OUR GOD IS FAITHFUL

July 4, 2016

The four seasons were part of God’s plan, and they are proof of His faithfulness. After The Flood, God’s covenant with Noah included this promise:

“While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Winter and summer,
and day and night
Shall not cease”
(Genesis 8:22)

The cold and “s word” that are part of winter are proof of God’s faithfulness. (“s word” = snow)

The renewal that Spring brings to a monochromatic world also proves that God is faithful.

Summer’s long days, warm evenings are part of God’s faithfulness.

The beauty of Fall colors with cloudless blue skies as a backdrop shows us that God is faithful.

The sun came up today, because God is faithful. The stars shine at night because God is faithful.

The list is endless. From Genesis to Revelation we read of God’s faithfulness; in all seasons, He faithfully pours out His kindness, strength, provision, comfort and compassion on His people.

As we look back over our lives, let’s praise our God for His faithfulness in every season. He was faithful in the past, and we can trust Him to be faithful to the end. Worship our faithful God as you listen to Selah sing “The Faithful One”. https://youtu.be/IczlW3QlHCs

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OUR GOD IS THE GOD OF HOPE

June 6, 2016

With his physical body ravaged by a long, hard struggle with cancer, Pastor Arthur was on the front porch of eternity. The last time we visited him, he could no longer speak. He motioned for his dear wife Ruth to bring him his well-worn Bible. His fingers still nimble and his mind and heart focused on eternity, Arthur quickly opened it and pointed to 1st Peter 1:3,4: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled that does not fade away…”

We read that passage out loud and Arthur’s face became radiant as he nodded in anticipation of the eternal inheritance he was on the brink of receiving. Arthur was rejoicing in the living hope that our God of hope had given him, and we rejoiced with him.

As Christ followers, our living hope isn’t simply wishful thinking; it’s rock-solid confidence that carries us all the way to eternity. It is a gift that our God of hope gives all those who trust in Jesus; it permeates our existence.

My prayer for you today is that “…the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

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OUR GOD IS THE GOD OF PEACE

May 30, 2016

Living near one of the largest Amish communities in the USA, we occasionally see a horse-drawn buggy on the roads. The horses, predisposed to distractions, wear small squares of leather attached to the bridle beside their eyes. These “blinders” keep the horses’ eyes focused in front of them and don’t allow them to become distracted by what’s around them. Because horses have excellent peripheral vision, the blinders are essential for the peace and safety of the folks in the buggy.

Like the horses, we need blinders, too; our peripheral vision can distract us. Looking around, we see situations that we can’t control: a health issue, a sudden loss, a difficult relationship. Long, sleepless nights and anxiety-filled days become our reality. But when we focus only on our God of peace, (Romans 15:33) the circumstances around us don’t distract us.

The prophet Isaiah wrote that “He (God) will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” That’s focus. Spending quality time with Him in His Word and surrendering our worry and fear to Him in prayer always brings peace to our troubled soul. Focused with our blinders on, we will experience what the Apostle Paul wrote of in Philippians 4:7: “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your heart and minds through Christ Jesus.”

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OUR GOD WILL NEVER FORGET US

May 9, 2016

Can a woman forget her nursing child
and not have compassion on the son of her womb?

Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you.
See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands.”
Isaiah 49:15,16

In the past, each time I read this passage, I thought: “That’s a good example, but there’s NO WAY a mother can ever forget one of her children!” Being the mom of three, I considered “surely they may forget” an impossibility.

Then Mom’s Alzheimer’s worsened. Each time I visited her, she would ask who I was, and my introduction was always the same: “I’m Kath, your baby.” Questions always followed: “Are you married?…Who to?…Do you have children?” Then she’d repeat, “Who are you again?” and she would proceed to ask the same questions over and over.

As I saw Mom’s memory fade, this verse that Isaiah wrote centuries ago became very comforting to me. Realizing that she really did forget me, this passage became very real to me. I embraced the truth of it. “Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you in the palms of my hands.” Those nail scars that He has on the palms of His hands give me the assurance that He loves me with everlasting life, and He will never forget me.

