Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Romans 10:1-15 American Standard Version

Brethren, my heart’s desire and my supplication to God is for them, that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law unto righteousness to every one that believeth. For Moses writeth that the man that doeth the righteousness which is of the law shall live thereby. But the righteousness which is of faith saith thus, Say not in thy heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down:) or, Who shall descend into the abyss? (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach: because if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved: for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be put to shame. For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek: for the same Lord is Lord of all, and is rich unto all that call upon him: for, Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? and how shall they preach, except they be sent? even as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that bring glad tidings of good things!

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 116:15 American Standard Version

Precious in the sight of Jehovah
Is the death of his saints.

A Family's Gratitude: The Second Kernel of Corn

Join us this Sunday, November 5th, as we uncover the power of gratitude within these cherished bonds. Be sure to tune in and share the warmth of this message with your friends and family.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 22:3 American Standard Version

A prudent man seeth the evil, and hideth himself;
But the simple pass on, and suffer for it.

Morning Scripture Reading - Colossians 4:5-6 American Standard Version

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.

Monday, October 30, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - 2 John 7-9 American Standard Version

For many deceivers are gone forth into the world, even they that confess not that Jesus Christ cometh in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. Look to yourselves, that ye lose not the things which we have wrought, but that ye receive a full reward. Whosoever goeth onward and abideth not in the teaching of Christ, hath not God: he that abideth in the teaching, the same hath both the Father and the Son.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 116:14 American Standard Version

I will pay my vows unto Jehovah,
Yea, in the presence of all his people.

Sunday's Sermon: Unveiling the Blessings of Home and Family

Get ready to embark on a heartwarming journey through the second kernel of corn this Sunday, November 5th. Explore the profound connection between home, family, and gratitude. Don't miss out—mark your calendars and share this message of faith with your loved ones.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 22:2 American Standard Version

The rich and the poor meet together:
Jehovah is the maker of them all.

Morning Scripture Reading - Luke 10:22 American Standard Version

All things have been delivered unto me of my Father: and no one knoweth who the Son is, save the Father; and who the Father is, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son willeth to reveal him.

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Isaiah 12:1-2 American Standard Version

And in that day thou shalt say, I will give thanks unto thee, O Jehovah; for though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away and thou comfortest me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid: for Jehovah, even Jehovah, is my strength and song; and he is become my salvation.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 116:13 American Standard Version

I will take the cup of salvation,
And call upon the name of Jehovah.

Harvesting Gratitude: Unveiling the First Kernel of Corn

As we gather here today, it is with immense gratitude and a heart filled with thanksgiving that I reflect upon our journey together. For those who have been a part of our ministry for some time, you may recall the cherished tradition of the "Five Kernels of Corn," a story that has been at the core of our message for many years.

This beautiful tradition, rooted in the experiences of the early American settlers, particularly the Pilgrims, has been a constant source of inspiration for us. It's a story of resilience, unwavering faith, and, above all, the transformative power of gratitude. Each kernel symbolizes a unique facet of this powerful tale, and over the years, we've delved deep into the significance of each.

From our humble beginnings, when we embarked on this journey at a retirement community in Cedar Park, Texas, to the vibrant ministry we've built together, our commitment to sharing the message of gratitude has remained unwavering. It's a testament to the strength of our community and the impact we can make when we come together in faith.

As we revisit the "Five Kernels of Corn" and the lessons they hold, I invite you to join us in this timeless exploration of gratitude. Together, we'll delve into each kernel's meaning and its relevance to our lives today. So, let's journey through this timeless tale once more and seek the wisdom it holds for us in our ever-evolving journey of faith.

In our journey through the "Five Kernels of Corn," let's begin with the first kernel and its powerful symbolism—a reminder of the Pilgrims' harvest in the face of scarcity. It's a theme that resonates deeply with us today, especially as many among us navigate tight budgets and financial challenges, exacerbated by the approaching holiday season.

Matthew 6:25-26 (NLT) reassures us, "That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink or enough clothes to wear. Isn't life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren't you far more valuable to him than they are?"

In times of scarcity, whether it's a meager budget, financial constraints, or the challenges that come with the holiday season, we are reminded of the Pilgrims' reliance on their harvest, often as basic as five kernels of corn. But just as God provided for them, He assures us that He will also provide for our needs. 

I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on your own experiences with scarcity. Recall the times when resources were limited, when the month seemed longer than your paycheck, and when the holiday expenses felt overwhelming. These are the moments that teach us invaluable lessons in gratitude and reliance on God's provision.

For some, scarcity may mean making sacrifices in their daily lives, for others, it may involve seeking assistance from food banks or relying on community support. But remember, even in these challenging times, God's faithfulness shines through. His promises hold true, and as we navigate scarcity, we find strength in knowing that He is our ultimate provider.

In our exploration of the first kernel and the Pilgrims' harvest in scarcity, we find a valuable lesson that resonates strongly with our lives today: the importance of being grateful for the blessings we have, no matter how modest they may seem. To illustrate this point, allow me to introduce you to a remarkable gentleman by the name of Morris, a deacon in a church I once attended.

Morris was a distinguished man, a US Navy sailor who had served during World War II. He often recounted his childhood Christmas gifts, which, by today's standards, may seem meager—socks, underwear, clothing, and a few precious oranges and apples. Occasionally, his father, a skilled woodworker, would carve a simple wooden toy for him. You see, Morris grew up during the Great Depression, a time when many faced dire economic hardships.

