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Only Bible

Thank You, Father, for Your guiding hand and watch care yesterday. Even with all the things on my plate, I got a fair amount accomplished for Sunday’s service. I was also able to get my truck serviced with the accompaniment of my father-in-law and we got there and back safely. Praise You for Your love!

1 John 4:11-12 (<<click here)

Lord, as I read Your word this morning I think of the phrase “Be careful how you live; you will be the only Bible some people ever read.” It is supposedly a quote of a William J. Toms. Regardless of its origins, ultimately its truth is found in this passage of Scripture,

“Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.”

What do people see when the look at me? When I speak, when I act, when they come into contact with me, do they just see me? Or does Your love find “full expression” in me? I realize that I am still I am weak and far from perfect but nevertheless You are able to use me to touch the world. 2 Corinthians 4:7 comes to mind,

“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.”

I, in my own strength and abilities, am powerless but with You filling me, Lord, I can live out Your love.  May my life truly reflect Your presence within me. May I strive to be careful how I live; I will be the only Bible some people ever read. Amen.

May 12th, Fri, 5:26 am

Honor and Love

What a beautiful day yesterday, Father! The scenery, the company, the food, all made for a great day. Thank You, Father, for Your blessings!

Lord, a good part of our day yesterday brings a passage in Ephesians 6:2-3 to mind.

“Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise. If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on earth.”

We had the privilege of spending time with Karen’s parents, a nice meal out, some shopping and sitting and talking. The last several months have been a challenge, to say the least. Following her dad’s broken hip, life has been full of all kinds of hurdles. It has not all been easy or pleasant for that matter, but we have relied on You, Lord, and loved each other.

I’m at that age where those of us privileged enough to still have our parents with us are stretched, sometimes to the breaking point. Physical issues, struggles to maintain independence, the necessity to switch roles of parent and child can be very taxing. But regardless of the hurdles, honor, and love must factor in.

It is surely not an easy road. But rest assured that we do not travel alone. Just in my small circle, I have cousins working with an uncle recovering from a stroke. I have a family from one of my church’s dealing with the same thing. Another family from that same church has called Hospice in to help care for a dying patriarch. And there are many more of us traveling this road together. But most important of all is that You, Lord, are with us. We can lean upon You and You will never cease to be there.

May our love for each other be as Your love for us – patient (long-suffering!), deep, non-judgmental, strong, and without end. May we cherish one another in the time we have together. Every moment is a blessing. Amen.

Apr 3rd, Mon, 6:37 am

Honor Marriage

Father, there are so many crazy, alarming things happening across the world. And for the most part I cannot do one thing about them. The one thing I can do I will do. I will continue to acknowledge Your lordship over it all. I will pray that Your will would be done and that people would see that hope and security is found only in You.

Hebrews 13:4 (<<click here)

“Give honor to marriage…”

In an “all about me” culture this is a great challenge. Our overwhelming tendency is to look out only for ourselves and if it isn’t too inconvenient we’ll look out for others as well… maybe.

Lord, I truly believe that one of clearest testimonies of how Your love works is a strong marriage based on You. Karen and I have our struggles but overall I’d say we have a solid, loving relationship. I believe we strive to think of the other. We care for each other. We pray for each other. We encourage one another. Sure we’ve gone through hard times, we’ve said and done stupid, hurtful things but we have also sought out and extended forgiveness – with You and each other.

As with all things on this side of eternity, the key to a successful marriage is to acknowledge the fact that we, in and of ourselves, cannot do it. We must include You in the equation. Only in giving ourselves over to You can we give ourselves over to each other.

Lord, help me to continue deepening my relationship with You. Help me to continue deepening my relationship with Karen. May we as individuals and a couple be all You want us to be. Amen.

June 24th, Fri, 6:20 am

No Status Quo

Father, thank You for a beautiful day yesterday. It may have been over cast, cold and windy but it was beautiful! Thank You for the privilege of being a part of my niece’s wedding and the many people and things it entailed. May Your blessings be upon this union and may You use them in a mighty way as they continue to strive to live their lives for You!

Psalm 37:23-24 (<<click here)

The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.

None of us knows what the future holds. We make plans as to where we want to be at points in our lives but truly only You know what directions our lives will take, Lord.

As I sit here rocking and I think of Megan and Gus and their lives together, I would pray that they would “dream big.” They are two unique individuals who have chosen to blend their gifts, talents, abilities and personalities to be used of You.

As they begin this journey together may they hold tightly to Your hand. Their lives will but full of many wonderful things but trials will come as well. May they be ever drawn to You through it all. May their relationship with You be so strong and vibrant and real and impacting that You shine through it all.

Lord, may none of us be satisfied with the easy or the expected. Help us to seek Your heart. Help us to push the envelope in how we live our lives. Help us to not settle for the status quo.

An old hymn comes to mind. “God of grace and God of glory, on Thy people pour Thy power…Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the facing of this hour.”

May 15th, Sun, 6:34 am

Draw Near

Thank You, Father, for being with me yesterday. And I can think of no better place to be than with You! Your presence in worship was impacting in both services. I also appreciate the opportunity to be with family the better part of the day and the situations in which You allowed me to find myself as I interacted with people I care about. What a privilege to be used by You to touch people, to love them as You would have me to.

Hebrews 7:15-28 (<<click here)

“…once for all…” v.27

At least for me, Lord, Hebrews is not a book of which I can take little bites. I have to bite off big chunks! It seems that core concepts permeate large passages. Jesus, You are a priest forever…once for all…” v.21,27 You have taken care of everything! What we could not do, You did. Where we are weak- You are strong! Where we are sinful to the core – You are sinless, righteous and holy! Where we could only obtain short lived forgiveness – You provided eternal forgiveness, “once for all”!

Lord help me to “draw near to” You, v.19 for You are my hope and salvation. I plead that I will continue to crave interaction with You. The peace I find in our relationship brings great comfort through all of life’s ups and downs.

Mar 28th, Mon, 5:48 am