Saturday, September 30, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - 1 Peter 2:21-25 American Standard Version

For hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that ye should follow his steps: who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: who his own self bare our sins in his body upon the tree, that we, having died unto sins, might live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were going astray like sheep; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 114:6 American Standard Version

Ye mountains, that ye skip like rams;
Ye little hills, like lambs?

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 21:3 American Standard Version

To do righteousness and justice
Is more acceptable to Jehovah than sacrifice.

Morning Scripture Reading - John 14:15-21 American Standard Version

If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may be with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth: whom the world cannot receive; for it beholdeth him not, neither knoweth him: ye know him; for he abideth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you desolate: I come unto you. Yet a little while, and the world beholdeth me no more; but ye behold me: because I live, ye shall live also. In that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself unto him.

Friday, September 29, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Zechariah 14:9-11 American Standard Version

And Jehovah shall be King over all the earth: in that day shall Jehovah be one, and his name one. All the land shall be made like the Arabah, from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem; and she shall be lifted up, and shall dwell in her place, from Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananel unto the king’s winepresses. And men shall dwell therein, and there shall be no more curse; but Jerusalem shall dwell safely.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 114:5 American Standard Version

What aileth thee, O thou sea, that thou fleest?
Thou Jordan, that thou turnest back?

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 21:2 American Standard Version

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes;
But Jehovah weigheth the hearts.

Morning Scripture Reading - Matthew 5:43-48 American Standard Version

Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy: but I say unto you, Love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you; that ye may be sons of your Father who is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust. For if ye love them that love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the Gentiles the same? Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - 1 Peter 3:13-17 American Standard Version

And who is he that will harm you, if ye be zealous of that which is good? But even if ye should suffer for righteousness’ sake, blessed are ye: and fear not their fear, neither be troubled; but sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord: being ready always to give answer to every man that asketh you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, yet with meekness and fear: having a good conscience; that, wherein ye are spoken against, they may be put to shame who revile your good manner of life in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God should so will, that ye suffer for well-doing than for evil-doing.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 114:4 American Standard Version

The mountains skipped like rams,
The little hills like lambs.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 21:1 American Standard Version

The king’s heart is in the hand of Jehovah as the watercourses:
He turneth it whithersoever he will.

Morning Scripture Reading - John 14:1-6 American Standard Version

Let not your heart be troubled: believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I come again, and will receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go, ye know the way. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; how know we the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Haggai 1:7-11 American Standard Version

Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: Consider your ways. Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith Jehovah. Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith Jehovah of hosts. Because of my house that lieth waste, while ye run every man to his own house. Therefore for your sake the heavens withhold the dew, and the earth withholdeth its fruit. And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the grain, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labor of the hands.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 114:3 American Standard Version

The sea saw it, and fled;
The Jordan was driven back.

Mid-Week Message - More Like Jesus

"He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less."  John 3:30  (NLT)

Social media is everywhere.  It seems that almost everyone has an account on a site where they can share what's going on in their lives.  Selfies, pictures of the food that is being served, families posing together, babies, home decor and the list goes on.  But there is one thing that is most notable about these sites.  They provide a place for us to indulge our egos.  

I will admit that there have been times when I have posted something and then checked again and again to see who is "liking" or "loving" what I have posted.  I had to get over that because if it was something really dear to me, like a picture of my child, then I was upset if I either didn't get a lot of responses or if more people only "liked" rather than "loved."  My ego was hurt.  Why?  Because my purpose in sharing was all about me. 

If we stay within ourselves, if we keep our focus inward, then how can we reach out to anyone else?  If we are more concerned with all things personal rather than spending our time in concern for what those around us need, then not only will we miss a lot of joy, but we will also be sinning.  

Philippians 2:3-4 says, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."

Our goal, as Christians, is to be like Christ.  If we study His life, how often do we see Him more worried about Himself than He is those around Him or those in the crowds that came to hear Him?  Granted, He was fully God and fully human and we are only fully human.  We aren't perfect as He was perfect, however, through His grace and mercy, if we spend more time learning about Him and walking with Him, then He will begin to change our hearts and teach us how be more like Him.

Simply put, it needs to be more and more about Jesus and less and less about ourselves.  Rather than posting attention getting selfies, we can use our social media time to honor our Savior.  It is far greater to have His approval than that of man. 

