The Lord gives and he takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord! Job 1:22 Now, come on, be real! Is that the first thing you think of when you have lost something very very important to your happiness? It sure is not what I think of, “Blessed be the name of the Lord”. […]
There was emotional pain in the garden of Eden even before any sin had occurred! Adam looked around at and worked at naming all the animals two by two but there was just one like himself. God looked at this and said that the condition was not good. Genesis 2:18 All fulfillment comes from […]
Seventy times seven
No I’m not talking about forgiveness per se. Just talking about the very real human tendency to have to retake lesson 101 over again, especially when it comes to taking our hands off the wheel of our life and resting in our Lord’s driving skills He is invisible after all! Allegory: ( A lady fell over […]
WHAT DO YOU WANT?-ASK!
The Lord asks the blind man what he wants, it was obvious, but he wanted the man to exercise faith by asking. He tells the king to ask him for something, anything, and the king says “No, I don’t want to presume.” Then the Lord gets angry and says, “If I tell you to ask, […]
When the devil attacks, it is often useful to concede his observation but not his conclusion. For example, he will point out “you are too weak ” and then conclude that you might as well go ahead and sin, since you will just fall in the end”, OR,” try try try to be stronger” OR, “hate […]
ABBA-father, papa Dear ABBA, help me to find the best examples of loving fathers in this world and then to look beyond them and realize that if they, being basically evil can be good to their children HOW MUCH MORE MY FATHER IN HEAVEN! Luke 11:13 I’ve known people who love JESUS but have trouble […]
WHY DO I LOVE GOD?
Remember the famous quote from president Kennedy? “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” I will have quite a few people who have promised to pray for me tomorrow when I have my new right hip put in. This will by my first ever surgery […]
We often use pat phrases that sound good but leave the serious followers of Jesus feeling confused and vaguely guilty. They have no clue what these phrases mean or how they are to apply them to their lives. For example: lean on Jesus, trust in him, rest in grace, or listen to the still small […]
LOVE AND LIKE ARE BOTH IMPORTANT When Peter betrayed Jesus and three times he said that he did not know him, the Lord came to him and asked him if he loved (agapao) him. Peter said, “you know that I like you (phileo) . Do you agapao me? “you know that I phileo you” Do […]
BE A PECULIAR PRIEST
Dear ones. Do you struggle with fear and anxiety? Remember Philippians 3. (Dr. Bell’s version) When I find myself anxious: I should choose to praise God for who he is, then beg him for help, thank him for both the problem and for what he is going to do about and through it, and point […]