Sunday, June 24, 2018

Transformed

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the
Lord's glory, are being transformed into his like-
ness with ever-increasing glory, which comes
from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18

The majority of active members in our sound churches 
today are primarily doers; their chief concern is to 
work for the Lord. But, service being the emphasis of 
their life, they are, for the most part motivated by self.

We must all learn, sooner or later, that the result of 
every form of self-effort is nothing but a barren waste, 
a spiritual Death Valley. Our growth is bound to falter 
and dry up when service is predominantly in the life, 
especially in the formative years.

Conversely, when growth in Christ is given first place, 
service will never suffer. Furthermore, our life work 
will be accomplished in His time and in His way--and 
that without physical, mental, or spiritual breakdown.

The tragedy of the church is the service-centered be-
liever has little or no concern for spiritual growth, 
other than enough development and training for what 
he considers to be fruitful service. Naturally altruistic, 
he is appalled at the thought of placing growth ahead 
of outreach. The activist rarely seems to become aware 
of the sin of self, of the necessity of the Cross in his 
life, or of God's purpose for him to be conformed to 
the image of Christ.

There are many believers who feel that the chief pro-
blem in our congregations is the existence of an over-
whelming number of pew parasites. But, on the other 
hand, the vast army of busy-bee workers in our midst 
constitutes a comparable problem. Both doing nothing, 
and doing too much, are a hindrance to God's purpose. 
His will for the Christian is expressed in the word 
"being," which in turn will result in effective "doing."
Miles Stanford 1914-1999

Reader, being part of a church can be an exhausting
experience for most committed Christians. We want
to be accepted and well thought of. Right? As I look
back on my life at all of the temptations to be busy,
I understand how Lyme Disease played an essential
role. I was simply too exhausted to play the game well.
God continues to have me on a short tether where I am
given the strength to do only what He is asking of me.
Well...Amen!

Miles Stanford certainly laid it out in the short para-
graphs above. The verse at the top is a verse that one
can wallow in...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miles_J._Stanford




Thursday, June 21, 2018

Resting

"We rest on Thee"--our Shield and our Defender!
We go not forth alone against the foe;
Strong in Thy strength, safe in Thy keeping tender,
"We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go."

Yea, "in Thy Name," O Captain of salvation!
In Thy dear Name, all other names above;
Jesus our Righteousness, our sure Foundation,
Our Prince of glory and our King of love.

"We go" in faith, our own great weakness feeling,
And needing more each day Thy grace to know:
Yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing;
"We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go."

"We rest on Thee"--our Shield and our Defender!
Thine is the battle, Thine shall be the praise
When passing through the gates of pearly splender,
Victors--we rest with Thee through endless days.
Ruth G Cherry--could not find any stats on her

Reader, This hymn is the hymn of the week for me.
It is written to the tune of Be Still, My Soul, which
is also a winner:

Be still my soul: the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, loves purest joys restored.
Be still my soul: when change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.
Katharina Von Schlegel

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Greatly Rejoice

Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a 
season, if needs be, you are in heaviness through
manifold temptations. 1 Peter 1:6

Receive every inward and outward trouble, every
disappointment, pain, uneasiness, temptation, 
darkness and desolation with both hands as a true
opportunity and blessed occasion of dying to 
self, and entering into fuller fellowship with thy
self-denying and suffering Savior. Look at no
inward or outward trouble in any other way. Re-
ject every other thought about it, then every kind
of trial and distress will be the blessed day of
thy prosperity.    William Law1680-1761
Law was an English writer whose major work
A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life con-
tinues to inspire Christians today.

Faith must pass through the furnace--it will not
do to say that we trust in the Lord, we must prove
that we do, and that when everything is against
us. CH Mackintosh 1820-1896
Was one of the early and most prolific Brethren
writers. Still widely read. 

Reader, this seems to be a season where many are
in heaviness due to various trials. It takes me back
to a very great trial as a college student where I
came to the point of blessing those who had deep-
ly hurt me. The result was joy unspeakable and
a relationship that is precious even today.

That was a one time event of somewhat short dura-
tion, but many find themes of suffering which seem
to be part of their lives in this world.

The Secret of Power

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the 
cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the 
world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
Galatians 6:14

The cross is the secret of power. The cross is what
we can glory in. It sets us aside, breaks us to pieces,
writes upon us the sentence of death, in order that
the power of Christ, through the Holy Spirit, may
rest upon us. The one who has learned death, who
has the sentence of death in himself, is the one who
will have power...

You are to make a complete surrender of your will,
strength, time, talents--all that you are and have to
be put upon the altar. But who makes this surrender,
and what is the altar? If you make the surrender, it is
self surrendering to self, a most subtle form of self-
righteousness. but when we see it is the cross of our
Lord--that cross by which I am, I was crucified, in
His death; that "I am crucified with Christ"--when
we see this, we find that it is not a question of surren-
der for me, but of the cross which has set me aside,
that Christ may be all. Anything short of the cross
only fosters pride, and pride in its worst form.
Samuel Ridout 1855-1924

Reader, there is so much here that cannot be under-
stood in a quick read. His is a very interesting bio.
http://www.plymouthbrethren.org/category/author/samuel-ridout


Sunday, June 17, 2018

His Finished Work

...To them God has chosen to make known among
the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, 
which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Colossians 1:27

When the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts He brings
Christ in the completeness of His finished work on
the cross, and then proceeds progressively to conform
us to Christ.

Do you realize that the Christ in you is not an imperfect
Christ? When the Lord Jesus wrought His Calvary work
He not only dealt with the matter of forgiveness but He
went right on to the perfection of redemption, finally
reaching the throne of the Overcomer.

In Him, the Person, the whole ground of spiritual ex-
perience is covered and completed. There is no exper-
ience that can ever come to you or me which makes
it impossible the reaching of God's end, for Christ has
already met and overcome it.

So we are not to struggle in vain attempts after perfec-
tion, but to cooperate with the Holy Spirit as He seeks
to make good in us the power of Christ's finished
work on the cross. It is Christ in you who is the hope 
of  glory. Anything less or anything else will bring
no hope of glory but rather despair. T Austen-Sparks

Reader, we cannot add or subtract anything to what
our Lord has accomplished on the Cross. If we could
only grasp it and live free in His love. In this we are
progressively conformed to His image. It is by reve-
lation that we transformed. Paul prays this:

May He grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation
in the (deep and intimate) knowledge of Him, by
having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so 
that you can know and understand the hope to which 
He has called you... Ephesians 1:17, 18 (AMP)

Watchman Nee meets T Austen-Sparks--you can find
a biography of T Austen-Sparks at this website:
http://frankviola.org/2010/04/15/watchman-nee-meets-t-austin-sparks/


Friday, June 15, 2018

Every Man's Work

...if any man build upon this foundation gold, 
silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stable; Every 
man's work shall be made manifest: for the day 
shall declare it...  I Corinthians 3:12-13a

The only power God recognizes in His church is the 
power of His Spirit whereas the only power actually 
recognized today by the majority of evangelicals is 
the power of man. God does His work by the opera-
tion of the Spirit, while Christian leaders attempt to
do theirs by the power of trained and devoted intel-
lect. Bright personality has taken the place of divine
anointing.