There are so many opportunities to show His love.  Many people need prayers and encouragement.  It costs nothing more than a little bit of time to reach out and be supportive. 

This week my challenge is that we all take inventory of how we represent ourselves and the Lord in any of our interactions with others.  What is our focus?   Are we seeking personal approval or are we pointing the way to the One who loves us more than any person on earth ever will?  God bless. 

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 20:30 American Standard Version

Stripes that wound cleanse away evil;
And strokes reach the innermost parts.

Morning Scripture Reading - John 3:18-21 American Standard Version

He that believeth on him is not judged: he that believeth not hath been judged already, because he hath not believed on the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, and cometh not to the light, lest his works should be reproved. But he that doeth the truth cometh to the light, that his works may be made manifest, that they have been wrought in God.

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Isaiah 37:14-20 American Standard Version

And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up unto the house of Jehovah, and spread it before Jehovah. And Hezekiah prayed unto Jehovah, saying, O Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, that sittest above the cherubim, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth. Incline thine ear, O Jehovah, and hear; open thine eyes, O Jehovah, and see; and hear all the words of Sennacherib, who hath sent to defy the living God. Of a truth, Jehovah, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the countries, and their land, and have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone; therefore they have destroyed them. Now therefore, O Jehovah our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art Jehovah, even thou only.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 114:1-2 American Standard Version

When Israel went forth out of Egypt,
The house of Jacob from a people of strange language;
Judah became his sanctuary,
Israel his dominion.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 20:29 American Standard Version

The glory of young men is their strength;
And the beauty of old men is the hoary head.

Morning Scripture Reading - Matthew 7:1-5 American Standard Version

Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured unto you. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me cast out the mote out of thine eye; and lo, the beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

Monday, September 25, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Luke 11:28 American Standard Version

But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 113:9 American Standard Version

He maketh the barren woman to keep house,
And to be a joyful mother of children.
Praise ye Jehovah.

A Cup of Support: Help Us Continue Sharing Hope

Dear Cherished Readers and Supporters,

We hope this message finds you well and filled with the warmth of faith and love. We've had the privilege of journeying with you through our blog, sharing daily inspiration, stories of faith, and messages of hope. It's our joy and honor to be a part of your life.

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Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 20:28 American Standard Version

Kindness and truth preserve the king;
And his throne is upholden by kindness.

Morning Scripture Reading - John 9:1-5 American Standard Version

And as he passed by, he saw a man blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Rabbi, who sinned, this man, or his parents, that he should be born blind? Jesus answered, Neither did this man sin, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. We must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. When I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Prayer for the Week of September 24, 2023

Dearest and most gracious Abba Father,

We come before you in humble gratitude for the gift of hope that anchors our lives, a hope firmly rooted in your unfailing love and promises. In the midst of life's storms, you are our steadfast anchor, guiding us through the darkest moments and empowering us to stand firm in your grace. As we navigate the trials and tribulations of this world, may your hope continue to shine as a beacon of light in our hearts. Fill us with resilience and unwavering faith, knowing that through you, our hope will never lead to disappointment. 

Thank you for your constant presence and the strength you provide. In your name, we pray.


Evening Scripture Reading - Ecclesiastes 4:6 American Standard Version

Better is a handful, with quietness, than two handfuls with labor and striving after wind.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 113:8 American Standard Version

That he may set him with princes,
Even with the princes of his people.

Finding Hope in the Midst of Trials

Life is full of twists and turns, and sometimes it feels like we're navigating a stormy sea. We face trials, challenges, and setbacks that can leave us feeling weary and disheartened. In these moments, we often question why we must endure such difficulties. But today, let's explore a powerful message of hope found in Romans 5:3-5 (NLT):

"Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."

This passage tells us that even in the midst of trials, we can find reasons to rejoice. It's a reminder that our sufferings, though painful, have the potential to shape us in profound ways.

Imagine a fictional character named Sarah. She faced one trial after another—an unexpected job loss, a health scare, and a strained relationship with a close friend. Each difficulty seemed insurmountable, and Sarah often felt like giving up.

In her moments of despair, Sarah turned to her faith and sought solace in Romans 5:3-5 in the NLT. She pondered over the words: "We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment, for we know how dearly God loves us because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love."

