You Better Get This

“I Tell You The Truth” (68 times throughout the gospels) NLT

One of the things that young children need to learn is to avoid hazards. They do it by paying strict attention during concrete situations. One basic hazard a child better learn is to watch for cars in the street. I remember a time in my childhood when I learned this truth. I was carrying a garden rake across the road. It so happened that a car was coming from both directions and met me at the same time. Each car hit the shoulder of the road to avoid hitting me.

Hard Decisions

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34 NIV

Everyone cheers athletes that excel in their particular game. But the officials that maintain integrity are seldom recognized. What’s more, they are not always popular with everyone. All it takes is a call that many feel is a bad one and they’re hung in effigy. Sports writers and coaches occasionally make their impressions known. One official summed up the situation by saying, “The minute the game is over, we rush to a waiting van and we leave.”

Facing A Giant In Our Lives

A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span. (About 9 feet 9 inches) 1 Samuel 17:4 NIV I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 1 Samuel 17:45b NIV As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. 1 Samuel 17:48-49 NIV

Renew The Mind

Where is the wise man (the philosopher)? Where is the scribe (the scholar)? Where is the investigator (the logician, the debater) of this present time and age? Has not God shown the nonsense and the folly of this world’s wisdom? 1 Corinthians 1:20 AMP

Let It All Hang Out Before God

When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Psalm 32:3-4 NIV

Some time ago, a pastor referred to the Holy Spirit as “the hound of Heaven.” He was making an analogy to describe how the Holy Spirit brings us under conviction. It seems like there are many times that we need to “unload” before God. It’s not quite the same as getting things off our chest, as is commonly said. And it goes beyond rote confessions.

The Father’s Loving Hands

I’ve put my life in your hands. You won’t drop me and you’ll never let me down. Psalm 31:5 MSG

My wife’s great grandson who is about 18 months old at the time of this writing has a unique behavior. When you pick him up and put his head on your shoulder he wraps his arms around your neck and gently pats you on the back. I interpret his actions as saying, “You’re okay in my book. I present to you my personal seal of approval.”

Living water

Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward. Matthew 9:41 NIV

Come to think of it, people are drinkers by nature. Whenever you go to someone’s house the first thing they ask is, “Would you like something to drink?” The host, in turn, puts together some type of liquid treat, as part of his or her hospitality.

How Do We See Ourselves

I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 1:18-20 NLT

From Death to Life: Roy Proctor

I. My Life Before Christ

My family lived on a farm, throughout my childhood, which offered a life that was enjoyable. We were close to nature and enjoyed a lifestyle of simplicity. It was safe to leave doors unlocked, so we slept under open windows in the summer time. People entered into each other’s lives in relative freedom.

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