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October 8, 2019, 12:37 PM

October 9, 2019


“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10

 

There are so many people (even Christians) who are trying to make daily decisions based on their own understanding. They find themselves living according to the ways of the world and striving to gratify the cravings of the fleshly nature. God has the perfect plan for each of us, but we must spend time with Him to understand it. God desires so much more for all of us because He created us and knows what is best for each of us. In fact, God desires so much to have a relationship with us that He was willing for Jesus to die for us.

 

The Bible helps us understand that living according to our plans becomes very frustrating. verse above helps us grasp the importance of a growing, personal relationship with God. If we desire to grow wise and make wise choices, it all begins with an understanding of who we are in relation to God. Bible shares with us the reason a healthy fear of God is so important. When we fear God, we acknowledge that He is bigger, stronger, wiser and in ultimate control of our lives. When we know that He is the life controller, we understand that it is best for us to seek His ways. Wisdom draws us to follow God daily, to rely on His strength and accomplish His purposes. We can make decisions that gratify us for a short time, but we always find ourselves looking for something else. Only God’s wisdom brings contentment.

 

We are currently studying lessons from the book of Hebrews on Wednesday nights. The lessons help us grasp the significance of the Christian life. The writer encourages us to be wise and not make the same mistakes as ancient Israel. They were unwise as they attempted to make decisions without God and lived a life of grumbling and discontentment. The Bible is filled with examples of wisdom and foolishness. The examples are there for us to know and interpret the difference. Some people equate wisdom with being “smart”. Others understand wisdom to be knowledge gained from school, work or other experiences. While that is true to some extent, wisdom is so much more. Wisdom is the ability to make right choices, to live a life that honors God and to lead others to make wise decisions as well. Wisdom is the fear of the Lord and the understanding that our life is ordered by Him. Just one look at our nation, our churches, our schools and our homes show us that, in many ways, we are not making wise choices. It’s time that we, as the Church, understand God’s wisdom and live in a manner that honors Him and leads others to Him. May God’s blessings be yours in abundance this week!

 

                                                                                                               We love you,

                                                                                                               Brad and Virginia




October 1, 2019, 12:01 PM

October 2, 2019


“For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for Him.” Philippians 1:29

Let’s face it, people are looking for the “good life”. The question is: What does the good life look like? What experiences in life make up the good life? What things must happen to make our lives change to the “bad life”? We live in a culture that cherishes the good life. Our cultural definition of the good life probably has to do with everything going the way we like it with nothing happening that would change that path. We have lifestyles, opinions and commercials that reinforce the idea of the “good life”. Even for the Christian, there is often the idea that everything in life is supposed to go right. If things are not going my way, I must have somehow displeased God.

Throughout Scripture we see the people of God going through devastating times. We are not immune to difficult circumstances just because we have become God’s children. We have been so accustomed to the American way that it spills over into every other part of our lives. Look at the chaos taking place in all parts of the world. We are living in days of such uncertainty. The devil seems to be making such an appearance and bringing about such an increase in violence and hatred. We’re seeing situations permeate our culture that most of us never dreamed of seeing in our country. There seems to be such a swell of hatred toward anything Christian. However, we really should not be surprised by all of this. We are just beginning to see a small glimpse of what Christians around the world have been enduring for centuries.

Do we stop to realize that the Christian life is really about sacrifice? Do we realize that once we accept Christ, we give up our life and become privileged to serve and suffer for Him? As Christians in America, we haven’t experienced anything to compare with what Christians in other parts of the world endure daily. Yet, things appear to be changing rapidly. We may not have given much thought to our calling lately (especially in America) because we tend to be most concerned with the “good life” of the American dream. Talk to Christians around the world and they will quickly remind you that the Christian life is a life of dedication, service and suffering. As we pray, remember Christians around the world (including our nation) as we all face ever increasing times of sacrifice for the Kingdom. Thankfully, God is willing to use us in any situation for His glory and honor. Praying for God’s way in your life!

 

                                    We love you all,

                                    Brad and Virginia




September 24, 2019, 2:59 PM

September 25, 2019


"Be very careful, then, how you live; not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil." Ephesians 5:15-16
 
What is your strategy for today? Do you have a plan that makes the most of the day for the purpose and glory of God? Do you strive to carry out that plan regardless of the various trials you may face? If you have lived long enough you know that every day has its share of annoyances. However, do you focus on the annoyances or look for the opportunities within each situation? I read a quote a few days ago which really describes how many of us live. It said, ?We focus so much attention on getting to the top of the mountain that we fail to enjoy the sights as we make our climb?. As much as we hate to admit it, that is a very good description of how we live. How about you? Are you making the most of each day?