As Sarah continued to face adversity, she clung to this promise. She realized that her trials were not a sign of God's abandonment but an opportunity for growth. With each challenge, her perseverance grew stronger. The obstacles that once seemed insurmountable became stepping stones on her journey of faith.

Sarah's character began to transform. She learned to trust God's plan even when circumstances appeared bleak. She embraced patience and resilience, knowing that God was at work in her life. Instead of succumbing to despair, Sarah faced each trial with a spirit of determination.

But the most remarkable aspect of Sarah's journey was her unwavering hope. She understood that her hope was anchored in God's love and the promise of salvation. In her darkest moments, when disappointment loomed on the horizon, her hope shone as a beacon of light. She knew that God's love was a constant presence in her life, filling her heart with His unending grace.

Sarah's story serves as a testament to the incredible resilience and unwavering hope that can emerge from a life anchored in faith. As we face our trials and tribulations, may we take inspiration from her journey. Let us remember that our hope, rooted in God's love, will never lead to disappointment. And in the face of adversity, let us stand firm in His grace, knowing that through perseverance, character growth, and unyielding hope, we can overcome even the greatest challenges that life presents.

In the midst of life's trials and tribulations, hope stands as our steadfast anchor, keeping us steady when the storms of adversity threaten to toss us about. Just as a ship relies on a sturdy anchor to stay grounded in turbulent waters, we too can anchor our lives in hope—a hope that is unwavering and unshakable.

Hope is not a mere wishful thinking or optimism in the face of challenges. It's a profound belief that there is a brighter tomorrow, even when today seems clouded by difficulties. This hope becomes a source of inner strength, empowering us to persevere when circumstances are tough.

In the darkest moments of life, hope shines as a beacon of light, guiding our way. It pierces through the gloom of despair and reminds us that there is a path forward, even when it may be difficult to see. This light of hope offers comfort and reassurance.

Our hope is not rooted in uncertain circumstances but in the unwavering love of God. Romans 5:5 (NLT) tells us, "And this hope will not lead to disappointment because we know how dearly God loves us because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love." Our hope is firmly anchored in the love and promises of our Heavenly Father.

Life can bring disappointment, setbacks, and unmet expectations. However, hope does not lead to disappointment because it transcends the fleeting nature of worldly desires. It points us to a higher and more profound fulfillment found in God's plan.

When we anchor in hope, we become more resilient in the face of adversity. It enables us to weather life's storms with grace and dignity. Just as a ship's anchor keeps it from drifting aimlessly, hope grounds us in our faith and purpose.

Our anchored hope does not exist in isolation. It serves as an inspiration to those around us. When others witness our unwavering hope, they, too, may find encouragement to face their challenges with renewed faith and optimism.

Just as a ship relies on a sturdy anchor to stay grounded in turbulent waters, we too can anchor our lives in hope—a hope that is unwavering and unshakable. It's a profound belief that there is a brighter tomorrow, even when today seems clouded by difficulties. This hope becomes a source of inner strength, empowering us to persevere when circumstances are tough. In the darkest moments of life, hope shines as a beacon of light, guiding our way. It pierces through the gloom of despair and reminds us that there is a path forward, even when it may be difficult to see. This light of hope offers comfort and reassurance, firmly rooted in the love and promises of our Heavenly Father. Life can bring disappointment, setbacks, and unmet expectations. However, hope does not lead to disappointment because it transcends the fleeting nature of worldly desires. It points us to a higher and more profound fulfillment found in God's plan. When we anchor in hope, we become more resilient in the face of adversity, ready to face each day with confidence, knowing that our hope will not lead to disappointment. Through hope, we stand firm in His grace, prepared to overcome whatever challenges come our way.

May blessings and hope shine in every circumstance.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 20:27 American Standard Version

The spirit of man is the lamp of Jehovah,
Searching all his innermost parts.

Morning Scripture Reading - Matthew 5:1-11 American Standard Version

And seeing the multitudes, he went up into the mountain: and when he had sat down, his disciples came unto him: and he opened his mouth and taught them, saying,

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall reproach you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 American Standard Version

Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not provoked, taketh not account of evil; rejoiceth not in unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 113:7 American Standard Version

He raiseth up the poor out of the dust,
And lifteth up the needy from the dunghill;

A Promise of Renewal: Ezekiel's Message of Transformation

Once upon a time, in a land filled with dry and desolate hearts, there lived a people who had lost their way. They were burdened by their mistakes and their hearts were heavy with sin. They longed for a change, for a renewal of their spirits.

