2019 New Years Message (Reagan’s humility- a trait more of our government leaders need for this coming year)

 

While in Junior High school Ronald Reagan came to speak at one of my school assemblies.  This was long before he became Governor of California or President of the United States.  I believe he came to my campus because he was concerned for my generation and what it might have to encounter in the years ahead. I still remember he was a very kind man who encouraged us to not only make a difference in our families but for our county as well. Needless to say, I voted for him several years later when he ran for office.

My memory of his kindness and encouragement was just one of many as I discovered when reading an account of him the other day. Evidently, there was an 83-year-old woman who lived by herself on social security in a town outside San Francisco.  She had very little money to spare but kept sending one dollar a year to the Republican National Convention.  Then one day she got a fund-raising letter in the mail, which invited the recipient to come to the White House to meet President Reagan. She never noticed a little RSVP card that suggested a positive reply was needed along with a generous donation.

Nevertheless, she scraped up every cent she had and took a four-day-train ride to Washington DC. When she arrived at the outside gate to the White House, she gave her name, and the guard looked to see if she was on the list, and, of course, she wasn’t.  She couldn’t go in and was heartbroken. Behind her in line though, was a Ford Company Executive who picked up on her story before she left. As she walked away with head down, he stopped her and told her to return at nine the next morning, for he would get her in. She did, and sure enough, the guard let her in. She was met by the Executive who gave her a nice tour of the White House before taking her to the door of the Oval Office. She thought that while standing there, she might get a glimpse of President Reagan, for many generals and advisors were coming and going. Yet in the middle of many crises events that day, Reagan got a glimpse of her and gestured for her to come in. As she entered, he called out from his desk, “Francis, I’m so sorry to have kept you waiting; those darn computers messed up again. Had I known you were standing there I would have come out to get you myself.” Reagan then talked with her for a few minutes about her family, hometown, and California.

And that was Ronald Reagan who will not only go down as one of our most effective Presidents but a very kind and humble man besides. A man who believed in God, followed the Scriptures, and regarded others, even a white-haired old woman, as more important than himself.

We desperately need more in our government like Reagan for 2019, men and women in every political office or of every political persuasion to do their best to abide by a Scriptural passage like Philippians 2:3-4. Reagan did!

 

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”

Made for the Sea

 

 

“From the oak trees your oars will be made, and your decks will be of ivory.”

Ezekiel 27:6 (rbk )

When a shipbuilder from times past constructed a vessel, did he build it to keep it on land and on its stocks to keep it safe? Of course not, he built his vessel to go to sea.  He wanted the ship not only to be able to sail from port to port but also handle the different storms and hurricanes it would encounter. If he didn’t ,then he would certainly not have been considered a good shipbuilder.

Like a good shipbuilder or a perfect one that is, God made each of us the way He did, not just to sit on dry land, but rather to go to sea where we can learn how to sail confidently and even survive the severest of life’s storms. In fact, it is the storms of this life that often makes us the kind of vessels God wants us to be: resilient, strong, and long-lasting.

There is no doubt we may become a bit weathered by the storms of this life, but because of the weathering we undergo, we can be depended upon by God and others as well. The stronger the ship, the  more God can continue to fill our cargo bays with His love, His Word on the issues of this  life, and His  message of salvation the world so desperately needs.

If your ship hasn’t launched yet, then get it launched, for the world needs the cargo you will be carrying. And if you are in need of repair then go home for a season and rest, but don’t stay at the dock too long for you were made for the sea.

Note

Rbk stands for Revised by Kent. I revised the Ezekiel verse for the sake of brevity.  Yet in the process of doing so, I tried to make sure the original meaning was not lost.

 

One River, Two Seas

Categories: Articles By Date, Faith

 

 

“Jesus spoke many things in parables, one said, ‘Behold, the sower went out to sow, and some of His seeds fell beside the road.’ In explanation, ‘This kind of ground was like those who were too hardened to accept the truth of My Gospel. So, after a while, Satan came and removed these truths, as birds do when seeing seeds on the road.’ Yet, Jesus also said His seeds of the Gospel fell on good soil as well, which are those who believe and receive His truth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.” Matthew 13:3, 4, 8, 9 (rvk)

A few years ago my wife, Myrna, and I visited the Holy Land. It was a terrific trip, and we loved every minute of it.  We plan to go back again this year if possible. Three of the sites that impacted us were the Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized, the Sea of Galilee, where He stilled a storm with one command, and the Dead Sea, where nothing lives. The Jordan, which is the main water source for Israel is not very big or wide. It flows north to south from Mount Hermon, spilling into the Sea of Galilee first, and then ends at the Dead Sea 112 miles downstream. Myrna and I swam in both seas, one full of life and the other non-existent of life. Both were large, but the Dead Sea outsized the Sea of Galilee by quite a bit. From a distance, both seas looked beautiful, but up close only the Sea of Galilee proved to be so.

