Paul’s Prayer Sunday, Mar 18 2018 

The scripture I would like to draw your attention to this morning is Ephesians 3:14-21

Ephesians 3:14-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom [a]every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the [b]saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations [c]forever and ever. Amen.

I can’t help but join Paul in praying.


My Baptism Sunday, Feb 11 2018 

The scripture I would like to bring your attention to this morning is found in the book of Ephesians chapter 4 verses 4-6. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.

Back in 1967 there was a man, whose name I cannot remember, who opened his farm to Christian youth. I went there in the winter that year for a week. While I was there, we worked skinning rabbits and learning about various things with regards to survival. One of the things he taught us was about healing by the laying on of hands.

It was winter so I remember there being snow outside. This was up north somewhere in the state of Washington. It was very cold. So the first thing he did was to have us feel his hands as we had just come in from outside where the rabbit hutches were. They were cold. Then he began to rub his hands together and blow into them. After a bit he had us feel his hands again. They were warm. Then he explained how the Spirit was bestowed by the laying on of hands as referenced by 1 Timothy 4:14 14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the [a]presbytery.

So he put his hands on top ours and they became hotter and hotter until it was like they were on fire but it did not burn us. When he touched us he could feel the power draining just like Jesus did when the woman with the issue of blood touched the hem of Jesus’ garment.

Needless to say, that week changed my life.

I had received the baptism by fire.

This has been over 50 years ago and still the fire is in my hands by the grace of God. I am feeling compelled to pass it on to my grandchildren so they can see it working in the lives of those they touch.

Through the years, I have seen many people healed. Some were dramatic. Others you wouldn’t know unless they told you. It is important to ask them if they feel anything just like Jesus asked the blind man. It helped him to teach us how to know to continue. I’ve learned through trial and error. I’ve failed many times. I do not understand why sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I just keep trying in hopes that it will work. The more you try the more you see success. All I know is God is real and he is in us.

My Church Saturday, Feb 3 2018 

The Scripture that I would like to bring to your attention this morning is found in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians in chapter 3 verses 20-21: 20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations [a]forever and ever. Amen.

When a person attends a particular church they tell others, “My church is such and such.” They identify with a particular church, a particular group of people, a particular location.

My church’s purpose is to worship and glorify God. It is a place of unity. Every Christian member is also a part of the household of God. It is an intimate group. There is a difference between a city where we live and a church where we attend. The city is external but the church is internal or intimate if you will. We know the people of our church. We pray for them and with them. We know their families.

My church is the bride of Christ just like every other Christian church. We are also the body of Christ. “The two shall become one body.”  Ephesians 5:32 32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.

God wants his church to be united intimately just like a married couple. You share life together. You care for one another. You help each other. You encourage one another. You love one another. John 13:35 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

Just like in a family the people of the church are responsible for one another’s spiritual health. We hold one another accountable. We call each other to task if a brother is living in sin. Matthew 18: 15 “If your brother sins[k], go and [l]show him his fault [m]in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16 But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every [n]fact may be confirmed. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as [o]a Gentile and [p]a tax collector.

Most churches today won’t do this for fear that they will lose their members. They say, “Anything goes. We all sin. Why should I call out a brother when my own life is just as vile. No, no we have to love everybody and treat everybody the same.”




My Bible Sunday, Jan 28 2018 

The verse we are going to be addressing this morning may be found in the book of Hebrews chapter 4 verse 12: 12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

My dear reader, I would like to share with you my relationship with the Holy Bible.

Each day, I share with you a verse or two. Why do I do this? My purpose in sharing scripture with you is to share with you what the Holy Spirit is doing to my thoughts and intents. Perhaps you identify with me in this. Perhaps the Holy Spirit is discerning yours as well. I want to share my journey with you, my experiences, including the lessons I am learning along the way.

So what is my bible to me? Well, first of all the word “Bible” is not even in the bible. An interesting study one can do is to determine which popular sayings are not in the bible. I remember sharing the golden rule in one of my posts and someone said to me, “That’s not in the bible.” If you do not know what is not in it, how can you understand what is in it?

My bible is not just a fire insurance policy.

For some people that’s all it is to them. They look at it on Christmas service and Easter service. The rest of the year it collects dust on a shelf somewhere. I hope that isn’t you.

My bible is not just an inheritance.

For some people that’s all it is to them. They inherited the old book from their mother or father. They know it has the family tree in there somewhere. They glance at it when they are feeling nostalgic or after their parents have passed on because they miss them and they know that they used to read it on occasion.

My bible is my interpreter.

It interprets for me the language of Zion. And oh how I enjoy the conversations I have with God. There are times when I read it that the words jump right off the page at me.

