The first church I was a member of, after becoming a Christian, was a small church in Moore. I enjoyed the people, the preaching, and growing in my faith. The church ordained me to be a deacon after I had been a Christian for about seven years. I learned the Bible would guide me and instruct me, and even show me when I didn’t have the correct motive or actions. My social skills improved, as did my involvement with others.
My sister once commented to me that I took on Christianity as a lifestyle. I think that is what Jesus would call someone who is his disciple. Continue reading
Before the Apostle Paul converted to Christianity, he was a zealous and a devoted Jew. The scripture says he was extremely devoted to following the Jewish customs. A Jew among Jews.
After his salvation, Paul was a zealous, devoted, and bold preacher of the gospel. He would reason in synagogues and many were converted to Christianity. But there were many who did not accept his message. He eventually expanded his message to the Gentiles. As a result of his faithful proclamation, Continue reading
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
I have a greater appreciation for those whose homes have been lost or destroyed due to fire or natural disasters. Some homes have had nothing left but the foundation. Others have had the roof removed or a portion of the framing left standing. I’m sure there must have been times when the task seems too great, too much to overcome, too discouraging, and yet deep within them, there is a wish to get back to “normal”.
On May 20, 2013, an EF-5 tornado crossed Moore, OK and S. Oklahoma City resulting in 24 lives lost, many left injured and multiple businesses, schools, and homes were completely destroyed or heavily damaged. It was a horrible event that caused grief and sorrow. Lives were scarred and changed that day. Continue reading
In light of rapidly changing events in our world, many seem to have become unsettled. Stop and take a breath! God is still in control of all things! How much? All things! He knows the beginning from the end, which is more than we know. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 ESV
The skies may be dark and the wind may be blowing, regarding the future of our nation, but Christian, doesn’t that give us an opportunity to let our light shine? To provide a haven for the weary and battered, those tossed about by the waves of uncertainty? Doesn’t it allow others to see an inner strength in us, that is lacking in most people?
Stop and take a breath and know that God is faithful! This song beautifully sung by Chris Rice expresses what is in my heart tonight. I pray it is yours as well.
I have not been able to leave this thought for a couple of days now. I was reading George Mueller’s book, “Answers To Prayers” and I came across this paragraph:
“Sept. 21, 1840, Monday. By what was in hand for the Orphans, and by what had come in yesterday, the need of today is more than supplied, as there is enough for tomorrow also. Today a brother Continue reading
Last Sunday, our Sunday school lesson was from Daniel chapter 1 entitled “Reset Emotionally”. Pastor Greg Keenen writes our Sunday school material and always challenges us to live according to the Word of God. The main points of the lesson were 1) Refuse to become a victim (v 2), 2) Refuse to lose your identity (v7-8a), 3) Refuse to be defiled (v8b), 4) Refuse to follow the cowards (v8c), 5) Refuse to believe that you cannot succeed (v 17-21). Concluding with this thought, everyone has trials that they do not understand and situations that they do not want to be in, therefore we need to adjust (reset) how we think on things and trust in God.
I don’t wish to re-teach the lesson, but I have been thinking of the events and characters of this story. Continue reading
22 The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.. Psalm 34:22 (NKJV)
I was doing some work and listening to my music, when this song struck me as being very true in my life. I want to have the faithfulness that the Lord has, but I am aware that I fail so miserably each and every day. Some day that will not be true. Someday we will see Him face to face and be at peace. Until then, His mercies are new every morning. Continue reading
In the fall of 1990, life was good for me and Terrie. I had been working for nationally known manufacturing company for seven years. I had just received a VIP recognition award from them, for being the best customer service representative in the region. After sixteen years as a professional artist, Terrie was in her first year of elementary teaching at a Christian school and she loved it.
We had just started going to a new church, which was growing. The preaching was good and the people seemed to love the Lord. We had had a spiritual setback at our previous church and knew that this new church was where the Lord wanted us to be. There wasn’t any shopping around Continue reading