Why the difference between these two seas, that is, one being so alive and the other dead?  When the Jordan River flows into the Sea of Galilee, it also flows out of it too, making its water fresh to drink, healthy for fish to live in, and lush for bordering trees and vegetation to thrive. On the other hand, when the Jordan River flows into the Dead Sea, it has nowhere else to go. Thus it becomes stagnant and incredibly salty. In fact, it is so salty that it is impossible to drown in it because the salt concentration always keeps your body upright. It also smells and can burn your eyes if your face goes under.

There are two applications that can be drawn from these three bodies of water. In both applications, the Jordan River is the same, a continuous flow of God’s truth via the Scriptures, and the life and witness of Christ.

In the first application, the Sea of Galilee corresponds to those who take in God’s flow of truth, beginning with accepting Jesus Christ, as Lord and Savior. After that many other truths flow in that deal with how to live an abundant and fulfilled life here on earth. And just as this great Galilean Sea prospers because of what it receives and gives out, so it is for those who take in God’s truths and gives them out to others. The Dead Sea, on the other hand, represents many who refuse God’s flow of truth, the most significant being to ignore or reject what is said about Christ. Because of this, they grow increasingly stagnant in their beliefs and lifestyles. And like this sea without any outlet and full of salt, they end up deadening themselves, and everyone and everything else around them.

“Jesus said, ‘I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved… I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.’” John 10:9-10 (rvk)“Jesus said, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water in the well will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water I give shall never thirst again; because the water I give becomes a well of spiritual water springing up within and leading to eternal life.’” John 4:13-14 (rvk)

 

The second application is for Christians whose lives became new and alive at salvation, a “Sea of Galilee” kind of experience. Sadly though, many still hold onto “Dead Sea” parts of their old lives that linger on. The solution is pretty simple, respond to God’s continuous flow of truth in regard to these parts by asking for His forgiveness and help. If you need to, do this every day until those “Dead Sea” parts are gone or at least not dominating you anymore. Who knows, perhaps persistence and reliance on God will result in your Dead Sea parts becoming more like a Sea of Galilee, full of life, not death.

“When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. I acknowledged my sin to You, and You forgave the guilt of my sin.” Psalm 32:3-5 (rvk)

Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12

 

Last Thought

From a distance both the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea look majestic and healthy; I know I’ve stood on different mountain tops looking at each one of them. It was only when I got closer to the two seas that I could see what each was really like, one alive and well, and the other completely dead. So it is I suspect with the people and even many leaders of this world, from a distance most look okay or even thriving, but as you get closer to them, you realize only a few are. Therefore before you put your trust in anyone, get to know them better, to see if they are like the Dead Sea or the Sea of Galilee.

 

Notes

rvk- Means the Scriptural passage quoted was shortened, paraphrased, or revised for the sake of brevity. The actual meaning each was maintained.

The inspiration for the devotional- This was motivated by Streams in the Desert II, February 8th

Article 22 Golan Heights

 

A couple of weeks ago (Early February 2018) an Israeli F-16 fighter jet was shot down by the Syrian military because it had targeted some Iranian sites located in that country. One of these sites was responsible for launching a drone into occupied Golan Heights in Israel. Myrna and I know about the Golan Heights, we hiked to the top of it 2 years ago. When we got to the top, we could look out over Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan and from this vantage point, we could actually see the city of Damascus only 25-30 miles away. No wonder Israel wanted to capture and keep this site so many years ago.

Events like this are always noteworthy in God’s timeline as He winds things down here on earth, but especially in Jerusalem, God’s city as described throughout the Bible.

As the US has stated, they will begin building their embassy in Jerusalem in about a year, which only adds to the drama surrounding this great and historic city. Myrna and I tried walking around Jerusalem, but it was too large. Modern-day Jerusalem is about 49 square miles and has a population of almost 900,000 people. It is the biggest city in Israel by far.

The Old City of Jerusalem is about 3 and ½ miles in circumference, which sits in an area no bigger than a place like Green Lake in the middle of Seattle. Look it up on a map sometime to give you a perspective of how small it is. Old Jerusalem will be the place where most of the end days prophesy will culminate. At its East Gate, Jesus will return to call an end to all of the world destruction going on at the time. It would be a great place to be when Christ returns, that is if you could survive the loss of life going on during that time in the city.

