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Praying and doing...

    Saturday, September 23, 2017   Dear Friends:   Think about the verses on prayer in the Bible that reflect on the power of prayer:   “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  If we humbly prayer………and turn away from disobedience.   “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”   “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”   I have been praying more in the past three years than I...

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The log in my eye...

    Friday, September 22, 2017   Dear Friends:   More than one time I have begun to write these “thoughts” and erased everything and began again. That happened once again tonight. I began to share something, but a more important theme stirred me and caused me to open my heart. More often than not, that “theme” is not something necessarily noble or enlightening. It’s quite frequently “confession” or remorse for how far I still am from my Master’s intention and purpose for my life.   Today I saw this more than once as I struggled with my own temper, anger and frustrations over the days events.  There are 1001 things that would give any normal person a reason to...

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God's creatures---great and small

  Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Dear Friends: I ran over a snake today on the way to check the construction on the new house. It was a small snake, probably less than two feet long—green with white stripes.  I could have avoided the snake but something kind of urged me to run over it to kill it.  And so I did. On the way back to the office I drove by the snake again and I saw that it was not quite dead—it was in fact writhing in pain. The tires on my Jeep had crushed the snake but not killed it—it was in agony. I had immediate remorse that I was the cause of that suffering and pain. The...

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The ideal..

    Monday, September 18, 2017   Dear Friends:   Psalm 101:2. “I will be careful to lead a blameless life— when will you come to me? I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart”.   I read this today and asked myself three things:   a. Am I being careful about how I lead my life?  Do I really remember that I am a witness for Jesus Christ—I have choice no in the matter!  I can choose to be the best possible witness for Him…or something less. But if I call upon Him as my Lord have been identified with Jesus Christ, I must be careful of how those outside the body and those struggling...

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3:16 am

Sunday, September 17, 2017 Dear Friends: 1 Corinthians 10:13. No testing has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tested beyond what you can bear. But when you are tested, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. Several years ago I began to wake up around 3:16 am in the morning with the weight of the world on my mind.  Like clockwork I get anxious around that time every night  and end up praying and praying for peace, comfort and sleep.  One of the greatest lingering thoughts is that I will “soon be getting what I deserve”, in terms of my lack of...

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