THE FAITH OF PRAYER! When a Christian prays to God we are exhibiting faith that there is a God and faith that God is listening to what we have to say. In addition our prayer, if it is making a request to God, should be accompanied by a belief that God will answer this prayer in a positive way. So every Christian should pray to God with confidence. Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer,” (Matthew 21:21-22 NIV). God is a miracle working God and He is able to


THE TRIPLETS OF PRAYER! I have known a few twins in my lifetime and some were identical and some were not. I have also known and seen a few triplets. Both twins and triplets are usually very interesting. We also use twin words often in the English language, words that go together and emphasize what we are saying, though they may not be identical. Twins like “short and sweet” or “thick and thin” we hear quite often together. The Bible also brings to us some interesting life principles comprised of twins, or pairs, or couples. “Grace and truth” and “grace and peace” are often found together. Triplets are not uncommon either with “grace, mercy, and peace” appearing in Paul’s letters to Timothy


SOLITUDE AND PRAYER! I have found that people often believe in prayer even when they profess not to have faith that there is a God. I do not believe that in all my years of Christian life I have ever had anyone refuse to have me pray for them. Most people express appreciation that I would even care enough about them to pray for them. Though I consider myself to be a faithful praying person it is to my shame that I probably don’t pray enough; especially for the needs of other people. Sometimes it seems there are so many people in my circle of contacts that the need and requests for prayer seem overwhelming. If there is one thing we as Christians need to do it is to pray faithfully and often.


INTEGRITY! It is hard to find someone with integrity today. Integrity is “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.” It used to be that a “man’s word” was his bond but today it is more like “buyer beware.” A lot of people talk about honesty and having strong moral principles but we all know that talk is cheap. “The proof really is in the pudding” as the old proverb goes. One picture of integrity is given to us by Jesus when He said, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets,” (Matthew 7:12 NI V). This “golden rule” is something all of us should incorporate into our life. C.S. Lewis de


HOLINESS! Have you noticed that people don’t talk much about it anymore? Even Christians! As I listen to the words many Christians use today I find it hard to separate the language of the world from the language of the Church. In fact some of the words coming from the pulpits seem strangely out of place. I will also mention there are problems concerning clothing, beverages, activities, hobbies and sexual preferences in relation to holiness and the Christian today. Many other things could be noted. By now some reading this post will have me labeled as some kind of weirdo out of touch conservative white male who is sour on life and wants to criticize other people. At least in part they would b


HOPE! Sometimes that is all we have in life because circumstances dictate to us that things are absolutely hopeless. It is well at that time that we know what and who our hope is in. It is good to “have God’s hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure,” (Hebrews 6:19 NIV). When things look hopeless it is time once again to realize that blessings can only be found in one place, “Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, the maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—the Lord who remains faithful forever, (Psalm 146:5-6 NIV). It is easy when things look hopeless to lose heart and to be discouraged especially if you are facing the circ


LEST WE FORGET! Not many people use the word “lest” anymore but it is an important word. It means “to avoid the risk of “ or “because of the possibility of.” One of the dangers in our life is to forget what we have learned or where we have come from. As Christians we should not be forgetful of what we were like before we became Christians and the condition in which we found ourselves. We should not dwell on those things and neither should we forget them. The Apostle Paul said, “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,” (Colossians 2:13 NIV). Sometimes Christians, when in the presence of non-Ch


IS IT POSSIBLE WE HAVE MADE LIFE TOO COMPLICATED? Robert Fulghum thought so and he expressed it in the form of this writing from his pen, All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten. “Most of what I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday School.” Think about that for a moment and remember this verse, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you,” (Matthew 7:12 NIV). Children in Sunday School learn this verse early and are taught to practice it in all their life. It is too bad so many forget and it is sad so many do


WHO IS IN CHARGE HERE? That seems to be the question in society as a whole today. It also seems to be a question in some homes; parents or children? It also seems to be a question in the educational system. And we could go on but I think the critical area where this question applies is in our own personal lives. When a person determines the answer to the question, “Who is in charge of my life?” then the remainder of life will fall into place. The Psalmist gave us what should be the correct answer to that question when he said, “The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength; indeed, the world is established, firm and secure. Your throne was esta


REST! Sometimes it seems you just can’t get enough of it and sometimes it seems you are forced to take more than you want. Energetic babies never seem to want to rest while young mothers always seem to need more rest. Adults often find themselves restless and needing rest for a variety of reasons. A weary traveler is often looking for a rest area and sometimes it seems they will never appear. Rest is truly a four-letter word that has many sides and meanings to it both physical and spiritual. On the spiritual side it is true of every one of us that our SOUL will find no true rest until we meet God and He gives us the rest that our soul is truly seeking. Every human being is seeking rest for t