In the coming weeks, I will write more about the what’s and how’s of Jerusalem, especially in view of a Jewish Temple that will be rebuilt on the old Temple Mount, which is a certainty according to the Scriptures. Until next week’s article here is a look at how this great city fell into Jewish hands after World War II.

Following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the Old City was captured by Jordan, and all its Jewish residents were evicted. During the Six-Day War in 1967, which saw hand-to-hand fighting on the Temple Mount, Israeli forces captured the Old City along with the rest of East Jerusalem, subsequently annexing them as Israeli territory and reuniting them with the western part of the city. Today, the Israeli government controls the entire area, which it considers part of its national capital. However, the Jerusalem Law of 1980, which effectively annexed East Jerusalem to Israel, was declared null and void by United Nations Security Council Resolution 478. East Jerusalem is now regarded by the international community as part of occupied Palestinian territory.

Post note:

As you might have surmised, Israel usually does not abide by the United Nations when its resolutions put its people in a perceived risk or run counter to its will. And for the most part, with few exceptions, the US backs their play.  This is probably just another part of God’s plan and design for the last days.

Article 23 Jerusalem the capital; the Temple could be next!

 

In the last few days (May, 2018) , the US moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which in essence was saying to the whole world that America is not only Israel’s friend but on its side no matter what. Israel, of course, is thrilled with this move because it officially declares a city it always regarded as theirs, theirs. Needless to say, the Palestinians and most of the Arab and Muslim world are angry and upset with this. However, their fury, protests, or even the pressure asserted by their allies won’t make any difference. According to God and the inspired Scriptures Jerusalem has always been ordained to be in the hands of the Jews, especially during the years previous to Christ’s return. Only a few times in history has this great city been relinquished to others, merely to be returned to the Jews as is the case today.

What’s next for Jerusalem now that it is Israel’s officially recognized capital? The answer could be the building of the Temple, which will be completed and worshipped in before the great tribulation comes about. The tribulation is the last 7 years on earth before Christ returns, which will be dominated by continuous wars between nations and the destruction of the environment.

Right now the Temple site is in the Arab quarter of Old Jerusalem. There are two great mosques sitting on this site, one with a gold-like dome. The mosques will have to be destroyed or knocked down for the Temple to be built. There is another possibility though that the Temple can be built on the same site without doing away with the mosques. The specifications outlined in the Bible support such an option. But one way or the other the Temple will be built in the Arab quarter, which possibly means cessation of the Arab quarter in Old Jerusalem.

Can this happen sooner than later? It certainly can happen very soon if the current progression of events continues. Meanwhile, while Jerusalem and the rest of Israel becomes more Jewish and less Arab in power and influence, preparations are actually being made for the Temple.

I know because while in Jerusalem two summers ago, there were three Jewish seminaries in operation to train priests and clergy to carry out Temple worship once the Temple is in place. In addition to this, many of the implements (altar of sacrifice, menorah, etc.) that make up a worship service are ready to be put in place once the Temple has been completed. There is also an institute in Old Jerusalem that displays exactly what the Temple will be like, inside and out. In other words, Israel is ready to build their Temple as soon as the time is right, for it’s not just some distant hope. Recognizing Jerusalem as their capital puts this possibility one gigantic step further along.

What can you do about this? Well, I would say go and help them build the Temple when they announce their intentions, except the list to help, has already been filled. Many have already signed up. Then perhaps you can send materials to help build the Temple or money to make it happen. No need, the material has already been purchased, worship implements made, and enough money has already been given.

What else is there to do, then? I suggest you can pray for Israel, go there to visit them, tell them about Christ, and support them if possible with your words and knowledge of the Scriptures. But don’t be too slow about doing any of these things, because once the work begins on the Temple, it will only take 18 months to complete. During this time and the time after, Israel will suffer new levels of persecution and rejection for what they are doing, just as all Christians will for holding to their beliefs and stands for God. It’s a coming, Jerusalem this week and the Temple could be next!

But I (Jesus) say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Matthew 5:34-45

Easter 2018 Leaving now, bye, love you, love you too!

Categories: Articles By Date, Easter

 

 

 

As I was walking around the local mall here in Boise at 5:30 am, I asked the Lord what He would want me to share about Him this Easter week. Every year I try and write something that reflects what He did for all of us 2000 years ago. As I walked and prayed, my heart and mind became overwhelmed with the Easter memories my wife and I had with our son and his family in Los Angeles.

During those days he pastored a small congregation in downtown LA called the Jefferson Street church. My wife, Myrna and I only lived a couple of hours away. Therefore we could help him occasionally with his church, particularly during Easter week, which was our favorite week of the year. Now it takes us about 35 hours of flights, delays, and driving to get to his new home in Didi Tchkoni.