But here's the remarkable part of Morris' story: he cherished those modest gifts as if they were the most extravagant presents one could receive. He understood the true meaning of gratitude, appreciating the warmth of the new clothes, the refreshing taste of those oranges and apples, and the loving effort his father put into carving that wooden toy. Morris's stories serve as a testament to the profound lessons one learns through scarcity.

During the Great Depression, countless individuals and families faced unimaginable financial challenges. Some struggled to put food on the table, while others made do with what little they had. Yet, in the midst of these difficulties, stories emerged of gratitude and resilience. People found joy in simple pleasures, sharing meals with loved ones, and extending a helping hand to their neighbors.

For many, the hardships of that era became a foundation for a lifetime of gratitude. It taught them to appreciate the essentials, value relationships over material possessions, and recognize the significance of a kind word or a shared meal. They learned to focus on what they had, rather than dwelling on what they lacked.

In our journey through the "Five Kernels of Corn" and the lessons they hold, it becomes evident that gratitude plays a pivotal role in our lives. The stories of Morris and those who endured the Great Depression are profound reminders of the importance of focusing on what we have, rather than concentrating on what we lack. But how do we cultivate a heart of gratitude in our daily lives, especially in the face of scarcity and challenges? 

Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) provides us with a valuable guide, "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."

This passage from Philippians invites us to replace anxiety and worry with prayer and thanksgiving. In doing so, we experience God's peace, which surpasses our understanding. It's a profound truth that connects gratitude to inner peace. When we express gratitude for the blessings we have, even in times of scarcity, we find ourselves enveloped in the calming embrace of God's peace.

Prayer, as Philippians suggests, allows us to communicate with our Heavenly Father, sharing our needs and concerns. It's in these moments of communion that we realize the significance of what we already possess and the blessings that surround us. In gratitude, we acknowledge God's provision and care.

As we navigate the challenges of tight budgets, financial constraints, and the holiday season's demands, let us remember the power of prayer and thanksgiving. When we thank God for what we have, even if it appears limited, we experience a profound transformation within ourselves. Gratitude becomes the bridge to inner peace, enabling us to face adversity with strength and resilience.

In our exploration of the "Five Kernels of Corn" and the essence of gratitude, we've journeyed through stories of the Pilgrims, the Great Depression, and the wisdom of Philippians 4:6-7. Today, we embrace a challenge, one that echoes a profound truth: God provides, and we should rejoice in what we have.

Let's take a step back in time to the story of a widow from 1 Kings 17:8-16 (NLT). Amid a severe famine, the prophet Elijah encountered a widow who had nearly given up hope. She possessed only a handful of flour and a small jar of olive oil, barely enough to make one last meal for herself and her son before they expected to perish from hunger. 

Elijah asked her for a small piece of bread, and the widow, despite her dire circumstances, shared the little she had with him. In an astonishing turn of events, her jar of flour and her jug of oil never ran dry throughout the entire famine, sustaining her and her household.

This remarkable story of the widow demonstrates the unwavering provision of God, even in the most challenging times. It reminds us that God's provision often exceeds our expectations and understanding. The widow's small offering, given with a generous heart, was multiplied into abundance.

In our own lives, we might sometimes feel like the widow, facing scarcity and wondering how to make ends meet. The challenge before us is to shift our perspective and to embrace the lesson that God's provision is abundant, even when it appears scarce. Instead of praying for more and more, let us remember to rejoice in what we have.

Whether it's a simple meal on the table, a warm home to shelter us, the love of family and friends, or even the laughter of a child, these are blessings to celebrate. We need not always seek additional abundance; sometimes, the most profound gratitude arises from recognizing the sufficiency of our current blessings.

So, as we go forth in the coming days, let's embrace the challenge to rejoice in what we have. The "Five Kernels of Corn" and the stories of those who have walked before us all remind us that God provides abundantly. Let's find joy in the simple blessings that surround us, recognizing that, just like the widow's jar of flour and jug of oil, our provisions are abundant when we approach them with a grateful heart.

As we draw near the end of our journey through the "Five Kernels of Corn," the resounding message that echoes through the stories we've explored is one of gratitude. We've witnessed the Pilgrims' celebration of a meager harvest, the lessons learned during the Great Depression, and the power of prayer and thanksgiving in our daily lives. We've been inspired by the stories of individuals like Morris, who found joy in the simplest of gifts, and the widow from 1 Kings, whose act of sharing revealed the boundless provision of God.

In the hustle and bustle of life, especially as we approach the holiday season, it's easy to become consumed by the desire for more—more resources, more possessions, more abundance. Yet, the heart of our message is this: we should not pray for more, but instead, find joy in the provisions we already possess. 

The story of Morris, who cherished the modest gifts of his childhood, despite growing up during challenging times, reminds us that the most precious gifts are often the ones that come wrapped in simplicity. Let's emulate his gratitude and recognize that God's provision is abundant, even in the face of scarcity.

So, as we celebrate this season of Thanksgiving, I challenge you to be grateful for the provisions you have. Rejoice in the warmth of your home, the nourishment of your meals, the love of family and friends, and the laughter that fills your life. Share your abundance with others, for in giving, you receive the true essence of joy.

Morris's story, the Pilgrims' humble feast, and the widow's unending provisions are not just tales of the past; they are living reminders of the power of gratitude and the faithful provision of our God.

