Freedom

On July 4, 1776, Congress officially approved the Declaration of Independence. In response to this momentous declaration of the united colonies’ separation from Great Britain, John Adams wrote these insightful words in a letter to his wife concerning the remembrance of this day, now known as Independence Day: “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of … [Read more...]

Fully Committed

The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. (II Chronicles 16:9) I have been reading a book recently by Robert J. Morgan entitled The Strength You Need. Each chapter focuses on twelve Scripture verses that remind the believer from whence their strength comes. II Chronicles 16:9 is highlighted in chapter two. The author conveys the background of the passage.  King Asa (King of Judah) started out as a good king. The first … [Read more...]

Father’s Day

“For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just.” Genesis 18:19 There are a lot of verses that give great advice on parenting and how to love others. Although Genesis 18:19 is a promise from God to Abraham, it can apply to all parents. The Bible says that we are to train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6) Did you know that a … [Read more...]

The Truth About Revival

“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?”— Psalm 85:6                 There is something extraordinary (beyond ordinary) about these times. COVID-19, lockdown, racial tensions, protests and riots, and an exasperated political situation have placed our country in a state of uncertainty. When the world is shaken in such an undeniable way, we Christians ask the obvious question, “Will God … [Read more...]

Love and Prayer

Jesus replied: "‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40 I know we all had a wide range of emotions this past weekend as we saw our nation go up in flames. Our hearts were broken over the death of George Floyd and the realization that something has to … [Read more...]

Being Outward Focused

The Apostle Paul reminds us in Philippians 2:3-4 of how we, the body of believers, should live and treat each other. Do nothing out of vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others. (NIV) Outward focus. Since the pandemic began several months ago, most of us have had to adjust the way we do things. There have been limitations on where and what we can do at work, recreationally … [Read more...]

Staying In touch with God, Family, Church family, and the Community during this Pandemic

I do not know about you, but I see that I am a person of routine. This is becoming more difficult for me as I wade through these days surrounded by social distancing. To begin with, it was a “change of pace," but the new has worn off. I can see some good things that have come out of this time. I see that families are spending more time together. Without being able to go as we please, we find ourselves at home and spending time with our families and finding new ways, or in some cases old ways to … [Read more...]

Who Will We Reach?

“I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else's foundation, but as it is written, ’Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.’” — Romans 15:20–21 The apostle Paul knew who was supposed to be reached with the gospel. It’s not that he didn’t have a heart for the church or that he didn’t think Christians needed to grow and be encouraged by the gospel. Much of the New … [Read more...]

Epidemic & Growth

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength… I will continue with the rest of the passage from The Message: Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love Him with all that is in you, love Him with all you’ve got! Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk to them wherever you are, sitting at home, … [Read more...]

What do you cultivate?

The last three to four weeks we have had some beautiful spring days, of course we have had a few stormy days as well. However, for me the sunny mild tepid days overshadow the threatening weather of Easter Sunday and April 19th. After the rain storms the grass is greener, the flowers are blossoming, and the garden plants are thriving! Mid-March I planted my spring/summer garden. It is a small raised bed (8’ x 8’) complete with 2 rows of green beans, radishes, yellow squash, zucchini, bell … [Read more...]