The sun is shining
and it’s a balmy 52 degrees today in Calhoun County, West Virginia. It gives me
high hopes that spring is just around the corner! High hopes because I can see
the glorious sunshine and feel the warmth (well kind of) on my skin as I go out
to feed the chickadees in the hen house.
But what about next
week when the temperatures drop back into the twenties, snow is possibly in the
forecast, and the chicks still need fed. Will I have high hopes that day that
spring is just around the corner? Or will I bundle up and growl as my bones
ache in protest to the chore? Not believing with any great confidence that
spring will come?
I see and
occasionally fall victim to the same faulty thinking as a child of God. Hope is
fleeting in this fallen world, is it not?
Corinthians 4:18 says
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things
which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things
which are not seen are eternal.
I have only girls in my henhouse, because, it is after all, a henhouse. And boys are bossy. I speak in poultry language of course, not humanistic. I would never say that my husband is bossy.
Okay… that’s a lie.
But he will tell you that I listen about like the poultry dames. I love my chickens. I do not however love their hygiene. They’re pretty gross. But they provide breakfast and attribute to my baking; so, I’ll tolerate their stinky butts and shovel their poop if I can’t con the hubs into. Which is usually the case. But my point of my Bantam banner is this, those girls always have hope!
awaiting me to come to the hen house and feed and water them and they
graciously (with the exception of one Silkie) allow me to take their eggs. They
don’t care what the weather is like, although they’re a little less productive
on cold days, much like me. But they still have hope. They’re doing what
Am I? Doing what I’m
called to do? Every day? Or just on days when I feel like the Son is going to
Just like the ladies in
the henhouse, God’s plan for me has been mapped out rain or shine. Cold or
warm. Muddy or dry. I need to be productive for the cause of Christ which is to
tell others of His return. That may come in the form of a blog, vlog, speaking
engagement or a song I sing. But all should point other to Christ and tell them
of His imminent return. That is hope.
That is what we have. It’s not up for debate. He’s coming back for the
Will it be this spring? Today? Tomorrow, next year or 2025? It doesn’t matter. He’s coming back! It only matters that I’m doing what needs to be done. So… I’ll feed my chickens, I’ll feed my family, I’ll feed the youth in the teen department with the word of God and I’ll feed my own faith with God’s word like 2 Corinthians 4:18.
I hope you found some nourishment in that word today too!
Anxiety. Not for the good Christian girl and boy, right? Umm, wrong. Multiple people have recently come to me requesting prayer for their anxious spirit. And I’m ever so glad to lift them to the Lord, believing that He will remove their fears and anxiousness and restore to them the peace that comes from knowing Christ. And then, moments later, I’m in the same predicament. What is it about anxiety that can get such a hold on the believer?
know my Lord is greater, but for the life of me I cannot convince that monster
that is lurking behind me. He just won’t believe it. I read the word of God and
the anxiety flees, only to return after I allow the cares of the world to creep
days for me it’s manageable. I reiterate the fact again that I am not a super
saint, but God has given me this ability to shut things out; almost like
slamming the door in Satan’s face. It’s my coping mechanism and it serves me
well, until it doesn’t. It can also allow me to shut out things that I should
be managing. That’s when the stress can
get out of control and that monster lurking behind me almost feels like a
physical presence on my shoulder.
I had the heart attacks, it was the heaviest it had been in a long time. So
now, I try to keep a handle on things. But like most everyone, I don’t always
win my monster mayhem.
imaginary conversations. Oh my stars, I am so glad you people are not inside my
head. I have more conversations that never take place in reality than anyone
should. I tell people off, I rescue the distraught, I line people up and line
them out. It’s awesome! And then I come back to reality. Bury the thoughts,
shut out the world and crawl into my pity pit that allows the anxiety to take
hold over the peace my Lord wants for my life.
street scene in Mark 5 wrangles my angst this morning.
