Troubles

Culturally rejected, evil upbringing, poorly trained, personality disorder, learning disability, genetic defect and physical injury are all big troubles — for this world. Still, one big truth that our heavenly Father brings across over and over throughout the Bible is that none of these have to get in the way of Jesus bearing much good fruit through a person! None! Each of those troubles has proven for many victims to be the very springboards of the good that comes out of them through Jesus. Indeed, such troubles have not kept them from have a good influence on many people. For […]

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Broad Shoulders

A mayor had handsome sons. They may have defended needed crops so raiders killed them. But the youngest, Gideon, maybe hid in fear praying! He was left with the gore of burying brothers’ remains, the guilt of not dying like them and the grind of fixing food in a hideout to survive. In response to prayers: The angel of the Lord said to him, “The Lord is with you, O valiant warrior.”  Those words drew out Gideon’s bitterness: The Lord has abandoned us. The Lord said: “Have I not sent you?”  Again Gideon vented: “My family is the least, and […]

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Hi there

Since we missed you worshiping Jesus with us on Sunday and growing in His Word and in church family fellowship, I’m sending you this bit of encouragement along with the Bible message in print and the June 4th bulletin : Psalm 46 says Yahweh God who saves (Jesus) is a very present help in trouble. He calls each of us personally to far deeper growth than just knowing stuff. He says: Be still (or stop wrestling) and know that I am God! It doesn’t matter whether you are troubled by life-threatening illness, too much month at the end of the […]

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Happy Birthday!

Yep, next Sunday, June 4th, marks the 1,987th birthday of Jesus’ church 🙂 On that first day 1000s of devout men from every nation under heaven each heard Jesus’ apostles proclaim God’s good in Jesus in their own languages: “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” and that day about three thousand of them did (Acts 2:5-8, 38, 41) 🙂 Luke some 30+ years later wrote of them: They were continually devoting themselves to… (1) the breaking of […]

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Vacation

Schools are letting out for summer breaks. Families are planning vacation trips. Just suppose your trip energizes your family instead of wearing them out. Suppose it enriches them instead of running up debt that takes a year to pay off. Suppose it enhances the family instead of dividing it. 1000+years before Jesus, El-kanah each year took his family on a God-centered trip (1 Samuel 1:3-5). The end result turned his nation upward. As boy Jesus grew, His parents did the same (Luke 2:41). You can too! Here’s a few ideas: Take along Bibles for brief, mealtime reading. Encourage Jesus-centered words […]

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Trainning Up

To voluntarily train children in Jesus is a gift worth more than needed money. Such volunteers in this church are minute-for-minute more precious than an employee, seriously! A young woman, I’ll call her Jenny, so wanted to train children in Jesus that she asked her church’s volunteer training minister for a class to teach. He said no class needed a teacher. Then, he gave Jenny this crazy suggestion: Go to poorest nearby families and persuade them to let their boys be her class. Jenny did exactly that and got a class! To encourage her and her class, the training minister […]

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Pruning

Pruning is selective removal of plant parts. Jesus’ words haunt me: I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that bears fruit, He prunes (Why?!) so it may bear more fruit. And: you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him bears much fruit (John 15:1, 2, 5) of more people more glorifying and praising Jesus as their saving Lord. Expected pain fiercely resists pruning. Hope of better fruit in Jesus welcomes it. It’s as if Jesus is saying to us: Off with our opinions.             On with My words! […]

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Mining

A miner sinks a shaft far from where people live. There he swings to and fro. No bird of prey has ever been there. The falcon’s sharp eyes have never caught sight of it. The mountain lion and wolf have never walked there. Why is he there? In its dust is gold, or precious stones or silver! The only living God says to seek wisdom as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of the Lord, and discover the knowledge of God (Proverbs 2:4-5). God says that in Jesus are hidden all […]

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Spirit born

Jesus said (John 3:5-8) of wind: you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit. People driven by physical drives see some action of a guy in whom is God’s Spirit and may think: Where’d that come from?! Indeed, God’s word (Ro.6:4) records being buried with [Jesus] through baptism into death and raised to walk in newness of life. It doesn’t just happen. Let’s say a guy named Hank hears of God in Jesus governing life. It seems so hard to […]

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