Friday, June 30, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Jeremiah 20:13 American Standard Version

Sing unto Jehovah, praise ye Jehovah; for he hath delivered the soul of the needy from the hand of evil-doers.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 106:8-9 American Standard Version

Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake,
That he might make his mighty power to be known.
He rebuked the Red Sea also, and it was dried up:
So he led them through the depths, as through a wilderness.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 29:20 American Standard Version

Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words?
There is more hope of a fool than of him.

Morning Scripture Reading - Romans 6:20-23 American Standard Version

For when ye were servants of sin, ye were free in regard of righteousness. What fruit then had ye at that time in the things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto sanctification, and the end eternal life. For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Thursday, June 29, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Luke 1:46-56 American Standard Version

And Mary said,

My soul doth magnify the Lord,
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath looked upon the low estate of his handmaid:
For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath done to me great things;
And holy is his name.
And his mercy is unto generations and generations
On them that fear him.
He hath showed strength with his arm;
He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their heart.
He hath put down princes from their thrones,
And hath exalted them of low degree.
The hungry he hath filled with good things;
And the rich he hath sent empty away.
He hath given help to Israel his servant,
That he might remember mercy
(As he spake unto our fathers)
Toward Abraham and his seed for ever.

And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned unto her house.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 106:7 American Standard Version

Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt;
They remembered not the multitude of thy lovingkindnesses,
But were rebellious at the sea, even at the Red Sea.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 29:19 American Standard Version

A servant will not be corrected by words;
For though he understand, he will not give heed.

Morning Scripture Reading - 1 John 2:15-17 American Standard Version

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the vainglory of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Isaiah 8:17 American Standard Version

And I will wait for Jehovah, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 106:6 American Standard Version

We have sinned with our fathers,
We have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.

Mid-Week Message - Don't Stop!

"Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts or hopes.  May he be given glory forever and ever through endless ages because of his master plan of salvation for the Church through Jesus Christ."   Ephesians 3:20-21  (TLB)

I have been talking with someone of late who wishes to make a big move.  This person has decided it will never happen because of all the details that would have to work out just right in order for this dream to become reality.  After trying to figure out how to make it happen for an extended period of time, this person can see no possibility and has decided that "it must be God's will that I stay where I do not want to stay."  

When I was thirty-three years old, after praying for years and asking the Lord to bring someone special into my life, I gave up.  I can remember telling a friend that I just couldn't keep baring my heart to Him only to feel that He was never going to answer my request.  I had been to so many weddings and caught numerous bouquets and I didn't want to continue to hope for something that "obviously" was not the Lord's will for my life.  You know what her reply was?  She said she didn't agree and that she was going to take up praying where I left off.  

Within weeks, I had fallen in love with a man I worked only about ten or fifteen feet away from.  To make a long story short, our first date was on April 27th, he proposed on May 27th and we got married on August 24th.  All in 1991.  We will be celebrating our thirtieth wedding anniversary this year.  It wasn't a matter of whether God was going to bring this man into my life.  It was only a timing issue.  

Believe me when I tell you that I totally understand the emotional and spiritual pain of praying for something for an extended period of time only to wonder if He even is hearing me.  But I have learned, not only through the story of finding my life partner, but many other times that I have taken my requests to the Father, that I can never out-dream Him.  Sometimes, the answer has been no.  However, when that has been the response, He has never failed to bless me with far more than I could ever have imagined.  

His love for us is immeasurable.  Our minds are incapable of conceiving all the good things He has in store for us.  There is nothing that is impossible for Him.  Our dreams and desires will never compare to His wonders.  If He would allow His only Son to die in our place in order to restore us into right fellowship with Him, then what further proof could we possibly need?

I am acutely aware of the situations that some of you are currently facing.  There are many of you experiencing health challenges that my mind cannot even begin to understand.  There are those who have been searching for jobs for months and are wondering how bills are going to be paid.  I know of a family whose daughter has been missing for over ten years now.  I wish I had the answers that you are seeking.  Although I do not, I know the One who does.  Please do not give up laying your needs at His feet.  His promises are true and He is faithful.  He hears you and catches every tear that falls from your eyes.  Whatever path you are on, He already sees the end and knows just what you need.  Keep trusting.  Keep holding His hand.  Allow those around you to help by praying with and for you. 

And, in the event that you have grown too weary to continue, please let me know.  I would be honored to represent you before our Father.  God bless.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 29:18 American Standard Version

Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint;
But he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Morning Scripture Reading -2 Corinthians 13:11 American Standard Version

Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfected; be comforted; be of the same mind; live in peace: and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Romans 3:21-30 American Standard Version

But now apart from the law a righteousness of God hath been manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ unto all them that believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God set forth to be a propitiation, through faith, in his blood, to show his righteousness because of the passing over of the sins done aforetime, in the forbearance of God; for the showing, I say, of his righteousness at this present season: that he might himself be just, and the justifier of him that hath faith in Jesus. Where then is the glorying? It is excluded. By what manner of law? of works? Nay: but by a law of faith. We reckon therefore that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. Or is God the God of Jews only? is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yea, of Gentiles also: if so be that God is one, and he shall justify the circumcision by faith, and the uncircumcision through faith.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 106:4-5 American Standard Version

Remember me, O Jehovah, with the favor that thou bearest unto thy people;
Oh visit me with thy salvation,
That I may see the prosperity of thy chosen,
That I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation,
That I may glory with thine inheritance.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 29:17 American Standard Version

Correct thy son, and he will give thee rest;
Yea, he will give delight unto thy soul.

Morning Scripture Reading - Exodus 9:8-21 American Standard Version

 And Jehovah said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward heaven in the sight of Pharaoh. And it shall become small dust over all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt. And they took ashes of the furnace, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses sprinkled it up toward heaven; and it became a boil breaking forth with blains upon man and upon beast. And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boils were upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians. And Jehovah hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not unto them; as Jehovah had spoken unto Moses. And Jehovah said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith Jehovah, the God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. For I will this time send all my plagues upon thy heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth. For now I had put forth my hand, and smitten thee and thy people with pestilence, and thou hadst been cut off from the earth: but in very deed for this cause have I made thee to stand, to show thee my power, and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth. As yet exaltest thou thyself against my people, that thou wilt not let them go? Behold, to-morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the day it was founded even until now. Now therefore send, hasten in thy cattle and all that thou hast in the field; for every man and beast that shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought home, the hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die. He that feared the word of Jehovah among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses: and he that regarded not the word of Jehovah left his servants and his cattle in the field.

