•    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

  •    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

  •    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

  •    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.

  •    Three Works of the Holy Spirit in Salvation   

    1. Restraining Satan from destroying people before they make a decision to accept Christ as their savior. Isiah 59:19

    2. Convicting – Mankind’s sinfulness and righteousness are exposed by the Holy Spirit. John 16:8

    Ex:
    a.) Felix, a governor, trembles under conviction as Paul preaches. Acts 24:24

    b.) King Agrippa says, “You almost persuaded me to become a Christian.” Acts 26:28

    3. Regeneration – Repentant sinners are given a new nature by the Holy Spirit. Titus 3:5

    Paul explains the ministry of the Holy Spirit to Nicodemus. John 3:3-7

  •    Five Warnings   

    In the Apostle Paul’s writings to the Hebrews he issues five warnings. These warnings were not only for the Hebrews then but also for us now.

    The five warnings.

    1. Danger of neglect. Hebrews 2:1-4
    2. Danger of unbelief. Hebrews 3:7-4:13
    3. Danger of not maturing. Hebrews 5:11-6:20
    4. Danger of drawing back. Hebrews 10:26-39
    5. Danger of refusing God. Hebrews 12:25-29

  •    A Mere Man   

    I came across this in my readings and felt I had to share it.

    Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar, Mahomet, and Napoleon; without science and learning, He shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and schools combined; without the eloquence of schools, He spoke words of life such as never were spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of any orator or poet; without writing a single line, He has set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art and sweet songs of praise, than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times. Born in a manger, and crucified as a malefactor, He now controls the destinies of the civilized world, and rules a spiritual empire which embraces one-third of the inhabitants of the globe. There never was in this world a life so unpretending, modest, and lowly in its outward form and condition, and yet producing such extraordinary effects upon all ages, nations, and classes of men. The annals of history produce no other example of such complete and astonishing success in spite of the absence of those material, social, literary, and artistic powers and influences which are indispensable to success for a mere man.

    By: Philip Schaff