Archive for January, 2014

Follow Your Dreams

“He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in their beds.”
Job 33:15 (NLT)

Most people have had a bad dream otherwise known as a nightmare. Dreams have been studied from the perspectives of psychoanalysis and neurosciences but researchers have not been able to determine the purpose of dreams. The continuity hypothesis theorizes that dreams reflect your life experiences while awake. In other words daytime problems continue into night time dreams. (1) Are dreams just random memories keeping the brain active during sleep or could some dreams be divine messages from God sent to warn us? Quite often a bad dream can involve falling from a height. Through deception people fall away from the Lord (2 Thess 2:3) but remember from where you have fallen and repent. (Rev 2:4) Another frightening nightmare that occurs frequently is being chased by someone but when you seek the Lord he promises to deliver you from all your fears. (Psalm 34:4) A third common dream type can include a school examination as in a test situation.(2) The Lord examines us to test our hearts and minds (Psalm 26:2) so prepare yourself by obeying God’s Word and don’t follow your dreams unless they lead you closer to the Lord.

1) Schredl M, Characteristics and contents of dreams. Int Rev Neurobiol., 2010;92:135-54


The Days of Noah

“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”
Matthew 24:37

At the 2014 Grammy Awards 34 couples were married during a mass wedding in a celebration of gay marriage. The Grammys stage at Los Angeles’ Staples Center was even momentarily transformed into a brightly lit church with a gospel choir. Currently seventeen US states and the capital Washington allow gay marriage. Opinion polls show that a majority of Americans support same-sex marriage.(1) The Bible says “in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” (Matthew 24:38-39) Interestingly, while all the same sex couples are celebrating their new marriages Hollywood will release the “Son of God” movie on February 28 of 2014 and then “Noah the Movie” will be released in theaters on March 28 of 2014. As in the days of Noah while people are participating in these unholy celebrations the Son of God will return when they least expect it. “So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!” (Luke 21:28)



Stress Free Living

“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
Matthew 6:27

We have all had times when we feel stressed out. Unexpected problems arise that we have no control over causing us to worry. We all are guilty of worrying about issues such as personal health, material possessions, and even our physical appearance but these types of prolonged thoughts over time can negatively affect our health. Worry is just an alternate term for fear or anxiety. Researchers have found that continual anxious thoughts can trigger a number of inflammatory processes in our bodies which can result in elevated blood cholesterol levels over time. High cholesterol can cause hypertension and heart disease.(1) The Bible says that “anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” (Proverbs 12:25) We are always going to have stress in life but it is our reaction to the stress that makes all the difference. The Lord Jesus has promised to give us his peace so do not “let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27) Dear Lord Jesus, “when I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”(Psalm 56:3) “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.” (2 Thess 3:16)



Lie Down and Rest

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures.”
(Psalm 23:1, 2 NIV)

We are living in an ever changing complex world. Every day we need to make a multitude of decisions. Many people are struggling with the burden of working full time while simultaneously pursuing higher education. An uncertain economic future further adds to the stress as people compete for a limited number of employment opportunities. Life is so busy it seems to pass us by but the decisions we make now greatly impact our future. No person can know the future but God knows our future. A Psalmist prayed so long ago “teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground,” (Psalm 143:10) and this still stands true today. The Lord as the Good Shepherd wants to lead everyone of us into that specific green pasture that will provide all of our needs. The green pasture is that place where we will find peace as our soul is fed the life sustaining nourishment of God’s Word. This place is called the Church which gathers all believers who have made the life changing decision to lie down and rest in Christ Jesus our Lord.


You’re Too Sweet!

“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
(Psalm 119:103 NIV)

Americans are too sweet. In the year 1820 the average American consumed only about 20 lbs of sugar annually but today Americans consume an incredible 130 lbs of sugar annually. That’s about 3 lbs of sugar every week. Over a lifetime this is enough sugar to fill an entire dumpster. The American Heart Association recommends consuming not more than 9.5 teaspoons of sugar daily but the average American adult consumes 22 teaspoons everyday. One 12 oz can of soda alone contains 12 teaspoons of sugar. Even the Bible says that “it is not good to eat too much honey.” (Proverbs 25:27) The problem is that refined sugar has no nutritional value and contributes to the development of obesity, diabetes, headaches, nervous tension, depression, and vascular disorders. What is even worse is that sugar is as addictive as cocaine.(1) The good news is that we don’t need the sweetness of this world because we can “taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8) The cravings of our stomach will never be satisfied but the righteous eat to satisfy their soul. (Proverb 13:25) So the next time we want something sweet open a Bible and taste the sweetness of God’s Word.



Warm Up!

“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” Ephesians 4:3

Winter is here and it is wise to keep warm. One of the first body regions to feel the cold is the hands. They are located further from the body’s core and easily become cold if they are exposed to the frigid temperatures. To keep the hands warm some prefer the greater independent finger mobility offered by a pair of gloves, while others favor the warmer atmosphere inside a pair of insulated mittens. Mittens are hand coverings enclosing the four fingers together and the thumb separately. Mittens are warmer than gloves made of the same material because fingers maintain their warmth better when they are in contact with each other although some individual finger mobility is sacrificed. God requires his people to be unified in the warmth of his love but often individualism can cool relationships down resulting in competition and eventually division. The Bible urges us to “always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. (Ephes 4:2) “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1 NIV) May all believers warm up in loving contact with one another for complete unity in Christ Jesus.


Divine Direction

“Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” Proverbs 22:6 (NLT)

Children in the postmodern world have lost the respect for authority. Primetime television programing glorifies disobedient children. Hollywood produces films that promote violence against law enforcement. Youth spend hours playing video games that involve senseless destruction. In 2010 “juvenile offenders were known to be involved in 8% of all homicides in the United States.” (1) When children are not learning they find time to get themselves into trouble. Violent crime committed by juvenile offenders peaks during after school hours between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. (1) Positive parental influence has declined with children being raised by single mothers. Children have been given too many choices and not enough discipline. Our adversary Satan knows that if children do not obey visible authorities that they can see on earth they will never be able to obey the Lord of heaven whom they cannot see. “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11) Divinely directing your children early will give you the peace and the delights you desire later. (Proverbs 29:17)



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