“At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home. I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes.” (Zephaniah 3:20 NIV) Hope in darkness Our fortunes restored before our very eyes, words written to make us smile. Zephaniah reaffirmed Nineveh was desolate, dry as a desert. A city superior with carefree individuals who felt safe, left in ruins for wild beast. Who is this scripture meant for? A possible remnant? How could he be so hopeful when darkness lurked all around […]
The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him, but with an overwhelming flood He will make an end to Nineveh; He will pursue his foes into darkness. (Nahum 1:7,8 NIV) Nineveh? Wait! The reluctant prophet, Jonah, delivered God’s message for Nineveh. They were to repent from wickedness or in forty days, Nineveh would be overturned. God saw the greatest to the least of them change their ways. The King of Nineveh urged all to call on God, turn from their evil ways and violence. Moved with compassion, God did not […]
When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, He had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction He had threatened. (Jonah 3:10 NIV) Violent storm A violent storm arose, winds tossed the ship almost over. The crew frantic with fear, knew someone was responsible. All evidence pointed to Jonah, who was in a deep sleep below deck. Jonah confessed, he was to blame. The storms grew rougher, they had no other choice than to throw Jonah overboard. The storm calmed, the crew began to fear the Lord. A big fish swallows Jonah […]
May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus. (2 Timothy 1:16,18 NIV) Disappointment Through Paul’s eyes, we see thoughts penetrate as death approaches. He writes a second letter to encourage Timothy. Everyone deserted him in the Province of Asia, including Phygelus and Hermogenes. Disappointment heavy on Paul’s heart, identified these two individuals with a resounding, especially these two. […]
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. (Acts 3:19) The news Have you kept up with the news? Concerning America the beautiful, the land we love. What will North Korea do today? What will our President do? An Army lieutenant colonel made news with what is suppose to be a 14 page document attacking the religious right in America. He identified groups like the Family Research Council and the American Family Association as domestic hate groups. Should we be concerned? Most definitely, our concern […]
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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