Monday, June 26, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Philippians 4:4-7 American Standard Version

Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice. Let your forbearance be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 106:3 American Standard Version

Blessed are they that keep justice,
And he that doeth righteousness at all times.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 29:16 American Standard Version

When the wicked are increased, transgression increaseth;
But the righteous shall look upon their fall.

Morning Scripture Reading - 1 Chronicles 29:10-12 American Standard Version

Wherefore David blessed Jehovah before all the assembly; and David said, Blessed be thou, O Jehovah, the God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. Thine, O Jehovah, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Jehovah, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come of thee, and thou rulest over all; and in thy hand is power and might; and in thy hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Hebrews 4:13 American Standard Version

And there is no creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and laid open before the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 106:2 American Standard Version

Who can utter the mighty acts of Jehovah,
Or show forth all his praise?

Living Out Your Faith: From Hearers to Doers

Brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, let us exalt the Lord God today by coming together and studying His word. It is a joy to gather together today as a community of believers, seeking to grow in our faith and deepen our relationship with our Heavenly Father. As we come together, we are reminded of the timeless wisdom and relevance of God's Word for our lives.

Today, we turn our attention to a passage that speaks directly to the heart of our faith journey in the contemporary world. James 1:22-25 reminds us of the crucial role that active faith plays in our lives as followers of Christ. In an era filled with information, distractions, and shifting cultural norms, the call to be hearers and doers of God's Word becomes even more urgent.

It is easy to fall into the trap of passivity, where we consume God’s spiritual food but fail to translate it into practical action. We may find ourselves attending church services, Bible studies, or even scrolling through devotionals without allowing God's Word to penetrate our hearts and transform our lives. Yet, God's desire for us goes beyond “book knowledge”; He calls us to embrace a lifestyle of active faith.

Today, we will explore the profound wisdom found in James' exhortation and seek to apply it to our lives in this contemporary age. We will discover the transformative power of self-reflection and obedience to God's Word, and the blessings that flow from a life lived in alignment with His teachings.

So, let us open our hearts and minds, ready to delve into this important passage. May God's Word challenge us, inspire us, and lead us to live out our faith with authenticity and purpose. Together, let us move from being hearers to doers of God's Word, transforming not only our own lives but also impacting the world around us.

My dear friends, as we dive into the passage from James, we encounter a clear and resounding call to active faith. It is crucial for us to understand that faith is not merely an abstract set of beliefs or a checklist of religious duties. Instead, it is a vibrant and transformative way of life. It is a call to wholeheartedly follow Christ, allowing His truth to shape every aspect of our being.

In our contemporary world, we are bombarded with information, ideologies, and countless distractions that vie for our attention. We have access to sermons, podcasts, and an endless stream of Christian content. While these resources are valuable, they can inadvertently lead us to become passive consumers of faith rather than active participants.

God's call, however, challenges us to go beyond being passive hearers. He invites us to be doers of His Word, to put our faith into action. Our faith should manifest in how we treat others, how we respond to adversity, and how we engage with the world around us. It is through our actions that our faith becomes a tangible testimony of God's transformative power.

Within this passage, James warns us of the danger of becoming hearers only. He cautions against a faith that remains confined to our thoughts and intentions but fails to translate into practical obedience. It is easy for us to intellectually grasp biblical truths and gain knowledge about God's Word, yet neglect the call to live it out in our daily lives.

In our contemporary context, there is a risk of intellectualizing faith, reducing it to philosophical discussions or theological debates without allowing it to impact our actions. We can be tempted to separate our Sunday worship from our Monday-through-Saturday lives, compartmentalizing our faith and keeping it confined within the walls of the church.

But true faith is alive, dynamic, and transformative. It calls us to integrate our beliefs into every facet of our existence. It compels us to let our faith permeate our relationships, our work, our decisions, and our interactions with the world. By embracing active faith, we become vessels through which God's love, grace, and truth flow to touch the lives of those around us.

As we delve further into James' powerful message, he presents us with an insightful analogy—the analogy of a mirror. In his writing, James compares the person who merely hears God's Word and does not put it into practice to someone who looks at their reflection in a mirror and immediately forgets what they look like.

In the cultural context of James' time, mirrors were not the polished and clear glass surfaces we are accustomed to today. They were often made of polished metal, such as bronze or silver. They provided a distorted and imperfect reflection. Hence, when someone looked into a mirror, they needed to carefully observe and remember their appearance, as the image would quickly fade from their mind.

Through this analogy, James encourages us to engage in self-reflection. He prompts us to look deeply into the mirror of God's Word and examine ourselves in light of its teachings. It is not merely a casual glance or a fleeting moment of consideration but a deliberate and intentional act of self-evaluation.

In our fast-paced and hectic contemporary lives, we can easily lose sight of our true identity as followers of Christ. The pressures and distractions of the world often lead us to forget who we are and the values we hold dear. However, just as a mirror reveals imperfections and helps us adjust our appearance, God's Word acts as a spiritual mirror, reflecting our hearts, attitudes, and actions.

By regularly engaging in self-reflection through the lens of God's Word, we gain insight into areas where we need growth, correction, and alignment with His truth. It enables us to recognize the gaps between what we believe and how we actually live. This self-awareness is the first step toward personal transformation and allows us to humbly surrender to God's shaping work in our lives.

James highlights the danger of forgetting what we see in the mirror. He draws attention to the tendency to move on from moments of conviction or insight without taking appropriate action. It is all too easy for us to encounter God's truth, feel a momentary conviction, and then allow the busyness and distractions of life to sweep it away, leaving no lasting impact on our actions.

In our contemporary world, where information bombards us from every angle, the danger of forgetting is even more prevalent. Our minds become cluttered, our attention spans grow shorter, and the messages of the world easily drown out the still, small voice of God. We must actively combat forgetfulness by intentionally anchoring ourselves to the truths revealed in the mirror of God's Word.

To prevent forgetfulness, we can cultivate daily habits that keep us grounded in God's truth. Setting aside dedicated time for prayer, Scripture reading, and meditation allows us to continually remind ourselves of who we are in Christ and recalibrate our lives accordingly. Additionally, engaging in accountability with fellow believers provides a supportive framework to encourage and challenge one another as we walk this transformative journey.

By embracing self-reflection, guarding against forgetfulness, and applying the truths revealed in the mirror of God's Word, we embark on a process of transformation that shapes our thoughts, molds our character, and aligns our lives with His divine purposes. Through this ongoing journey, we open ourselves up to the transformative work of the Holy Spirit, allowing Him to mold us into the image of Christ, reflecting His love, grace, and truth to a world in need.