One day, a humble prophet named Ezekiel came to them with a message from the Lord. He spoke of a promise—a promise of cleansing, transformation, and a new beginning. The people gathered around, their ears eager to hear the words of hope.

Ezekiel shared the words of the Lord: "I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations."

The people listened in awe, their hearts stirred by the promise of transformation. They had carried the weight of their sins for far too long, and now, God was offering them a fresh start—a clean heart, a new spirit, and the presence of His Spirit within them.

As they embraced this promise, they began to experience a remarkable change. Their old ways fell away, and in their place, they found love, joy, and a deep desire to follow God's ways. Their once-stony hearts became tender and responsive, and they lived their lives in obedience to the Lord's decrees.

The land that was once dry and desolate began to bloom with life. The people who were once burdened by sin now walked in the light of God's grace. It was a beautiful transformation, a testament to the power of God's promise to cleanse and renew.

And so, the people of that land learned that no matter how lost or burdened they may be, God's promise of transformation and renewal is always within reach. Through His grace, He can wash away our sins, give us new hearts, and fill us with His Spirit, guiding us on a path of righteousness and love.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 20:26 American Standard Version

A wise king winnoweth the wicked,
And bringeth the threshing-wheel over them.

Morning Scripture Reading - John 5:41-44 American Standard Version

I receive not glory from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in yourselves. I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, who receive glory one of another, and the glory that cometh from the only God ye seek not?

Friday, September 22, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - 1 Corinthians 7:17-19 American Standard Version

Only, as the Lord hath distributed to each man, as God hath called each, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all the churches. Was any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Hath any been called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing; but the keeping of the commandments of God.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 113:6 American Standard Version

That humbleth himself to behold
The things that are in heaven and in the earth?

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 20:25 American Standard Version

It is a snare to a man rashly to say, It is holy,
And after vows to make inquiry.

Morning Scripture Reading - Matthew 13:18-23 American Standard Version

Hear then ye the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the evil one, and snatcheth away that which hath been sown in his heart. This is he that was sown by the way side. And he that was sown upon the rocky places, this is he that heareth the word, and straightway with joy receiveth it; yet hath he not root in himself, but endureth for a while; and when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, straightway he stumbleth. And he that was sown among the thorns, this is he that heareth the word; and the care of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. And he that was sown upon the good ground, this is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; who verily beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Ephesians 6:14-20 American Standard Version

Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; withal taking up the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: with all prayer and supplication praying at all seasons in the Spirit, and watching thereunto in all perseverance and supplication for all the saints, and on my behalf, that utterance may be given unto me in opening my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 113:5 American Standard Version

Who is like unto Jehovah our God,
That hath his seat on high,

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 20:24 American Standard Version

A man’s goings are of Jehovah;
How then can man understand his way?

Morning Scripture Reading - John 12:23-26 American Standard Version

And Jesus answereth them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a grain of wheat fall into the earth and die, it abideth by itself alone; but if it die, it beareth much fruit. He that loveth his life loseth it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will the Father honor.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - 1 Corinthians 4:5 American Standard Version

Wherefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and make manifest the counsels of the hearts; and then shall each man have his praise from God.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 113:4 American Standard Version

Jehovah is high above all nations,
And his glory above the heavens.

Mid-Week Message - Mysteries

"If I speak God's Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, "Jump," and it jumps, but I don't love, I'm nothing."  1 Corinthians 13:2  (MSG)

I enjoy a good mystery.  In fact, I almost titled this message, "Who Killed Hank Pittleman" because that is the question in the book I am now reading.  But the eternal mysteries, those that we don't have the ability to understand completely, are not of this world but of God, and I don't want to cast any earthly shadow over any of them.  

How can the human mind grasp fully that the Lord has no beginning and no end?  Everything in our world has a beginning and an end.  Even though we say the right words when asked about His existence, we can't really understand it.  

And how can three be one?  The Trinity consists of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  God in three persons, as the song says.  If Jesus is God, then how was God still in heaven while Jesus was on earth?  If Jesus is God, then why does Jesus pray to God the Father?  

How is He able to be everywhere at once?  With the billions of people on the earth, how can He hear us all at the same time?  

