Luke 21:10-19 – “Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom.  11 And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.  12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake.  13 But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony.

14 Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.  16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives, and friends; and they will put some of you to death.  17 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake.  18 But not a hair of your head shall be lost.  19 By your patience possess your souls.”  NKJV

Luke 21:19 – “By your endurance, you will gain your lives.” NASB

Most acknowledge that if we are not living in what the Bible calls “The End of Days”, we are most assuredly living in “Perilous Times”.  We are seeing before our eyes the latter stages of the implementation of a movement to form a World Order and have a singular government controlling the world.  We are seeing the move to create a “world without borders”. 

That will not be good news for the followers of Christ in a natural sense and will result in the genocide of millions in an effort for population control and “Sustainable Development” of the world as those in charge see it.  We have been warned repeatedly in the Bible that there will come a time when we will be delivered up before the authorities for our beliefs or our unwillingness to bow before the idol of their manmade god as did the three Hebrew children.  We are warned that even those of our own households will be complicit in the betrayal. 

Yet in the midst of all that Jesus promised that through “patience” or as the New American Standard translates “endurance” we will gain our lives and not a hair of our head will be lost.  We may lose our lives (naturally) but that will simply mean we moved on to our eternal destiny a bit earlier than others. 

We may have to have ravens bring us food as they did Elijah, but God is a God of miracles.  Water may come out of the rock in the wilderness but He’s done that before to sustain His children.  No matter what has to transpire, when we speak, they will know that we are not speaking of our own power or wisdom but as with the disciples, they will “know that we have been with Jesus.” 

So, this morning I feel compelled to say to all my friends, “do not despair, God has not, will not, and cannot fail.”  Lift up your eyes to Him and rejoice our redemption draws near! 

Blessings as you prepare for your weekend of rest in His Love!


Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.  30 “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  NASB

I sat in a revival service years ago and heard the young minister waxing eloquent and describing life after you receive Christ in the most glowing of terms.  He told the audience that if they accepted Christ their troubles would be over and life would no longer be the difficult struggle that it had been but God would solve all their problems.  He went so far as to tell them that God would remove the thorns from the roses in their lives and life would be easy.  I was troubled by his imaging of the Christian Life because it gave false expectations to the audience.

I had not been a Christian long but had already learned that that statement might be a little exuberant and an overstatement of the Christian life, based on what I had already experienced and what I knew of the Word of God.  I appreciated His enthusiasm and well-meaning but was saddened by the thought of someone coming to Christ only to find that sometimes “Life is hard” and “all the thorns have not been removed from the roses” in life.

What Jesus did say is that if you are worn out, struggling, finding life difficult, and are finding the walk to be a heavy burden you can come to Him and He will give rest.  He will renew our strength like the eagles.  He will be with us and never leave us nor forsake us.  He will provide a door of escape if temptation becomes more than we can handle.  His statement to “take my yoke upon you” suggests that Life and this Christian life is not just a casual stroll through the daffodils of life but is labor. 

A yoke carries the image of oxen pulling a plow.  He also said, “learn from Me.”  In taking His yoke upon ourselves the learning from Him indicates that there is a process.  In that process, we are taught to handle life’s difficulties and not be overwhelmed by them rather than a pathway to “ease”.  

He described His character and demeanor as being gentle and humble in heart and that’s where He wants to take us and in so doing that is where we find “REST FOR OUR SOULS.”  It is in pulling the load, with Him, going through the struggles of life, with Him, and facing life’s temptations, trials, tests, and pitfalls, with Him that we find that “His strength is made perfect in weakness”. 

It is there that we find that we are “more than conquerors through Him.”  It is there that we find that “there is peace in the midst of the storm.”  It is not that we won’t have any problems face any difficulties, experience, any sadness, or tragedy but that we won’t face them alone!  Becoming a Christian doesn’t automatically remove all life’s problems it gives you strength, grace, power, a person to turn to who will walk you through each one of them with His tender hand of love, grace, and mercy. 

May the Lord bless you as you begin your day!


Galatians 6:7-10 – “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. “NKJV

As in most things in the Kingdom, God makes it simple, and man complicates it.  We over-analyze, over-think, over-examine, and over-explain many of the simple truths, realities, and facts of scripture. 