Everything that men do in their own strength and by 
means of their own abilities is done for time alone; 
the quality of eternity is not in it. Only what is done 
through the Eternal Spirit will abide eternally; all
else is wood, hay, stubble. 
AW Tozer

Placed under the glass of my dressing table as I was
growing up was this:
"Only one life, 'twill soon be past, only what's done
through Christ will last."
My Dad pulled it out and wrote: "Amen! Dad"

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Five Seconds From Death?

We had just finished shopping at COSTCO, and
were putting our groceries into the van. Danalee
was returning the cart when I decided to move the
groceries from the trunk to the back seat. I lifted
the hatch and made two trips. As I was leaning
my head into the trunk I heard a shout, at which
time I noticed the descending door. I ducked out
with the feeling that "nothing could have kept that
door from closing all the way." This may not be
true but I remember a Mom who lost her son
when the garage door failed to rise.

What was this all about? Well, I had just asked the
gal at check out if she had heard that God loved
her, that He had sent His Son Jesus to die for her
sins so she could go to heaven? The woman said,
"No, I have not heard that." At this point I quoted
Romans 10:9 to her.

That if you confess with your mouth the Lord
Jesus and believe in your heart that God has
raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

So, as we finished the transaction I encouraged
her to get hold of a Bible and read the beautiful
story of Jesus. I finished up by saying that of all
the lines I could have been in, I was in her lane
because God loved her so much. I noticed that
the man helping her was listening to my every
word. As I turned to go he caught my attention
and said, "Thank you so much for speaking to
her."

Reader, we are clueless as to how long we are
going to live here on earth. Each of us is either
in the kingdom of darkness or the Kingdom of
the Son. Paul says this to the Christians in his
letter to the Colossians:

He has delivered us from the kingdom of the
power of darkness and conveyed us into the
Kingdom of the Son of His love. Col 1:13

Do you know Him? Are you in the Kingdom
of the Son of His love? What about the people
around you? The first time I shared the Gospel,
I felt I was completely incoherent, but the
young man accepted Christ. We were both 18
but he was dying of metastatic cancer. It was
this that compelled me to go beyond my com-
for zone. In the past few weeks I have talked
to many about Jesus and what He has done for
them. It has become easier. May you, too, ven-
true out into the deep to catch those that are
perishing.





Monday, June 11, 2018

Endless Praise

My praise shall be continually of Thee 
Psalm 71:6

The God of Abraham praise,
Who reigns enthroned above,
Ancient of everlasting days,
   And God of love.
Jehovah great I AM!
By earth and heaven confessed,
I bow, and bless the sacred name,
   For ever blest.

The God of Abraham praise,
At whose supreme command
From earth I rise, and seek the joys
   At His right hand.
I all on earth forsake,
Its wisdom, fame and power;
And Him my only portion make,
   My shield and tower.

He by Himself hath sworn,
I on His oath depend:
I shall, on eagle's wings upborne,
   To heaven ascend;
I shall behold His face,
I shall His power adore,
And sing the wonders of His grace
   for evermore.

There dwells the Lord our King,
the Lord our righteousness,
Triumphant o'er the world and sin,
   the Prince of Peace.
On Zion's sacred height
His kingdom He maintains,
And glorious with His saints in light
   For ever reigns.

The whole triumphant host
Give thanks to God on high;
"Hail Father, Son and Holy Ghost!"
   They ever cry.
Hail Abraham's God and mine!
(I join the heavenly lays),
All might and majesty are Thine,
   And endless praise.
Thomas Olivers 1725-99

Reader, I have never heard this hymn sung, that
I remember, but I am able to sing it. The hymn
is based on the Hebrew Yigdal. It has been some-
thing that I have turned to when life has taken a
downward turn. I have almost memorized it! The
words penetrate deeper than the surface where
one lives. It speaks forth truth to the inner man.

A short biography of this Welshman. He called
himself, "A brand plucked from the fire."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Olivers


Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Lord He is God

We are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Psalm 100:3

Before Jehovah's awful throne,
Ye nations, bow with sacred joy;
Know that the Lord is God alone;
He can create, and He destroy.

His sovereign power, without our aid,
Made us of clay, and formed us
   men;
And, when like wandering sheep we
   strayed,
He brought us to the fold again.

We are His people, we His care,--
 Our soul's and all our mortal frame:
What lasting honors shall we rear,
Almighty Maker, to Thy name?

We'll crowd Thy gates with thankful
   songs,
High as the heavens our voices raise;
And earth, with her ten thousand
   tongues,
Shall fill Thy courts with sounding
   praise.

Wide as the world is Thy command,
Vast as eternity Thy love;
Firm as a rock Thy truth shall stand,
When rolling years shall cease to
   move.
Isaac Watts  1674-1784
alt John Wesley 1703-91

Reader, as we see the nations shaking
and the foundations laid bare, we have
a God who is in control, One whose
love is boundless toward His own.

Here is a very detailed bio of the life
of Isaac Watts. What caught my atten-
tion is that his genius was contained
in a very weak sickly body.
https://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/bwatts7.html

A concise bio of the man who is con-
sidered the father of modern hymns.
ishttps://www.encyclopedia.com/people/literature-and-arts/music-history-composers-and-performers-biographies/isaac-watts





Thursday, June 7, 2018

Sowing in Tears

Those who sow in tears
Shall reap in joy.
He who continually goes forth weeping
Bearing seed for sowing
Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing
Bringing his sheaves with him.
Psalm 126:5, 6

Thoughts
Why the tears? Because the sower knows the lost
and desperate condition of those who are not
believers.

Continually, weeping? This must be the love and
compassion of our Lord that pours forth in tears
from our hearts with prayers back to Him.

Bearing seed for sowing? I see a weeping woman
whose arms are filled with seed--the Word of God--
which is spilling out on the ground of many soils,
which she wets with her tears. The woman goes
on often completely unaware of the results of her
labor.

The result.? She shall surely come back to the place
of sowing and will reap the harvest; her arms now
full of harvest; her heart full of joy.

Father, melt our hearts for the lost whose hope is
not in heaven, but in the very short time on earth--
and then what? Give us the seed that will become
hope as we sow the Gospel into the soil for we do
not know who is ready to hear. You are the Lord
of the harvest!

"In sweet abandon, You were used up and spilled
out for me..."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pklUAB4E4nA

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

I Hear The Words of Love

Being justified by faith, we have peace with 
God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Romans 5:1

I hear the words of love,
I gaze upon the blood,
I see the mighty sacrifice,
And I have peace with God.

'Tis everlasting peace!
Sure as Jehovah's name;
'Tis stable as His steadfast throne,
Forever more the same.
   
The clouds may come and go,
And storms may sweep my sky--
This blood-sealed friendship changes
   not:
The cross is ever nigh.

My love is oft times low,
My joy still ebbs and flows;
But peace with Him remains the same--
No change Jehovah knows.

I change, He changes not,
The Christ can never die;
His love, not mine, the resting place,
His truth, not mine, the tie.
Horatius Bonar 1808-89

Reader I am not sure if I used this old hymn
recently, but it doesn't matter. Someone needs
to hear this today.

