Underneath Are The Everlasting Arms

Deuteronomy 33:27 “The eternal God is thy Refuge, and underneath are the Everlasting Arms.”

I recently heard the following story and wanted to share it with you:

“There is no extremity beyond the power of God’s strength and comfort.

A workman was employed on a building project. One of those high-rise deals. It was necessary because of some deadlines and bad weather for them to work at night. While busy on the edge of the wall, he slipped, lost his balance, fell over the ledge, grabbed the edge of the wall with both hands and hung on desperately. He began to scream and cry and call for someone to rescue him. It was pitch black, riveting machines were going, metal hammers were beating and pounding, mechanical motors were running and nobody could hear a word. Gradually his arms grew numb as he hung suspended over the street below and his fingers began to slip and against every effort of his own will to hold on, at last he lost his hold and he fell……..about three inches to a scaffold that had been there all the time. The darkness prevented him from seeing it. And all through his anxiety he was completely safe.”

 “We are so often terrified by our predicaments while all the time there’s the scaffold of God’s care beneath us. Our ignorance doesn’t change the certainty but it does destroy the peace, doesn’t it? We need to remember that underneath are the Everlasting Arms and you don’t know that until your fingers slip and you drop.” (Pastor John MacArthur)

The Better Way: Completely Trusting In The God Of The Universe To Care For Us Is The Better Way
Read Also: Under His Wings

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A Lesson On Humility

Luke 14:11  “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

    One day, in my younger years, I was invited to attend a luncheon honoring a cousin of the family who was soon to be married.  Soon after arriving, the hostess directed us to step into the next room where we were asked to sit at the table which had a placard with our name on it.          Entering the room, I saw a large round table which I presumed was for the bride and her special guests.  Scattered throughout the rest of the room were square card tables, each seating four people.  Slowly I started easing my way around the small tables, looking for my name.  In a few moments there was a light tap on my shoulder.  As I turned around, the hostess was gesturing towards the large table.  I was told that my place was at the Bride’s Table.  I was surprised and, of course, felt honored.  (As a side note, please know that I was not purposely trying to be humble or anything like that.  As a relative by marriage, I just assumed I was not on the Bride’s list of close friends.)
     This was one of those incidences in my life that I will never forget. That day I learned a valuable lesson in humility.  What an embarrassment I would have felt if I had assumed I was to be seated at the Bride’s Table only to be told to sit at one of the smaller tables. Then, it wasn’t long after this incident that the relevancy of God’s Word became so real, and I was amazed as I read a parable in the Bible that almost parallels what happened to me:  
Luke 14:8-10  ” And Jesus began speaking a parable to the invited guests when He noticed how they had been picking out the places of honor at the table, saying to them, “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for someone more distinguished than you may have been invited by him, and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this man,’ and then in disgrace you proceed to occupy the last place. But when you are invited, go and recline at the last place, so that when the one who has invited you comes, he may say to you, “Friend, move up higher,’ then you will have honor in the sight of all who are at the table.”
     Oh, how wonderful it is to know that God’s Word is all we need for every question we have concerning our daily walk with Him.  Jesus was also trying to teach us a lesson about humility.  According to God’s Word, pride is considered one of the seven abominable sins (Proverbs 6:16-17); consequently, there are many verses instructing us to be humble.  Our greatest example, of course, is the Lord Jesus Christ, for “He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”  Philippians 2:8a 
The Better Way: To Act Humble is Good: To Have True Humility of the Heart is Better
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Are You An Overcomer?

As Christian women, we have much to face to live a Christian life.  As wives, mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers, much is required of us  and we are often overwhelmed in our daily lives.

Every stage of our lives has its own peculiar trials and troubles, but let us not live in defeat.  Let us arm ourselves with the resources God provides. Let us purpose in our hearts to find our strength in the Lord.  People who win races don’t just decide to win, they do many things to prepare themselves.  They eat right, slowly practice every day to build up their strength and endurance, and set a goal, purposing in their minds to achieve it.

Likewise, patience and perseverance do not just happen.  They take diligent practice.  They take purposing in your heart.  So must we be if we are to be an overcomer.  See Hebrews 12:1b  let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus.”

Here are some helpful suggestions :

First, don’t overload yourself with activities.  Find a balance.  If you need help, don’t turn it down.  Even ask for it. See I John 4:4  “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

Second, find something in Scripture and start dwelling on it each day. Memorize it and exercise your mind to dwell on God’s Word until it becomes part of your thinking.  Psalm 119:11  “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

Third, purpose in your heart.  Follow the example of Ezra where it says in 7:10 “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.”

