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Good Morning July 19

Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”(2C.12:10) Now that is counter-intuitive. How can one be strong when they are weak? Yet, this is an important truth for all Christians, and sometimes a hard one to learn. We like strength and power to overcome challenges and adversaries. But for us, that strength is not in ourselves. It is not a part of our natural make up.  It is in our trust in the Lord.  The Psalmist wrote long ago, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.”(28:7)  Our strength is in humbly trusting in the infinite strength of our gracious God. Even Jesus, in His human flesh, said, “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing…”(John 5:19) This doesn’t mean that we sit back and do nothing, but rather in everything we do we do it in humble trust of our Lord.

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Good Morning July 19

Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”(2C.12:10) Now that is counter-intuitive. How can one be strong when they are weak? Yet, this is an important truth for all Christians, and sometimes a hard one to learn. We like strength and power to overcome challenges and adversaries. But for us, that strength is not in ourselves. It is not a part of our natural make up.  It is in our trust in the Lord.  The Psalmist wrote long ago, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.”(28:7)  Our strength is in humbly trusting in the infinite strength of our gracious God. Even Jesus, in His human flesh, said, “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing…”(John 5:19) This doesn’t mean that we sit back and do nothing, but rather in everything we do we do it in humble trust of our Lord.

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Good Morning July 18

When I have a wedding, as part of the wedding message I emphasize the characteristics of love, especially that true love is based on actions and not on feelings.  This is an important understanding for all life.  We have many things to do each day.  Not all of them are fun, or make us feel good, but we do them because they are necessary and it is the right thing to do.  Our lives are to be governed by principles, and by seeking to do good for others.  As Christians, our principles come from our understanding of our Lord and His Holy Word.  So we do what we believe is right whether it is pleasant or not.  But the amazing thing with seeking to live by our Lord’s principles is that we do find great joy and blessing.  God does want us to feel good. All the bells and whistles that come with a wedding and beginning married life are great, but that is not our goal. We are in this life for the long haul, and having God’s joy is far more precious.

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Good Morning July 16

Angles are interesting. When one flies over the mid-west looking out at the farm fields everything is in perfect squares or rectangles. This is very efficient, and easy to drive around. It is not so in the east. There are all kinds of curves, and angles to the roads and fields. I must admit I find the squares and rectangles rather boring. Just the same as I miss the hills and valleys when I get out to the flatter lands. As far as the land is concerned, it’s all good. God gave us all of this for our benefit. It just reminds me that God in into variety, beauty, and many interesting things. If God had wanted to give us some pretty flowers He could have created a few, or a dozen or two. But He made many thousands, all different, many beautiful, some even whimsical. I learned yesterday that there are over 3000 kinds of mosquitoes! Angles are interesting, so are curves, squares, not to mention color variations in each thing we see. It is God’s gift of beauty and life. Look around and let it all return to our Father in praise.

Good Morning July 13

I have mentioned Psalm 8 in the past. It is one of my favorites. It came to mind again this morning. We have an above ground pool in our back yard. I went out early this morning to swim and exercise. It was completely quiet, no cars on the road, no one else out. I could look up at the infinity of blue in a cloudless sky, the beauty of some large trees near by, the other sights of nature surrounding me, Psalm 8 naturally came to mind. “O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Thy name in all the earth, who hast displayed Thy splendor above the heavens!” I had a similar sense when I visited Africa some time ago. The Milky Way was completely visible in the night sky. The variety and number of birds and animals was amazing. And the faith that God has kindled in hearts of people in the far flung places of this globe. “When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou has ordained; What is man, that Thou doest take thought of him? And the son of  man, that Thou dost care for him?” In all of our pursuits of this day don’t lose the wonder of what the hand of God has touched, including you and your own life. “O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Thy name in all the earth.”

Good Morning July 12

Paul had a special relationship with the younger man Timothy. Paul was his spiritual father. This is an important function in a young persons life. It is a position of “bringing the younger one up in the truth of the faith and of good teaching”.(I Timothy 4:6) This is, of course, a duty of biological fathers, but sometimes there is also a mature Christian believer in one’s life from whom we especially learn and grow in the grace of God. It is more than just having a teacher we like. It is someone with a special level of maturity in the faith, and insight into God’s truths. Spiritual fathers are not flawless. All are sinful beings. Yet God can use them in another’s life for progress in spiritual maturity.  It is not a position one claims or aspires to, but rather that is humbly accepted and carefully use in the grace God supplies. We are all called to “teach and admonish” one another.(Colossians 3:16) But some relationship are special, and in those we are able to grow more deeply in the faith. 

Good Morning July 11

We put a lot of effort into our education. We strive for our best in our occupation. We take pride in accomplishments. All that is fine, and we should, as long as it doesn’t puff us up with pride. Some banter around the phrase “self made people”, but there is really no such thing. Psalm 100 tells us that it is God who created us and we are His.  Paul says, “You are not your own; you were bought at a price”.(I Corinthians 6:19-20) As we go along in the various stages of life we need to recognize and acknowledge the hand of God who guides, who opens some doors, and closes others. Self made? No. God made? Yes. And the more we humbly give honor and thanks to the One who cares deeply about us, the more we are able to grow in trust and live in His peace.

Good Morning July 9

The daily news carries stories of trade wars between China and the U.S., wrangling over North Korea’s nuclear weapons, wars between ethnic groups in various places. Then comes the news of the rescue efforts for 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave in Thailand. The attention of the entire world is focused on the well being of those 13 people. All that other stuff, the national posturing, the rivalries, the pride and self interest, all take a back seat. We are all concerned about the safety of 13 people we don’t even know, in a country that is far removed from us, whose speech, customs, and religion are vastly different from ours. Yet they matter. Somehow, they are a part of us. Maybe this is a lesson we need to ponder more deeply when we are listening to all the other junk going on in the world. I’m not sure what all that means, but it seems to me to point to the God who brought us all into being, and has a real purpose for the life He created.