Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanks is the doorway of God to reveal His purposes.


1Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)
18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
What is thanksgiving? Is it a feeling? Is it an emotion? Is it something we do because we should? What does it accomplish? What is its power over evil?
True thanksgiving is the power in the human heart to get past the fiery trial, to set aside difficulty and look past the things that anger and upset us.
True thanksgiving leads all of us to look to the One who made us. To call out to Him in faith thanking Him for those things. 
Romans 8:28 (NKJV) says:
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 
The hard things. The impossible things. The crazy things that happen to you. Thanks is the doorway of God to reveal His purposes. Giving thanks shapes you into a true disciple of His. Thanks trusts always, hopes always, looks to the one who works all things together for good. Thanks is the vote of confidence in God. When we thank Him even in the midst of the fiery trial, we are saying we accept His will and all that comes with it. We trust He will work in us. We trust that He is able. We trust He will teach us. We trust that His Word is truth.
Psalm 30:5 (NKJV)
For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.

On this Thanksgiving Day, we have lots of things that are easy to give thanks for. Healthy children, food and shelter, warm clothes on our back and good friends.  The hard things are hard to give thanks for. Give the difficult things to Him today and thank Him for taking them and transforming you today. Jesus is waiting.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Parable of the Trunk and the Children

A man had gone away to war and  had been gone from his family many years. His children were young and knew very little of him before he left but still they wondered about their father. One day while exploring the attic the children found a large trunk. They started to rumble through the trunk and realized all items in it belonged to their father. 

One child found an old hat. It looked like a hat that a farmer wore. She mused "Daddy must have been a farmer!" The others all looked in amazement at the hat. 

Another child spoke up. "I saw a coach driver with that same hat. Daddy must have been a coach driver!" Each child had their own theories.

The youngest there found a sword. He got very excited! "Wow! Daddy must have been a knight! I can just see him now! Riding into battle fearlessly! Slaying the enemies of the kingdom!"

This went on for hours. Each new treasure brought more questions and more conjectures. Each child had an image of who their father was.

After hours of the kids being absent from her sight, the mother began to look for her children. She found them still in the attic, digging through the trunk. 

"What are you children doing up here! She asked. 

We are looking through daddies things and trying to figure out what he is like. We can barely remember what he looks like, but we want to know! Can you please tell us. So beginning with the hat and going through each item in the chest, the mother explained the wonder and the depth of the father. The children wept for joy to understand how wonderful their father was and how much he loved each of them. Each child was given an item from the trunk that the father had instructed the mother to give just for them.

Later that evening a man showed up at the door. It was a man who knew  their father very intimately. He said that his friend, their father had instructed him to teach them important things that he wanted them to know. He sat down with them and instructed them from the beginning to the end all that they needed to know to mature and be like their father.

Who do you think these people people and things represent?

The children

The father

The mother

The trunk

The friend

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Dream

I dreamed last night. (Christmas Eve) I dreamed of a gift. Two large diamonds in a beautiful setting were given to me by an anonymous person. They were worth a large sum of money. One diamond was beautiful and perfect. It radiantly reflected its beauty. The second diamond was mostly beautiful except for a dark hole in it. I hid the jewelry for a time and when I retrieved it, the worth had doubled. Also the hole in the flawed gem was a bit smaller and had improved in beauty. This is where the dream ended. I woke up and wondered at my dream. What could that mean?

God showed me His meaning. The Christmas gift of the Christ child is two parts for us in simplicity. The value is beyond money, but God used monetary value in my case to help me understand the symbolism. The perfect beautiful diamond is Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross for us and His resurrection. It is the work done to present us to the Father as perfect flawless gems. The second diamond represents the work He is doing to sanctify us. Through our intimate relationship with God, the Holy Spirit transforms and beautifies us and makes us more like Jesus.

So the dark spot I saw on the second diamond is where I am, in the sanctification process. The spot got smaller, meaning more of Him and less of me. This wonderful fantastic walk with Him is worth every step. Over time He has made me braver, stronger, more loving, gentler, and more obedient to His will. There was a time I feared losing myself if I allowed more of Him to be formed in me. I see now that He is restoring us to that lovely relationship that He had with Adam and Eve that prospered in the garden before the fall of mankind. That relationship with God was purer, sweeter and more innocent than the religious one men try to have today.

We need to stop asking what we can do to find God’s favor. We need to look at what He has done to save us and have a relationship with us. It isn’t the works we do that bring us closer to Him. It is the work that Jesus did to restore us to Him and make a relationship with God, the greatest treasure you will ever know. This isn’t possible without accepting the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for you. 