Or how about Daniel in 1:8 “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat.”

Or in Acts 11:23, Barnabas “Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.”

Fourth, Fret not because fretting causes stress which in turn uses up energy which is needed for strength.  Psalm 37:7a “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself.”

Fifth, Lay aside selfish desires. In James 4:3 we read this, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”

Sixth, Bring everything to the Lord. Mark 14:38 “Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.”

Remember, these things are possible because Jesus prays for us, John 17:20  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word.”

God will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able, I Corinthians 10:13  “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

Jesus was tempted and is able to be there for us when we are tempted. Hebrews 2:18 “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to aid them that are tempted.”

Theme: The Better Way: Our own strength cannot make us an overcomer, but the strength of the Lord can and will, as we diligently seek Him.








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Samson’s Mother

Judges 13:3  “And the Angel of the Lord appeared unto the woman….”

     I like studying the Godly women of Bible.  Each one has their own unique characteristics which give us patterns of life to learn from and wonderful examples to follow.  Here in Judges we have a woman whose name we do not ever know, but we can learn much from her.  She is called Manoah’s wife and Samson’s mother, and that is enough for her because she is a humble woman.  When the story begins she has no children and is said to be “barren.”  In Bible times and even for many women today, not being able to have children is a very difficult situation to accept, so we know she and her husband had a certain sadness about this.
     One day, an Angel of the Lord appeared unto her and told her all that would change……..she was going to have a son!  She was to obediently follow all the instructions given to her.  Quickly she ran to her husband to tell him the wonderful news.  When Manoah heard about the son they were to have, and how he was to be a Nazarite from the day he was born, he immediately had concerns about how to raise this boy and “entreated the Lord'” to “let the man of God whom You have sent come to us again that he may teach us what to do for the boy who is to be born.”  
     The Lord listened to Manoah and the Angel of the Lord appeared a second time but again only to the woman.  But she cared for her husband and was aware of his desires and quickly ran to get him.  So the Angel of the Lord spoke with them both.  After this, a sacrifice was offered and the “Angel of Lord ascended in the flame of the offering.”  Manoah was so overtaken that he said “We will surely die, because we have seen God.”  Again, our unnamed woman, Manoah’s wife, showed patience and encouragement toward her husband as she gently said, ” If the Lord were pleased to kill us, He would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would He have showed us all these things, nor would as at this time have told us such things as these.”   In other words, if they were going to have a son, they would not die.                
     We can learn much from this humble, obedient, unnamed woman, who did not seek honor for herself, but honored her husband by being aware of his desires.  And by caring and showing gentleness and encouragement toward her husband, she gives us a wonderful example to follow.
Theme: The Better Way: Being a Wife is Good: Being a Humble, Caring, Gentle, Encouraging Wife is Better
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God Says, “I Will Be With Thee”

Isaiah 43:1-2 “Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.  When thou passeth through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”

      At the present, our family lives near a city that was built on land that is below sea level.  Because of this fact, flooding has been a constant problem.  This city has installed pumps to pump off the water and over the years a levy has been built entirely around the city to try and protect it from flooding.  Do they still have flooding problem? Yes, because sometimes there is a deluge of rain and the pumps can only handle so many gallons of water per hour.  As for the security of the levy, people felt safe until a hurricane came through and caused a breech in one of the walls and many many homes were flooded.
     Yes, the floods come and the fires come, but the Lord God says, “thou art mine” and then continues on to say that we will have floods and we will have fires.  Is the Lord God speaking of literal floods and literal fire?  Well, yes, He could be because in the Bible in the book of Daniel, we read of three men that were thrown into the fiery furnace and not a hair of their heads were singed.  Daniel 3:19-27  Then in Exodus 14:21-31 we read how God brought the Children of Israel safely through the waters of the Red Sea.  But throughout history, God’s people have drowned, been burned at the stake or died in fires.  God is certainly able to protect us from physical harm according to His Will, but in this passage of Scripture He is also speaking of the “waters” of trials and tribulation.  As redeemed Christians, as children of God, we are not set on a pedestal above the world to live out our lives in problem-free bliss.  No, such a life would only cause us to be lifted up in pride, love this present world, and become dependent on ourselves: all things which God hates.
Consequently, God tells us that we will pass through many many troubles.  Neither will we wade around in ankle-deep problems only, but the trials may be so severe that we might think we are going to drown.  Again, God says we will walk “through the fire”—not around, over or under it, but right through the midst of the scorching painful heat.  For a brief moment our hearts sink and are faint, and we are gripped with fear to think that we have to face such things,——– but then the dearest of all promises stand out in large bold letters, “I WILL BE WITH THEE.”  Let’s say that again, “I WILL BE WITH THEE.”  ” The waters, they shall not overflow thee—neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”
  God’s precious promise to us is two-fold:
First, He will be with us in the severest of trials. 
Second, These trials will not overtake us.  
And since our God is the Great I Am, the Almighty God, the Father of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, The Alpha and Omega, the Creator of Heaven and Earth and our All in All, Who else would we want to trust?
      O Lord, Give me the grace to cling to Thy word and trust You completely.
Theme: The Better Way: Knowing the Lord God is With Us in Our Trials Is Good: Trusting the Lord God Completely in Our Trials is Better.
Read also:  Strength For Today


