STRENGTH

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song. (Psalm 28:7 ESV) How many times are we overwhelmed with the circumstances within which we find ourselves? New job, career change, budgetary issues, health and parental care concerns, children, job pressures and the list continues. What do we do in these times of crisis? Do we bask in the muck of indecision and helplessness or do we consult the One … [Read more...]

Keep Your Eyes on Christ

One of my favorite activities as a dad was hiking on the Appalachian Trail with my son. Several years my oldest daughter, Amanda went but Andrew and I have logged over 300 miles on the trail. Andrew was 9 years old and Amanda was 12 on our first hike. As we prepared for this 50-mile hike, we would load our backpacks with books and walk at the walking park each night. Although we were not climbing mountains, we were getting our bodies in shape for the hike to come. The Appalachian Trail is … [Read more...]

You are Part of a Team

“For each will have to bear his own load.” – Galatians 6:5 Henry Ford first used the assembly line to build cars in 1913. His method reduced a car’s build time from twelve hours to two and a half hours. The assembly line made production efficient and made car ownership a reality for many people. The system worked well, but there was one great stipulation. Everyone had to do their own part. Teams work well only when each person shows up and helps bear the load.   This is the point … [Read more...]

BRIDGES

Moses said to Joshua... “I will stand on top of the hill holding the stick that God told me to carry”….As long as Moses held up his arms, the Israelites won, but when he put his arms down, the Amalekites started winning. When Moses’ arms grew tired, Aaron and Hur brought a stone for him to sit on while they stood beside him and held up his arms, holding them steady until the sun went down. In this way, Joshua totally defeated the Amalekites. Moses built an altar and named it, “The Lord is my … [Read more...]

Run to the Shade!

Psalm 121:5-8 (NIV) The Lord watches over you—the Lord is our shade at your right hand; The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm--- He will watch over your life; The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now & forevermore. The past couple of weeks have been harshly, brutally HOT! The humidity is elevated which only amplifies the temperature! Air Conditioners are working overtime and thank God Almighty for them!  (I … [Read more...]