Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas Message for the Depressed or Grieving

If you're feeling unloved, forgotten, forsaken, if you're grieving, or depressed for any reason this Christmas season, please take the time to click here and fast forward the video to about 19:30 minutes in to where Beth Moore, Mandisa, and Travis Cottrell are sitting on the stage. Mandisa has a short but wonderful testimony just for you--not the one about Lifeway, although that's good, but the one after that. She also sings an inspiring song as only she can.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

First Snow Since Dec 11, 2008

Our son called us around 3:30 a.m. yesterday to tell us it was snowing. The meteorologist had predicted snow but said it would not accumulate. God had other plans. We were thrilled and blessed to see this much snow in our part of Texas.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Last Day of Believing God

Last day of Believing God Bible study. In the words of Beth Moore, what a ride this has been. Throughout this 10-week study we read Romans 4 twenty times, did our regular five-nights-a-week homework, made index cards of verses to pray for ourselves and our loved ones, divided our lives into fifths and went back through each fifth to record rocks of remembrance of how God worked on our behalf, and then made a three-page timeline of those rocks of remembrance that can be handed down to the next generation in our family line. This Bible study required more from us than any other. And it was worth every minute of it. God graciously answered prayers in our group. He is a mighty God! We were left with this Bible verse that boils it all down to two guarantees we have from our Father: that He is strong and that He is loving. Ps. 62:11, NIV84


Supermoon on Dec. 3 but I took my picture on Dec. 2 in case it was cloudy Dec. 3. .... And it was. This was the first and last supermoon for 2017. The next two full moons in January 2018 will be supermoons. "Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD...." Psalm 89:5a

Friday, December 1, 2017

Seeing the Glory of the Lord in My Backyard

 Psalm 65:8 The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders, where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.

Isaiah 6:3 “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

Sunday, November 12, 2017

How Believers Draw Near to God

Part of our Sunday School lesson today. Good stuff! All Scripture from the ESV (English Standard Bible) Bible.

Hebrews 10:19-23

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,  and since we have a great priest over the house of God,  let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:19-23)

1. With a true heart (provided with the help of the Holy Spirit)
John 4: 23  But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.
John 15:26 But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.
John 16:13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

2. With full assurance of faith
Ephesians 3:11-12 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

3. With our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience
Hebrews 9:13-14 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

4. With our bodies washed with pure water
John 15:3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.
Ephesians 5:26 that he might sanctify her (the church), having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word….  The Word of God cleanses our minds, hearts, souls, and spirits.  Glory to God!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Taking God At His Word

First posted 12/15/2015

Just wanted to say a little bit more about the memory verse I've chosen for the next two weeks. Jeremiah 15:16 "Your words were found and I ate them, and your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I have been called by your name, O LORD God of hosts."

This verse is among so many that have personal meaning for me. It was God's Word that wooed me to Him so that He could heal my broken mind, knit my shredded soul back together, revive my spirit. I don't know what I expected 11 years ago when I entered my first indepth Bible study after a two-year absence from church. I only knew I was desperate to be free of the panic attacks, the insomnia, the torment of racing thoughts instilling fear and doubt and self-condemnation in me. Two years of trying medications, cognitive therapy, counseling, deep-breathing, reading self-help books and still the panic attacks kept coming. When no one and nothing else could help--that was just the right time for God to step in. He left no doubt that He and He alone was my Savior and my Deliverer.

"Your words were found and I ate them and your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart...." Words like "Do not fear, for I am with you;" "Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you;" "I have loved you with an everlasting love;" "for I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future;" "In this world you will have trouble, but do not fear, I have overcome the world;" "and lo, I am with you always;" "As I was with Moses, so I will be with you;" "Come to me;" "The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid;" "Fear not, for I have redeemed you;" "You are mine;" "then you will come and pray to me and I will listen to you" "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, he is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust;" "under His wings you will find refuge;" "nothing can separate us from the love of Christ;" "Every hair on your head is numbered;" "you are worth more;" "you were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world" "that we should be called the children of God, and that is what we are!" "I am my Beloved's;" "Remain in me;" "without me you can do nothing;" "to Him who loves us;" "You believe in God, believe also in me;" "I have come that they might have life, and life more abundantly;" "His divine power has given us everything we need;" "and the peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus;" "You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is stayed on you;" "For you did not receive a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind;" "God himself will restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you;" "I am the Good Shepherd;" "The Lord is my Shepherd;" "I will fear no evil for Thou art with me;" "The LORD will fight for you;" "Do not fear;" "Do not be afraid;" "Where does my help come from, my help comes from the LORD;""save me, I am yours;" "help me my unbelief!" "come, Lord Jesus."

Taking God at His word will transform your mind, your heart, your soul, your life. It has nothing to do with who you are, what you've done, where you've been. It's all about Jesus Christ. His love, His forgiveness, His grace, His power, His salvation, His faithfulness, His trustworthiness. I am so thankful He didn't wait for me to get my act together before He saved me. I was an absolute mess. But deliverance is God's specialty. "Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and deepest gloom and broke away their chains. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men. For he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron." (Ps. 107)