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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Something I Can Do?

Someone sent me this in an e-mail, not sure who the author is. But I really think he hit the nail on the head!

If someone you know needs help, don't annoy them by asking

if there's anything you can do.

Think of something appropriate and do it.

Edgar Howe [adapted]

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Surely Goodness


September 26, 2009

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
-- Psalm 23:6

God is our Shepherd. Our destiny is tied to his goodness and
mercy which he longs to shower upon us until he brings us home to
dwell with him forever.

Friday, September 25, 2009

In The Presence of my Enemies


September 25, 2009

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You
anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
-- Psalm 23:5

While the enemy of the righteous may flourish for a season, God
will lavish his love and show his favor on the righteous. As the
apostle Paul reminded his dear friends in Philippi, their prayers
and the work of the Holy Spirit guaranteed his deliverance: he
would either be delivered from prison and death to serve them, or
he would be delivered from prison through death to go be with the
Father (Phil. 3:19-23). Either way, God's righteous will get a
banquet, a place of honor, and a royal welcome that will vindicate
their faithfulness before those who oppose them.

Monday, September 21, 2009

If God Is Good

I was a philosophy major in college, and remember taking a course on "The Problem of Evil." I wasn't sure I wanted to delve into the issue again but couldn't resist giving Randy Alcorn's book a try. I found it to be a study on life, and hope.

Every one of us will experience suffering. Many of us are experiencing it now. As we have seen in recent years, evil is real in our world, present and close to each one of us.

In such difficult times, suffering and evil beg questions about God--Why would an all-good and all-powerful God create a world full of evil and suffering? And then, how can there be a God if suffering and evil exist?

These are ancient questions, but also modern ones as well. Atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and even former believers like Bart Ehrman answer the question simply: The existence of suffering and evil proves there is no God.

In this captivating new book, best-selling author Randy Alcorn challenges the logic of disbelief, and brings a fresh, realistic, and thoroughly biblical insight to the issues these important questions raise.

Alcorn offers insights from his conversations with men and women whose lives have been torn apart by suffering, and yet whose faith in God burns brighter than ever. He reveals the big picture of who God is and what God is doing in the world–now and forever. And he equips you to share your faith more clearly and genuinely in this world of pain and fear.

As he did in his best-selling book, Heaven, Randy Alcorn delves deep into a profound subject, and through compelling stories, provocative questions and answers, and keen biblical understanding, he brings assurance and hope to all.

Randy Alcorn
is the founder and director of Eternal Perspectives Ministries and a bestselling author. His novels include Deadline, Dominion, Edge of Eternity, Lord Foulgrin’s Letters, The Ishbane Conspiracy, and the Gold Medallion winner, Safely Home. He has written eighteen nonfiction books as well, including Heaven, The Treasure Principle, The Purity Principle, and The Grace and Truth Paradox. Randy and his wife, Nanci, live in Oregon and have two married daughters and four grandsons.

Order and more info here.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A thought for Sunday: Plans?

excerpt from's Daily Devotional--

You must have a game plan from God. I remember so clearly the first time I read the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, how God always gave His children a game plan. From the exact measurements for Noah to build the ark, to the Ten Commandments, to the way the tabernacle was to be constructed, to how the armies were to take the city of Jericho, all the way to the founding of the early churches...God always gave His children a specific game plan.

I don't care what the situation you may be facing today is, whether it is a health issue, financial, a relationship problem, work or school related, the fact is God can give you a game plan today to guide you to victory in whatever battle you are fighting today. Those who are successful, those who are moving forward in their life, those who are bearing fruit for the Kingdom of God . . . are those who have a plan from God and are executing that plan on a day-to-day basis.
The natural question is how do you get a plan from God. That comes from the intimate daily relationship with the Lord I encourage you daily to maintain. Does the general of an army give his battle plan to his troops or to total strangers? Of course he gives them to his troops. God is the same way. He has a game plan for His children, but you have got to be plugged in to hear Him.

Most people languish in their circumstances and never get beyond them because they have no game plan. Most people are ineffective in their Christian service because they have no game plan. Most people fail because they are trying to execute their own plan. To be effective you must get a game plan, and to be successful that plan must come from God!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sunday Prayer


September 13, 2009

We wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our
great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to
redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people
that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
-- Titus 2:13-14

We haven't arrived at our destination (cf. Philippians 3). We
are in waiting! Jesus, who offered his own life for our redemption,
will gloriously return to take us home. During our time of waiting,
let's be eager to do what is right, good, and holy.

Father, make me holy. Holy Spirit, make me eager. Jesus, make me
glorious. Do these things for your praise and for the blessing of
those who need to know you better. Please forgive me for the times
I have settled for mediocrity and stir me to a holy passion to
belong to you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Stolen Identity

by Kay Marshall Strom

Enormous eyes in a bony-thin face, and a baggy green dress that dragged the ground. Because of all the cast-off children at the village school in India, the raggedy girl stood closest to our translator, he gently asked her, "What is your name?"

The girl stared.

"Your name. What is it?" the translator asked again.

The girl whispered her answer: "I have no name."

A child with no name. A little girl abandoned so young she could not even remember what her parents had called her. She grew up begging at the train platform, snatching up the scraps harried passengers dropped, watching other children picked off by traffickers. Now that she was seven or eight--perhaps even a scrawny nine--the traffickers had come for her. But the girl screamed and kicked and clawed so ferociously that someone called the police. Someone with clout, evidently, because the police came and pulled her away from the traffickers. Somebody in the crowd suggested that instead of putting the child in jail, the police might take her to the village school, which they did. They dropped her at the door and left.

