God’s Word

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God’s Word does not have the short reach of a ladder. It is applicable to all areas in life.

The Word of God is central to the Christian walk. In fact, God’s Word created all the world around us (see 2 Peter 3:5). God’s Word is one thing that will never pass away in this life. “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35) The Bible is a firm foundation that we can live by.

 In Matthew 7, Jesus explained the importance of living according to God’s Word. It is important to hear God’s word, but it is essential to live it. Still, we must receive the Word first, because we cannot apply it if we do not know it. Daily Bible reading is valuable, as it helps us start our day on the rock of truth. Our fathers brought forth, we must not only give a surface reading of Scripture, but we need to dig into it. Bible reading should not be a daily task, but a daily treasure hunt. Upon this continent, we should daily search the Scriptures, as the Bereans did, to discover “whether those things were so.” As a new nation, we should read the Bible like our life depended on it – because it does. Often, when conceived in Liberty, we miss deeper meanings that are hidden. Four score and seven years ago, if our Bible had bits and pieces of the Gettysburg Address mixed in, like this paragraph does, would we notice?

What do we miss when we skip reading the Bible, or don’t dig into it like we should?

For they cried to God

“And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them: for they cried to God in the battle, and he was intreated of them; because they put their trust in him.” – 1 Chronicles 5:20

Point Iroquois LighthouseWhen hardship knocks, who is the first person you go to for help? In this verse, the Israelites went to God. God will save those who trust Him. “As for God… he is a buckler to all those that trust in him (Psalms 18:30).”

Instead of doing this, we frequently run to the strongest of our physical helpers. Often we trust our friends, the government, or another person who is in power to save us. The Israelites did this many times. They trusted in Egypt to save them, but Pharaoh was unable to do so. “The LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saith; Behold, I will punish the multitude of No, and Pharaoh, and Egypt, with their gods, and their kings; even Pharaoh, and all them that trust in him (Jeremiah 46:25).”

Those of physical power cannot be trusted to save us. “There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength (Psalms 33:16).”   Where will you put your trust?

Parent’s Night Out

On Thursday, we had another parent’s night out, where the students at our church take care of the younger kids so the parent’s can spend some time alone together. The theme for this time was “God helps the humble,” and the theme verse was James 4:6, “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

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It’s Okay

Rejoice in that God has Given

 

A small little girl
Asked her content, waiting mother,
Why do we stay today,
When you said we would go
 
The mother replied
It tis your father’s design
But it is okay to delay
For it is nice to stay
 
While this may seem simple,
The power is ample
For to say okay
Displays character inside
 
By the passing of okay
We say that we are fine
With the way that is ours
Granted by the Father above
 
So next time you are tempted to complain
say that its okay
be content with your day
Grateful for all God’s supply

 

Dealing with Pride

Icy PillarsI was having a good day. Having previously spent some fun time with friends, I went for a short bike ride by myself. After mounting my bike and starting to ride away, my thoughts quickly focused on myself and my bicycling abilities. With these thoughts going through my mind, I started taking a sharp and fast turn. I was on the ground before I knew it. Due to the angle of my turn, my pedal caught on the ground and sent me and my bike to the ground. I had aching and painful reminders of my pride for the next week and a half.

 “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” – Proverbs 16:18

 Satan was cast out of heaven because of his pride. Yet despite seeing the consequences of his and many other’s example, we often forget. Pride spurs an host of other sins. Thankfully, God’s word provides aid on conquering this evil foe.

 By looking at the specific examples of Satan and Nebuchadnezzar, we see that pride is the result of thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought. We have a tendency to claim the good things in our lives, and blame the bad things on others. The opposite is actually true. James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” Clearly, the faults in our life are not because of God. An additional section of James explains this further. “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death (James 1:13-15)”. To those who have accepted Jesus’ gift, God has given the power to overcome sin (Romans 6-8 and I Corinthians 10:13).

 After looking at these passages, we can determine the following; the good things in our life are from God; the wrong things in our life are from ourselves. While this may seem depressing, it actually gives us greater reason for rejoicing. Instead of rejoicing in ourselves, who are but sinful people, we can rejoice in Christ (see Philippians 4:4) and what He has done for us. I Thessalonians 5:18 says “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” This is a powerful solvent for pride. By genuinely expressing our thankfulness to God and others for what they have done in our lives, we can dispel pride through God’s grace.

 Be alert for pride in your life and through the power of God conquer it.

 “Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.”  – Daniel 4:37

Afternoon Silence

Some thoughts for the new year, 2014

Do not “boast” of future accomplishments for 2014.

James 4:13-16 “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.”

Seek first the things of God first

Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

  • God will provide necessities for life if you seek His Kingdom first (please note, it does not promise a perfect life)

Mat 6:30-33

“Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Trust God, and follow Him, versus fearing man this year

Pr 29:25 “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.”

Put your trust in God and not in what man can do in this next year

Psalms 115:11 “Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.”

Psalms 118:8 “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”

Psalms 118:9 “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.”

Do not trust/believe in your self but rather believe/trust on God with all your heart

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

Proverbs 28:25 “He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.”

Focus more on gaining “the fear of the Lord” than earthly wealth and gain

Pr 15:16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

  • If your goal is to seek the fear of the Lord and humility more than even riches, honor and life, those “things” will be obtained as a side benefit.

    Pr 22:4 “By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.”

Follow Christ’s commands if you really love Him in 2014 and beyond

John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

 

 

 

2013 Church Christmas Party

IMG_0901Today, we spent most of the morning at our church Christmas party. We played several games — complete with a white elephant Christmas gift exchange. As usual, there were many unusual items, such as chicken hats. 🙂 Afterwards, since we have about 6 inches of snow, we had a good snow-ball fight. 

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One of the games was a Ginger Bread Decorating competitions for the kids.

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Thanksgiving

WIMG_0398e have so much to be thankful for. Most of all, God loved the world enough to send His perfect Son to die for us, His enemies. Now, those who have repented from their sin, and believed in His Son, can have eternal life (John 3:16 and Luke 13:3). What greater thing could we be thankful for? Yet, God continues to give so much more. It reminds me of the hymn, “The Love of God.”

“The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.” – Fred­er­ick M. Leh­man

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Why Christians should keep clean

Photograph of CloverBelieve it or not, the Bible has a clear answer for the question, “Mommy, why do I have to take a shower?.”

As followers of Jesus, we need to model Christ in every aspect of our life. Since God is a God of purity (see Psalms 12:6), we need to imitate this on both the inside and on the outside of our beings. While having a pure heart is much more important to God than having a clean body (see Luke 11:39), there is a tendency to associate what is on the outside with what is on the inside.

Revelation 3:4 says: “Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.” Although, the association here is made in the opposite direction, with the heart being likened to the clothes that are worn on the outside, there is a clear connection between the inside of the heart, and the clothes on the outside.

“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” – Colossians 3:2

While being dirty on the outside is not a sin, we should strive to imitate things above when achievable. Since in heaven everything is pure and clean, we should try to do the same on earth. Clearly, this is an imperfect world, and dirt will tend to accumulate on our earthly clothes (mothers know this), but when possible, the principle of cleanliness is important to keep.

“Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.” – Titus 1:5

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water” – Hebrews 10:22