He knows

Psalm 139:1-6 is a section of scripture that focuses on helping us to see and stand in awe of the great and complex nature of God. Within these six verses, we see just how powerful God is. He knows our very thoughts and is guiding us through this life. God’s vast ability to fully know and understand each and every person on this planet is mindboggling. He knows just how we think, just how we act, and just how we are feeling. What an amazing God we serve who in spite of all our imperfections He still chooses to have […]

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On guard

I once bought a bag full of repair supplies and tools along with a large piece of plywood. It was hard to carry it all, so I set aside the plywood, took the supplies on ahead and came back or the unguarded plywood. Someone had taken it:( My eyes filled with tears. You may know someone who lost a bicycle or a purse in a similar way. Our most precious items are even easier to lose because they are less concrete treasures like joy, peace, a friendship and God’s everlasting purpose. These treasures get lost in the rushes of our […]

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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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