Saturday, May 28, 2016

What Is God Saying to Us Today

My Dear Child:

I’ll admit, your world looks pretty bleak at the moment.  Nations rise against nations.  Kingdoms fight against kingdoms.  Prices are rising, income is shrinking.  The future must look very bleak to you at times. 

In all of the madness that you may see around you, I have a few words of comfort and hope for you.  Keep reading.  And remember – I am still around and I love you with an undying love.

In this world you will have troubles.  Fear not, for I have overcome the world. 
~John 16:33

I am God, your Jehovah.  The holy one.
~Isaiah 48:17

I watch over you.  I protect you.  I am with you.
~Job 34:21

Even in the middle of the fiery furnace, I will be with you.
~Daniel 3:17

When the waves begin to crash in upon you, I am with you.
~Isaiah 43:1-3

I set the stars in their course.
~Isaiah 45:18

I created the heavens and the earth.
~Isaiah 42:5

I know your name.  I am your God.
~Isaiah 43:1

I never close my eyes or take a nap.
~Psalm 121:4

I will go with you wherever you go.
~Joshua 1:9

I will never leave you nor forsake you.
~Hebrews 13:5

Come to me with all your worries and fears.  I will give you rest.  
~Matthew 11:28

Fear not, neither be afraid, for I your God will be with you wherever you go.  
~Deuteronomy 31:8

Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.
~Romans 10:13

I Love YOU!

Your God, Abba, Jehovah, Yahweh!

P Michael Biggs
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Saturday, May 21, 2016

What Are We Supposed to Believe

I read a while back that the world was going to end in December – last December.

I once heard we’ll never make it past 1978.  That was 48 years ago.

I’ve heard no less than twenty names of individuals who were supposed to be the anti-Christ.  More than half of those men (no ladies on the list) are already dead.

I was once told I would go to hell for wearing a wedding band.  So far I’ve managed to escape that one too.

So what are we supposed to believe?

I believe in the Bible.  Some of the significant facts I can bring to light are these:

God is love!  John 3:16 reminds us of this:  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, and whoever believes in Him shall be saved”

I John 4:9-10 continues this thought with “God sent His only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the payment for our sins.”

God always has His eye on us and He is always with us!
Deuteronomy 31:6:  “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them (your enemies). I your God will go before you and will never leave you nor forsake you.”

God welcomes us as we are, not as we should be.
Matthew 11:28 says “Come to me, all you who are weary and heavily burdened.  I will give you rest.”  He doesn’t command that we first go clean up, dress up.  He first says ‘come’.

In the story of the prodigal son, God is pictured as the Father.  The Father in this story is continually on the lookout for his wayward son.  He constantly looks longingly down the road hoping to catch a glimpse of his son returning home.

And on the day he sees his son a long way off, the Father runs to him.  Picture God running to us when we have been away for so long.  He threw his arms around his neck, and continued giving hugs and kisses.  He brought him in, put a new robe on his shoulder, laid out new cloths, and spread a feast for all the neighbors to attend in welcoming the wayward son.  The Father – God – was saying, “come home my son.  I have missed you.” 

He didn’t say – “Go clean up first.  Go confess first.  Go wash and shave first.”

I believe that picture of God.  I believe in His great love.  I believe in His generous forgiveness and His ability to look past the sins of his children and bring them into a place of restoration -  He brings us into a place of Grace and Healing.

This is what I believe.

Please allow this song to lead you into a few moments of thought and prayer.  Note the lyrics especially.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

We All Need Help

My friend Allen Brock from Lewisburg, Tennessee told this story on Facebook recently and he gave me permission to share it. 

Take it away Allen.

“I just needed to stop and get gas and a cup of coffee on my way to work.  That was all.  As I walked toward the store entrance there he was. 

“I hoped he wouldn’t ask for any money” I thought.  He didn’t.

He sat on the curb in front of the store.  His appearance said he probably didn’t have enough money even for bus fare.  He was ragged, yet there was an air of dignity surrounding him.  His scraggly blond beard hid more than just his wrinkles.

He just sat there, quietly.  The expected plea for money never came.

I paid for my java and started to leave.  I walked passed him, then turned back and asked if he needed any help.  I was sure he would say yes.

‘Do you need any help?’  I had to repeat it twice.

His answer startled me.  He uttered three simple, profound words that I shall never forget.  We expect wisdom from great men and women.  We expect it from those of higher learning and accomplishment.  I expected nothing but an outstretched, grimy hand. 

Instead, he spoke three words that shook me.  

He said, ‘Don’t we all?’

Yes indeed.  Don’t we all … need help that is?  And when we do, to whom do we turn? 

In Psalm 46:1 we read this:  

God is our refuge and strength.  
A very present help in time of trouble.

Need help?  God is offering.  He offers strength when we are weary, a place of safety when we need deliverance, grace for every trial and forgiveness for any sin.

The faithful God wants to help you in whatever situation you may face.

Please watch this most encouraging song.

He’s Been Faithful – Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

(Oh, by the way, my friend Allen did offer the man some money for bus fare, a meal and a night’s lodging.  And our homeless friend gave Allen an important lesson to share with all of us.)

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