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March 30, 2015

Power Through the Clouds

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus.”

Luke 24: 1-3 (NLT)

It was about fifteen years ago now, that I traveled to Scotland for a week of golf on some of the historic courses of the game. What made the trip especially memorable for me was that I took it with my precious son, Nathan, as the two of us joined seven other father-son pairings. Throughout the week we traveled the Scottish countryside and played courses across Scotland, including where golf began at the famous Old course in St. Andrews, Scotland.

While in St. Andrews, Nathan, being who he is, arranged a memorable moment for both of us as he walked us one evening out on the beach nestled between the first fairway of the Old Course and the body of water called the Firth of Forth. Nathan informed me that we were standing on a stretch of beach where some scenes from one of my favorite movies of all time “Chariots of Fire,” were filmed. (more…)

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March 23, 2015

Like Paul

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things…And the peace of God will be with you.

Philippians 4: 4-9 (NIV)

I wonder if his upbeat perspective about life would have been any different if he had a television set. Then, or today?

It’s a wonder he lived as long as he did actually—experiencing and surviving five floggings each with forty lashes minus one, three beatings with rods, one stoning, three shipwrecks, being robbed by bandits, confronting danger lurking around almost every corner due to his belief in Christ, often going hungry, thirsty, cold and without a shelter to rest his head except during one of his many imprisonments.

I’m not sure anything he might have seen on television about what was going on in the world back then around him could have been any worse than what he experienced, and would have caused him to change his perspective on life. It seems that nothing could have or would have changed that hope he carried in his heart to despair—nothing. (more…)

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March 16, 2015

A Power to Believe

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes…

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.”

Ephesians 6: 10-11, 13-15 (ESV)

We all find ourselves at times in the midst of some battle of one kind or another. It may be in the midst of trying to meet expectations, facing uncertainty, experiencing difficult moments, or trying to figure out how to reach the goals we have set out before us. And in the midst of it, we run into moments of difficulty, whether they be roadblocks, disappointments or failures. (more…)

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March 9, 2015

Our Known God

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

Corrie Ten Boom

There it is. A mission statement for all of our todays—in just twelve words.

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

Twelve words of promise for us to embrace as we awake each day.

They were the twelve words spoken by Corrie Ten Boom, who saw her father die after the Nazis arrested their family for harboring and helping Dutch Jews to escape to freedom from the Nazi Holocaust. Twelve words which lifted her as she watched her sister Betsie die in a Nazi prison camp just months before the Allied Forces liberated everyone. (more…)

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March 2, 2015

Nothing

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:

For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8: 31-39 (NIV)

So what is life like for you these days?

Up? A little down? Joyful? Some uncertainty looming? Anxious about something?

Whatever life is like at the moment, let me suggest that we reread those verses of scripture written by the Apostle Paul set out above. Maybe a few times each day. They contain some of the greatest assurances of hope, promise and comfort for us that there are. For me, those verses have been a continual reminder and source of strength through years of challenge, difficulty and disappointment, and in the things I, and those I love, face today. (more…)

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