22 And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue,
Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, 23 And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the
point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be
healed; and she shall live. 24 And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and
thronged him.25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all
that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched
his garment.28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she
felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out
of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude
thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her,
came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go
in peace, and be whole of thy plague.35 While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s
house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master
any further?36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the
ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.
characters who triumph over anxiety are Jarius and the woman with the issue of
blood. Both had life altering issues. Jarius was at the point of losing his
young daughter (12 years old). The woman with the issue of blood (for 12 years)
is losing hope. I don’t think these two 12 year old stories are in the same
part of scripture by happenstance. Jarius wants to keep alive his issue, the
woman, wants her issue to go away. We all have issues. Some physical, some
emotional, but all can be spirit breaking.
what can we learn from the word and the characters of study this morning that
will help us with our own issues? I think that there was a commonality to both
of their victories.
can almost guarantee there was a lot of weeping prior to their coming to
Christ. What parent cannot identify with tears both of joy and heartache when
raising children? But the thought of losing one is beyond comprehension or
acceptance. And the woman with the issue of blood had had the issue twelve
years; preventing her from spending time with the people she loved, draining
her physically and emotionally. But using the acronym of W.E.P.T both
Worshipped – Both fell down at His feet
– Both reached out to Him for a solution.
– Both prayed for God’s mercy
– Both trusted His answer.
both received Victory. Jairus’ daughter lived, and the woman was healed. And the
anxiety was stopped. Oh what power I the word of God! These were not my issues,
my issues are far less. So how can I not trust Him?
the monster return… probably. But so will victory.
It is one of my greatest heartaches and concerns of the American church today that the Sunday morning altars are empty. Pastors should not have to heap guilt upon the congregations to create movement and cause a begrudging child of God to kneel at the altar of grace. We should not ever do it out of vain repetition but rather with the knowledge that there is always a need, be it ours or someone else. For me… it’s me. I take others to the altar too, but I’m here to tell you, I go because I know what a wretched sinner I am and how I fail my Lord every day. I don’t go to prove my “sainthood” or that I am all that and a bag of chips in the house of the Lord. I’m not trying to impress anyone in any pew. I’m going because I need it!
I find three things at the altar (and more). But
three very notable things.
I Find Quality
Ezekiel spoke of the altar as a table. The finest
wheat, and sweetest bread is there waiting for me every time I kneel. Jesus
said in John 6:35 I am
the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that
believeth on me shall never thirst.
It is apparent from my
waistline that I love to eat. But I pray that my soul is every bit as ravenous
for the things of God. That is why I go. I don’t always feel hungry for the
things of God. I’m ashamed of that. There are times I want worldly things that
tickle my fancy. It’s a real struggle. I’m a vain, bling loving babe that likes
techy things, music things and all things artsy craftsy. Those are the things
that can so easily draw me away from God. I need reminded that those things are
fine in their place, but that the true and finest filling of the soul comes
from time with the Master.
I Find Quantity
God has not one time
refused me time. Isn’t that a great thought? But what’s shameful for me again
is I have refused Him time over and over. I need reminded on as I kneel at the
altar that it is a privilege beyond comprehension that the Lord of Glory wants
to talk to me. Wants to give me His precious time.
I Find it Quietly
While there is a time
for praising and shouting the glory down, my time at the altar is in humble,
silent awe. It’s the feeling of the Holy Spirit that dwells within, also coming
from above like a mighty rushing wind and just settling there on top of me
pouring Himself down into me and blessing me all over. Helping me to understand
that in my greatest failures, I am loved. In my deepest pain, He understands
it. And when I just don’t know what to say. He intercedes on my behalf, making
groaning where there was no words.
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our
infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the
Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. ~ Romans 8:26
That is why at every
opportunity you’ll find me at the altar. Not because I’m a saint… but because I
So, I’m back in Ezekiel again today, and I’m enjoying the Lord’s work in me through His word. Even the words I don’t understand.
Ezekiel 40, according to the commentary of John Gill, tells me that the Jews under the age of 30 were not allowed to read chapters 40-49 until they were of the age of 30 years old. And then they were to read it with the understanding that they wouldn’t understand. Finally, someone who gets me!
It speaks of a temple, of glorious grandeur and it speaks in great detail. I mean GREAT detail. As my eyes were glazing over while I read the cubit after cubit detail, the number of steps, the width of the rooms, the length of the porches, I begin to wonder why? Why does God give Ezekiel this information? So I looked closer. And began to try in my feeble brain to imagine what those images would have been. And I came across a few words that captured my attention for a minute and took me to a happy place. A pickin’ parlor.
