July 16, 2018
“Wait for the Lord; be of good courage, be strong and take heart and wait, I say, for the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14)
David encourages us to “wait on the lord and to be of good courage.” That word wait means “to bind together, to expect.” When we are bound together with the Lord we will be courageous in the difficult times and expectantly watch for God’s hand to move.
Every child of God faces difficulties from time to time. Sometimes, when we’re living through difficult days, it seems as though they will never end. The Lord Jesus warned us that we would experience difficult days. “In the world you will have tribulations, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).
Have you ever noticed why many of God’s people mentioned in the Bible are remembered so well? When you think of David, what comes to your mind? Probably Goliath, correct? When you think of Daniel, what comes to your mind? Probably the lions’ den, right? In the midst of great difficulty these and others received strength and courage through their relationship with God. You and I can do the same.
We also can be victorious in life through an intimate relationship with Jesus. He will strengthen our hearts. May we be people of great courage, and may our faith in God conquer our fears.
July 11, 2018
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments,” (Psalm 111:10).
I saw a bumper sticker recently that read, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”
I believe most of us can relate to that comment. God’s Word states that His people perish or suffer from the lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). In that same passage God says, “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me.”
The Bible also states in Daniel 12:4 that in the last day man’s “knowledge” would increase. Just think of how much knowledge mankind has gained just over the last 50 years. But are we really coming to the knowledge of the truth? Have we really learned that God can be trusted and that He will never leave us and that He will always be faithful to His children? Are we understanding the meaning and purpose of life?
Someone once said, “There are ten things I wish I had learned before I was twenty-one.”
- That being a Christian is really important.
- That my life’s vocation would be what it is.
- That my health after 30 would depend to a great degree on what I ate before I was 21.
- That I really am a trustee of my money and possessions.
- That being neatly and sensibly dressed is an asset.
- That habits are difficult to break after you turn 21.
- That worthwhile things require time, patience and work.
- That the world gives a person just about what he deserves.
- That a thorough education brings not only better wages, but the best of everything.
- That absolute truthfulness in everything is invaluable.
- And one more extra thought: That my parents weren’t “Old Fogies” after all.
July 2, 2018
What a week we experienced at Vacation Bible School this year! Every helper and teacher certainly witnessed and experienced the powerful presence of God. I thank and praise God for the great team of adults and youth who were so very faithful and committed to the ministry of V.B.S.
One of the highlights for me happened Friday at Camp Harmony. I had the opportunity to speak with the older group of V.B.S. students about the plan of salvation. They were very attentive. Another highlight for me was during the Sunday morning worship service at Maple Spring following the week of V.B.S. Many of the V.B.S. students sang some of the songs they learned during the week. They sang with joy and excitement!
I heard many positive comments about V.B.S. this year from parents and other family members. The presence of God was certainly evident every day.
I want to thank you for your prayers and support. I pray that you will also sense the presence of God with you this day.