In As Much......

When our Lord gave instructions to those first disciples about what they, (and we) should do fulfill His plan for us, He said to them, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me," (Matt 25:40). If Jesus knocked on your front door today; what would you do for Him? I imagine any Christian would do anything we thought the Lord wanted; right? With that thought in mind, why would we do any less for "the least of these, my brothers and sisters"? I believe when we get to heaven, when we have all knowledge, we will realize how much of our time and talent was wasted on non-essential things like pleasing ourselves instead of serving o

It Doesn't Make Any Sense; or Does It?

Early in the 20th century, a priest rescued a four year old boy from drowning, saving his life. That four year old grew up to be notorious. His name was Adolf Hitler! Would it have been better if the priest had not been present to save the child who would one day become a demented, vicious man who would murder up to 20,000,000 people through his misguided Third Reich? A child died in an auto accident. Why did it happen? She was only a child who never hurt anyone; perhaps she never would have. Yet, in the plan of the Master, it was allowed. Why? A young mother took her child to a neighbor. She said, "I'll only be a few minutes." She went back home and committed suicide. Did it have to happen

With Whom Do You Identify?

All of us want to make a good impression on others, especially if we are meeting them for the first time. But there are fears associated with these meetings. Sometimes we fear that we will be recognized as being uneducated so we try to compensate by sounding more educated than we are. Several years ago, I saw an interview conducted by a TV reporter with a college professor from California. The interview was contentious and the professor thought he would wow the reporter with a series of big important sounding words. I paid close attention and during one of the professors's patronizing sentences, he use the word, "nomenclature" ! What??? What does THAT mean? I had to look it up in the diction

God Bless You

How much thought do we give to those who need a warm embrace? All around us, on a daily basis, we are surrounded by those who hide their pain in the shadows, never revealing the hurt, or sometimes an illness, that they fear might draw someone close to them. They don't want to "trouble" anyone else with their problems. Sometimes the God given "intuition" we have is the only way we can identify the pain in someone's life. Remember, God, in His Holy Spirit is living in the life of the Christian believer. The Spirit guides us in that identification process. So what can we do to help those in need? We don't want to intrude where we are not welcome. One of my personal past failures is not waiting,

Whatsoever......

I may have mentioned earlier that I like tulips. This year the things I planted last October came up in the middle of January! I have a picture of them peeping through the snow in the planter in front of the house. I thought they wouldn't make it, but they were very hearty and grew very slowly until in March they finally made their appearance with beautiful multi-colored bulbs! I smile when I think about them! Should I think of them all of the time? The apostle Paul told us in Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report;

What is Normal?

Recently, I have wished I could just go somewhere where everything is "normal". Then, I also ask myself, "just what is normal"? Most of us would say normal consists of the things and events we are used to. But when you think about it, in all of history, everything has continued to change from day to day. Nothing remains constant but God. How would it be if nothing ever changed? It nothing changed, nothing would exist. There would have been no creation, no heaven, no earth, no people. The only One to exist would be God. But God ordered change. He spoke the word then, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth," (Gen 1:1). So we know that since the beginning God was and is. Since

This Will Test Your Medal!

I determined many years ago how I would react in certain situations. I think I was inspired by Cassie Bernall, a 17 years old student at Columbine High School, in Colorado. In a book later written by Cassie's mom, "She Said Yes!" her mom described when Cassie was asked by the murderous Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, if she believed in God. Cassie's answer was, "Yes." Then she was martyred along with 11 other students and a teacher. It matters how we react in these situations of life. Today in our world, we are watching a disease that I believe will be as radical of a change as 911 was by in 2001. Things aren't ever going to be the same as they were before Covid 19. Not only has this plague i

It Would be Impossible!

Here is something to think about this Palm Sunday weekend. We know Jesus was raised from the dead in order to lead the way for us to eternal life. But have you thought about "why" He arose from the dead? There is more than one reason. We know the Scripture teaches "Wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned," (Rom 5:12). So in order for a man to die, he must sin. And since all men sin, all must die. The curse of the law is death and that is what Jesus came to save us from- the "second death". Now, if Jesus who was without sin had to die; why did He do it? Well, He didn't die because He was cursed by the law

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