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Posted 8/26/16 at 6:15 AM | June Samuel

Buy the Truth - Do not Sell It

Buy the truth, and do not sell it, Proverbs 23:23 tells us.
Buy the truth - acquire the truth through sacrifice.

"What is truth?" Pilate rhetorically asked Jesus this question in the Gospel of John 18:38. The Lord Jesus answered that question in his prayer to our Father. "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth." John 17:17. Earlier this summer I was speaking to a young man. He was trying to persuade me that my truth may not be the same as another one’s truth. How many truths are there as many as there are people? I told him there is only One truth – God’s Word. Hopefully he was persuaded.

To acquire the truth, we have to pray to the Father, read the Word of God and meditate therein. The Holy Spirit will enlighten our understanding. We buy the truth when we give of our time by purposefully pursuing the truth of God in His word. We have to purpose in our heart to meditate in the word of God. We must devote a period of time each day to pray, read and meditate in the word.

Acquiring the truth is costly. God's truth changes our lives and many times we do not want to change our lives or our lifestyles. James 1:25 reads: But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
There is no secret code needed in order to learn the truth in God's word. The Holy Spirit of God enlightens our understanding with the truth of God's Word. FULL POST

Posted 8/26/16 at 12:31 AM | Daniella Whyte

Love Now (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 25)

Galatians 5:14 (NLT)
For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Learning to love isn’t easy, but it is necessary to learn the lesson of love. Love is the language that all of humanity speaks. We may not be able to understand each other’s language or culture, but there are few people who do not understand love. FULL POST

Posted 8/20/16 at 8:04 PM | Daniella Whyte

Trust Without Borders (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 24)

Matthew 14:30 (NLT)
But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) is one of my favorite songs to listen to. It isn’t just a powerful song, but it’s a brilliant truthful message about trust and faith. When our problems are so enormous and so unfathomably deep, it is a comfort to know that the enormous and unfathomably infinite God is deeper and greater still.

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Posted 8/19/16 at 5:35 AM | June Samuel

Trust God

There seems to be much dismay among some evangelical Christians over the selection of the next president of the United States in November. In listening to two talk show hosts and some of their guests and reading opinions on the candidates, I can hear and read the discouragement in some of their voices. Is this a sign of Christians placing their hopes in human beings? Where is God?

Why are your souls disquieted within you? Hope in God!! Why are some believers in Christ Jesus so discouraged? Hope in God!! He is a present help in time of trouble. Whatever happened to prayer? Are we praying? We have to pray individually. We cannot look to others to pray for the country while we stay silent. The Almighty God is in control. He is in control of the universe and everything in it. Why then are we so disturbed? Why are our souls disquieted within us? Hope in God!!

Where is all of the concern coming from? Is it coming from hearts that do not know God? If so, I can understand the concern. As believers in Christ we are to rest in Him. Our Lord knows what He is doing. God could have given us two different candidates. He knows the reason we have these two. We have to trust God. As the lyrics of a chorus go, “My Lord knows the way through the wilderness, all I have to do is follow”. FULL POST

Posted 8/9/16 at 4:11 PM | Larry Fell

Wait Upon the Lord

What does it mean to "wait upon the Lord?" We are told to "be still" and "know that I am [He is] God," [Psalm 46:10 NKJV] and to "Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for [H]im to act" [Psalm 37:7 NLT]. But what does all that really mean?

I'VE GOT PLACES TO GO...

Many times when we pray to God we add in a silent "and if You would take care of that by next Wednesday that'd be great!" As "next Wednesday" approaches we keep prodding God along. When it becomes next Thursday we start to panic; by next Saturday we become convinced God is not working on the issue at hand and try to figure out ways to accomplish our desire in our own way.

This is probably one of the biggest mistakes we can make in our lives. We ask God to handle some problem or fill some need, then in an act of extreme hubris we snatch it back from His hands. Once we give it to God our job becomes to wait, watch and listen for when God gives you the signal to act. We MUST remember our thoughts and ways are far, far beneath our Lord's [Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV] FULL POST

Posted 8/9/16 at 3:28 PM | Daniella Whyte

Ubiquitous God (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 23)

Psalm 139:7 (NLT)
I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!

