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“I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.” (Psalms 40:1–2)

by on Jun.16, 2018, under Messages

“I waited patiently”…

It seems that those words don’t often describe me. I’m not patient. I want God to answer NOW.

Patience and peace often go together. I need to learn to wait patiently for the Lord; that’s how I’ll find His peace.

“For because of the anger of the LORD it came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that he cast them out from his presence.” (2 Kings 24:20)

by on Jun.14, 2018, under Messages

God is slow to anger and quick to forgive. But He will eventually punish unrepentant sinners. Don’t miss your chance to get right with God. Don’t risk being cast out as God’s people were in ancient times.

He also says, “In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. (Hebrews 1:10)

by on Jun.13, 2018, under Messages

God is the Creator of all this universe.  Sunrise, sunset, clouds, and the stars of the sky are his handiwork.  Look and worship.

“But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.” (Proverbs 4:19)

by on Jun.12, 2018, under Messages

They do not know what makes them stumble

It’s amazing to see how people reject God’s ways, follow their own desires, then react with surprise when things turn out badly.

Do what’s right and you’ll find that the path is much easier.

… and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (Luke 14:14)

by on Jun.11, 2018, under Messages

You will be repaid for your good deeds.  But do things here for those who cannot repay you in this life.  Your will get repaid at the resurrection.  And that is better.

“Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD! O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!” (Psalms 130:1–2)

by on Jun.09, 2018, under Messages

Do you ever feel like God isn’t listening? It’s hard to pray and not feel like we’ve gotten any response at all.

Keep a few things in mind:

  • God isn’t obligated to act on our timetables.
  • We can’t always see the big picture.
  • Sometimes what we want isn’t what’s best.
  • There are some things we just won’t understand during this lifetime.

In the end, faith often involves trusting in God in spite of what we do or don’t see around us.

Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:4)

by on Jun.08, 2018, under Messages

Pride, ego, and personal power are not part of the call to follow Jesus.  In fact, they get in the way.  Be more like little children

“Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth…” (Ezra 1:2)

by on Jun.07, 2018, under Messages

It’s almost surprising to see a powerful ruler admit that God is at work in this world. Too often politicians and government officials act like they have earned the power they have. They act like they have absolute power to act in this world.

God is King. Everyone would do well to remember that.

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