It is comforting to know that our heavenly Father will never forget any one of His children, and I praise Him that we can rest in that truth.

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OUR GOD REMEMBERS TO KEEP HIS PROMISES

May 2, 2016

“But you promised!” Stinging words are hurled, and the accusation is valid.
“I’m so sorry, I totally forgot!” is our feeble reply.

We blame busy days, countless responsibilities, endless distractions and life’s hamster wheel; but the truth is, we often forget what we promise. We let others down. Unintentional forgetfulness plagues us, because we are human.

Thankfully, our God is not human; He remembers His promises. He never, ever forgets any promise that He’s made, and He never fails to keep them. The Psalmist confirmed that God’s memory is perfect: “He remembers His covenant forever, the Word which He commanded, for a thousand generations.” (Psalm 105:8)

Here are just a few of the promises that our God remembers:
God promises eternal life to those who believe in Jesus. John 3:16
God promises that all who seek Him will find Him. Jeremiah 29:13
God promises to bless His people with peace. Psalm 29:11
God promises to give His people strength. Psalm 29:11
God promises that He will never leave us. Hebrews 13:5
God promises to forgive us. Luke 6:37

I challenge you to add to this list. Dig into God’s Word and discover His “exceedingly great and precious promises”. (2 Peter 1:4). Our Promise-giver will never let us down; He always remembers to keep His promises, and we can praise Him for that!

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OUR GOD HEARS US

April 18, 2016

“I can’t understand you. Your voice is cutting out.”

“Talk louder, I can’t hear you.”

Frustrated, we end the call without finishing – or maybe even without starting – the conversation. Unfortunately, that happens even in our high-tech world.

As God’s children, we have the assurance that He always hears us. Our voice doesn’t cut out; we don’t have to talk louder. Going through one of the most difficult circumstances of his life, the Psalmist David reiterated that fact in Psalm 34, speaking from his own experience when he wrote:

“I sought the Lord and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” (v. 4)

“This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.” (v.6)

“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.” (v. 15)

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them from all their troubles.” (v. 17)

God hears us when we cry out to Him in times of trouble and when we are paralyzed by fear. His ears are always open. No dropped calls, fading voice, unfinished conversations or frustration.

If you are distressed, anxious, troubled or carrying a heavy burden, cry out to God in faith, and be encouraged, because our God hears us!

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OUR GOD KNOWS OUR NEEDS AND HAS THEM COVERED

April 11, 2016

Our needs don’t take God by surprise; He knows all about them. God even has his plan in motion to cover all of our future needs. Take Jacob’s family, for example. (Genesis chapters 37-50) God knew that a future, severe famine would ravage the land, and also knew that Jacob and his family would have no food, but He had them covered.
– Jacob didn’t know about his future needs when he held Joseph’s blood-stained tunic in his hands, and weeping, “…refused to be comforted”.
– Joseph’s brothers didn’t know about the future famine when they threw him into the pit.
– Joseph himself didn’t totally understand God’s plan when his brothers sold him to the passing traders, or when he was unjustly accused and imprisoned in Egypt.

But God knew; His plan was in motion. Before Jacob’s life-threatening need for food, God already had it covered. Following his imprisonment, Joseph was put over all of Egypt, and God used Pharaoh – the pagan ruler – to give Jacob and his family not only food during the famine, but also the best of the land.

In Matthew 6, Jesus specifically mentions material needs just prior to assuring His audience that “your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things”. (v. 32)

Maybe you have tremendous material needs right now; or you may have needs in the future that you are unaware of now. Jacob’s story and our own experiences confirm Christ’s words: our Father God knows what we need. Trust Him. He’s got them all covered!

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PERSISTENCE REWARDED

September 5, 2013

Knock, knock.

“Who’s there?”

“Your friend. I need something.”

“Go away and don’t bother me. I can’t help you now.”

