“MAKE THE WORLD GO AWAY!” Wednesday Minute

“Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you.  He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”  Psalm 55:22 NLT Read:   Psalm 55:22-23   We have all had those bad, trying times when it seemed everything was crashing in on us.   Fifty years ago there was a song’s lyrics that proclaimed:  “Make the world go away, take it off my shoulders.”   You may have felt the weight of burdens that felt like the weight of the world.  You may have felt so much pressure you even screamed:  “Make the world go away!”   Some mornings you just pulled the sheet up to block out the day hoping the world would just go away.   Often, it is hard to face the reality of problems.   It would be so much easier if we could just escape the painful situations and they would go away.   GOD gave us an escape in two forms.   First, HE gave us HIS strength.  We do not have to rely upon our own weaknesses to support on our shoulder what may seem to be the weight of the world.  HE has enough strength for everyone in the world.   Second, HE gave us time with HIM to hand HIM our problems with simple prayers.  All you have to do is pray.   Ask GOD to take your problems and get them off your shoulder.   When you do, the problems of this world will go away. The burdens you fear are never to big for GOD.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, LORD, for taking away the burdens and fears...

“MONEY IS LIKE MANURE!” Sunday Sermonette

” Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”   Acts 5:4 NIV   Read:   Acts 5:1-11   Think about it.  Money is just like manure.  If you spread manure around, it makes things grow.  But, you don’t want to step in it.  Manure is a great fertilizer for plants and money is a great aid to help others.   Pile manure up and it rots and stinks.  Money piled up and hoarded will rot and eventually stink.  Money used wrongly will rot our very soul and we will stink just like the manure.  But, money spread around will benefit many.   Today’s verses tell us of hoarding money…even part of it…can be evil and a lie unto GOD.   The lesson is hard, but true.   What we are to give and share is meant by GOD for HIS purpose and we are not to hold back in our giving.   Whether you are rich beyond measure or have only pennies, it is all GOD’S which HE has allowed you to use while you are on this earth.   All GOD asks is you return a portion of it to HIM.   Hebrews 13:5 tells us: “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.”  What does this verse mean to you?   Money is like manure.  Spread it around...

“LAND OF THE FREE?” Wednesday Minute

” therefore you will no longer see false visions or practice divination. I will save my people from your hands. And then you will know that I am the Lord.”  Ezekiel 13:23   Read:   Ezekiel 13:17-23   While preparing the celebration of another 4th of July, are we into celebrating the celebration or sincerely appreciating this historical day?   How great is our country when our moral standards are being poured down the gutter?   As a child, I stood proudly every morning in school pledging allegiance to the United States of America facing our flag.   Today, most kids don’t even know all the words of the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’.   Sexual perversion and living together outside of marriage is promoted openly in TV, movies and even commercials. Vulgarity in speech and actions is a norm almost anyplace people gather.  Disrespect of our police and military is at an all time high.   Mention GOD and you may be looked at as a dinosaur.   But, that is what we are to do.   Scripture tells us of the many times GOD’S children abandoned HIM, just as we are doing today.  Finally, HE sent HIS only SON to take on all those sins and to give those who trusted and believed a new life for all eternity.   Isn’t it time you traded the evils of this world for the safety of JESUS’ arms?   Only JESUS can offer you the land of the free…free from the grips of Satan.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, LORD, for giving me the only true freedom.  Help me today to share YOUR gospel with others and turn the...

“SOMEONE, ANSWER THE DOOR!” Sunday Sermonette

” Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”  Revelation 3:20 NIV   Read:   Revelation 3:19-22   As we walked door to door to invite neighbors to visit the new church in Boerne, sometimes it was a long wait at the door before someone would open it.   Once, I heard the mother yell through the house:   “Someone, answer the door!”   We are often like that.   We just don’t open the door when JESUS is knocking.   Still HE knocks again and again.   Sometimes we think we are just to busy and other times we don’t even hear HIM.  In order to hear, we first have to listen.   JESUS could just come on in.   But, HE waits.   The choice of accepting JESUS is each of ours, individually.  Have you answered the door to your heart when JESUS is knocking?   HE is offering HIMSELF to each and every person.   It is your choice.   HE may knock loudly or HIS knock may be as gentle as a whisper.  Anyway HE knocks, there will be no doubt.   JESUS is there for you.  If you will open the door, JESUS will come in.   No matter what you have done, said or thought, there is a new day.  Today can be your day.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, JESUS, for not stopping YOUR knocking on my heart.   I hear YOU and want to know YOU.   Now, I am answering YOUR call.  Amen.”...

“IT HURTS SO MUCH!” Wednesday Minute

“News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them”  Matthew 4:24 NIV   Read:  Matthew 4:23-25   Injuries can bring on immediate and horrible pain.   Illnesses can also wreck havoc with our bodies.   People across our nation have grown dependent upon pain killers once taken for pain.  Now, the pain is the addiction to the pain killers.   These are real pains, but the emotional pain is more than many feel they can deal with.  Our mind is sometimes weaker than our bodies.   Mental illness and depression are common place brought on by divorce, financial problems and illnesses.   While physical and emotional pains are real destroyers, the greatest pain is spiritual pain.   The pain of separation from your Creator is the destroyer of eternal life.   Knowing GOD is always there is an undeniable fact.  Yet, so many turn to worldly false solutions and struggle to find their SAVIOUR when the physical and emotional pains set in.   Spiritual pain has to be offset with understanding all our spiritual blessings.   Yes, even in the worst of times we can find times of joy.   When we need GOD the most, HE is there for us.   GOD is right where HE has always been; keeping HIS promise to us.   Get rid of the pain.   Get GOD.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, GOD, for always being there for me in all my times of pain.  Help me to come to...

“I AM SO, SO SORRY!” Sunday Sermonette

 “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”  2Corinthians 7:9 NIV   Read:  2Corinthians 7:8-12   “I am so, so sorry!”  These words are seldom said often enough or sincerely enough.  When was the last time someone told you they were sorry for hurting you?  Are you still waiting?   We can also look at the times we failed to tell someone we were sorry for our actions, our failure to act or of our hurtful words that hurt them.   Who do you need to ask for forgiveness?   The dictionary defines being sorry as regretful or mournful.  In order to be regretful or mournful you first have to have remorse in your heart for your actions.  Any act of hurting another is a sinful situation and needs to be addressed.  Treating your wrongs flippantly is wrong in itself.   There are times we need to stand up to ourselves.  We need to be aware of our own shortcomings.  We are not perfect, but we are to do all as perfectly as possible.  That includes being fair and just with everyone.  And it means when we fail, we stand up responsibly and tell others we are sorry…so very sorry for our failure to be kind to them.   Being sorry also means we must restore the ones we have done or said things against.   Restoration may be as simple as telling them humbly that you are truly very sorry.  Other times, it may mean you restore them materially for their loss.   It is your responsibility.   Today’s prayer: ...