I have just finished reading a biography of Bonar.
He was of the Reformed tradition who also be-
lieved in a Pre-Millenial Rapture! He knew John
Darby and both studied under the same man.
This is a good read!
https://biblicalstudies.org.uk/pdf/eusebeia/03_023.pdf

Here is the hymn for those who remember our
IVCF days. I loved to sing it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhPGpNwguuU






Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Leadership

Be ye holy (complete, whole, full) even as I am holy. 
1 Peter 1:16

A Late Prophet Has Written:
It is a law of the human soul that most people tend 
to become like that which they admire most intensely.
Deep and long continued admiration can alter the
whole texture of the mind and heart and turn the de-
votee into something quite other than he was before.

For this reason it is critically important that we Chris-
tians should have right models. It is not enough to say
that our model should be Christ. While that is true, it
is also true that Christ is known mostly through the
lives of His professed followers, and the more promi-
nent and vocal these followers are the more powerful
will be their influence upon the rank and file of Chris-
tians. If the models are imperfect the whole standard
of Christian living must suffer as a result.

A sacred obligation lies upon each of us to be Christ-
like. This generation of Christians must have models
it can safely admire. That is not the primary reason
for seeking to be holy, but it is a powerful one. Many
beginners are taking us for their examples. Later they
will become detached from us and will learn to fix
their eyes directly upon the Lord Himself; in the mean-
time, for better or for worse we are their idea of what
Christ is like. This is a wonderful and frightening fact
that we must face and deal with as we may.
A W Tozer--1897-1963

Reader, Tozer is speaking of the Baby Boomer genera-
tion, of which I am one. Life was much simpler when
this man was alive, but even then, there was a need to
admonish leaders. We may not feel like leaders but
think of children, grandchildren and young adults who
are just beginning to walk through a maze of opportuni-
ties and who are trying to choose. Does your life reflect
the Savior? And, who are your role models? Are they
men and women who are true to scripture, still learning,
humble, Godly in character?

A biography of the man called Tozer:
http://www.awtozerclassics.com/page/page/4891821.htm


Monday, June 4, 2018

Be Filled

Be filled with the Holy Spirit.  Ephesians 5:18

One day in the city of New York--oh, what a day--
cannot describe it, I seldom refer to it--it is almost 
too sacred an experience to name. I can only say 
God revealed Himself to me, and I had such an ex-
perience of His love that I had to ask Him to stay 
His hand. I went to preaching again. The sermons 
were no different. I did not present any new ideas, 
yet hundreds were converted. I would not be placed 
back where I was before that blessed experience if 
you were to give me all Glasgow.
Dwight L Moody

Reader, this is what we need. A fresh empowerment
of the Holy Spirit. A deeper revelation of God!

Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins
may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may
come from the presence of the Lord.  Acts 3:19

Repent means to turn and go another way. Ask God to
show you if there is anything blocking a fresh new ex-
perience of God's Life and Power. 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Promises

He has give us exceeding great and precious promises.
2 Peter 1:4

I became a believer in the Lord Jesus  in November,
1825, nearly seventy years ago. The first four years
after my conversion were spent in spiritual weak-
ness; but in July, 1829, now sixty six years ago, I
came to a place of entire and full surrender of heart.
I gave myself fully to the Lord. Honors, pleasure,
money, my physical powers, my mental powers, all
laid down at the feet of Jesus, and I became a great
lover of God. I found my all in God, and have con-
tinued to do so, in all my temporal and spiritual trials, 
for these past sixty six years. My faith does not per-
tain to only temporal bleassings, but to everything be-
cause I stand constantly on God's Word. It has been 
my knowledge of God and His Word that has thus 
sustained me. George Mueller

Reader, we will constantly stumble and fall if we do
not understand and embrace His exceeding great and
precious promises. For those who do not know the
man, George Mueller, take the time to read his bio.
We have so much to learn from those who have gone
before us. I am taking time this summer to draw near
to God as I wait and watch for His coming. I have
felt so dry lately, fearful and discouraged. How about
you?

I have found a wonderful expose of Mueller's life.
urge all of you who want to know God in a deeper
way to read it. 

https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/george-muellers-strategy-for-showing-god

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

In Christ Alone

...in all these things we are more than conquerors
through Him who loved us. For I am convinced 
that neither death nor life, neither angels nor de-
mons, neither things present nor the future, nor
any powers, neither height nor depth, nor any-
thing else in all creation, will be able to separate 
us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our 
Lord.   Romans 8: 37-39

Reader, I was able to watch Blake's funeral and it
was rather glorious as his Mom, Dad and brother
spoke about their lives with him. He was Christ
filled from an early age and loved to help others.
He grew up in Young Life as he attended all the
camps and weekends from infancy, and saw multi-
tudes saved. He was born on July 4th 1998 and
lived but nineteen short years.

In Christ Alone was sung at the end of the funeral.
The music is at the end of the blog:

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song;
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What nights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
   My Comforter, my All in All,
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save;
    Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied--
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death I live.

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again!
    And as He stands in victory
Sins curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine--
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
this is the power of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny.
    No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWiFYJMGas0



Tuesday, May 29, 2018

I Will Never Leave You

...As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will
never leave you nor forsake you.  Joshua 1:5b

I thought that holiness, practical holiness, was to be 
attained by a diligent use of the means of grace. There 
was nothing I so much desired as holiness, nothing I 
so much needed; but far from in any measure attaining 
it, the more I strove after it, the more it eluded my 
grasp, until hope itself almost died out, and I began 
to think that--perhaps to make heaven the sweeter--
God would not give it down here. I do not think that 
was striving to attain it in my own strength. I knew 
was powerless. I told the Lord so, and asked Him to 
give me help and strength. Sometimes I almost believed 
that He would keep me and uphold me; but on looking 
back in the evening--alas! there was but sin and failure 
to confess and mourn before God...All the time I felt 
assured that there was in Christ all I needed, but the 
practical question was--how to get it out. He was rich 
truly, but I was poor; He was strong, but I weak. I knew 
full well that there was in the root, the stem, abundant 
fatness, but how to get it into my puny little branch was 
the question. As gradually light dawned,  I saw that faith 
was the only requisite--was the hand to lay hold on His 
fullness and make it mine. But I had not this faith. 

I strove for faith, but it would not come; I tried to exer-
cise it, but in vain. Seeing more and more the wondrous 
supply of grace laid up in Jesus, the fullness of our pre-
cious Savior, my guilt and helplessness seemed to in-
crease. Sins committed appeared but as trifles compared 
with the sin of unbelief which was their cause, which 
could not or would  prayed for faith, but it came not. 
What was I to do?

When my agony of soul was at its height, a sentence in 
a letter from (my dear friend) McCarthy was used to re-
move the scales from my eyes, and the Spirit of God re-
vealed to me the truth of our oneness with Jesus as I had
never known it before. McCarthy, who had much been
exercised by the same sense of failure but saw the light
before I did, wrote (I quote from memory):

But how to get faith strengthened? Not by striving after
faith, but by resting in the Faithful One.

As I read, I saw it all! "If we believe not, he abideth faith-
ful" I looked to Jesus and saw (and when I saw, oh, how
joy flowed!") that He said, "I will never leave thee."

