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Receiving God's Word

God created us with a Spirit that is a receptor for His Word.  Our sinful nature drowns God’s Word.  Many people cannot make sense of the Bible as they read; it seems to come into their minds gets deflected out, and seems irrelevant to anything they experience.  The Bible must be read by the spirit within.  The Bible is a spiritual book that can only be understood by the spirit God put inside of us.              James 1:21 explains this fully: Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.  We don’t recognize the prevalence of moral filth and evil that camouflages our spirits from the word that is planted within us.  It takes effort to walk away from the world’s desires and be humble enough to accept the spirit God gave us to read His Word.             God’s Word has the power to transform our lives when we receive it from the spirit within.  I love to read God’s Word in many different…

How Firm is Your Foundation?

The soul that on Jesus doth lean for repose,
I will not, I will not, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake
.  John Keith             I love these words and what they represent.  They sound too good to be true, but they are the absolute truth for all of us who belong to God.  Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? (Romans 8:33-35).             God’s word is full of promises as He forms a covenant relationship with those who belong to Him.  A covenant is unbreakable.  I imagine that those were the thoughts ruminating in John Keith’s mind when he wrote this hymn in the 1700s.  They are words that are true and form the firmest foundation we can have on this earth.  …

Vacation Bible School

I’m writing this in the middle of a week of Vacation Bible School.  I’m exhausted, but so aware of the importance of what happens spiritually for children in one week that I have to write about it!  I know you know about Vacation Bible School.  It is probably happening at a church near you.  If you are involved in a church, you may have been asked to play a role in the grand undertaking.  It requires a lot of time, lack of sleep and drain on your energy to help at VBS, but it is worth every sacrifice.             I first started teaching Vacation Bible School when I had children.  I wanted to give them the experience as preschoolers, but at my church preschoolers only got to come if their mom was teaching.  When my daughter was four years old, I practiced the upcoming lesson I would be teaching with her the week before.  At the end of my lesson I practiced giving children the opportunity to accept Christ.  I thought Rachel was just pretending when she prayed to accept Chr…

Jesus' Most Frequently Asked Question

One of the most perplexing realities for Jesus is why people who know Him lack faith in Him.  I really don’t blame Him.  That is an excellent question.  He repeatedly asked His disciplesabout their faith. There are a total of 13 references in which Jesus asks a question related to faith if you count the times the question was repeated in Gospel accounts. 1.Matthew 6:30--But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 2.Matthew 8:26, Mark 4:40, Luke 8:25 (Jesus calms the storm)--Why are you afraid, O you of little faith? 3.Matthew 14:31 (walking on water)--O you of little faith, why did you doubt? 4.Matthew 16:8 (warning about Pharisees)--O you of little faith, why are you discussing among yourselves the fact that you have no bread? 5.Matthew 17:17, Mark 9:9, Luke 9:41, (healing demonic boy)-- O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How lon…

The Gift of Peace

Jesus first words to His disciples after His resurrection were: Peace be with you (John 20:19).  I am convinced that Jesus’ most priceless gift to us living here on earth is peace given through the Holy Spirit.  Jesus gives us peace with God through our faith in His work for our salvation.  He also longs to give us peace every day that we live on earth separated from God though the Holy Spirit.             Jesus lived on earth with the same kind of peace He wants us to have.  He was never worried; rather He constantly instructed others to not be afraid.  He was bewildered by His disciples’ lack of faith from life threatening storms, or threats of violence by religious leaders.  After all, they belonged to God now, why should they be afraid?             Yes, this world is full of annoying realities.  It overflows with pressures and stress.  Every morning brings surprises, some good while others are disappointing.  From the beginning of sin in Genesis, the side effect of do…