That may have been the dialogue in Christ’s example in Luke chapter 11. We aren’t told how many times the “knock-knock-who’s-there” scenario took place, but we know it was more than once, because Jesus said the friend in need would be answered because of his persistence.  Immediately following that illustration, Christ assured His listeners (and us!), “… ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9)

Not long ago I was rewarded for persistence, and this passage came to mind. The president of the company I work for has his main office at company headquarters in another state and he comes to our office / manufacturing facility several times a year. Because I make travel arrangements for upper management, engineers and visitors, I make the president’s hotel reservations when he comes to town. “Hotel A” is his preferred home away from home, so I called “Hotel A” and requested a reservation for the date he would be staying. Unfortunately, all the rooms were booked and I had to reserve a room at “Hotel B”. My plan was to call “Hotel A” several times again before his arrival to see if they had a cancellation and could get the president in before we would be charged for “Hotel B”. On my fourth attempt in the course of about three weeks, I was rewarded. The reservation clerk of “Hotel A” gave me the reservation and commented: “Well, since you’ve been so persistent, I’ll give him a room.”

No one who calls on God expects Him to say, “Go away, I can’t help you now. Don’t bother Me.”  We ask because we expect an answer. If we don’t get an answer, we keep asking. And we ask again, we seek again, and we knock again. And again. And again.

If that’s your experience, don’t give up! Remember the promise of Jesus: “…everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Luke 11:10) We know the promise and we can expect an answer, because God rewards persistence!


CALLER ID: UNKNOWN

September 1, 2013

At my place of employment, I do travel arrangements for upper management, engineers and guests. Because some trips are complicated, I often call Cindy, who works for the travel agency that specializes in corporate travel. She always does an excellent job of getting the best itineraries at excellent prices. When I call, my name appears on Cindy’s caller ID, so she immediately responds and we get down to business. A few days ago when I called and Cindy answered, she didn’t greet me by my name, as she usually does. Recognizing my voice, she explained that her caller ID showed “UNKNOWN”. The call then proceeded as normal; I laid out my need and Cindy prepared the perfect itinerary for our traveler.

That incident reminds me of a very encouraging truth: God knows my name. If He had to depend on caller ID – and thankfully He doesn’t – it would never show “UNKNOWN” when I call on Him, because His Word gives us the assurance that “He knows those who trust in Him.” (Nahum 1:7).

Are you a child of God? If so, you don’t need to wonder if He’ll hear your prayers. God doesn’t need caller ID. He knows you, your voice, your need and your name. Be encouraged by the promise He made in Psalm 50:15: “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” Whatever your need, whatever your trouble, don’t hesitate to call on Him. His promise is true and He is faithful. He will answer you!


“JUST MY HEAD IS THIRSTY”

May 13, 2013
Milos with his bike

Milos with his bike

Exhausted from our bike ride around the neighborhood, our grandsons and I were pushing our bikes up the last few yards of our driveway. The dialogue with four-year old Milos, who has a unique perspective on things, went like this:

Grandma: “Wow! I’m really tired! How about you?”

Milos: “No, just my head is thirsty.” (Actually he said “firsty”)

With that declaration, Milos disappeared into the kitchen and guzzled a glass of cold water.

That episode reminded me of a promise that God made to His people thousands of years ago, recorded by the prophet Isaiah. Even though God promised it for a special people-group at a special time, I claim it for myself and our family, also.

God said: “For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring.” (Isaiah 44:3) With that, God promises to generously quench our thirst; not just our thirsty heads, but much more importantly, our thirsty souls. Then He goes one step further to assure us of His provision for the spiritual needs of our families.

Like all God-fearing parents and grandparents, we often pray for our families. Just as Milos was in a hurry to get a drink when his “head” was thirsty, we pray that we and all of our children and grandchildren would be quick to run to Christ when our hearts are thirsty. When we do that, God will do exactly what He promised to do: He WILL pour His Spirit on our descendants, and His blessing on our offspring, with satisfying rivers of living water!

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said,
out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
John 7:37,38


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