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My Hope
September 7, 2016, 2:21 am
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“For thou art my hope, O Lord God: thou art my trust from my youth.” (Psalm 71:5)

As I drove past a small church, I noticed their sign.  On it was a short message – hope is trusting things unseen.  I thought, great thought but as I drove it was like the Holy Spirit was causing me to re-think the statement.  As I pondered the words, I realized they were insufficient as a definition and explanation for hope.  My problem wasn’t with trusting or unseen, but with THINGS!  So I thought about improving the definition.  Things was such a generalization.  What about trusting the wind?  The wind is unseen although it’s results aren’t.  Maybe on a hot day, I could trust a gentle breeze to bring relief, but the wind associated with a storm or hurricane produces no hope, only horror at the devastation it produces.  So hope isn’t trusting everything unseen.  I need something or someone who has characteristics that give meaning to my hope.  Biblically, hope seems to be based in something or someone that always comes through for you.  God directed me to Psalm 71.  The writer is an older man, like me, who is reflecting back on his life.  Life, being life, is full of events, circumstances, and incidents which at time are blessings mixed with tragedies.  There are great times of success as well as the times of crushing defeats.  Does that describe your life.  All of these were at one time unseen, but collectively don’t provide the basis for trust.

Look at the verse, the psalmist directs his words and focus to God.  Remember, this is an older person, reviewing his life.  The one thing or person he can always trust in any and all situations is God.  He comes through.  The writer relays this insight; “thou art my trust FROM MY YOUTH.”  Throughout the stages of life the one certainty, and the only certainty was, is, and always will be God.  Can’t you see the assurance the psalmist has in God that is not learned in a classroom or from a sermon.  This assurance comes from a daily relationship with God.  I find Him trustworthy and consistent to His revealed character.  I find Him present in both blessings and storms.  And even when I can’t see the “why” through walking with God, I have learned to trust Him regardless of whether He helps me understand.  As an older person, I can shout AMEN to “You are my hope, LORD GOD”.  My hope is in Christ alone!  You?

Jesus, my strength when I am weak

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Tic Tic Tic
April 12, 2016, 10:32 am
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I awoke this morning and after looking at the clock, tried to return to sleep.  It is important for me to say that I didn’t find sleep difficult; in fact I had been sleeping in a very restful manner.  My dreams were pleasant and I was comfortable.  But as I have gotten older, I find myself waking at times in the middle of the peaceful condition called sleep.  So I tried to go back to sleep.  I couldn’t!  I am a weird person and fall asleep watching tv.  Tried it, couldn’t.  So I tried a noise free environment.  I don’t know if this every happened to you, but when I was younger there were times I couldn’t sleep because my heartbeat kept me awake.  I would be in bed and start listening to my heartbeat and couldn’t sleep.  As you might guess, I grew up in a very country setting!  Our home is a constant place of activity.  It seems we always have noise going on, much of it the laughter of people.  But early this morning, it was silent.  EXCEPT for the clock in the living room.  I never realized that the clock ticked SO LOUD!  As sleep escaped me, the pounding of the clock grew louder.  During the day, when the house is full and life is going on, you can’t hear the clock.  But early this morning, all I could hear was the clock.

Isn’t that like life?  We are such busy people that something that is constantly there goes unnoticed.  Perhaps that is way God tells us “be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”  Not only do we fill our lives full of busy activities and ignore God but because we do we miss that He is still exalted.  Just like the clock always ticks, it is only in those times when God becomes my focus that I hear Him and see Him as the Exalted One!  Maybe we need to heed the words of Psalm 46:10 and spend a little time being still!



I Never Read!
September 10, 2015, 4:41 pm
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Last year, I had a few students who bragged that they never read. Specifically, they were extremely proud of never reading books. This year, I determined that we would read books in class. Currently on Tuesdays, we are reading in class, Last Words of Jesus by Stu Epperson. In the book, the 7 last statements of Jesus are examined and then applied to our lives. I thought the book was a great place to start, because our relationship with Christ starts at the Cross. Because of technology, I use our overhead projector and my Kindle account to have the students read from the book. We usually have a worksheet with the chapter, and some of the questions requires critical thinking skills to be used.
I also want the students to read the Bible, and the Bible chapter summaries are designed to get them into the Word. Students are to read 6 chapters a week, making observations, interpretation, and applications from each chapter. Some students really do great jobs and show a growing depth in their spiritual lives, while others tend to wait until the last minute and write generalizations for each chapter, the kind of Sunday School answers that show they haven’t really read the passage. After all, they don’t read!
But is it true that students “never read”. You may want to examine your child’s phone. Research tells us that almost every child has a cell phone, and most have a smart phone. They have the ability to access friends and media and some say that they are “constantly online”. The average teen receives 60 texts a day, which means they send 60 texts to reply. So about once every 15 minutes, texts are either coming or going. Some average higher, and remember, this is an average which includes some children who don’t have a phone. In addition, 95% of teens are online. Girls are more likely to be on visually-oriented social media, like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter. They are constantly posting “selfies”, sharing information about themselves, and sharing “drama” which as you know, is a part of teen life. Boys are more likely to play video games, so while they do text and post, they love the challenge of conquering a game more. So what about your child? Maybe it would be a great project to see how they measuring up. How much time do they spend reading God’s word, on social media, and texting each day. The answer to that question may show you what is important to your child. Is their priority for their life and your priority for them, the same? Jesus talked about “abiding in Him”. I think a great way to do that is to spend time in the Word of God so that the Holy Spirit can renew our minds. Because of our old fallen natures we don’t think correctly. Imagine how difficult it is for teens to “let this mind be in you” when they never “read” God’s Word. You and your child are investing in eternity. Will Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram be how God talks to us or we talk to Him in eternity? Just saying!