As we come to the culmination of James' teaching in this passage, we encounter a beautiful promise—a promise of blessing for those who are not only hearers of God's Word but also doers. James assures us that those who look intently into the perfect law—the law that brings freedom—and continue in it will be blessed in what they do.

In our contemporary world, the concept of blessing can sometimes be misunderstood or oversimplified. It is often equated with material prosperity, worldly success, or a life devoid of hardship. However, James presents a different perspective. The blessing he speaks of goes beyond earthly possessions or circumstances. It encompasses the profound joy, peace, and fulfillment that come from living a life aligned with God's will.

James emphasizes that the law of God, which encompasses His teachings and commands, is not restrictive but rather brings freedom. This counterintuitive notion challenges our cultural mindset that often equates freedom with doing whatever we please without boundaries or limitations. However, true freedom, as understood from a biblical perspective, is found in living within the loving boundaries set by our Heavenly Father.

In our contemporary society, the pursuit of personal freedom often leads to bondage—bondage to worldly desires, addiction, unhealthy relationships, and a self-centered lifestyle. Yet, the path of obedience to God's Word leads to genuine freedom. It liberates us from the destructive forces that entangle us and guides us toward a life of purpose, meaning, and flourishing.

When we align our actions with God's Word, we experience freedom from guilt and shame, freedom from the empty pursuits of the world, and freedom to live out our true identity as children of God. Obedience to God's Word is not a burdensome obligation; it is a gateway to abundant life.

In our contemporary context, we face unique challenges in applying God's Word to our lives. The moral and ethical landscape is ever-shifting, and societal pressures often conflict with biblical principles. It is in these very challenges that the promise of blessing through obedience becomes all the more relevant.

We may encounter situations where compromise seems tempting, where conforming to cultural norms feels easier, or where standing firm in our faith leads to opposition or persecution. Yet, it is precisely in these moments that the blessings of obedience shine brightly. As we remain faithful to God's Word, we find strength, courage, and an unwavering conviction that transcends the shifting tides of culture.

By sharing real-life stories and examples from the lives of contemporary believers, we can demonstrate how obedience to God's Word brings blessings even in the face of adversity. We can highlight the joy and peace that arise from living a life of integrity, the impact our obedience has on others, and the transformative power of being faithful witnesses in a world desperately in need of hope.

As we conclude our exploration of James 1:22-25, we are reminded of the call to active faith, the process of transformation through self-reflection, and the blessings that flow from obedience to God's Word. Today, may we be inspired to bridge the gap between hearing and doing, allowing the truth of Scripture to shape our thoughts, attitudes, and actions.

Let us embrace the freedom found in obedience and stand firm in our commitment to live out our faith in the midst of contemporary challenges. As we walk this journey of faith, we must remember to stand firm in His grace. For it is by His grace that we are empowered to live lives of obedience, and it is in His grace that we find the strength, perseverance, and unwavering hope to navigate the trials and temptations of this world.

May our lives reflect the blessings that come from aligning our lives with God's perfect law. Let us be a living testimony of His transforming power, demonstrating to others the joy, peace, and fulfillment that flow from a life surrendered to His will. And in doing so, may we shine as beacons of light, drawing others to experience the abundant life found in Christ.

So, my dear brothers and sisters, let us not merely be hearers of the Word, but doers. Let us walk in obedience, embracing the freedom and blessings that accompany a life surrendered to God. Together, let us stand firm in His grace, trusting that as we live out our faith, His love will be made known, and His kingdom will advance in our lives and in the world around us.

Let us pray.

Abba Father,

We come before You with grateful hearts, recognizing Your faithfulness and grace that has been revealed to us through Your Word today. Thank You for the wisdom and guidance found in James 1:22-25, reminding us of the importance of active faith, self-reflection, and the blessings that come from obedience.

As we conclude our time together, we humbly ask for Your continued presence and empowerment in our lives. Help us to be more than hearers of Your Word but faithful doers, allowing Your truth to transform us from the inside out. Strengthen us to stand firm in Your grace, rooted in Your love, and unwavering in our commitment to live according to Your will.

We pray that the seeds of Your Word sown today will bear fruit in our lives and the lives of all who have heard this message. May it inspire us to live out our faith with authenticity and boldness, shining Your light in a world that desperately needs You.

Abba Father, we surrender ourselves to You, seeking Your guidance and strength as we navigate the challenges of our contemporary times. May Your Spirit empower us to be vessels of Your love, mercy, and truth, making a lasting impact on those around us.

In Jesus' name, we pray.


May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 29:15 American Standard Version

The rod and reproof give wisdom;
But a child left to himself causeth shame to his mother.

Morning Scripture Reading - 1 John 3:4-6 American Standard Version

Every one that doeth sin doeth also lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. And ye know that he was manifested to take away sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither knoweth him.

Saturday, June 24, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Romans 2:1-4 American Standard Version

Wherefore thou art without excuse, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest dost practise the same things. And we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against them that practise such things. And reckonest thou this, O man, who judgest them that practise such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 106:1 American Standard Version

Praise ye Jehovah.
Oh give thanks unto Jehovah; for he is good;
For his lovingkindness endureth for ever.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 29:14 American Standard Version

The king that faithfully judgeth the poor,
His throne shall be established for ever.

Morning Scripture Reading - Jeremiah 10:23-24 American Standard Version

O Jehovah, I know that the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. O Jehovah, correct me, but in measure; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.

Friday, June 23, 2023

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16 American Standard Version

And for this cause we also thank God without ceasing, that, when ye received from us the word of the message, even the word of God, ye accepted it not as the word of men, but, as it is in truth, the word of God, which also worketh in you that believe. For ye, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God which are in Judaea in Christ Jesus: for ye also suffered the same things of your own countrymen, even as they did of the Jews; who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove out us, and please not God, and are contrary to all men; forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved; to fill up their sins always: but the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 105:43 American Standard Version

And he brought forth his people with joy,
And his chosen with singing.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 29:12 American Standard Version

If a ruler hearkeneth to falsehood,
All his servants are wicked.

Morning Scripture Reading - 1 John 3:16-17 American Standard Version

Hereby know we love, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath the world’s goods, and beholdeth his brother in need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how doth the love of God abide in him?