You are never alone. This isn’t the tagline to a horror movie or the assurance of an insurance or security company. This is the comfort and the promise of God Almighty. Wherever we go, He is there. Whatever we do, He is there. Nothing and nobody ceases to be under His watchful eye. FULL POST

Posted 8/5/16 at 5:40 AM | June Samuel

The Passing

Recently I had two deaths in my family my mother-in-law and my brother. Both fell victim to cancer. My mother-in-law loved the Lord and lived a victorious life. She was truly the woman of Proverbs 31. My brother lived a free spirited life, and touched many lives with his generosity. Their passing on made me think more about the passing on of our spirit and soul.

The Lord Jesus gave us some insight into life after our physical death. We read in Luke chapter 16 verses 19 – 31 regarding the passing on of Larazus a poor and destitute believer and a rich unbeliever. They knew each other on earth and had some level of communication. However, once they passed on from this life, they parted ways. The poor man Lazarus went to paradise. The rich man – his name was not given – passed on to hades.

We learned from the account given in Luke 16 that believing Lazarus was at rest. Not a word was spoken by Lazarus. The unbelieving rich man however was very vocal. He called out to Abraham and asked him to have mercy on him and send Lazarus to “dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame”. Abraham told the rich man he could not help him, because there was a great separation between them. He couldn’t come where Abraham and Lazarus were and Lazarus couldn’t go where the rich man was. FULL POST

Posted 8/3/16 at 10:55 PM | Daniella Whyte

God of Imagination (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 22)

Ephesians 1:17-18 (NLT)
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,

When we think of God, we often connect Him with terms such as faith, hope, love, peace, Heaven, Hell, life, and eternity. Rarely would we put God in the category with imagination, innovation, and creativity. To some, theologians, in particular, God is holy and therefore has nothing to do with human imagination. I’m sure they have their reasoning, but that is not altogether true.

God is not just the God of our souls; He is God of our minds. He cares about our eternal lives and about our lives right now. To think God is only concerned with scriptural principles and theological doctrines is to put Him on a short circuit. God is concerned with such things, but He is just as concerned with how our imagination takes us from glory to glory. FULL POST

Posted 7/29/16 at 6:03 AM | June Samuel

Self Examination

2 Corinthians 6:14 reads as follows: “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers; ....”. Why? The verse continues “..... for what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?”
V15: And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?
V16: And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? ......

What kind of fellowship - companionship, community of interest - can a righteousness person have with an unrighteousness one? Living righteously is having fairness, uprightness, integrity, compassion, love and the like. Read Galatians 5:22, 23. Unrighteous living involves lying, stealing, dishonest behavior, deception etc. Galatians 5:19-21. Can a righteous person and an unrighteous person be one in fellowship? No.

What communion - sharing - has light with darkness? Light and darkness cannot be together. As soon as light appears, darkness disappears. There can be no sharing between light and darkness. There is no common interest. Light disperses darkness. When the light goes out darkness appears. A child of darkness and a child of The Light cannot commune as one. FULL POST

Posted 7/27/16 at 10:59 PM | Daniella Whyte

Peace that Overcomes (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 21)

Philippians 4:7 (NLT)
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Could you use some real peace in your life? We all can. From hectic schedules, chaotic homes, and frenetic workspaces, peace seems like a pin on our radar screen. But it doesn’t have to be. It can be foremost in our lives and can define how we work, relate, and rest.

Regardless of the storms around you, the troubles about you, the chaos in front of you, and the negative feelings within you, Jesus offers peace that overcomes any and every situation. It’s not the pseudo, sitting on an island, yoga posture, soft and slow music kind of peace. This peace only comes when everything is going just right. The peace that Jesus gives is for all times — when everything is good and when everything is totally wrong. FULL POST

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