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When Life is Hard

In Scripture Thoughts on Sunday, February 15, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Is. 43:2  

 When you go through deep waters,
      I will be with you.
   When you go through rivers of difficulty,
      you will not drown.
   When you walk through the fire of oppression,
      you will not be burned up;
      the flames will not consume you.


We’ve all been in this place-the circumstances of life are overwhelming.  The water is over our head.  Life is hard and difficult; it’s like walking through fire.

In this place I’ve found that God only opens the path right in front of us.  His light doesn’t shine down the road, and He doesn’t remove life’s obstacles from our way before we reach them.  But, He always meets us at the edge of our need and sometimes, it’s at the very last moment. 

He asks that we trust Him. He wants us to want Him.  Otherwise, we won’t need faith to take that next step.  And then, who is in control?

Today, may you willingly grasp His hand and take that next step.  He’s there.




Loving the Begats

In Scripture Thoughts on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 11:16 pm


The many passages that the Bible offers in way of lineage has often been boring and cumbersome for me,  until I started learning more about the Koran.  Interestingly, the Koran offers NO lineage leading to Muhammad. 


No completely amazing and wonderful heritage.


I’ve learned to respect and honor the “begats” now…they lead us to Christ!


Next time you’re reading those chapters,  maybe they won’t be so boring!





A Battle for Influence–Who Will Win?

In Scripture Thoughts, Uncategorized on Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 10:23 am

Think for a minute.  What is your scope of influence?  Who do you rub shoulders with, spend your time with, have the ability to encourage and bring truth? 


It may be your immediate family and the checker at the grocery store.  It may be your classmates.  It may be a whole youth group or even a church body.  Maybe it’s the people at your office or the crew you work with.


Whatever your surroundings may be on a daily or regular basis, this is the group of people God has placed in your life for the purpose of change.  Change for the better.  Heart changes to affect eternity.


What better place for satan to bring defeat into our lives than with the very strengths we may have to influence those around us? He will bring the greatest force of his attacks to tear us down and ultimately to cause our influence to be weakened.  His final victory would be for us to be so overcome with sin or discouragement that our influence would even be completely gone.  He’ll take our greatest strengths and bring lie after lie, wearing us down to believe it.


You know the pastor that fell because his love and care for his church was turned into love and care for another woman.

You’ve seen the gifted musician that is so insecure that he can’t break through into the freedom of worship.

You’ve seen the moms that so love that new infant and then are so overwhelmed with frustration as they grow up there may eventually be broken relationship with that child.

You’ve seen dads that totally give up their responsibility.

You’ve seen or experienced sibling rivalry that disintegrates into hatred.


What is your greatest strength? Your greatest area of influence?   Do you recognize how badly satan wants to remove you from that place?  How he will use your very strengths to bring defeat into your life?  How it can begin with you believing even some very small lies?


I feel so strongly about this, I challenge you to be aware of this conflict.  It’s a battle we don’t have to lose.


Are you struggling with this right now?  Don’t try to make it alone. E-mail me, or find someone that will agree to pray with you and hold you accountable to your calling. 


Will we believe the lies or stand in His truth?  It’s a daily choice.


 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith.  I Pet. 5:8-9