Tuesday With Karen

by Karen Icenhour

Be Still And Know

Be still & know that He has a glorious face,

We’ll see Him pour out abundant mercy & grace;

He blesses our heart more than we ever deserve,

With every promise, He always keeps His word!

Be still & know we’ll see God’s love & affection,

There’s comfort to live in His hedge of protection;

His hand will guide every single step we take,

And God has never led anyone into a mistake!

Be still & know He listens to each prayer we pray,

Whatever the size, He hears every word we say;

He often sends answers addressed by His love,

That’s how it is with our gracious Father above!

“Be still & know that I am God” is wisdom He gives,

Showing us direction in the best way we can live;

So many rich blessings God will on us bestow,

All we need to do is take time, be still & know!

Law Could Not

What the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh

THE Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never by the same sacrifices year by year, which they offer continually, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered. — Through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.
Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
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EAST TO WEST

BY MEAGAN DAVIS

EAST TO WEST, NORTH TO SOUTH

Psalm 103:12 – As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Today, one of my teachers spoke of this beautiful truth, so I thought I would share it with you. This verse holds the beautiful truth that Christ removes are sin far from us. But think about how far this really is. He didn’t say the north and south. Eventually, if you travel on this earth, you will come to the point where you are going south. Then, when you come around again you will meet the north because the earth is a sphere.
But God chose the words “east” and “west.” The east and the west will never touch. You can keep going around the earth in an eastward direction and you will never touch west. The same is true if you travel the opposite direction. You have to physically turn around if you want to go the other direction.
This is how far God separates our sins from us. They can’t be reached. Yes, we will make mistakes and sin again because we are human. But God forgives when we ask Him too. And if you know Christ as your personal Savior, His precious blood has already covered yours sins past, present, and future. That gives us every reason to live for Him!
So next time you travel east or west, think about the vastness of God’s forgiveness. Think of the beautiful truth of this verse, and thank Him for what He has done for you.

It’s the Little Things

by Meagan Davis

Yearbook Catastrophe

“So, I have a question for you,” my teacher said at the beginning of class. “How many of you, when you got your yearbook, the first picture that you looked at was your own?”
Over 75% of the class raised their hands. The only reason I didn’t raise mine was because I hadn’t gotten my yearbook yet. But that gave me the greater responsibility; now, I had the chance to keep my actions in check.
You see, I’ve also been reading a book called From Pride to Humility. I highly recommend it if you haven’t read it before. It’s very short but very convicting. God was already working on my heart about pride, and now, my teacher brings up a simple everyday situation that I show pride. Why is pride such a big deal anyway? Because God hates it (Proverbs 8:13, Proverbs 16:5). If I love God, why would be something that God hates?
Pride is seen in so many little ways. The book that I mentioned earlier says that it is the root of all sin. It is what had Satan cast out of heaven. Pride causes us to be focused on self and not focused on God. It makes us talk about ourselves, think low of others, and cut others down. It can also be seen in self-pity because the focus is on yourself, not God. It’s easy to be proud in so many ways, so we have to be careful. Even then, we will make mistakes. I still went back and looked at my picture first!
What’s the best way to learn humility? Ask God to teach you to be humble (Matthew 7:7). But be prepared because God will teach you even when you least expect it. I’ll tell you about that story in a later post.

 

Friday Funnies

Lesson in Lying

A minister told his congregation, “Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17.”

The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17. Every hand went up. The minister smiled and said, “Mark has only sixteen chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying.”

Sermon

A pastor, known for his lengthy sermons, noticed a man get up and leave during the middle of his message. The man returned just before the conclusion of the service. Afterwards the pastor asked the man where he had gone.

“I went to get a haircut,” was the reply.

“But,” said the pastor, “why didn’t you do that before the service?”

“Because,” the gentleman said, “I didn’t need one then.”

Stolen Goose

Confessor: I have stolen a fat goose from a poultry yard!
Priest: That is very wrong.
Confessor: Would you like to accept it, Father?
Priest: Certainly not- return it to the man whom you stole it from.
Confessor: But I have offered it to him and he won’t have it.
Priest: In that case you may keep it yourself.
Confessor: Thank you, Father.

The Priest arrived home to find one of his geese had been stolen…

Tuesday With Karen

by Karen Icenhour

Keep On Going

Keep on going, although life’s pathway gets tough,

When it seems like your spirit has had enough;

If you’ve been betrayed by family & others,

He’s the Friend that sticks closer than a brother.

Keep on going, when you’re in the valley below,

When things troubling you, only the Lord knows;

The Lily of the Valley will lead every step you take,

And His guidance causes no errors or mistakes.

Keep on going, toward the founder of your faith,

He will always be there, every moment of the day;

Even in times when you feel you’re traveling alone,

He’ll give you enough strength & mercy to go on.

