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Monday, May 18, 2020

Inspired by . . . To whom will we go?

I wonder if this time of COVID is testing your faith? After all, life is challenging enough when we are rockin' along in our set routines. Over the last several weeks our personal routines have been intruded upon by family members, restricted by where we can go and who we can see, and flat out canceled.

For some of you the losses have been even more devastating. Yet, the struggles each of us are facing are very real and very hard.

How are we navigating the raging waters of lock-down? The inconveniences, frayed nerves, broken hearts, and fears of the virus and possible economic collapse?

A lot depends on the substance of our faith. What do we truly believe about God? His character and His promises?

Are you, like Ruth, willing to follow a God, who you have yet to fully know or understand, into the unknown of a new life and a new routine? A new normal.

Are you willing to worship and praise God as Cornelius did even when the blessings of the kingdom seemed unobtainable?

What if we were called to something really hard, like the men of Ezra's day? who were forced to send away their foreign wives and children to conform to God's law. Are we willing to trust God and follow His word when it seems contrary to moral law?

And what about our physical fears? Do we trust God for our very lives like David's friends who faced the fiery furnace? Would we witness to our enemy as God called Ananias to do?

I wonder if this time of trial has found us sitting at the table feasting with a sense of entitlement toward our Host. Rather than having the attitude of the Samaritan woman whose faith was so great that she was willing to eat the crumbs that fell at the Lord's feet.

This may be the first time that we have found the things of God to be hard. More than just uncomfortable. The first time our faith has truly been tested.

May we all be like Peter in our response, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also, we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God."

What about you? Is your faith being tested? What questions are you asking yourself during this time?


Saturday, April 18, 2020

Inspired by . . . words of encouragement

"Constantly ask God's help in prayer, and pray always in the power of the Spirit. To this end keep watch and persevere, always interceding for all God's people." Eph 6:18 RE


Sunday, March 8, 2020

"My promise," he said, his voice barely audible over the crashing waves.

We stood under a canopy of palm fronds, our toes digging into the sand. The officiant wore RayBans and Tommy Bahama. I inhaled the salty air and made my own pledge.

I wasn't young or naive, but I believed those pineapple-sweet words.


What do you think? did he keep his promise? did she?

We've all experienced the reality of broken promises. 

There is One who never breaks a promise. Indeed, He cannot.
God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good? Numbers 23:19
He promises mercy, new every morning, so great is His faithfulness to us. (Lam 3:22-23) He promises to be with us always, to strengthen, and to guide us. (Isa 41:10; Isa 30:21)

Any temptation to doubt these truths is from the enemy and must be resisted. Immerse yourself in the Word. Meditate on it as you read, looking to God for help, guidance, and direction.

This practice will never fail you and will bring the enemy to utter ruin.