Category: HOPE


Rivers of Blessing

  
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.”‭‭Psalm‬ ‭133:1-3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I remember walking with my wife on the top of the Appalachian Trail in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. There we noticed that many of the mountain rocks were wet and dripping with the morning dew. The small amounts of moisture accumulated and began to create small streams of water flowing in channels down the mountain until eventually there was enough water flowing to make powerful rivers. 

God loves to see his people living together in unity. Each believer’s individual anointing accumulates as they gather together in church in one accord to pray. Soon a powerful river of the living water of the Holy Spirit flows. This is called revival. It happened in Acts 2:4 and it will happen again. We must pray together and let the rivers of God’s anointing flow! 

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Fear Not. 

  

To Do List

  

The Wind of Life

  

Longing for a City

  

Life as a Trumpet

“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.”
Romans 12:6 (ESV)

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An Oversized Problem

But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 (ESV)

I had a patient come into my clinic one day with the biggest dog I have ever seen. It was an Irish Wolfhound. The Irish Wolfhound is a domestic dog originally developed for hunting wolves or guarding flocks. Wolfhounds can be an be an imposing sight due to their incredible size sometimes reaching seven feet tall standing on their hind legs. The Wolfhound displays an awesome combination of strength and gracefulness being fast enough to catch a wolf and strong enough to kill it. Wolfhounds were even mentioned in ancient times by Julius Caesar. The Romans received these dogs as gifts for fighting lions and bears. Some people are afraid of big dogs but this big dog towered over me and attacked me with kisses because Wolfhounds have a reputation of being very friendly towards humans and actually serve as guardians towards family members. Life often presents us with oversized problems that appear more ferocious than they really are but sometimes these big problems can actually work out to benefit us. The Lord can use the very things that we fear the most to guard us from harm. Only God can turn our big problems into big blessings.

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No More Droughts!

“He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.”
Titus 3:5 NLT

California is the most productive state for agriculture in the United States. California’s 80,500 farms and ranches received a record $44.7 billion dollars for output in 2012. The state produces nearly half of US-grown fruits, nuts, and vegetables. (1) It has very fertile soil containing an abundance of plant nutrients and minerals but without water no plant will grow regardless of the soil quality. California has been officially declared in a drought State of Emergency on Jan. 17, 2014 by Governor Jerry Brown. “We are in an unprecedented, very serious situation,” Brown said at a press conference. “People should pause and reflect on how dependent we are on the rain.” (2) In the Bible water symbolizes the Holy Spirit. We can have all the religious training in the world but without the outpouring of the Holy Spirit it is just lifeless intellectual knowledge. Our lives are in a serious unproductive drought without the Holy Spirit refreshing our dry existence. Jesus says that “Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.'” (John 7:38) “We were all given the one Spirit to drink” (1 Cor 12:13) so let’s quench our thirst today.

1) http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/Statistics/
2) http://www.theaggie.org/2014/01/30/california-in-drought-state-of-emergency/

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Love is………

“The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”
(Jeremiah 31:3 NIV)

Everyone wants to experience love but what exactly is love? Hollywood attempts to portray love in romantic films but these are just fictional stories which leave their audience empty and still searching for love. Roses are usually associated with love but these are just flowers that quickly fade away. Chocolates are exchanged by lovers but their sweetness does not last more than a few moments. The media follows beautiful people that fall in love but “charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain.” (Proverbs 31:30) Some may substitute erotic passion for love but hormonal highs don’t last. Love is sharing your food with the hungry, and giving shelter to the homeless. Love is giving clothes to those who need them, and not hiding from relatives who need your help. (Isaiah 58:7) Love is eternal and only God’s love will last because he is eternal. Love is God for God is love. Dear Lord, “Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.” (Psalm 63:3)

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Don’t Discriminate!

“I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism.” Acts 10:34 (NLT)

The ethics of making decisions without discrimination always seems to be heavily scrutinized in public forums. Whether its governmental policy changes or individual choices the time will come when a cultural boundary must be crossed. The dictionary defines culture as the “behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group.” The Lord Jesus Christ is our perfect example to follow for living with the correct cross-cultural perspective. The Lord Jesus crossed universal boundaries leaving heaven in order to love humans as he lived amongst them. While on earth Jesus crossed social barriers not discriminating by class. He ministered to the educated Pharisees and the wealthy Roman officials. He fed the poor and healed the disabled. He met the needs of both men and women. Jesus treated all ethnicities with dignity and respect. He ate with both Jew and Gentile. Jesus ministered to all age groups calling the little children unto him and mentoring his older disciples. The Lord Jesus requires us to live like him. Every day we cross cultural boundaries working in the marketplace, studying in the educational system or even while taking a walk through the neighborhood. We encounter people from every social, ethnic, or age group as we live our lives. God’s love does not discriminate and neither should we.

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