Blog 94 for 1-12-2019
OFF AND RUNNING IN A NEW YEAR!
I have been deceived and misled! I really did think life would slow down, at least a little, and time would not pass so fast after retirement. However, I have discovered that is not true. It is a fact, time does not stand still, so here we are, off and running on another year! As a matter of fact, with this blog we are almost in the middle of the first month of 2019. The exciting thing about it all is that we are closer to the return of our Lord! What a glorious time that is going to be for every born again, Spirit-filled believer! If you are not ready, do not delay.
With the recent Christmas celebration of His first coming, just like He promised, it should remind us that He has promised to return a second time for His family. What a time that is going to be! Don’t forget, all the signs for His return have all been fulfilled. It could happen at any moment!
I am really excited about a new life changing series from the book of John that begins on Sunday morning, January 13, at 10:00 at Restoration Fellowship Church of Lakeland. The title of this series is “Christ Is The Answer In 2019.” The Apostle John will teach us that Christ is the answer to our discouragement, to our doubt, to our disability, to our desires, to our darkness and to our death. The setting for this entire series is in John 20:30-31. I really do believe this is going to be an exciting journey through John’s gospel!
May your 2019 journey be guided by the Holy Spirit,
Blog 93 for 1-5-2019
CHRIST IS THE ANSWER IN 2019
Here we are in a brand new year. The old has passed and the new has arrived. I do hope you have already done it, but if you haven’t, now is the time to do it. It is time to bury all the hurts, disappointments, failures, sins, losses, frustrations...and the list goes on, from the old year or even from past years. That really is the place to begin to experience God’s best in 2019. Please know I will rejoice in grateful praise to my dear Lord if you will accept my challenge!
On Sunday January 13, I am beginning a brand new 6 Sunday series on “Christ Is The Answer In 2019.” The setting for this series is in John 20:30-31. Our Lord is going to give us 6 wonderful answers!
Christ Is The Answer To Man’s Discouragement
2. Christ Is The Answer To Man’s Doubt
3. Christ Is The Answer To Man’s Disability
4. Christ Is The Answer To Man’s Desires
5. Christ Is The Answer To Man’s Darkness
6. Christ Is The Answer For Man’s Death
John 11:1-4; 25,26
Bess and I are praying that this will be a transforming series for everyone that hears it, either in person or through the internet! I have given you the titles and Scriptures so you can be prepared to receive it.
It really is true, the best is yet to come!
Blog 94 for 1-12-2019
Are you? Am I? “LOOKING for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13)?
Have we laid aside every weight and the sin that so easily besets us? Are we “LOOKING unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…"(Hebrews 12:2)?
Are you? Am I? Pursuing peace with all men, and holiness…”LOOKING diligently lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many be defiled”?
LOOKING for the right things is biblical! We are beginning a New Year’s journey. We must keep LOOKING ahead, putting one foot in front of the other, marching forward into the unknown of tomorrow with faith in our “lifetime” faithful Partner, JESUS CHRIST, our LORD.
In Gen.12:1, the Lord said to Abram, “Get thee out of thy country...unto a land that I will shew thee.” Verse 4 tells us that “Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him…” It was a new journey for Abram. He had no idea of the things that would happen along the way; but he kept his eyes focused on the goal. Read of some of the challenges he faced in the following chapters. And don’t overlook the miracles and blessings along the journey.
But, remember, “Tho’ we walk through the valley of the shadow of death…," we have a rear guard. We don’t walk alone. Listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as they sing, “You’ll never walk alone.”
The hymn writer, Wm. A. Ogden wrote these words in 1887,
“I’ve a message from the Lord, Hallelujah! The message unto you I’ll give. 'Tis recorded in His Word, Hallelujah! It is only that you 'LOOK and live.' LOOK and live, my brother (sister), live. LOOK to Jesus now and live. 'Tis recorded in His Word, Hallelujah. It is only that you 'LOOK and live.'”
Keep gazing in the right direction. Keep LOOKING ahead. The future is unknown, but God, as your rear guard, will take care of you in this year’s journey.
My gaze is fixed on JESUS, and my feet are moving. I’m on my way.
Blog 93 for 1-5-2019
In a recent morning devotion, reading and meditating on Psalm 23, Charles and I began REMEMBERING God’s blessings, His protection & His help during last year, 2018. At the first of every New Year, it is good to look back and REMEMBER the good things God has done.
That segment in Psalm 23, “..Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for Thou art with me. Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me”.....that segment really brought to my REMEMBRANCE, that God had been our rear guard on the Hwy last year when we were side swiped and swirled around, across 2 additional lanes in early morning work traffic. While Satan would be done with us, I REMEMBER that God saved our lives. Wow!
1. I REMEMBER the blessing of Chuck’s and Kaye’s Wedding.
2. I REMEMBER a friend’s open heart surgery and many other sicknesses prayed for; and God’s blessing of healing.
3. REMEMBER the blessing of cabin renters.
4. I REMEMBER when bills were due, there was supply.
5. I REMEMBER the blessings of great & plentiful friends and family.
A look back is a good thing. REMEMBERING blessings and miracles is biblical. God put a rainbow in the clouds, and He said in vs. 15 of Gen. 9, “I will REMEMBER My covenant...the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.” Jesus said after He broke the bread and gave it to His 12 Apostles, “This is my Body which is given for you; do this in REMEMBRANCE of Me.”
Yes, REMEMBERING the goodness of the yesteryears, telling the children and grandchildren what the “stones of REMEMBRANCE” (Joshua 4) are all about…..yes, this is biblical.
God has been good to you and good to me. He’s been so good to the Kirbys. And we REMEMBER. Triumphant Quartet sings a wonderful song entitled “We will REMEMBER”. Listen to it below, as they sang it at NQC a few years back. ******GET YOUTUBE******
Take a look back; review prayers answered, miracles received, mountains moved, and REMEMBER what God has done for you. Share the good news with family and friends of God’s great faithfulness.
Happy REMEMBERING! Bess