In verse 44 of chapter 40 it says that “without the inner gate were the chambers of the singers in the inner court. ” That’s when I understood that God is all about the details. As He described this location to Ezekiel it didn’t really matter when it was, only that it was going to be, and when it was and where it is, we will be.
I don’t have to understand the future events, I only have to believe that God has got an amazing place for the believer and that it has been designed in great detail for us.
Don’t miss out on it by not knowing Jesus as your Savior. And if you’re saved, tell your family and friends so they don’t miss out!
arrogance. Oh… my… stars. It’s why I don’t watch the news and I avoid negative
conversations around me. This world actually thinks that they can do whatever
it is they desire, without repercussion and without accountability. Well, they
thought the same thing in the days of Ezekiel. Which for me I found great
solace in. Perhaps you need to hear this word today too.
Are you tired of seeing evil played out on an international, national and local level? Me too. It’s why I don’t miss my days of working in the courthouse of our not so fair county. I witnessed evil first hand, and grew weary and discouraged with each passing day in those halls. Not everyone was evil. But there was enough to suck the life out of me.
no doubt felt the same way. But when you’re a servant of God, which he is, and
I am, it’s like being a fire fighter. You can’t just walk away. You have to do
what the Lord tells you to do or there could be casualties on your watch. I
don’t want casualties on my watch.
as I read Ezekiel 38 this morning, determined to hear a word from the Lord that
I could pass on to you, this is the word…
don’t matter, Positions don’t matter, and Numbers don’t matter. God’s promises
matter. Just like the sparrow… God sees it all and He has us covered.
1And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief
prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech
and Magog. Interesting names and there is some debate as to who they even are.
I won’t even attempt to guess. And truthfully, it’s irrelevant to me for the
word that God has given me. Because God’s first point for me to ponder is
many times do we hear people say that someone was trying to make a name for
themselves in a certain sphere? While obviously God and Magog thought they were
of great power in the days of Ezekiel, scholar’s debate who they even were. So
how important were they in the scope of those days? And when all is said and
done how will we remember those who are our adversaries today?
love that my grandbabies associate me with Jesus. Glory! That’ll put a shout in
my soul. Because I know if I’m doing something in His name, it matters. If it’s
in the name of anything or anyone else, not so much. So when I apply that theory
to the world around me that is filled with so much evil, what I’m doing is so
much more important.
was speaking to the chief prince. I’m sure he thought he was all that and a bag
of chips. But when the dust settled, it did not.
I do not ever glory in anyone falling, I can’t say that I may not inwardly
smile when evil is defeated. Even if evil has a name and a position. I’m tired
of the arrogance of elected officials who do not regard the position’s for
which they were elected to as an opportunity to do good. Woah… I may have went
right into preachin’.
forward in chapter 38 and Ezekiel’s still laying it on.
15 And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou,
and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and
a mighty army:
I’m sure those mighty
armies came with great confidence. So does the world and the political rhetoric
when they make decisions on behalf of our Nation that causes God to go red in
I actually just
discovered that God does.
Verse 18 says “And it shall come to pass at
the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the
Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face.”
I don’t think any of
us wants to witness that. People who get red faced are usually about to
explode. If God explodes, it’s going to get ugly quick! And no matter the
number, you lose. So when I look at the odds that are against America on so
many different fronts, it sometimes discourages my soul. But then I think about
the fact that God hasn’t wiped us off the map yet and I believe it’s because He
still has enough people who care. There are still a few Ezekiel’s out there
willing to say what needs to be said. And that’s not our word, but rather the
Word of God!
God’s Promises Matter
Ezekiel 38:19-23 sums
up the matter. If God said it, it will come to pass.
19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken,
Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and
the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and
all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence,
and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and
every wall shall fall to the ground. 21 And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my
mountains, saith the Lord God: every man’s sword shall be against his brother. 22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I
will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with
him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. 23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be
known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord.
Even in the face of today’s evil we can
take heart that God will be glorified. So turn that frown upside down! God has
us covered church! We are covered by the blood of Jesus and He will have
victory, and through Him, so will we.
