1 Corinthians 3:6-7 I have planted, Apollos watered; but GOD gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that waters; but GOD that gives the increase.” Built Just By! (A short sermon) Atop a large boulderuntouched by a chisel,extensively reaching inheight and by width…. sat a man whose […]Read More Built Just By! (A short sermon)
Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind toone another, tenderhearted,forgiving one another, as GODin CHRIST forgave you.” Self’s Re-assigned Burdens! The failure to forgiveadds weights to our walk.Resentment’s sarcasm“depresses” as well. Proud looks as if “betterthan”, wiser or smarter…expand then that gapbetween Heaven and Hell. So bend the heart fasterthan kneeling — most urgent!Make humble your thoughts;prefer others….not […]Read More Self’s Re-assigned Burdens!
Ephesians 4:15 “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into HIM WHO is the Head, into CHRIST…” Simply Starting, Pressing Deeply! Simplicity’s wordsboth brief and conciseare valuable toolsfor those learning. HIS message does notbring “baggage”, as such,nor for harsh repetitionwith Pride. So “simple” is best whenbeginning to trainyet […]Read More Simply Starting, Pressing Deeply!
2 Timothy 4:2 “Preach The WORD!Be ready in season and out of season.Convince, rebuke, exhort, with alllongsuffering and teaching!” The Willing Witness… Of HIS children am Ia most grateful “son”.Of CHRIST’s sheep inHIS pastures…forgiven. With daughters as wellso we seek The LORD…as our SHEPHERD WHOgives us provision! Eternal Life’s SOURCE,our SAVIOUR divine…by WHOSE stripes wegained […]Read More The Willing Witness…
John 6:35 “JESUS said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to ME will not hunger, and he who believes in ME will never thirst.” Giving HIS Bread of Grace! Do not forget GOD’s gift of gracebecause for sinners stumbling…HIS perfect power helps weakened faithand draws them from their troubles. With […]Read More Giving HIS Bread of Grace!
Colossians 3:12 “Put on then, as GOD’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience…” With GOD’s own Gaze! Who overlooks their sinsyet analyzes others; unforgiving ofwhat CHRIST already has? Who stares with weights and measuresat their sisters and their brothers…and with every dawn begins suchwork — again? In truth, we […]Read More With GOD’s own Gaze!
Hebrews 11:1-2 “Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.” Count HIM Faithful! Against Goliath did David in Faith— trust JEHOVAH.Against Pharaoh did Moses placefaith in HIM also.Against culture did Esther putFaith in GOD’s favor.And Mary, in Faith, […]Read More Count HIM Faithful!
Luke 9:23 “And HE said to all, “If anyone would come after ME, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow ME.” Serving CHRIST Alone! Our selfish ambition outside HIS — aligned…appears in lock step but its walk isn’t right. It serves as this says. “May Self seize every credit.” Yet […]Read More Serving CHRIST Alone!
1 Corinthians 3:16 “Do you not know that you are GOD’s temple and that GOD’s SPIRIT dwells in you?” Compelled by HIS Love! The SPIRIT’s indwelling is after acceptance. HE follows Belief, occupying the soul. External no longer but now inside breathing, so starts our transforming till Rapture begins! But failing to further one’s steps […]Read More
Proverbs 12:25 “Anxiety in someone’s heart weighs them down, but a good word makes them glad!” Anxiety’s End! Consider the Anxious,Anxiety’s hosts…when under attacksense less of HIS peace. By default, distressingwhenever it comeswithout running to GODin THAT instant. Hesitation’s delaysthen cost us our comfortwhen trying to solvewhat only HE can! But when we repeat such“forgetting” […]Read More Anxiety’s End!
Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with ME eye!” With Learning’s Seal! Looking back at the pastsometimes fades present progress.Yet just looking ahead leads somesouls to forget. Then returned are those lessonsonce learned, now repeated…because “surface level” wasthe deepest they went. And […]Read More With Learning’s Seal!
Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your cares on the LORD and HE will sustain you; HE will never let the righteous be shaken.” Suited Well! Without weapons of warfare or axes to grind; Without prideful resistance nor Anger’s replies… Thus HIS victory proclaim we with Zeal’s increasing. For — in character — walk we with CHRIST […]Read More Suited Well!
Proverbs 23:18 “Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off!” Pushing Back, Pressing Through! Drawing nearto THEE FATHERsincerely and often,Is not without struggle. Companionto our footprintscomes also detractors,both human and spirit. Oppressionconfronts usfrom each side of the veiland sometimes — increases. But YOU say“Come close to ME.Filter all that you […]Read More Pushing Back, Pressing Through!
Psalm 5:3 “O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for YOU and watch!” With Blankets of Prayer! When awakening eachmorning, there are momentsmost treasured…where the blanket of Silenceexpectantly waits. Warmly resting atop everysoul who has wokenlike a shield for our prayers,so it comfortably aids. Word creations, […]Read More With Blankets of Prayer!
