The Action of Faith In Salvation

“By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith, he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.” (Hebrews 11:7 (NIV)   I have to admit that I sometimes need a faith boost.  I love toContinue reading “The Action of Faith In Salvation”

Disturb us Lord, For Sometimes We Need It

In 1577, Francis Drake set out on behalf of England.  History reminds us that England and Spain were at odds, and leading into war.  Drake like many others became a sea captain, who attacked the Spanish Main, to give the gold to the coffers of England.  It was part of the overall military strategy ofContinue reading “Disturb us Lord, For Sometimes We Need It”

Love the Eternal Over The Temporal Where the Heart is…

1 John 2:15-17 Where are you looking? When driving down the road we can choose to look down the road and be aware of where the turns, bumps, and traffic is. We could choose to look at the windshield, or the hood ornament, if you happen to have the money to own a car thatContinue reading “Love the Eternal Over The Temporal Where the Heart is…”

Love, Forgiveness, and Living in the Light

1 John 2:9-14     There is an ancient story (or parable) about two brothers who were left land by their father. Each built a home on opposite sides of the land. The older brother had a large family and the younger had no children. There were two paths going between the homes. When their crop cameContinue reading “Love, Forgiveness, and Living in the Light”

Worship of Heart and Soul

   Ps. 50:7-15“Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” (Ps. 50:14-15 NIV)       God is about to call the Israelite’s to task, but it was not because they had not given proper sacrificial gifts.Continue reading “Worship of Heart and Soul”

God is Speaking to You

(James 1.22-25) Listening and doing are two very different things.  I tell my wife’s cat to stay off of the back of my chair quite often, but very rarely does he listen.  Many times we struggle to do what God tells us to do in His Word, or in our private times with Him. OurContinue reading “God is Speaking to You”

Sometimes What Goes Around Does Come around

Isaiah 1:15-20 (NIV)  15 When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you;  even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood;  16 wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight!  Stop doing wrong,  17 learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause  of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.  18 “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are  like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson,  they shall be like wool.  19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land;  20 but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth  of the LORD has spoken.      God is calling Judah to account for how they have lived out their lives.   Many people struggle with passages of Scripture, where God is calling people  into account and judging them by their actions.  We want the love of God,  which surpasses all understanding, but few of us ever want to sit on the side  of being judged. This sort of thinking is like a child who wants a mothers love,  but never wants her to call us out when we hurt our little brother, steal the  cookie from the cookie jar, or seek to do something which may hurt us.          The judgment of God, like most parental guidance, never comes without grace.  Grace in many Old Testament passages is shown in how God has given  opportunity and warning for people to change their destructive patterns of living.   Grace also comes in a promise of renewal and restoration of blessings, as we  realign ourselves to His love, and the love for those who live this life with us.   God never leaves us without guidance of how to live responsibly in our world,  which is found through out the Bible.  He gave Israel, as a new nation guidance  in the commandments, with warnings that as long as they loved Him, and cared  for one another things would go well in their land (see Duet. 28).  However, the  warning was also given that if they chose to leave God’s love and His direction  of loving others consequences would be faced.     While God judges humanity for their actions and keeps us responsible for how  we live with one another, we must realize that many consequences are the natural  result of how we live in this world.  If I choose to treat others around me with  contempt, to take from those who need help, to ignore the hurt and lame, why  should I expect that someone will care for me when I am in need.   One of the saddest days I ever experiences, was in visiting an elderly woman in  a nursing home.  She had no other visitors, and I asked her once if she expected  family to come for an upcoming holiday.  Her answer stunned me as she said,  ‘No.  I never have done much for my brothers or sisters, and when my oldest  brother was sick I never visited him.  Why should I expect any of them to come  and see me?’   Sadly, this woman understood the natural consequences of living our lives in a  way that pushes people away.  She knew God had forgiven her of a past of pain,  but she was able to reason that she now faced the responsibility of her choices.   It was not something she enjoyed, but I was challenged to think about how I try  to live in this world by her words.  Do I strive to make good relationships, or do I  burn bridges?  We all will have a time of facing the consequence of our living.   May we be sincere in living each and every day with love and concern for all Continue reading “Sometimes What Goes Around Does Come around”

Come to The Desert of Refreshing

Sometimes God neeeds to call us to the desert to be with him.  He led Israel out of Egyp, and into the desert, for preparation before taking them to the Promised Land.  Many others including David, Elijah, John th Baptist, and Jesus went to the desert to prepare for what God would use them for.Continue reading “Come to The Desert of Refreshing”

Beware Of Those You Listen Too

I have recently been reading through the Exodus story, and have been reading about God’s confrontation with Pharaoh.  In the first three miraculous confrontations Moses and Aaron demand that Pharaoh let the people go from Egypt to worship the true God.  Pharaoh hardens his heart against them.  However, before he hardens his heart he turnsContinue reading “Beware Of Those You Listen Too”