Whoever coined the
phrase “getting old ain’t for sissies” was so in tune with my life right now. So
by way of confession, I’ll let you in on a secret, 2018 was brutal on me and
2019 isn’t so great either!
I stopped going to
cardiac rehab at the hospital because I’m a wimp with cold weather. It was just
easier to stay home. But I didn’t want to lose the progress that I’d made so I
was doing some exercises at home. Which included a step aerobic that I really
enjoyed when it was pain free. I was having some knee issues but I was
determined to fight my way through. So as I step step stepped on my little Gold
Gym ® stepper I misplaced my foot and stepped backward really hard. I
immediately knew I was in trouble when a blood curdling scream proceeded from
my mouth that brought the critters running to my rescue. Except Callie the cat,
she is way too important to worry about her handler.
I refused to go to the
hospital because it was cold outside. I told you I’m a wimp. So I waited 24 hours,
for which worked really well for me because the temperature outside dropped to
the negatives. But after x-rays and exams it was determined (as best they could
without an MRI) that I have a torn meniscus. So I’m “peg leg pete” as my
daughter Whitney now calls me, and I’m feeling very feeble. And not just
Psalm 38 was written by
David as a Psalm of remembrance. Although there is debate whether the Psalm was
written to remember his sin with Bathsheba or the distress of Israel, for me it
matters not. I only know that it resonated with my heart today.
Physical pain, and the
pain of sin and regret take its toll on the body. It weakens me spiritually and
causes an angst in my soul.
David penned it well
when in verse 8 he wrote “I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared
by reason of the disquietness of my heart.”
Feebleness is a state
of frailty, weakness or delicacy. None of which I care to be described as. But
I doubt I’m alone. We all have times when we feel weak whether or not it’s
physical or emotionally in times of life’s woes. It brings to mind our
mortality and just how very little we are in control.
While my torn meniscus
could have been remedied by using a little common sense when exercising on
laminate floors, my sins can be remedied by using a little common sense in my
brain. Neither of which I overly skilled at. Obviously a trait King David bore
I recently have been
following a couple of gals on Instagram that are just a tad too perfect. Their
actually not, they’re very human, but they’re posts are “pretty”. Their homes
are pretty, their lives are pretty, their spirituality is pretty. They make me
nauseous. Yes. I’m sinning in thought. But it’s the truth. I can’t handle all
the “pretty” stuff. I need some reality. They really do inspire me to be
better. But I also tune into a preacher who has been an utter failure! But he’s
fighting back and roaring through the hard times and allowing me to see into
his life of blunders and mishaps and helping me to understand, I’m not alone.
When I fell off the
step, I roared both in my soul and in my physical being. I let the puppies
know, momma was hurt. I believe we need to do that spiritually as well to a
world of perfectionistic attitudes that see only the “pretty” images on social
media and in life. We come into church with our perfect attire and attitudes
having just left the brokenness of life at home and the reality that all is not
necessarily as well as it looks.
It’s why I appreciate
people like my preacher friend who lets me see his realness. Then my realness
doesn’t make me feel like a complete failure, just a recovering failure. Which
is truthfully what I am.
If there was an F.A.
meeting (Failures Anonymous) I’d go. But there’s not. And once you attend you’re
no longer anonymous. Everyone knows! So I’ll just go to church, read the word,
talk to God and share with you. My therapist. Thanks for not charging me an arm
or a leg (for which I only have one left.)
Below is the teen lesson I’ll use for tomorrows Sunday School program where I teach 9-12th grades. It’s certainly a suitable study for adults as well, after all, I teach these teens as the spiritually mature adults they are. On more than one occasion they’ve taught me.
Most days I feel like the underdog. I fail, I fall, I get up and try again. I leap in faith only to look more like a leap frog than leaping a building in a single bound. I venture a guess I’m not alone. I’ve yet to meet a saint of God (at least any I cared to be around) who thought they were an absolute success. Servitude brings a humility that allows us to remember who the real super Hero is: The Lord Jesus Christ! But even the bible recognizes the making of a hero. We’re not super heroes, but yet we too have the potential to be a hero by using the power within us. We (or at least I) fail to remember that it’s never me who has the ability to make things happens when leading souls to Christ or serving God in any capacity. But rather the Holy Spirit.
of heroes in the book of Hebrews gives me great hope that God can use someone
like me. So what is our role on the roll and what is our superpower.
