Thursday, August 25, 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016

ONLY THE BEGINNING

Only the Beginning – 7/29/2016

John recorded signs
And wonders Jesus performed.
He informed us Jesus was the Word,
Creating everything that was formed.
John recorded Jesus’ High Priestly prayer;
for all believers He petitioned God,
even for those who were not yet born
when Jesus walked on this earth’s sod.
John penned the passion week story
That had us both in tears,
But then he told us of the resurrection
Of the times our living Lord appeared.
John ended his gospel by explaining
He had written a minimal account,
For all the things Jesus said and did
Would fill books one could not count!


Friday, August 19, 2016

WEEDS

You will sustain me as you’ve promised in your word.         (Psalm 119:116)
No one or nothing can separate me from your love.             (Romans 8:38-39)
You will finish the work you have started in my life.           (Philippians 1:6)
By your Spirit and your word, I’m guided from above.          (John 16:13-15)


“I hate double-minded men, but I love your law.
You are my refuge and my shield; 
I have put my hope in your word.
Away from me, you evildoers, 
that I may keep the commands of my God!
Sustain me according to your promise, and I will live; 
do not let my hopes be dashed.
Uphold me, and I will be delivered; 
I will always have regard for your decrees.
You reject all who stray from your decrees, 
for their deceitfulness is in vain.
All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross; 
therefore I love your statutes.
My flesh trembles in fear of you; 
I stand in awe of your laws.”
Psalm 119:113-120

WEEDS

            Pulling weeds.  Sounds like an unpleasant job, right?  I enjoy pulling weeds. Why? Because I know that if I pull the few weeds that come up early in the spring, I can prevent having a yard full of weeds in the summer.  Oh yes, I use pre-emergent weed killer, and later distribute weed and feed all over the lawn and water it in well; but there are always a few weeds that escape the pre-emergent stage and are hard to kill once they are full grown.  Those are the ones that have to be pulled or dug out if I desire a flawless carpet of green, and I’ll probably have to do it all over again next year if not all of my neighbors tend their lawns.
            God is referred to as a husbandman or gardener in scripture.  He nurtures his garden, the church.  He sprinkles on the pre-emergent evil killer, the law we are taught from our youth and the milk of the word we learn when we first come to know him.  Then he applies his weed and feed, his word preached and read that shows us the areas we need to yield to him so that desired growth occurs. Sometimes he pulls weeds.  He pulls weeds in our lives by removing things that hinder our walk with him.  He also pulls the stubborn weeds who never surrender their lives to him at all and “discards them like dross.”  He continues to work in our lives year after year to purify his garden.

            The next time you’re pulling weeds, remember to thank God for taking care of the garden of your life.  Allow him to remove the weeds of bad habits, and dangerous friendships as soon as he identifies them in your life.  Read the Bible and apply it in your life to prevent weeds before they emerge and stop the ones that are already growing.  Water it in by meditating on God’s word to you.  Thank him for weeding your garden when the influence of others leads you astray.  Thank him for continuing to work in his garden the church and specifically in that small plot of ground that is your own life. Thank God that you are firmly planted in his garden, and no weeds can ever choke you out!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

SHEPHERD MY SHEEP


Shepherd My Sheep

        Sheep without a shepherd run willy-nilly and get into all kinds of trouble. They do not have a good sense of direction. They fall off cliffs. They injure themselves even though they are not clumsy (for a minute there I thought I might be a sheep, but I AM clumsy). Sheep NEED a shepherd. Jesus is the Good Shepherd, but He chooses to call under-shepherds to take care of His flocks (believers) here on earth. Hey, I am a sheep! In this conversation, Jesus was reassuring Peter that He was still called to be one of the first of those under-shepherds.

          Your pastor is an under-shepherd. He has been called to take care of a particular flock of Jesus’ sheep. Like sheep, we need to be fed (taught the word of God), led (encouraged to walk righteously), healed (ministered to when we are hurt physically, emotionally, or spiritually). Your pastor has an awesome responsibility. Have you prayed for him lately?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

SWIM, PETER, SWIM!


Swim, Peter, Swim!
July 29, 2016

Jesus stood upon the shore of the Sea of Galilee,
But even His closest disciples were unaware that it was He.
He asked them if they had caught any fish, for they were casting nets,
They answered honestly they had caught absolutely nothing yet.
So this seeming stranger told them to cast their net once more
Putting it out on the starboard side before they came to shore.
Suddenly their net was filled with a miraculously large haul!
That is when John’s eyes were opened and to Peter he did call,
“It is the Lord!” Peter did not wait for them to row the boat
He hurriedly dressed himself, throwing on his outer coat
And jumped into the water to swim rapidly to shore.
Peter wasted no time, but was racing to His Lord. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

SO WE COULD BELIEVE

The Bible was written so we could believe
on Jesus, the Christ, and through Him life receive.
God gave us the word so we’d know it is true
that Jesus is Lord and loves me and you.
The word is gift provided for me.
I should study it more, so more light I’ll see.
The word has the answers for my daily life.
It contains all the comfort for the darkest of nights.
It has everything to meet all my needs.
But how can it help me if I do not read?

By Susie Hale
August 13, 1982