Published: Friday, March 27 2015 05:56
For my birthday Chelli and the kids invited friends and acquaintances to surprise me that Sunday morning. It was great! I thoroughly enjoyed preaching to a full house of guests, many of which have never been to a service and normally wouldn’t come to church.
Two weeks later, at our annual teen meeting one of the young people was still commenting on the sermon from that week. The Theme of the teen meeting was “Discernment – How to make good decisions” focusing on God’s leadership.
There was a lot of good feed back such as; “that was really good”, “spot on”, “I really needed that”, and ”I will be back!” Tonight one of those teens is bringing a guest. The parents of the young teen that was so impressed with the sermon on my birthday are bringing him and his sister from a neighboring city.Read more: Blessings and Blessings
Published: Monday, March 23 2015 14:42
The words of Christ are the mantra of those who graciously give.
Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
They are the bases of the Gospel. Christ gave so that we might live and know His name is above all names. He was not forced to give. He gave willingly. It was his offering for us. The Father elevated His name due to this voluntary sacrifice. Therefore, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Him.Read more: Legislated "Grace" Eliminates the Basis of Grace
Published: Monday, March 02 2015 07:51
Blessing others is our role as believers. Christ called the disciples to feed the thousands in order to teach them the principle of being good stewards of the untold riches of God’s grace. How can you be a good steward?
The steward is often unbiblically characterized as one who wisely withholds and saves. This is the antithesis of biblical stewardship. The evil steward was judged for this very action.Read more: Glorify God by Being a Blessing!
Published: Saturday, January 10 2015 18:12
Following Christ is being, not doing.
1 Peter 1:15-16
“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
One can "do good" and still not be a follower of Christ. A true follower of Christ does good because of his being like Christ. The result is automatic.
Published: Tuesday, January 06 2015 20:57
We just finished the book of Hebrews and are starting James. Our people are excited about what they are learning. More exciting is that they are not just listening, but it is changing their everyday interactions with friends and family.
Hebrews stressed an enduring faith that withstands every down setting. Such faith is not dependent upon present results and miracles, rather on the promise of eternity. During this series my prayer was, “God grow me in faith”.Read more: Be doers, not just hearers
Published: Friday, October 10 2014 14:14
It is the simple things that we overlook which God chooses to use.
“And the Loʀᴅ said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.” Ex. 4,2
This verse reminds us that God uses simple things to facilitate his will. The question is, are we available and faithful to allow God to use what is in our hand.
We are forever striving to be more effective; searching for the next open door or opportunity.
As a child watching Westerns, playing Cowboys and Indians, the art of knot tying was fascinating. Sitting down one afternoon, without instruction, the urge to learn how to tie a noose like the ones so often observed in the classic Westerns became overwhelming. Naturally, my parents were not so impressed with this newly acquired knowledge, but I was hooked. No pun intended.
Twice a year we build our Festival stand and it requires several different knots. Chelli has even bought books to feed my appetite for new knots.Read more: What You Have…
Published: Friday, October 10 2014 14:00
I made this for my mother. It is made of 4 mm black para-cord, 2 mm blue para-cord and black beads. The knot are as follows from top to bottom: English Whipping knot to bind the necklace strand, an improvised Double Hangman's knot secured with two Overhand Stopper knots, a Six Pointed Star knot with improvisations and four Single Strand Diamond stopper knots to secure the beads.
The necklace is full of symbols. Blue is the royal and heavenly color. The star is comprised of two triangles illustrating the trinity of God and man converging in the one and only mediator of the two, Jesus Christ the Lord.Read more: Star Knot
Published: Saturday, September 20 2014 10:39
We all have talents. Some, are yet undiscovered. God, who gave us those talents, is the key to their discovery and use. Making ourselves available to His use is the first step. Why would He divulge hidden potential to those who would abuse and misuse it for selfish goals? It is interesting to note that the reason the “Steward” lost his talent was because he hoarded it. Those who were rewarded, were rewarded for their surrender to the master’s purpose for the talents given.Read more: Vested Talents
Published: Sunday, September 07 2014 06:40
IF God were a man, HE would have created the whole of the universe in a process that would have lasted billions of years. HE would have told everyone how HE spoke it into existence in a matter of just six twenty-four hour days. He would have demanded that HIS WORD was to be believed as absolute truth. IF God were a man, HE would be astounded that no one believed HIM. HE would then change His story from 6 days to thousands of years, then millions and only when pressured admit the fact that it took billions; IF God were a man.Read more: IF God were a Man