notebook. Obviously, my first response was to search my heart, to examine where I might be allowing things to park or take up residence. Read more…

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Great Expectations

You may have read the popular story of the African king who had a good friend he had grown up with and his friend had the habit of always saying “this is good” whenever anything happened.

One day while they were out on a hunting mission, the friend, having prepared the guns for the king as was customary, gave him a loaded gun that misfired when the king used it. The misfire blew one of the king’s thumbs off, to which the friend stated, “This is good.” Read more…


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Under Construction

Have you ever made such a mess of things that you just felt like the ‘mess’ was beyond repair? Possibly a relationship blunder or fiasco on the job and the residual fallout left you feeling like perhaps you should just leave or quit. If it were possible, you would just start all over with a new identity. The problem with that is, ‘wherever you are, there you will be.’ You are always the common denominator. Read more…


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What’s On Your Mind Today?

 

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” “Have you lost your mind?!” and “Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most”. This is just some of the social babble we’ve all heard or may have even said one time or another. I recently read the book “Mindset” by Carol Dweck, although not a Christian read, I found it to be very insightful and highly recommend you read it. Our mindset plays a large part in how we handle life’s obstacles and setbacks. It can be the difference between a marriage dissolving, a job conflict becoming a battle or a truce and our mindset can even derail an educational or career path.  Read more…

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Perfect like me?

I have a sweet little book on our nightstand. I picked it up at an antique mall. On its front cover is a quote from Jane Austen (1775-1817), “Perhaps it is our imperfections that make us so perfect for each other.” I love that thought, a great reminder for a marriage…that whatever faults I find in my spouse are also found in me.
 
No relationship, whether spouse to spouse, parent to child, friend to friend or supervisor to employee is devoid of the need for a healthy dose of humility. Right?
 
How humbling it is to admit fault…that original sin thing–pride–has divided many families, churches and friendships. The apostle Paul said it like this: “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful for me, but not all things edify…Let no one seek his own good but each one the other’s well-being.” I Corinthians 10:23,24
 
You know, I could do this if only my tongue was under complete control 24/7, but sometimes I fail and out comes something that doesn’t build up but, instead tears down. I like to think that you are like me.
 
Let’s remember we are all imperfect, each striving to grow in our faith and faithfulness…no judging here ’cause I am too acutely aware of my own imperfections.
 
 

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All is well

We gathered our most important documents, put them into a waterproof container; removed any items that posed a potential threat to our safety and even vacuumed away any dust to make our walk-in closet a place of refuge. Forecasts warned of an impending category 4 or 3 hurricane-a direct hit to our community.
 
We had prepared as best we could; food, water, candles, propane and then we waited. In the dark, the wind whirled and tossed the oaks surrounding our home. Our main concern was the well being of our family and friends–things can be replaced.
 
Before sunrise we were already reaching out to know everyone’s condition. Overnight the hurricane had downgraded significantly to only a category 2 or 1 storm. No major losses to anyone, all is well. Only electrical power loss, debris filled streets and lawns.
 
We set out promptly to assess the status of our beloved church building, noticing right away the steeple had suffered minor damage; other than some wet carpeting this was all we found. All is well. Yes, there are repairs to be made and cleaning to be done but all is well.
 
Life can be messy; uncontrollable events blow into our lives with as much force as a hurricane. A health crisis, a job loss, an unexpected turn of events. We may have prepared as best we could but still the storm blasts.
 
It has been said that, “Whatever bad happens to us, it is not as bad as it could have been-for God kept us from the worst, for God is a shield to those who hope in Him” (Proverbs 30:5). I am reminded of God’s words to Abram “do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield and exceeding great reward.” Genesis 15:1
 
In the midst of life’s storms, remind yourself–God is your shield; His faithfulness endures to all generations (Psalm 119:90); He is your hiding place and your shield (Psalm 119:114). Amen.

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