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - James 1:16-18 American Standard Version

Be not deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, neither shadow that is cast by turning. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 105:42 American Standard Version

For he remembered his holy word,
And Abraham his servant.

Mid-Week Message - A Prayer to Our Father

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you.  Don't be discouraged, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will hold you up by my victorious right hand."  Isaiah 41:10  (NLT)

Oh, Lord, may your name be exalted and may all worship and honor be yours.  For you have shown your love to us in such magnificent ways.  We are always in your presence, in good times and in those that are sorrowful or full of fear.  

When we are lonely, you are our companion.  There is never a time that we call out to you that you fail to hear our cries.  Though we may not see you, your Word assures us that you will always be with us. 

When sadness befalls us and tears drip from wet eyes, all comfort comes from you.  The arms that enfold us come with your blessing and remind us that you also know how grief overwhelms the heart.  With compassion comes reassurance that there is no greater love than that which comes from Heaven. 

As we face illness and threats of disease to come, how grateful we are that you created us and know each and every cell in our bodies.  You are the Great Physician, the Healer of mind, body and spirit, the One that was with us as we were knitted together in our mothers' wombs.   

In times of great turmoil, we are able to turn to you, and in your perfect understanding you listen as we lay our troubling thoughts before you.  There is no wisdom that will ever surpass that of the great I Am and we can rest in the knowledge that you will guide us in the way that we should go.

During this time when the world around us is changing rapidly and we find ourselves frightened by the changes that we see, your Word reminds us that you will uphold us by your victorious right hand.  Nothing happens that is out of your sight.  You know history from beginning to end so the best thing for us to do is to carry our concerns to you in prayer and stay close by your side.   

You possess all power.  Nothing that we will ever encounter will be too great for you to handle.  

You are able to be with each of us as if we were your only child.  We can't understand it, but we are humbled by that kind of attention from our Heavenly Father.  

Lord, you, and you alone, are worthy of our worship and praise.  There is no way for us to adequately express how much we adore you except to open our hearts and allow you full access.  Make us into who you wish us to be.  Forgive us of our sins and wash us clean so that when you look at us you see the image of Jesus.  

Help us to be mindful that the days of this earth are growing fewer and that there are many around us that are not aware of the sacrifice made to secure our relationship with you.  Your Word says that you don't wish any to perish so give us the courage to open our hearts and mouths so that others might accept the Savior.  

We love you so.  May we never forget your promises and may we never have a day when we fail to honor you.  

In the name of your precious Son, 


Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 29:11 American Standard Version

A fool uttereth all his anger;
But a wise man keepeth it back and stilleth it.

Morning Scripture Reading - Micah 5:2-5 American Standard Version

But thou, Beth-lehem Ephrathah, which art little to be among the thousands of Judah, out of thee shall one come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting. Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she who travaileth hath brought forth: then the residue of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. And he shall stand, and shall feed his flock in the strength of Jehovah, in the majesty of the name of Jehovah his God: and they shall abide; for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth. And this man shall be our peace. When the Assyrian shall come into our land, and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22 American Standard Version

But we beseech you, brethren, to know them that labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; and to esteem them exceeding highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves. And we exhort you, brethren, admonish the disorderly, encourage the faint-hearted, support the weak, be longsuffering toward all. See that none render unto any one evil for evil; but always follow after that which is good, one toward another, and toward all. Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus to you-ward. Quench not the Spirit; despise not prophesyings; prove all things; hold fast that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 105:41 American Standard Version

He opened the rock, and waters gushed out;
They ran in the dry places like a river.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 29:10 American Standard Version

The bloodthirsty hate him that is perfect;
And as for the upright, they seek his life.

Morning Scripture Reading - Philippians 3:17-21 American Standard Version

Brethren, be ye imitators together of me, and mark them that so walk even as ye have us for an ensample. For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is perdition, whose god is the belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven; whence also we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working whereby he is able even to subject all things unto himself.

Monday, June 19, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Isaiah 30:18-22 American Standard Version

And therefore will Jehovah wait, that he may be gracious unto you; and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for Jehovah is a God of justice; blessed are all they that wait for him. For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; thou shalt weep no more; he will surely be gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear, he will answer thee. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be hidden anymore, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers; and thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it; when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. And ye shall defile the overlaying of thy graven images of silver, and the plating of thy molten images of gold: thou shalt cast them away as an unclean thing; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 105:40 American Standard Version

They asked, and he brought quails,
And satisfied them with the bread of heaven.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 29:9 American Standard Version

If a wise man hath a controversy with a foolish man,
Whether he be angry or laugh, there will be no rest.

Morning Scripture Reading - Matthew 19:13-15 American Standard Version

Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should lay his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for to such belongeth the kingdom of heaven. And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.

Sunday, June 18, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Luke 19:9-10 American Standard Version

And Jesus said unto him, To-day is salvation come to this house, forasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 105:39 American Standard Version

He spread a cloud for a covering,
And fire to give light in the night.

Embracing God's Covenant: Magnificence, Faithfulness, Righteousness, Wisdom

As we gather together today, my friends, we are reminded of the importance of praising the Lord. In a world filled with distractions, challenges, and uncertainties, it is crucial that we take a moment to refocus our hearts and minds on the greatness of our God. Psalm 111 provides us with a powerful framework for our worship and offers profound insights into the character of our heavenly Father. It is a psalm that calls us to lift our voices in praise and declare the goodness of our God.

Praising the Lord is not merely an act of duty or tradition; it is an essential aspect of our relationship with God. It is through praise that we express our gratitude, reverence, and awe for who God is and what He has done. Praise is a spiritual discipline that deepens our connection with the divine, uplifts our spirits, and brings us into alignment with God's purposes. It is both a personal act of devotion and a communal expression of faith. When we gather as a congregation, our collective praise becomes a powerful testimony of God's goodness and a source of encouragement for one another.

Psalm 111 is a beautiful hymn of praise that exalts the Lord for His mighty works, His faithfulness, His righteous commands, and the wisdom that comes from fearing Him. It serves as a reminder that our God is deserving of our highest praise and adoration. As we delve into this psalm, we will explore the magnificence of God's works, the faithfulness of His covenant, the righteousness of His commands, and the wisdom that comes from fearing Him. Through these reflections, we will gain a deeper understanding of the character of God and how we can respond to Him in worship and in our daily lives. Let us now embark on this journey of praise as we meditate on the words of Psalm 111.