My bible is alive.

One minute I use it as a sword against the devil and the next minute the Holy Spirit is using it on me as a scalpel to remove some error in my mind.

My bible is powerful.

It heals me. Not just physically but emotionally, spiritually and in every way.

My bible reassures me of my place in the Kingdom of God.

By it the Holy Spirit bears witness with my spirit that I am a child of God. I am of the household of God. I am a stone of the temple that God himself inhabits.



My Dreams-Part 3 Saturday, Jan 27 2018 

Today’s verses come from the longest chapter in the entire bible: Psalm 119 verses 104-106:

04 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

106 I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.

In the third dream, I found myself walking through a dense thicket. As I was walking pushing aside all of the branches I looked down and I saw that I had a flashlights strapped to the of bottoms my feet. As I looked ahead, I could see into the distance. It was getting darker and darker as I walked along because I was getting deeper and deeper into the woods and because it was dusk.

The meaning of the dream can be found in the verses above and also in Matthew 10:27

27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

I believe that God teaches us in the night i.e. darkness what he wants us to speak, and teach, and preach. I think the dense thicket can represent our initial understanding of the Word. We may not fully understand it until the Holy Spirit brings His light onto our path. My pushing aside all the branches represents not allowing the things of this world to get in my way of seeking out God and the meaning of His Word. Being able to see into the distance as I looked ahead was like a promise that if I continued on this path of study I would eventually understand the deeper things the Holy Spirit would reveal. The latter part of the day could represent the latter years of my life.

John 14:26 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

I have found in my experience that He does teach us about the character of God if we are willing to stay in the Word. It is a process that starts with us seeking after God and ending with God grafting the Word into our hearts.

Hebrews 7:25 25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them.



My Dreams-Part 2 Friday, Jan 26 2018 

The verse I would like to reference may be found in the book of Daniel, chapter 2, verse 1 And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.

In the second dream, I was sitting in a classroom and Jesus was the teacher. At the front of the class on a TV tray was a vase that had been painted white with small tea roses all over it. I thought it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. It was that same feeling you get when you see your newborn baby for the first time.

His instruction was, I would like each of you to look very closely at this piece and be ready to tell me what you see. So, when it was my turn, I took the vase in my hands and looked at it carefully peering down into it. I was mortified at what I saw. There were hundreds of tiny cracks in it that didn’t seem noticeable from a distance. I felt heart sick because I knew that the beautiful vase could never be used for what it was intended since the water required to hold the flowers would simply run right out of the cracks.

So when it was my turn to speak, I told Him. At first, I saw a beautiful piece from a distance but the closer I looked the more cracks I saw. I felt heartsick at the thought of it.

The meaning of the dream can be found in 2 Corinthians 13:

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.

Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.

For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.

And also: 1 Peter 1:14-16

14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

When I was first saved and hadn’t been studying the word very long, I thought I wasn’t all that bad because I hadn’t ever killed anybody nor stolen anything. In my mind sin had levels of intensity where murder was the worst of all.

But as the years went on and I “looked deeper” into the Word. It revealed the “cracks” in me. So this was a reminder dream to stay in the Word which is able to save: 1 James 1:20-22

20 For the wrath of man works not the righteousness of God.

21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.



My Dreams-Part 1 Thursday, Jan 25 2018 

The verses I would like to draw your attention to are in the book of Job chapter 33 verses 14-16:

14 For God speaks once, yea twice, yet man perceives it not.

15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;

16 Then he opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction,

There are times in our lives that the only way that we can learn something that God wants us to learn is to get it in a dream at night.

In my own case, I am going to share with you three dreams that I had through the years:

In the first dream, I am in a classroom and I am writing down my sins on a slate with a piece of chalk. As I am writing out this long list, I look up at the top of the list and I see a line going through the sin at the top of the list. I continue writing. Then I look up again and I see a line going through the next sin on the list and the first one on the list begins to fade away. And try as I might, in my dream, I cannot remember what it was that I had “confessed.” I continue writing. Each time I look up, another sin has  a line through it and the one above it fades away and I can’t for the life of me remember what it was that I had written just moments before. Then I woke up.

The interpretation of the dream can be found in 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

God wanted me to fully understand His faithfulness in removing our sins. He wanted me to know Psalm 103: 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Apparently, I just wasn’t getting it as I kept confessing sins that I had already confessed the day before. I hadn’t been trusting God to be faithful.

That dream had a profound effect on my life. It made me sure that God was actively working with me to build my faith and trust in Him.

I truly believe that God is with us when we sleep. When He says he will never leave us nor forsake us, why would He not care about the 1/3 of our time we spend sleeping?