Psalm 116:16 “O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant. YOU have loosed my bonds!” With Broken Link Rejoicing! Who’s confessed unnumbered sinsand sincerely shown Repentance…who remains with spirit crushed asone forsaken? Who’s bent their knees and heartstogether as a regular display…whose darkness stayed with themalthough they said […]Read More With Broken Link Rejoicing!
Matthew 5:12a “Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven…” The Upsides-Down Funnel! What we see endingis this life’s pretenseat the end of the funnelwhich GOD’s own hands formed. That rapturous instantappears as a sliver;microscopically measuredas if Breath were no more. But! It’s not final norfinished for us!There’s no first nor a […]Read More The Upsides-Down Funnel!
1 Peter 5:7 “Give all your worries and cares to GOD, for HE cares about you!” What Love! Depression’s Victor! Depression’s repercussions are its consequences felt by the host whose thoughts — despairing — AND by those who try to help. For its tidal waves will crash upon those souls who’ve come to listenuntil Grief […]Read More Depression’s Victor!
Revelation 1:1a “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which GOD gave HIM to show HIS servants — things which must shortly take place.” A Righteous Retrospective! Oh my GOD and KING….what Joy morning bringsfor YOUR voice in me sings,“I AM Coming!” Then falls the curtainthe final acts’ purposewith HE, “The most worthy!”returning. So looking aheadto rise […]Read More A Righteous Retrospective!
2 Kings 6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Healing Gehazi’s! With Life’s belt slowly tightening,some eyes which are blindeddo not, as yet, see HIM. With its Chaos increasing,some’s faith — then decreasinghave turned their sights elsewhere, But our GOD returns gazesjust like with Gehazi’s. So!Hope […]Read More Healing Gehazi’s!
1 Samuel 12:24 “Only fear the LORD and serve HIM faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things HE has done for you.” Ahead of Time! Well done,Oh Good and faithful son!Yes! Good and faithful daughter….Enter in through Heaven’s gates,oh righteous ones! Yea, come…The battle has been won!Feel MY rest embrace your soulsand […]Read More Ahead of Time!
John 20:16a “JESUS said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to HIM, “Rabboni!” The Crossroads Difference! GOD completely changed my phrase “just as I am” to “who I was.” Else a surface level moment would have only been because…. …HE’d left me where HE found me. Then — indifferent — I’d have stayed. But! […]Read More The CrossRoads Difference!
1 John 3:1a “See what kind of love the FATHER has given to us, that we should be called children of GOD; and so we are!” This Sinner’s Praise! They say Love is bestwhen truly forgivingand always forgettingis par for the course. So it goes without sayingsince actions speak louderthat Now Is the Hour toshow […]Read More This Sinner’s Praise!
James 1:22 “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” With “Do-ing!” Faith Behold! Here we stand ineffectually speaking to those in our camp and to every observer. Inattentively listening, yet such fill the pews, every car and each home where they’re acting— with fervor! In work places too, thus surrounding […]Read More With “Do-ing!” Faith
Matthew 11:29 “Take MY yoke upon you and learn from ME, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Living “On!” Hope’s deferred timing isfound lengthy and straining.It’s experience often drainsreservoirs dry. Parched then Patience andHope when such spans stretch— Extensive. Some giving up both…then resign. But […]Read More Living “On!”
Psalm 63:7 “For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy!” Combining Choirs! DesiringGlory’s communionexpectantly waitingstill am I. Longing for breathflowing from Heaventhrough joy laden voicesPraise — singing! Purposed as such,here zealously knelt;continuing upwards— Thanksgiving! For HIS am Ifor union — designed,So press in towards CHRIST.join […]Read More Combining Choirs!
2 Corinthians 13:5a “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Gaining Glory’s Ground! One day we shall know both “far less” and “much more”. Gone will be facts “from here” as HE teaches us. We’ll learn all “from there”; discarding the darkness. Serving solely HIS will to gain greatest Light. Proactively then […]Read More Gaining Glory’s Ground!
Ephesians 1:7 “In HIM we have redemption through HIS blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of GOD’s grace.” Seeing Red, Sharing Crimson! Watching their facesthrough grayscale filterssuppresses all colorand fades life’s displays. By black and white boundso there are no yellows,or greens nor one brown…much less any blues. Yet worst is […]Read More Seeing Red, Sharing Crimson!
Titus 2:1 “But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.” Sovereign Script Reminders! How quickly read are our opinions into others unaware;How quickly said are our assumptions without thinking. Absent of a sure restraint so often speaking …bound in Ignorance;therefore we base, on shifting sands, our errant actions! Yet tis sad we still […]Read More Sovereign Script Reminders!
Philippians 3:14 “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of GOD in CHRIST JESUS.” Memory’s Assessment! Repenting of wasted times and opportunitiesSelf squanders….can with frequency become a chain as well when someone wanders; where “moving forwards” moments are transferred to such Regrets.There is found a backwards pattern in one’s steps. […]Read More Memory’s Assessment!
Hebrews 13:5a “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have.” Window Shopping Encounters! In the downtown of a country setting, two men were to meet within an upscale store. Looking through the thick glass door window so we see the splendor and variety of expensive men’s suits and accessories. […]Read More Window Shopping Encounters!