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Broken Commitments, Broken Promises, Broken Lives, Unbroken Love
August 26, 2015, 1:20 pm
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Are you familiar with the story of the woman taken in adultery? Bible students know that this was a plot by the Pharisees to discredit Jesus. The men who brought her to Jesus interrupted Him while He was teaching “all the people”. Pretending to want His opinion, they were actually trying to get Jesus to make a decision that they would turn against Him to make Him look bad in front of the people He was teaching. Today’s version of this a little different. A news story breaks about a Christian’s sin and almost immediately the story is posted on Facebook or some other type of social media, with comments about the person’s hypocrisy or how their parents sheltered them or how that could a true Christian do something like that. Of course we as Christians do sin because we have a nature that is bent to sin. We often are hypocritical because we preach absolute truths and principles that we struggle to keep because we are imperfect but we see that those truths are God’s. Parents seek to provide the best education in the safest atmosphere, but there is no such thing as a perfect environment because the entire creation is cursed. Godly adults train and teach children to do right but there is always the potential to do wrong. Any child has the potential to commit horrible sins, especially in secret. So a Christian sins and it is revealed. As a Christian, how should I respond. First, all sin is horrible. Jesus died a horrible death because of my sin. I want to hate sin more and more. Second, I am to pray for my brother or sister to be restored. At times I am tempted to criticized my brothers and sisters when I need to love them and when they fail, I need to be crushed. Third, my Savior’s reputation is damaged by my failures as well as the failures of my brothers and sisters in Christ. I am to glorify Him and the public sin of His children at first appears to damage Him. But, keep this in mind. While we may rip the hypocritical Christian as a phony, my Father calls them His workmanship. Nothing separates them from His love. His grace is bigger than any sin or failure. What an amazing and awesome God!! His children’s failure don’t diminish Him at all! Remember the story of the adulterous woman? All the condemning Pharisees were revealed as having a problem with sin yet walked away from the One who could have taken care of their great need. The broken woman, guilty of a sin that was punishable by death, had her head lifted by Jesus. Her accusers were gone, revealed as sinners by the One who knew all things. Having this encounter with Jesus changed her life forever, as it always does. Thankfully, my sins are removed from me by my God who blotted them out with His blood, my righteousness is not mine but the imputed righteousness of Christ that God gave me and that makes me acceptable to Him, and I am sheltered in Him, who keeps me in the midst of the storms of life. Pray for those who fail. Pray for me!. We’re family!Jesus-and-the-Woman-Taken-in-Adultery



Homeschooling When Homeschooling Wasn’t Cool
July 30, 2015, 1:02 pm
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Following God’s command to make sure we, as parents, bring our kids up the right way!

Lessons from my Father's Hands

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I will never forget our son, Ben calling me after he had led a group of students on a field trip. “Mom, we went to a museum and I kept telling the kids information that the museum didn’t have posted. Some of the kids asked how I knew all this stuff. After all these years it dawned on me, you and Dad never stopped teaching us.” As a family, we are accustomed to having people talking about all the “useless trivia information” that we know. The truth is that we do know some things that are not essential but our desire is to know what God tells us is important.
In Deuteronomy 6:6-7 we read, “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and…

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I Thank God For You! (Philemon 4 to 7)
June 9, 2015, 2:17 am
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God wants me to focus on how He will impact others through me. Who can I thank God for?

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Philemon 1:4-7
I Thank God For You!

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For whom do you thank God? I thought of this question, and my first thought was “who in my life really impacted me?” You know the answer to that question isn’t really as easy as you might think. The original question includes the thought of thanking God for the person, so it is apparent that the person made a positive impact on my life. Of course, I thank God for my parents. Both my mom and dad helped shape the type of person I am today. I had two school teachers that really impacted my life in a positive way, Miss Morgan and Mrs. Kilby. They were my first and second grade teachers (it may have been Mrs. Morgan and Miss Kilby. One was married and the other single and they were sisters.) They helped develop a love for learning that I still…

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God’s Glory on Display
December 25, 2014, 3:05 am
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God's Glory on Display.