•    Things We Say   

    What we say God’s response
    • “It’s impossible” All things are possible  Luke 18:27
    • “I’m too tired” I will give you rest  Matthew 11:28-30
    • “Nobody really loves me” I love you  John 3:16, John 13:34
    • “I can’t go on” My grace is sufficient  II Cor. 12:9, Psalm 91:15
    • “I can’t figure things out” I will direct your steps  Proverbs 3:5-6
    •”I can’t do it” You can do all things  Philippians 4:13
    • “I’m not able” I am able  II Corinthians 9:8
    • “It’s not worth it” It will be worth it  Romans 8:28
    • “I can’t forgive myself” I forgive you  I John 1:9, Romans 8:1
    • “I can’t manage” I will supply all your needs  Philippians 4:19
    • “I’m afraid “ I have not given you a spirit of fear  II Timothy 1:7
    • “I’m always worried and frustrated “ Cast all your cares on Me  I Peter 5:7
    • “I don’t have enough faith” I’ve given everyone a measure of faith  Romans 12:3
    • “I’m not smart enough “ I have given you wisdom  I Corinthians 1:30
    • “I feel all alone “ I will never leave you or forsake you  Hebrews 13:5
  •    Psalm 23 – David’s Autobiography – from Shepherd to King   

    David began as a shepherd, so he understood the Lord’s role as his shepherd.

    As a shepherd, David took care of the needs of the sheep.  He fed them and watered them.  He led them to a meadow rich in green grass. After feeding them, he led them to a quiet stream where they could drink without fear of danger.

    Being fed and watered, they were refreshed for the journey ahead.  The journey had many paths they could go down, but only one would take them to their destination.  The Shepherd knew which one  was the correct one.  As he led them along this path they came to a valley they would have to pass through.  It was a fearful place filled with many dangers, even the possibility of death.  The Shepherd guided and protected them all the way through the valley.

    At the end of the successful journey a great feast was prepared for all to see, including David’s enemies.  There the Shepherd anointed David.  It was an anointing of a man after Gods own heart.

    David was so blessed he was not able to contain it all.  He had an abundance of goodness and mercy all his life.

    At the end of his journey he would live in the Shepherds house forever.

    By Ronnie Bergeron

  •    Paths   

    An old proverb says the longest journey begins with the first step.

    Our life is a journey and we have to walk the path God has for us. While we may
    not know what that path is, God does. He says “I alone know the plans I have
    for you…” Jeremiah 29:11(GNB). He will lead us down the right path. All He
    requires of us is to walk with Him one step at a time. Don’t try to anticipate
    the next step or to run ahead of Him. Concentrate on staying in step with Him.

    When we first begin the journey the path is easy going and as we walk along we
    see a huge mountain ahead of us. While we’re looking at it we stumble along the
    easy path thinking about how to get over the mountain. From our perspective all
    we see is the mountain and wonder how to get around it. God already knows. He
    may take us on a path around the mountain or He may want us to climb it. If
    we’re to climb it He will provide us with everything we need and protect us.

    While walking the path God has set before us and we stumble, He will help us
    back up. When He does, don’t worry about the mountains ahead especially since
    we don’t know what will happen today, and even less about tomorrow.

    Keep your mind on the present journey and walk by faith and not by sight (2
    Corinthians 5:7 NKJV) and enjoy your journey with God.

  •    It’s Not Fair   

    We’ve all heard it or said it at one time or another. “It’s not fair!”  That phrase comes to mind when someone gets away with something and doesn’t get what they deserve.  Kids hate to see their sibling get away with the same things they themselves were punished for. Perhaps this is why they are so quick to tattle on each other.  As adults we are not very different. In our way of thinking, fairness means that sinners should be punished and we, the good people, deserve to be commended.  If God was to be fair we would all deserve His judgment.  We can be thankful that He isn’t. “He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. “ (Psalm 103:10) We should be glad that God has chosen to be merciful and extend grace to us. It is God’s desire that we become like Him and show mercy towards those who offend us.