As we conclude this lesson of gratitude, let us not only embrace the message but also live it out. Rejoice in what you have, share with others, and give of yourself during this Thanksgiving season. May your heart be filled with the abundant blessings that come from a grateful spirit, just as it did for Morris, the Pilgrims, and the widow from 1 Kings. Stand firm in His grace, for it is through His grace that we find the strength to cultivate thankfulness and experience true abundance.

May the Lord's blessings and His gracious presence be with you. May He shine His light upon your path and grant you His peace.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 22:1 American Standard Version

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches,
And loving favor rather than silver and gold.

Morning Scripture Reading - Colossians 4:2-4 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.

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Colossians 3:12-17 American Standard Version

Put on therefore, as God’s elect, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man have a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so also do ye: and above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to the which also ye were called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts unto God. And whatsoever ye do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 116:12 American Standard Version

What shall I render unto Jehovah
For all his benefits toward me?

Gratitude: The Essence of the 5 Kernels

Welcome to today's Saturday Bible study, where we delve into the heart of gratitude through the inspiring story of the "Five Kernels of Corn." This poignant tale, rooted in the Pilgrims' journey and the Native American's kindness, is a powerful reminder of the importance of thankfulness in our own lives. Today, we'll explore the overarching message of this story and how it should inspire us to cultivate a spirit of gratitude.

The Story of the 5 Kernels
The story of the "Five Kernels of Corn" takes us back to a challenging time in American history when the Pilgrims, having survived a harsh winter, faced a bountiful harvest due to the help of the Native Americans. In an act of gratitude, each person was given only five kernels of corn to sustain them through a day. It's a stark reminder of the scarcity they endured and a testament to their resilience. Despite their hardships, the Pilgrims gathered for their Thanksgiving feast and reflected on their blessings, choosing to be thankful for the simple gift of those five kernels.

The Message of Gratitude
While this story may seem simple, it carries a profound message of gratitude. The Pilgrims understood that thankfulness is not solely about the abundance of blessings but rather about the attitude with which we receive and appreciate what we have. They recognized the importance of being content and grateful, even in times of scarcity and adversity. It's a lesson that resonates with us today, reminding us to cultivate gratitude not just for our abundance but also for the simple joys, the acts of kindness, and the support we receive.

Inspiration for Thankfulness
As we consider the story of the "Five Kernels of Corn," let it inspire us to be thankful in every circumstance. Just as the Pilgrims found gratitude in their meager sustenance, may we find reasons to be thankful even in the face of challenges. Let's take a moment to reflect on our own lives. What are the "kernels" in our lives, the simple blessings that we may sometimes overlook? Whether it's a smile from a friend, the warmth of a cozy home, or the gift of a new day, let's remember that gratitude can transform our perspective and bring contentment.

In the spirit of gratitude, may we carry the essence of the "Five Kernels of Corn" with us into our day. Let's be thankful not just for the abundance but for the very breath we breathe. As we continue our journey this week, exploring each individual kernel and its unique significance, let us begin with a heart full of thankfulness, inspired by the resilience of those who came before us. Gratitude, as the Pilgrims knew, is the key to a joyful heart, regardless of our circumstances.

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Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 21:31 American Standard Version

The horse is prepared against the day of battle;
But victory is of Jehovah.

Morning Scripture Reading - Micah 4:1-5 American Standard Version

But in the latter days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of Jehovah’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and peoples shall flow unto it. And many nations shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths. For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of Jehovah from Jerusalem; and he will judge between many peoples, and will decide concerning strong nations afar off: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig-tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of Jehovah of hosts hath spoken it. For all the peoples walk every one in the name of his god; and we will walk in the name of Jehovah our God for ever and ever.

Friday, October 27, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Joshua 24:16-18 American Standard Version

And the people answered and said, Far be it from us that we should forsake Jehovah, to serve other gods; for Jehovah our God, he it is that brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and that did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the peoples through the midst of whom we passed; and Jehovah drove out from before us all the peoples, even the Amorites that dwelt in the land: therefore we also will serve Jehovah; for he is our God.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 116:10-11 American Standard Version

I believe, for I will speak:
I was greatly afflicted:
I said in my haste,
All men are liars.

The Five Kernels: A Message of Gratitude

Greetings, dear friends! Our journey through the story of the "Five Kernels of Corn" has been both inspiring and enlightening. This treasured tale serves as a poignant reminder of gratitude's enduring power. In the days ahead, we'll delve deeper into the unique importance of each kernel, exploring their profound significance. As we conclude this week, please remember that your support is invaluable in sharing these messages, so consider contributing to our ministry through 'Buy me a coffee.' Let's continue to spread the message of gratitude far and wide, inspired by the resilience of those who came before us.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 21:30 American Standard Version

There is no wisdom nor understanding
Nor counsel against Jehovah.

Morning Scripture Reading - Deuteronomy 33:24-29 American Standard Version

And of Asher he said,

Blessed be Asher with children;
Let him be acceptable unto his brethren,
And let him dip his foot in oil.
Thy bars shall be iron and brass;
And as thy days, so shall thy strength be.
There is none like unto God, O Jeshurun,
Who rideth upon the heavens for thy help,
And in his excellency on the skies.
The eternal God is thy dwelling-place,
And underneath are the everlasting arms.
And he thrust out the enemy from before thee,
And said, Destroy.
And Israel dwelleth in safety,
The fountain of Jacob alone,
In a land of grain and new wine;
Yea, his heavens drop down dew.
Happy art thou, O Israel:
Who is like unto thee, a people saved by Jehovah,
The shield of thy help,
And the sword of thy excellency!
And thine enemies shall submit themselves unto thee;
And thou shalt tread upon their high places.