Next time we get together, I will share the second dream. See you then.


My Time Wednesday, Jan 24 2018 

The verses to which I would like to draw your attention today can be found in the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 9 verses 10-11:

10 Whatsoever thy hand finds to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goes.

11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happens to them all.

Most of the bible scholars out there will be saying, “But what about Ecclesiastes 3?” I wanted to use those verses but it is not possible to rescind God’s plan.

It dawned on me this morning that I have spent over 20 years of my life sleeping. So one- third of my time is spent sleeping. But believe me this time has not been wasted. Dreams are incredible tools that God uses to change us. Maybe, I’ll do a blog post on “My Dreams”.

I used to spend one-third of my life working or going to school. That pretty much covers the activities listed in verse 10.

Moving on to verse 11 the first question is where did Solomon return from? It is as if he has risen above time and looked down over the earth and saw these points of wisdom. If time and chance happens to them all, then that means it happens to me. So we all have a chance, an opportunity if you will, to use our time wisely; to be swift, strong, wise, rich, skillful, but that is no guarantee of success. God places great value on us pursuing Him.

Without God’s help we will not be able to understand the meaning of our time here.

I remember when I was a young adult and my hard work studying and earning my degree finally started to return the benefits. It was time well spent. My mother said to me, “You are so lucky.”

At the time, I was so insulted! “It was hard work, not luck!,” I told my mother. But as it turns out, my mother was wiser than I and knew what Solomon knew that “time and chance” happens to us all.


My Cross Tuesday, Jan 23 2018 

The verse to which I would like to draw your attention today is found in the book of Matthew in the 16th Chapter verse 24: 24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Many of you won’t like what I am about to say.

The reason you won’t like it is because we’ve been raised in the “me” generation. I’m not excluding myself here. I’ve always been a bit leery of this “cross” business. The shame of it all. Up on a hill where everybody and his brother could see him bleeding to death in agony. The thought of it is pretty gruesome. I for one always ask, “Why? Why did he have to die like that?”

And now He says to his disciples, which by the way includes you and me if we are Christians, “Take up your cross, and follow me.” Really? I’m playing devil’s advocate here to make a point. What was it that Jesus said just prior to saying what He said in this verse? In the verse just prior to this one it says: 23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

Boy isn’t that the crux of it all.

It seems to me that when we try to be a people pleaser the enemy uses that to lead us right into failure. Our motives are all wrong. We do good to be seen of men. We go along with the crowd to be accepted. We deny our faith in public because we don’t want to feel awkward or suffer persecution.

Every single thing we do must be to the glory of God.

No matter how burdensome, painful, unreasonable it may seem at the time. All things work together for good to those who are the called according to His purpose. Remember that some of the things we don’t do bring the greatest glory to God. Don’t answer when you are mocked, harassed, and persecuted. Silence is golden.

No one may ever know about the good God called you to today that you are doing without reward, without acknowledgement, without pay, without personal glory. But God knows and will reward you openly.

Take up your cross and follow Him.


My Father Monday, Jan 22 2018 

The verse today can be found in the book of Ephesians chapter 2 verse 18: 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Have you ever noticed how gentle the Holy Spirit of God is? I’ve pondered it at length. How sweet, how precious, how loving, how kind.

And have you noticed the power of Jesus Christ? His name moves mountains. What ultimate strength! His concern for our salvation is amazing.

I would like to draw your attention to God the Father. Often times our thoughts of Him are filtered through our relationships with our earthly fathers. As children we look up to him, we try to do what he wants in order to please him. But in order for us to fully understand God’s love for us, we must not confine Him to this measure. Our earthly fathers fall far short of Him.

The Lord Jesus Christ introduces us to the Father. He ushers us into the presence of the Father at the point of salvation. Do not stop there. As He is holding your hand and leading you boldly to the throne of grace, notice how He sees the Father. He sees God as omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient. Yet the word tells us that He thought it not robbery to be equal to God.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

It is natural to want to be like your father. It is supernatural to want to be like Jesus Christ. That desire that comes to every Christian is the essence of the renewed mind.

We ought not shrink away from this mindset. “LET THIS MIND BE IN YOU.”

In us there is the “seed” of eternal life. What is eternal life? To know God:

As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gave me to do.

We are in Christ and “through Him we have access to the Father” by one Spirit, which is God’s Spirit. So our salvation isn’t something we do, it was done at the cross, finished there. It is something God does in us and through us. He does the work. It is not of ourselves. It is the gift of God. I hope you’ll open yours today so that when you look into the eyes of God you will see there Jesus and the Spirit.



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