November 23, 2021 - Isaiah 62:11-12, 1 Peter 2:4-10
Thanksgiving is a time for most to celebrate and be thankful for family, health and friends! It is an opportunity to see friends and loved ones that have been apart. The holidays are filled with anticipation of reunion and festivity as perhaps a son in the military or a daughter that is off at school comes home. For others, it is a time of difficulty and sorrow as loved ones are away and not able to be at home. Perhaps, a chair sits empty at the table this holiday season.
November 22, 2021 - Isaiah 53
Sometimes that which is old and precious in our sight is suddenly removed and we grieve over the loss and destruction that occurs. This happened in April of 2019 when the Notre Dame Church in Paris suddenly became susceptible to destructive fires and the 850-year-old church suffered immense damage.
November 19, 2021 - Isaiah 28:16-17
Foundation work is difficult and often overlooked by the common observer and even the homeowner. After it is completed, it is buried and never seen again by most people. Yet it is the most important element in the construction of an edifice. My father-in-law used to say, “What is covered in a building is more important than what is seen.”
November 17, 2021 - Judges 13:15-24; Ruth 1:19-21; Isaiah 9:6-7
The day dawns brightly even though there are clouds between us and the sunshine. This is a truth we often miss as we look at the underside of the clouds in the sky. In much the same way we struggle to understand the challenges that come into our lives as we only have access to one side of the equation.
November 16, 2021 - Psalm 33; Isaiah 7
Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised! That is a phrase that I love to think about and to sing as my heart rejoices before the Lord. It appears that at times we get so wrapped up in the news and reports of the sad events transpiring around us, we forget the greatness of our great God Whom we serve.
November 15, 2021 - Isaiah 8:19-9:2; Matthew 4:12-20
It is getting dark much earlier these days! Darkness has settled upon us earlier as the time shifted, and we are now on Standard time as we go through the winter months. There has been a movement to make Daylight Saving time permanent but that would take an act of the Federal government.
November 12, 2021 - Romans 16:1-27
It has been written that true friends are rare to find and difficult to keep in our lives. We may have many acquaintances but few true friends. Friends are the ones that will encourage us as well as speak the hard truths when times are difficult, or a crisis is imminent.
November 11, 2021 - Romans 15:15-33
Jeannette and I have enjoyed traveling throughout our years of ministry. We have had the privilege to go to many states and several countries to speak to churches and individuals about Jesus and His love. It truly is a special opportunity to present the teachings of Christ to new friends we have had the honor of meeting in travel.
November 10, 2021 - Romans 15:14-21
Last night we had the opportunity to listen to a man that had spent his entire adult life proclaiming the gospel message to people he did not know. He had obeyed the calling of God and went to far away places to present Christ in nations difficult to enter. It was thrilling to hear and see how God is working in our world today!
November 9, 2021 - Romans 15:7- 13
Entering a new building for the first time can be an intimidating moment for a lot of people. The unfamiliar can cause anxiety in some to the point they will not enter the building or attend the event. This fear can be alleviated by a friend or someone who comes alongside to walk or assist the newcomer.