Wednesday, August 9, 2017

DOES GOD EXIST?

My hubby developed a short web page with some excellent basic information regarding this question.  Click on the following link:  


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

THE TESTIMONY OF BEAUTY IN CREATION

Below are a couple of pictures of the beautiful roses that my hubby gave me for Mother’s Day.  I’m always awed by the beauty of even the most simple things that show the infinite thought and care that God invested in their creation.  How anyone can think such beauty was a result of random evolution from some kind of cosmic soup is beyond my comprehension. 

More importantly, they testify to God’s love and care for us as expressed by what Jesus taught His disciples.

Matthew 6:25–34 “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.”

Much of what we do in our lives is focused on our concern about supplying our need for food, drink and clothing.   For the person that has placed their faith in Jesus as their LORD and Savior, that should not be a concern.  Why?  Because the LORD knows what we need and has promised to provide accordingly.  His will is for us to focus on seeking His righteousness.  Once we become a child of God through faith in His Son, we are clothed in His righteousness.

2 Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

Salvation clothes us in the righteousness of God through Jesus.  To seek the kingdom of God in our lives is to strive to live in accordance with the righteousness in which we are clothed.  One that is seeking to live righteously will be intent on serving God.  When we are intent on serving God, we don’t have to worry about having what we need; He will provide it.  We are, as instructed in the model prayer, to trust God daily for our needs.  We aren’t to be anxious about tomorrow, but to take each day as it comes.  We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow.  When tomorrow comes, God will be just as sufficient for the needs of that day as He is for today’s.  

This does not mean that we are not to provide for ourselves and our families through hard work and preparation.  The point is that we are not to be anxious about the results of that hard work and preparation since we have a heavenly Father who is watching out for us.  Scripture is clear in teaching that we should have a good work ethic.  

Proverbs 6:6-8 “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:  Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.” 

Proverbs 31 (the whole chapter)

2Thessalonians 3:10 “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”

Exodus 20:9 “Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work….”

1Timothy 5:8 “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”

Part of serving God is to work and provide for ourselves and our family in accordance with His instruction and with a heart of submission and obedience to Him.  The key is the attitude of the heart.  If our hearts are yielded to Him in all that we do, we can rest in the truth that He will provide our needs according to His purpose, which is always righteous and good.

One should always remember that what God deems to be our needs may not always be what we deem them to be.  We need to rest in the truth of His love for us as well as the truth that His ways are far beyond our understanding. 

1 John 4:15–16 “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”

Isaiah 55:8–9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

PRAYER AND THE KEY OF FAITH

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I can hardly wait!

Our Creator knows every detail concerning us.

Faith is the key to answered prayer.

Friday, April 14, 2017

AN EASTER MEDITATION FROM THE HEART OF GOD

Isaiah 55:8–9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Only such a God could possess the kind of love that would choose to send His own Son as the sacrifice for my sin and make it possible for me to become His child and a joint-heir with His Son.  I am sooooo thankful for such love and sacrifice!  I am sooooo thankful that because He lives I too shall live in His presence for eternity!

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Isaiah 53:4–11 “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth….Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief….He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.”

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Ephesians 2:8–9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Romans 10:9–13 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation….For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

John 15:9–14 “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”

Romans 8:10–17 “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you….For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God….The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”

John 14:1–3 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

1 Corinthians 15:51–53 “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”

1 Thessalonians 4:16–18 “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”


Revelation 22:20 “Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

WHO KILLED JESUS?

As Easter approaches, I've found myself thinking about a song a good friend of mine sung in church many years ago.  It's message is simple and to the point--and oh so true!  I'm just so thankful that death wasn't the end.  Three days later Jesus arose from the grave, my victorious Savior and King!  I pray the words to this song will speak to your heart and encourage you to examine it before the LORD.

WHO KILLED JESUS?
By Mickey Holiday


Who killed Jesus many years ago
Who is guilty of a crime so low
Why did He have to die
What is the reason why
Who killed Jesus
I would like to know

Was it Roman soldiers
With their tools of war
Driving nails thru hands that did no wrong
Mocking and abusing
Crowning Him with thorns
All the evidence is very strong

Was it Pontius Pilate
He was governor
Trying to decide the case that day
Finding that the Savior
Had no fault His own
Was he guilty when he turned away

Was it Hebrew children
Proud of who they were
Shouting crucify Him at their King
Trading their Messiah
For a common thief
Turning down the kingdom He could bring

When I think of Jesus
And the way He died
How upon Him all my sin was laid
All the other people
Fade away from view
It's for me the sacrifice was made

I no long wonder anymore
I have found what I've been searching for
My sin demanded hell
On Him the judgment fell
I am guilty
Now it's plain to see
That it was really me