Showing posts from August, 2011

The fuzzy, glassy-eyed look at life

July 9, 2011 Proverbs 23:29-35 (GW) 29 Who has trouble? Who has misery? Who has quarrels? Who has a complaint? Who has wounds for no reason? Who has bloodshot eyes? 30 Those who drink glass after glass of wine and mix it with everything. 31 Do not look at wine because it is red, because it sparkles in the cup, because it goes down smoothly. 32 Later it bites like a snake and strikes like a poisonous snake. 33 Your eyes will see strange sights, and your mouth will say embarrassing things. 34 You will be like someone lying down in the middle of the sea or like someone lying down on top of a ship's mast, saying, 35 “They strike me, but I feel no pain. They beat me, but I'm not aware of it. Whenever I wake up, I'm going to look for another drink.” I cannot imagine drinking a giant alcoholic beverage and then stumbling out of a restaurant - aided by a walker. I witnessed an elderly person do that recently and it got me to thinking of my experience. If you’ve ever ha

What God can’t do

August 21, 2011 I’m sharing notes that I took from a sermon on what God cannot do by the late Pastor Adrian Rogers. I recently discovered his teachings on the radio and his preaching penetrates my brain cells in amazing ways. Visit his Love Worth Finding Ministries for the complete sermon outline. I simply can’t comprehend that God cannot do anything. That isn’t possible. But as explained by Pastor Rogers, it made sense. Here are my notes. God can’t:           Fail - Ephesians 1:11 (GW) 11 God also decided ahead of time to choose us through Christ according to his plan, which makes everything work the way he intends. God can’t:           Lie - Titus 1:2 (GW) 2 My message is based on the confidence of eternal life. God, who never lies, promised this eternal life before the world began. God can’t:           Be tempted with evil - James 1:13-14 (GW) 13 When someone is tempted, he shouldn't say that God is tempting him. God can't be tempted by evil, and

A compassionate God - 1 Kings 11:10-13

August 11, 2011 1 Kings 11:10-13  (New International Version, ©2010) 10 Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the LORD’s command. 11 So the LORD said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates. 12 Nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son. 13 Yet I will not tear the whole kingdom from him, but will give him one tribe for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen.” I love it when the tenderness of God touches my heart while I’m reading the Bible. God’s faithfulness to David extended to the undeserving Solomon. While Solomon was spared, the consequences were severe. But as much as we disobey and disappoint God, he still loves us enough to keep his promises. W

Then you will know I am God. Psalm 46:10

August 6, 2011 Psalm 46:10 (GW) Let go {of your concerns}! Then you will know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth. God has a way of getting us to take a break when we are in middle of a crisis or busy time in our lives. I recently realized that I wasn’t focusing on God because I was racing ahead to what I was planning to do with my day.    I must make time for God. It really is that simple. My relationship with him is the most important thing in my life, but I tend to forget it as I go about doing things for him. The Lord appreciates all the things I do as I fulfill his purpose for me, but … God wants my heart. He’s interested in having my undivided devotion – he wants a full, unconditional surrender and worship.   Surrender is difficult anyway. But surrender while I am in a storm – well – that seems impossible. It’s not. Surrender is a beautiful thing. That’s when our heart is open and receptive to changes in thinking, being and doing. Let go of your conc