“BRING MY BROTHER BRAINS!”

“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”   Matthew 6:7,8 NIV   Read:   Matthew 6:5-13   Eight year old Shelly knelt by her bed as her Mom and Dad had taught her.   She thanked GOD for her Mom and Dad and all the things she could think.   Then, she added sincerely; “And GOD can you bring my little brother, Billy, some brains.  I know he is only four, but LORD, I don’t think he has any brains.  Can you give him some brains?” We might smile at what we just read.   But, we may be praying like Shelly.   We sometimes have the answer all worked out in our own minds and think all we have to do is tell GOD the solution to our problems.  After all, we may think; I know me better than anyone else.  You may know you better than your next door neighbor or even your very best friend.  But, I promise you, GOD knows you better than you know yourself. Next time you feel you have the answer to your problem and all GOD has to do is to do what you tell HIM to do, think again.  Hmm…seems you are the one in the situation that is in need of GOD’S help.  GOD is never in a situation where HE needs help.   Never. If you knew what is best, you would not be asking GOD to give you the answer to your...

“A REAL BIBLE THUMPER!”

“Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.”  Jeremiah 3:15 NIV Read:  Jeremiah 3: 14-18 A lady was being introduced to a man at a casual gathering.   Just before the meal, he was excusing himself to lead the group in a prayer before the meal.  In a voice of disbelief, she said; “Oh, you’re one of those Bible thumpers!”   He politely responded; “And proud of it!” Have you ever been accused of being a Bible thumper?   If not, why not?  We all should be proud of our faith in our loving GOD. Too much emphasis has been placed on being politically correct and not enough on being truthfully correct as GOD has taught us.  When we allowed prayer to be removed from our schools, we allowed our society to go into a tailspin of destruction.   When we allowed GOD to be placed secondary to public opinion, we started the destruction of our society. While we should be expressing our faith in our CREATOR, we don’t need to beat others over the head with a baseball bat or our Bibles.   JESUS brought us grace.   We should love and teach others with the grace HE has given us. GOD has cautioned us throughout scripture of our failings and obedience. While most will fall short and never enter the Kingdom of Heaven, we are to spread HIS gospel message so as many as possible can spend eternity with our TRIUNE LORD.  Be a Bible thumper…a Bible thumper filled with the loving grace of our GOD.     Today’ prayer:   “Thank YOU,...

“TIME IS LIKE MONEY!”

“I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.”   Psalm 104:33 NIV   Read:   Psalm 104:  31-35 Time is like money.  When you are out of it,  there is no more.   You cannot print more money when you are broke and you cannot turn back the clock to create more time when you have used all your minutes. No matter how much money and possessions we have, our society has convinced us we need just a little more.   Just a little more has become the standard we have chosen to live by.  All we gain, we will leave to others.   In time when our minutes are over we will have no need for any measure of gold or silver. You can leave all your gains to others who will spend it as they see, not as you would have chosen.   If you believe you will be helping family or others, you might.  Often you may not be helping, but complicating the lives of some whom cannot handle it responsibly Time is like money.   It has a value all its own.   At the end of your time you will discover if you have not already, time is more valuable than any amount of money.   When you are at your days, how much would you pay for another hour or another year? GOD is in control.   HE can bless you with money for a time and HE can bless you with time to enjoy this life and HE can stop that time when HE alone chooses. Are you a...

“PEOPLE CAN HEAR YOU!”

“Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.”   Psalm 47:6,7 NIV   Read:  Psalm 47 As the church congregation raised their voices in an old familiar hymn, my oldest son (16 at the time) leaned over and whispered in my ear:  “Not so loud, Dad, people can hear you!”   I loved to sing, but could not carry a tune in a bucket.  I have since learned to sing…not great…but, pretty good.  We can all learn to improve. A minister friend told me his choir teacher in school asked him if he was a tenor.   He replied he thought he was a bass.   The teacher responded he did not mean a tenor.   He was asking if he would sing ten or twelve miles away.   He told me he still sings because he knows GOD likes his voice! Others can be critical of our efforts.  They can criticize our singing, our driving, our cooking or a hundred other things we do.   Not to worry or have concerns.   GOD is the only judge that matters.   Don’t let the loose tongue of another dissuade you. Raise your voice and sing your praises to your HEAVENLY FATHER.  HE is listening for you.   No matter your voice quality to others, you have perfect tone and pitch for GOD’S ears.   Sing today.  HE is waiting to hear your praises. Today’s prayer:   “LORD GOD, Thank YOU for always hearing me and accepting my best efforts to please YOU.  Help me to reflect your...

“APATHY!”

“So that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.”  1Corinthians 12:25 NIV   Read:   1Corinthians 12:1-27   Apathy!   Our dictionaries tell us apathy is a lack of concern or a lack of interest.  It seems apathy is spreading across our great nation.  Yet, no one seems to care…  These sentences might sound like a pun and bring a smile to your face, but it is no laughing matter. Our Bibles tell us what GOD wants us to do.   HE tells us HIS desires and expectations for all those HE created.   As we read HIS word, we can be apathetic and continue doing as we please while ignoring all our LORD has told us to do. Political correctness has been a major contributor to our apathetic nation.   We seem to more concerned with being politically correct than pleasing our GOD.   How about you?  Do you really care or are you more concerned with being politically correct than being obedient to GOD?    ‘Thou shall’ and ‘Thou shall not’ are not suggestions.   There is no such thing as being just a little wrong or  being right most of the time.   Do you think you can do as you want and refuse all GOD has told you to do? Today is the day you can throw being politically correct out the window and start living as GOD has told you to do.  Obedience is far better than siding with non-believers and doing as Satan wants you to do.   Apathy is Satan’s friend.   Don’t make apathy your friend....