Returning to Bethel and Remembering Your God

(1)  And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.(2)  Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are … Continue reading Returning to Bethel and Remembering Your God

Know That God is There

And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?  (Genesis 22:7)And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they … Continue reading Know That God is There

Learning Contentment

The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.  Proverbs 13:25 The reason the contented believer is able to eat to the satisfying of his soul is because he, like Paul, has learned to be content. “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have … Continue reading Learning Contentment

Priorities

(15)  This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.(16)  The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:(17)  But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, … Continue reading Priorities

Keep the Fire Fed

There’s nothing like a warm fire If you’ve ever owned a wood stove or a wood-burning fireplace – and I mean the real kind, not the gas log kind – you know how rewarding it is to get a good fire going in one of them. There’s the sound of the roaring fire, the aroma … Continue reading Keep the Fire Fed

Faithful Sayings

There are four times in Scripture where Paul declares something to be a “faithful saying.” The first is in 1 Timothy 1:15: “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” This is the root system to all the … Continue reading Faithful Sayings

Life Means Growth. Growth Means Everything.

When you plant a seed, you expect it to do something – mainly grow. But you want more than just growth, you want it to look like what’s on the seed packet. Usually, what’s on the seed packet is a prime example of what the seed is meant to become. That takes work. Both the … Continue reading Life Means Growth. Growth Means Everything.

Remembering the Abiding Presence of God

One day there was a preacher who was invited to fly across the country to preach at a meeting. This preacher had never flown before and when he got to the check-in desk, he was obviously nervous. Through a brief conversation, the lady at the desk learned that her nervous customer was a preacher and … Continue reading Remembering the Abiding Presence of God

Kindred Spirits

As a blessing to the Philippians, Paul sends to them two men whom he considers kindred spirits: Timothy and Epaphroditus. Timothy’s trip is short term. Paul sends him as a liaison to comfort the Philippians on Paul’s status and to report back to Paul on the Philippians’ status: But I trust in the Lord Jesus … Continue reading Kindred Spirits

Get mowing, sluggard!

We used to have someone come up to our property in Zionville to mow our lawn while we lived in Greenville (about 3 hours away). The outfit we hired was based about an hour away and had other clients in the area. Then one day we got an email from them telling us that because … Continue reading Get mowing, sluggard!