As I walked the mall, my thoughts began to dwell on the last goodbyes said when he and his family flew out on Turkish Airlines. “Leaving now, goodbye, love you, love you.”

Of course, we visited them later on, and what a joyous reunion that was, as his whole family came to the Georgian airport to pick us up.  Tears of joy, hugs, and loving words were exchanged, for it had been over a year since we had last seen them.

As I walked my 3rd lap around the mall, God began to put on my mind what His death, resurrection, and ascension must have been like for His disciples and followers. When He was taken to the grave and sealed away with a stone, the loss they all felt must have been unbearable. Maybe to a smaller degree, this is what my wife and I felt when driving home from the LA airport. Loss, separation, and the reality they are truly gone hit us hard.

But then, when Jesus came out of the grave and began spending time with those who followed and believed in Him, what a joy that must have been. Like the joy, we felt when seeing my son and his family again at that Georgian airport.  And as we talked and talked so did Jesus with His followers for 40 days no less, so that they would understand everything that happened, and what was going to happen in the future.

Before leaving for heaven, He told His followers He would return, which brought great joy and peace to their hearts to the end of their days. Perhaps like the joy we felt, knowing that after we left Georgia, we would see my son and his family again. And we did, just as Jesus will fulfill His promise to return just at the right time. Meanwhile, we rely on that promise and go about living our lives in such a way that it will please Him and bring others to His table of salvation.

Have a wonderful Easter, and may you renew the joy of knowing Him wherever you worship on Sunday.

 

 

A nest that’s the best- A Palm Sunday devotional

 

 

“Though you make your nest as high as an eagle’s, I will bring you down from there,” declares the Lord.    Jeremiah 49:16

Almost 2 years ago, my wife Myrna and I walked down the road where Jesus walked on Palm Sunday. To the left of us was the garden of Gethsemane, and in front, as we walked down the hill was the East gate of Jerusalem in the distance.   Jesus walked through that gate on Palm Sunday 2000 years ago on the way to the Temple, as He will again when He returns.  He promised He would when He ascended to the Father.

However, back then when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the multitudes lined the streets to celebrate and usher Him as their deliverer.  Too long had they been under the iron hand of Rome; now it looked like the Roman reign was over.  Those who threw palms on the ground that day had either heard of or saw the great miracles He had done.   Some of those marvelous wonders included healing the sick, bringing the dead to life, feeding thousands with just a few baskets of food, and even quelling a storm.  It is little wonder they demonstrated such confidence in Jesus that day.   But Jesus did not come to be their deliverer over the Romans; His purpose was much greater.  He came to stir their nests, to save and move them where they needed to be with Him and themselves.

The following illustration of a farmer and a bird’s nest is a way to picture this intention of God, whether it was with those who yelled “Hosanna” as Jesus passed so many years ago, or those who are yelling today for understanding when God “seems” to do the opposite of what is desired.

A farmer’s attention was drawn to a bird that was busily engaged in building its nest.  Unfortunately, the spot it had chosen was in a heap of dead branches recently pruned from some trees.  Realizing that this was a dangerous place for hatching a brood of songsters, the farmer destroyed the work of the industrious bird.  The next day, the persistent mother-to-be tried again, and for a second time, the farmer thwarted her efforts.  On the third day, the bird finally constructed her nest on a limb near the man’s kitchen door.  This time he gave an approving smile and let it remain.  The unsafe pile of branches from which he had twice driven her was burned long before the bird’s eggs ever hatched.

Like that unknowing feathered creature, we too find that our plans are thwarted, and our lives are uprooted at times.  We wonder why God must break up the earthly nests we have struggled and worked so hard to build.  But were we able to see as He sees, we would know that He seeks for us a higher destiny, a place of greater security and provision for our needs.  Oh, that we would learn to trust God in the dark passages of life with childlike simplicity, never questioning His wisdom and goodness, even when He must create unrest in our nest.

Therefore as a gift to God during this Easter season, which begins on Palm Sunday, tell Him, “I will try and not question your will and direction anymore in my life, for You know what is best for me in every situation.”  And thank you again, for giving up your life on the cross, the best plan ever.

Have a wonderful Palm Sunday; honor Him with your presence in the church,

 

Kent

 

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.

Point?

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

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

Discipleship

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.

Perspective

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

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)

Challenges

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]

Temptations

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

Sorrow

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.

Trust

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)

Circumstances

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

Worry

“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

Trials

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.

 Gentleness

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

Broken

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

Love

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!

Kent