One of my Dad’s
favorite verses was Hebrews 11:1 ~
Now faith is the substance
of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
#1 – Seeing the Unseen
Christians see things in me that I don’t see. Or I don’t have the faith in my abilities
to bring them to fruition. But if we view life through the vantage point of God
what are the unseen things we’d see? And how do we see them?
Through faith we understand that
the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were
not made of things which do appear.
things do you “see” in creation?
When I think
of framing I think of an incomplete project. God created this world by speaking
it into existence. “Framed by the word of God.” But there is still work to do. We
are that work for which we do by stepping and leaping in faith to show others
Why do you
think that unsaved people, especially those in the field of science, struggle
with believing in God’s creation?
# 2 – Willing to Kill
The first hero
mentioned in the book of Hebrews 11 is Abel. His super power was a righteous
By faith Abel offered unto God a
more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was
righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
Abel killed in
obedience. Cain on the other hand killed out of jealous and pride and the
killing was of his own brother.
Why was Abel’s
killing of the sacrifice righteous?
that hard for us to understand, especially if we are critter lovers?
Of course it
is! But it may be a little less difficult for those of us who are not
vegetarian. We can understand the sacrifice a critter makes for us to have a
to sacrifice an animal was his unwillingness to recognize that sin required a
blood covering. It still does. But Christ made that final sacrifice on the
The death now
is our own. We are dead to ourselves and alive in Christ!
# 3 – God Pleasers
By faith Enoch was translated
that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated
him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
What can we do
that would please God and allow the world to see this superpower?
One thing for
certain, without faith we will not please God. Hebrews 11:6 says
But without faith it is
impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe00 th0at he is,
and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
If by seeking
God, it pleases Him, how do we seek Him? And how does seeking Him show faith?
Superpower #4 – Boat
By faith Noah, being warned of
God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving
of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the
righteousness which is by faith.
In that day,
that was more than a little bit crazy. From this side of it we know how wise he
was, but at that point it had never rained one drop.
we want to be obedient to God’s calling we have to be a little bit crazy!
Have you, or
do you know someone who’s been a little bit crazy?
Superpower #5 – Going
to the unknown and believing the impossible
By faith Abraham, when he was
called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance,
obeyed; he went out, not knowing whither he went.
Stepping out in
faith isn’t for the faint of heart. Abraham had no idea where God was sending him,
but he was willing to go.
you fear God’s calling on your life? Has He called you to do something you now
country(s) would you fear being called to?
Through faith also Sara herself
received strength to conceive seed and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she
judged Him faithful who had promised.
Sarah was 90
and Abraham 100 when Isaac was born. There is nothing that God cannot do?
something that you struggle believing God will do in your life and then
remember the principles of your superpowers!
Superpower #6 – Eternal
By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and
Esau concerning things to come. By faith Jacob when he was dying, blessed both
the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. By faith
Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel;
and gave commandment concerning his bones.
All these men
knew that there was an eternity to live for. Until their dying breath they
handed down that legacy. We should never stop believing that we need to tell
people about Jesus.
How should an
eternal mindset cause us to live?
Superpower #7 – Facing
the Fire and Water
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was
hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and
they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. 24 By faith Moses, when he was come to
years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction
with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater
riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of
the reward.27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing
the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.28 Through faith he kept the passover, and
the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.29 By faith they passed through the Red sea
as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
before the fire when God called him out of the burning bush and he stood before
the Red Sea believing through the power of God they’d get through it. Even as
an infant he was placed in harms way. All this is evidence that even the chosen
children of God are not immune to heart aches and danger. His own family
rejected his wife and gossiped behind his back, but God took care of it all.
How does this
encourage you in your everyday life?
Superpower #8 – Girl
By faith the harlot Rahab
perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with
only use men for the higher powers. Rahab is listed as a “harlot” and yet she
is in the lineage of Jesus Christ. What does that tell us about the people God
will use for the Kingdom’s glory?