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Genesis 21:1-6 American Standard Version

And Jehovah visited Sarah as he had said, and Jehovah did unto Sarah as he had spoken. And Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. And Abraham was a hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him. And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh; every one that heareth will laugh with me.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 116:9 American Standard Version

I will walk before Jehovah
In the land of the living.

The Five Kernels: Seeds of Thanksgiving

Welcome back, everyone! We're deep into the enchanting story of the "Five Kernels of Corn," a tale that resonates with gratitude and perseverance. As we journey through this story, we'll uncover the profound significance of each kernel, and the remarkable lessons they hold. Your support plays a vital role in sharing these messages, so we encourage you to contribute to our ministry through 'Buy me a coffee.' Let's continue to sow the seeds of thanksgiving together, inspired by the enduring faith of those who came before us.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 21:29 American Standard Version

A wicked man hardeneth his face;
But as for the upright, he establisheth his ways.

Morning 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.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - James 3:17-18 American Standard Version

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without variance, without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace for them that make peace.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 116:8 American Standard Version

For thou hast delivered my soul from death,
Mine eyes from tears,
And my feet from falling.

Mid-Week Message - Hope From Isaiah 40:31

"..but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."  Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

What a wonderful verse!  So much hope!  Often quoted, it is clung to in times of difficulty.  And well it should be.  It turns our thoughts upward and reminds us that it is the Lord that will renew our strength.  We get so tired here.  Life is hard.  Some days it seems that around every corner is another hurtle that must be conquered and we wonder each time how we are going to make our way over it.  

I love that we are given the example of an eagle.  Majestic in appearance, eagles are admired for their beauty, grace and strength.  But did you ever wonder how the eagle would describe life?  As wild animals they must face the elements of nature every minute of their lives.  They must toil for each morsel of food, fight for territory, defend their nests and their young and defend themselves against predators, if and when they are encountered.  To me, this sounds like a hard life. 

There is so much more to these beautiful birds than what we see as spectators.   That the scriptures use them to give us hope is quite meaningful.  If I were to add my own paraphrase, this verse would go something like this, "..those who hope in the Creator God, will renew their strength and be able to carry on just like the eagle soars even when its day has been full of toil and woe; they will run and not grow weary because the Lord will continue to strengthen them through each and every painful step and they will walk in confidence, leaning on Him to keep them on their feet."  

What is wearing you down today?  I urge you to look up and to grab the hand of the Almighty.  Allow Him to use the examples in nature to reassure you that He is in control.  For, if He can be the wind beneath the wings of a weary eagle, then just think what He can and will do for us.  God bless you.  

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 21:28 American Standard Version

A false witness shall perish;
But the man that heareth shall speak so as to endure.

Morning Scripture Reading - John 14:25-31 American Standard Version

These things have I spoken unto you, while yet abiding with you. But the Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said unto you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful. Ye heard how I said to you, I go away, and I come unto you. If ye loved me, ye would have rejoiced, because I go unto the Father: for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe. I will no more speak much with you, for the prince of the world cometh: and he hath nothing in me; but that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 American Standard Version

Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. Let all that ye do be done in love.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 116:7 American Standard Version

Return unto thy rest, O my soul;
For Jehovah hath dealt bountifully with thee.

The Five Kernels: A Story of Faith

Hello again, dear friends! Today, we continue our exploration of the captivating story of the "Five Kernels of Corn." This tale is a testament to unwavering faith, reminding us of the trials and triumphs of the early settlers. In the days ahead, we'll delve into the significance of these kernels, each representing a unique aspect of gratitude. Don't forget that your support is crucial in spreading this message, so please consider contributing to our ministry through 'Buy me a coffee.' Together, let's unravel the depths of faith and gratitude in this timeless narrative.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 21:27 American Standard Version

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination;
How much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind!

Morning Scripture Reading - Isaiah 46:3-4 American Standard Version

Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, that have been borne by me from their birth, that have been carried from the womb; and even to old age I am he, and even to hoar hairs will I carry you; I have made, and I will bear; yea, I will carry, and will deliver.

Monday, October 23, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Romans 12:14-16 American Standard Version

Bless them that persecute you; bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that rejoice; weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Set not your mind on high things, but condescend to things that are lowly. Be not wise in your own conceits.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 116:6 American Standard Version

Jehovah preserveth the simple:
I was brought low, and he saved me.

The Journey of the 5 Kernels

Greetings, friends! Join us this week as we begin a heartwarming journey into the story of the "Five Kernels of Corn." This cherished tradition, rooted in gratitude, is a testament to the resilience and faith of the early American settlers. In the coming days, we'll explore the profound importance of these kernels and their connection to our upcoming Sunday messages. Your support is instrumental in sharing this message of gratitude, so please consider contributing to our ministry through 'Buy me a coffee.' Let's embark on this journey together!

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 21:26 American Standard Version

There is that coveteth greedily all the day long;
But the righteous giveth and withholdeth not.

Morning Scripture Reading - Titus 2:11-14 American Standard Version

For the grace of God hath appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us, to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly and righteously and godly in this present world; looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a people for his own possession, zealous of good works.

