John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."

Behold the Lamb…

 You know that from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors you were ransomed – not by perishable things like silver or gold, but by precious blood like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb, namely, (Yeshua).

 1 Peter 1: 18-19

Ignorance of our own faults is the only cause that renders us unwilling to forgive our brethren.


They will know we are Christians by our….

Gal. 5:14: For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Including our global neighbors.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure & faultless is this: to look after orphans & widows in their distress” Jm1:27 @FamilyChristian


Hate, no earthly tender for atonement.

We as Christians are called to much more than tolerance. God calls us to positively love our enemies.


Sweet 16

God can not give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

~C.S. Lewis~

Psalm 16

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.”
3 As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
in whom is all my delight.
4 The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;
their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
or take their names on my lips.
5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
8 I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Pass the remote, please…

Simg_4413terile and syrupy: style describing how Hallmark has hackneyed the observation of a highly sacred event for the believer into a din of predictable, platitudinous pablum…

1 Thessalonians 5:11

If we did not need people to encourage us in our walk, then we would not have been told to “encourage one another” [1 Thessalonians 5:11]


Where is my answer?

I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You are yourself the answer. Before your face questions die away. What other answer would suffice?


In the twinkling of an eye…


Beginning at 7:55 AM that morning,75 years ago, some 2,335 U.S. service men and women were killed,1,143 wounded, in a sudden hell lasting 110 minutes.

Freedom isn’t free; hate, no earthly tender for reconciliation.

Like the attack that morning, even though there are compelling reasons to anticipate it, we will be caught off-guard, awestruck, by the abrupt sounding of a trumpet–unmistakeable, yet uncommon in its beauty and richness of tone!

The sky will open and Love’s pure light will break forth in abundance!

For the believer will begin a resolution, a fulfillment, a completeness for which there will never be an anniversary, much less words.

Doing Our Job

I hope we as believers do not get too tangled up in the character of Presidential candidates. [I even compared one to some pretty important standards for believers (see below). ]

As many agree neither is ideal.

I am concerned that believers not lean too heavily on what someone else, even a President, will do or not do for the real Kingdom. After all, making disciples is our commission as individuals.

Many of God’s people, in anticipating the coming of the Messiah, had difficulty understanding how a God that had presented Himself as a great cloud, a fire, one whose glory could not even be looked at directly could:

• show up as a helpless infant of a poor couple from a humble village

• pay almost no attention to Pilate, much less Emperor Augustus. [Interestingly, leadership after Augustus was much worse—especially for believers! The Jews, themselves, had a long history of horrible kings. Many consider that Jesus was not far away if not just across town when, a more local leader, Herod, decapitated John the Baptist.]

• ride a donkey into Jerusalem

• be spat on, scourged beyond recognition and die naked on a Roman cross

Yet, He has turned the world upside down. Rejected, He is our cornerstone….we are the interlocking bricks.

May I do my job daily.

Shine on!

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