Wednesday, November 22, 2017

From the Heart: Looking Back

From the Heart: Looking Back

Have you ever driven up a mountain side and stopped near the top and looked back? I remember diving from Phoenix to Flagstaff, Arizona. I had some time to kill so I took the old road instead of the interstate. Near the top there is a place to pull off the road and look back down the mountain. When I stopped and looked back from where I had come, it now seemed clearer, less treacherous, even the fog bank through which I had inched my way seemed clearer.

From the Heart: The Power of Prayer

From the Heart: The Power of Prayer

I want to thank all my readers for your prayers. And to impress upon your minds that God is always listening when we call out to him. Whether we are crying out for help or shouting for joy, His communication line is always open. He is your friend, talk to Him, even about the little things. I’ve heard it said that anything that’s big enough to worry about is big enough to pray about.

From the Heart: Our Blue Rose

From the Heart: Our Blue Rose

It was obvious now that the boy had some special needs and was somewhat startled as he turned and saw Steve standing so close to him waiting to squeeze by. His eyes widened and you could see the surprise look on his face.

From the Heart: The Elijah Complex

From the Heart: The Elijah Complex

It’s not uncommon for some elderly people to feel like they have fulfilled their purpose. Like Elijah, they simply give up and wish that God would come on and take them home to heaven. Yet, whether they realize it or not, they are still a significant part of life. Many Christians have been encouraged by the patience, wisdom, and intercession of older people who love the Lord. Only eternity will reveal the full impact of their spiritual contribution.

From the Heart: Worth the Struggle

From the Heart: Worth the Struggle

I believe God’s purpose in saving us is not simply to keep us from going to hell, but`that Christ likeness may be formed in us. (Gal. 4:19). The moment we become a child of God through faith in Christ Jesus the process begins. (Rom. 3:26-29). From then on, God uses all of life’s circumstances to make us conformed to the image of His Son.

From the Heart: Investments

From the Heart: Investments

My friends, when God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the Garden of Eden, they were prefect. They could have lived forever but they ate the fruit. They sinned. and the Bible tells us over and over that sin separates us from God. God told them, “You will surely die.” And so will we. For we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

From the Heart: The Appeal of the Forbidden

From the Heart: The Appeal of the Forbidden

The desire for what is off-limits is not confined to spoiled children. It reflects a tendency in all of us that goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden. All too often we like to keep our eye on the temptation while praying not to be led into it.

From the Heart: Pleasing God

From the Heart: Pleasing God

Our Heavenly Father expects us to help others, to set a good example, to let our light shine that they might see Christ living in us. How often do we get caught up in this old world, worrying about what others think? If we live our lives trying to be people pleasers we will never accomplish our goal.

From the Heart: Abba Father

From the Heart: Abba Father

All together we have nine grandchildren and our little great one. For some reason all of them have decided to call us Nana and Papa. Now I still have a busy work life but I can confess that I’m not too busy to hear from my children or my children’s children. And when I hear them say “Papa, I love you”, well, my heart kinda melts.

From the Heart: Wise Child, Happy Father

From the Heart: Wise Child, Happy Father

Sometimes young people come to realize with deep regret that if they had followed the counsel of their parents they could have avoided much heartache, both for themselves and their family.

From the Heart: Hope

From the Heart: Hope

Our founding fathers came and fought for the right of religious freedom. And they not only brought their families and their possessions but they also brought their Bibles. The Law of God was their law of the land. Look at our nation today. Oh, how far we have strayed!

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