When we stop to think about it, we all have the same number of hours, minutes and seconds in each day. However, some people just seem to be able to make the most of each day regardless of trials. Why? It has to do with purpose. What is our real purpose for each day? Believe it or not, it is not to see how much happiness and prosperity we can attain. Our purpose is to be obedient to all God has given us to do. So, the question is: Are we using our time wisely? Are we making the most of every opportunity God gives us? It is very easy for us to gripe and complain especially when the circumstances do not seem positive.

What about today? What opportunities do you have to serve God today? When you face trials this week, as we all do, look for ways God would have you turn the situation into something good. Remember Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego? They would rather go through the fiery furnace with Jesus than to be in the palace with the king! What happened? God was glorified! You see, that is our purpose for each day. So, whatever the situation, make the most of it because there is always the opportunity to glorify God.

                                                                                                                         We love you,
                                                                                                                         Brad and Virginia



September 17, 2019, 2:57 PM

September 18,02019


“Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”  

                                                                                                                                                    1 John 5:5

Do you believe? Do you believe that God is real and that He created the world? Do you believe that His plans never fail? Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Do you believe that He gave His life on the cross to save you from the consequences of your sin? Do you believe that Jesus is the only way to have a relationship with God the Father? These are questions every Christian should be able to answer. Do you believe in the soon return of Jesus? Are you expectantly awaiting His return and are you diligently telling others? So many today (even many Christians) are in skeptical mode. They believe Jesus may come but probably not in their lifetime.

There are many today who say that Christians have always said that Jesus is coming soon. Then, with much doubt, say it hasn’t happened yet. People are so caught up in worldly stuff that there is very little time to really study and take a close look at current events. There are those who get excited over so many new innovations and the appearance of tremendous progress. However, the truth is that things are moving ever so surely toward the time of the end. There is great deception underway to get the focus away from the truth by having people become inundated with good sounding lies. We know who is ultimately the chief among deceivers and things are progressing as planned.

The world will continue to say that things are just as they have always been. There are extraordinary events going on now and will continue in the future. Jesus talked about having “ears to hear and eyes to see”. It is only through the Holy Spirit that we can truly hear and see. As we progress in these end days, we will hear more and more skeptics react to the warnings all around us. We are in an age of deception and we will find it harder to help others understand the truth. Our enemy knows, as do we, that his time is very limited and that he must use his greatest weapon while he still has time. As for Christians, we know the truth and are looking with great expectation as we near the day of His appearing. As Luke 21:28 says, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption is drawing nigh”.

 

                                                                                                                                        We love you,

                                                                                                                                        Brad and Virginia




September 10, 2019, 12:32 PM

September 11, 2019


“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7

 

Can you remember a time when someone you really trusted let you down? They may have told something to others that you shared with them in confidence. Maybe they said some things to others about you and you never knew they felt that way. We’ve all faced those times and it is a very hurtful experience. Have you ever been the one who let someone else down? We’ve probably all been guilty of that at some point as well. We usually find out very early in life that people will often let us down. Hopefully, we have also learned to completely trust God because He will never let us down.

David learned very early in his life the meaning of trusting God. He knew that God was always there for him and that God would never leave him alone. Have we learned that lesson? It is often easy for us to trust someone or something other than God. It may be our job, money in the bank, or good friends we think would never let us down. However, we have all seen those fail us at one time or another. Do we ask God to guide us in making daily decisions? Do we ask God to show us His perspective in the circumstances we face? Do we believe that God cares about us to such an extent that He wants to be completely involved in our lives? For some reason, Christians in America have drifted away from total and complete dependence on God. We have the mistaken idea that we are just better able to handle some situations on our own. Sadly, the explanation is probably that we have not been persecuted to the point of understanding total and complete surrender.

Most of us are guilty of waiting until the circumstances are critical before turning to God. What would our life look like if we totally trusted God daily? In Psalm 16:8 David says, “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Have we tried to compartmentalize our life in Christ? Are there some things we desire to handle and control while others we commit to God? We must trust God completely in all areas of our life. “For in Him, we live and move and have our being”. God desires the absolute best for each of us and that is only experienced when we trust Him with everything. We pray that you are having a very blessed week as you totally surrender every area of your life to Christ!

 

                                                                                                       We love you,

                                                                                                       Brad and Virginia


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