Whoa There Pony

  For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well. Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. James 3: 2-3 What I learned when I had my own horses is just this: simply putting a bit in a horse’s mouth doesn’t really control him. There is more to it than just that. A horse can harden his mouth against a bit so much so that … Continue reading Whoa There Pony

Approach Like Bubba

  There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  Romans 8:1 This morning, I put my dogs outside and sat down to read my morning devotion.  It was about this verse in Romans.  I’ve read this verse many times but today I saw it more clearly than ever before. When I went to let my dogs back in, I noticed that they were over in the garden area where they know not to be.  I wanted them to come back into the house and I even had a small treat for them.  They heard the … Continue reading Approach Like Bubba

Happy Hour

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32 Once when we were driving to the river for a swim, I caught bits and pieces of a conversation that my son and his friend were having in the back seat.  What I heard went like this: Khris:  When I used to live over here, I would walk there every day for Happy Hour.  Happy Hour was from 2:00 – 5:00. John:  Yeah, I’ve been here for Happy Hour. Khris:  They really have some good drinks here. At this point, I am ready to slam … Continue reading Happy Hour

Parting Words

And He (Jesus) said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation…  And these signs shall accompany those who believed; in My name they will … lay hands on the sick and they will recover.  Matthew 16:18 These were Jesus’ parting words to His disciples.  Some have called this the Believer’s Bill of Rights.  I have read different commentaries on this and there seems to be some disagreement as to whether or not this is for all believers or just for those disciples.  I’d rather not get into that. I recently left my son in Montana to stay … Continue reading Parting Words

Donuts With Diane

Elisha said, “Listen! God’s word! The famine’s over. This time tomorrow food will be plentiful—a handful of meal for a shekel; two handfuls of grain for a shekel. The market at the city gate will be buzzing.”  The attendant on whom the king leaned for support said to the Holy Man, “You expect us to believe that? Trapdoors opening in the sky and food tumbling out?” “You’ll watch it with your own eyes,” he said, “but you will not eat so much as a mouthful!” II Kings 7:1-2 One day at work recently it was “Pastries with Parents Day” at … Continue reading Donuts With Diane

Watch Those Promises

Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my Word to perform it”.  Jeremiah 1:12 God doesn’t give His word lightly.  He doesn’t make promises and then change His mind.  I have learned the hard way how difficult it can be to keep promises.  My son reminds me from time to time of promises I’ve made that have slipped my mind.  They don’t slip his mind, let me tell you.  He definitely watches over my word to see me perform it.  I am held accountable for what I promised and I have learned … Continue reading Watch Those Promises

Salvation Coin

Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said, “Why this gossipy whispering? Which do you think is simpler: to say, ‘I forgive your sins,’ or, ‘Get up and walk’? Well, just so it’s clear that I’m the Son of Man and authorized to do either, or both…” At this he turned to the paraplegic and said, “Get up. Take your bed and go home.” And the man did it. The crowd was awestruck, amazed and pleased that God had authorized Jesus to work among them this way. Matthew 9:5 – 13 MSG This is Jesus speaking. The crowds had witnessed … Continue reading Salvation Coin

My Poor Tomatoes

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 Once when I changed the water in my hydroponic garden it took longer than I anticipated, which was apparently a bad thing. My poor tomato plants fell over. They were out of the water too long to remain standing upright as they had been. This is not a good thing. I thought they were healthy enough to be out of the water for the half hour I needed to … Continue reading My Poor Tomatoes

Does He Even Have A Name?

As he (Jesus) stepped out onto land, a madman from town met him; he was a victim of demons. He hadn’t worn clothes for a long time, nor lived at home; he lived in the cemetery. Luke 8:27 He was somebody before the demons victimized him. We aren’t told his name or what his life was like. But I would like to humanize him if possible. I suspect he was a man of significance; a significance he didn’t even recognize. Oh, his reputation might not have been for financial reasons, though it could have been. Maybe his significance was influence; … Continue reading Does He Even Have A Name?

Going Postal

If you make the Lord your refuge,     if you make the Most High your shelter,  no evil will conquer you;     no plague will come near your home.  For he will order his angels     to protect you wherever you go Psalm 91:9-11 I was at the Post Office the other day, standing in line waiting to mail a package when someone behind started grumbling. He complained that he was standing in this line to ask a clerk a simple question and some man just cut in front of all of us and began asking the clerk for help.  I didn’t see … Continue reading Going Postal