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Women In The Bible

Proverbs 11:16 “A gracious woman attains honor..”
The Better Way: Following The Examples Of The Godly Women In The Bible Is the Better Way
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Sarah’s Handmaid, Hagar

 I must leave” said Hagar in desperation to herself.  Expecting a child by her master Abraham, Hagar had wrongfully shown an open attitude of contempt toward her mistress, Sarah.  Thus the mistress-servant relationship has been broken and Hagar was treated so harshly by Sarah she felt compelled to “flee from her presence.” Genesis 16:6  Even though Hagar was an Egyptian, while living in the household of Abraham and Sarah, she had been introduced to the One True God.  Now fearful and alone, sitting beside “the spring on the way to Shur, “(Genesis 16:7) an Angel of the Lord came and spoke to her saying “Where have you come from and where are you going?” (Genesis 16:8)  Replying that she was running away from her mistress, the Angel instructed her to go back and humbly submit to Sarah’s control and authority with respect

     Hagar was then given many promises concerning Ishmael, the son of Abraham, who was to be born to her.  The Lord had heard her and gave attention to her affliction.  Filled with wonder and thanksgiving, she called the Lord who spoke to her,  El-Roi “The God Who Sees Me.” Genesis 16:13. The well was given the name Beer-lahai-roi, The Living One Who Sees Me.  How encouraged we should be to claim this wonderful attribute of God also, and be able to say with Hagar that the Lord is “The God Who Sees Me.”  

So Hagar returned to Abraham and Sarah and was obedient to God’s command, being in submission to Sarah again as a maidservant.  This obedience must have continued for 17 years since nothing is recorded in the Bible about Hagar until Isaac, the son of Abraham and Sarah, is about 3 years old.  On the day of Isaac’s weaning, a great feast was made and it was during this feast that Hagar’s son, Ishmael, was mocking Isaac.  Because of this, Hagar and Ishmael were sent into the wilderness, but instead of finding the well as before, they became lost.  When their water was gone, and all looked hopeless to live, Hagar and Ishmael lifted up their voices and wept.  But since the Lord is “The God Who Sees Me” the Bible records in Genesis 21:17-20, that “God heard the lad crying; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, ‘What is the matter with you, Hagar?’  Do not fear, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is.  Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him by the hand, for I will make a great nation of him.  Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water—–and gave the lad a drink. God was with the lad, and he grew; and lived in the wilderness, and became an archer.”

 God spoke to Hagar, not once, but twice. As I read about Hagar, I saw how her humble obedience to God, became a great blessing to her. Obedience and humility, two great virtues that a woman of God should seek and strive to obtain.

The Better Way: Seeking God’s Will And Way First Before Our Own Desires Is Always The Better Way.
As a bonus—some interesting facts:
1. Genesis 24:62-67  The well, Beer-lahai-roi, is the place where Isaac first met Rebecca
2. Genesis 25:9  Isaac and Ishmael met together at Abraham’s death to bury him.
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The Cross of Jesus Christ


Galatians 6:14 “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

I saw one hanging on a tree in agony and blood
 He cast His languid eyes on me
As near His cross I stood.
Sure, never, till my latest breath,
Can I forget that look:
It seemed to charge me with His death
Though not a word He spoke.
A second look He gave, which said,
“I freely all forgive:
This blood is for thy ransom paid.
I die that thou may’st live.”

As we think about Jesus Christ’s great sacrifice on the cross, let’s meditate on the words as we listen to these beautiful hymns.



