Saturday, January 14, 2017

* Stress is good?

Imagine a world without wind. Lakes would be calm. Falling leaves wouldn’t blow in the streets. But in still air, who would expect trees to suddenly fall over? That’s what happened in a three-acre glass dome built in the Arizona desert. Trees growing inside a huge windless bubble called Biosphere 2 grew faster than normal until suddenly collapsing under their own weight. Project researchers eventually came up with an explanation. These trees needed wind stress to grow strong.
Jesus let His disciples experience gale-force winds to strengthen their faith (Mark 4:36-41). During a night crossing of familiar waters, a sudden storm proved too much even for these seasoned fishermen. Wind and waves were swamping their boat while an exhausted Jesus slept in the stern. In a panic they woke Him. 
Didn’t it bother their Teacher that they were about to die? 
What was He thinking? 
Then they began to find out. Jesus told the wind and waves to be quiet—and asked His friends why they still had no faith in Him.
If the wind had not blown, these disciples would never have asked, “Who is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” (Mark 4:41).
Today, life in a protective bubble might sound good. But how strong would our faith be if we couldn’t discover for ourselves His reassuring “be still” when the winds of circumstance howl? 
Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!—Mark 4:41

—Mart DeHaan, Our Daily Bread post for January 14, 2017

Monday, December 19, 2016

* Pretty special

"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you"- John 15:16

Let this bible verse remind us that God truly has a divine calling on our lives. Think of it... "God chose us". Doesn't that make you feel pretty special? God has uniquely set us apart for His glory and His purposes. 

Dear Lord,
Continue to use us for Your glory. Help us to understand what it means to "bear fruit". Show us Your power and keep us in Your will. Thanks and amen! 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

* "Live the truth"

          "Dorothy Canfield Fisher once wrote a poignant story about a physically powerful but dimwitted farm hand named Lem who lived in a Vermont valley.  His mother resented him from the day he was born.  She often ridiculed him with harsh and demeaning words.  Even so, the boy served her till she died.

          Lem was the target of village jokes. But then one night he came upon a huge dog killing some farmer’s sheep. Using his bare hands as his only weapon, he strangled the dog to death. When morning came, the villagers discovered the dog was really a giant timber wolf. Lem quickly earned the villagers’ silent admiration.

          Later, an unwed village girl falsely accused Lem of being the father of her baby. Even though he was innocent, he married to girl so the baby would have a father. Unfortunately, the mother died within a year, so Lem raised the little girl. After she was grown and married, he own baby became desperately ill and Lem sold all his sheep to pay for the baby’s medical care.

          Confronted with meanness, misunderstanding, and loneliness all his life, Lem had no recourse in professing the true nature of his own life . . . other than to live it out in serving others. And that he did!" The loudest message you speak . . . is your life. 

       (Story taken from God's little devotional book for leaders)

James 1:22 says,"be doers of the Word and not only hearers only, Deceiving your own selves"

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Friday, April 8, 2016

* Faith sees the Savior

"Be strong in the Lord and in His great power." Ephesians 6:10

I stand a few feet from a mirror and see the face of a man who failed...who failed his Maker.

Again.

I promised I wouldn't, but I did. I was quiet when I should have been bold. I took a seat when I should have taken a stand. If this were the first time, it would be different. But it isn't. How many times can one fall and expect to be caught?

Your eyes look in the mirror and see a sinner, a failure, a promise-breaker. But by faith you look in the mirror and see a robed prodigal bearing the ring of grace on your finger and the kiss of your Father on your face.

Your eyes see your faults.

Your faith sees your Savior.

Your eyes see your guilt.

Your faith sees His blood.

- Max Lucado, Grace for the moment, April 8th

Thursday, March 31, 2016