In verses 2-4 of Psalm 111, we are called to reflect upon the magnificence of God's works. From the vastness of the universe to the intricate details of creation, God's handiwork displays His power, wisdom, and creativity. We are invited to consider the wonders of nature, the complexities of human life, and the countless miracles that have unfolded throughout history. Whether it is the parting of the Red Sea, the provision of manna in the wilderness, or the healing touch of Jesus, God's mighty deeds are a testament to His sovereignty and His deep love for His creation.

As we reflect on these works, our hearts are filled with awe and wonder. We realize that we serve a God who is far greater than anything we can comprehend. His power is limitless, and His ability to intervene in our lives and bring about miraculous transformations is beyond our understanding. The magnificence of God's works calls us to humble ourselves before Him, acknowledging that we are but small and finite beings in the presence of an infinite and all-knowing God.

The magnificence of God's works should inspire awe and wonder within us. It is a reminder that we are part of a grand narrative, intricately woven by the hands of our Creator. In a world that often seeks to explain everything through natural causes or dismisses the supernatural, we are invited to rekindle our sense of wonder and embrace the mystery of God's works. We are called to look beyond the surface and perceive the fingerprints of God in the beauty of creation, the providential guidance in our lives, and the miraculous breakthroughs that defy human explanation.

As we cultivate awe and wonder in the presence of God's works, we are drawn into a deeper intimacy with Him. Our faith is strengthened, and our trust in His sovereignty is fortified. We recognize that the same God who created the heavens and the earth is the One who holds our lives in His hands. This realization fills us with hope and reassurance, knowing that He is capable of bringing beauty out of ashes, healing our brokenness, and orchestrating divine interventions in our circumstances.

In verses 5-6 of Psalm 111, we encounter a profound declaration of God's faithfulness to His covenant. Throughout history, God has entered into a covenant relationship with His people, making promises and commitments that He faithfully keeps. From the covenant with Abraham, where God promised to make him a great nation, to the covenant with Israel, where God pledged His presence and guidance, we witness the unwavering faithfulness of our God. He is a God who honors His word, who remains true to His promises, and who never fails in His commitment to His people.

The faithfulness of God's covenant serves as a source of hope and assurance for us today. In a world marked by broken promises and unfaithfulness, we find solace in knowing that our God is steadfast and reliable. He does not change like shifting shadows but remains constant in His love and faithfulness towards us. The very character of God is intertwined with His faithfulness, and His commitment to His covenant is a testament to His unchanging nature.

The faithfulness of God's covenant invites us to recognize and appreciate His steadfastness and reliability in our lives. It is a reminder that we can trust Him completely, knowing that He will never abandon us or forsake us. Even when we stumble and fall, God remains faithful, extending His grace and forgiveness to us. His love is unwavering, His mercies are new every morning, and His faithfulness endures through all generations.

When we reflect on the faithfulness of God's covenant, it encourages us to persevere in our own covenant relationship with Him. Just as God remains faithful, we are called to respond with faithfulness and obedience. We can have confidence that as we walk in alignment with His purposes, He will guide and sustain us. Even in the midst of trials and challenges, we can hold on to the assurance that God is faithful to fulfill His promises and work all things together for our good.

Let me relate a story to you that best illustrates what I have said and help bring the lesson into focus for us.

Once upon a time in a small village nestled amidst rolling hills, there lived a humble farmer named Samuel. Samuel was known for his unwavering faith and his love for the Lord. Every morning, as the first rays of sunlight painted the sky, Samuel would venture into his fields to tend to his crops, praising the Lord for the magnificence of His works.

One year, a severe drought struck the land, causing despair and uncertainty among the villagers. Fields turned barren, and hope seemed to wither away. Samuel, however, remained steadfast in his faith, clinging to the promises of God's covenant. Day after day, he would kneel in his parched field, praying fervently for rain and thanking God for His faithfulness throughout the ages.

As weeks turned into months, the villagers began to lose hope. But one morning, while Samuel was offering his prayers, dark clouds gathered overhead. The heavens opened, and a gentle rain began to fall, rejuvenating the thirsty earth. The villagers marveled at the sight, witnessing the faithfulness of God's covenant firsthand.

Inspired by Samuel's unwavering trust, the villagers gathered together in the village square to give thanks and praise to the Lord. They recounted the magnificence of God's works, from the beauty of creation to the miracles of provision and deliverance throughout history. Their voices rose in unison, echoing their awe and wonder.

Through this story, we see the power of faith and praise. Samuel's unwavering trust in God's faithfulness, demonstrated through his daily acts of worship and gratitude, became a beacon of hope for the villagers. They witnessed the magnificence of God's works and the fulfillment of His covenant promises.

In verses 7-8 of Psalm 111, we are reminded of the righteousness of God's commands. God, in His 
infinite wisdom, has provided us with instructions and guidelines for righteous living. His commands are not arbitrary rules imposed upon us, but rather a reflection of His perfect character and His desire for our well-being. They serve as a moral compass, guiding us to live in alignment with God's standards of righteousness and holiness.

It is crucial for us to understand the significance of God's commands. They reveal to us the nature of God and illuminate the path of righteousness. In a world where moral relativism often confuses and distorts the concepts of right and wrong, God's commands provide clarity and stability. They reveal the eternal principles that transcend human opinions and cultural shifts, offering us a firm foundation upon which to build our lives.

Recognizing the righteousness of God's commands should foster within us a deep reverence and a desire for obedience. As we study His Word and seek to understand His precepts, we come to realize that His commands are given out of love and for our benefit. They are intended to protect us from harm, to guide us towards wholesome relationships, and to lead us into a life of purpose and fulfillment.

Obedience to God's commands is not a burdensome duty, but rather an act of worship and gratitude. It is an acknowledgment that God's wisdom far surpasses our own and a surrendering of our will to His perfect plan. It is through obedience that we demonstrate our love for God and our trust in His guidance. As we embrace His righteous commands, we experience the freedom that comes from living in alignment with His will.

In verse 10 of Psalm 111, we encounter a profound declaration about the wisdom that comes from fearing the Lord. The fear of the Lord is not a paralyzing fear of punishment or wrath but rather a deep reverence, awe, and respect for the majesty and holiness of God. It is recognizing our place as finite beings in the presence of the infinite and all-powerful Creator. The fear of the Lord is rooted in a profound understanding of His character, His authority, and His righteousness.

The fear of the Lord is not synonymous with being afraid of God; rather, it is an acknowledgement of His sovereignty and a posture of humility before Him. When we fear the Lord, we are humbled by His greatness and recognize our dependency on Him. It is through this reverential fear that we gain true wisdom, for it aligns our hearts and minds with God's perspective and priorities.

