Living Above Suffering

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Some moments in life cannot be measured in words… I recently visited my Aunt while she recovered from hip replacement surgery.  It just happened that the rehab facility was combined with a nursing home. While there she was invited to a Bible study. After the Bible Study was over the Pastor asked if anyone had any prayer requests. After two requests were given an elderly lady raised her hand slightly to speak. She probably didn’t weigh more than 85 pounds and was crippled, confined only to a wheel chair.  Her spine was twisted drastically to the right and curved down. The twisting and curvature of her spine caused her head to rest a few inches above her right knee.  It is hard to imagine what this felt like to her. No one knew that she could speak.  She had not said a single thing the entire service.

6 Steps to Making Better Decisions

decision-making-processes1   As a Pastor I have been asked many times how to seek the direction of God in our lives?  “How do I find out what God wants me to do,” they ask.  When it comes to seeking the wisdom of God there are two passages that come to mind.

My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,  if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.  For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
Proverbs 2:1-6

The Necessity of Beginnings

new-beginningDon’t look down on small beginnings because every great achievement started with a small beginning.

The Necessity of Beginnings

“In the beginning, God…”  Genesis 1:1  This is the first 4 words of the Bible signifying the beginning of all of creation.  God’s work had a beginning.  He began by creating.  Throughout time God had other beginnings.

He began a relationship with man in creation.

He began to give man wisdom and direction.

When man separated themselves from God He began the process of man’s reconciliation to God.

He began His time on earth as a baby.

He died on a cross and rose again so that He might begin in us a new creation.

Living Through the Darkness

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Into every life a little rain must fall, but the prolonged darkness is far worse than the storm.

Living through the darkness is a necessary part of life.  It can be described as hopelessness, depression, sadness or other terms that represent similar feelings. Some people struggle with it more than others. In my own experience and after reading the experience’s of others there are a few things to make the process more bearable and shorter in its cycle.

Here are a few tips:
1. Admit it to yourself and someone else at the onset of the sadness.  Don’t wait too long. You don’t need to go into great detail when sharing.  Find a friend that you are comfortable with to share your feelings. Just the act of sharing it with another person can help reduce the darkness and give you some perspective on your current situation.