“Waking up to a beautiful sunrise is so promising. The air is quiet. Birds are beginning to stir in their nests. The moon is fading away as the sun’s rays quietly take over the sky”, wrote an unknown devotional writer.
“It’s as if God hit the restart button and we are powering up for a new day, a new beginning. Our batteries are charged, the things of yesterday are gone, and God is unveiling a chance to start anew.” Continue reading
Have you heard about the two golfers who really loved golf? While watching the Masters on TV, one said to the other, “Do you think there will be golf in heaven?”
Suddenly an angel appeared to them and said, “I’ve got good news and bad news for you both.”
“What’s the good news? They asked.
“There is golf in heaven…on the most glorious courses you could imagine!” The angel announced. Continue reading
Remember the old Southwest Airlines commercials featuring someone caught in an awkward moment or making an embarrassing social blunder that ended with the slogan, “Wanna Get away?”
The Psalmist didn’t have SWA, but during difficult times he wanted to get away and opined in Psalm 55:6 “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.
Have you ever felt that way? Continue reading
This week I’m enjoying what those in the business world and my tax accountant calls “professional development” at the Florida College Lectures. I call it spiritual enlightenment. The theme, You Are My God, are lessons from the Psalms designed to strengthen and enhance our relationship with God.
Yesterday morning I heard three really wonderful lessons. Ed Harrell spoke from Psalm 31, “Let Me Never Be Ashamed.” This lecture alone is worth the price of the book. I also heard Edwin Crozier’s masterful delivery of “Hear, O My People” from Psalm 50. If you missed it buy the book and the CD to both read and hear it. Continue reading
Yesterday was a rich journey into the Psalms at the Florida College Lectures. It was edifying. Inspiring. And challenging.
Bob Owen answered the question, “Who may abide in Your Tabernacle?” John Gentry addressed Psalm 19, a great lesson on the magnificence of God’s Word. Jeff Wilson studied the Messianic Psalm 22. Don Hooton encouraged the audience from Psalm 27, a message of faith, trust and confidence in the Lord. And Tommy Peeler closed last night with a powerful presentation from Psalm 2 affirming that the Lord rules and reigns today in the midst of an ungodly world. Continue reading
You Are My God is the theme of the 2016 Florida College Lectures that Norma Jean and I are attending this week.
It is a series of lessons from the Psalms that addresses our relationship with God. The question that President Buddy Payne raised in his forward to the lecture book is one that is often asked by spiritually minded seekers: “How do I get closer to God?” Continue reading
“Praise the LORD” is the beginning phrase of Pslams 146-150. Thirty-nine times in these five Psalms he uses the word “praise” in reference to the LORD. This has been a frequent theme of the Psalmist. And it should be a frequent, yes a daily occurrence in our lives. These Psalms speak of at least seven ways that we Him . Continue reading
I think one of the beauties of God’s Word is how it speaks to us at different times and in different ways, depending on where we are in life. We see things through the prism of our circumstances, our emotions and our maturity.
It is obvious to me not only in my own life but through this blog as some posts touch the hearts or some more than others, depending what is happening in their lives. Continue reading
Filed under Prayer, Psalms
How are you going to live your life? What is the basis? The foundation? The standard? What are your values? Your morals? Your ethics? If there is not some basis, life becomes confusing and aimless.
The Psalmist said Ps 119:133 “Direct my steps by Your word, And let no iniquity have dominion over me.”
Psalm 119 provides valuable insight to living a holy life. A happy life. A successful life. Psalm 119 is unique. It has 22 stanzas with 8 lines each. It is an acrostic using the Hebrew alphabet and each line begins with the same letter.
Nine synonyms are used for God’s Word that not only highlight its value, but demonstrate how it can direct my life. Think about these 9 words and how they speak to you. Continue reading