Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Z is for Zzzzzzz

It's not been my best challenge.  April was a busy month.  Last April was a busier month, well, actually it was an odd month.  We were in our transition phase, having sold our house in Wisconsin and living with my parents until we could move into our new home in Tennessee.  This year I'm sleeping in my own bed, writing at my own desk, and it's like I've been asleep at the wheel when it came to writing for the challenge.  Hence, Z's word, or rather, sound.

I hope I didn't bore you or disappoint you.  I won't make promises for next year because none of us knows what next year holds for us.  I know that in April of 2016 I certainly wasn't planning on making a move in April of 2017.

So whatever you may have gotten from this month's visits, I pray if nothing else God blesses you with a longing to know Him.  I pray that you seek the truth which can only be found in Him.  I pray you turn to Christ, if you've never done so before, and find Him to be worthy of all the bragging I've done on Him here at this blog.

I pray for those of you who are in Christ and come here for whatever reasons you do.  I pray that God strengthens you, encourages you, challenges you, but most of all, I pray that my words can remind you of how awesome is the God you and I both serve.  If we never meet until heaven, just know that I think of you when I write.  I pray that God gives me words that uplift you, not hurt you.  I pray for boldness, for both of us, that we may speak the truth in love to a world shouting in pain.

Jesus is the answer.  He certainly has not made my life boring or put me to sleep while just waiting around waiting to go to heaven.  I hope you are fighting the good fight and getting your hands dirty in this culture that is crying out for peace that passes all understanding.

Stand strong, stand up, and stand ready!  Don't fall asleep!

Z is for Zzzzzzzz.


Saturday, April 28, 2018

X is for Christ and Y is for You

Is it cheating if I use the shortened Greek for Christ?   X, Christ.  Y, You.

Christ and You.

Christ is for You, not against You.

Christ loves You, He doesn't hate You.

Christ will never leave You.

Christ will never forsake You.

You may leave Him, He will never leave You.  You may forsake Him, He will never forsake You. You can deny the existence or need for X, but X will never deny the existence of You.  X is in it for the long haul.  X is holding out for all to come to a knowledge of the truth.  Even You.

X lived, suffered, and died in the place where You and I deserve to be.  X defeated death so You and I can live forever, not with the worms, but in the kingdom of glorious heaven.

X is for You.


1 John 1

Friday, April 27, 2018

W is for Whip

I wonder how Jesus used that whip he made the day he scatter-poured out all the money at the Temple.  I wonder.....

Did he quietly enter through the gate called Beautiful,  where upon entering "the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money.  So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle...."

Where did he get the cords?

The first smack of that whip, I wonder, was it heard or did it take a few snaps to get the attention of those hustling?

Did it scare the cattle and sheep enough to start the ruckus?

He whipped....and later He would be whipped.  Stripes on his back, legs.  Blood running down, open wounds untreated.  His wounds would heal us.  Our deserved punishment placed on undeserving Him.  We are free because of the beating He took in our place.  We are free because of the mocking He took in our place.  We are free because of the death He died in our place.

Death did not whip Him and death will not whip those who belong to Him.

W is for Whip.


John 2:12-25; Isaiah 53; Matthew 27:27-31; Mark 15:16-39; Luke 22:63-23:49; John 19

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

V is for Verily

Back in the day, when the King James Bible translation was THE translation many red letters of Jesus were started with the phrase, “Verily, I say unto you....”  What he was saying was, “I’m telling you the truth.”

Verily.  Truth teller.

How many people tell the truth all the time? How many people who say, “I’m telling you the truth,” could you truly believe are telling the truth each and every time?  Even in our best days, our most sanctified moments lies the potential to lie.

Jesus didn’t.  Ever.  Never.

Verily, he tells us the truth.

Over and over again.  And here are the places you can check:

Matthew 5:18, 26; 6:2,5,16: 8:10; 10:15, 23, 42; 11:11; 13:17; 16:28; 17:20; 18:3, 13, 18; 19:23, 28; 21:21, 31; 23:36; 24:2, 34, 47; 25:12, 40, 45; 26:13, 21, 34

Mark 3:28; 8:12; 9:1, 41; 10:15, 29; 11:23; 12:43; 13:30; 14:9, 18, 25, 30

Luke 4:24; 9:27; 12:37, 44; 18:17,29; 21:3, 32; 23:43

John 1:51; 3:3, 5, 11; 5:19, 24, 25; 6:26, 32, 47, 53; 8:34, 45, 51, 58; 10:1, 7; 12:24; 13:16, 20, 21, 38;
        14:12; 16:20, 23; 21:18.

V is for Verily.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

U is for Unchanging

A few years ago during the April blogging challenge I did my U post on Unchanging and that is the word that keeps running around in my mind right now, this fly by the seat of my pants, have no idea what each days post will be till I sit down to write, kind of April it's turned out to be.

I think I've learned a little bit more about an Unchangeable God and the beat he keeps in my life.  I think I've kept in better step with him in the last five years.  I think. It hasn't been perfect, Lord knows I've rushed when He's pulling me back, and He's had to pull on me a little harder to get my heels out of the ground and keep up with him.

I know He hasn't changed even though the culture around me is changing by the second in some areas and then in some areas, it seems nothing changes except for the worst.

God hasn't changed.  He hasn't.  He's still the same God who made Himself known to Adam and Eve in the garden, Abraham under the stars, Moses in the bush, and Joshua at the entrance to the Promised Land.

We get to seek and know an unchanging God for our ever changing emotions, circumstances, heartaches, triumphs, struggles, and challenges.

We get to depend on an Unchanging God who is the same Yesterday, Today and Forever.

U is for Unchanging.