Abraham Lincoln’s birthday 2018

In 1832, Abraham Lincoln was a 22-year-old business failure. The same year he ran for the legislature and was defeated.  In 1833, he was a business failure once more. In 1836, he was said to have suffered a nervous breakdown.  In 1838, he lost in an effort to become Speaker of the House in the State Legislature.  Five years later, he ran for Congress.  Again it was in vain.  In 1846, he ran for Congress and won.  Only to lose his re-election bid in 1848.  He ran for the U.S. Senate in 1854 and lost.  He ran for the Vice -Presidential nomination in 1856 and lost that, too.  Once more time he ran for a Senate seat, in 1858.  He lost.  In 1860, he became the sixteenth President of the United States.


Time spent waiting on the Lord is never wasted.


Jerusalem 2018 Update (Article 21)


A few weeks ago President Trump announced that Jerusalem would be recognized as the capital of Israel and that eventually the American embassy would be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.


Only a few countries of the United Nations (6 out of 156) voted with the USA on such a political move; Guatemala was one of those, and recently declared it would also move its embassy to Jerusalem.

How significant is this with respect to what the Bible teaches about the events surrounding the end times? I am not sure to tell you the truth, but what I do know is that at the end of time before Jesus returns to earth, Jerusalem, including its old original city, will be under complete Jewish control. This is what the Bible teaches, and so far it has proven to be 100% correct with all of its prophesies and predictions about the future. Even if most of the nations of the world, including every Arab nation, Muslim believer, or Palestinian resident, continue to stand against the Jews in respect to Jerusalem, their efforts will all be in vain according to the Scriptures.

So, is Trump’s declaration concerning Jerusalem as the capital of Israel significant? You bet it is! Every change that takes place with Jerusalem and Israel now brings us a step closer to Christ’s coming and the end of the world as we know it.

In the coming weeks, I will share in a series of short articles about how this might shake out according to so many predictive and prophetic Scriptures.

Do I know the time of Christ’s coming which brings the final end to this world? Absolutely not, for the Scripture does not allow me or anyone else to know of this day. However, God does want us to know the season leading up to and surrounding this day. One of those events is complete Jewish control of Jerusalem, including its old city, which for the moment is being shared by a Jewish quarter, Armenian quarter, Christian quarter, and Muslim quarter. But not for long I suspect, for I have recently been to this old city where so much prophetically is going on. And all I can say is, “More change is a-coming!”  Perhaps without realizing it, Trump made sure of this with his recent declaration about Jerusalem.

Matthew 24:32-36 32 “Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; 33 so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. 34 Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. 36 But of that day and hour, no one knows, not even the angels of heaven.”


2017 Thoughts

Devotional thoughts and tidbits shared on Facebook during 2017

(I hope at least a few hit home for you like they did with me and others)

God makes sure

Over a year ago, Myrna and I climbed a steep hill above Megiddo, a little city in Israel where according to the book of Revelation the last battle in this world will take place before Christ returns.  As we climbed this hill, it was critical for us to have water, for the hill was steep, and the weather was unbearably hot.  And we did have water, not only the water we took, but water fountains all along the way to drink from.  While making this difficult trek, it brought to mind that there are also steep hills in this life that are hard to get up and over.  These hills are often unforeseen circumstances that slow us down, run us into the ground, and even bury us at times.  But like the water that helped Myrna and me on our climb, so it is with God who provides His own water of truth, encouragement, hope, and answered prayer.  And should we let Him; the Lord will even walk with us to the top.  Like Emily the guide who walked with Myrna and me to the top of Megiddo.  We made it, and so will you, God and His water will make sure of that.

Comforting others

God comforts us not to make ourselves comfortable, but to teach us how to be comforters of others. Think of how you might be a comfort to someone this week. It will bless you beyond measure, but more so it will bless them.


Waiting in the sunshine of God’s love is what will ripen you for a blessing beyond compare. (K)


Be ye fishers of men. You catch ’em – He’ll clean ’em.

Ask for nothing in return

Giving grace, forgiveness, and mercy to another never asks for anything in return.


The tendency is to do the urgent and not the important. So, what do you think God wants you to do in the midst of all that is in front of you? Is it not the most important?


Faith is to believe what we cannot see, and the reward of faith is to see what we did believe. St. Augustine

Christian resolve

When the world seems at its worst, Christians must be at their best. Are you?