Beneath The Cross of Jesus

Beneath the cross of Jesus, I fain would take my stand;
The shadow of a mighty rock, within a weary land.
A home within the wilderness, a rest upon the way,
From the burning of the noontide heat, and the burden of the day.
Upon that cross of Jesus mine eye at times can see
The very dying form of One Who suffered there for me;
And from my stricken heart with tears two wonders I confess;
The wonders of redeeming love and my unworthiness.
I take, O cross, thy shadow for my abiding place;
I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of His face;
Content to let the world go by to know no gain or loss,
My sinful self my only shame, my glory all the cross.
words by Elizabeth Clephane 1868
music by Fredrick Maker 1881 
When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
                                   When I survey the wondrous cross,
                                                    On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

words by Isaac Watts 1707
music by Lowell Mason 1824


The Better Way: Glorying In The Cross Is The Only Way

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Living Victoriously

Colossians 3:1 “Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.”

     When my mother was still living, I used to fly up to Washington State often to visit her.  On one of those flights, the weather was rainy and the clouds were overcast. As the plane took off we began to slowly ascend upward.  Through those gray clouds we traveled, not being able to see anything, until suddenly we burst forth to the beautiful blue sky and bright sunshine above.  Those clouds that were gray on the underside now billowed in a layered expanse of shining white on the topside.  What beauty !  Soon we flew over a mountainous area which we could not see, except off in the distance I observed the peaks of some larger mountains rising above the layer of clouds.  It was as if they were leaving the grayness below, reaching upward to soak in the glorious rays of the sun.  As I pondered those mountain peaks, my mind began to compare them to us as Christians.
     How often we stay under the clouds, where life looks gray and gloomy; where fog and mist make it difficult for us to see clearly; where self-centeredness is master and we see God through a “glass darkly.” I Corinthians 13:12.  But our Omnipotent Heavenly Father has not moved or changed.  He is still Lord and Master of the universe and heavens.  The rays of God’s goodness, lovingkindness and faithfulness are still shining; it’s just that we have failed to access them.  We need to reach upward through the clouds and mist, just like those mountain peaks and feel the warm rays of God’s love and the see the blue expanse of His majesty and power.  “But how?” you may ask. “I have no strength.”
     God has given us two specific avenues to reach Him.  First, His Word, the Bible.  Read it. Read it every day.  Long or short, many chapters, or just a few verses, but read it.  God’s Word is “living” (Hebrews 4:12) and that means we can always learn new truths as the Holy Spirit teaches us.  It is filled with instruction, encouragement, and hope to give us strength and guidance. “Seek those things which are above.” Colossians 3:2  Grasp some encouraging word and carry it about with you throughout the day.
     Next pray–always, everywhere and in everything. “Pray without ceasing,” ( I Thessalonians 5:17) not always doing the talking, but also quietly listening, so God can speak to you in your heart and mind.  Ask others to pray for you, too, especially when you feel extra weak or have a special need. “Pray one for another.” James 5:16
     My prayer is that as we read God’s Word daily, pray daily and strive to be more Christlike daily through obedience, that even though our feet are on the troubled ground, our hearts and minds can rise above the clouds and find the peace and joy and assurance that is always available in Jesus Christ. Then we can live a victorious Christian life.
Theme: The Better Way: Looking to Christ is Good: Reaching Upward to the Victory in Christ Jesus is Better 
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The Self-Sacrificing Unnamed Mother

I Kings 4:27b, “She is his mother.”

“Oh, my lord, give her the living child and by no means kill him,” the unnamed mother cried the moment King Solomon gave the command to bring his sword and divide the baby in half.  The great tender compassionate love she had for her child brought the anguished cry, for she would be more than willing to sacrifice raising her own child so that he might live.  The other mother revealed she had no love for the child and did not care what happened to him, as she, without feeling, assented to King Solomon’s command saying “He shall be neither mine nor yours; divide him!”

In this account, from I Kings 3:16-28, showing Solomon’s great God-given wisdom, we have the story of two women, who lived in the same house and gave birth to baby boys within 3 days of each other.  The one, a careless mother, laid on her child as she slept and he died.  Realizing what happened, she got up in the night and exchanged the babies, taking the living baby back to her bed.  When morning came, the true mother of the living child realized the dead baby in her bed was not her own.  As they stood before King Solomon, both mothers vehemently claimed the living child was their own.  No witnesses were present, so how was the determination to be made?  Since the physical evidence was not obvious, King Solomon must seek out the heart of the matter.  And so the true, self-sacrificing heart of the real mother is revealed, and Solomon said, “Give the first woman the living child, and by no means kill him.  She is his mother.”
As we read this story, we are reminded of the verse from God’s 
Word that says “man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord 
looks at the heart.” I Samuel 16:7b. Also, Hebrews 4:13 says, “And 
there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and 
laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.”
Dear Heavenly Father, As we carefully examine our own hearts, help us to root out any selfish ways.  Through the many trials and weariness of motherhood, bless us with tender compassionate hearts, filled with Your love.  We ask for genuine, willing, self-sacrificing attitudes.  Refresh us daily, even hourly, with Thy Spirit, O Lord, that we might maintain a firm but gentle attitude as we teach and train our children, according to Your Word. We ask this in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen
                Mary, The Mother of Jesus
                Samson’s Mother
                Sarah’s Handmaid, Hagar
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A Strong Tower

Proverbs 18:10  “The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.”

