Tuesday, December 11, 2012


During the Christmas season, a Sunday School teacher asked his students: “Now, who decreed that all the world should be taxed?”

A student said: “The Democrats!”

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Do you have a Quiet Center?

Do you have a quiet center in your life?

For many of us our life motto seems to be, “When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout.” God, however, invites us to be still and know that he is God (Psalm 46:10).

Be still: Let go. Relax your grip. End your struggle. Unclench your fist.

Be still: Pause. Step back. Let go of panic. Release your anxiety.

Be still: Quit struggling. Stop fighting. Shut out the noise. Get rid of distractions.

Be still: Quiet your heart. Cease striving. Quit racing around. Don’t sweat it.

Be still: Recognize God’s presence and power. Breathe.

“Be still, and know that I am God.”

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Power of God's Word!

Thomas Brooks said, “The Word of the Lord is a light to guide you, a counselor to counsel you, a comforter to comfort you, a staff to support you, a sword to defend you, and a physician to cure you. The Word is a mine to enrich you, a robe to clothe you, and a crown to crown you.”

E. Stanley Jones added, “The Bible redirects my will, cleanses my emotions, enlightens my mind, and quickens my total being.”

Charles Colson stated, “Nothing has affected the rise and fall of civilization, the character of cultures, the structure of governments, and the lives of the inhabitants of this planet as profoundly as the words of the Bible.”

A.T. Pierson realized, “While other books inform, and some few reform, this one book transforms.”

And my favorite – Martin Luther declared, “The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.”

The Bible is God’s written revelation to us! It’s inspired! It’s alive! It’s powerful! It changes lives!

Friday, September 14, 2012

God will stand with you!

The apostle Paul said, "But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength" (2 Timothy 4:17).

Do you know what that means to have God stand by your side?

It means that the person of Jesus Christ comes alongside you in your pains and puts his hand on your shoulder.

He puts his arm around you to hold you up. He lets you lean on him when you feel wobbly. He allows your tears to fall on his shoulder.

He is an understanding friend who “sticks closer than a brother.” He will weep together with you, and he will wipe away the tears. He will help you stand up strong.

God will stand with you!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

What is Forbearance?

Forbearance is overlooking the faults, quirks, and opinions of others just as God looks beyond yours.

Forbearance means to “cut some slack” and to “give people room to be themselves” and “room to become what God desires” – without judgment.

A grandmother, celebrating her golden wedding anniversary, once told the secret of her long and happy marriage. She said, “On my wedding day, I decided to make a list of ten of my husband’s faults which, for the sake of our marriage, I would overlook.”

A guest asked the woman what were some of the faults she had chosen to overlook. The grandmother replied, “To tell you the truth, my dear, I never did get around to listing them. But whenever my husband did something that made me hopping mad, I would say to myself, Lucky for him that’s one of the ten!”

That's forbearance!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

If you were God, what would you collect?

If you were God, what would you collect? What would you treasure in your portfolio?

Some people collect stamps or coins. Others collect dolls or teddy bears. Others collect antique cars or baseball cards.

God says, “Here are my treasures. Earth. Everything in it – plants, animals, minerals. All who live on earth – people from every tribe, language, people group, nation. I made them all. They’re all mine. I possess all things.”

That’s what it says about God in Psalm 24:1, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”

You and I might lay claim to a postage size plot of ground and everything piled up on it. But God owns it. The bank might try to hold the title deed. But the Bible says God owns the property, the deed, and the people that work at the bank. He is Creator and Possessor of All.

There is only one who stands out as one worthy of our worship . . .

○ The God of the Bible who created the earth and everything in it.

○ The God who possesses all things.

○ The God who owns the earth . . . and he’s not listing it for sale.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Not Getting What We Expect

A woman answered the knock at her door to find an obviously destitute man who wanted to earn some money by doing odd jobs.  She was touched by his need and asked, “Can you paint?”

“Yes,” he said.  “I’m a pretty good painter.”

“Well, here’s a gallon of green paint and a brush.  Go around the house and you’ll see a porch that needs repainting.  Be very careful.  When you’re done, I’ll look it over and pay you what it’s worth.”

It wasn’t more than an hour before he knocked again.  “All finished,” he reported.

“Did you do a good job?” she asked.

“Yes.  But Lady, there’s one thing I’d like to point out to you.  That’s not a Porsche back there.  That’s a Mercedes.”

We don’t always get what we expect when we ask people to serve.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Qualities God Shares with People -- #3 Infinite!

The third quality God shares with people is that God is infinite, exceeding all limits – space, time, knowledge & wisdom, power, constant.

God is unlimited in relation to space. He’s omnipresent. He is always everywhere. There is no place where he is not. 1 Kings 8:27 declares, “The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you.” God created space and is not limited by it.

God is unlimited in relation to time. He’s eternal. Psalm 90:2 says, “From everlasting to everlasting you are God.” Time doesn’t even apply to God – God is timeless. He created time and lives outside time. He is simultaneously in the past, present, and future – sees all events at once – and yet is aware of the succession of moments occurring within time. He exists without end or interruption.

God is unlimited in relation to knowledge and wisdom. He’s omniscient. He knows everything and how to apply it. Psalm 147:5 says, “His understanding has no limit.” He knows all the facts about everything. He knows every possibility from every direction. He knows all the details of the universe, and how to apply them perfectly in our lives to accomplish his plan.

God is unlimited in relation to power. He’s omnipotent. He can do anything. The angel told Mary in Luke 1:37, “For nothing is impossible with God.” He can fully carry out all he intends to do. He is in control of me and you – he is sovereign.

But God also has built-in limitations. He cannot do anything that would be contrary to his very nature. He cannot, for example, sin or do wrong or lie or fail or break one of his promises.

Plus, in all these qualities, God is constant – he does not and cannot change or develop or diminish. Hebrews 1:12 says about God, “You remain the same.” Of course, the Bible illustrates how God changes his mind in response to prayer. But to suggest that he can change or develop or diminish in his very nature is to suggest that he was previously less than he is now.

So what? Let’s put it all together. Since God is universally alive, there’s no place in time or space he cannot be. He cannot be taken by surprise. He is always and everywhere, accessible in our time of need, fully applying his infinite wisdom and power toward his plan and our good. Whatever our circumstances, we can always trust him to be consistent to do what’s right. Whatever our challenges, our problems, our fears, he knows and provides a solution fitting for our need. He is the ultimate and only fully trustworthy One. God is God and there is no one else like God.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Qualities God Shares with People -- #2 Life!

God is alive, the very source of life. Jesus announced:

John 5:26 The Father has life in himself. . . .

As the source of life, God did not derive his life from anything or anyone else. No other life source exists. He is it! He has always been alive, which is in contrast to all created beings. Rather, he began life, and gave it to all created beings.

Furthermore, the continuation of his life doesn’t depend on anything else outside himself, because he is the eternal source of all life. He doesn’t even need to will his own existence – he simply is! God is alive, the very source of life.