Sunrise or Sunset?

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance. 

Psalm 33:12

I have never been able to tell whether a photo is of a sunrise or sunset. I believe that only prayers will determine which it will be for our country. Let’s pray for God blessing and more importantly His will this Sunday. We need Him now more than ever before!

Really Free

And you will will know the truth and the truth will set you free. John 8:32

We greatly appreciated the chance to see the Statue of liberty for the first time last week. It not only is an amazing place so intertwined with our history in America it has an equally important story. 

It was touching to realize that people from not only France but from around the world gave donations to help bring the Statue to New York harbor. Freedom is a hope and longing for us all. At the exit from the museum there was a plaque listing sayings about freedom. Martin Luther King Jr, Gandhi, and many others I didn’t recognize were each quoted. Most of the ideas seemed good and appropriate but I so wished to see something from the greatest liberator of all time, Jesus Christ. Everyone else seems to be given their honor except Him. 

But 2000 years ago it was no different. Everyone else was honored while Jesus was crucified. But He died neither angry nor heartbroken. He breathed His last finished His work and purchased true freedom for anyone who will trust Him with their heart! What are you going to do with the precious gift of real freedom He offers you today?

Approaching Storm

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

More Vital than military power, more valuable than our gold reserves in Fort Knox is our freedom to worship in Spirit and in truth. The storm clouds approaching can drive us to despair or they can lead us to prayer.

Heavenly Minded

     For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6

    Someone once said that we need to be careful to not be, “So heavenly minded that we are no earthly good”. But, God’s word is nothing, if not practical in dealing with life in the “Real world”. There is nothing at all practical about focusing only on the tiny patch of earth under our noses while missing the millions of stars lighting up the sky above our heads. Paul urges us in Ephesians to remember that God has taken hold of us and set us down by His side in Jesus Christ.

    When I made my first cross country trip to the western United States I found myself at one point, driving through endless hours of flat uneventful Kansas wheat fields. As night fell I traded the wheel with my friend and fell asleep while he drove on into eastern Colorado. Sometime about daybreak I suddenly woke up and looked out the window in amazement. There before me, for the first time in my life I saw the mighty Rocky Mountains, standing up like fantastic giants painted with the colors of dawn.

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    There have been many dark nights in my life over the years that have passed since that time, yet I hold forever in my mind that picture of the morning light over the mountains.

    Maybe because of discouragement or disappointment, you feel like letting someone else take the wheel in your life. Maybe it seems like nothing can ever change and that as night falls the flat-lands will go on forever. But God knows just what darkness we are pressing through in our lives. He has a hope for us that can come only from our being heavenly minded!  God has an eternal morning promised and He calls us to look up, be amazed at the beauty on the horizon and be renewed in our courage to press on.

    I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven’s tableland,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground     Johnson Oatman Jr

Facing the New Year

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”’ Revelation 2:7

In  few short days we will be at the edge of 2015. The New Year will beckon us, bless us, challenge us and put us at times in the middle of struggles we can never imagine now. Jesus has promised to always be with us yet the promises of God for this coming year are for those who are willing to stick out their necks, leap into the fray.

Jesus has not promised we wouldn’t have battles, but that when it seems that the strong towers of our life are ready to fall He will fight for us. He will be with us even to the ends of our world. So if you are fearfully facing the unknown this year think about the promises of our Lord Jesus Christ.

When you don’t know which way to turn, He is the Wonderful CounselorIMG_5068

When you feel abandoned and betrayed, He has told us that He is our friend

When you are struggling under demands of life, He said to come and He would give us rest

If you suffer the loss of those dearest, He has promised comfort

If even death comes to stand at the doorway, He has said:

… “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. John 11:25

So let the New Year come with its wind and waves, with its promises and challenges. Let’s prepare for the great adventure of faith. Take hold of God’s promises and see what He will do when we will trust in Him with all our heart!