      My dictionary describes the word tower as meaning: “a place or thing of security or defense; citadel; a fortress commanding a city; stronghold.”  Are you in need of a haven this day?  Do you need a place to hide from life’s problems, worries and frustrations?  Are you tempted seemingly “above that ye are able”  I Corinthians 10:13b and don’t know which way to turn? 
      Certainly we can find no strength within, for there is nothing but weakness within ourselves.  Our family and loved ones provide security but they, too, are overwhelmed with the day and are looking for a haven also.  Friends can offer fellowship at various times but their help is limited and unstable.
     But look ! ——off in the distance I can see a tall narrow structure——I believe it’s a tower.  It looks strong.   It looks like a place of security and safety.  I see some words on the Tower —“THE NAME OF THE LORD.”  Yes, this is where I need to go.  I will not walk, but run!  I am anxious and in great need.
     Here, at last, I am at the Tower.  I eagerly reach for the doorknob when I notice that over the door are the words.”The Righteous.”  Oh, this Tower is not for everyone for it says “The Righteous.”  The Bible says of us, “There is none righteous, no not one.” Romans 3:10. But that does not stop me.  I quickly turn the knob, for I know that the Lord Jesus Christ is my Righteouness.  He has washed me, He has cleansed me, He has saved me by His sacrifice on the cross and my sins are covered under His blood, so I am righteous in Him.  Jesus is my Strong Tower, so I run to Him and am safe.  
Theme: The Better Way: Seeking Jesus Christ is Good:  Running to Jesus Christ as my Strong Tower is Better
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Guiding Children In God’s Way

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 “These word, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
     It’s fascinating to watch nature and to see how God has given animals the instincts they need to live.  As I watched the birds in the nest on our front porch, I saw them purposefully build the nest, patiently watch over the eggs, tenderly care for the baby birds after they hatched, diligently feed then and then train them to leave the nest and fly.  It is amazing.
     One day I was privileged to observe that training process.  The little birds, now fully feathered were on the edge of the nest, occasionally flapping their wings.  Sitting on another hanging plant nearby the parent called and chirped, encouraging the hesitant baby to begin flying.  Occasionally one parent would fly off to a nearby tree branch and then return, all the time chirping and calling, showing the little one what to do.  Then came the dramatic moment when the little bird took off.
     For a bird this process all takes place in a short period of time, but for us, training our children is a responsibility that lasts many years, but the rewards are great and eternal.  Training is not a onetime event, but an ongoing continual process of showing, correcting, explaining and reinforcing and disciplining .
“Line upon line,
 Precept upon precept, 
Here a little, there a little”
Isaiah 28:10  
     As their young minds are being formed, fill them with God’s Word and the wonders of God. Tell them the amazing stories in the Bible so they will learn to love and trust the Lord. Tell them God hates sin and that they are sinners, but that because of His great love for us, Jesus Christ came to pay the price for our sins on the cross. 
     Train them to pray and to confess their sins to God, and to ask God for forgiveness.  Remind them to praise His name and thank Him for all His blessings.  Train them to go to church, not as a “have to,” but as a “want to;” not as an option or choice but as a privilege—a day set aside for this purpose. 
     Discipline your children, not in frustration, but in consistency and firmness with love, teaching them self-control by example.
  “Chasten thy son while 
   there is hope, and let not 
      thy soul spare for his crying.”
Proverbs 19:18 
    “He who withholds correction 
  hates his son, But he who loves
    him disciplines him diligently.”
Proverbs 13:24 
     Then as children grow and move into different stages of life, there are always new situations in which they need to be trained.  Look for the successes and rewards of each stage and enjoy them.  This will encourage you to “press on.”
     Our desire as parents should be that God will become such an integral part of their lives, woven into the fabric of their minds and engrained in their hearts that they will seek to please the Lord in their daily walk.
       As I write all this, please be aware that I am acutely aware of and have many misgivings about my many failures and negligences when raising our own children.  I write these thing to show you what God’s Word says, to encourage you to persevere on and to tell you first hand that in spite of our failures as parents, God blesses if we strive to be faithful and obedient to His Word.
The Better Way: Teaching Right From Wrong Is Good, Consistent and Persistent Training In Love About God Is The Better Way
Here’s a link to help children learn Bible verses through song:
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The Rainbow Covenant


Genesis 9:13 “I set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth.”

