Wednesday, June 24, 2009

From Generation to Generation

Throughout the history of the world, written accounts weren’t always the means by which history was passed down. Some cultures, like many of the native Americans, didn’t have a written language. The passing of history, life lessons, and morals were passed by word-of-mouth from one generation to the next. Today, many of us rely on the written words of others to teach our youth. We rely on the teachers in public schools to interpret these words and instill their own beliefs in our children.

In Psalm 145 King David writes,
“I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever. Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.” (Psalm 145:1-4)

Do you have children? When was the last time you talked with them about the majesty and glory of God? Do you take time to watch a sunset with them and marvel at the awesome wonder of His love and faithfulness? How about the grandchildren? Have you taken a moment to explore the intricate world of insects with them and explain how our God, the Creator of this vast universe, designed each tiny insect with as much care as He used to put the enormous planets into place?

I know some dear women who work in a daycare tending to the brand new babies. They sing “Jesus loves me” to these tiny infants as they rock them to sleep. They pray over these children as they nap. If you don’t have a child of your own – borrow one. A single parent could use a break. No child is too young or too old to share the love of Jesus with. And just as the potter molds the clay, we are often the hands that God uses to mold the next generation.

May the Lord bless you.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Are you crying out to God?

There is an old saying, "no one ever comes to God from the mountain top". When everything is going your way and life couldn’t get any better, do you seek God’s grace and mercy? When everything you do works out, and you almost think that you have the midis touch, do you humbly fall at the feet of Jesus? And when everyone you meet greets you with joy and admiration, do you long to cling to the rock of refuge?

Regardless of lifestyle or raising, most people are familiar with the 23rd Psalm:
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."

This little psalm has been read, quoted, and prayed at funerals and in foxholes for generations. Someone experiencing the glorious mountaintops of life didn’t write this. These are the words of someone that has gone through great trials and found peace. Peace that only God can give during those times of distress. Are you seeking that peace? Are the trials too much? Do you want to find the shelter from trouble that only God can provide? It’s there waiting for you. In the Scriptures Isaiah declares,

"For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is a storm against the wall." (Isaiah 25:4)

You can have that peace, that protection, and that love which heals all wounds. Look to the Scriptures. They are our Creator’s love letter to us. Call out to Him. Ask Him to make Himself real to you. Trust Him. "Elohim = English form "God". Formed from El = strength, or the strong one, and Alah, to swear, to bind oneself by an oath, so implying faithfulness." (Definition from the Scofield Reference Bible)

"Every Word of God is pure; He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him" (Proverbs 30:5)

Look around you. This world full of wonder couldn’t possibly have created itself. We have a Creator and He loves us so very much. Seek Him.

May the Lord bless you as you walk with Him today.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Signs of the Times

Of all the pages at, the most viewed page is the one on prophecy. That page doesn't go into theology or interpretation of the Old Testament prophecies, it merely contains the words of Jesus in Matthew 24, in straightforward Scriptures verse by verse. God's Word speaks for itself in very plain English (King James translation of the original text).

I found a video this morning on entitled "Soon"(embedded below) that brings this text to life in light of real world events. At Sojourner, we're not Bible scholars, merely Bible students. In some aspects, it is very exciting to see the prophecies written thousands of years ago coming to be in our lifetime.

For those who have accepted Jesus as your Lord & Savior, it's time to wake up and prepare for His soon return.

... behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. (John 4:35)

For those who are at the crossroads in life and are faced with the decision of your eternal future:
* The Bible is true.
* There is a real God, He loves you, He sent His Son Jesus to die for your sins, and resurrected Him on the third day.
* Heaven & Hell are very real.
* Your soul will live on after your physical body passes away, and today is the day to decide where you will spend eternity.

And this is the will of Him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:40)

The choice is truly black or white. There is no gray. Do you choose to accept and live for God? or do you choose the the lies of satan and eternal damnation in Hell? Choose wisely. Time is growing short and unlike the lies of reincarnation, there won't be any 'do overs'.

May you seek the Lord in your choices today & may the Lord bless you.