Friday, August 18, 2017

Keep A Quiet Heart

I have been reading, Keep A Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot. I have enjoyed everything I have read so far. I have shared a few quotes from the book over the last weeks, but I wanted to share one entry in it's entirety.



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The God of Hosts

Amos 4:13 KJV
For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.

I truly believe that sometimes people forget who God really is. They forget the power He has in just His spoken word. They forget that He created all things. They forget His majesty.

He is the sovereign Lord. He is in control of all things. He created the heaven and the earth and all within them.

We can not stand before such an awesome God. He is the one and only true God and we must remember His power, His majesty, His wisdom, and remember that His judgement will be just and pure.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sermons

I had trouble getting last week's sermon to upload to my computer, but I was finally able to get it to work! Here are the links to last week's sermon as well as this past week's sermon.

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7-30-17 Sermon


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8-6-17 Sermon

Monday, August 7, 2017

Stand Alone if Needed

1 Kings 22:1-39
John 6:38 KJV 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

When I finish a study and God has not told me which study to do next, I just pray that God will lead me to what I need to read to either encourage or convict myself or others. I then open my Bible to wherever God has placed my hands.

One day, God had me open to 1 Kings 22 where I read about the prophet Macaiah. Micaiah was not afraid to stand for God. While 400 prophets said what King Ahab wanted to hear, Micaiah spoke the truth. Her was not afraid to stand alone for God.

The next day, God led me to John 6. There I read about Christ and how He came, "not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me."

I see these past two days as days of encouragement. Often I have to stand against the crowd (especially in the current atmosphere). I don't need to focus on following the crowd, but instead, I need to speak the truth. I don't need to worry about pleasing others, but doing God's will.

In recent years, the suffering that Christians in America truly endure has become more and more real. We must continue to speak truth just as Macaiah did despite what everyone else around us is saying. We must do the will of Him who saved us and will save others if they believe on Him.


Friday, August 4, 2017

Today is Mine

How often to we miss out on the joy of what is happening right in front of us because we are worried about what might happen tomorrow? Scripture tells us not to be anxious,

Matthew 6:34 KJV Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
 However, we often do worry about the future. Why? If we have truly given our lives to God, then it isn't our business. We will miss something today by focusing on the future.
Today is mine. Tomorrow is none of my business. If I peer anxiously into the fog of the future, I will strain my spiritual eyes so that I will not see clearly what is required of me now. ~Elisabeth Elliot
I'm not saying it is easy to not worry about the future, but it is something that we need to strive towards. We need to ask God what He has for us today and get busy with that. He will tell us what we need to know at the time we need to know it.



Monday, July 31, 2017

Let the Father Choose


People often comment on our family size and wonder if we have always wanted a large family. The answer, no. My husband didn't want any children. I figured four or five would be nice. I'm so glad that the Father knows better than we and that we have decided to leave Him in control of our family size. Look at all the blessings we would have missed out on experiencing if we had chosen what we thought best. Not only is each of these children a blessing, but we experience blessings in seeing how God provides for us every day.