Posted 11/22/15 at 4:27 PM | Veronica Philips
The view from the window this morning is beautiful and if I didn't know better, I'd swear I could just go right out there and Frolic in the Winter Wonderland. Frolic is not a word synonymous with Winter is it? Frolicking it's the ideal that I belong on a beach somewhere, drinking a virgin pina colada, in a bikini with Merrill, not talking. I think back to last Summer, and remember the sand, the sunrise, the majesty of both vacations. The crystal blue sea of Destin Beach, the storms as they rolled inward from The Gulf to land, the boardwalk, the jogs down the strip. I also remember Daytona, the Spiritual rise of the pre-dawn sun, the introverts strolling down the beach, understanding for just a moment what it must have been like for Adam to walk hand-in-hand with God. Even as I think about both vacations it brings tears to my eyes. Sigh, the Good Ole Days Weren't Always Good. FULL POST
Posted 11/16/15 at 11:35 PM | June Samuel
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? …. Psalms 42:11
I am sure many people in Paris today are having feelings of uneasiness and fear as they try to deal with the multiple acts of violence in their city. In these unwanted situations, one of the first words that rushes into our minds is the word why. Why did this tragedy occur? Why us? Why me?
Psalms 42:11 continues: Hope in God. We have to place our hope in God. We have to trust God for the outcome. He is over all, and He is a God of justice. He cares for us, and He tells us “vengeance is mine I will repay”. Romans 12:19 “Vengence belongs to God”. Psalms 94:1. Why? He sees and knows everything. He sees the entire workings of the event from the conception to the implementation to the consequence. God is the only one qualified to give vengeance.
Deuteronomy 32:35 states: “ Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; Their foot shall slip in due time; For the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things to come hasten upon them.” I think this verse is a fit for last Friday’s tragedy in Paris.
When people do us wrong, we are to give the situation and the persons over to God. We leave vengeance to our God, and we step back and let him act in His time. We cannot interfere even though we want to. FULL POST
Posted 11/13/15 at 5:13 PM | Daniella Whyte
"My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him" (Psalm 62:5, NKJV).
We live in a world that wants everything fast. From high speed internet to fast food restaurants, to fast cars and automatic bill pay, it goes without being said that instant gratification is the order of the day. If we're not careful, we can fall into the trap of wanting things to happen immediately to the neglect of perfect timing. FULL POST
Posted 11/4/15 at 11:57 AM | Jack Wellman
Here are five ways that you can find encouragement in the Bible.
Putting your name in the Scriptures
One of my favorite ways to read the Scripture and one that I recommend to others is to put your name where Scriptures says “you” and “you all.” One example is in Matthew 16:24 where it reads “Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” which could be made to have personal application if read as “Then Jesus tells you “If you (or put your name here) would come after me, you must deny yourself and take up your cross and follow me.” This works in many places in the Bible like in Psalm112:6-7 “For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord” which can read “For I will never be moved; I will be remembered forever. I am not afraid of bad news; my heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.” The Bible was written to believers so why not insert your name or “I” in the Scriptures when you read them? It doesn’t change the context and it makes it more personal as well as having personal application for you. FULL POST
Posted 10/25/15 at 9:53 PM | June Samuel
Last Sunday in the church service the following verse was referred to by the speaker: Joshua 1:7 “Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left….”. Immediately I was alerted in my spirit regarding these words “to the right or to the left”. I thought this is my next blog.
The following day I searched for verses with the same words “to the right or to the left”. Moses is asking the king of Edom permission to pass through his country. ”. Numbers 20:17: “Please let us pass through your country. …….. we will not turn aside to the right hand or to the left until we have passed through your territory.”
God is speaking to Moses. Deuteronomy 5:32: “Therefore you shall be careful to do as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.” The reward is in verse 33 of the same chapter: “That you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land …..”. FULL POST
Posted 10/23/15 at 5:24 PM | Diane Castro
A recurring theme in my life lately is recognizing the value of every single human life. In his sermon two weeks ago, our pastor spoke about “the inestimable worth of every person,” which prompted me to write a post on that subject. Last Sunday both the choir anthem and the offertory hymn were based on Psalm 139, which tells how God forms us in the womb, knows all our thoughts, and guides all the events of our lives. I keep hearing about people whose life stories have touched me in some way, and I think about how each one is known by God and precious to Him.
A few days ago I read the story of George Bell, an old man who died alone in his apartment in New York City, unnoticed until the stench of his corpse revealed his passing. This week I heard for the first time the remarkable story of Emma Rowena Gatewood, who in 1955 at the age of 67 hiked the entire 2,168 miles of the Appalachian Trail. She did it again at age 72, and then again in sections at age 75. Another incredible story is that of Minka Disbrow, who at age 16 was assaulted and raped. She became pregnant and gave up the baby girl for adoption, but always longed to know her daughter. God remembered her, heard her prayer, and granted her request before she died. FULL POST