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Thought for the morning – written with tears

 2 Samuel 12:22-23  And he (David) said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether the LORD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ 23  But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”

When a loved one is going through the final steps of leaving this world, we who love this one agonize before the Lord with many tears, prayers and supplications. We may plead with the Lord, but we always know it is not our will but His that is to be done.

David fasted and wept for his newly born son who was deathly ill; born of Bathsheba, the… Continue reading

Ted Sleeps

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him

1 Thessalonians 4:14

This week we honor and remember “Ted” (Thor) Thisse.  He was the director of Camp Horizon in the 1970s during the transition to the current property in Leesburg, Florida.

I was fifteen when Ted came to our chapel to talk about Camp Horizon.  His laugh was infectious and his winning smile made me like him the moment we met.  I was an awkward teen with a love for the the Lord, but not a lot of social maturity.  What I did have was a lifeguard certificate and could sail small boats.  I didn’t know that I could wash dishes and sweep floors, but I learned that and more on the Camp Horizon summer staff.… Continue reading

These Three

These Three

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
I Corinthians 13:13 (CEV)

This diagram and the lesson which follows show how faith, hope, and love relate to the mind (intellect), will, and emotion of man – which in turn corresponds with the soul.

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.    1 Thessalonians 5:23

When we read that God created man in His own image (Genesis 1:27) it does not refer to merely a physical representation, but the character and attributes of God. As God Himself is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, so man is also a tri-part being: body, soul, and spirit. Even as God is more… Continue reading

Vows

VOWS, OATHS, AND PROMISES

If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.
Numbers 30:2 (KJV)

This is an outline and link to the audio file from a message preached at North 56th Street Gospel Chapel (Tampa, Florida) on 1-4-2015

http://mrsteve.me/2015Vows [28 minute mp3 / 5MB]

Introduction:  The Law concerning vows.

A. Biblical

 Numbers 30:1-2
Deuteronomy 23:21-23
Matthew 5:33-37

B. Rabbinical Law (extra-Biblical)

 Three Times
Vows (things/others)
Oaths (personal)

I. Examples of Vows
A. Wedding

 Intent (I will), Vow (I do), Ring (I wed)

 B. Peter’s oath.

Found in all four gospels
Matthew 26:34
Mark 14:30
John 13:38
Luke 22:34 (see 31-34, 54-62)

II. Foolish Vows
A. … Continue reading

Milestones

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:1-2

For as long as there have been roads and paths there have been markers along the way. This ancient practice of marking a journey has become a metaphor used to indicate expected events on a given path in any number of disciplines. Ms. Kitty and I became grandparents this year – twice. There are probably more developmental milestones in the first year of life than in the next ten years combined. Who knew that blowing bubbles was a developmental milestone? It has been an exciting year for our family and for many of our friends… Continue reading

Trust in the Lord

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Psalm 59:16

Psalm 59:16

Proverbs 3:5 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;

Proverbs 14:12 12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

We can place our trust in many difference places. But many times our trust in someone or something does not pan out. Some have trusted us in some area and have been disappointed when we fail to fulfill that trust. There is One we can totally trust in, and that is our Savior the Lord Jesus. Trust and hope go hand in hand. We trust in the eternal hope we have in Him. We trust that God is faithful to His word and He will not abandon us! In the faitfulness of God lies our trust.

Trust in our own… Continue reading

Saint Nicholas: Yes Virginia …

GUEST CONTENT: stonestruestory@gmail.com Carla Estell

Our family celebrates Saint Nick’s Day each year with filled stockings.  It is usually the official start of the Christmas Season in our home.  Carla Estell has written an Ebook (PDF) about Santa Claus and the true meaning of Christmas.  If you print it double-sided it makes a book, or you can print it single sided and cut the pages in half to form a little book.  Hey, it’s free!  Share it and be sure to include Carla’s contact information.

You can also check out their family website: http://stonestruestory.org/

Here is the link to the storybook (2MB) http://mrsteve.me/1CZdFgG

 

 

 

 

 

Free Christmas Book

One of the websites that I manage is devoted to providing resources for children’s ministry (GospelTalks.com).  Eikon Bible Art is a source of printable and projectable Bible story pictures.  For Christmas they have a free Christmas book (pdf).  I got mine so I thought I would pass this along to others.  The free link is good for a week, but the books are quite affordable anyway.  http://www.eikonbibleart.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=19

 

The Test Of Our Faith

2 Chronicles 32:31 “… God withdrew from him (Hezekiah), in order to test him that He might know all that was in his heart.”

Will the Lord withdraw from us as a believer in Christ? The Lord told us “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Heb 13.5). As Christians, we have the indwelling Spirit so He is always with us. However, does the Lord test us, to know what is in our heart, as he did Hezekiah?

Was the Lord testing Peter when He asked him three times “Do you love Me”     (John   21.15-17)? Was Peter tested when the Lord urged him come and walk on “on the water” and he faltered on cried out “Lord save me” (Matt 13.28-31) Peters faith was being tested! “O you of little faith, why… Continue reading

Follow Me

Follow Me: The Man Who Missed The Boat

 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.  And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.  Matthew 8:22-23

Matthew paints the scene: Disciples of Jesus approach him as he is about to enter a boat.  Jesus gives an invitation to follow Him.  They turn back toward home and miss one of the greatest displays of His power – the calming of the sea.  The disciples in the boat respond with “What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!” (8:27)

The first psalm in the order of our Bibles is actually found in Exodus 15.  Israel sings of the deliverance by the Lord and in verse 10 “Thou didst blow with… Continue reading