Mysteries.  And there are Bible scholars who can explain it all, up to a point.  

According to today's verse, all that knowledge is worthless if we don't have love.  And there are many who proclaim to be "Christians" who refuse to reach out to those who are hurting or lonely or hungry.  

There are some behind the pulpit who are terrific orators.  They can deliver a biblical message that will knock your socks off.  And some of those churches grow to unbelievable numbers.  However, one on one with some of these preachers will reveal that they actually take no interest in anything except the messages they preach.  They rely on assistant pastors to do all the "people" work because they take no interest in what their flock is going through.  

And that is the bigger mystery to me.  I don't worry about how God created the universes, or how He does any of what He does.  It is enough for me that He knows and I have placed my faith in Him and trust Him completely.  But I cannot figure out how someone could be filled with the Holy Spirit and not love their fellow human beings.  Which makes me wonder if they are truly Christians or not.  

This world is in pain.  A quick look at the news will reveal that no matter where we go, there are those who are crying out for someone to care.  If we are to be like our Savior, if we are to make any difference at all, then we must be willing to reach out with the love He has demonstrated and placed within us.  That is our purpose.  We bring glory to our Creator when we minister to those who are in need of His touch.  

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.  Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'  The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine you did for me."  Matthew 25:35-40  (NIV)

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 20:23 American Standard Version

Diverse weights are an abomination to Jehovah;
And a false balance is not good.

Morning Scripture Reading - Matthew 7:13-14 American Standard Version

Enter ye in by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many are they that enter in thereby. For narrow is the gate, and straitened the way, that leadeth unto life, and few are they that find it.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Isaiah 40:27-31 American Standard Version

Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from Jehovah, and the justice due to me is passed away from my God? Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard? The everlasting God, Jehovah, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary; there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to him that hath no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait for Jehovah shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 113:3 American Standard Version

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same
Jehovah’s name is to be praised.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 20:22 American Standard Version

Say not thou, I will recompense evil:
Wait for Jehovah, and he will save thee.

Morning Scripture Reading - John 3:5-8 American Standard Version

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born anew. The wind bloweth where it will, and thou hearest the voice thereof, but knowest not whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Monday, September 18, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - 2 Corinthians 12:14 American Standard Version

Behold, this is the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be a burden to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 113:2 American Standard Version

Blessed be the name of Jehovah
From this time forth and for evermore.

A Cup of Love and Support

Dear Beloved Visitors,

As we embark on a new week, we're reminded of the incredible power of community, kindness, and support. Our online ministry thrives because of individuals like you, who have joined us on this journey of faith and reflection.

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it's easy to overlook the impact of a simple act of generosity. Today, we'd like to draw your attention to something as humble as a cup of coffee—a cup filled not just with warmth but with the potential to make a significant difference.

In the Book of Matthew, Jesus teaches us the profound significance of even the smallest acts of kindness in Matthew 10:42 (NLT): "And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded."

Just as a cup of water can refresh and sustain, a cup of coffee can symbolize your support for our online ministry. The cost of a fancy cup of coffee is often fleeting, but the impact of that same amount can be enduring. Your contribution to "Buy Me a Coffee" helps cover the expenses of running this ministry, ensuring that our messages of hope, faith, and love continue to reach those in need.

We want to express our deep appreciation for those who have already contributed. Your generosity fuels our mission and keeps our virtual doors open for seekers, believers, and anyone in search of spiritual nourishment.

For those who are considering supporting us, we invite you to think of it as more than a monetary donation. Think of it as a cup of love, a gesture of support, and a commitment to fostering a community of faith and understanding. Your contribution helps us maintain our online presence, reach a wider audience, and continue sharing the message of God's grace.

So, as you start your week, we ask you to reflect on the power of a cup of coffee. Consider the warmth and sustenance it brings, and think of the warmth and sustenance your support provides to our ministry and the lives it touches. Your contribution, no matter the size, is a testament to the love and unity we share in our faith journey.

Thank you for being a part of our community and for considering how you can help sustain our ministry. May this week be filled with blessings, and may your cup overflow with the joy of giving.

With heartfelt gratitude,

Borther Jesse

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 20:21 American Standard Version

An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning;
But the end thereof shall not be blessed.