The Church

The church is not a museum for good people, but a hospital for the broken. Grace

They who have received the most grace from God are able to bear most afflictions from Him.  (Streams, 378)


The challenges before us are never as great as the God who stands behind us in everyone.  (K)

God’s faithfulness

God may delay or deny some of our different requests, but will ultimately never disappoint us as we put our trust and confidence in Him. (K)

Religious nuts?

To be clear, God loves everyone.  However, He may prefer those who have the ‘fruits of the spirit,’ rather than those who are ‘religious nuts!’

Don’t give up

Never yield to gloomy anticipations, for who told you that the night would never end?   It was not God, for He always brings forth the sun, just as He brought forth THE SON. (K) 

Coming a part!

If you don’t part from your circumstances and rest in the Lord for a while, then you may come apart.   Therefore put your burdens on Him, for He is really the only one strong enough to carry them in your life.  [k]


Spiritual opportunities knock, but temptations bang on your front door.


I walked a mile with pleasure, she chattered all the way; but left me none the wiser for all she had to say.

I walked a mile with sorrow, and never a word said she; but, oh, the things I learned from here when sorrow walked with me.

The Bible

The Bible is the only book whose author is present when it is read.


Too often we think we are trusting when we are merely controlling our panic.  True faith gives not only a calm exterior but a quiet heart.  (Streams III, March 31st)


God does not always change our circumstances, but better yet He will change us within to face them. (K)


“Let us turn our fears into faith, and quit worrying about the thing that has not and may never happen.   Don’t let tomorrow use too much of today.”    John B. Smith

Faith grown cold

Without fuel, a fire grows cold—and without the fuel of the Bible, prayer, and Christian fellowship, our faith grows cold.   Graham


Pilgrim’s Progress is one of the greatest Christian booksellers of all time. It was written while its author, John Bunion, who was in a Bedford jail for 12 years in England. He was there because of his faith. But his time in jail did not dissuade him, nor did it squelch one of the great lessons in the Christian life, that being that from the trials we face in this life can come some of our greatest contributions.

Crown of life

What may come from the trials you are facing, nothing but good according to the Lord’s perspective?  “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12

Walk with God

The man who walks with God always gets to His destination.


Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing so gentle as strength.


Help my heart be broken to the things that God’s heart is broken about.


Love not only gives, but it also forgives.


God is like?

A number of years ago a fifth-grade teacher in a Christian school asked her class to look at some TV commercials and see if they could use them to communicate ideas about God.

Here are some of the results:  

God is like…  TIDE  He gets the stains out others leave behind. .. 

God is like…  GENERAL ELECTRIC  He brings good things to life. 

God is like…  WAL-MART  He has everything. 

God is like…  ALKA-SELTZER  Try Him, you’ll like Him 

God is like…  SCOTCH TAPE  You can’t see Him, but you know He’s there. 

God is like…  DELTA  He’s ready when you are. 

God is like…  ALLSTATE  You’re in good hands with Him.   

God is like…  VO-5 Hair Spray    He holds through all kinds of weather 

God is like…  DIAL SOAP  Aren’t you glad you have Him?  Don’t you wish everybody did?  (That one is my favorite) 

God is like …  The U.S. POST OFFICE  Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet nor ice will keep Him from His appointed destination.   

God is like…  Chevrolet. . . .  The heartbeat of America   

God is like..  Maxwell House Coffee.  Good to the very last drop   

God is like…  B o u n t y . . . .  He is the quicker picker upper. . Can handle the tough jobs. …  And He won’t fall apart on you 


Have a great 2018!



Article 20 Is it time for other nations to protect themselves?


I was reading a newspaper article the other day where the idea was being revisited of more nations, like Japan and South Korea, having their own nuclear bombs to protect themselves from threats like North Korea. This is not a new idea by any means, and even President Trump mentioned such a possibility in his campaign last summer. Instead of the United States bearing the major responsibility to keep other nations protected from one another, it was suggested that perhaps it’s time to let them do that for themselves via their own nuclear programs. In theory, this could certainly save the United States a lot of money, and could even benefit us financially as we sell nuclear products to other nations.  Does this sound preposterous? Maybe, but then maybe not, as things continue to change in the political world in which we live.

Personally, I am not sure if the North Korean threats are real or just a lot of boasting, but nevertheless, they are pushing toward the use of nuclear bombs to solve their own conflicts with other nations, including the US.