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Prayer for the Week of October 22, 2023

Father God, we bow our heads in humble gratitude for the message we've explored today. Thank you for the reminder that Your existence is certain, unwavering, and foundational to our faith. As we go about our lives, may we stand firm in the assurance of Your presence and Your love. Grant us the wisdom to embrace doubt as a steppingstone to deeper faith, and the strength to practice faith-building disciplines. We place our trust in You, the God who exists and loves us more deeply than words can express. In the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, we offer this prayer. Amen.

Evening Scripture Reading - Ephesians 5:15-21 American Standard Version

Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise; redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunken with wine, wherein is riot, but be filled with the Spirit; speaking one to another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; subjecting yourselves one to another in the fear of Christ.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 116:4-5 American Standard Version

Then called I upon the name of Jehovah:
O Jehovah, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.
Gracious is Jehovah, and righteous;
Yea, our God is merciful.

Embracing God's Certainty: Living in the Assurance of His Existence

In our fast-paced, digital world, where we're often immersed in screens and notifications, it's easy to miss the subtle yet powerful messages that come our way. But every so often, amidst the digital noise, a message stands out and captures our attention, much like the one I recently encountered on a church sign near my neighborhood. It read, "I don't doubt your existence. -God." These words, simple yet profound, sparked a journey of contemplation and reflection.

I invite you to join me in exploring the assurance of God's existence and what it means for our lives and faith. In a world where doubt and uncertainty can creep in, this message serves as a timely reminder of the unshakable foundation of our beliefs. Together, through the words of Scripture and thoughtful reflection, let's embark on this digital exploration of faith, confidence, and the enduring love of our Creator.

When we consider the existence of God, we stand upon the very bedrock of our faith. It's a truth so fundamental, so essential, that it underpins the entirety of our spiritual journey. The opening words of the Bible, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1, NLT), remind us that God's existence is not only foundational but creative. The God we serve is not a passive spectator but an active Creator who fashioned the universe and all that is within it. His existence is inextricably woven into the very fabric of our reality.

In contemplating the assurance of God's existence, we find comfort and strength. The Bible is replete with promises that underscore this certainty. In Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT), God declares, "For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Such a promise relies on the unwavering existence of a God who not only knows our future but actively works for our good. Likewise, Romans 8:28 (NLT) reassures us that "God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose." These verses serve as evidence of God's enduring presence and involvement in our lives, manifesting in His promises that never waver. In this first section, we invite you to anchor your faith in the certainty of God's existence and the promises that flow from it, knowing that His creative and caring hands have shaped the world and your life.

Doubt, though a common facet of the human experience, often leads us to question the very foundation of our faith—the existence of God. It's important to acknowledge that doubt is not a sign of weakness; rather, it's a natural part of our journey of belief. Even the disciples, who walked closely with Jesus, faced their moments of uncertainty. The story of Thomas in John 20:24-29 serves as a powerful example. Thomas, often remembered as "Doubting Thomas," sought tangible proof of Jesus' resurrection. Yet, it's essential to recognize that his doubt did not deter Jesus from addressing his concerns. In fact, Jesus extended an invitation to Thomas to touch His wounds and be reassured. Doubt, in this context, becomes a catalyst for deeper faith and a more profound encounter with the living God.

To strengthen our faith in the face of doubt, we must actively engage in practices that reinforce our confidence. Hebrews 11:1 (NLT) reminds us that "faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see." This passage serves as a foundation for understanding that faith, by its very nature, extends beyond the realm of the visible and provable. Moreover, James 1:6-8 (NLT) encourages us to ask God in faith, without doubting, and assures us that those who doubt are like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. Thus, while doubt is a part of our journey, the steadfast resolution to seek God and His truth is an essential aspect of overcoming doubt. As we explore this section, we invite you to embrace your moments of doubt as opportunities for a deeper and more vibrant faith. By engaging in prayer, studying Scripture, and finding support within a spiritual community, you can fortify your faith and navigate the seas of uncertainty with unwavering assurance in God's existence and promises.

The certainty of God's existence is deeply intertwined with His unwavering love for us. It's a love that surpasses human understanding, a love that endures every season of life, and a love that assures us of His presence. Romans 8:38-39 (NLT) beautifully encapsulates this truth: "And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord."

God's love becomes a source of unwavering assurance. It's not just a feeling or a fleeting emotion; it's a divine truth. This love serves as a constant reminder of His existence and His commitment to walk with us through every trial, joy, and challenge. When we experience His love personally, it becomes a testimony to the reality of God's presence in our lives. Each of us has a unique story of encountering God's love, whether through moments of profound grace, unexpected answers to prayer, or the support and encouragement of fellow believers. It's in these experiences that we see evidence of God's existence, as His love reaches us, embraces us, and transforms our lives.

Let us carry with us the profound knowledge that His love is the steadfast anchor of our faith. In moments of doubt, uncertainty, and even in our daily routines, His love assures us of His existence. As you read this message, consider the personal experiences of God's love that have left an indelible mark on your life. Cherish these moments as reminders of His constant presence. Embrace His love as a living testimony of the God who exists and loves you more deeply than words can express.

The message on that church sign, "I don't doubt your existence. -God," reminds us of the unwavering assurance that God's existence provides. Just as that sign has stood firmly, rain or shine, testifying to the certainty of God's presence, we too can stand firm in our faith, rooted in the unchanging reality of our Creator.