     Traveling down the highway in a misty rain, my husband and I watched as a beautiful ribbon of color formed.  It looked as if it was coming straight out of the ground and shooting toward the sky.  At first it did not form a “bow,” but remained like a tall tower stretching upward.  For many miles we drove toward the majestic rainbow, watching as it slowly began to form an arch.  When it seemed like we were going to drive under it, the sky became dark and the rainbow disappeared.
      As we think on the first rainbow, Noah and his family must have been awed by the amazing and stunning sight.  The ordeal Noah and his family had just endured of living on the ark for one year and ten days, plus knowing all the people on the earth were now gone, and that only the eight of them remained must have been quite a trial for them.  But when the tribulation is over, God sends them a visible sign of His promised deliverance and abundant grace, which must have brought them great comfort and joy.  Their hearts must have rejoiced in God’s covenant promise to never destroy the whole earth with a flood again.


14 It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; 15 and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.” Genesis 9:14-17

     Even today, as we enjoy the beauty of a rainbow, let us also rejoice and find comfort that our God is a covenant-keeping God .  His promises are always sure, His plans for our lives, (though sometimes strange and/or painful to us,) are always for our good, and we can fully trust and rest in His powerful arms and great love

“For this is like the waters of Noah to MeFor as I have sworn

That the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth,
So have I sworn
That I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.
10 For the mountains shall depart
And the hills be removed,
But My kindness shall not depart from you,
Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,”
Says the Lord, who has mercy on you. 
Isaiah 54:9-10
The Better Way: Follow Noah’s Example Of Complete Faith and Trust In God’s Promised Deliverance and Abundant Grace
Read also:  Pressing Forward
                   Under His Wings
                   Upheld By The Lord’s Hand
                   Builded On The Rock
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Guidance For Joy In Bible Study

Psalm 1:2  “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.”

     My Thompson’s Chain Reference Bible was complied and edited by Frank Charles Thompson, D.D. PH D.  In the back is a page he wrote about the Principles of Bible study.   He writes in such a descriptive and poetic manner that I would like to share some of it with you.  It has been an encouragement to me for Bible study.  I added the Scripture verses at the end of each section.
A. The Spiritual Attitude is Indispensable 
     “Approach the Bible in a reverent attitude of mind, regarding it as the inspired Word of God, and not as an ordinary literary production.”
II Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.”
B. A Conscious Need is Essential
     “The Bible should be studied as eagerly as a hungry man seeks for bread.
Jeremiah 15:16  “Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart.”
C. First Hand Knowledge Best
     “Many Christians are satisfied to receive all their truths filtered through the mind of some teacher, minister or commentator, seldom or never going to the Book of Books for independent study.  It becomes a new era in a believer’s life when he forms the habit of going daily to the original sources of spiritual truth for his own personal nourishment.”
Acts 17:11  “For they received the Word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.”
D. Study the Bible as a Traveller who seeks to obtain a thorough and experimental knowledge of a new country.
     “Go over its vast fields of truth; descend into its valleys; climb its mountains of vision; follow its streams of inspiration; enter its halls of instruction; visit it’s wondrous portrait galleries.”
I Peter 2:2  “Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow.”
E. Seek to Understand the Deep Things of God
     “Study The Word as a miner digs for gold, or as diver plunges into the depths of the sea for pearls.”
Isaiah 34:16  “Seek and read from the Book of the Lord.”
Theme: The Better Way: Reading the Bible is Good: Daily Feasting on the Word of  God and Searching the Scriptures is Better
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Good Tidings of Great Joy

The story of Christmas is the story of Jesus Christ’s humiliation.  There are many verses in the Bible that express this and as we celebrate Christmas, the Incarnation of Jesus Christ (God in flesh), I want to share some of these verses with you to read and ponder, that all these things might remain in your heart.

Isaiah 9:6-7

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.”

