Thursday, July 29, 2021

We Must Not Forget


 


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But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

James 1:25 (NIV)

 

When we practice our faith, we study what God had done for us. Primarily, His deeds are written in His Word. We have evidence that He performed those deeds.

 

Friends of ours had their son and their youngest daughter in the first Gulf War. The mother was not handling it well.  She told me one day that God reminded her of the things He had brought her through in the past. Some people call these reminders, benchmarks.

 

When God presents these benchmarks, we should feel that God has things in control whether it looks like it or not.

 

We all have times when events look out of focus for us. When we have faith in God, we see His hand at work in our lives.  

 

God handles all things to His liking. When we believe that we will receive blessing upon blessing.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

We Are Blessed ( From my earlier writings)

 

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I am attempting to re-organize my computer/writing room. I ran across a folder containing some old pieces. Someone suggested I post them here for you to read. I have edited it. I hope you enjoy my thoughts.

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Back in 1998, I made a model of a solar cooking oven like a missionary had created for the women of Haiti to use. These ovens are made of corrugated cardboard and covered with aluminum foil. The Haitian women use these because there are no trees left—they were cut down for charcoal. Now there is no charcoal left and electricity is awfully expensive.

            While I was making my model, I thought, “We are blessed.” Later that evening, I found myself thinking, again about how blessed we are. I made the following entry in my journal.

            We are blessed:

                        ●if we know God as our Lord,

                        ●if we have a roof over our heads,

                         ●if we have gas or electric stoves,

                        ●if we have a few close friends,

                        ●if we have some good memories,

                        ●if we or someone close to us have been healed,

                        ●if we have good neighbors,

                        ●if we have someone to laugh or cry with us,

                        ●if we can see beauty,

                        ●if we can hear laughter,

                        ●if we can shed tears,

                        ●when we can enjoy God’s creation,

                        ●when we can commune with God Himself,

                        ●when we pause and listen to the birds,

                        ●when we watch children at play,

                        ●when we pray for another’s need,

            We are blessed because God love us, and he sheds His grace upon us because of that great love.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Book Review: Lead like Christ By A. W. Tozer

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This book is edited by James L. Snyder.

Dr. Snyder has compiled a series of sermons based on the New Testament book of Titus by A.W. Tozer.

 

Tozer aims his writings to “those with an incurable hunger and thirst for the deep things of God.”  [1]

 

This should be considered a workbook to raise up men and women to become the Christian leaders needed in our world today.

 

I found myself caught up by the concept of purpose. Some of today’s believers follow Christ but do not realize they have a purpose for following him. It can be a challenge for some Christ-followers to discover their purpose. I know it was mine. I found out just recently that our purpose can change as we advance in age and deterioration of our state of health.

 

I would recommend this book to anyone who is seriously searching for a closer walk with the LORD. Because of the shortness of each chapter, I believe it would make a good study book for a small group made up of such Christians. I would also recommend this to be in any pastor’s personal library. 

 

(1.) Lead like Christ, by A.W. Tozer and James Snyder, Bethany House, © (James Snyder), 2021, page 7.

 

 

 



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Friday, July 16, 2021

Jesus’ Mission


               

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The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me because the Lord has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. Isaiah 61:1 (NIV)

 

As we honor God in our world today, we may receive a special urge from Him to perform a task that will give someone the opportunity to know Him or even to know Him better.

 

I recently heard of a church that has a soup kitchen every Tuesday. I need to add that church to my prayer list. They are trying to reach and provide help for the poor in their area of town.

 

Another church in our city has a bereavement ministry that hold public meetings once a month.

 

In our downtown area are four ministry organizations. One serves men who have been incarcerated. Their ministry is to teach these men skills that will make them employable.

 

Another is a center that ministers to homeless men. They also have a store that re-sells items donated by the public. Recently, this center opened an auxiliary center that gives the homeless a place to do laundry and take showers. The main center made arrangements with the United States Post Office to allow those that use this site to have an address to pick up mail.

 

 A new ministry in that area is a shelter for homeless women. The women’s circle at my church collects items for this women’s shelter.

 

 I believe that all these ministry agencies in our town are fulfilling the mission of Jesus as they assist those who are in need.

There is a building that provides retirement housing to senior citizens that have weekly Bible studies for their residents. Before COVID they had people from the community volunteer to lead these studies. This building and an assisted living are locally owned by the local faith communities of our area.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Called to Be Free

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You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge in the sinful nature; rather serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13

           

Paul, in writing to the Galatian believers, cautioned them to use their freedom to serve one another in love. In today’s world, we see people doing certain acts because they believe they can or are entitled to do those things.

 

Paul tells us that we are not to do anything sinful but to remember that we are serving God as well as those around us. Sometimes, we forget this.

 

We have the freedom to approach God’s throne with anything that befalls us, health issues, financial stresses, relational issues, or job-related stresses. Yes, we may forget this as well.

 

Whatever plagues us, we have the freedom to talk to Jesus about it. He invites us to turn those things over to Him.

 

We should remember to thank Him for all He does for us and give Him praise for those deeds. The deeds God does for us can be simple actions that we might not think about.

I had to go out to our car and “fix” the radio for my husband. He is not attuned to electronics. Some of the devices are beyond me. When he told me, I was less than excited about doing it. All I had to do was start the engine and then press on the knob marked “radio” and it came back on with the special connection we have on it. I believe that God heard my initial reaction and chose to help me through this circumstance.

Friday, July 9, 2021

Celebrate Jesus

I first heard this praise and worship song during a youth-led service several years ago.  I love its upbeat tempo as well as its message. I hope you like this song as much as I do.



Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Celebrate Our Freedom

 

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I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. Psalm 119:45 (NIV)

 

As we in the United States celebrate our freedom this month, I think of how we celebrate Christ.

 

I once heard that we celebrate Jesus Christ every time we gather to worship. It came to me that we celebrate God when we honor Him through our personal daily prayers and devotional times.

 

We honor God when we speak of Him or His Son to another.

 

When we extend love to those who are hurting, we share their sorrow or their grief. When we do not give up on someone who is going through tough times, we are representing and honoring God.

 

The Psalmist tells us he has sought out His precepts.

We honor God in another way when we give Him His tithes and our offerings. I was at a revival meeting the first time I heard a pastor say something about giving God His tithes, the statement caught me up short. I had not thought of the first 10% belonging to  Him. I learned something precious at that meeting.

 

Can you think of other ways we celebrate Jesus? Would you like to share them with me?

We Must Not Forget

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