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By Wally Fry

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Evidence of God

From Mark “Hat,” Rackley. If we see a painting, we know there was a painter. If we see a building, we know there was a builder. How can we then look at a creation and deny there is a Creator?


“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every creature
and the breath of all mankind.
Does not the ear test words
as the tongue tastes food?

  • Job 12:7-11

A true believer can see God in all things.  The unbeliever thinks coincidence, chance, and impossible odds rule the day.  God reveals Himself each day, but people have their blinders on.

I see the Grand Canyon, and I see a magnificent God who can carve structures with wind and water.  The unbeliever sees erosion and devastation caused by years of uncontrolled weather events.  Yet, I see God in the wind and water.  I see a God that placed the type of soil and rock in the Grand Canyon so that it would erode in such a beautiful manner.  I see a magnificent God.

Read the rest of the post hereEvidence of God

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After Being Forgiven Much; and We Do Not Forgive

Great thought on forgiveness from the Broken Pieces blog. If Jesus is our example, and He forgave it ALL, why do we struggle to forgive even small things sometimes?


As a man, and as all who will admit and confess to it we need forgiveness from our transgressions.  God has forgiven me more than I could ever repay.  How can I not forgive another who owes me very little?  Or owes me nothing?

Read the rest of the post here: After Being Forgiven Much; and We Do Not Forgive

Pastors: Be Swordsmen and Chefs

An interesting look at the role of pastors by Slim Jim at The Domain For Truth. Pastors and chefs…this is great!


Ephesians 6:17 refers to the Word of God as the sword of the Spirit: “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

If the Word of God is a sword then that this helps us with understanding further two biblical roles of Pastors.

Pastors Be Swordsmen

The most obvious role of pastors and the sword of the Spirit is the responsibility of pastors to protect the flock.  The charge of pastors to protect the church with the Word is directly commanded in Titus 1:9=

holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.

Note here the reference to the Word of God as something pastors are supposed to hold fast unto.  Note the end of the verse mention the role of pastors “ to refute those who contradict.”  In order to do this pastors must be skilled in the use of the word of God to refute error.

Read the rest of the post here: Pastors: Be Swordsmen and Chefs

Anxiety In The New Year

From Rebecca Luella Miller at A Christian Worldview of Fiction. She makes a great point that, while many do face each new year with fear and trepidation, that Christians certainly ought not to!


I keep hearing about people starting 2019 filled with anxiety and a sense of woe. I’m not sure where this pessimism is coming from. Maybe it’s the usual depression brought on by winter. Maybe it’s the divisiveness currently in our nation. Maybe it’s the downward spiral some see our moral climate taking. I don’t know for sure.

What I do know is that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

That truth actually isn’t good news for people who reject or ignore God, because He has already demonstrated that when evil reaches a limit, He will act in judgment. He did so with Egypt, with Canaan, with Israel, with Judah. Why would the God who is the same from one era to the next suddenly go soft on sin? He isn’t likely to do that. But we don’t know just how or when His judgment will fall.

So those who are far from God have reason to be somewhat anxious.

But Christians? Not if we are going about doing our Father’s business.

Read the rest of the post here: Anxiety In The New Year

New Year’s Resolutions – It’s time to Stop This, Start That!

I know I am running late with this New Year’s post from Dave Peever at Live 4 Him, but there is still lots of year left. Some great counsel on living out our faith going into this new year.


This year I want to change the way I live out my faith. It’s time to stop this and start that!

Stop reading my Bible.

Start following God’s word.

It doesn’t matter how many times I read through the Bible in a year, it only matters how much I am changed by it.

Stop going to church.

Start experiencing God with other Christ followers.

Read the rest of the post hereNew Year’s Resolutions – It’s time to Stop This, Start That!

Hello God ~

A great, very personal poem/prayer by Deborah Ann. Enjoy


Hello God,
are You still there?
I’ve a burden
I need to share.

Greetings God,
did You get my call?
I know I’m not . . .
always on the ball.

Hi God,
am I on hold?
I promise to do
what I am told.

Hey God,
should I ask again?
Maybe I forgot to say
thank you and amen.

Hello God,
are You listening?
Ah, there You are . . .
quietly whispering!

~~~~~~

Matthew 7:7

“Ask, and it shall be
given you; seek,
and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall
 be opened unto you:”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

Read more great poetry here: Hello God ~

Whatever you’re going through Jesus Cares

From the Benjamin Moore Blog. Truly, there is nothing that we will face, that Jesus the man did not also face. The only difference is that He faced all challenges perfectly and without sin or error, and set the example for us to follow.


Photo by Kat Jayne on Pexels.com

There’s a story in the Bible about Jesus going to Samaria and reaching out to a Samaritan woman. The story is primarily focused on the Samaritan woman’s need for a savior and her attempts to find it in relationships, which can speak directly to many of us who have tried to do the same. But there is a small piece of scripture that can get missed.

It has been bouncing around in my mind since I read it a few weeks ago. It’s this tiny phrase right before His encounter with the Samaritan that says “Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon”.

Jesus was tired.

Read the rest of the post here: Whatever you’re going through Jesus Cares

And She’s Buying a Stairway to Heaven

A great one from Mike Ridenour at New Hope For Dry Bones. No, there is no buying one’s way to Heaven, despite the words of this classic song. Too many are struggling and striving to but something that only Jesus can buy for us.


I remember getting the sheet music to Stairway to Heaven and bringing it home to learn to play it on my guitar.  It didn’t sound right.  The sheet music was written for piano and it didn’t sound like the Jimmy Page version.  Later, I learned to play it for guitar and it still didn’t sound like Jimmy Page.

I got tired of trying to sound like Jimmy Page and developed my own style.  Everyone told me they could hear some Jimmy Page in my playing.  Go figure.

Back to the sheet music, it had the piano notation and also they lyrics.  Mom sat down and read the lyrics (which I thought were really cool lyrics).

Read the rest of the post here: And She’s Buying a Stairway to Heaven

What a Grace

From Darryl Madden. There are good poems at his place; check them out.


Oh, what a grace
To pray in this place
Of dwelling within
All time and space

Oh, what a grace
With my sins I face
Of Your mercy blessed
Through You they’re erased

Oh, what a grace
To depart from the race
To worship with praise
The Spirit, embrace

Oh, what a grace
From world that we chase
In gift of His peace
For heaven awaits

See more great poems here: What a Grace

 

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