HOW MANY PEOPLE DID IT TAKE TO PUT A MAN ON THE MOON? You probably know the name of the first person to walk on the moon but do you know very many other names of the 400,000 people it took to place him there? That’s right, we are told that “at its peak the Apollo program employed 400,000 people and required the support of over 20,000 industrial firms and universities.” The following is an ad or foreword to the book, Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 On The Moon. “Here is a rare perspective on a story we only thought we knew. For Apollo 11, the first moon landing, is a story that belongs to many, not just the few and famous. It belongs to the seamstress who put together twent


“BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD!” In the midst of troubled and tumultuous times when we have a tendency to despair and wonder how we will ever survive the next catastrophe in life these words from Psalm 46:10 are a great reminder to us that God is really in control of things. The Psalmist reminds us that neither the natural events of this world nor the powers of this world (spiritual or nations) will overcome God’s flow of grace and mercy. The world may be in an uproar all around us and our personal life may seem to be hanging by a thread but God is still in control. God’s advice is, “Be still and know that I am God.” Even in troubled times in a troubled world God says, “I will be exalted


DEATH HURTS! Tears flow. Even when one understands the great truths of the Bible when one you love dies death hurts and tears flow. We are in good company. When His friend Lazarus died the Bible says, "Jesus wept," (Gospel of John 11:35 NIV). In His humanity Jesus joined in grieving over a loved one. BUT Jesus also knew death was not the end of things. Jesus said to Martha, the sister of Lazarus, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (Gospel of John 11:25-26 NIV). And then, having wept for Lazarus, Jesus resurrected Him! What an amazing demonstration of God’


RECOGNITION! It seems everyone is seeking recognition today. Politicians, athletes, and actors are all good examples of people seeking recognition. Now we have on-line personalities seeking recognition on places such as Facebook and U-tube. Where my wife and I live there are a lot of senior citizens in our surrounding communities. These folks can live their daily lives and shop, see doctors, and all the other activities of a senior’s life and hardly anyone notices them (except for their driving) or knows their names. Many have few friends or relatives who care for them. Many of them are in various senior homes or medical care facilities. Really recognized? Most are not and it seems most of s


REDEMPTION OR CONDEMNATION? The Bible, from beginning to end, speaks a lot about these two things which have eternal consequences for all of us. In simple terms in the Bible redemption speaks of the action that brings about our being saved from the consequences of our sin against God. It is the action of Jesus on the cross of Calvary that makes payment for our sin and redeems us from the penalty of God’s wrath. Condemnation on the other hand is the action of God whereby He passes judgment on our actions or lack of actions and determines they are bad or wrong and with that judgment comes a sentence of death. For us to experience Redemption it takes an act of faith on our part while Condemnati


REAL FREEDOM! There is a lot of talk about freedom today. It seems a lot of people don’t value the need to have law and order or see the value of law enforcement so that our freedoms can be guarded and preserved. If everyone does what they want to do regardless of the impact on others it is apparent that someone’s or everyone’s freedom will suffer. With all our problems in America I still believe we enjoy the greatest freedoms of any country in the world. It is incumbent on every citizen of the United States to work to maintain the freedoms we enjoy because there are those in the world who would like to see our freedoms lost and our light to the world extinguished. Real freedom in all areas


MOVING? Moving day conjures up all kinds of thoughts and pictures in the mind. Some of those thoughts and pictures are good and some are bad depending on factors such as age and past experiences. I have personally moved so many times in life that I lost count a long time ago. As you know people will often ask “where did you grow up?” And often the question is “where do you live now?” Or often the question is “where have you lived?” Don’t ask me or my wife that question unless you want a travelogue. In our society today people are very mobile and it appears they move often whether because of job, adventure, the weather or for some other reason. I am sure most people give a lot of thought to t


HARD QUESTION! REALLY? It seems humans can take the simplest questions and thinking they are hard come up with very complex answers. For example the question, “Where did things come from at the very beginning of time?” Volumes have been written on the answer to this question. Scientists today still study the heavens and the earth seeking an answer to that question. Yet most Sunday School students could answer this question simply and immediately with authority by quoting what the Bible says on the subject, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made, without Him nothing was made that has b


THE IMPORTANCE OF OLD THINGS! It is easy for people to forget the importance of old things especially young people. Most people at some point in life realize the value of antiques; which may be defined as something of high value because of its age. Or the word antique may be used in a derogatory way when speaking of a person or method meaning ancient or outdated. In American society today older people are often seen as unimportant, ancient, outdated or of little value. The value of historical events and historical facts are often minimized in our society today. Someone has said that when the events and facts of history are forgotten we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of those past eras. In


BILLIONAIRES AND PAUPERS! It used to be if you were a millionaire people considered you rich but that doesn’t seem to cut it anymore. Billionaires are the name of the game today and most of those who attain that status seem to try to use some of their money to change the world into their image or way of thinking. Kudos should go to those who actually use their financial wealth to change the world for the better and help those paupers and the really needy of the world. Those who actually use their wealth to further God’s Kingdom in this world are few and far between and they are much appreciated by God and His people. But do we have to be rich to make our financial resources count for God’s K

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