Thank You Jesus for Your precious gift on this Christmas day!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The cross is better than any black Friday deal...

 The cross is better than any black Friday deal you can think of. On that black Friday Jesus willingly gave His life to pay for all the sins of humanity. The cross is not a black Friday lightning deal or a stand in a line to get a fantastic price on big-screen TV deal. The cross deal is not limited by human constraints. It is the price already paid to ransom us from a lifetime of sin and guilt! It is the power of God to save! The love of God displayed! The depth of His power and care shown to His creation. He brings us back to the garden relationship that Adam and Eve had with Him before the great fall of man. He restores and heals and extends His scepter of mercy to His children to come and sit at His table and dine! Wow! It is far better than Amazon or Walmart, more extravagant than Neiman Marcus! The cross opens the way to the greatest treasure the World has ever known. To know and experience His love on this Thanksgiving day is what I live for. So if you ask me what I am thankful for today, I think you know how I will answer! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Feeling Insignificant Today?

This really hit me hard. Sometimes I feel a bit alone and then I realize: The same God who created the Universe absolutely loves me and wants an intimate relationship with me. How wonderful is that? My God, my creator, the lover of my soul is a friend closer than my breath. He is always there for me in my sorrow and joy.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Rooms by James L. Rubart

Rooms is a book that has a serious believability problem. The problem however, doesn’t lie with the author but with some readers. For many readers this story will make them ponder supernatural things. The author is unashamedly Christian, so therefore it is written from a Christian worldview. A worldview where God is King and anything, and I mean anything can happen. In this book the impossible becomes an every day occurrence.

This isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. If you don’t believe in a supernatural God who is personally interested in you, you may want to skip this book. If however you think there is a chance God is reaching out to you to form a loving personal relationship, you will get much from reading this one.

The major point of the book doesn’t dwell on sin so much as what a deep relationship with Christ looks like in a human being. There are many Christians who go to church every Sunday, who are not living a Christ centered life, a life where God is central and first. That is hard to do in a human sense. But what if you could let go of your white-knuckled Christianity and let God have those areas of your life? What would that require of you? Perhaps an 80% surrender rate? 90%? 99%? Mr. Rubart’s answer lies between the pages of Rooms and it is breathtaking and heart wrenching!

If you are looking for a read that will furnish thought provoking challenges to your walk in Christ this might be the one for you. My suggestion, enjoy the ride, think of God as someone who can do anything (He is by the way), and leave your believability problems in your top sock drawer.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Third Heaven: The Birth of God by Donovan Neal

I think what makes Donovan Neal's writing so unique, is his ability to take scripture, early Hebrew writings and folklore and put them together in a thrilling plausible story written from a heavenly viewpoint. Handling time and theological mystery with aplomb, he gives us a glance into what an angel might view and feel.

I love the personalities and attributes of the different types of angels and the explanation of the ongoing war between Heaven and Satan's fallen angels. This was a fun read and in no way should we look at this book as revelation or scripture, though its contents are loosely based on scripture. As stated by the author this is speculative Christian fiction. You can't help but wonder at the things we cannot see and the longing in our hearts for the unknown back-story that frames the history of mankind. We know that God loves us, and yet to trust Him sometimes is so hard. We see the same problem with many of the angels in this story.

The character of Enoch is also very interesting and knowing the Old Testament we know that he did not die as other men but was brought to heaven because of his close walk with God. In this book he is given life and character. If he is anything like he is portrayed in this book I can see why God took him without death.

All in all this was a very satisfying romp through the imagination and story telling prowess of Mr. Donovan Neal. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys Christian Speculative Fiction. It is a real treat to look at heaven from a different viewpoint and let your imagination go! I am eagerly awaiting the third book of the series.

5 Stars

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


One man awake,
Awakens another.
The second awakens
His next door brother.
The three awake can rouse a town
By turning
the whole place
Upside down
The many awake
Can cause such a fuss
It finally awakens the rest of us.
One man up,
With dawn in his eyes
Surely then
--Lawrence Tribble

Written in the late 1700's, Awaken is a poem about the Great Awakening,
 a movement of God's Spirit and the subsequent results of God's saving grace in men. God's relationship with you results in such a change! Your prayers for others results in God awakening others to His grace. His presence in a person makes them a new creation that realizes God loves them so much, that He (Jesus) died and was raised again to provide a way for us to have an intimate relationship with Him. God's love abounds in such a child of His. With God's love in your heart you will surely multply!

I believe that God is sending another Great Awakening. Don't miss this one! It may be the last before His return!