The Law of Sowing & Reaping is not a difficult one to understand and it is a principle that works in the natural and spiritual.  We reap WHAT we sow.  If you sow corn you get corn.  If you sow wheat you get wheat.  If you sow sin you get sin.  If you sow discord you get discord.  If you sow love you get love.  It really is simple. 

If you sow to the flesh and you reap corruption.  If you sow to the spirit and you get life.  Therefore, if we have the opportunity to walk in the spirit and follow the pattern of our Lord we are to do so and as a result, we will reap the benefits of that lifestyle, mindset, and attitude. 

You really don’t have to go around looking for something to do to earn points with God, that would be a doctrine of works and eliminate faith.  However, there is a balance in the Kingdom, and because we have faith we work, and we work because we have faith.  Because of my love for the Lord, I DESIRE to do good to all men and I understand the principle of farming.  In farming:

  1. You reap WHAT you sow.
  2. You reap LATER than you sow.
  3. You reap MORE than you sow.
  4. But you always reap IN KIND.  (You don’t sow watermelons and get apples).

So, allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in what you do and place God at the center of your universe and everything else will fall into place.  Try it you might like it! 

Blessings as you go through your day!


Isaiah 54:11-17 – “O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted, Behold, I will set your stones in antimony, And your foundations I will lay in sapphires. 12 “Moreover, I will make your battlements of rubies, And your gates of crystal, And your entire wall of precious stones. 13 ” All your sons will be taught of the LORD; And the well-being of your sons will be great. 14 “In righteousness you will be established; You will be far from oppression, for you will not fear; And from terror, for it will not come near you. 15 “If anyone fiercely assails you it will not be from Me.  Whoever assails you will fall because of you. 16 “Behold, I Myself have created the smith who blows the fire of coals  And brings out a weapon for its work; And I have created the destroyer to ruin. 17 “NO WEAPON THAT IS FORMED AGAINST YOU WILL PROSPER; AND EVERY TONGUE THAT ACCUSES YOU IN JUDGMENT YOU WILL CONDEMN. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.” NASB [Emphasis mine]

There is obviously far more here than I can deal with in a few short sentences, but I want to focus on a few things. 

First, I ask the question, “What do you do in times of trouble?”  You Remember!  But remember what?  You remember this promise from the Lord!  He is speaking to the person who is going through difficult times. 

The storms of life have rolled in and opposition is on every hand.  It is quite possible that you are in despair and maybe even depressed over the whole thing.  God has a Word for you.  He begins by telling us what he will do to establish us.  In (v. 15) – he debunks the idea that the attack is from Him.  He then gives us the solid rock promise to stand on in (v.17) and tells us that this is our heritage! 

Therefore, we can take it to the bank that when all hell assails us, heaven’s gates will not fail us.  God will unleash 12 legions of angels if necessary, to come to our defense and if we allow Him to establish us in righteousness and we maintain our integrity then we can Stand On (v.17) considering it not only a hope but a sure promise of GOD who Cannot Fail! 

Do not despair but lift up your heads and rejoice!  As in the old western movies, help is coming and it may be just in the nick of time, but It Is Coming!

Blessings as you begin your day!


Matthew 6:9-13 – “’Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10′ Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. 11′ Give us this day our daily bread. 12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13’And do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’] “NASB

We all learned this as children most likely and many can quote it but how many really stop and think about it and strive to put it into daily practice in their lives?  It is a simple, few, line prayer that will literally transform your thinking as well as your living. 

Consider what is being said:

  • It is recognition of God’s Sovereignty and Supremacy.
  • It is honoring God and giving Him due worship.
  • It is requesting His rule and reign on the Earth.
  • It is requesting daily provision.
  • It is a cry for forgiveness and the extension of forgiveness.
  • It is a plea for guidance and protection.
  • It is recognition, that EVERYTHING belongs to God and no matter what man does GOD’S KINGDOM WILL NEVER FAIL, HIS POWER NEVER DIMINISH, and HIS GLORY NEVER LESSEN.

Don’t just recite it as you do the 23rd Psalm or some other pet passage.  Think about each line and allow the Holy Spirit to write that portion upon the tablet of your heart and infuse it into your being so that you become one with it. 

We need to seek God first above and before everything every day of our lives.  We should make worship and expressions of gratitude a daily part of our lives and hopefully the first offering of our day.  We need to focus on what we can do to expedite the rule and reign of God on Earth.  I know, by making Him LORD of our lives. 