The fear of the Lord is intrinsically linked to wisdom. When we approach God with reverence and awe, our hearts are opened to receive divine wisdom and understanding. True wisdom is not merely intellectual knowledge or cleverness but rather a deep understanding of God's truth and a discerning application of it in our lives. It is the ability to see the world through God's eyes and make choices that honor Him.

When we fear the Lord, we gain wisdom that guides us in every aspect of life—relationships, decisions, priorities, and values. It helps us navigate the complexities and challenges of life with discernment and integrity. The fear of the Lord illuminates our path, leading us towards righteousness, justice, and compassion.

As we embrace the fear of the Lord and seek His wisdom, we are transformed from the inside out. Our character is shaped, and our perspectives are aligned with God's purposes. We become vessels of wisdom, shining the light of God's truth in a world that desperately needs His guidance.

As we come to the end of our exploration of Psalm 111, we are reminded of the profound truths it presents. We have journeyed through the magnificence of God's works, the faithfulness of His covenant, the righteousness of His commands, and the wisdom that comes from fearing the Lord. In each of these aspects, we have encountered the greatness of our God and His deep love for His creation.

Psalm 111 calls us to respond with praise, trust, and obedience. It beckons us to stand in awe of God's mighty works, to trust in His unwavering faithfulness, to live according to His righteous commands, and to seek wisdom through reverential fear of Him. As we incorporate these principles into our lives, we are transformed and become vessels of His grace in the world.

In all our endeavors, let us stand firm in His grace. Let us rely on His strength and guidance. In the face of challenges, uncertainties, and the temptations of this world, let us anchor ourselves in the unchanging character of our God. May His magnificence, faithfulness, righteousness, and wisdom be the foundation upon which we build our lives.

As we conclude this sermon, may the truths of Psalm 111 resonate deeply within our hearts. Let us go forth from this place with a renewed sense of awe and wonder, holding fast to the promises of God's covenant and seeking to live in accordance with His righteous commands. And may the wisdom that comes from fearing the Lord guide our steps, that we may walk in the fullness of His grace, shining His light in a world longing for hope and redemption.

Stand firm in His grace, for our God is faithful, and His love endures forever.

Let us pray.

Heavenly Father,

We bow before You in awe and reverence, grateful for the truths we have encountered through Your Word today. As we reflect on the message of Psalm 111, we are reminded of Your magnificence, faithfulness, righteousness, and wisdom. We acknowledge that You are the Creator of all things, the Keeper of Your covenant, the Giver of righteous commands, and the source of true wisdom.

Lord, we pray that these truths may take deep root in our hearts and transform us from within. May we be filled with a sense of awe and wonder at Your mighty works, both in creation and in our lives. Help us to trust in Your unwavering faithfulness, even in the midst of trials and uncertainties. Grant us the grace to walk in obedience to Your righteous commands, that we may reflect Your character to the world around us. And may we always seek Your wisdom through a reverential fear of You, aligning our hearts and minds with Your purposes.

Lord, as we go forth from this place, may Your grace be our strength and our guide. Help us to stand firm in Your grace, rooted in Your love and empowered by Your Spirit. In every step we take, may Your magnificence, faithfulness, righteousness, and wisdom shine through us, drawing others to You. Use us as vessels of Your grace, instruments of Your peace, and ambassadors of Your Kingdom.

In the name of Jesus, who embodies Your magnificence, faithfulness, righteousness, and wisdom, we pray.


May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 29:8 American Standard Version

Scoffers set a city in a flame;
But wise men turn away wrath.

Morning Scripture Reading - Mark 5:35-43 American Standard Version

While he yet spake, they come from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Teacher any further? But Jesus, not heeding the word spoken, saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Fear not, only believe. And he suffered no man to follow with him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. And they come to the house of the ruler of the synagogue; and he beholdeth a tumult, and many weeping and wailing greatly. And when he was entered in, he saith unto them, Why make ye a tumult, and weep? the child is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But he, having put them all forth, taketh the father of the child and her mother and them that were with him, and goeth in where the child was. And taking the child by the hand, he saith unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, Arise. And straightway the damsel rose up, and walked; for she was twelve years old. And they were amazed straightway with a great amazement. And he charged them much that no man should know this: and he commanded that something should be given her to eat.

Saturday, June 17, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Luke 10:17-20 American Standard Version

And the seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject unto us in thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan fallen as lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall in any wise hurt you. Nevertheless in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 105:38 American Standard Version

Egypt was glad when they departed;
For the fear of them had fallen upon them.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 29:7 American Standard Version

The righteous taketh knowledge of the cause of the poor;
The wicked hath not understanding to know it.

Morning Scripture Reading - 1 Corinthians 14:26-36 American Standard Version

What is it then, brethren? When ye come together, each one hath a psalm, hath a teaching, hath a revelation, hath a tongue, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. If any man speaketh in a tongue, let it be by two, or at the most three, and that in turn; and let one interpret: but if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. And let the prophets speak by two or three, and let the others discern. But if a revelation be made to another sitting by, let the first keep silence. For ye all can prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be exhorted; and the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets; for God is not a God of confusion, but of peace.

As in all the churches of the saints, let the women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but let them be in subjection, as also saith the law. And if they would learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home: for it is shameful for a woman to speak in the church. What? was it from you that the word of God went forth? or came it unto you alone?

Friday, June 16, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Deuteronomy 34:10-12 American Standard Version

And there hath not arisen a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom Jehovah knew face to face, in all the signs and the wonders, which Jehovah sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land, and in all the mighty hand, and in all the great terror, which Moses wrought in the sight of all Israel.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 105:37 American Standard Version

And he brought them forth with silver and gold;
And there was not one feeble person among his tribes.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 29:6 American Standard Version

In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare;
But the righteous doth sing and rejoice.

Morning Scripture Reading - Isaiah 60:1-3 American Standard Version

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of Jehovah is risen upon thee. For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the peoples; but Jehovah will arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And nations shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Matthew 26:36-39 American Standard Version

Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto his disciples, Sit ye here, while I go yonder and pray. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and sore troubled. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: abide ye here, and watch with me. And he went forward a little, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass away from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 105:36 American Standard Version

He smote also all the first-born in their land,
The chief of all their strength.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 29:5 American Standard Version

A man that flattereth his neighbor
Spreadeth a net for his steps.

Morning Scripture Reading - James 4:1-3 American Standard Version

Whence come wars and whence come fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your pleasures that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and covet, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war; ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may spend it in your pleasures.

