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Archive for February, 2013

“Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him.” (1 Kings 19:18)

by on Feb.28, 2013, under Messages

Elijah thought that there was no one else, that he was the only one trying to serve God. But God had 7000 that Elijah didn’t know about.

God is doing things that we aren’t aware of. He doesn’t have to explain himself to us nor fill us in on all his plans. We just need to be faithful and trust that God is at work.


But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. (I John 3:5)

by on Feb.27, 2013, under Messages

This is good news for you today.  Jesus, the sinless one, came to earth to take away your sins.  Praise God.


“He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.”” (Luke 8:21)

by on Feb.26, 2013, under Messages

Want to be part of Jesus’ family? Study the Bible and do what it says. If you do that, you can be a member of Jesus’ family.


He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. (Proverbs 13:20)

by on Feb.25, 2013, under Messages

Choose your companians wisely.  Be with people who can help you grow into the person you want to be.  Spending time with fools will only hurt you in the long run.


Elihu who?

by on Feb.24, 2013, under Hope

He was to be seen but not heard! As the youngest man in the group he could listen but not participate in the discussions which were more like monologues. And then he could contain himself no longer and the words gushed from his mouth. So entered Elihu into the discourse of the Old Testament book of Job.

Elihu is only mentioned in Chapters 32-37. He is not included among the three friends that come to comfort Job. In fact all that is told of Elihu is that he is a distant relative of Abraham through the line of Buz of the family of Abram (Genesis 22:20-21) and that he is incensed by the lack of acknowledgement of God Almighty’s power in the views expressed by Job and his friends.

Elihu acts as an arbitrator, referee, pointing out that regardless of what circumstances you are in or why you are in that situation, God remains. He says:

God thunders marvelously with His voice; he does great things which we cannot comprehend.
As for the Almighty, we cannot find him: He is excellent in power, in judgment and abundant justice; he does not oppress. (Job 37:5, 23)

And then Elihu disappears from the Job story and from the Bible. He makes one appearance and is then lost to history. Yet his role is essential. It is he who helps to direct the discussion away from self-aggrandizement and hollow rationalization, giving God the introduction to remind Job, the three friends and the readers who made everything including them.

There are Elihus all around us. Their names are different but they help us redirect our thoughts and lifestyles away from our egocentric self importance and toward the One who made us.

Do you have an Elihu?

Who is it?

What message did he help you understand and why was/is that important to you?


“May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep the commands, decrees and regulations he gave our fathers.” (1 Kings 8:58)

by on Feb.23, 2013, under Messages

Yes. YES! May God turn our hearts to him. May we follow him and do what he says. May we keep his commands.


Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? (Galatians 4:16)

by on Feb.22, 2013, under Messages

We may not like it.  We may not want to hear it.  But those who speak truth into our lives are not the enemy, but a friend.  Be a friend to someone today.  Speak truth into their life.


“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)

by on Feb.21, 2013, under Messages

Where’s your treasure? In the bank? Under a mattress? Or are you storing up treasure in heaven?


My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them. (Proverbs 1:10)

by on Feb.20, 2013, under Messages

You can say no.  Do not give in to those who would enable you to do what is wrong.


“You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.” (Joshua 23:14)

by on Feb.19, 2013, under Messages

God’s promises don’t fail. They can’t fail! God doesn’t change, and he is always able to do what he has promised.



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