Examine and see how good the LORD is. Happy is the person who trusts him. PSALM 34:8

“Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us,” Paul penned. “The Scriptures give us patience and encouragement so that we can have hope” (Romans 15:4).

These are not just Sunday school stories. Not romantic fables … They are historical moments in which a real God met real pain so we could answer the question, “Where is God when I hurt?”

How does God react to dashed hopes? Read the story of Jairus. How does the Father feel about those who are ill? Stand with him at the pool of Bethesda. Do you long for God to speak to your lonely heart? Then listen as he speaks to the Emmaus-bound disciples …

He’s not doing it just for them. He’s doing it for me. He’s doing it for you …

The God who spoke still speaks … The God who came still comes. He comes into our world. He comes into your world. He comes to do what you can’t.


Fear not thou worm

“Fear not, thou worm Jacob… I will make thee a threshing instrument with teeth.” (Isa. 41:14, 15.)

COULD any two things be in greater contrast than a worm and an instrument with teeth? The worm is delicate, bruised by a stone, crushed beneath the passing wheel; an instrument with teeth can break and not be broken; it can grave its mark upon the rock. And the mighty God can convert the one into the other. He can take a man or a nation, who has all the impotence of the worm, and by the invigoration of His own Spirit, He can endow with strength by which a noble mark is left upon the history of the time.

And so the “worm” may take heart. The mighty God can make us stronger than our circumstances. He can bend them all to our good. In God’s strength we can make them all pay tribute to our souls. We can even take hold of a black disappointment, break it open, and extract some jewel of grace. When God gives us wills like iron, we can drive through difficulties as the iron share cuts through the toughest soil. “I will make thee,” and shall He not do it?—Dr. Jowett.

Christ is building His kingdom with earth’s broken things. Men want only the strong, the successful, the victorious, the unbroken, in building their kingdoms; but God is the God of the unsuccessful, of those who have failed. Heaven is filling with earth’s broken lives, and there is no bruised reed that Christ cannot take and restore to glorious blessedness and beauty. He can take the life crushed by pain or sorrow and make it into a harp whose music shall be all praise. He can lift earth’s saddest failure up to heaven’s glory.—J. R. Miller.

“Follow Me, and I will make you”…
Make you speak My words with power,
Make you channels of My mercy,
Make you helpful every hour.

“Follow Me, and I will make you”…
Make you what you cannot be—
Make you loving, trustful, godly,
Make you even like to Me.

The Fire Within

Jesus began to explain everything that had been written about himself in the Scriptures. LUKE 24:27

“When [the disciples] saw who he was, he disappeared. They said to each other, ‘It felt like a fire burning in us when Jesus talked to us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us’” (Luke 24:31–32).

Don’t you love that verse? They knew they had been with Jesus because of the fire within them. God reveals his will by setting a torch to your soul. He gave Jeremiah a fire for hard hearts. He gave Nehemiah a fire for a forgotten city. He set Abraham on fire for a land he’d never seen. He set Isaiah on fire with a vision he couldn’t resist. Forty years of fruitless preaching didn’t extinguish the fire of Noah.…

Mark it down: Jesus comes to set you on fire! He walks as a torch from heart to heart, warming the cold and thawing the chilled and stirring the ashes.… He comes to purge infection and illuminate your direction.

The Great House of God

VIDEO Casting Crowns

March 14, 2013 by Patty B

Tonight I had the privilege to be in the audience of a Casting Crowns concert. The first time I saw them was at State College, PA when my son took me for Mother’s Day. Since that day I have been enjoying their music which spans the generations. The concert was a 3 hour worship service of an inspiring message of the Glory of God and singing our praises and honor to His Holy Name. I am not sure but I think I heard the angels in heaven singing with us! 😀

For those who may not have heard their music I hope you enjoy the video.


VIDEO Who Did Jesus Say He Was?

March 14, 2013 By iamnotashamedofthegospelofchrist

How did Jesus handle disbelief? What did He say to those who didn’t believe that He was God’s son? We have so many in the world today just as Jesus did in His time on earth; that are saying that Jesus wasn’t the Son Of God. They say God didn’t have a son, but what did Jesus say?

John 12:44-46

When A man believes in me, he does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me.
When he looks at me, he sees the one who sent me.
I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness

John 11:25

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;

and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?

Now when the Jews asked Jesus to tell them plainly whether He was the Christ (Messiah) he said :

John 10:25-30 (This one say’s it all)

I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Fathers name speak for me,

but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.

My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.


I have no doubt. These are Jesus’ words. God said it, I believe it, it’s done!

Susan Boyle sings How Great Thou Art


Living Waters

“A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.” (Song of Solomon 4:15)

There are eight verses in the Bible with the phrase “living water”: four in the Old Testament, four in the New. All beautifully describe a spiritual truth under the figure of a flowing stream of refreshing water.

The first of these (in our text above) is a portion of the description of the lovely character of a bride as seen by her coming bridegroom, almost certainly symbolic of the Lord and His people. But then, through the prophet, God laments that “my people . . . have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:13). “They have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters” (Jeremiah 17:13). One day they shall return, however, and Zechariah prophesies that “living waters shall go out from Jerusalem. . . . And the Lord shall be king over all the earth” (Zechariah 14:8-9).

In the New Testament, the Lord Jesus appropriated this metaphor to Himself as He spoke to a woman of Samaria: “If thou knewest the gift of God . . . he would have given thee living water” (John 4:10; see also v. 11). “The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14). Later in Jerusalem He cried out to all, saying, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said |referring, no doubt, to the above Old Testament passages|, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37-38). Then, in the last book of the Bible is found a special promise for those who die for the Lord’s sake. “|He| shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes” (Revelation 7:17). HMM