We need to pray for our daily provisions so that we will be able to pursue His purposes in our lives and complete our assignments on this earth.  We need to cry for His mercy for our sins and failures not forgetting that our forgiveness is rooted in our being forgivers of others.

We need to seek His guidance and protection and above all recognize that everything in existence is created by Him and belongs to Him.  If we believe in our hearts that He is LORD and that His Kingdom will never fail, and His promises are absolute we will learn to walk in His Power, Peace, Presence, and Protection.

Let’s make it our goal and ambition in this life to Live what we are praying and confessing.  He is LORD of all, or He is not LORD at all.

God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!


Genesis 12:1-3 – “Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you; 2 And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; 3 And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse.  And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”  NASB

This story requires almost a lifetime study to do it right, but I want to extract a couple of nuggets from this reality of “Blood Covenant” and the True Covenant Person.  We have a government today that has created a “Welfare State” and it’s getting worse. 

Taking care of the poor, the sick, the needy, the widows and orphans as well as the family has always been the responsibility of the believer and the church, not the government, but we’ve gotten far away from that.  When a person is IN covenant it means that ALL OF YOU is in covenant.  All you have, are, and will have, are involved.  When we are IN covenant with God, then all that we have belongs to Him, because we belong to Him.  He then is “watching over His word to perform it in our lives!”

A Covenant person is a generous person.  For a person to walk in covenant they would, of necessity have to be generous.  That person gives TOTALLY of themselves.  Let me get into an area that will be controversial for some:


The Hebrews, in covenant – – DID NOT tithe (give 10%).  Instead, over a three-year period, they TRIPLED TITHED!  You see, every week out of his increase came two tenths and over a three-year period another tenth.

  • 1st 10th – – For ministry & establishing of the Covenant in the Earth
  • 2nd 10th – – Went to the Poor – (Widows and Orphans)
  • 3rd 10th – – Was so they could enjoy & worship God – – (Paid their expenses to the feasts, etc.  Today that would be conferences & retreats, etc.)

That’s 30% off the top that the covenant man would give. 

THEN – if a stranger knocked on his door he would “feed/clothe/house” that individual and send them on their way “cared for”.  If you took a coat as a guarantee for a long, when nightfall came you had to take the coat back so he wouldn’t be cold at night!  THIS IS GENEROSITY! 

It is the heart of God.  You could not get near a covenant person without them trying to give you something.  WHY?  Because of the Covenant and THE BLESSING!  There were Biblical guidelines for taking care of people as Paul expounded on in the New Testament, but we need to get back to Biblical principles and away from the government “welfare, dependence mentality”.  This is the heart of God! 

God bless you as you embark on this day and a new journey in Him!


John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  NKJV

After surviving a year in Vietnam and returning to civilian life I wandered somewhat aimlessly for over a year deeply disturbed inside and searching for something but had no idea what.  There was more than one occasion when I called to make plans to reenlist and return to Vietnam because I was having such difficulty adjusting to life at home. 

During that time virtually no one knew what was going on inside, I hid it well.  A couple of people discerned that something was wrong and one of those was a fellow veteran and the other a very astute young lady who cared for me in ways I could not return to her because of the condition of my heart.

I found myself in Palestine, Texas living with my sister and her husband working for Coca-Cola / Dr. Pepper as a route driver and became acquainted with some of their friends from Westside Assembly of God who began to show me love and offered prayers heavenward for my soul.  I insulted them, treated them rudely and none of that shook them off my trail or prevented them from loving me and showing me God’s love and mercy.

I finally consented to go to church and thought they were a bunch of nuts but for whatever reason, I went back again and again and fell under deep conviction for my spiritual condition.  I acknowledged that I was lost and going to hell but thought that I had done too much to be forgiven and that put me in a more miserable place than I was before. 

I was doomed with no hope.  I was in deep turmoil now, knowing I had sinned, was lost, and believed that my eternal destination would be in hell. It was at that point in my life, that the love of God reached down through the fog and lifted me to safety as I read Proverbs 3:5-6 at about midnight on a Saturday night and that love came flooding through the barriers I had placed and I in repentance received Jesus into my heart and Love Lifted Me!

So, I give you the song written by John Rowe – “Love Lifted Me.”