Keep on going, when you want to quit in life’s race,

There’s no problem greater than God’s grace;

When you become weary, troubled, & weak,

He’ll carry you while He meets all your needs!

Stanford

In 1884 a young man died, and after the funeral his grieving parents decided to establish a memorial to him. With that in mind they met with Charles Eliot, president of Harvard University. Eliot received the unpretentious couple into his office and asked what he could do. After they expressed their desire to fund a memorial, Eliot impatiently said, “Perhaps you have in mind a scholarship.” “We were thinking of something more substantial than that… perhaps a building,” the woman replied. In a patronizing tone, Eliot brushed aside the idea as being too expensive and the couple departed. The next year, Eliot learned that this plain pair had gone elsewhere and established a $26 million memorial named Leland Stanford Junior University, better known today as Stanford!

Man looks on the outside, but God looks on the heart.

It’s the Little Things

The Danger of Growing Up

By Meagan Davis

“Lord, we trust you with our eternities, why can’t we trust you with our lives?”

This is the prayer that my resident assistant prayed in our meeting. My thoughts began to drift. Why? Why do I trust God for something so great yet not for something so small? I trust Him to care for me for time unending but not for just a few short years.

We start out our Christian life just like a child. We take God at His every word. We trust Him. We are so sure of Him. Just like a little baby may walk right into a pool, we would take that step of faith off the cliff knowing God will help us soar.

But then, we grow up.

You have more fear of danger now than you did as a child. You may be afraid of roller coasters, of flips on a trampoline, of drowning in the ocean, of safety while traveling. When you were younger, the thought of being hurt may have never crossed your mind. Just like this, we are more scared now than at the beginning of our Christian walk. At first, we are excited; now, we are anxious. Instead of growing up God’s way, we grow comfortable in our Christian walk. We become spiritually sure of ourselves. We think we know enough to decide on our own future. We think we know better than God. And when things don’t go exactly our way or we don’t know what is going on, we are scared of His plan.

But why? God is the same God now as He was in the beginning, as He was when He saved you! Malachi 3:6a says, “For I am the Lord, I change not.” And we know that God thinks the best for us (Jeremiah 29:11). So why do we fear? Why trust God to save you from the biggest danger of your life but doubt Him in the small things? Where did the saving faith go? I encourage you to grow up spiritually, but let God be your Abba Father. Still trust Him with that child-like faith that brought you to Him in the first place.

Learning a Lesson

by. Warren Wiersbe

David was going through intense difficulty. Some of his friends, including his most familiar friend, were turning against him, and it was painful.

How did David solve this problem? First, he called upon the Lord. “As for me [no matter what they may do], I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save me. Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice” (vv. 16,17). Apparently, David had a systematic prayer life. He called upon God and told Him his troubles.

Second, he let God do the judging. “God will hear, and afflict them, even He who abides from of old” (v. 19). David believed God would resolve the problem. We should do the same. Let God give you the friends you need to help you in your ministry, and let Him take care of your enemies. Don’t treat others the way they treat you. Instead, treat them the way you would want to be treated. Don’t return evil for evil.

Third, David was determined to learn from this experience. “Because they do not change, therefore they do not fear God” (v. 19). David was going through a change of friends, and this was helping him to fear God more. We usually don’t like changes. But whenever God brings change to our lives, we can learn from it. Let’s not get so comfortable, so settled, that God can’t do anything new in our lives.

Determine to learn from difficult experiences. God has a purpose for allowing every difficulty and problem. Let Him teach you new truths and work in your life in new ways.

Friday Funnies

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON

AFTER telling the children the story of Adam and Eve, a Sunday school teacher asked them to draw a picture. One little boy drew a car with three people in it. When told it had nothing to do with the story, he looked up in astonishment and replied, “But you said ‘God drove them out of the garden!’ “

LATE

I HAD always prided myself on being an “on time” person.  One morning I over-slept and rushed around getting ready for Sunday school.   As I ran out the door, my husband tried to say something. “What?”  I called back. “Don’t slow me down. I’m late.”  “No, you’re not, ” he responded. “It’s Saturday.”

FOR RENT

As PROPERTY manager of single-family residences, I was showing a unit to prospective tenants and asking the usual questions: “Professionally employed?” “We’re a military family,” the wife answered. “Children?” “Yes, nine and twelve,” she told me proudly. “Animals?” “Oh, no,” she said earnestly. “They’re very well behaved.”

CHANGE OF ADDRESS

My friend called his car insurance company to tell them to change his address from Texas to Vermont.  The woman who took the call asked where Vermont was.  As he tried to explain, she interrupted and said, “Look, I’m not stupid or anything, but what state is it in?”