"Ah, there is rest!" I thought. "I have striven in vain to
rest in Him. I'll strive no more. For has He not promised
to abide with me--never to leave me nor forsake me?"
And dearie, He never will!  Hudson Taylor

Reader, I believe that Taylor wrestled with this question
when he was one of the few missionaries living in China.
He was not married and was seeing practically no fruit.
I have posted his biography below. It is the wide view.
His biography--Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret-- is much
more personal and includes his many struggles. He was a
pioneer

When I was in nursing school I had a classmate whose
parents were with China Inland Mission which was begun
by Hudson Taylor. I wish I had spent more time with her
and listened to her stories of China and of also ending up
in Boarding School away from home.

https://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/missionaries/hudson-taylor.html

Monday, May 28, 2018

Do It Yourself

Casting down imaginations and every high thing
that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.
2 Corinthians 10:5

Determinedly Demolish Some things.
Deliverance from sin is not deliverance from the
human nature, such as prejudices, which the saint
has to destroy by neglect; and other things which
have to be destroyed by violence, i.e. by Divine
strength imparted by God's Spirit. There are some
things over which we are not to fight, but to stand
still in and see the salvation of God; but every
theory or conception which erects itself as a ram-
part against the knowledge of God is to be deter-
minedly demolished by drawing on God's power,
not by fleshly endeavor or compromise.

It is only when God has altered our disposition
and we have entered into the experience of sancti-
fication that the fight begins. The warfare is not 
against sin; we can never fight against sin: Jesus
deals with our sin in Redemption. The conflict is
along the line of turning our natural life into a
spiritual life, and this is never done easily, nor
does God intent it to be done easily. It is done on-
ly by a series of moral choices. God does not 
make us holy in the sense of character. He makes
us holy in the sense of innocence, and we have 
to turn that innocence into holy character by a 
series of moral choices. These choices are contin-
ually in antagonism to the entrenchments of our
natural life, the things which erect themselves as
ramparts against the knowledge of God. We can
either go back and make ourselves of no account
in the Kingdom of God, or we can determinedly
demolish these things and let Jesus bring another
son to glory.  Oswald Chambers

Reader, we cannot live the Christian Life from a
passive frame of mind. We may not be in battle,
but the enemy is in battle--for our mind, for our
testimony, for our peace in Christ. He comes to
kill, steal and destroy. Chambers has outlined the
various attacks and battles we face and how to
handle them. Our natural life wants to be in the
ascendency and will erect things as ramparts
against the knowledge of God. We can make our-
selves of no account for the Kingdom of God, OR,
we can determinedly demolish these things and let 
Jesus bring another son to glory.
Press on, dear warrior, press on.

PS I purposely reiterated what Chambers wrote at
the end because it is easily passed over as one has-
tens to the next blog or website or FB posting.
Besides, he uses big words!


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Instant in Season

Be instant in season, out of season
2 Timothy 4:2

Many of us suffer from the morbid tendency to be
instant "out of season." The season does not refer
to time, but to us, whether we feel like it or not.
If we do only what we feel inclined to do, some
of us would do nothing forever and ever. There 
are unemployables in the spiritual domain, spiri-
tually decrepit people, who refuse to do anything
unless they are supernaturally inspired. The proof
that we are rightly related to God is that we do 
our best whether or not we feel inspired or not.
Oswald Chambers

Reader, this is a spiritually difficult season which
we are in. There are too many days in a row where
it is hard to move, to plan, to go forward. I find it
helpful to ask Jesus to manage my time, to be my
energy, to be my life in any given situation. It
means that I have to be "instant out of season,"
much of the time, relying only on Him. You see,
my best is never enough.

Two things:
I understand that readers have had difficulty under-
standing a series of posts on a dying 18 year old.
If you missed one of them it was confusing be-
cause I did not share the posts that had gone before.
Here are the three posts in order:
So Close to Death--5/15
Loves Like a Hurricane--5/18
His Departure--5/20
You can scroll down for the earlier posts.

Secondly, one of my readers emailed me to say
that she had commented twice and both com-
ments had been removed. This might explain
why I have seen so few comments in the past
six months. :(

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Mind of Christ

Let this mind be in you, which was also in 
Christ Philippians 2:5

May the mind of Christ my 
   Savior
Live in me from day to day,
By His love and power controlling
   All I do and say.

May the Word of God dwell richly
  In my heart from hour to hour,
So that all may see I triumph
   Only in His power.

May the peace of God my Father
   Rule my life in everything,
That I may be calm to comfort
   Sick and sorrowing.

May the love of Jesus fill me,
   As the waters fill the sea;
Him exalting, self abasing,
   This is victory.

May I run the race before me,
   Strong and brave to face the foe,
Looking only unto Jesus
   As I onward go.
Kate Barclay Wilkerson

Reader, it is all about Jesus. He is our all
in all. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

His Departure

Blake woke up on Saturday, full of life, as he entered
into glory where he will live for eternity. It was the 8th
day--which is "new beginnings." It was a hard fight:

For I am already being poured out as a 
drink offering, and the time of my depar-
ture is at hand. 
I have fought the good fight, 
I have finished the race, 
have kept the faith.  2 Timothy 4:6,7

Fully unconscious patients can hear and they have
reported their surroundings after waking even with
closed eyes. (could seeing and hearing be part of our
spirit?) I believe that Blake was aware of his family
and that he fought to stay with them. But his work
on earth was finished and God took him home.
In Psalm 139:16 we read:

Your eyes saw my substance,
   being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all 
   were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none
   of them.  

The 139th psalm details life from conception to our
final day. It also appears that God knows the date of
our death before birth and we are invincible until
then. As a Christian I find this to be of great comfort
especially when death comes at the hands of a killer,
in a terrible accident, or a long bout with cancer. It
takes the pressure off of the "if only's." There are no
"if only's" with God.

In my last post I shared the poem by Teresa, the Mom.
I think she knew how things were going to end and
shared with others her inmost self. I am not connec-
ted with the family--except through the Spirit--, but I
was able to grieve with her through her transparency.

Reader, as this dad and brother go to Young Life in
CO in a few weeks, pray that the teens who come to
camp this summer will be powerfully impacted by
Blake's death. May they give themselves completely
without reservation to the God who bought them and
sought them, who has given them Eternal Life.


Friday, May 18, 2018

Loves Like a Hurricane

I am a tree,
bending beneath the weight of His
   wind and mercy...

I am shaking from the inside out,
My mouth is dry as in desert dry,
My muscles cramp,
And there is sweat between my toes.

A bar lies across my chest,
Sobs come from way down,
Yet my spirit is not crushed.
I realize this bar is actually
   the wooden cross beam from Jesus' cross.

I am not crushed because He protects me.
He will not let the pain destroy me.
The vertical beam is at my back,
   allowing me to go forward.
In His strength, His truth, 
   His righteousness, His joy, His will.
Teresa, Blake's Mom

From the Physician and friend:
Blake remains the same.
God's primary patient is the soul
The sentiment is pain
Pain is a response to brokenness
As for the body pain is a physical
   sensation, relayed from the tissues of the brain
As for the soul, pain is a spiritual sensation
   manifested within our unexplainable depths.
It is real.

The pain of this brokenness should not
   be avoided, but faced.
Pain is loss in mourning.
The brokenness within mourning is a longing
   for the known and established, completeness
   in relationship.
The pain is meaningful, even useful,
   as those who mourn are blessed and can
   expect comfort.

The second pain is compassion. You share in
   Blake's physical pain, and you share in the
   mourning pain of the family. Embrace both.
   
