Psalm 139:13-14, Matthew 6:26-30 Galatians 2:20Samuel and Susanna lived in the town of Epworth, England where they raised their 19 children. Among them were John and Charles, who spearheaded the Christian revival in the 18th-century. Yet if you were to read the letters Susanna wrote to each of her children, you would be amazed at how much detail and concern she expressed for each of her children and their unique personalities and situations. It was like each child was an only child.
2 CHRONICLES 20:1.24, JEREMIAH 29:12-14, JOHN 21:1-7 (read here)
I’ve probably told you before but when my kids were young, we would pass the time on long car drives by playing the game, “I Spy.” I was never very good at the game because everyone seemed to pick things that were hard for me to see. They would say, “I SPY with my little eye, something that is RED or GREEN or BLUE or PURPLE.” And because I’m colourblind, I would usually lose.
So apparently, being rich does not make people happy. As I was listening to one of the morning talk shows, they reported that several top psychologists show that it is not personal wealth that makes people happy, but friends and forgiveness. One of the doctors said, “The happiest people surround themselves with family and friends and actively find ways to forgive each other. It’s like a key that unlocks happiness in our lives.”
Romans 8:9-11, 2 Timothy 1:6-12
It was early morning about a month and a half ago. The persistent tapping of the freezing rain on our bedroom windows and howling wind outside reminded me that most activities for the day would would take way longer due to the weather. I came downstairs and turned on the Weather Network to see how much worse the day was going to get. As I sat and watched the the reporters tell me how bad it was OUT THERE, the lights in the family room flickered and then … the power went out.
Genesis 3:1-19, Proverbs 3:7, Romans 5:6-8
I was about seven years old when I learned a strong lesson about obedience. My father was out mowing the lawn and he got interrupted by my sister who needed to go somewhere. I used to love to watch him whip the bright orange cord on the electric mower and clear the way to cut the razor sharp lines on our side yard grass.
Have you ever heard the story of Jonah and the whale. Maybe you have but did you realize that the whale wasn’t Jonah’s only problem. You see, the bible teaches us that the disobedient prophet was actually “swallowed up” three times? Let me explain.
Psalm 119:11, Mark 4:35-41, John 10:27, James 1:22
Isn’t it amazing how fast technology has advanced in the past few years. I know … now I’m starting to sound like dad when he hears the term, “Cloud Storage”. But seriously, because of Covid-19, most of us have been forced to use more technology in the last 4 weeks than any of us feel comfortable with.
Have you ever heard the story of the man who decided to obey God completely? He assumed that as a result of his conviction and his determination, everything in his life was going to go more smoothly. And when things went well for him, said to himself, “This proves that we’re in God’s will.” The problem was, about two weeks later, his wife lost her job and they ran into financial difficulties. The man concluded, “Apparently my wife has not been obeying God the way she should have. She must be out of God’s will.”
Psalm 118:22, Luke 6:46-49, Mark 12:10
After living in their dream house for a few years, my friend realized that his roof was sagging, cracks were forming on his walls and a few of his windows would no longer open. After getting an inspection done, he learned that his beautiful home near the lake was built on crumbling painted sandstone … it had a lousy foundation. The floor from his front entrance was so bouncy that he used to joke that that with two hops and a skip you could be in the kitchen … if the windows didn’t shake out. In order to fix the quickly failing house, he would need to get the house lifted and a new foundation would have to be laid.
Like most Sunday mornings, I came into the living room of our home to gather my stuff together and then head over to the office to get ready for morning worship. As I opened the curtains wide to let the morning in, I noticed one of kids car was parked on the road in front of the house and … its against the law to leave a car on the road over night. I quickly looked at the dashboard and to my relief, there wasn’t a ticket on it. Dodged a bullet, right?