    It’s not because of God’s fairness but His mercy that He reaches out to us. I’m thankful God wasn’t fair with me but merciful.

  •    Seed for Thought   

    The presence of Christ in us means we have God’s authority. When Jesus gave the last commission to His disciples He said “All authority has been given to me…go therefore…lo, I am with you always.” Matthew 28:18-20 Christ’s presence guarantees that we will have all that is needed to fulfill His purpose for us. With His presence He gives -

    • Security to the discouraged. Genesis 28:15
    • Encouragement to God’s people. Hebrew 13:5,6
    • Strength to the warrior. Joshua 1:8
    • Comfort to the timid. Jeremiah 1:8
    • Victory to the tempted. Genesis 39:2-21
    • Confidence to the servant. Matthew 28:20;Philippians 4:13
    • Rest to the pilgrim. Ex33:14

    Contributed by: Ronnie Bergeron

  •    Adversity – the fuel of the refiner’s fire   

    Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and affliction for drink, he
    will still be with you to teach you. You will see your teacher with
    your own eyes,(Isaiah 30:20 NLT)

    Our walk in life may be viewed as a triangle. We are at the base of that triangle. Its very wide and allows us to wander, to do our own thing.  As we progress in life we move closer to the top of the triangle and are pressured to live a more responsible life; making our life conform to the life God wants us to live.

    We are pressured on both sides by the hand of God to do His will and conform to His image. In adversity there are decisions we must make. Will we conform or will we resist the hand of God?

    Remember, the refiner’s fire (Malachi 3:3) is to purify us and conform us to His image.

  •    Freedom   

    God has given mankind the freedom of choice.  We are allowed to make choices for our self.  Because of this God is limited in what He can do for us.  He is guided by our life’s choices.

    God is guided by us???……..”This ought not be so.”   It is us who must be guided by God.

    I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with my eye. Psalm 32:8

  •    The Gift of the Holy Spirit   

    The Holy Spirit wasn’t for the twelve disciples only.  The Holy Spirit is given to all who believe in Christ. Joel 2:28, 29; Acts 2:17, 18.

    God is not a respecter of persons.  He is a respecter of availability, relationships, sinless life, and a desire to serve Him. It doesn’t matter who you are or what your abilities are, if you yield yourself to God, desiring to do his will, He will use you.  Gideon said I am the least in my father’s house and my clan is the weakest in Manasseh. He yielded himself to God and He used Gideon to deliver Israel from the Midianites.  Judges 6:14, 15. Yes, God can and will use you if yield yourself to Him.

    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13

  •    Anointing, a Biblical Practice   

    There are three biblical instances for anointing.

    • The first is for restoration.
      This anointing would restore moisture to a travelers skin after a long journey in the hot, dry climate of Palestine.
    • The second is for sanctification.
      This one is to set someone apart for a particular work or service.  Saul was anointed when Israel demanded a king. (1 Samuel 8:4-22; 10:1) David was anointed as king after Saul, and after him, Solomon.
    • The third is for healing. In the new testament Jesus’ disciples anointed the sick(Mark 6:13). James also instructed the elders of the church to anoint the sick with oil that they would be healed.(James 5:14).

    It’s God’s desire for everyone’s relationship with Him to be restored. Not only does God want restoration, He wants you to prosper in health as well as your soul (3 John 1:2). He also wishes to sanctify, set you apart, from all evil and worldliness, unto Himself, that at His coming you may be holy in body, spirit and soul, blameless in every way.(1Thessalonians 5:23)

  •    Routine   

    Routine is a good thing. Daniel faithfully prayed three times a day (Daniel 6:10). Getting into a routine where you go to church regularly, read your Bible daily and pray daily is good. You may say I do that and thats good. There can be a major problem though with our routines. We go to church, read our Bible, and pray, so routinely it becomes a habit. We do it without thinking. A routine is something that is done on a regular basis. When it comes to attending church, Bible reading and prayer it must be done whole heartily with intent to establish a relationship with God.