We tend to avoid, or worse, mask pain.
We run from it or pretend it isn't real,
Worst of all, we synthesize happiness.
Instead, we ought to face and embrace
   the pain head on...

Remember love is a gift
Receive it in all forms.

Reader,
We are pressed on every side, but not crushed
perplexed but not in despair,
persecuted but not abandoned,
struck down but not destroyed.
We always carry around in our body, the 
   death of Jesus,
so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed.
(These scriptures have new meaning.)

See a previous post--So Close to Death in
order to know what is happening in this
precious family...
 


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Love Passes Knowledge

The love of Christ, which passes knowledge...
Ephesians 3:19

It passeth knowledge, that dear love of Thine,
My Savior Jesus! Yet this soul of mine
Would of Thy love, in all its breadth and length
Its height and depth, and everlasting strength,
     Know more and more.

It passeth telling, that dear love of Thine,
My Savior Jesus! Yet these lips of mine
Would fain proclaim to sinners far and near
A love which can remove all guilty fear,
     And love beget.

It passeth praises, "that dear love of Thine,
My Savior Jesus! Yet this heart of mine
Would sing that love, so full so rich so free,
Which brings a rebel sinner, such as me,
     Nigh unto God.

O fill me, Savior, Jesus with Thy love!
Lead, lead me to the living fount above;
Thither may I, in simple faith draw nigh,
And never to an other fountain fly,
     But unto Thee

And then Lord Jesus, when Thy face I see,
When at Thy lofty throne I bow the knee,
Then of Thy love, in all its breadth and length,
Its height and depth, its everlasting strength,
     My soul shall sing.
Mary Shekleton 1827-83

Reader, this was one of my favorite hymns
in college. I love hymns because they tell
a story AND they come in parts--alto, bass,
soprano. Most of the old hymns are based
in scripture.

I received this small hymnal with words only, prin-
ted in England, in 1968 when I went on staff with
Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship--or IVCF. Many
months ago it disappeared and I was deeply grieved
as I searched everywhere. Perhaps, I thought, I had
thrown it out for it is so small. About four weeks
ago I pleaded with God to show me where the book
had gone. I looked down at a bookcase I had care-
fully searched and there it was on its back behind
the other books, an open space revealed my treasure.

O the depth of His love for us!
It is past finding out!


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

So Close to Death

Two days ago this 18 year old,--son, brother--was in
a van that rolled over and who then suffered severe
head injuries. They did surgery and then took him
off life support. But, wait, he had a pulse that would
not quit...

Below is an update from a physician, a friend to
the family, and from Blake's brother:

"We think Blake is listening, deeply. He would tell
you today is a day to worship with gladness; come
before the Lord with songs of joy:"

He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane; I am a tree,
bending beneath the weight of His
wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden I am unaware of these
afflictions eclipsed by glory.
And I realize just how beautiful He is.
And how great His affections are for me.

The brain continues to swell consistent with the in-
jury. The inflammation often continues for 3-7 days.
He is moving his arms and legs more. While he does
not have purposeful movements, there are move-
ments. That he is able to move the right side of his
body at all, is remarkable. Additionally today there
are signs of agitation. It appears as though he experi-
ences pain. Thus he is now on sedation for comfort.
The agitation is a sign that he has some intact sensa-
tion. While informative, the changes today add some
complexity to his care, and with time this may give
more information about his prognosis.

And we are His portion and He is our
prize,
Drawn by redemption by the grace
in His eyes.
If His grace is an ocean,
then we're all sinking.

"Blake will be the one to make any major decisions.
Brett thinks Blake is hearing more from the Holy
Spirit than any of us. We know the Lord is nearest
to Him. His body hangs on a thin thread between
life and heaven. For Blake "to die is gain, and to
live is Christ." He is in that sense in a bit of a win-
win. If his body hangs on, he will have changes.
With time, Blake may or not be able to function at
a level which is acceptable to Blake. We cannot ask
him right now what is acceptable to him, nor predict
with any certainty the level of function he will have.
Thus we wait, watch, and listen. Blake will be the
one to make any major decisions. When will he give
Brett and Teresa the clues as they listen to God and
wait for the clarity and power of the Holy Spirit?
The wounds of life are greater than the lessons on
our bodies. The healing is deeper.
The greatest power to heal is love.
This time with Blake is an outlet, a means to exper-
ience the power of the Father:  plug in."

And heaven meets earth like an
unforeseen kiss,
And my heart turns violently 
inside of my chest.
I don't have time to maintain
these regrets
When I think about the way that
He loves us.

Now a word from Zach, Blake's brother:

"If you have a sibling, stop what you're doing and
tell them that you love them. Search for anything
that is between you and make it right. Regret,
shame, vengeance all take work to create, and even
more to maintain. If that is what keeps you busy, it's
time to get a new job. The job description is not as
much one of instruction as it is direction: "Come to 
me you who are weary and find rest. " Believing
is the work, affections for the Creator and each other
is the paycheck. Want to get rich quick? Call on
Jesus, then your brother or sister and tell them that
you love them."

Yeah, He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us.

"(Zach feels light and free of heart with Blake. He
has no regrets, nothing left unsaid, and deep love.
He wants what they have for everyone reading this,
knowing this could happen to any of us at any mo-
ment.)"

Reader, I wanted to share this post with you because
these dear ones know God in such a real way that
they are able to hold life loosely and wait on God
for His timing and His purpose. Besides, even
though I do not know this family, the posts bring
me to tears.

Please pray for Blake,
his family and friends.

Oh, How He Loves Us
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxTOsQ3LDE4






Monday, May 14, 2018

Hidden In Him

For you died, and your life is now hidden with
Christ in God.  Colossians 3:3

The redeemed one who has been shown the truth of 
Christ's complete victory over Satan, and of his own 
complete identification with his victorious Lord, 
knows that he is in a place of safety.
  
He rests upon the fact that his life is hid with Christ 
in God; therefore the wicked one touches him not. 
He has but one thing to do--reckon upon the fact of 
his identification with his ascended Lord sitting in 
the calmness of assured victory. 
Mary McDonough

It is because our life is hid with Christ in God, that
it is beyond the reach of Satan. The enemy cannot
touch our life in its source, for the Father is its 
source and He cannot touch Him. He cannot touch
our life in its power, for the Holy Spirit is its power,
and He cannot touch the Spirit. He cannot touch 
our life in its duration, for eternity is its duration, 
and he cannot touch eternity. The child of God is 
eternally safe.  J E Conant

Reader, when He died, you died, when He was
buried, you were buried, when He rose, you rose
to new life. Your identity is no longer in what you
do or who you think you are, but your identity is
in Christ alone. (check out Romans 6)

Friday, May 11, 2018

He Cares For You

Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares
for you.   1 Peter 5:7

Have you one anxious thought you do not bring to 
Jesus? Have you one care you consider too light, 
too small, to lay before Him? It is then too small 
to give you one moment's concern. Either cast your 
care (great or small) upon Him that cares for you, 
or cast it away from you altogether: If it be unfit 
for His sympathy it is unworthy of you.