  1. I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore, Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more, But the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry,
    From the waters lifted me, now safe am
  2. Refrain:
    Love lifted me!
    Love lifted me!
    When nothing else could help,
    Love lifted me!
  3. All my heart to Him I give, ever to Him I’ll cling, In His blessed presence, live, ever His praises sing, Love so mighty and so true, merits my soul’s best songs,
    Faithful, loving service, too, to Him belongs.
  4. Souls in danger look above, Jesus completely saves, He will lift you by His love, out of the angry waves. He’s the Master of the sea, billows His will obey,
    He your Savior wants to be, be saved today.

James Rowe – 1865-1933

Born: Jan­u­a­ry 1, 1865, Hor­ra­bridge, De­von­shire, Eng­land. Died: No­vem­ber 10, 1933, Wells, Ver­mont.

Son of John Rowe, a cop­per min­er, James worked for the Ir­ish gov­ern­ment for four years and then immigrated to Amer­i­ca at age 24. He set­tled in Al­ba­ny, New York, and worked in rail­roads in New York for 10 years. He then be­came an in­spect­or for the Hud­son Riv­er Hu­mane So­ci­e­ty. He then worked for mu­sic pub­lish­ers in Tex­as and Ten­nes­see, and in his lat­er years, moved to Vermont and worked with his daugh­ter, an artist, writ­ing vers­es for greet­ing cards.

May God’s love lift you from whatever fog and battle you are now facing and place you on the solid rock.  Blessings and love!


Luke 6:37-38 – “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.  38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”  NKJV

Please don’t misinterpret my title or caption. I believe the declaration in the text verses but am troubled. I felt compelled to address this passage again and will likely do so in the future.  I have encountered something among fellow believers that troubles me and if you will give me a few minutes I will highlight some of my concerns and questions.

Having engaged in conversation with some believers who have been hurt and wounded or are simply troubled by what they perceive as non-biblical words, deeds, or attitudes in other believers some troubling matters were broached.  I have heard preachers and non-preachers rail against the perceived absence of unconditional Love in other believers.  I readily acknowledge that love is difficult and unconditional love virtually impossible outside of our Lord Jesus and the inner working of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. 

My problem is not with calling attention to the failure of fellow believers to extend Unconditional Love it is making it personal and all about me.  I have been in difficult times, endured false accusations, and needed people to love me without reservation and question. In those times some did and others, whom I thought would, did not and I was hurt.  If I focus on their failure but make it all about me, I have weakened the message. 

It is far too easy for the heart to have seeds of bitterness in it and if a root of bitterness springs up it defiles.  The problem is that few recognize the root within themselves and our lashing out and castigating others for their failures to Do the Biblical Thing somehow becomes a false balm for us.

The Bible tells us many things about life and living it, but I want to call attention to two specific things:

  • The Principle of Reciprocity.

Here in Luke 6, Jesus identifies a particularly germane truth that Giving is the key to receiving.  Carefully read the words of our Lord in verse 38:  “Give and IT will be given to you…”   IT is as essential in understanding as GIVE for it is WHAT WE GIVE that we receive.  What we give will come back “good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over…”

Therefore, if we are not receiving what we need it might serve us well to look beyond the failure of others and examine our own hearts, lives, and actions and be sure that we have been giving, what we are now needing.  I am not saying that if some fail you it is your fault only suggesting that before we allow bitterness, hurt, and/or anger to well up inside we might want to examine our planting in the past, present, and future.

  • The Law of Sowing and Reaping.

In Galatians 6 we read the directive of the apostle Paul where he advised the Galatian believers and all who would read in successive generations the truth about “Reaping and Sowing”.  It is a farming principle that refuses to fail.  In the principle of sowing and reaping, we find we Reap WHAT we sow, MORE than we sow, and LATER than we sow. 

I too am troubled when I see professing Christians coming up short in the demonstration of godly character, but as I look at my own heart, I frequently find that I have fallen short in one of the two principles listed above. 

I would never suggest that you will never experience the pain of others’ failure if you follow these guidelines, but I do insist that if you follow them from the heart you will prevent a root of bitterness and reject any tendency toward self-pity.  The pain will still come as others fail you, but you will walk in a peace that is beyond human comprehension.

God bless you as you go through your day!