Morning Scripture Reading - John 15:26-27 American Standard Version

But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall bear witness of me: and ye also bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

Sunday, September 17, 2023

The Prayer for the Week of September 18, 2023

Dear Heavenly Father,

We come before you with hearts full of gratitude for the riches you bestow upon us—riches that extend beyond the material and into the depths of our souls. We thank you for the gift of true humility and the fear of the Lord, understanding that they lead us on the path to spiritual abundance.

As we explore your Word today and delve into the meaning of true riches, may your Holy Spirit guide our hearts and minds. Help us to embrace humility, recognizing our dependence on you, and to stand firm in your grace. Fill us with the desire to share your love and generosity with those around us.

May the message we hear today inspire us to seek heavenly treasures, knowing that they are eternally secure. We offer this time to you, Lord, asking for your presence and guidance in our lives. In Jesus' name, we pray.


Evening Scripture Reading - 1 Peter 3:8-12 American Standard Version

Finally, be ye all likeminded, compassionate, loving as brethren, tenderhearted, humbleminded: not rendering evil for evil, or reviling for reviling; but contrariwise blessing; for hereunto were ye called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For,

He that would love life,
And see good days,
Let him refrain his tongue from evil,
And his lips that they speak no guile:
And let him turn away from evil, and do good;
Let him seek peace, and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous,
And his ears unto their supplication:
But the face of the Lord is upon them that do evil.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 113:1

True Riches and Eternal Life: The Blessings of Humility and the Fear of the Lord

In a world that often measures success by material wealth and possessions, it's essential to remember that true riches go far beyond the boundaries of our earthly possessions. As Proverbs 22:4 (NLT) wisely reminds us, "True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life."

So, what does it mean to have "true humility and fear of the Lord"?

True humility is not about thinking less of ourselves but thinking of ourselves less. It's an attitude of the heart that recognizes our dependence on God, acknowledging that every talent, every blessing, and every opportunity comes from Him. It's the willingness to serve others, to put their needs before our own, just as Jesus humbly served humanity by giving His life on the cross.

The fear of the Lord is not about trembling in terror before a harsh judge but standing in awe and reverence before a loving and merciful God. It's recognizing His holiness and submitting ourselves to His divine wisdom and guidance. This fear is not born out of dread but out of a deep, loving relationship with our Heavenly Father.

When we embrace true humility and the fear of the Lord, we open our hearts to the transformational power of God's grace. This is where the journey towards spiritual riches truly begins. It's about seeking God's will in all aspects of our lives, trusting in His divine plan, and surrendering our desires to His greater purpose.

These spiritual riches are not measured in earthly terms but in the abundance of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23, NLT). They are the honor of being called children of God and heirs of His promises (Romans 8:17, NLT). It's the assurance of eternal life in His presence (John 3:16, NLT).

While our lives may not be filled with physical riches, we can rest assured that we have riches stored up in Heaven. Matthew 6:19-20 (NLT) reminds us, "Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal."

What are these heavenly treasures? They are the love we show to others, the kindness we extend, the compassion we offer, and the lives we touch with the message of God's grace. These are the investments that have eternal value. When we stand firm in God's grace, we are cultivating these heavenly treasures.

Standing firm in God's grace means recognizing that our salvation and our spiritual riches are not earned through our efforts but are freely given to us through faith in Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT) reminds us, "God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it."

As we understand the depth of God's grace and the riches it bestows upon us, it naturally leads to a heart that is willing to give. It prompts us to be generous in sharing our resources, time, and talents with others. When we donate, we are not merely giving away our possessions; we are sowing seeds of love and hope into the lives of those in need.

Let us remember that true riches are not found in the accumulation of material wealth, but in the depth of our relationship with God and the love we share with others. Let us stand firm in His grace, knowing that our true treasure lies in the riches of Heaven. As we donate and give generously, we are building treasures that will last for eternity.

May God's grace continue to guide us as we journey on this path of true humility, the fear of the Lord, faith, hope, and love.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 20:20 American Standard Version

Whoso curseth his father or his mother,
His lamp shall be put out in blackness of darkness.