If we examine the troubles of God's children, we 
shall find that too many of them arise from unbe-
living fears concerning the future; let me but re-
member that Christ, at the right hand of God, 
counts all my troubles His own; and then banish
all my fears concerning tomorrow!
Robert Chapman

You ought to begin your day with this confidence,
that you have enough in Christ to meet every dif-
faculty that may befall you.  JB Stoney

One finds constantly that ninety percent of our trials 
and sorrows are made up of anticipated or imagin-
ary evils, which only exist in our disordered, unbe-
lieving minds. Food for the Desert

Reader, I imagine much of our anxiety is because
we do not believe, really believe, that God likes us,
let alone loves us!

Be still and know--that I am God.

Reader, we so often think that God is distant and
uninvolved in our lives. Not so!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

A Love Letter

My love extends to the heavens
I give you My love
My faithfulness reaches to the skies
I will be faithful to you
I gave Myself for you long ago for
I have lived you from before the birth of time
Every path that you walk will be fragrant
with My lovingkindness and My truth

I promise to be patient and kind
to never be selfish or rude

I will not demand my own way
nor will I be irritable or touchy

I will not hold a grudge against you
even though you should treat Me shabbily
I will delight in your love

I will be loyal to you
even if everyone else should abandon you

I will always believe in you
and I will never leave you or forsake you

I promise you these things
And I do not lie
Seek Me first, love Me above all others
and I will take care of you, I will meet your
every need

These things I declare...
I will keep these promises
which I have sworn to you
For I am faithful...forever
Anabel Gillham

Reader I have taken these words from a little book-
let called Faithful Forever. Anabel was married to
Bill Gillham and they found real life and their iden-
tity to be in Christ who saved their marriage; then
they ministered this same Life to others through
books, counseling and conferences. Both now reside
in heaven--which is joy unspeakable and full of glory!

On the back cover is this poem:

The dove has neither claw
    nor sting
nor weapon for the fight.
She owes her safety
     to the wing,
her victory to flight.
The Bridegroom opens
     His arms of love
     And in them folds
     the panting dove.
Betrothed ...eternally

You can buy this booklet in sets of ten for under $20. All
of the materials shown in this site are so liberating!

https://lifetimeministries.myshopify.com/collections/booklets-studyguides

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Not a Picnic!

The spirit shrieked, convulsed him and violently 
came out. Mark 9:26

Evil never surrenders its grasp without a tremen-
dous fight. We never arrive at any spiritual inher-
intense through the enjoyment of a picnic but al-
ways through the fierce conflicts of the battlefield. 
And it is the same in the deep recesses of the soul. 
Every human capacity that wins its spiritual free-
dom does so at the cost of blood. Satan is not put 
to flight by our courteous request. He completely 
blocks our way, and our progress must be recor-
ded in blood and tears. We need to remember 
this, or else we will be held responsible for the ar-
rogance of misinterpretation. When we are born 
again, it is not into a soft and protected nursery 
but into the open countryside, where we actually 
draw our strength from the distress of the storm. 
"We must go through many hardships to enter 
the kingdom of God.  Acts 14:22   
John Henry Jowett

Reader, everyday I hear tales of Christians who are
deeply suffering. I am reading through the book of
Esther right now and the story is one of triumph,
but only after severe suffering and pressing on in
the midst of it.
Mordecai said to Esther:
"For if you remain completely silent at this time, 
relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews, but 
you and your father's house will perish."
Esther responded to her uncle:
"...I will go to the king, which is against the law; 
and if I perish, I perish." Esther 4:14-16

Actually, the whole Bible from Genesis three on is
one battle after another. Why do Americans think
that the Christian life should be free of pain?





Friday, May 4, 2018

Harassed

We are harassed at every turn. 
2 Corinthians 7:5

Why is it that God leads us in this way, allowing 
such strong and constant pressure on us? One 
of His purposes is to show us His all-sufficient 
strength and grace more effectively than if we 
were free from difficulties and trials. "We have 
this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-
surpassing power is from God and not from us.  
\2 Corinthians 4:7

There is no way to learn of faith except through
trials. They are God's school of faith, and it is
much better for us to learn to trust Him than to
live a life of enjoyment. And once the lesson of
faith has been learned, it is an everlasting pos-
session and an eternal fortune gained.
Selected from Days of Heaven on Earth

Reader, it is helpful to know that our trials are
working something that is eternal. Press on!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Pondering...

The last few days I have come across information that
leads to delving into the end times once more. It is not
just the increase of earthquakes, volcanoes, or the 70th
birthday of the state of Israel in a few weeks, or, even
the quickening pace of news each day--one can hardly
keep up! But it is a verse given by Jesus in answer to
the question of His disciples who wanted to know when
these things would come forth in Matt 24, 25; Mark 13;
and Luke 17, 21. Jesus began by emphasizing one thing:
'Take heed that you be not deceived.' 
Luke 21:8; Mark 13:5 Matt 24:4. Jesus was very clear
that deception would be a sign of the end times.

Another question was on the lines of what things would
be happening to which Jesus answered in Luke 17:26,
'As in the days of Noah so it will be in the days of 
the Son of Man: They ate and drank, they married 
wives, they were given in marriage, until the day 
that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and 
destroyed them all...
on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire 
and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 

In these two examples life was completely normal-- un-
til sudden destruction came. The sun out, the sky cloud-
less, a gentle breeze, good food, good friends...

The Thessalonians had many questions and Paul wrote
to them in 1Thessalonians 4, 5. He began by showing
this church that there was coming a day when the trum-
pet would sound and they would be taken to heaven.
(Yes, it could happen in their lifetime!)
Paul went on to say that just before this departure,
'men would say, Peace and safety, or peace and se-
curity.' (before the next sentence the church departs.)
"Then sudden destruction comes upon them--the 
unbelievers--as labor pains upon a pregnant woman, 
and they shall not escape." The church would be gone
because: "God did not appoint us to wrath, but to 
obtain salvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ." 
1Thes 5:1-9

Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, 
just as you also are doing.  (vrs 11)

Reader, if Paul spent many verses speaking of these things
to one of the first churches he planted, how much more
should we understand that the time is very late! Jesus also
made it clear that our age would experience deception and
that when He comes for His Bride things would still be
normal. No one would expect Him unless they were wait-
ing for His appearance. "Normal life" gives me peace as
I watch the latest news!

Do you indeed know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord?
If not, choose Him now!
Secondly, share the Good News of the Gospel with others.




Monday, April 30, 2018

Things Go Downhill

Wherefore as by one man sin entered into the 
world, and death by sin; and so death passed 
to all men, for that all have sinned. 
Romans 5:12

My claim to my right to myself entered into the human 
race by one man, and another Man took on Him the 
sin of the human race and put it away.

Sin is a thing I am born with and I cannot touch it; 
God touches sin in Redemption. In the Cross of Jesus 
Christ, God redeemed the whole human race from 
the possibility of damnation through the heredity of 
sin. The condemnation is not that I am born with a 
heredity of sin, but if when I realize Jesus Christ came 
to deliver me from it, I refuse to let Him do so, from 
that moment I begin to get the seal of damnation. 
"And this is the judgement" (the critical moment), 
"that the light is come into the world, 
and men loved darkness rather than the light." 
Oswald Chambers

Going on in Romans 5 we find this verse:

So then through one transgression there resul-
ted condemnation to all men, even so through 
one act of righteousness there resulted justifi-
cation of life to all men. Romans 5:18

Living Bible: Yes, Adam's sin brought punish-
meant to all, but Christ's righteousness makes 
men right with God, so they can live.

