Tag Archives: truth

He’s Coming!

Father, it was a bit of a restless night with the scent of a skunk foraging around the house but I am here. Help me to focus on You and what You have me learn today. Amen.

2 Peter 3:1-18 (<<click here)

Roughly 2000 years ago, Lord, while living here amongst us, You spoke of Your eminent return. That has been quite a while, but the length of time that has passed or that has yet to pass, has no bearing on its truth or validity. People like to argue that there is nothing to Your promise because it was made so long ago. They could not be more wrong. You are coming back when You decide to return. Our timetable is not Your timetable. For as Peter admonishes us to not forget that “a day is like a thousand years [to You], Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.”

Lord, You are not slow or hesitant – You are patient – You are long-suffering…and it is for our sake. “[You do] not want anyone to be destroyed but [You want} everyone to repent.” You yourself said, “For this is how God love the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

This past Sunday at church Daniel and Renita Koehn ministered to my joint congregations through music and Daniel dramatically delivered chapters 12-17 of the Gospel of John. After the service one of our young ladies came and asked me about John 12:25, as to what it meant,

“Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity.”

Absolutely nothing we accumulate here of a physical nature will remain. As the old adage goes, we can’t take it with us. Peter emphasizes that everything on this earth will pass through the fires of judgment – it will all be destroyed. Only our souls and the things of the heart we have stored up will continue to exist.

I told this sweet young lady that when we lose a loved one that everything physical about it will one day be gone and that all that will remain will be our love and memories of them. Only what we do for Christ will remain. Lord, help me to live out Peter’s admonition.

“And so, dear friends, while You are waiting for those things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives than are pure and blameless in his sight.” v.14

Amen. So be it.

Mar 21st, Tues, 6:26 am

The Importance of His Word

Father, I may have a general idea of what this day may hold but only You know the specifics. Whatever this day brings may I follow Your lead. May the relationship I have with You show through and may those around me know I am Yours. Amen.

2 Peter 1:16-21 (<<click here)

The Bible…Scripture…Your Holy Word. Lord, has there ever been a time when it has not been a point of contention? There have been so many attempts to discredit it from so many angles. It is not a collection of “clever stories.” It is not a bunch of fables and fairytales. For many, because they feel that parts are unbelievable they discard the entirety as unreliable. Others instead just pick and choose what the will or will not believe and adhere to.

I myself believe in You with all my being and so believe what You have said with the same fervency. Peter very strongly asserts that Your word is undeniable. He experienced You, Lord, first hand and with Peter and James on the mountain heard the Father’s voice proclaim, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” (Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35) He goes on to assert, “Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets.” 2 Peter 1:19a

Your words, Lord, “are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until”…You “the Morning Star shines in [our] hearts.” And Scripture is very clear that we “must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.” vs.19b-21

I love how you bring so many things together to show me the truth of who You are. In my reading of my devotional Our Daily Bread for this day, the closing Insight for this day had this to say,

The truth of God’s intimate care for us is grounded in God’s self-revelation, the Bible. In the Discovery Series booklet, How Can I Know God through His Book? David Egner writes, “Although the Bible was written by men like Moses and Luke and Paul, it is the self-revelation of God. He is the Author behind the authors. And what He says reflects who He is. To know God we have to read His book;…to see Him on every page, above every event, in every place and circumstance, and overseeing the choice of every person who makes his way into the sacred pages of biblical history.”

Lord, may I cherish and honor Your word and live out its precepts every day. Amen

Mar 15th, Wed, 6:57 am

God’s Word Produces Fruit – Always!

Father, what a blessing to come together with Your family yesterday for worship. I am humbled to think that You use me to communicate Your word. It was a blessing to see the expressions on the faces of Your people as they were taking in the truth found in Your word. I love the verses in Isaiah 55 where You say,

“The rain and snow come down from the heavens
      and stay on the ground to water the earth.
They cause the grain to grow,
      producing seed for the farmer
      and bread for the hungry.
It is the same with my word.
      I send it out, and it always produces fruit,
It will accomplish all I want it to,
      and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” vs.10-11
                                                                                 (emphasis mine)

Lord, to think that I can be used as a mouthpiece for Your word is almost beyond comprehension. But I guess You used Balaam’s donkey as well! lol (Numbers 22:21-39) Truly, Lord, all the praise, and the glory go to You and You alone. It is an honor to be used for Your purposes.

As this day begins, Lord, I would pray that the word sown in the hearts of believers across the world would even more firmly take root and grow and bear much fruit. I claim the truth of Your word that “It will accomplish all You want it to, and it will prosper everywhere You send it.” Amen.

December 5th, Mon, 5:38 am

Simple Yes or No

Once again, Father, thank You for waking me. Thank You for enabling me to wrap up some things for church tomorrow. May this day be full of Your blessings. May every word and step be guided by You. Amen

James 5:12 (<<click here)

“…a simple yes or no…”

Lord, I like what my study Bible* has to say about this verse – it’s very much to the point.

A person with a reputation for exaggeration or lying often can’t get anyone to believe him on his word alone. Christians should never become like that. Always be honest so that others will believe your simple yes or no. By avoiding lies, half-truths, and omissions of the truth you will become known a trust-worthy person.

I can’t remember specifics but honesty was one of those things that was driven into my mindset very early on. To this day I couldn’t lie to save myself. I’m not the best front man for getting people to surprise parties, to say the least. I am just not good at contriving a story line that is not truthful – no matter how innocent.

Of course, growing up adds all kinds of complications. And working with people adds even more. Balancing love and truth can be a challenge. But experience has taught me that tough love is sometimes what is most needed.

Lord, You lived out tough love. You were always straightforward but loving when You dealt with sinners – the woman at the well, the rich young ruler, and the woman caught in adultery all come to mind. May I follow Your example every day. Amen.

Oct 8th, Sat, 7:33 am

*Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation

What Is Truth?

Father, I’ve let too many things distract me this morning but I am here and I am ready! Help me to focus and to listen to what You have to say.

Titus 2:8 (<<click here)

“Teach the truth…”

The New Living Translation Life Application Study Bible says, “This quality of integrity comes from careful Bible Study and listening before speaking.”

Quoting a key character in the latter days of Your life here on earth, Lord, “What is truth?” (John 18:37-38)

Lord, “truth” is surely a divisive concept. Some of us run from it! Some run to it. Many have spent lifetimes in trying to disprove and/or prove it. The reality, whether we choose to believe or not is proclaimed in Your Word as recorded in John 14:6. You yourself said, “I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life.”

So when we “teach the truth…” we are teaching of You. When we answer the question “What is truth?” the answer is You.

Lord, as I strive to “teach the truth” from the pulpit and in my daily life I truly must immerse myself in reading and studying Your Word – the Bible – and I must spend quality time with You so I may be so accustomed to Your voice that I will hear You speak before I do. Help me to perceive the world as You do so that I may impact it for You.

Jan 26th, Tues, 6:40 am