on healing…

Well, yesterday was a healing day for me. It was the first day I’ve missed church for a sickness in years. What happened…

Saturday night, after a great afternoon at the river with the youth (BTW – thanks to ALL the adults who contributed to our party), I returned home and quickly became ill and developed a fever that put me in bed for about 14 hours. I was freezing cold and sweating at the same time. Kimberly took care of me while I stayed exhausted and cold/hot. The neat thing, however, is that God does heal us. While I had to remain home from church so that I wouldn’t infect anyone else, God used that day to help provide me with much needed rest for my body, mind, and spirit.

Today I feel much better. Although I’m still not 100%, I’m ready to get moving again.

The Bible tells us that even 2000 years ago people had diseases and sicknesses. Back then they didn’t have a quarter of probably 1/10th of the medicines we have today. However, they DID have JESUS!

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. – Matthew 4:23

We may think in this modern world that the medicines are what is making us better. Sure they do help, but just think for a second: Where did the medicine come from? Who invented it? How did it come to be?

God will meet all your needs. – Philippians 4:19

It is God who provides for our needs, and supplies HIS grace and mercy upon us, every day of our life. Thanks be to God who brings us through in our times of weakness and dismay.

where God is:

Every wonder where God is?

“Fear not, for I am with you” – Isaiah 41:10

If that’s not enough for you, the verse continues…

“Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’” Isaiah 41:10 

I think that pretty much covers it! In times of trouble, in times of joy, God is right here with us, holding us in His hand!

nothing is too hard for the Lord

Today, as I prayed for something to blog about, a recurring theme hit me:

Nothing is too hard for [the Lord].

I can’t tell you why this hit me, maybe I needed to hear it. Maybe you needed to hear it. Regardless, it is our responsibility to study and grow our knowledge. As we study through the Bible, this theme is steady and constant. In Jeremiah, we find the words:

17 “Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.

and again…

26 Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 27 “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? (obviously- that was a rhetorical question)

But is it really mentioned elsewhere?

14 Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son. Genesis 18:14 (again, rhetorical question)

So many times, repeatedly in the Bible, a person, usually a faithful devoted one would challenge God, or His messenger concerning what they had been told. I think of Mary asking the angel Gabriel about her divine pregnancy: (from Luke 1:34) “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” Over and over, faithful ones challenged or at the least questioned God’s direction or ability. Yet, over and OVER again, He proved His divine authority. You see, it is God that is in control over all.

Some days, especially when we think we are controlling our lives, we begin to challenge God’s direction, His Will, or His ability to help us make it through. However, He has proven time and time again…, not only can He do it, but His plan and His ways are far superior to anything we could imagine.

Therefore, today as you ponder, “how?” – how is it possible, or “why?” – why is this happening to me? – simply trust the Lord – Nothing is too hard for the Lord!

why . . .

Why do we use the Bible? Why should we believe in God?

“As for God, His way is perfect: The LORD’s Word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him.” Psalm 18:30 

Simple . . . , yet powerful!

the truth: Was America founded with or without God?

OK, sometimes I get really upset when certain anti-religious groups try to claim that our Founding Fathers didn’t believe in God and that “there is no mention of God in our constitution.” First of all, there are several phrases that specifically mention religion and the absence of the Federal Government to require any religious affiliation (remember, this was one of our founding beliefs- “Freedom of Religion” (Amendment #1) “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof“). However, the absence of a declaration of God does NOT declare that our founding fathers were atheists. As a matter of fact, many if not all were members of a specific denomination, with about 90% being Episcopalian/Anglican, Presbyterian, or Congregationalist in their religious belief (this list is comprised of members from the writers of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Articles of Confederation. Oh, and by the way, the signatory section of the Constitution does indeed reference, and I quote:

<signed> done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven

Furthermore, our State Constitutions, which serve to support and clarify our Federal laws, have an overwhelming majority which specifically reference a divine power, specifically God, Our Lord, etc:

We, the people of the State of Alabama, in order to establish justice, … invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God,

We the people of Alaska, grateful to God

We, the people of the State of Arizona, grateful to Almighty God

We, the People of the State of Arkansas, grateful to Almighty God

…need I go on…???

and not to mention the Declaration of Independence:

WHEN in the course of human events, it becomes necessary
for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them…

We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are
created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator

…We, therefore, the representatives of the United States
of America, in General Congress assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name and by the authority of the good people of these colonies solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown …And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

Further evidence exists concerning our national founding such as the appointment of Chaplains to Congress, the use of Bible as the primary reading instrument in educational institutions, and the fact that many signers of our original documents received Biblical educational degrees.

Today, as we celebrate the 4th of July, don’t let the misleading rumors of our Founding Father’s dispute what youknow in your heart is true. We are, were, and always will be a Christian nation, so long as WE THE PEOPLE continue to speak out for OUR LORD!

three wise firefighters

In a small Southern town there was a “Nativity Scene” that showed great skill and talent had gone into creating it. One small feature bothered me. The three wise men were wearing firemen’s helmets. Totally unable to come up with a reason or explanation, I left.

At a “Quik Stop” on the edge of town, I asked the lady behind the counter about the helmets. She exploded into a rage, yelling at me, “You darn Yankees never do read the Bible!” I assured her that I did, but simply couldn’t recall anything about firemen in the Bible.

She jerked her Bible from behind the counter and ruffled thru some pages, and finally jabbed her finger at a passage. Sticking it in my face she said “See, it says right here, ‘The three wise man came from afar.'”