In our journey together, we've explored the foundational truth that God's existence is the bedrock of our faith. We've seen how the promises of God are not empty words, but living evidence of His presence and care in our lives. We've recognized that doubt, rather than being a hindrance, can be a catalyst for deeper faith and personal encounters with our risen Lord. By practicing faith-building disciplines and seeking spiritual community, we can fortify our faith in the face of uncertainty.

Moreover, we've delved into the profound love of God, a love that defies all boundaries and reassures us of His existence. It's this love that promises to hold us close, regardless of life's challenges, and to never let us go. Romans 8:38-39 echoes in our hearts, testifying that nothing can separate us from the love of God. It's a love that leaves an indelible mark on our lives, reminding us of the reality of God's presence.

As you reflect on the story of that church sign and the insights we've uncovered, I encourage you to embrace the certainty of God's existence. Let His promises be your refuge in times of uncertainty, and let the love of God be your constant assurance. In moments of doubt, remember that faith is a journey, and doubt can be a stepping stone to a deeper, more vibrant faith. And in the daily routines of life, recognize the living testimony of God's love that surrounds you.

I invite you to stand firm in His grace, with unwavering confidence in the God who exists, loves, and walks beside you through every season of life. May you carry this assurance with you, sharing it with those you encounter, and may the church sign's message serve as a beacon of faith and hope in your heart.

May the Lord's blessings and His gracious presence be with you. May He shine His light upon your path and grant you His peace.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 21:25 American Standard Version

The desire of the sluggard killeth him;
For his hands refuse to labor.

Morning Scripture Reading - Colossians 3:12-15 American Standard Version

Put on therefore, as God’s elect, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man have a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so also do ye: and above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to the which also ye were called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Friday, October 20, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Acts 20:33-35 American Standard Version

I coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. Ye yourselves know that these hands ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. In all things I gave you an example, that so laboring ye ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 116:2 American Standard Version

Because he hath inclined his ear unto me,
Therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

Supporting Ministry, Spreading Love

In closing out this week, we invite you to reflect on 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (NLT) once more. The message is clear: we are called to honor, love, and support those who labor in faith. Your support for our ministries allows us to fulfill this calling, making it possible for us to spread the love of Christ and offer hope to countless individuals around the world. Your donations, no matter the size, make a significant impact. Join us today in supporting ministry and spreading love through your contributions to our cause. Thank you for being part of this journey with us. Click on "Buy me a coffee" to contribute and make a difference.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 21:23 American Standard Version

Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue
Keepeth his soul from troubles.

Morning Scripture Reading - Romans 8:1-4 American Standard Version

There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Isaiah 29:22-24 American Standard Version

Therefore thus saith Jehovah, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale. But when he seeth his children, the work of my hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify my name; yea, they shall sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall stand in awe of the God of Israel. They also that err in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmur shall receive instruction.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 116:1 American Standard Version

I love Jehovah, because he heareth
My voice and my supplications.

Gratitude for Spiritual Leaders

In 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (NLT), the Apostle Paul emphasizes the need to hold our spiritual leaders in the highest regard and to show them love because of their work. As we reflect on this passage, we're filled with gratitude for the dedicated leaders and messengers of faith in our ministries. Your generous support allows us to empower and uplift them as they tirelessly spread the message of hope and faith. Join us in expressing your gratitude through contributions to our ministries today. Click on "Buy me a coffee" to support.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 21:22 American Standard Version

A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty,
And bringeth down the strength of the confidence thereof.

Morning Scripture Reading - Matthew 6:2-4 American Standard Version

When therefore thou doest alms, sound not a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father who seeth in secret shall recompense thee.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Evening 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.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 115:18 American Standard Version

But we will bless Jehovah
From this time forth and for evermore.
Praise ye Jehovah.

Mid-Week Message - Dust On a Fan

"Come close to God, and God will come close to you.  Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world."   James 4:8 (NLT)  

I am one of those people who loves to have a ceiling fan running all the time.  The only time it gets turned off is when the temperature outside is dropping therefore dropping the temperature inside enough that leaving it on makes my family members uncomfortable.  

Tonight, as I was asking the Lord what to write about, I looked up at the unmoving fan.  The blades are coated with the dust that they have collected from the air since the last time they were cleaned.  As I was thinking about how desperately the fan needed tending to, the thought crossed my mind that relationships are that way too.  When we don't spend time with our loved ones and friends, then a separation can begin.  Kind of like the dust that collects on the blades, the happenings of life that occur to each of us build up and steal our attention from where it should be.

Whenever I am asked if I am religious, my answer is always the same.  No.  I don't have a "religion", I have a relationship.  Our Lord is alive, active and personal.  He communicates with us through His written Word, Jesus intercedes for us, and the Holy Spirit is dwelling within us.  There is nothing that we do, think or say that He is unaware of.  

Before our daughter was born, my husband and I worked different shifts.  I went to work in the mornings and came home around six o'clock.  He left for work in the afternoon and came in late at night when I was often already sleeping.  We found that difficult because we didn't have time together to discuss our days or just to enjoy watching a movie together.  By the weekend we sometimes had forgotten things that we had wanted to talk about earlier in the week.  Because we weren't sharing with each other as often, we didn't feel as close to each other as we had.  