The book of Revelation predicts such a reality amongst nations before Christ returns, particularly in chapters 8 and 9, where 1/3rd of the earth is destroyed by such nuclear exchanges and wars. If you read these chapters, remember that John the God-inspired author of Revelation is trying to describe the implements of war he saw in his vision from the Lord but had never seen in his own lifetime.  The most lethal weapons of his day were swords, shields, spears, horses, chariots, and bows & arrows.

For the moment, most of the major powers of the world that have nuclear weapons are against spreading nuclear bomb capabilities to other nations. They even have an agreement between one another to ensure this, called the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

However, should events change, and conflicts escalate with nations like North Korea, or even Iran in the future, then watch out, for the predictions outlined in the book of Revelation may not be all that far off. And unlike the wars of the past where guns of all kinds, tanks, battleships, aircraft, missiles, and even poison gas ruled the day, nuclear strikes will certainly rule future battles.

From the beginning of the 20th century to today, fifty-one wars have been fought where 160 to 220 million people have been killed. The worst one time killing of mankind happened in Nagasaki and Hiroshima where 200,000 were killed with just two nuclear bombs.  None have been used since.  But with World War III as Revelation predicts, over two billion will be killed in just the first part of the War. A bit sobering don’t you think?

The reason for such a rise in causalities is that as powerful as those two Atom bombs were in World War II, the H-bomb, which is likely to be the bomb of choice in the next war, is ten times more powerful and destructive. And there won’t be just one nation dispensing it, but many.

To sum up, should other nations begin to procure their own nuclear arsenals, which seems more likely now than ever before, then I suggest that you get ready for those last days mentioned by John in his book of Revelation. The first and most important thing you can do is to get your relationship with Christ settled, for He may be returning sooner than you think.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. Take heed; keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come. It is like a man away on a journey, who upon leaving his house and putting his servants in charge, assigning to each one his task, also commanded the doorkeeper to stay on the alert. Therefore, be on the alert—for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning in case he should come suddenly and find you asleep. What I say to you I say to all, ‘Be on the alert!’ ”Mark 13:31-37


“Come on you can make it!”


33 years ago I ran the Rawhide Marathon in Colorado. I trained for this race with Mark, a close friend of mine.  It took us about 2 months of running to get ready for this race. Toward the end of our training, Mark and I ran several long distances of up to 20 miles.  However, on the weekend leading up to the day of the run I did some foolish last things, like refereeing 3 games of basketball the day before and skipping breakfast the morning of the marathon.  I figured 2 cups of coffee would do. Not very wise to say the least, for the race was 26.2 miles long.

As the marathon begun Mark and I ran a pretty good pace, but around mile 14 I began to fade. I told Mark to go on without me that I would catch up.  But as I ran past the mile 18 marker, I began to get discouraged and realized that I might not make it to the finish line.  As I slowed with little energy left, a young girl from Colorado State University ran by me. Instead of continuing she stopped and ran back and said, “Come on you can make it, and I will run with you so that you can.”  For the last 8 miles we ran together talking and running until the finish line came into view.  As I ran passed the finish line, I met up with Mark again, but the young girl was gone.  I wanted to thank her so much for what she had done, but could never find her.

I share this story because it can be compared to why God brings certain people into our lives to encourage us. Sometimes He gives us lifelong friends like Mark. At other times He brings someone in for a short time to teach us about our faith or just be there with us through a discouraging time, as the girl was for me at the marathon.

But whichever case it may be; never forget that God is the one behind it to help us stay encouraged. And He may even call us to be a friend to others, to encourage them, if not for the long term then at least for the short. So stay available and willing to be whatever kind of friend God wants you to be.

As I look back, some of my greatest and most meaningful bonds were not only with those who became my longtime friends, but others I walked beside during the last days of their lives. What a fulfilling relationship I had with these friends, even though it was just for a very short time.


I Thessalonians 5:11Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”


Happy 4th of July from the Founding Fathers

On this 4th of July celebration, I pass on to you a few quotes from some of our most famous founding fathers. As evidenced by their words and actions, what they believed as evidenced below, helped them make America one of the greatest nations the world has ever seen.

Even Benjamin Franklin, who struggled mightily with his personal faith and Christian character chimed in to make a worthy contribution.