Morning Scripture Reading - Matthew 24:42-44 American Standard Version

Watch therefore: for ye know not on what day your Lord cometh. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch the thief was coming, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken through. Therefore be ye also ready; for in an hour that ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Romans 15:5-6 American Standard Version

Now the God of patience and of comfort grant you to be of the same mind one with another according to Christ Jesus: that with one accord ye may with one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 112:10 American Standard Version

The wicked shall see it, and be grieved;
He shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away:
The desire of the wicked shall perish.

Bible Study: Jonah 1:4 NLT

In a time long ago, in a city near the sea, there lived a man named Jonah. Jonah was chosen by God to deliver a message to a distant land, Nineveh, where the people had turned away from God's ways. However, Jonah was filled with fear and disobedience. He knew that delivering this message would be challenging, and he wanted to avoid it at all costs.

One day, Jonah made a fateful decision. Instead of setting out for Nineveh as God had commanded, he boarded a ship headed in the opposite direction, to a place called Tarshish. Jonah thought he could escape God's call by fleeing to Tarshish, but he couldn't escape God's presence or His purpose.

As the ship sailed further and further away from the path God had set for Jonah, the skies darkened, and a great storm began to brew. The wind howled, the waves crashed against the ship, and fear gripped the hearts of the sailors. They cried out to their various gods for help but to no avail. The storm raged on, growing fiercer with each passing moment.

During this chaos, Jonah had gone below deck, seeking shelter from the storm and hiding from God's call. He knew that he was the cause of this tempest. In the depths of the ship, Jonah reflected on his disobedience. He realized that his actions not only endangered himself but also the lives of innocent sailors.

I am sure that Jonah, in his despair, would have remembered the words of Psalm 139:7-10 (NLT): "I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me."

With a heavy heart, Jonah confessed his disobedience to the sailors and urged them to throw him into the raging sea, for he knew that it was his actions that had brought this storm upon them. The sailors, after realizing the gravity of the situation, reluctantly followed Jonah's plea.

As Jonah was cast into the churning waters, something miraculous happened. The storm ceased instantly, and the sea grew calm. The sailors, witnessing the power of the God Jonah served, offered sacrifices and made vows to Him.

Jonah, on the other hand, found himself swallowed by a great fish, as described in Jonah 1:17 (NLT): "Now the Lord had arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights."

Inside the belly of the fish, Jonah repented and prayed for forgiveness. He realized that even in his disobedience, God's mercy was extended to him. Jonah's prayer in Jonah 2:2-6 (NLT) expressed his humble acknowledgment of God's sovereignty and his longing to fulfill the mission God had assigned him.

After three days and nights, the fish vomited Jonah onto dry land, and he was given a second chance to fulfill God's call. This time, Jonah was determined to obey, and he set out on the journey to Nineveh.

The story of Jonah teaches us that even in our disobedience, God's love and mercy pursue us. He may use storms in our lives to get our attention and guide us back to His path. It reminds us that no matter how far we stray, we are never beyond the reach of God's grace and forgiveness. Jonah's story serves as a powerful lesson about obedience, repentance, and the boundless love of our Heavenly Father.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 20:19 American Standard Version

He that goeth about as a tale-bearer revealeth secrets;
Therefore company not with him that openeth wide his lips.

Morning Scripture Reading - Mark 9:38-41 American Standard Version

John said unto him, Teacher, we saw one casting out demons in thy name; and we forbade him, because he followed not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man who shall do a mighty work in my name, and be able quickly to speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is for us. For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink, because ye are Christ’s, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

Friday, September 15, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Romans 8:5-8 American Standard Version

For they that are after the flesh mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For the mind of the flesh is death; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace: because the mind of the flesh is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be: and they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 112:9 American Standard Version

He hath dispersed, he hath given to the needy;
His righteousness endureth for ever:
His horn shall be exalted with honor.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 20:18 American Standard Version

Every purpose is established by counsel;
And by wise guidance make thou war.

Morning Scripture Reading - Luke 11:37-41 American Standard Version

Now as he spake, a Pharisee asketh him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat. And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first bathed himself before dinner. And the Lord said unto him, Now ye the Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the platter; but your inward part is full of extortion and wickedness. Ye foolish ones, did not he that made the outside make the inside also? But give for alms those things which are within; and behold, all things are clean unto you.