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our 
behalf, that we might become the righteousness 
of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21

Living Bible: For God took the sinless Christ 
and poured into him our sins. 
Then, in exchange, he poured goodness into us. 

Reader, the hour is late and it is so important that you
grasp these scriptures and make Christ your own.
We are saved not by good works, or joining church,
or being baptized. We are saved when we believe that
we were born sinners, BUT, that God has provided us
with eternal life through Jesus Christ His Son. Yes,
salvation is for everyone, but we have to choose it.
May you grasp this and act on it!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Secure In His Love

Since He did not spare His own Son for us but
gave Him up for us all, won't he also surely give
us everything.  Romans 8:32

Blessed be God, our God,
Who gave us His well-loved Son,
The Gift of gifts, all other gifts in one;
Blessed be God, our God!

What will He not bestow,
Who freely have this mighty Gift unsought,
Unmerited, unheeded, and unsought;
What will He not bestow?

He spared not His Son!
'Tis this that silences each rising fear;
'Tis this that bids the hard thought disappear;
He spared not His Son!

Who shall condemn us now?
Who shall recall the pardon or the grace,
Or who the broken chain of guilt replace?
'Tis God that justifies!

The victory is ours!
For us in might came forth the mighty One;
For us He fought the fight, the triumph won;
The victory is ours!  
Horatius Bonar 1808-89

Reader, I am moved by the poetry of Horatius Bonar,
a man born and bred in Scotland.

He came from a long line of ministers who have served 
a total of 364 years in the Church of Scotland. One of 
eleven children, his brothers John James and Andrew 
Alexander were also ministers of the Free Church of 
Scotland He married Jane Catherine Lundie in 1843 and 
five of their young children died in succession. Towards 
the end of their lives, one of their surviving daughters was 
left a widow with five small children and she returned to 
live with her parents...  Wikipedia

This dear man never fails to move me when I read what
he has written. Bonar suffered deeply, but His faith was 
not superficial, nor was it in vain. The website below gives
a fuller picture of Horatius Bonar.

https://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/bbonar.html








Thursday, April 26, 2018

Do It Yourself?

Bringing into captivity every thought
   to the obedience of Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5

In our Lord's life every project was disciplined to the 
will of the Father. There was not a movement of an 
impulse of His own will as distinct from His Father's--
"The Son can do nothing of Himself."
Then take ourselves--a vivid religious experience, 
and every project born of impulse put into action 
immediately, instead of being imprisoned and disci-
plined to obey Christ. 

This is a day when practical work is overemphasized, 
and the saints who are binging every project into cap-
tivity are criticized and told they are not in earnest for 
God or for souls. True earnestness is found in obeying 
God, not in the inclination to serve Him that is born 
of undisciplined human nature. It is inconceivable, 
but true nevertheless, that saints are not bringing e-
very project into captivity, but are doing for God at the 
instigation of their own human nature which has not 
been spiritualized by determined discipline. 

We are apt to forget that a man is not only committed 
to Jesus Christ for salvation; he is committed to Jesus 
Christ's view of God, of the world, of sin, and of the 
devil, and that will mean that he must recognize the 
responsibility of being transformed by the renewing 
of his mind.  Oswald Chambers

Reader, as I typed this, I was thinking about the
'projects' I have undertaken:

"What are my motives? Is God still in this or am I
using this for myself? Why did I decide to do this?
Was He the initiator?"

Chambers reminded me that one reason I need to stay
in scripture with the purpose of a renewed mind, is so
that I can know God's will. If I stop and pay attention
I realize that my days are made up mostly of the little
things--like cleaning toilets--, rather than the things
that are recognized as 'spiritual.' I ask you, "Do you
sometimes look with jealousy at another's giftings,
gifts and callings that are not yours?" I have fought
this battle! I believe scripture teaches that we will be
rewarded according to our obedience, not according
to what we think we have achieved, or should be achie-
ving. Besides, God keeps much of that a secret.





Wednesday, April 25, 2018

How the Mighty Have Fallen

Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly
pressed to consider well the main end of his life and
studies is to know God and Jesus Christ which is eter-
nal life (John 17:3) and therefore to lay Christ in the
bottom as the only foundation of all sound knowledge 
and learning. And seeing the Lord only giveth wisdom, 
let everyone seriously set himself by prayer in secret 
to seek of Him (Prov 2:3). Everyone shall exercise him-
self in reading the scriptures twice a day that he shall 
be ready to give such an account of his proficiency 
therein.  Rules of Harvard in 1636

Reader, Harvard was established only16 years after
the arrival of the Pilgrims and the signing of the
Mayflower Covenant. A foundation was laid that has
undergirded our nation for over 200 years. A bill is
being considered in California that would ban the sale
of Bibles because this book does not share their world
view of gender. The church is no longer the cutting
edge in our culture. Darkness is descending.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Firmly Fixed

My righteous one will live by faith. Hebrews 10:38

Keep your eyes firmly fixed on the infinite greatness
of Christ's finished work and His righteousness.
Look to Jesus and believe--look to Jesus and live! In 
fact, as you look to Him, unfurl your sails and bravely 
face the raging storms on the sea of life. Do not exhi-
bit your distrust by staying in the security of the calm 
harbor, or sleeping comfortably through a life of ease. 

Sail away! Spread your sail toward the storm and trust 
in Him who rules the raging sea.
"Put your hope in God."  Psalm 42:5    JR Macduff

When I cannot feel the faith of assurance, I live by the 
fact of God's faithfulness.    Matthew Henry

Reader, each day is a new challenge. I find the com-
meant of Matthew Henry is what keeps me on an even
keel. I cannot trust my faithfulness but I can live by
God's faithfulness. His Word is full of God caring and
intervening on behalf of His kids. However, if I am not
careful, I miss His faithfulness to me. Our battle is in
the mind.

Monday, April 23, 2018

A Sense of Urgency

In the last couple of weeks I have had a sense of urgency
regarding just how much time we have left. In the last wk
alone, one man discovered 147 different articles that had
prophetic significance. Syria has within its borders the
three main countries mentioned in Ez 38:2--Russia, Iran
and Turkey--each of whom wants to take out Israel. Then
I watched a dvd of a woman who has the gift of evangel-
ism and who shares the Gospel with all she meets. Claudia
has greatly encouraged me to be much more proactive in
sharing the Good News of Salvation with others. Just yes-
terday I sat next to a woman in church who was hungry for
God but had no idea how to seal the deal. We went through
Rom 3:23; 6:23; 10:9,10. Tears fell as we prayed together.

Reader, my encouragement to you is to equip yourself to
be able to share the Gospel and then talk to people about
Jesus. Claudia's website is posted below where she gives
her testimony and also how God uses her voice and her
heart to bring as many as possible into the Kingdom. You
can also order the dvd from her website.

(Jesus says,) "For the Son of Man has come to seek 
and to save that which was lost." Luke 19:10

'...when you see all these things happening, know that 
the Kingdom of God is near. Assuredly, I say to you, 
this generation (the generation that sees Israel be-
come a nation) will be no means pass away till all 
things take place. 
Heaven and earth will pass away but My words will 
by no means pass away." Luke 21:31-33

Claudia's website:
http://www.soulsaviour.org

Please share this with others!!!!




