“I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior. Yes, and from ancient days I am he. No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?” (Isaiah 43:11,13 NIV) God set forth motion The earth began formless and empty. Darkness set over the surface of the deep. When God created the heavens and earth, God set forth motion. He devised a plan and set the completion date 6 days later. After each day, He saw his work was good. God blessed the 7th day as holy, for rest from […]
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“Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from Heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” (John 12: 27,28 NIV) Crowd confused? A crowd stood their mouths gasped and eyes wondered. Where did this voice come from? They were confused. One side thought an angel spoke to Jesus. Others felt it had thundered. Jesus clarified the voice was for their benefit. The time came for judgement on this world. Power […]
Depart, depart, go out from there! Touch no unclean thing! Come out and be pure, you who carry the vessels of the Lord. But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard. (Isaiah 52:11,12 NIV) God be with me Last Thursday, I faced flying by myself. On the way to the airport, this verse came to mind. I asked God to be with me. In my spirit, I heard, I have already gone before you. OK! David waved goodbye and I was […]
Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. (Psalm 90:1,2 NIV) A fresh start Motivating Monday! Let’s get our blood pumping and our thoughts jumping. The opportunity to begin with a fresh start may produce a great ending to our week. I like how one of our pastors would tell how we leave one season in life will be how we start our new season. It is important how we begin and end situations. God’s perfect plan […]
The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If the light within you is full of darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matthew 6:22,23, NIV) Physical eyes My eye doctor has been telling me for years when I turn 40 my eyes will change and will need bifocals. Each time, I politely tell my eyes are not going to worsen. I am now 43. I pray for my eyes almost daily. Individuals have […]
Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God. (3 John 1:11) Paul’s letter Paul wrote his close friend, Gaius. He let Gaius know he wrote to the church, however, Diotrephes did not want anything to do with them. Anyone wanting to support Paul’s group would be put out of the church. Paul planned to call him on his malicious gossip toward them. He quickly pointed out…Diotrephes loved to be first. Yes! This is in the Bible. No, this story […]
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people, and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1) Abraham, an ordinary man Abraham, an ordinary man with an extraordinary purpose. Stories likely resonated how men tried to build a tower to reach Heaven. The good ole’ days when everyone spoke the same language. How their language was confused, men were scattered all over the earth. All in one chapter we went from the Tower of Bebel to the birth of Abram. God shared with Abram: “I will make you into a great […]
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. (Matthew 5:6, NIV) The lights dimmed, I could hardly see. Where is this path taking me? Foolishness is what I feel, as I begin to kneel. My mind begins to stir, everything a blur. What am I suppose to do, I try to remind myself… “Stay calm, my child” – What? Who? Where? This is real, God does speak to me! Why have I doubted for so long… All the friends I have led wrong. Lord, forgive me of […]
For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12, NIV) A trip to the E.R. After a trip to the ER and 7 stitches later I returned to work. During college, I worked for GoodYear Tire & Rubber Co. summer program. Layers of rubber were placed on pallets bound with metal strips. Pallets 1/2 used made great seats while waiting on dye cut changes. I did not see the metal cut near the […]
Come near to God and He will come near to you. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up. (James 4:8,10) Who comes to mind? Who comes to your mind from the Bible? Mary, Joseph, Adam, Eve, Peter, Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John come first to my mind. Your list may be similar or may include other well known men like Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos,…the list can go on. We draw from these individuals learning how to handle details of our everyday. How were interactions between each one and God? The good and bad. One name […]
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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