Rahab and her family’s
life was spared because she believed in the God of Abraham and protected His
people. She truly had girl power to face certain death if she was caught. She
also proved that God can use people even with questionable pasts.
Paul went onto
mention more heroes of the faith, but what we might find when we get to Heaven
is that in a book of the things we’ve done for Christ we too are mentioned as
heroes of the faith!
Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones (Ezekiel 37:1–14) came to him after
God had directed him to prophesy the rebirth of Israel in chapter 36. God was
using Ezekiel to restore Israel to her land of blessing. But it didn’t seem
humanly possible. Israel was once again in captivity having fallen away from
God’s grace through rebellion. In that state it would take a miracle to find
hope! Something like dead men’s bones coming back to life.
When God told Ezekiel to tell the bones that
God would make breath enter the bones and come to life just as He had created
Adam, Ezekiel obeyed. He’d been transported to the valley of dry bones already
so no doubt he was in a mind to listen. When that body of bones resurrected
with flesh and blood to stand as an army it symbolized the coming together of
the Nation of Israel in end times.
As I read commentaries of the Ezekiel’s
valley experience, I couldn’t help but see the implications against us. We’re in captivity and aren’t even aware of it. At
least Israel knew.
This morning’s breaking news with regards to
New York Governor’s celebration of the abortion bill passing that would allow
unborn children up until birth to be aborted made my eyes well with tears and
my stomach roll over. It’s murder. Plain and simple and there will come a day
of judgment that I wouldn’t want to be in the vicinity of. That smug look of self-righteous
indignation on the faces of the “victors” will be removed by God Himself.
These and other acts of rebellion as a nation
are dry bones to beware of. We will be held accountable for our votes and our
attitudes of remiss when standing against those who support such atrocities.
A Church of Dry Bones
The only thing worse than government leaders being elected
who stand for abortion is churches that stand with them or those who take no
stand at all.
Edmund Burke said it well when he said that “The only thing
necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
How true that is. It’s what’s happening in our churches
today when church leadership is refusing to take a stand against what the bible
plainly lists as sin for fear of government repercussion or offending their
I thank God for churches who stand in the gap for these
unborn children. They are children, they have names! God that in Jeremiah 1:5
that before we were in the womb He knew us. We have a name and a purpose long
before we’re born.
The infants that the governor of New York celebrated their
death may have been the doctor who cures cancer, Alzheimer of eradicates drug
abuse through some revolutionary tactic, but it will never come to pass because
they were murdered. They may have been the preacher that leads your grandchild
to Christ, but your grandchild will never cross their path, because they were
never born. Drama? No, reality.
A People of Dry Bones
We cannot change our nation and our churches until we’re
ready to believe that God can resurrect the dead.
I will not give up on my nation and the churches across
this great land because I know a lot of great people who are willing to take a stand
for the cause of right. I believe that’s the only reason God hasn’t eradicated
But there’s not enough of us willing to make that stand
known. Sometimes it’s because we don’t know where to start. Other times it’s
because we don’t have enough support in our own troops.
Start by taking a stand on your own. In life, on social
media, where ever the opportunity arises. Ask your church to get involved in
awareness and then contact every political leader telling them your position
and assure them that you’ll make their position known.
When Ezekiel made those bones dance, he did it through the power of God but it no doubt made him shake in his own shoes a little; mainly with excitement that God would revive His people again. He will. And He will revive us if those who say they stand for right do it.
We need to beware of dry bones but we need to be prepared
for possibility that they just might come to life and bring this nation back in
God’s grace once more!
Whether or not it happens only time will tell. But we will
stand before God and answer for our efforts, or lack thereof.
It’s pouring the snow down in Calhoun County, West Virginia today, and the odds of me making it to our morning service are growing slimmer. Praise God, I was in church with the teens for fellowship last night, else I’d be even sadder.
know how people make it without a church family for encouragement.