Friday, April 20, 2018

Eagles Wings

Descend from the crest. Song of Songs 4:8

Bearing the burden of crushing weight actually gives 
Christians wings. This may sound like a contradic-
tion in terms, but it is a blessed truth. While endur-
ing a severe trial, David cried, "Oh, that I had wings
of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest." Ps 55:6
Yet before he finished his meditation, he seems to
have realized that his wish for wings was attainable,
for then he said, "Cast your cares on the Lord and
He will sustain you." Ps 55:22
The word "burden" is described in my Bible commen-
tary as being "what Jehovah has given you.The 
saints' burdens are God-given, leading us to wait on 
Him. And once we have done so, the burden is trans-
formed into a pair of wings through the miracle of 
trust, and the one who was weighted down "will soar 
on wings like eagles." Isa 40:31 
Sunday School Times

Reader, there is something to back up these really
ridiculous claims. King David wrote Psalm 23 when
he was exiled from Jerusalem because his very own
son had betrayed him. It seems to be a process for
most of us. David could not have written these words
at the beginning of his trials with Saul, but he learned
to lean on God and wrote psalms of pain which con-
tained words of praise. Psalm 23, written in the cruci-
ble of anguish is the best known psalm today.

The Lord IS MY Shepherd.
I shall not want...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

To Live is Christ

For me, to live is Christ...  Phil 1:21

A Christian is one who has become spiritually alive
from the dead. The presence of spiritual life within
him is the one fundamental thing that distinguishes
him from the unregenerate world about him.

This spiritual life is not native to us, nor can it be de-
veloped out of anything we have or are by nature. It 
must be given to us. So God has given us eternal life
"and this life is in His Son, "through whose posses-
sion of us when we believed on Him we were born 
from above; "not of blood, nor of the will of the 
flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God"; by which 
we have become a "new creation" in Christ, thereby 
made "partakers of the divine nature."

The life of the Christian, therefore, is the life of Christ
within us through the Holy Spirit. It is not a life simi-
lar to His, it is His life. This is shown by the fact that 
what we receive in the new birth is not only "everlast-
ing life, but also "eternal life."  For while everlasting 
life has no end, yet it may have a beginning; but eter-
nal life has neither beginning nor end.

Now the Triune God is the only one in the universe 
who has eternal life. The only way He can give us e-
ternal life, therefore, is to possess us with His own life, 
through Christ, by the Holy Spirit.This is one thing 
Paul meant when he said, 
"To me to live is Christ." 
This is a mystery that is too high for us. We can none 
of us understand it, but we can believe it.  JE Conant

Reader, Think of the Tabernacle of old where Life
and glory came down to dwell. The covering of the
Tabernacle was dark, but, oh, the inside was explod-
ing with light. When we come to Christ we are put
into Him and He is put into us. It is way beyond my
understanding. I hope you take the time to ponder
this blog. It has taken me years to realize a little bit
of what I have IN CHRIST.

For God so loved the world that He gave his only
begotten Son that we might not perish, but have
eternal life. John 3:16




Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Lost Hope

We had hope. Luke 24:21

I have always been so sorry that the two disciples walk-
ing on the road to Emmaus did not say to Him, "We still 
hope" instead of "We had hope." The situation is very 
sad, because in their minds it is over.

Oh, if only that had said, "Everything has come against
our hope, and it looks as if our trust were in vain. Yet
we will not give up, because we believe we will see 
Him again." Instead, they walked by His side, declar-
ing their shattered faith. Jesus had to say to them, 
"How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe!
From 'Crumbs'

Reader, the exciting thing to me is that Jesus showed
Himself to these disciples and to Thomas. Yes, it would
have been wonderful if their faith had not failed, but our
loving Lord knows our frame and He is tender even
when we lose hope. I find that when my faith is faltering,
He comes with something that brings me back to Him-
self and to the truth that He can be trusted because--
Jesus Never Fails.





Monday, April 16, 2018

A Sacrifice of Praise

Let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise.
Hebrews 13:15

An inner-city missionary, stumbling through the trash
of a dark apartment doorway, heard someone say, "who's 
there, Honey?" Lighting a match, he caught sight of 
earthly needs and suffering, amid saintly trust and peace. 
Calm, appealing eyes, etched in ebony, were set within 
the wrinkles of a weathered black face. On a bitterly cold
night in February, she lay on a tattered bed, with no fire, 
no heat, and no light. Having had no breakfast, lunch, or 
dinner, she seemed to have nothing at all, except arthritis 
and faith in God. No one could have been further re-
moved from comfortable circumstances, yet this favorite 
song of the dear lady played in the background.

Nobody knows the trouble I see,
Nobody knows but Jesus;
Nobody knows the trouble I see--
Sing Glory Hallelu!

Sometimes I'm up, sometimes I'm down,
Sometimes I'm level on the grown',
Sometimes the glory shines around'--
Sing Glory Hallelu!

And so it continued: 
"Nobody knows the work I do, 
Nobody knows the griefs I have,"
until the last verse rose:

Nobody knows the joys I have,
Nobody knows but Jesus!
Sing Glory Hallelu

"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crush;
perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not
abandoned; struck down but not destroyed" 
2 Corinthians 4: 8,9
It takes these great Bible words to explain the joy
of this elderly black woman
William C Garnett 

Reader, this blog causes me to push the pause button.
We sing the verse above and try to put a good face
on the broken TV or the latest news, or a misunder-
standing. Maybe I should put the verse at the top of
the blog on my mirror or refrigerator...

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Feeling Depressed?

My grace is sufficient for you. 2 Corinthians 12:9

The other day I was riding home after a hard days work. 
I was very tired and deeply depressed, when quickly, and 
as suddenly as a lightning bolt, the verse came to me: 
"My grace is sufficient for you."When I arrived home I 
looked it up in the Word, and it finally came to me this way: 
"MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU." 
My response was to say, "Yes, Lord, I should think it is! 
Then I burst out laughing.

Until that time, I had never understood what the holy laugh-
ter of Abraham was. This verse seemed to make unbelief 
totally absurd. I pictured a little fish who was concerned a-
bout drinking the river dry, with Father River saying, 
"Drink away, little fish, my stream is sufficient for you." I 
also envisioned a mouse afraid of starving after seven 
years of plenty, when Joseph says to him, "Cheer up, little 
mouse; my granaries are sufficient for you." Again, I ima-
gined a man high on a mountain peak, saying to himself, 
"I breathe so many cubic feet of air each year, I am afraid 
I will deplete all the oxygen in the atmosphere. "But the 
earth says to him, "Breathe away, filling your lungs forever; 
my atmosphere is sufficient for you."

O people of God, be great believers! Little faith will bring 
your souls to heaven, but great faith will bring heaven into 
your souls.  Charles H Spurgeon--1833-1892

Reader, I did some research and discovered that this great
preacher had physical, spiritual and emotional difficulties
all of his life. I have posted a small part of this story below.
If you look to the left at other articles, you will find more
about his life, but not his the struggles in his life. It is com-
forting to me that many of those we think so perfect, have
many issues such as depression which was true of Spurgeon.
So take heart discouraged one, it is God in you that makes
all the difference!

http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/issues/issue-29/anguish-and-agonies-of-charles-spurgeon.html