From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth–he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do. –Psalm 33:13,14 www.intellicast.com One of my favorite apps on my smartphone is my radar app. Why I feel the need to compulsively check it every time I see a couple dark clouds in the sky, I don’t know; but it makes me feel a little better knowing what kind of weather may be headed my way. Sometimes
Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. –Revelations 3:2 This week, I want to speak specifically to people who may feel their opportunity to fulfill God’s purpose for their life has passed. God wants you to know: it’s never too late! There’s never a time where God cannot lead you to your purpose for that season of your life. You might think, “I’ve made too many mistakes, I lived too many years away
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. –Ephesians 2:10 I was recently invited to speak at a local church on finding your purpose. My schedule prevented me from being able to accept the invitation; however, it did get me thinking about this topic, so in lieu of presenting in person, here are some of my thoughts: We may be called to more than one purpose. Our human minds sometimes think in such black o
and he said, “This is what the Lord says: I will fill this valley with pools of water. For this is what the Lord says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; he will also deliver Moab into your hands. You will overthrow every fortified city and every major town. You will cut down every good tree, stop up all the springs, and ruin eve
In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed…But the holy people of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will posses
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. –1 Peter 1:6,7 This week’s blog comes complete with a visual aid. Before you read on, take a minute to check out this video: http://tv.yahoo.com/video/search-r
Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them. –Isaiah 42:9 Given the brutal winter most of the U.S. has experienced this season, it has been a most welcome sight to see tiny leaves budding on some of the trees around where I live. There aren’t many, mind you, but still…a few leaves and flowers peeking out here and there lets me know spring is rapidly approaching. It’s a relief for many who have felt thi
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. –Hebrews 11:8–10 I experience the same thing every year s
Now this I know:
The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
with the victorious power of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
–Psalm 20:6,7 In the course of my career thus far, I have read and heard some incredibly tragic personal stories. It never ceases to boggle my mind how some have endured and survived so much. It’s also amazing to watch people that have overcome
Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. –Isaiah 53:1, 2 It’s interesting to watch first-time home buyers on TV. They house hunt with their ideal home in mind, but typically end up with something that is different than what they expected. Many home buyers have
But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. And so you will bear testimony to me. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. –Luke 21:12-15 There is one type of approach in counse
He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.'” –Ezekiel 37:3-5 Being spiritually dry can feel a lot like the dry bones referenced in these verses. Our belief in God has not changed and our faith in Him remains strong,
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. –Galatians 1:10 One of my favorite Christmas cartoons as a kid was Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. For the first part of the movie, Rudolph’s parents are embarrassed by his glowing red nose and cover it up with dirt to keep it a secret. For discussion’s sake we could say they were so concerned about what
“Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust at your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” Isaiah 49:23 I remember a couple years ago, I was visiting a dear friend and her family for the weekend. One of her kids was having a birthday, so I helped her prepare for a birthday dinner that weekend. Our goal w
Jesus replied, “And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.” Luke 11:46 I watched a movie a few months ago called “The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio”, starring Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson. It’s the true story, set in the 1950’s and 1960’s, of a couple who has 10 children. In order to help support her family, Julianne Moore’s character enters numerou