That's the way it is with the Lord.  We need to spend time with Him, to share our hearts and to seek His forgiveness and direction.  We need to hear what He has to say to us by spending time reading our Bibles.  When we get so caught up in life that we fail to take the time to be alone with Him, that relationship suffers.  Time passes quickly and the enemy is only too happy to continue to provide obstacles that absorb our time and attention. 

Today, we have the perfect chance to begin scheduling time to be alone with our Creator.  As we look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas, there is much to remind us of His great love and there will be plenty of opportunities to worship Him and say, "Thank you."  The activities of our lives will always be there.  Taking a few minutes out of our day for Him will only change things for the better.  As we do so, our faith will grow, our joy will increase and our relationship with Him will become something we cherish.  

I hope everyone has a blessed week and that you are reminded of how very special you have been created to be.  God bless.   

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 21:21 American Standard Version

He that followeth after righteousness and kindness
Findeth life, righteousness, and honor.

Morning Scripture Reading - 1 Corinthians 12:12-29 American Standard Version

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ. For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; it is not therefore not of the body. And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; it is not therefore not of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members each one of them in the body, even as it pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now they are many members, but one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of thee: or again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be more feeble are necessary: and those parts of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness; whereas our comely parts have no need: but God tempered the body together, giving more abundant honor to that part which lacked; that there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffereth, all the members suffer with it; or one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and severally members thereof. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondly prophets, thirdly teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, divers kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Matthew 23:11 American Standard Version

But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 115:17 American Standard Version

The dead praise not Jehovah,
Neither any that go down into silence;

A Call to Support God's Messengers

Continuing from yesterday's reflection on 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (NLT), we are reminded of the importance of supporting God's messengers. These individuals dedicate their lives to sharing the Good News and guiding us in our faith journey. Your contributions to our ministries enable us to sustain and expand their work, touching lives worldwide. Today, consider donating and partnering with us in this sacred calling to support and honor those who labor in faith. Click on "Buy me a coffee" to contribute.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 21:20 American Standard Version

There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise;
But a foolish man swalloweth it up.

Morning Scripture Reading - Job 2:3-4 American Standard Version

And Jehovah said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job? for there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and turneth away from evil: and he still holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. And Satan answered Jehovah, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.

Monday, October 16, 2023

Evening Scripture Reading - Titus 1:7-9 American Standard Version

For the bishop must be blameless, as God’s steward; not self-willed, not soon angry, no brawler, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but given to hospitality, a lover of good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled; holding to the faithful word which is according to the teaching, that he may be able both to exhort in the sound doctrine, and to convict the gainsayers.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 115:16 American Standard Version

The heavens are the heavens of Jehovah;
But the earth hath he given to the children of men.

Honoring Those Who Labor in Faith

In 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (NLT), the Apostle Paul encourages us to "honor those who work hard among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work." Today, we want to honor and express our gratitude to the dedicated individuals who tirelessly work to spread the message of hope and faith through our ministries. Your support plays a crucial role in their mission. Join us this week in contributing to our ministries and showing your appreciation for those who labor in faith. Click on "Buy me a coffee" to partner with us.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 21:19 American Standard Version

It is better to dwell in a desert land,
Than with a contentious and fretful woman.

Morning Scripture Reading - Romans 6:15-18 American Standard Version

What then? shall we sin, because we are not under law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye present yourselves as servants unto obedience, his servants ye are whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But thanks be to God, that, whereas ye were servants of sin, ye became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching whereunto ye were delivered; and being made free from sin, ye became servants of righteousness.

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Prayer for the Week of October 15th, 2023

Gracious and loving God, we come before you today with hearts filled with gratitude for the beauty of your creation and the message of praise that resounds from the heavens. As we have delved into your Word and reflected on the universal language of your love, may our hearts be stirred to join in the chorus of adoration. Grant us the wisdom and strength to be messengers of your praise to the ends of the Earth, and may we stand firm in your grace. In the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Evening Scripture Reading - 2 Timothy 1:13-14 American Standard Version

Hold the pattern of sound words which thou hast heard from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto thee guard through the Holy Spirit which dwelleth in us.

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 115:15 American Standard Version

Blessed are ye of Jehovah,
Who made heaven and earth.

The Symphony of Praise: When the Heavens Declare

Today, we come together to explore a timeless truth that resounds through the ages. The words of Psalm 19:1-4 reveal to us a divine message: "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands." In these verses, we find an invitation to join in a symphony of praise to the Creator.

In a world filled with distractions and busyness, it can be easy to overlook the marvels of creation that surround us. But within these verses, we discover a reminder that the beauty of God's handiwork is ever-present, and it beckons us to lift our voices in praise.

Let us open our hearts and minds to the wonders of God's creation, and may we be inspired to offer our own voices to the chorus of praise that emanates from the heavens. Today, we delve into the magnificence of God's artistry, the language of praise that transcends words, and our role as witnesses to this universal proclamation.

