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I love God and His people; starting with Yvette, my wife since '77, our family, congregation, community, state, nation, and continuing around the world.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

BIBLICAL PRAYER FOR THOSE IN AUTHORITY

1 TIMOTHY 2:1-4,8

…..I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth….. 

8 I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;…. 


According to these often quoted verses, we can see it is very Biblical for us all to pray for everyone who is in authority.  What many might often miss in this passage is that we are told to do this - everywhere - without wrath and doubting.  With that possibility being possible sometimes, let’s begin by asking the Lord to search our own hearts and minds to help us repent of any present anger and all our unbelief.

BIBLICAL FACTS ABOUT FAITH

According to the Scriptures, faith is….

  • what comes from hearing the Word of God - ROMANS 10:17
  • what believers are given “the measure of” - ROMANS 12:3 
  • one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit - 1 CORINTHIANS 12:7-10
  • an expression of the fruit of the Spirit - GALATIANS 5:22-23
  • God’s gift through which we are saved by grace - EPHESIANS 2:8-10
  • the substance of things hoped for - HEBREWS 11:1
  • the evidence of things not seen - HEBREWS 11:1
  • necessary for pleasing God - HEBREWS 11:6

With these things being understood, we can see that Scriptural faith does not originate from us but it comes to us from The Lord, Who lives forever.  

Sunday, March 29, 2020

TRIBULATIONS

Thunder snow
Sleeting storms
Crippled metroplexes 

Power down, frozen towns 
Polar vortex touches Texas 
In the world you will have tribulation 

Falling rains, rising floods
Stranding many on their roofs
Dozens slain, sliding mud
Dirty avalanche on the loose
In the world you will have tribulation

Wild fires, uncontrolled 
Fire-starters, unpatrolled 
Fire-nadoes, beyond belief 
Firefighters, need relief 
In the world you will have tribulation 

Monday, April 15, 2019

THE BENEFITS OF BIBLICAL MEDITATION


   Unlike many of today’s so called popular meditation methods, meditating on Holy Scripture does not involve attempting to empty one’s own mind while mindlessly making monosyllabic sounds and sitting uncomfortably on floor mats.
   Biblical meditation includes taking time to regularly fill our minds with good things from Scripture while reading the Bible and thinking about what is being read.  This can be accompanied by praying often with a mindset of humility and a willingness to repent; while.. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

PRIDE IS NOT A GOOD GUIDE (S. O. A. P. Meditation)

    Last week’s Devotional sought to demonstrate how one can benefit from meditating on the Scriptures by using a simple and prayerful 4-part approach to Journaling called SOAP; which is an acrostic for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer.
    Beginning and ending with prayer and praying at every step, this easy discipline involves one’s own Bible, a notebook and a pen.  Once again, here is an attempt to share how this can easily work for any believer wanting to enjoy life-changing Bible reading.

THE SUPREME PRIORITY OF GOD GIVEN RIGHTEOUSNESS


A Bible Meditation Using The SOAP Approach            .     .         

In last week’s Devotional, we mentioned how beneficial it can be to read our Bibles, pray and write down our thoughts gleaned while doing so.  In more detail, a 4-part approach was shared for meditating on God’s Word, called SOAP.  Forming an acrostic, these four letters stand for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer.

In the following is an example of how this life-changing practice often works.

S. O. A. P. - A Way To Meditate On Scripture


    Reading the Bible can show us how God thinks and what His will is for our lives.  Thinking and meditating on His Word, i. e. inspired Scripture can change the way we think and live.  Such a practice will transform our thinking, our attitudes, and actions for the better. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

SURRENDERING OURSELVES TO THE LORD


LUKE 9:23-24   
“If anyone desires to come after Me,
let him deny himself, 
and take up his cross daily, 
and follow Me.  
For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, 
but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. 

 Jesus’ followers are called to leave self-centered ways in pursuit of Him and His will on a daily basis. Living like this is never easy but it will be blessed - eventually - in this life and the one to come. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

PRIORITIES

First Things First
A CALL TO WISDOM

PROVERBS 24:27
Prepare your outside work,
make it fit for yourself in the field;
and afterward build your house.

     If paraphrased, this verse might read, “Prioritize your life by putting first things first, like developing a career and preparing for the future; after which, begin focusing on what comes next, such as starting a family and acquiring a personal household; because then it is a good time to do so.”