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Deuteronomy 6:13-15 American Standard Version

Thou shalt fear Jehovah thy God; and him shalt thou serve, and shalt swear by his name. Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the peoples that are round about you; for Jehovah thy God in the midst of thee is a jealous God; lest the anger of Jehovah thy God be kindled against thee, and he destroy thee from off the face of the earth.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 112:8 American Standard Version

His heart is established, he shall not be afraid,
Until he see his desire upon his adversaries.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 20:17 American Standard Version

Bread of falsehood is sweet to a man;
But afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

Morning Scripture Reading - John 6:53-58 American Standard Version

Jesus therefore said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, ye have not life in yourselves. He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood abideth in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father; so he that eateth me, he also shall live because of me. This is the bread which came down out of heaven: not as the fathers ate, and died; he that eateth this bread shall live for ever.

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Colossians 4:2-6 American Standard Version

Continue stedfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving; withal praying for us also, that God may open unto us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds; that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer each one.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 112:7 American Standard Version

He shall not be afraid of evil tidings:
His heart is fixed, trusting in Jehovah.

Mid-Week Message - Never-Ending Relationship

"For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."  Romans 8:38-39 (AMP)

We married quickly.  Our first date was on April 27th.  He proposed on May 27th.  We married on August 24th.  Yes.  All in the same year.  If you ask us why, I will tell you that I knew he was the one on that first date.  If you ask him, he will say it was because I had a house and his apartment was almost up for renewal.  Humor aside, when it comes down to it, we just didn't see any reason to wait.  We loved each other and that was all that mattered.  We got a lot of questions and a lot of warnings that it would never last.  However, this will be the 33rd Thanksgiving that we will have spent together and we still love each other.  

Our first year was spent getting to know one another.  Some days were trying, some still are.  When he proposed to me, after I got over my utter shock and initial elation, we talked about the future and came to the agreement that we would enter into our union with the understanding that divorce was not an option.  Whatever life threw at us, good or bad, we would face it together and we would work through any problems.  We are still together so apparently that agreement stuck.  It hasn't always been the easy way, but for us it is the right way.  In 2012 I broke my leg and ended up spending over four months in a hospital bed in our living room.  He had to do everything for me.  And I do mean everything.  In 2018 he went through his illness.  I didn't have to do all the same physical things for him but he needed me to be emotionally and spiritually available and I did my absolute best to do that for him.  

Both instances have reminded us of the relationship we have with Christ Jesus.  As we promised not to leave each other, so He also promised not to leave us, only His promise is for eternity.  We have been together for 32 years.  Our Lord knew us before we were born.  He was there when we were conceived.  He saw each of our cells dividing and the first beat of our tiny hearts.  He watched as we developed each limb and hair.  He was there when we took our first breaths and through all of the bumps and scrapes of childhood.  He has walked with us through every moment of our lives, good or bad, and has promised to never leave us.  We have no fear of being separated from Him even through death, unlike an earthly relationship.  

This life, and everything in it, is temporary.  Everything except for the bond we have with our Savior.  That will continue forever.  Are you feeling alone or abandoned?  If you are a believer then you can turn to Him and He will hold you tight and reassure you that you are His and that you will never be alone.  If you do not know Him personally but would like to have that same oneness please feel free to ask me, or anyone who carries the name Christian, how to have that same relationship.  There is no need to wait and all of Heaven will rejoice over you with singing and celebration when you make that choice.  Have a blessed week and know that you are loved completely by the Creator, Almighty God. 

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 20:16 American Standard Version

Take his garment that is surety for a stranger;
And hold him in pledge that is surety for foreigners.

Morning Scripture Reading - John 4:21-24 American Standard Version

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall ye worship the Father. Ye worship that which ye know not: we worship that which we know; for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth: for such doth the Father seek to be his worshippers. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Deuteronomy 28:9-14 American Standard Version

Jehovah will establish thee for a holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee; if thou shalt keep the commandments of Jehovah thy God, and walk in his ways. And all the peoples of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of Jehovah; and they shall be afraid of thee. And Jehovah will make thee plenteous for good, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which Jehovah sware unto thy fathers to give thee. Jehovah will open unto thee his good treasure the heavens, to give the rain of thy land in its season, and to bless all the work of thy hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. And Jehovah will make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if thou shalt hearken unto the commandments of Jehovah thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them, and shalt not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 112:6 American Standard Version

For he shall never be moved;
The righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 20:15 American Standard Version

There is gold, and abundance of rubies;
But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.