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 American Standard Version

I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; that in everything ye were enriched in him, in all utterance and all knowledge; even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye be unreproveable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 105:34-35 American Standard Version

He spake, and the locust came,
And the grasshopper, and that without number,
And did eat up every herb in their land,
And did eat up the fruit of their ground.

Mid-Week Message - Trusting He Will Be Sufficient

 "He must become greater; I must become less."  John 3:30  (NIV) 

Those who have children may have one or two who are strong-willed.  They want to do things their way and do it by themselves.  Resisting discipline, they are determined to explore that world on their own terms and parents may wonder how to reign them in without breaking their spirit. 

Often, these are also the high-achievers.  They are willing to step "outside of the box" to investigate life.  They try things that others may not think to try and think through problems in unique ways.  As a result, they may be able to solve long-standing issues, become inventors, write the great American novel, or paint masterpieces.  

However we fall in the family hierarchy, whatever our personalities or talents might be, we have one trait in common and that is that we tend to make life about ourselves.  We concentrate on what WE want, what WE like, what makes US happy.  Especially today, we live in a ME society.  We are seeing that especially right now as the nation is going through the throes of individuals being easily offended and wanting everyday words and actions to be changed to suit them.  

As I grow older, the more and more I realize that life isn't about me, or any of us.  It is about our Lord and Savior.  Our purpose is to bring Him glory.  In order to do that, we have to learn to put Him above all.  That doesn't mean we neglect other people or our duties and responsibilities in life.  It means that we live and relate in such a way that is pleasing to Him.  

There is a song, sung by the Christian artist Steve Green, entitled "Whatever It Takes."  It is one that always leads me to prayer, but also challenges how I live my life.  Here are some of the lyrics:

                Whatever it takes to keep me tender toward you

                Whatever it takes, Lord, I beg you to do

                Whatever you must lead me through

                Whatever it takes, Lord, do   

When I first heard this song, I wondered if I would ever be able to pray those words.  Would I ever be able to turn loose of what is important to me and give it all over to Him?  The first few times I attempted to say this as a prayer, I found myself wanting to put stipulations on what I was asking such as, "Please don't touch my family."  Then I understood that "whatever" was all-encompassing and that the only way I could mean it was to be willing to surrender all I held dear on earth.

As time goes by and as I spend more and more time with the Lord, I am beginning to see that what I have to ask myself is this:  Is He sufficient?   If suddenly everything and everyone was gone from my life, would His presence, His love, His sacrifice, His resurrection, be sufficient for me?  

These are difficult things to think about but it is my desire.  I want to bring Him glory.  I want my life to point to Jesus.  If He uses me in the life of only one person who chooses to repent and believe in Him then my life will have fulfilled a much greater purpose than it would have if I had spent it any other way.  

So, I ask you the question I ask myself.  Is He sufficient?  Could you lay everything down if He asked you to?  Can honoring Him become your greatest desire?  

Lots to think about this week.  God bless.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 29:4 American Standard Version

The king by justice establisheth the land;
But he that exacteth gifts overthroweth it.

Morning Scripture Reading - Hebrews 10:19-25 American Standard Version

Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by the way which he dedicated for us, a new and living way, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; and having a great priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart in fulness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience: and having our body washed with pure water, let us hold fast the confession of our hope that it waver not; for he is faithful that promised: and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works; not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh.

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Matthew 5:11-12 American Standard Version

Blessed are ye when men shall reproach you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets that were before you.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 105:33 American Standard Version

He smote their vines also and their fig-trees,
And brake the trees of their borders.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 29:3 American Standard Version

Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father;
But he that keepeth company with harlots wasteth his substance.

Morning Scripture Reading - Jeremiah 29:10-14 American Standard Version

For thus saith Jehovah, After seventy years are accomplished for Babylon, I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith Jehovah, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope in your latter end. And ye shall call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith Jehovah, and I will turn again your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith Jehovah; and I will bring you again unto the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

Monday, June 12, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - 1 Peter 5:10-11 American Standard Version

And the God of all grace, who called you unto his eternal glory in Christ, after that ye have suffered a little while, shall himself perfect, establish, strengthen you. To him be the dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 105:32 American Standard Version

He gave them hail for rain,
And flaming fire in their land.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 29:2 American Standard Version

When the righteous are increased, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man beareth rule, the people sigh.

Morning Scripture Reading - Jude 20-21 American Standard Version

But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Sunday, June 11, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - 2 Peter 3:8-9 American Standard Version

But forget not this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness; but is longsuffering to you-ward, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 105:31 American Standard Version

He spake, and there came swarms of flies,
And lice in all their borders.

Confidence in Chaos: Trusting God Amidst Uncertain Times

Today, we delve into the profound words of the prophet Micah, as we explore Micah 7:7-10 from the New Living Translation. This passage offers us a glimpse into the heart of a faithful servant, reminding us of God's unwavering love, His power to save, and the hope we can find in Him, even amidst difficult times. As we unpack these verses, we will also consider the background and context of the book of Micah, allowing us to better understand the message the prophet sought to convey to his audience. Moreover, we will explore the timeless relevance of this scripture and discover how it can impact our lives today.

Micah was a prophet who lived during the 8th century BC in Judah, a time of great moral and social decay. He hailed from the small town of Moresheth in the southern kingdom of Judah. Micah's ministry took place around the same time as the prophet Isaiah, and he delivered his messages during the reigns of Kings Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah.

Micah's writings primarily address the rampant social injustice, corruption, and religious hypocrisy that plagued the nation. He boldly confronted the leaders, priests, and prophets, calling for repentance and a return to the Lord's ways. Micah's prophecies included warnings of impending judgment and exile but also offered messages of hope and restoration for a future remnant.

The book of Micah was likely written between 735 and 700 BC, during a period of great political turmoil and international conflict. Micah witnessed the Assyrian Empire's expansion and the imminent threat it posed to both Israel and Judah. Amidst these challenging circumstances, Micah's words served as a powerful reminder of God's sovereignty and faithfulness.

In Micah 7:7, we witness the unwavering confidence of the prophet Micah in the midst of a society plagued by moral decay and social injustice. Micah declares his trust in the faithfulness of God, recognizing that even in the darkest of times, God remains steadfast in His love and His promises. This declaration of trust is significant, given the context of Micah's life and the tumultuous circumstances of his time.

