Sunday, October 28, 2007
The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Those who are planted in the house of the LORD
Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing.
After I reached a certain age, this passage of Scripture became an inspiration. And this weekend I met a couple of people who are living these verses in a way that made me all the more ready to press on for as long as the Lord allows. We had a short Bible Conference at our church this weekend and our special guests were a man and his wife who worked as missionaries in the middle east from the years 1955-2000. Before that he was an archaeologist. Through the years, he's done extensive work translating and teaching the arabic language. Dr. K. told us that he left his work in the middle east when he was seventy years old. The way I compute this, he's now seventy-seven, and his wife must be close behind since they met in college.
His wife was with him yesterday as he led the conference sessions; both of them were all about among the people getting to know young and old alike. Today he came alone while she "covered" for both of them at something that was happening at their church. Tomorrow, he's headed to New York to take care of some business for a Christian organization of which he's just been made chairman. Whew. You had to be there to see all of the energy and enthusiasm these two folks have for the work of the Lord.
Need I say more? I just wanted to tell you about them so you might be encouraged--especially you--my fellow nannas, poppops, grammies, grandmoms, grandpas, etc., etc., etc.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Please pray for the people of Southern California. I'm sure most of you are praying already, but I'm making a special request for our bloggy friend Mishel and her family. Her husband is a firefighter and her daughter is about to give birth. You can go over to her blog for more details about what's happening with them. Please include them in your prayers.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Psalm 23:5
He, my Lord, prepared a table before me this Lord's Day. The blessings that filled my cup were too bountiful for me to even begin to lay them out before you all. Suffice it to say that God has abundantly supplied: Two nourishing sermons were supplemented by the pouring out of generous portions of other various refreshments for my soul. Truly my cup overflows.
Friday, October 19, 2007
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)...Ephesians 2:4-5
Most of my family and close friends know that I hate caterpillars. Actually, I'm afraid of them. They are, in my opinion, the most horrible creatures on the face of the earth. Yes, worse than snakes and spiders. Look, though, at what lovely and glorious creatures they become by and by. God does that.
The above short passage contains two of the most beautiful words in Scripture. I already talked about how much I love the word "but" in God's Word. Usually, it's a wonderful word only because of what follows. The word "God" follows it in this passage, and for those of us who are Christians, it reminds us that He is rich in mercy and that His love is great towards us. (It's all the better because of what immediately precedes these two words. ) And because of this great love and mercy, even though we were once dead in sins, we're now alive. God does that, and it's even more remarkable and wonderful than the butterfly.
I hope that you can identify with these precious two verses out of the Word of God. If not, know this: God makes dead sinners alive in Christ. That means if you repent and believe the gospel, you too can rejoice in these two words, "But God."
Sunday, October 14, 2007
And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall . . .talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7
This week's Sunday Snippet is found in this book. I don't know how familiar you are with Elizabeth George, but she's a prolific writer. She's a modern day devotional writer whom I look up to. I found a little tidbit in her A Mom After God's Own Heart, which I've been reading lately. As she exhorts us as moms to talk about God to our children, Elizabeth tells about renowned and eloquent preacher Dr. G. Campbell Morgan who had four sons who followed in their father's footsteps and became ministers as well. At some point, someone asked one of the sons which Morgan was the greatest preacher. Guess what the son's answer was? "Mother," was his reply.
Wow. It seems that here was a mother who not only spoke to her children about the Lord, but they had recognized her important role in their lives. And it appears that God had blessed this woman's words to her sons' hearts. I hope this is an encouragement to you, because it sure is to me.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now. Philippians 1:3-5
I am very thankful. I have been given another opportunity to tell my friends who visit here how grateful I am to have met you all. Since my tentative steps in April when I began this blog, there have been more and more people who have come into my blogging life who have been encouragers in the faith and have given every indication of being true disciples of the same Savior who I am trying to serve here at this little corner of the internet.
Well, Kathy at Sumballo, one of those true disciples, has been a dear and passed on to me the Mathetes Award, which originated at Management by God. It is given to those acting in the role of a disciple of Christ. Kathy serves God by doing helpful and in depth Bible studies, as well as sweet and reflective devotionals which will touch your heart. I appreciate her so much and she's one of the reasons I enjoy blogging so much. Thanks so much, Kathy.
And I must say that those of you who have been so faithful to the little "ministry" going on here are also on my list of blessings. So, I am not going to NAME people to pass this award to as I am supposed to. You might be interested in reading my response to the award last week when it was given at my other blog. That helps to explain things. So, ALL of you sweet sisters who come by from time to time are hereby awarded this badge from me. EACH of you deserves it! In every visit I make to your respective corners, I see proof of your discipleship, which is evident in a way that is peculiar to YOU. I cannot bring it into my heart to just pick out just five of you. (Hopefully, someday I'll have a few brothers to add on too.) I love you all and appreciate each one of you and hope we can keep visiting each other this way!
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him. Mark 10:32
Some of you may remember that I made a post with a similar title three weeks ago on September 16th. That time, I was thinking about the willingness of the Apostle Paul to go to Jerusalem even though he knew it was dangerous to do so. This time, you can see that the person who was heading to that city was Jesus.
"Up To Jerusalem" was our morning sermon and the above verse was a portion of the text. As this verse was being read today, it gripped my heart. In the two verses following that one, Jesus explained to His twelve disciples exactly what was going to happen when He got there. Oh-my-goodness. Just think about it, fellow saints. Our Savior knew what suffering He was going to endure when He got to that place, yet He steadily and unwaveringly continued on. Picture Him making His way towards Jerusalem, with others fearfully following behind Him. Knowing that He would be betrayed, and condemned, and delivered over to the Romans, and mocked, and scourged, and spit upon, and then killed, did not stop Him. Love propelled Him onward--He had to go.
So, when you consider His journey to Jerusalem, can't you understand better why Paul wouldn't hesitate to go there too? I wonder what He wants you and me to do.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
How are you feeling right now? Discouraged with life? Anxious? Worried? Or is all well? No matter how you might answer these questions, I want you to go read a precious letter that was just posted on the Persecution Blog. Please take a few minutes to read it--I guarantee that it will strengthen you in the faith. On my other blog, I recently posted the hymn "Am I a Soldier of the Cross" in honor of a couple of people I know who were slain. These words "Soldier of the Cross" have been echoing in my mind ever since. So I thought of this as I read this letter from yet another fallen soldier. It's precious--it's all about what it means to forsake all and follow Him.
This is also a request for prayer for this man's family.
This is also a request for prayer for this man's family.