The teens and I watched a film called “Beware of Christians.” It was documentary by four college boys who wanted to know what lies beyond “religion” who went by faith on a journey to Europe to witness for Christ.
movies it started out a little slow, and I’m sweating it because I want the
kids to enjoy it and have a good time. Well let me tell you, when teens applaud
at the end of a movie, with nobody to hear their applause but each other and
God, you know the Spirit has moved and I’m not a failure as a youth leader J
title speaks of “Beware of Christians,” it’s not what you initially think. Or
at least not what I thought. It’s speaking primarily of religious Christians
which in the context of this film, I personally think most of us fit into. I’ve
witnessed very few people in my life who live their lives to the extent of the
disciples and by the instruction of Christ through the word.
These young men warn of the cause and effect of religious church goers who talk the talk but their walk doesn’t back it up. They interviewed people in the many cities they traveled, often times ending up in cities they never intended on going to. But God has His methods! They asked tough questions of young people regarding their sexual morality and spoke candidly about their own struggle. They delved into materialism and so many other topics that few Christians dare to ask themselves. Such as “Are you prepared to give up everything to serve Christ?” What does it mean to be a Christian? What things do you “need” and what things do you “need to get rid of?” Are you willing to walk away from some people because they’re unhealthy for you?
leave much of it for you to experience should you decide to watch the movie.
You can rent it on YouTube for $1.99. This is not an endorsement, but rather an
opportunity if you’re interested.
What I wanted
to accomplish by this post this morning is to ask you what I had to ask myself
last night? What good are you for the cause of Christ? How much of an impact
are you making? What will you do differently this week because I ask you these
Because I’m not going to make it to our services this morning, I’m going to spend some time pondering these questions myself. If you’d like to share your answers or your thoughts I’d love to hear from you!
This may be the strangest blog ever, but… if you read on you’ll be encouraged.
So yesterday, as my friend Gloria and I traveled to the big
city, we had our usual babe banter going by trying to catch up on days and
weeks’ worth of news in just a few hours. Somehow or another, (as only it could
with us) we began a deep discussion of Mairzy Dotes and Dozey Dotes and Little
I kid you not.
She was shocked that I didn’t know that that was a children’s
pronunciation song exercise for “Mares
eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy, a kid will eat ivy too,
Who Knew! Well, I guess plenty of people besides me. So, this
morning I’m kind of in that same mode, only with the word encouragement. En
“courage” ment. My word for the year! How had I not noticed courage in
the center of that word? I know… I’m a cheap date, it takes so little to
entertain my mind. But on days like today when I’m struggling to stay
encouraged, I’m looking for courage where ever I can find it. Maybe you are too.
Encouragment defined is:
the action of giving
someone support, confidence, or hope.
persuasion to do or to
the act of trying to
stimulate the development of an activity, state, or belief.
Every single definition is a piece of the soul winning plan!
If in this life only
we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most
How true! And a huge part of my testimony. I was of all people
most miserable before knowing the Lord as my Savior. I knew there was a God,
but I didn’t know God. I knew I feared Hell, but did not know how to keep from
going. I needed peace, but didn’t know what it truly was until I experienced it
It is these words of encouragement that I need to share with
others to give them the courage to go on. To give me the courage to go on in
the ministry. You probably have a like testimony, how can you use that today to
encourage people in your life.
Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
a sad statement by Agrippa. He was almost persuaded to be saved, but it wasn’t
for the lack of Paul passion. The preceding verses stir my soul yet today!
Acts 26: 21-26
these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me. Having
therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to
small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and
Moses did say should come:That
Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the
dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.And
as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art
beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.But
he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth
and soberness.For the king knoweth of these things, before
whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are
hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.
is it hidden today! God bears witness to every soul on earth. We know. And that
is why God’s word will not return void, because within the heart of every girl
and boy is the desire to know God.
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written,
How beautiful are
the feet of them that
preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
How beautiful! Nothing is more beautiful than seeing a soul come
to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Words can attempt to capture it but will
never do it justice like being in the presence of it happening. I have been
privileged to see so many souls come to Christ, but never enough! I long to be
used by God in such a manner. But I kid you not it takes courage.
It takes writing posts like this for myself. I need to see God’s
word in action. How about you? I hope I gave you courage today. Tell somebody
about Jesus. Post it on social media, call them on the phone, and tell them
face to face. Get the word out in every way possible. It’s a beautiful thing!
Writer, Speaker, Singer… but most of all, Servant of Jesus Christ