Old Age and Gray Hairs

Isaiah 46:4, Even to your old age and gray hairs   I am he, I am he who will sustain you.I have made you and I will carry you;   I will sustain you and I will rescue you.   I am included in this promise because of Jesus. God’s chosen family begins with Abraham, Issac, and Jacob (aka Israel), and continues down through Moses, King David and on to this present day. This family will continue into the future and forever. If you run a DNA test on me, you will not find a trace of the DNA that coursed through the veins … Read more

John 21:24, Certification

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines “certify” as “to attest as being true or as represented or as meeting a standard.” My youngest son is completing his Associate’s degree at our local community college. He started this process several years ago but let life distract him. Now, however, he has realized that an education is valuable. To begin his Bachelor’s degree, he needed his transcript certifying the classes he’d completed and the associated grades. He also required that piece of paper certifying he had completed his Associate’s degree. At the close of the book of St. John, we find a “certification.” We discover … Read more

When you are troubled…

I remember when Carole King released the song, “You’ve Got a Friend”. It was a secular pop song but I’ve often listened to it from the perspective of Jesus being my friend. Here is the first verse and chorus: Verse 1 When you’re down and troubled And you need some love and care And nothing, nothing is going right Close your eyes and think of me And soon I will be there To brighten up even your darkest night Chorus You just call out my name And you know wherever I am I’ll come running, to see you again Winter, … Read more

Matthew 4:18, “Come, follow me,” Jesus said.

Photo by Jehyun Sung on Unsplash “Come, follow me,” (Matthew 4:19) Jesus said to Peter and Andrew. Their response was “At once they left their nets and followed him. (Matthew 4:20) Would you do what Peter and Andrew did? Could you do that? What reasons might you come up with to decline the Messiah’s call? You might say, “I owe it to my dad to keep working for him.” Or, you might say, “I’ve got obligations I have to deal with before I can go.” Perhaps you would ask, “How much per hour will you pay me to do the work (remember, Peter … Read more

This was new, but it’s not new now.

Photo by James Pond on Unsplash First, I want to make certain that you know this if you have accepted Jesus as your Savior and Lord of your life then you are part of the Church. I could write a book on Acts 4:19-31, but better people than I have already quite adequately addressed this passage of Scripture. However, I do trust the Holy Spirit has given me something to speak to in this powerful passage of the Word of God. For today’s study, there is a single facet out of this multifaceted text, in which I want to focus, and that is … Read more

To believe brings us into God’s supernatural.

To give you a sense of how things have changed since Mom and I were teenagers, here’s a part of the lyrics to a hit song by Anne Murray. All the Top 10 radio stations played it, and other artists such as Loretta Lynn, Joan Baez, and Elvis Presley put out their versions of the song. You can hear the song here on YouTube (https://youtu.be/SY-2XHqKGuw) or just read the chorus and one of the verses. Put Your Hand In The Hand (1970) Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the water;Put your hand in the hand … Read more

Isaiah 51:12, “I, even I, am he who comforts you…’

My daughter has Irish twins, that is, she gave birth to two babies less than a year apart; her’s are eleven months apart. They are such a blessing to her family and to the grandparents.  Of course, many times the “twins” both need to be comforted at the same time but for different reasons; one has a skinned knee, and the other is sleepy. They have different needs, but they need the same comforter. We that have put in our faith in Jesus also have different needs at the same time and at different times, but we all need the … Read more

Only Jesus Can Save

I’ve got Andraé Crouch singing “Jesus Is The Answer” in my head. Chorus: Jesus is the answer, for the world today, Above Him there’s no other, Jesus is the way. 3x Verse Two: I know you’ve got mountains, That you think you cannot climb, I know your skies are dark, You think the sun won’t shine, But in case you don’t know, That the word of God is true, Everything he’s promised, He will do it for you. We find the scripture for Andrea’s song in the book of Acts. Acts 3:6 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV) Then said Peter, Silver and gold have I … Read more

I don’t really care.

Many years ago, in a lifetime far, far, away… That’s how my Star Wars began.   I didn’t literally mean lifetimes, but the different life I had when I was young. A time when I spent many wonderful years playing bass and six-string guitar in gospel groups. That “lifetime” is extra beautiful since that is how I met my wife.   During that time I used to write gospel songs, and one that I wrote was “Caught in the in-betweens.” A line of the song goes like this: Now there’s a pain that’s deep within, and God’s light just cannot … Read more

Do you feel dead? Jesus is life!

I was sitting on a bench in our backyard this morning when I noticed our hibiscus plant had withered and two bulbs that had started to grow were now dead. It was kind of sad and it got me thinking about my life. There have been times in my life when I was a withered Christian. I had no fragrance*, no “bulbs”, no color. For the life of me, I couldn’t find God; heaven was as brass*. I would fervently pray but no peace could I find. Nothing I do changes anything in my life. I am reminded of Psalms 63:1: … Read more

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