“I’ve lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more I am convinced that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without the Lord’s notice, how is it possible that a nation can rise without His aid? For without the Lord building the house, all who labor, do so in vain.” 1 Ben Franklin

“O blessed Father, let thy Son’s blood wash me from all impurities, and cleanse me from the stains of sin that are upon me. Give me grace to lay hold of Your merits; that they may be my conciliation and atonement. May I know my sins are forgiven, by Your Son’s death and resurrection?” 2 President George Washington 

“The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity, for I have examined all religions, and the result is that the Bible is the best book in the world.” 3 President John Adams

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended powers, to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.” 4 President Abraham Lincoln

“Let the children who are sent to those schools be taught to read, write, and above all let both sexes be carefully instructed in the principles and obligations of the Christian religion. This is the most essential part of education.” 5 Benjamin Rush (Signer of Declaration of Independence)

 “Education is useless without the Bible.” 6 Daniel Webster

“Cursed be all learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ.” 7 President James Madison


  1. Thomas George [editor], God governs the Affairs of Men, Benjamin Franklin, (The Greatest Message of All time, Great-messages.com) (rbk)
  2. William J. Johnson, George Washington the Christian (New York, Forgotten Books/ Abingdon Press, 1919), pages 28-31.
  3. Natalie Nichols, Is America a Christian Nation? More Quotes From Our Founders: John Adams, (Internet, Americana, May 10, 2010) * Note- Two quotes combined together into one.
  4. Franklin Graham, Quote by Abraham Lincoln (Washington D.C., Inaugural Invocation of President George W. Bush, January 20th, 2001).
  5. L.H. Butterfield, editor, Letters of Benjamin Rush, (Princeton: The American Philosophical Society, 1951), Vol. I page 414.
  6. Why-the-bible.com, Daniel Webster, (Internet, The Bible-Quotes from Famous Men).
  7. Christian Quotes, James Madison Christian Quote about Learning, (Published in Christian Education Quotes, (February, 12th, 2012).



Article 19 Made Up Rules and Obligatory Acceptance


What would you think of a baseball game where everyone made up their own rules? One player decides it will take five strikes to strike him out at the plate rather than three.  Another determines the game will be over in five innings instead of nine. And still another announces that all hits to the outfield are homeruns, even if caught by opposing players. Meanwhile in the midst of this chaotic and pointless game, everyone is expected to accept another’s alternatives or rules without reservation.

In many ways this is what the world is leaning toward in respect to absolute truth by which all of us must live. What is right for you may be right for you, but not necessarily right for me!

As a result, when it comes to a source like the Bible that teaches nothing but absolute truth on just about every issue of this life, it is ignored, discredited, rejected, and even ridiculed. Most who stand against the Bible and what it teaches believe there is only one overarching absolute truth, and that is there are no absolute truths! Everyone does what is right in his own eyes.  However, a world without any absolute truths is as pointless and meaningless as a baseball game without any set rules by which to play. In fact, why even play the game at all, for someone may determine at the end of the game that the team with the most runs loses.

In the midst of this life without any absolutes, we as Christians are somehow supposed to accept everyone’s game without condition, even if what they do or say violates every principle, standard, and caution God has taught us through His word, the Bible.

My point is simple: don’t follow the world’s lead by rejecting the hundreds of absolute truths beautifully set forth throughout the Bible. God wrote and gave them to us so that we could live this life with complete meaning and without chaos.

Don’t adopt the world’s view of obligatory acceptance of everything it does, for this is not love according to the Scriptures. God’s love is not only full of acceptance, much more than the world could ever give, but also jam-packed with offers of forgiveness, guiding discipline, and purpose. For without God’s absolute truth in play for all of us, the game of life can become as chaotic and pointless as a baseball game without set rules or standards.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. II Timothy 3:16

Article 19 Climate Change?



The second angel poured out his bowl of God’s judgment into the sea, and it became blood like that of a dead man; and every living thing in the sea died. Revelation 16:3

There is a big controversy raging right now about climate change. I will not get into who is right or wrong in this, because there is a climate change coming that will render all opinions irrelevant on the matter. It is what the Bible teaches will happen in the last generation before Christ returns, the beginning of which started when Israel returned to its homeland and reformed itself once again as a nation.

