“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” – Mathew 7:24-27
The story is told of an elderly carpenter which was due to retire. He told his employer of his plans to leave the business and start a life of leisure with his wife and extended family. He would miss the money, but the time was right and he was ready to hang up his hammer. Continue reading
There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. – II Corinthians 4:18
Happy 2017…no, let me rephrase that – Joyful 2017!
I recently came across this posting and thought it worthy of sharing. You know, we all live in such a hurry. There are always schedules to keep, places to go, appointments to make, children to raise, jobs to go to. The list goes on… Continue reading
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Well, we’ve just recently celebrated the birth of our glorious savior. The One who willingly left his Father and home in heaven to come down to earth to be born, to live and ultimately die in my place and yours because of His eternal love for all of mankind. Continue reading
“…and those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”- Isaiah 35:10
Recently, I’ve discovered Bob Ross on Netflix. You may ask, “who’s Bob Ross?” I’m glad you asked. Bob Ross was an American painter, art instructor, and television host. He was widely known as the creator and host of The Joy of Painting, an instructional television program that aired from 1983 to 1994 on PBS in the United States and around the world. Continue reading
Jesus asked him again, a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus told him, “Take care of my sheep.” Jesus asked him a third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt sad because Jesus had asked him a third time, “Do you love me?” So Peter said to him, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus told him, “Feed my sheep. – John 21:16-17
The movie, Schindler’s List, tells the true story of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who hired some Jewish people to work for him. When he saw the Nazis go into one of their ghettos and shoot these people down in cold blood, Schindler was deeply moved and decided to spend the rest of his life trying to save Jewish people. And he was quite successful. Continue reading
“…and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” – Luke 2:7
Well, Thanksgiving is over and if you’re like me, you’re still recovering from the delicious dishes and deserts that were enjoyed with family and friends a couple weeks ago. If I’ve failed to mention it, I so love this time of the year not only for the food which is a major plus in my book but also for the beauty of the changing of nature all around us, time spent with family and friends, but most importantly for the upcoming celebration of our Savior’s birth. Continue reading
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – I Thessalonians 5:18
This writing was originally posted back in November, 2014. After listening to my pastor’s message yesterday. He asked “Is your Thanksgiving testable?” How easy it is when everything is going your way, life is grand and you have no worries, doubts, fears, questions, unanswered prayers, etc. Where is the needle on your thanksgiving meter then? Read on as I re-share how my own thanksgiving was put to the test many years ago. Continue reading