“YOU BROKE IT, YOU FIX IT!” Wednesday Minute

“If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly…”   Jeremiah 7:5 NIV   Read:   Jeremiah 7:23-28   Accountability.  It seems to be disappearing in our society at an alarming rate. You may have loaned a tool or a personal item only to have it returned in less than favorable condition.  Many are simply not responsible and are not appreciative of your generous nature in loaning them things.  Are you different?   Do you return things in as good or better condition than when you borrowed them?  If you break something entrusted to you, do you fix it?   More than caring for material things, how about promises?   Is your word good?    Do you keep your promises or is an almost kept promise good enough?   Do you fix broken promises?   While we fail in keeping our promises to one another, we should never fail in keeping our promises to GOD.   GOD never has and never will fail in keeping HIS promises to you.   We read in the Old and New Testaments of GOD’S perfect promises.  For every promise we read, we also read of fifty times or more of people who broke their promises to HIM.   Broken promises are continuing today, just as they did thousands of years ago.   We have not changed from the people of old.  We have not learned from all GOD has told us.   We are still breaking our promises to GOD and failing to fix what we have broken.   As our title instructs; “you broke it, you fix it”.   No one can fix your...

“LOAN HIM A THOUSAND DOLLARS?” Sunday Sermonette

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV   Read:  Ecclesiastes 3:1-17   Has anyone ever asked you for a loan of hundreds or even thousands of dollars?   We have all been there.   Short of cash can certainly be caused by unknown situations, but are those times results of not being good stewards of what GOD has given us?   Being good stewards is more than being wise with the money GOD has allowed us to have.   We are also to be good stewards with everything HE has given us.   Possessions, our jobs, our time; all need to be managed as GOD would have us.   But most important of all, we must be good stewards of the time GOD wants us to worship HIM.  Best of all, we don’t have to borrow from GOD.   Everything we get from HIM, we get as a gift.  There is no loan.  There is no payback.   All we get from GOD is still all HIS.  We are allowed to use it during our time on earth.   Short of money or short of time can be an issue with all of us.   If we don’t have money, it has an immediate answer…we simply don’t have it.   While, if we don’t have time, we really do.  Time is the one thing we all have.  It is a matter of how we manage our time.   The most successful people are those who plan their time.   They are also the ones who take advantage and use that extra two minutes rather than sit...

“DARK SHADOWS IN YOUR LIFE?” Wednesday Minute

“My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass.”  Psalm 102:11 NIV Read:   Psalm 102:1-11   Do you have dark shadows in your life?  Are there times when gloom and doom seem to follow you every where?   Perhaps, you see the long, dark shadows of sinful times, mistakes and failures that haunt you…shadows of anguish, shadows of pains that won’t go away.   Those dark shadows of the past can be like a black veil smothering you.   Those dark shadows can prevent you from going forward and doing all GOD has for you.   Would you like to see them disappear forever?   The answer is faith.   Have faith in knowing the light of JESUS will take care of you.   JESUS came to be the light of the world.   HE can be the light that removes those cloudy shadows from your life.  Just as when you stand under the sun at high noon and see no shadows, when you stand under HIS perfect light, there are no shadows 24/7!  The problem that was casting those burdening shadows is surrounded by the LIGHT above.   Look into the LIGHT.   JESUS.    When you stand in the light of JESUS, you will not see those dark, haunting shadows.   HIS brilliance is what you have been waiting to see.   The more of JESUS’ light you want in your life, the fewer shadows you will hold onto.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, JESUS, for being my LIGHT in this dark and evil world.  Thank YOU for removing those dark shadows that have haunted me daily.   Amen.” ...

“DO YOU SUPPLICATE?” Sunday Sermonette

“May my supplication come before you; deliver me according to your promise.”      Psalm 119:170   Read:   Psalm 119:169-176   Often in scripture, we read a word that we are not sure of its true meaning.   We need to understand all the words GOD uses to tell us HIS desires and expectations of us.   So, do you supplicate?  We see this word or form of its tenses just a few times in scripture, yet it is a very important word.   The dictionary tells us that when we supplicate, we are praying to GOD in an earnest and humble manner.  It may also mean we are asking GOD to urgently help us.  When we supplicate, we are begging GOD to hear our prayers.   Do you supplicate when you ask GOD for help?   When GOD answers your prayers, do you go in supplication and thank HIM for answering your prayers or do you just take GOD’S assistance for granted?   Yes, supplication is more than just a rambled prayer.   Supplication is a sincere time of a real conversation with GOD.  When you go to GOD in prayer, you have a choice in the way you pray.   You can mumble a few thoughts with little concern of GOD hearing you and little expectation of HIM answering your prayers or you can pray in full supplication.   Next time you go to GOD, supplicate your thoughts with HIM.    Sincerely beg and plead with GOD in an absolute humble and earnest way.  GOD does not deserve any less.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, GOD for always being there to hear my...

“EVER DIG YOUR HEELS IN?” Wednesday Minute

 “So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.”  Psalm 81:12   Read:   Psalm 81:10-16   It seems we have an expression or an old saying for about everything.  Instead of just telling someone they are wrong, being stubborn or not being rational; we say they are ‘digging their heels in’.   We sometimes use words that may seem more palatable than just telling it like it is? So, why do we ‘dig our heels in’?   Are we that much smarter than someone else or believe that our way is the only way?   Maybe, it is just a selfish pride.   We know we are wrong, but our own pride refuses what is right and it gets in the way.   We just don’t want to ever admit to being wrong.   Or maybe, we don’t want to admit that someone else knows more than we do or has a better understanding of a situation.   No matter how we excuse it, ‘digging our heels in’ will not be beneficial to us or to others.  A humble heart is necessary when dealing with situations that require us to be logical.   Usually, when we ‘dig our heels in’ we are making decisions based on our emotional feelings rather than a real right or wrong.   Peter dug his heels in.   He thought he knew better when he cut off a servant’s ear and again when he told JESUS he would never deny HIM.  But, he dug his heels in and denied he was a follower of JESUS or even knew HIM.   Maybe,...

“NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR PAIN?” Sunday Sermonette

” And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”    Romans 8:27 NIV   Read:   Romans 8: 26-30   You hurt.   You feel alone and think no one understands how you feel.   That may be what you think, but that is not true.   GOD feels all your pains…physical, emotional and spiritual.  GOD feels your pain just as you do and HE cares about how you feel.   Even when you feel alone, you are never alone.  GOD is with you.   We can find comfort in an assured faith.   GOD sent us HIS only SON.  HE was born as man to feel the hurts as pains we all feel.   HE suffered as man physically and emotionally.  HE suffered beatings, cried at losses and died as a man.  But as GOD, HE was able to deal with those pains.   As a believer, GOD will help you deal with those pains.   JESUS sent the HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD, to each of us who have trusted in HIM.   THE HOLY SPIRIT is alive in each of us who believe.   HE will never leave us.   Alive in us, HE feels all our aches and pains.   HE knows the emotional turmoils we deal with daily.   Everything you feel, GOD feels as a physical and spiritual part of you.   At those times, when you can’t find the right words or you don’t know the words to pray when asking for help, THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD knows just what to pray.   HE intercedes for us…for you…taking your needs...