“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...

“INDIAN GIVER!”

“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”   Psalm 55:22   Read:  Psalm 55 What might sound like a politically incorrect phrase is a more correct slang term than what you might believe.   As new Americans traveled west, they literally invaded the lands Native American Indians had known to be theirs.   Then they were ‘given’ back portions of their land by treaty, rounded up and forced to live on the reservations under strict laws. Then these invaders…our forefathers…took back land that had been given to the rightful owners.  The term ‘Indian giver’ was coined.   These new Americans became ‘Indian givers’.  They gave to the defeated Native Americans and then took it back; breaking the treaties.  Our forefathers were the real ‘Indian givers!’ Taking back is something we do all to often.  JESUS died on that cross so that HE could take on all our sins and burdens.   We can take those problems and lay them…all of them…at the foot of HIS cross.  Still, we have a habit of taking them back.   We pray for HIS help with a situation and yet we take it back to do or worry about it ourselves ignoring the fact that GOD does not need our help. Do we think we so self righteous, so in control, so much better than GOD at solving our problems that we don’t trust GOD to fix all our problems? None of us can fix a problem, heal a pain, protect the innocent or stop a tear like our SAVIOUR does everyday.   Give up on...

“NO BELLY BUTTON?”

“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”    Genesis 2:7 Read:  Genesis 2:1-25 It seems some are obsessed with trivia and have a need to know every little detail.  You know everyone has a belly button.  But not always.   Our Bibles tell us GOD created Adam and then created Eve.   Since there was no umbilical cord, there was no belly button.   Adam and Eve were created by the hand of GOD. The world sometimes ponders on the obvious.  GOD has given us the answers. ‘Which came first, the chicken or the egg?’   Again, scripture tells us GOD created all living things.   Birds were created by GOD.   Their reproduction process was also created by GOD.   Then came the egg. GOD tells us everything we need to know.   The Bible solves all the questions we may have.  If we are still in doubt…all we have to do is ask GOD in prayer.   We need the eyes to see all HE has written and a heart and ears to hear HIM.   It is not difficult.  We make life more difficult in our own foolish minds. Forget the trivia and go for the truth…the truth that only comes from GOD. Today’s prayer:  “FATHER GOD, Thank YOU for creating me and giving me the life YOU chose.   Help me to be less concerned with the trivia of this world and more aware of all YOU want me to know. ...

“EVER RIDE A DONKEY?”

 “saying to them,‘Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me.'”   Matthew 21:2 NIV Read:   Matthew 21:1-16   Did you ever ride a donkey?   As stubborn as they can be, they are easy to ride and can carry heavy loads.   I have a donkey.  ‘Ben’ is a Bethlehem donkey.   Some call them Israeli donkeys of JESUS donkeys.    It is believed by many these donkeys descended from the donkey JESUS rode into the city just days before HIS mock trial and crucifixion.   The donkeys have a cross on their shoulders.   A colored line appears in the hair from one shoulder to the other across the mane forming a perfect cross…just where JESUS sat. JESUS gave instructions for the disciples to bring HIM a colt…a young donkey to ride into the city.   Why did HE choose a lowly donkey?   Perhaps, it showed the humbleness of CHRIST.  Kings, of the time, would ride stallions with ornate decorations before leading their troops into battle or in a victorious parade after a battle.   Here we have the most glorious KING of all entering on a slow trotting donkey.  HE was not a military king, but KING of all. We should be so humble. Let us prepare ourselves.   Our actions and our words should be as humble as JESUS on these days leading up to RESURRECTION SUNDAY.   Share the story of JESUS’ humble ride upon a donkey with someone today.   Tell them the wonderful story of JESUS.   HE can be their...

“NOT ENOUGH TIME!”

“While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.”  1Thessalonians 5:3 NIV Read:  1Thessalonians 5   Even thirty seconds could make a difference sometimes.   What if you had an extra hour or another day to complete a project? If you knew today was to be your last, how much more time would you need to get your life in order?   Most never get the time to complete a project, to update a will or to tell others goodbye. With loving memories, will you have time to tell someone you love them or to apologize for a wrong from days gone by?   Today…this minute…is the only time you really have.   Are you prepared for the unknown time you have left?   Have you done all you want to do or more importantly all you need to do?  Our scripture verse of the day tells us none will know the time CHRIST will return and believers will not need to be concerned.  In verse 10 we read: “HE died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with HIM.” Our time is limited.   Are you ready?  Turn your life over to our SAVIOUR and live in joy with HIM forever.    There is no time like right now.   Minutes from now may not exist for some reading this.  Reach out and take control of these limited days by living in submission to our RISEN SAVIOUR.   If you don’t, there will not be enough time. Today’s prayer:  “LORD,...

“I PROMISE!”

“If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”  Galatians 3:29 NIV   Read:  Galatians 3:15-29   “I PROMISE!”   When was the last time you made a promise to someone?   Did you keep the promise…all of it?   A half kept promise is a promise not kept at all. It takes two seconds to make a promise, but it can take a lifetime to keep a promise.   A promise is not for an hour or a day.  A promise is for forever.   Before you commit when making a promise, take a moment  to commit yourself to following through and fulfilling that promise…all of it. Perhaps, you have been on the other end of a broken promise.   Are you still disappointed because yesterday or decades ago someone broke a promise to you?   Forgiveness is difficult, but it is worth the effort.   You will find a comforting peace. Did you know JESUS made a promise to you?   HE did!  JESUS promised you eternal life.  HE promised you will never die and will live a life you cannot even imagine in Heaven forever and ever.   This is the only promise you will ever receive that is an absolute guarantee.   If you haven’t, isn’t it time to ask JESUS to be your personal SAVIOUR?   Now is the perfect time.   Don’t put it off.  You will receive HIS most wonderful promise. Today’s prayer:  “LORD JESUS, Thank YOU for loving me so much that I can receive YOUR greatest promise.  I have faith in YOU alone and know I will be with YOU in Heaven.  Amen.”...