Human trafficking, especially sex trafficking, is rampant around the world. We think of it as an eastern European problem, or Indian or Nepalese or Thai. It is. But it's also a Western problem. The U.S. State Department estimates between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the Untied States each year, but concede that the real number is far higher. According to the U.S. Justice Department's head of the new human trafficking unit, there is now at least one case of trafficking in every state.

The little girl with no name was fortunate that someone responded to her screaming pleas. What would you do if you heard a child shriek for help? Of course, if she were a trafficking victim in this country, she wouldn't likely scream or kick. She would probably shrink away in terror, or act submissively. You might see wounds--cuts, bruises, burns. Perhaps what would catch your attention would be the constant work: babysitting, cooking, washing dishes, scrubbing floors--never just being a child. Or maybe you couldn't say exactly what was wrong--only that something about the child's situation made you profoundly uneasy.

Please, please, if you suspect a person is being trafficked, call 911 and report it. Yes, it is okay. Yes, even it you are mistaken. In fact, eighteen states require citizens to report possible child abuse or neglect of any kind.

In the 1700s, Quakers led the fight against the African slave trade. In 1885, the Salvation Army took up the abolition banner, and since then it has led the fight against a different kind of slavery. More and more, 21st century abolitionists are followers of Christ determined to see slavery of all kinds ended in our day.

Oh yes... Before I left the school in India, I asked if we might give the little girl a name. She is now Grace.

About the Author:

Author Kay Marshall Strom has two great loves: writing and helping others achieve their own writing potential. Kay has written thirty-six published books including Daughters of Hope: Stories of Witness and Courage in the Face of Persecution and In the Presence of the Poor. She's also authored numerous magazine articles, and two screenplays. While mostly a nonfiction writer, the first book of her historical novel trilogy Grace in Africa has met with acclaim. Kay speaks at seminars, retreats, writers' conferences, and special events throughout the country and around the world. She is in wide demand as an instructor and keynote speaker at major writing conferences. She also enjoys speaking aboard cruise ships in exchange for exotic cruise destinations.

Schedule Kay for an interview or request her book for review by contacting Kathy Carlton Willis Communications at or call 956-642-6319.

Monday, September 07, 2009

The Transformation Study Bible

This new study Bible is a wonderful resource. Along with the full NLT text, Dr. Wiersbe includes introductory sections, book outlines, book overviews, catalyst notes, cross references, maps, a concordance and study notes.

View a book trailer here.

Warren Wendel Wiersbe is an American pastor, Bible teacher, conference speaker and a prolific writer of Christian literature and theological works. Born on May 16, 1929 in East Chicago; Warren Wiersbe is perhaps best known for his series of 27 books in the "Be" series: Be Real, Be Rich, Be Mature, Be Joyful, etc. and other theological works.

As pastors seek to make the Word of God more understandable in an age that is unfamiliar with the Bible, and as growing disciples seek to discover the truth of Scripture in a skeptical culture, there is a great need for guidance in both the preaching and study of God’s Word. Whether you’re a pastor, a seminary student, or a truth-seeking disciple, an understanding of the Bible can be made clear to you with the help of one of the most influential, in-depth, and practical Bible scholars in modern history.

For over thirty years, millions have come to rely on the timeless wisdom of Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe’s “Be” Commentary series. Dr. Wiersbe’s commentary and insights on Scripture have helped readers understand and apply God’s Word with the goal of life transformation. According to Dr. Wiersbe, “It isn’t enough for us simply to read assigned portions of the Bible each day, as helpful as that is. A truly transforming experience involves meditating on what we read (Ps. 1:2), studying it carefully in the light of other verses, and then obeying what God tells us to do (Josh. 1:8).” Now available for the first time, The Transformation Study Bible offers the full text of the highly readable New Living Translation with accompanying notes and commentary from the 50 books in Dr. Wiersbe’s “Be” series.

“The Transformation Study Bible will better enable readers to appreciate, appropriate, and apply the Word of God, which will result in ‘purity, joy, right values, hope, comfort, freedom, new life, peace, guidance, wisdom, integrity, encouragement, and effective prayer,’” states Wiersbe. In other words, if you want to be a new person, knowing and obeying the will of God and becoming more like Jesus Christ, there is perhaps no finer tool to encourage that process than The Transformation Study Bible.

One of the most anticipated and comprehensive study Bibles of the year, The Transformation Study Bible has been a lifetime in the making by a man who is widely known as a prolific and trusted writer and theologian. The former pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago, an internationally known Bible teacher, and someone who has given his life to a deep examination of the Word of God, Dr. Wiersbe lends his vast experience and scholarly insight to the most beloved and revered book of all time. This effort is to encourage believers of all levels to know and love the Bible and to experience the same transformation that has radically changed his life. The result is a Bible that is clear, understandable, and applicable to the lives of its readers.

Dr. Wiersbe writes, “The remedy for discouragement is the Word of God. When you feed your heart and mind with its truth, you regain your perspective and find renewed strength.” By providing a new set of tools for Bible students of all levels, David C Cook and Warren Wiersbe have partnered to provide an essential tool to help bring the “perspective” and “renewed strength” that comes from a life transforming study of God’s Word. This fantastic and long awaited resource will bring more clarity than ever before to the study of God’s Word.

The Transformation Study Bible with General Editor Warren Wiersbe

David C Cook September 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1434765307/2100 pages/$24.99

Thursday, September 03, 2009

I Shall Not Want


September 3, 2009

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
-- Psalm 23:1

A sheep is only as good as its shepherd. We are incredibly

O Great Shepherd, carry me like a lamb, tenderly in your arms
and close to your heart. My life, my future, and my strength depend
upon you. Please help me hear your voice above the confusing
distractions around me. Under your care I have no fears. Thank you
for being my Shepherd. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.