In Need of Grace

I have been concerned about a spirit of intolerance in our country.  I’m aware of the political differences and the impatience of even listening to a thought that may be different than your own.  I’m aware there is a movement to restrict our free speech by attaching labels (racist, misogynist, xenophobic, etc.)  to someone in order to try to silence a discussion. Continue reading

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Do I Have His Heart?

I’ve been pondering a question that was asked by Dr. Paul David Tripp in his video series entitled “JONAH: You Can’t Outrun Grace”.  His question was “Do you share God’s heart?”

 

I’m sure I’ve heard the question, in one form or another in my nearly forty years of being a Christian, but in the context it was presented, which was Jonah running from God and God not giving up on him, the question seemed to germinate in me and forced me to examine how I look upon and react to others. Continue reading

Crying Out

“In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.”  Psalm 18:6 ESV

I had gone through a few hard days physically.   I had a weekend of aching (glowing) arthritic knees and sinus pressure that was effecting my vision.

So, the following Monday, I went to my doctor to get help.  He told me to take Musinex and Flonase for the sinus pressure and gave me a shot to help my knees.  It was suggested that I take my annual flu shot, so I got a flu shot.

The next morning, I had a CT scan to make sure I was Continue reading

A Helping Hand

I was teaching my Sunday school lesson yesterday, speaking on God’s miraculous grace.  It is not uncommon for me to remember an event that relates to a given subject while I am teaching.  This is the memory that came to me while I was teaching.

When I was going through chemotherapy, I was in a weakened state.  It was in January, I believe, and the left front tire of Terrie’s car was low and needed air.  If it had gone flat, I would not have been able to exchange the tire on the side of the highway.  She would have been unable to change it.  So, picking the lesser of two hard positions, we went to the corner gas station to add air. Continue reading

The “Unlikely’s”

 

I was listening to my pastor preach and he said something about someone in the Bible that would have be unlikely to be used by God.  I began to think on that subject and began recalling some names that would make you think that they were not qualified as we might see them, but were perfectly qualified from God’s point of view.  Here are a few of the ones I thought of:

How about Abraham and Sarah?   Continue reading

The Restoration Of Peter

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5 So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus *said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you [a]love Me more than these?” He *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I [b]love You.” He *said to him, “Tend My lambs.” 16 He *said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you [c]love Me?” He *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I [d]love You.” He *said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” 17 He *said to him the third time,  “Simon, son of John, do you [e]love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you [f]love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I [g]love You.” Jesus *said to him, “Tend My sheep. John 21:15-17 NASB

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The Back Porch

My brother and his wife moved into a new house in the fall of 2015.  It is a beautiful home with wooded property on the other side of the fence.  Very quiet and peaceful.

On Monday, November 23rd of that year, my wife died in her sleep.  Her funeral was on Wednesday, November 25th.  Thanksgiving was on the next day, Thursday, November 26th.

I was asked to come to my brother’s house for Thanksgiving.  Everyone knew I would be hurting, but also knew I didn’t need to be alone.  I knew it as well, so I went for the day.

The house was full of family and little children.  I was used to my home being much quieter with just Terrie and me.  So it didn’t take a long time Continue reading

When God Changes Your Way

Have you every been in a strange location and come upon a detour sign?  You are unsure of where the detour will lead you, but trust that it will eventually get you back onto the road you want to be on.

There are detours in our lives that changes our coarse, our plans, and our desires.   When Terrie died, my life began a new and unexpected detour.  For you, it might have been a divorce or a loss of a job or health difficulties, but while disappointing and even Continue reading

Essentials For A Christian Life – Chapter Three

CHAPTER THREE

newgrowth_300Spiritual Gifts(A Love Gift From Jesus)

Each believer has been given a spiritual gift from God.  Our gift was received from God.  It was not chosen or earned by us.  It is essential for us to know which gift/gifts has been given to us and how we are to use them effectively within the church.  We find our greatest joy when we operate in the realm of using the gift given to us. Continue reading

Following, Not Fighting – round three

boxing-ring-corner_300I finally gave in to do what my doctor wanted me to do, I consented to have a colonoscopy.

He warned that I was long past the recommended age for having a colonoscopy done, which is 50 years old.  I was then 61.  So an appointment was made and I asked my friend to go with me, since Terrie could not leave her 6th grade class that she taught.

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