During the 8th century BC, the nation of Judah was caught in a whirlwind of political turmoil and social unrest. Corruption was rampant, and the leaders, priests, and prophets had turned away from God's ways, embracing idolatry and practicing injustice. In the face of such pervasive moral decay, Micah stood as a solitary voice, boldly proclaiming God's truth and calling for repentance.

Micah's confidence in God's faithfulness is a testament to his unwavering faith. He knew that even when it seemed that evil was prevailing, God was still in control. Despite the impending threat of the powerful Assyrian Empire, Micah placed his trust in the Lord's intervention and ultimate deliverance. His declaration serves as an encouragement to the people of his time, reminding them that God's purposes cannot be thwarted and that His justice would prevail.

In Micah 7:8, we encounter the prophet's exhortation to wait patiently for God, comparing it to the anticipation of the dawn. Micah understood that God's timing is perfect, and though His deliverance might not come immediately, it is worth the wait. This call to patient waiting holds profound significance for us today, amidst our fast-paced, instant-gratification culture.

In the New Living Translation, the apostle Paul echoes a similar sentiment in Romans 8:25, stating, "But if we look forward to something we don't yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently." Both Micah and Paul emphasize the importance of patient endurance, assuring us that God's promises are worth the wait.

In our modern world, waiting can be challenging. We are accustomed to immediate results, fast communication, and instant solutions. However, the call to wait patiently for God stands as a counter-cultural invitation to trust in His divine timetable. It requires us to relinquish our desire for control and surrender to His sovereign plans.

Furthermore, Micah's analogy of waiting for the dawn reminds us of the hope that awaits us. The dawn represents the breaking of a new day, the arrival of light after darkness. Similarly, as believers, we eagerly await the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will usher in the fullness of His kingdom. The Apostle Peter, in 2 Peter 3:9 (NLT), encourages us with these words: "The Lord isn't really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed but wants everyone to repent."

Therefore, in the midst of trials, when it feels like the darkness is overwhelming, we are called to wait patiently, confident that God's light will shine. Our waiting is not passive but an active expression of our faith and hope. As we persevere with patience, we draw closer to God, deepening our reliance on Him and allowing His transformative work to take place in our lives.

Micah 7:9-10 unveils a message of hope amidst the despair and brokenness of Micah's time. The prophet acknowledges the reality of sin and the need for repentance, yet he also reveals God's promise of healing, restoration, and justice. These verses point to a future where God's redemptive power will transform the hearts of His people and draw the nations to awe and reverence.

In the New Living Translation, Micah 7:9 states, "I will be patient as the Lord punishes me, for I have sinned against him. But after that, he will take up my case and give me justice for all I have suffered from my enemies." Micah recognizes the consequences of sin and accepts God's discipline as a means of purification. However, he also places his hope in God's promise to bring justice and restoration.
This theme of restoration is echoed throughout the New Testament as well. In 1 Peter 5:10 (NLT), the apostle Peter writes, "In his kindness, God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation." Here, we see a parallel to Micah's message of hope, as Peter assures believers that God will restore and strengthen them after a period of suffering.

The hope of restoration proclaimed by Micah and reaffirmed in the New Testament reminds us that God's redemptive plan extends far beyond our current circumstances. It speaks to the transformative power of God's love and mercy, which can heal broken hearts, reconcile relationships, and bring justice to the oppressed. In a world marred by injustice, violence, and division, this message of hope is desperately needed.

As followers of Christ, we are called to be agents of restoration in our communities and spheres of influence. We are invited to participate in God's work of healing and reconciliation, extending His love to the broken and marginalized. Micah's vision of the nations being in awe of God's works reminds us of our role as witnesses to His transformative power, as we live out the Gospel in our daily lives.
As we reflect on Micah's confidence in God's faithfulness, we can draw parallels to our own lives today. 

Our world may be filled with similar challenges—moral decay, social injustice, and a sense of hopelessness. However, just as Micah stood firm in his faith, we too can find assurance in the unchanging nature of God. In a society where trust is often misplaced, we can place our confidence in the One who remains faithful, even when everything around us seems to crumble. Micah's example encourages us to anchor our trust in God's unwavering character, knowing that He is always at work, even in the midst of darkness.

Micah's words in this passage resonate with believers in every generation, including our own. In a world filled with uncertainty, injustice, and spiritual apathy, we can find solace and hope in the message of Micah. Just as the prophet expressed his unwavering trust in God's faithfulness, we too are called to put our confidence in Him, knowing that He is sovereign over all circumstances.

Furthermore, Micah's call to wait patiently for God's timing is relevant to our fast-paced and instant-gratification culture. It reminds us to trust in God's perfect plan and to remain steadfast in our faith, even when our prayers seem unanswered or our circumstances appear dire.

Moreover, the hope of restoration proclaimed by Micah serves as a powerful reminder that God is in the business of redemption. No matter how broken our world may seem, we can find assurance in His promise to heal, restore, and bring justice. As followers of Christ, we are called to be agents of change, reflecting God's love and justice in a broken world.

Therefore, let us hold fast to the assurance of God's faithfulness, patiently waiting for His purposes to unfold, and actively participating in His work of restoration. May we stand firm in His grace, rooted in His unchanging love, and boldly proclaim the message of hope to a world in desperate need.

Let us pray.

Father God,

We come before You with hearts filled with gratitude for Your unwavering faithfulness and the hope we find in Your promises. In a world that often feels uncertain and broken, we are reminded today that You remain steadfast and unchanging. We thank You for the confidence we can have in Your love and the assurance that You are always at work, even in the midst of challenging circumstances.

Father, we acknowledge that waiting patiently can be difficult in a culture that values instant gratification. Yet, we surrender our desire for control and place our trust in Your divine timing. Help us to wait with hope and confidence, knowing that You are orchestrating all things for our good and Your glory. Strengthen our faith during seasons of waiting, and teach us to rely on Your wisdom and perfect plans.

Lord, as agents of restoration, we pray that You would use us to bring Your healing and justice to a hurting world. Open our eyes to the needs around us, and empower us to extend Your love and grace to the broken and marginalized. Grant us the courage to stand firm in Your grace, rooted in Your unchanging love, and to boldly share the message of hope found in Jesus Christ.

In all things, may we continually seek Your guidance and rely on Your strength. Thank You, Father, for the privilege of partnering with You in Your redemptive work. We surrender ourselves to Your will and purpose, trusting that You will use us to bring about transformation in our lives and the lives of others.
We pray all these things in the name of Jesus, our ultimate source of hope and restoration.


May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.