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

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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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But Lord, What About This Man?

Do you ever look around at others, perceiving them to have it all together, having the perfect faux Facebook family (my ____________________ is the most wonderful/beautiful/talented/smartest/   spiritual _____________________ in the world, y’all!!) and think to yourself, “Lord, How come I can’t have anything close to that?”

Or perhaps it may be when the Lord confronts you with a particular sin and you look around to point to others, who you think may have committed the same sin and say, “Yeah but, what about Johnny?”  Continue reading

The Sound Of A Bridge

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It’s funny the things your brain remembers.

I was remembering when I was a young boy, we lived in Lamont, CA.  Each summer, we would drive back to Lindsay, OK to vacation with my grandfather on his farm.  This would have been in about 1957 or so.

We would leave Friday evening after Dad got off work.  One of the reasons for leaving at that time was our car did not have Continue reading

The Pharisees Sin

pharisee_crucify_himI have always considered myself a common man.  Just one of the millions that goes to work everyday, pays their bills, and tries to live respectably.  Nothing special, not good looking or athletic or talented.  Just a regular guy.

I have a dislike for those that I have come in contact with who seemed to feel superior to the regular guys.  Now there are those who are good looking or athletic or talented and still are a regular guy, but there are some who come across as self righteous, being defined as having an attitude of being totally correct or morally superior, usually unfounded. Continue reading