The opening line of Psalm 19:1 sets the stage for our exploration today. "The heavens declare the glory of God," the psalmist proclaims. In these simple yet profound words, we find an invitation to gaze upon the grandeur of the universe as if it were a canvas painted by the very hand of God. Think for a moment about the times you've looked up at a star-studded night sky, witnessed the breathtaking colors of a sunset, or marveled at the intricate design of a snowflake. In these moments, we catch a glimpse of God's creative brilliance. We see the heavens as a vast tapestry upon which the Creator has left His unmistakable signature. The universe, in all its splendor, is a testament to His glory and craftsmanship, beckoning us to stand in awe of the One who spoke it all into existence. As we consider the heavens, we're reminded that the entire cosmos, from the tiniest subatomic particle to the farthest galaxy, is the work of His hands. It is a masterpiece, meticulously designed with purpose and order. So, as we begin our journey of praise, let us fix our eyes on the magnificent canvas of the heavens and allow our hearts to swell with gratitude and adoration for the One who crafted this breathtaking masterpiece.

In Psalm 19:2-3, the psalmist continues to inspire us with the idea that creation speaks a universal language. He writes, "Day to day they pour forth speech; night to night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them." This universal message of praise emanates from the heavens and reaches every corner of the Earth, transcending linguistic, cultural, and geographical boundaries.

I'm reminded of a recent experience I had on a beautiful noon walk with my little furry friend, a Bichon Frise named Jack. The weather that day was nothing short of perfect. The sky was painted in hues of blue, adorned with wispy white clouds that danced gently above. A cool, light breeze whispered through the air, carrying the scent of freshly washed earth, the remnants of the rain that had bathed the land in the days leading up to today. It was indeed a glorious day for a walk with my faithful companion, Jack.

As I walked with Jack, I couldn't help but marvel at the way nature was declaring God's glory all around us. The sun, hidden behind the veil of rain for days, had emerged triumphant, casting its warm embrace upon the world. The trees swayed to a silent rhythm, and the flowers seemed to nod in agreement with the beauty of the day. It was as if all of creation was in perfect harmony, offering praise to its Creator, not through words, but through its very existence.

This universal language of praise, witnessed not only on my noon walk but in the daily rhythm of the world, speaks to everyone, regardless of our native tongue or cultural background. It invites us to join in the chorus of adoration for the God who orchestrates this magnificent symphony. So, I encourage you to reflect on your own experiences with the universal language of creation. Consider the moments when you've felt the presence of God through nature, the times when you've been touched by the beauty of a sunrise, a starry night, or the gentle rustling of leaves in the breeze. These moments are a reminder that the heavens declare God's glory without uttering a single word, and they are an invitation to partake in this universal conversation of praise.

In Psalm 19:4, the psalmist reminds us that "their voice goes out to all the earth, their words to the ends of the world." The message of praise, spoken by the heavens and witnessed in the beauty of creation, is not confined to one place or one people. It is a message that transcends borders, cultures, and languages, reaching every corner of our planet.

Consider this truth in the context of the glorious day I spent with my little furry friend, Jack. As we walked under the vast expanse of the sky, I was struck by the idea that the praise offered by creation on that day reached far beyond the boundaries of our immediate surroundings. It resonated with the hearts of people in distant lands, people who may have been experiencing their own moments of awe in the presence of God's creation.

The heavens, the sun, the clouds, the breeze, the very Earth under our feet—all of these elements were testifying to the glory of the Creator. And this testimony extends to all of humanity, inviting us to acknowledge and celebrate God's handiwork. The message of praise proclaimed by the heavens knows no discrimination; it embraces individuals of every race, nation, and background.

As we gather in this virtual sanctuary, we are reminded that the message of God's creation speaks to the ends of the Earth. In our interconnected world, where technology allows us to share and receive messages across continents in an instant, the voice of creation remains a constant, whispering words of adoration to the farthest reaches of the world.

We, as participants in this universal symphony of praise, have a role to play. Our lives, our stories, and our witness become the vehicles through which this message reaches others. Just as my walk with Jack served as a personal encounter with the heavens declaring God's glory, our own experiences with the beauty of creation become the means by which the message of praise is passed on.

Today, as we conclude our exploration of Psalm 19:1-4, let us reflect on our responsibility as messengers. We are entrusted with the task of sharing the message of creation's praise with others, inviting them to join the universal chorus. In doing so, we not only declare God's glory but also affirm the interconnectedness of all people in this beautiful tapestry of creation.

As we draw our time of reflection and worship to a close, let us stand together in the resounding symphony of praise that fills the heavens and Earth. Psalm 19:1-4 reminds us that the world, the skies, and everything in it sing their praises to the Lord. They declare His glory without pause, without reservation. In the beauty of the skies, the intricacy of nature, and the rhythm of creation, we witness a love song to the Creator that transcends the boundaries of language and culture. 

As we navigate our lives in this ever-connected digital age, where the distractions of the world may sometimes drown out the voice of the heavens, let us remain steadfast in the grace of the Lord. Just as the skies remain constant, so does His love, His faithfulness, and His unending presence in our lives. Let us be reminded that amidst the busyness of our daily routines, God's praise continues to pour forth day to day, and night to night. His message of love is universal, reaching the ends of the Earth.

Let our response be a resounding "Amen!" to the praise offered by creation. May our hearts, our words, and our actions echo the grand chorus that resounds from the heavens. Let us stand firm in His grace, rooted in the knowledge that we are part of a divine tapestry of praise that connects us to all people, near and far.

Remember that the heavens declare, and so should we. May your life be a testimony to the majesty of God's creation, and may your praise reach the ends of the Earth. In every moment, in every encounter, and in the quiet of your heart, may you continue to sing your praises to the Lord, for He is worthy of all our adoration.

May the Lord's blessings and His gracious presence be with you. May He shine His light upon your path and grant you His peace.