Go Back

Dad Devotion

1 Kings 19:13, 15Then a voice said to Him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” The Lord said to Him, “Go back the way you came.” (NIV 1978)

My Musing – We often find ourselves where we should not be. Sometimes we fall suddenly and others we wander away gradually over time. But God pursues us and asks through the conviction of the Holy Spirit “What are you doing here? Go back the way you came.” We would do well to heed Him.

My Advice – Ask yourself on a regular basis, where am I at, how did I get here and what am I doing here? If you don’t like the answer, ask God to show you how to get back the way you came. He will gladly help you.

Worldwide Spread of Gospel

Worldwide Spread of Gospel – “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)

Despite the widespread apostasy, despite the increasing spread of evil, and despite the downward spiral of love as it grows colder and colder, the end will not come until the Gospel is spread worldwide. This probably seemed like a dauntless task when Jesus commissioned the twelve. Yet within a generation, the Gospel had spread as far as Caesar’s household with the imprisonment of Paul in Rome. By the third century, Constantine had made it the state religion of the Roman Empire.

In the first century, the Roman networks of roads, the Roman peace (pax Romana) and a universal language (Greek) facilitated Continue reading “Worldwide Spread of Gospel”

Remembrances of Heaven’s Very Special Child

Remembrances of Heaven’s Very Special Child

A meeting was held quite far from Earth! It’s time again for another birth.

Said the Angels to the LORD above, This Special Child will need much love.

His progress may be very slow. Accomplishments he may not show.
And he’ll require extra care from the folks he meets down there.

He may not run or laugh or play.  His thoughts may seem quite far away,
In many ways he won’t adapt, and he’ll be known as handicapped.

So let’s be careful where he’s sent, we want his life to be content.
Please LORD, find the parents who will do a special job for you.

They will not realize right away the leading role they’re asked to play.
But with this child sent from above, comes stronger faith and richer love.

And soon they’ll know the privilege given, in caring for their gift from Heaven.
Their precious charge, so meek and mild, is HEAVEN’S VERY SPECIAL CHILD.

Edna Massionilla, The Optomist- newsletter for PROUD, Parents Regional Outreach for Understanding Down’s Inc., December 1981.

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My Musing – Every child is precious to our Lord, and in a sense is Heaven’s Very Special Child.  But today, if you will indulge me, I am sharing some remembrances of our oldest son Joshua, who died twenty-five years ago today.  He was only nine years old.  Because he was born with severe physical and mental disabilities (see “Cain’t Leaves His Mark”), there would be no graduation celebrations. No major birthday milestones after his first, as he never lived to see double digits. No Continue reading “Remembrances of Heaven’s Very Special Child”

When “Faith” Cannot Accept the Obvious

When Faith Cannot Accept The Obvious

This Sunday’s Amusing

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Hebrews 11:3

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FROM THE MIND OF WEBSTER

By Faith – firm belief in something for which there is no proof. Continue reading “When “Faith” Cannot Accept the Obvious”

Study 4: Man’s Remedy

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Study 4: Man’s Remedies

Aware of His separation from His creator, if not also of the dire consequences that he faces, down through the centuries man has sought his own solutions to bridge the gap. But no matter how well intentioned or sincere, all of man’s so-called remedies fall far short of bridging the gap or of building a stairway to reach our creator. They leave us perplexed, frustrated, and perhaps a bit frantic, yet still seeking the answer to an age-long question: what must I do to be saved?

It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. (Romans 9:16) Continue reading “Study 4: Man’s Remedy”

Step Forward

Step Forward

1 Kings 18:36Elijah stepped forward and prayed, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command.” (NIV 1978)

My Musing – We need to be more like Elijah. Eager to step forward and proclaim that God is Lord of all and proud that we are His servants.

My Advice – Do not be reluctant to let others know that you are a Christian. It is nothing to be apologetic about or ashamed of. God is Lord of all, be proud that you believe in Him and that you are a follower of His son Jesus Christ.

Love Grows Cold

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Love Grows Cold – “…the love of most will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:12b)

The love spoken of here is the highest form of love defined in Scripture (agape). It is one in which “spiritual energy is blighted or chilled by a malign [ant] or poisonous wind.” (1)Love growing cold is being cultivated by the increase of evil (“because of the increase of wickedness“). Continue reading “Love Grows Cold”