Romans 8:3
 “For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh.” 
Galatians 4:4-5
 “But when the time had fully come  God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.”
I Timothy 1:15
  “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am chief.”
Romans 1:3
 “Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh.”
John 1:14
 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
I John 1:1
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;”
Philippians 2:7
 “Rather, He made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”
Philippians 2:8
 “And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
I Timothy 2:5-6
 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;  Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”
Acts 2:29-30
 “Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.  Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne.”
It is amazing to think the God and Creator of the Universe came in the flesh, because of His great love for us. Oh, how our hearts rejoice with thanksgiving for this “Indescribable Gift.”
II Corinthians 9:15.  May we never take it for granted.
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The Obedient Unnamed Mother

Psalm 37:25 “I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, or his descendants begging bread.”

     A cry for help!  A determined cry for help!  This mother in II Kings 4:1-7, was in trouble and was not ashamed to seek out help from the man of God, the prophet Elisha.  Her husband, one of the sons of a prophet, had died.  Now she was in debt, and her two sons were about to be taken to be slaves by the creditor.  This was according to Exodus 21:2, where a person was to be a bondsman up to seven years in order to pay off a debt.  Well, this mother was not going to sit idly by feeling sorry for herself.  She cried out for help, “My sons must be spared from this enslavement.”
     An almost empty jar of oil is all she had left, she informed Elisha.  Utilizing the only resource she had, Elisha instructed her and her sons to gather together many empty vessels (containers) from her neighbors.  Then directing her to close the door, she was to use her meager jar of oil to fill all the empty vessels.  Did this make sense?  Of course not.  Did she stop and ask questions and details about how this was possible?  No, she followed the instructions of the man of God humbly and obediently.
     As God miraculously multiplied the oil (and you can be sure it was oil of the most superior quality), this mother and her sons filled all the empty vessels and then “the oil stopped.” II Kings 4:6  Then she came and told the man of God (Elisha), and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons can live on the rest.”
     Oh, now it all became clear.  God was providing in a way humanly impossible, but as we know “with God, all things are possible.” Mark 10:27  The unnamed mother first needed to make her request and then be obedient.  You see, God provides and cares for His own, for He promises never to leave us or forsake us. Hebrews 13:5
The Better Way:  Strive to be a determined, hardworking, obedient, humble woman/mother by God’s grace.
See also:  The Unnamed Woman
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A Zeal For The Lord

II Corinthians 9:2 “Your zeal has stirred up most of them.”

     Recently I heard the expression used about someone that they are “on fire for the Lord.” Pondering this thought and desiring a specific answer, I posted the following question to my Facebook friends: What does it mean to be “on fire for the Lord?”
 I received two responses that I believe are worth sharing.  In this day and age of spiritual dryness, may you find fresh encouragement from the following :
“Men ablaze are invincible. Hell trembles when men kindle.” –Samuel Chadwick
“I think most people mean zealous when they use this phrase. The root word for zealous means to boil, be hot or glow. Of course, the motive for being zealous is important. Too many people are busy doing the “things of the Lord” because they covet the praise of men.”
“We have lately read of forests on fire. What a sight! Hear how the mighty trees are crashing in the flame! What can stand against it! The fire sets the mountains on blaze. What a smoke blackens the skies– it grows dark at noon!……As hill after hill offers up its sacrifice, the timid imagine that the great Day of the Lord has come. If we could see a spiritual conflagration of equal grandeur it were a consummation devoutly to be wished! O God, send us Your Holy Spirit in this fashion–give us both the breath of spiritual life and the fire of unconquerable zeal–till nation after nation shall yield to the sway of Jesus!” C H Spurgeon
Following these wonderful quotes, I pursued the matter further by posing another question:  What specific way/ways does this “Fire” manifest itself in living our everyday lives?  I received the following three responses :
“Wake up in the morning thinking, “Wow, the Lord has given me another day.” and “I wonder what the Lord, my Shepherd, wants me to do today?” Then reaching for the Word, asking, “Can you speak to me through your Word today, Lord?’ Then, in everything you do in Word or deed for the rest of the day, do it all in the name of the Lord. From brushing your teeth to drinking your coffee, pray without ceasing, communing with the Lord. Be curious every step of the day, “Is there someone I can tell about our wonderful Jesus at this moment?” Treasure the Lord Jesus above all else laying up treasure in Heaven: As you proceed through the day, forget what lies behind. With Jesus as your redeemer, live in joy remembering your sins are forgiven and you are created to worship. Forgive others continually and immediately, remembering you have been forgiven. Never ever think, “I’ve done enough for the Lord, it’s Me time.”
“To be on fire for Christ in one way means to be in intimate fellowship with our Lord. The church at Ephesus had faith, patience, good works, and discernment, but they had left their first love.  The church at Laodica was charged with being lukewarm, not hot, because they were not supping with Christ. I understand that to mean close, intimate, very personal continued communion and fellowship with Jesus Christ our Lord. That comes by the ministry of the Holy Ghost. So it is vital that we do not grieve, nor quench the Spirit.  I find this to be an ongoing part of the Christian warfare.”
“I think of it as having Him before all other thoughts, rejoicing in Him throughout the day, living, breathing, walking in thanksgiving to Him, Praising Him outloud, pointing others to Him, praying continually and continually surrendering to Him.‎…and of course reading His word every day!”
The Better Way: A Zeal For The Lord Comes From A Daily Personal Relationship With Him.
Read also: Spiritual Dryness
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Taste and See