Proverbs 22:6 – “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”  NKJV

Proverbs 29:15 – “The rod and rebuke give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.”  NKJV

Growing up I was disciplined with the belt or paddle and I spanked my children.  Today my parents and I would be in danger of having our children taken from us and possibly charged with child abuse for following a biblical guideline.  In Proverbs 13 and 23 we read the directive to use the ‘rod’ in discipline and correction as a demonstration of love not hate or abuse.  In fact, in Proverbs 22:15 we find, “Folly is bound up in the heart of the child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.”

Let me say that I never want to see an adult beating a child or even disciplining them when out of control in anger.  Yet, I also do not want to hear or see children being disrespectful, talking back, and being out of control with no discipline.  Early in a child’s life, there is a need to shape that child’s will, so they become disciplined and productive members of society. 

The apostle Paul in Ephesians 6:4 warned fathers not to provoke their children to anger, but to bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.  It is one thing to have a child become angry overcorrection and another to antagonize needlessly and provokingly.

The Bible tells us in Hebrews 12:6, “For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives.”  If God disciplines us out of love how could we view failure to discipline our children as demonstrations of love?  Every child and person are different and respond to different stimuli requiring the parent to be careful to observe the nature and personality of that child.  A good parent or leader becomes a student of those they are responsible for seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit to apply the ‘rod of discipline’ appropriately and in the right measure. 

You may not believe in spanking your children and that is your decision but if you fail to discipline the child you are doing him/her no favor.  I would ten thousand times rather be disciplined if it staves off ultimate destruction than the alternative.  I’ve been told by parents that they could not discipline their children because if they did the child would not like them.  Parents while it is wonderful to have your child like you, but you have a responsibility to ‘train’ that child to live in a society that demands discipline and restraint.  If you fail to prepare the child for that the child liking you is of little consequence.

God disciplines His children and instructs us to discipline those we are responsible for.  By the time society becomes involved in the process it becomes punishment, not discipline.  Discipline has at its heart the objective of salvation and preservation.  Punishment does not always have that goal in view it is payment or penalty enacted with possibly no other objective.

We should all be merciful, loving, kind, and gentle but we should also know how to mete out what can only be called ‘tough love’ and take the difficult road of administering discipline for in doing so we mold, and shape lives positively equipping them for societal interaction.

May God be with you as you go through your day!


Proverbs 18:9 – “He who is slothful in his work is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.” NKJV

Proverbs 18:9 – “A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things.”  NLT

The Bible has much to say about Laziness and frankly, I have not heard anyone mention it from the pulpit in decades.  In 2 Thessalonians 3:10 the apostle Paul made a declaration that would have certainly drawn the ire of today’s modernist and politically correct crowd saying:  “…if anyone is will not work, neither shall he eat.”  That would not go over very well in a society that wants to please, tolerate and excuse bad behavior.  Churches that seek to please people would run from that as though it were the plague, but it is biblical.

There are numerous passages in scripture that refer to laziness and how God views that character trait.  Let me list a few of them:

Proverbs 13:4 – “The soul of a lazy man desires and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.”

Colossians 3:23 – “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as unto the Lord and not to me…”

Proverbs 10:4 – “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.”

1 Timothy 5:8 – “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially those of his household, he had denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

Proverbs 20:13 – “Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes and you will have plenty of bread.”

Proverbs 12:24 – “The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.”

2 Thessalonians 3:11-12 – “For we hear that some among in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.  Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly.”

Proverbs 14:23 – “In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.”

James 4:17 – “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

Colossians 3:17 – “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father through Him.”

This is not an exhaustive list of verses regarding work and laziness but enough to demonstrate that Idleness and Laziness are not quality character traits and should Never be rewarded, justified, or excused. 

We live in a world that has poverty and lack and when we can help those less fortunate than ourselves, we should do so.  However, there is one caveat if they are Lazy then we Should Not Help Them!  You may think me calloused and uncaring, but I care very deeply and know that if we allow a person to continue on a destructive path without intervention, we are harming them and become complicit in their destruction.  We should seek to rescue the perishing not help them perish.

It is no wonder that the Bible tells in Proverbs 22:6 to “train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”  If we fail to discipline and refuse to tolerate laziness in our children, they will become non-productive members of society.  Every person should be expected to Work where possible and when possible and if a person demonstrates Laziness, we should allow them to experience the pain of laziness.  That, to me, is a greater demonstration of love than enabling them to continue in that destructiveness.

God bless you as you go through this day!