Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written, “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (Romans 15:2-4 NIV) Motivating Monday! Do we ever need to be motivated! A big day tomorrow, pray without ceasing comes to mind! The Presidential election results will be calculated. I’ve been asked often, “What do you […]
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Moses summoned all the Israelites and said to them: Your eyes have seen all that the Lord did in Egypt to Pharaoh, to all his officials, and all his land. With your own eyes you saw those great trials, those miraculous signs and great wonders. But to this day, the Lord has not given you a mind that understands, or eyes that see or ears that hear. (Deuteronomy 29:2-4, NIV) Motivating Monday! Hello! Seems like I’ve been away so, nice to be back home. We had an exciting end to our middle child’s summer baseball- winning Babe Ruth State Tournament, […]
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord as spoken.” (Isaiah 1: 18-20 ESV) Motivating Monday, Good news or bad news first? Our country is dividing further apart- left leaning more left and right staying steadfast, grounded in God’s Word. Governors are […]
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. (John 1:2,3 NIV) Forward Friday! Happy New Year! The year 2020 upon us, I turned 50 a few days ago, and life has never been more important. I am thrilled to be 50. My mother only lived 49 years and three+ months. Though life deals tough times, God remains Sovereign. John 1 is one of my favorite Bible chapters. It’s […]
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105 ESV) Motivating Monday! Thinking back to when I returned home after college, and engaged back into church. Through my childhood, many seeds planted within were so humble, and rich beyond imagination waiting for God’s perfect time to be produced. In my college/career class-flipping through Psalms, I can remember thinking…how many chapters are in this book. We can be in church for many years, and never engage into reading and studying God’s Word. Remembering… I did learn during my childhood how to love others through […]
Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. (Acts 9:1 NIV) Heartfelt Day Wednesdays are always a heartfelt day to write. I have never taken a break like I have for April. April seems to be a whirl of activity. David and I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary on April 2nd. I’ve always wanted to visit Italy, and set a goal to do so by our 25th. When I stated we had planned an action-packed week, this was an understatement. An experience of a lifetime. Rome was incredible with all historical factors. The fact this is […]
Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:43, 44 ESV) Motivating Monday! When my children were smaller and even today, my comment if a lie is spoken, “When you lie, you align […]
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts…(1 Corinthians 13:13- 14:1a) Forward Friday! I never realize God’s pick for scripture till I sit down to write. There can be experiences remembered, lessons learned, or what crosses my path during the day. For instance, while waiting at a red light, and seems like yesterday was a red light day. I finally admitted…Ok! God, I did not spend adequate time in prayer. God and I have lots of conversations over red lights. There before […]
Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?” He looked around at them all (Pharisees and teachers of the law), and then said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was completely restored. But they were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus. (Luke 6:9-11 NIV) Furious? But they were furious and began to discuss what they may might do to Jesus…furious over what? The Pharisees and […]
My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine sounding arguments. (Colossians 2:2-4 NIV) Justified? I could have written this very same letter, however, Paul had great concern for Laodicea, as I do…America. The town of Colosse was located on a major trade route, receiving from […]
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Find yourself blessed to find one who will sharpen with iron. Though the words are sometimes harsh and/or hard to swallow know it is a blessing, as I have. Christ provides many words for us through the day, we have to be willing to see, hear and move into His will. Praising Him even in the storms of life.Kim Baker. Sikeston, MO