August 2, 2019
The Luke Challenge- Chapter 3
John’s days in the wilderness prepared him for his ministry as the word of God came to him. The words of the prophet Isaiah resonated as he preached in the district around the Jordan River, a message of repentance of sins. The not-so-veiled message to the complacent and sinful Jews was that God would raise up sons from among non-Hebrews and that fruitless trees would be cut down and burned. He gave explicit instructions for actions that must be taken... read more»
July 31, 2019
JD Walt at Seedbed.com in today’s devotional talks about why the average person doesn’t hear the voice of the Holy Spirit…In writing about this topic he says, “People who aren’t living life in the big framework of the gospel don’t recognize the voice of the Holy Spirit, and as a consequence, they would not perceive a small assignment that might come their way. Another way of thinking about the big framework of the gospel is in the military concept of commander’s... read more»
July 30, 2019
July 30, 2019 Day 2
As a six-year-old learning to read, when my brothers and I stayed at Mrs. Ludlam’s house, who babysat us,(I’m sure you know her and that she has been with you for many years), I would sit on the sofa with her, hold her large King James family Bible, turn the pages and look for those magical words:
“ And it came to pass”……..
She would pass the time with me by letting me run my finger down the pages looking for those words, then closing my eyes... read more»
July 29, 2019
My Dear Jesus,
Thank you for Luke’s attention to detail and sense of order. A physician would notice such things and take the time to assure that we know we are getting all the facts. it is comforting. It provides structure and context and reminds me that nothing escapes your notice and intention. You have considered ALL THINGS, even down to the lineage of Elizabeth, from “daughters of Aaron,” the first priest. She figures prominently in the story and becomes an... read more»
July 28, 2019
“We’ll be praying for you.” Recently, someone shared with me her disappointment in circumstances after she made known some concerns about immediate needs she had among a group of Christians with whom she has been in weekly fellowship for a while. There was no offer of assistance, even though the need was not exceptionally difficult to meet.
Our prayers, though powerful, need to be backed up with our willingness to be part of the ANSWER to the prayer in the lives of those for... read more»
July 28, 2019
I know this is one of the aspects of fruit of the Spirit, and I agree that kindness is important. I have even been praying for a more consistent expressing of kindness and gentleness in my life, neither of which I get regularly accused of having in any significant measure. Sometime people have such a hard shell around them that kindness can’t even get through the suspicion and hurt out of which they operate. Given the people with whom I interact most regularly, these are not the... read more»
July 28, 2019
Children who are molested, sexually abused, or used for the physical and emotional gratification of adults may become adults who are emotionally wounded, fearful, anxious, co-dependent, insecure or may overcompensate for those things by narcissism, bullying, rebelliousness, or physical, sexual, or other abuse of others.
But God can……
– heal wounded emotions
– illumine thoughts with clarity
– reveal truth
– give courage to face reality
– motivate and... read more»
June 20, 2019
In the mid-70’s my husband, Bill and I were friends with a couple whose children played with our children. They lived a few blocks from us. The husband and I worked at the same hospital in the same department. I was a medical technology intern and he was a physician in the laboratory. Our families lived in the same historic downtown neighborhood. They had moved to our community from the west coast and we shared a variety interests, family dinners and children’s sports activities.
One... read more»