No matter what progress we have made or will make in global warning, the generation we are in right now will see the incredible destruction of this world, including its climate. As described in the book of Revelation, our fresh water streams, lakes, and reservoirs will become polluted and poisoned beyond any measure of clean up. Our oceans will lose at least 1/3 of their sea life, and then eventually 100% of what’s left. Just think of the stench of millions upon millions of dead sea-life washing up on our shores. A house on Malibu Beach will be a nightmare to live in not a luxury.

What will cause most of this tragedy according to the Scriptures? It will come about for the most part because of the many wars that will occur between nations throughout the world. The nuclear exchanges alone will render the oceans, rivers, and lakes foul-smelling and unusable. Without sea life to draw from for food or clean water to drink it will be impossible to survive long. Fortunately before we all perish, Jesus returns to stop all of this and save those who have put their trust in God. The rest will be judged accordingly.

The point is, these catastrophes are coming and will happen within our generation according to Scriptures. We just don’t know how long this generation is.

In view of this, perhaps we should work more on changing the spiritual climate of our hearts and minds toward God and others, rather than changing a world climate that will have no relevance in the last days.

Biblical references

Matthew 24, Amos 9                                      Last generation

Revelation 16:4-7                                            Fresh waters destroyed

Revelation 8                                                    1/3 of oceans destroyed

Revelation 16:3                                               100% of oceans left destroyed

Romans 10: 9-11 or Philippians 4:6-7             Changing your spiritual climate



The character of a young child


Therefore encourage one another and build up one another

I Thessalonian 5:11

The world long remembers those who have great character, especially when it is demonstrated in the life of a young child.

There is a story of a mother who brought into her home as a companion to her son, a little boy who was a hunchback. She did because she wanted her son to learn how to love and encourage someone who was different.

In doing this the mother did not want her son to do anything that would hurt the feelings of this new companion, so before-hand she encouraged her son to be careful and not take any unusual notice of the boy’s back.

“Just play with him as if he was normal.”

As the boys began to play, she looked in from time to time to see how they were doing. All looked very good; they were both having a lot of fun.  Then when everything seemed fine, her son started to say something that caused her to gasp. But she did not interfere and decided to just let it play out.

“Do you know what you have got on your back?”

The little hunchbacked boy looked down as if embarrassed, and hesitated to say anything.

“It is the box God has given you to hold your wings and someday

He is going to cut it open, and then you will fly away and be an angel.”

There was a little silent pause at first, but then the little hunched back boy looked up with a big smile on his face. The boys continued to play on that afternoon, and did so for many years after.

Great character, as this little boy teaches us, is not just doing what is right or good, but often it is also what we say to encourage and bring hope to others.


The core of this devotion was taken from Cowan’s Streams in the Desert (December 2nd)

When God created mothers


When the Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of overtime when one of His angels stopped by and said, “You’re doing a lot of extra work with this one. “

The Lord answered back, “Have you seen the specs I put together for this model?

She has to have 180 movable parts that will last for years to come. Run on black coffee and leftovers.

Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. Has a kiss that can cure anything from a child’s broken heart to a husband’s broken spirit. And six pairs of hands to fix everything.”

The astonished angel shook his head and said in disbelief, “Six pairs of hands?”

“It’s not the hands that are taking so long,” said the Lord, “It’s the three pairs of eyes that a mother needs, two in the front and a set in the back.”

The angel asked, “And is that with every model?”

The Lord nodded, “One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks her kids, ‘What are you doing,’ even though she already knows. And of course eyes in front that can look into a child’s eyes who has goofed up, and say, ‘I love and forgive you,’ without ever uttering a word.”

“Lord,” said the angel, touching His sleeve gently, “Maybe you should take a break for a while, this is going to take a long time.”

“I can’t, I’m too close now to creating something near to Myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick, feeds an entire family on a pound of hamburger, and can get a nine year old to stand under the shower.”

The angel circled around the mother and said, “She’s very pretty, but too soft!”

“But tough and resilient!” said the Lord. “Just wait and see what this mother will be able to do and endure.”

“Can she think?”

“Not only think beyond measure, but reason, reflect, and referee the most difficult family battles.”

Finally, the angel bent over and ran his finger across the mother’s cheek. “Wait a second, there’s a leak. I think, Lord, You may have put too much into this creation.”

“It’s not a leak; it’s tears, the same kind I have when I see those I love so much fall away from Me.”

The angel leaned back, understood, and smiled.



(K with anonymous point of reference)