Psalm 34:8  “O taste and see that the Lord is good.

      We are a nation that loves to eat.  Drive down a major street of most any city and you will probably see ten or more places to eat within a few blocks.  Ask a few people and they will tell you that someone in the family makes 2-5 trips to the grocery store each week.
     We are also a nation that craves variety in taste and style.  We quickly become bored with food and are always requiring something new or unique.  Diet fads, fat-free fads, and sugar-free foods come and go and much money and time is spent trying to accommodate the palate.  As your mouth begins to water for food and you crave a certain taste, take this experience and apply it to God’s Word.  It says “taste and see that the Lord is good.”  As food hits your tongue, its flavor fills your mouth and you savor the wonderful taste as you chew.  
Now you need to compare that to God’s Word.  Have you partaken of the Word of God recently?  Have you savored it’s sweet taste, its rich flavor and its satisfying fullness?  When you do, you can certainly describe your experience as “good.”  “Good” meaning the best, the most wonderful enjoyment to the fullest, just as God described each day of His creation.
     As a child of God travels the road of this earthly life we will face many different experiences.  During times of happiness and peace it is easy to say “the Lord is good,” and we gladly acknowledge that fact. Then it is with joy that we freely partake of the Word of God and are filled to the fullest with thanksgiving.  But when the trials, discouragements, and sorrows come, and they certainly will, and we are weak and faint, the Word of God says “taste.”  When disappointment and depression make us numb and cold and our appetites diminish, God’s Word says “taste.”  When we are not able to read large passages of Scripture or absorb heavy doctrines the Lord only asks us to “taste.”  Let’s take a few moments and read some of these wonderful passages of Scripture that bring us such comfort and encouragement:
“It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn thy statues.”  Psalm 119:11 
“Yea, in the shadow of Thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.” Psalm 57:1b 
“Cast all your care upon Him, for He careth for you.” I Peter 5:7
“I will never leave you or forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
“Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28-30
“The Lord delivered me from all my fears.”  Psalm 34:4
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  Psalm 46:1
    What a “taste” of comfort from our Heavenly Father these verses are for the weary soul.  Such words can only make us rejoice and say, “…O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever.” Psalm 106:1
Theme: The Better Way: Thinking About God’s Word is Good: “Tasting” God’s Word is Better
See also: Under His Wings
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Come Like Children

Matthew 19:13 “Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for to such belong the kingdom of heaven. And He laid His hands on them.”

Mark 10:13,14,16 “And they were bringing children to Him that He might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them.  But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, ” Let the children come to me, do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.  And He took them in His arms and blessed them, laying His hands on them.”
Luke 18:18 “Now they were bringing even infants to Him that He might touch them.  And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to Him, saying,  Let the children come to Me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.  
One morning I was reading in a “Children’s Bible” to one of our young grandsons.  The story was a familiar one:  Jesus and the Little Children.  The picture next to the story portrayed Jesus smiling as He lovingly and tenderly gathered the infants in His arms, holding them close, and laying His hands on the older children eagerly gathered around as He blessed them.  I paused a moment———-and I smiled too.
Jesus Christ’s work here on this earth was very serious; for even as a youth, at age 12, He told His parents “I must be about my Father’s  business.” Luke 2:49.  But perhaps He did smile (although the Bible never says that He did) when the precious children came to Him.  Some of them may have been a little timid and in awe of this great man, while others in their innocence and genuineness may have been giggling and excited, but certainly they were all drawn to Jesus because He radiated LOVE.
It is with this same complete trust that we are to come to the Lord Jesus Christ, believing that He died for our sins and was raised again on the third day for our justification. Like children, with humble, trusting dependence, realizing that there is nothing in ourselves or our ability to commend ourselves to Christ and that we have no value or virtue, but in total child-like trust we are to come. 
Theme:The Better Way: Surrendering Your Life to Christ in Repentance and Total Childlike Faith Is The Only Way
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