I don’t know which word describes how I feel. Maybe it’s both. When you pray for something and God answers that prayer with what you asked for, do you ever feel surprised? Or are you in awe that He did it?
A week ago, we began another cycle of GriefShare (www.griefshare.org) sessions at my church. Interested people may pre-register online on our church website. As of the eve of the first session, no one had pre-registered for the class. That’s not too surprising because our society does not like to sign-up for things anymore. I understand that, but it does make it difficult in knowing how to prepare materials, drinks, etc. for the class.
In the first session, I knew my facilitator would be absent due to a work conflict. So, I went to the church wondering if I would be the only one there. I was surprised when two young ladies walked in to join the class. As I talked with them, it was apparent they were both hurting deeply and I was glad that my church has this ministry to help the hurting.
Last night was our second session. I knew my facilitator would be joining me and a lady from the church said she would be there. When they arrived, I was pleased to have them. And then the two young ladies came and right behind them were two more people that was a complete surprise to me. The last two drove about 25 miles one way to be there.
I was asked what was the minimum amount of folks required to have a class. My answer was one, but even if no one signed up, we would be there each week to pray and to study and to be available if someone should walk in.
Is it a matter of faith or lack of faith? Is it a matter of being available to be used by God? Or is it an excitement to seeing Him in action?
“Jesus said to him, “If you can believe all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9:23-24 NKJV
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
Spiritual 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