Coming Troubles

Things in the world seem to be getting crazy lately.  We have the corona virus and the panic because of it in the stores, in the stock market and our retirement investments.  Within the past year, there has been conflict with North Korea, and Russia and China, not to mention the Middle East.  There have been several uprisings, protests and riots in many countries.  We had fires in the west and Australia and the Amazon jungles and elsewhere.  A plague of locusts is sweeping through Africa.  We had hurricanes and earthquakes and other natural disasters.  Just yesterday in Eastern Washington where we used to live, there was an earthquake, a tornado, hail and snow.  People seem to get offended much more easily than they used to and it seems like there is more bickering going on in our government (as well as many of us with each other on social media) than working on solutions.  Things that were never accepted before are now being accepted that should not be, even in some churches.  Living our faith and talking about God is often being met with tension or hostility (this has been the case for a long time in many countries, but it is beginning to happen here in the U.S.).  Many who profess faith in God do not live it, or we are either complacent or judgmental or unloving, or perceived to be.  Are we entering into the end times?  Perhaps.  Is our country in for a fall?  Perhaps.  Is it all gloom and doom?  No.  There will be hard times ahead.  There are hard times now.  But, there will also be glorious times ahead for those who trust in Jesus (we will talk more of this in the next post). Continue reading “Coming Troubles”

The Good and Bad of Fire

Fire will burn you, but it also provides so much to improve our daily lives.  It gives us light.  It gives us heat.  We cook with it.  We use it to purify metals and to shape them into tools and so much more.  As we discussed in the previous post, God often reveals Himself through fire.  Here we will discuss how fire is used for judgement, but it is also used to purify us, to help us to grow.  It is also used to represent the evil schemes of the devil, but we know that fire will await him in the end. Continue reading “The Good and Bad of Fire”

Do Not Fear

With God’s love there is no need to fear.  No matter what we are going through, God is always there to guide us through it.  Those of us who have faith in Christ know that we have eternal life with Him.  So why do we fear? Continue reading “Do Not Fear”

Anxiety and Worry

After the last series, I was not sure what to write about next.  I am still not sure where to go from here.  I need to be patient and listen to the Holy Spirit to guide me.  In the meantime, I have been struggling looking for work.  I was laid off the end of July and it has been frustrating, getting few calls.  There also has been a couple family issues to deal with.  So, this one is kind of reminding me that God is good and He provides.  He will take care of me and I don’t have to worry, because I can trust in Him for things to work out.  It is a time to remember that many in this world are struggling, a lot worse than I.  I have been very blessed, as most people are in this country and many of us take it for granted.  I have been to Haiti several times and each time I am reminded of this.  Though people are in poverty, sometimes in danger, they still can find joy.  I see it in their smiles, I see it in the love they have shown me.  This lady in the featured picture was always smiling and singing praises to God, though she lived in an impoverished, struggling country.  We can learn from people like her.  God doesn’t always give us everything we want or get us out of the storm, but He is always there to help us through it.  And I know there is more blessing ahead.  So, don’t worry. Continue reading “Anxiety and Worry”

God’s Promise: Joy and Peace

The words of Jesus:

John 14:27-28

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  

John 15:11-12

These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.  

John 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Jesus says, “Peace I give to you” and “your joy will be full.”  But, His peace and joy are much different than the world view of peace and joy.  That doesn’t mean everything will run smoothly in your life; it means that no matter what life throws at you, you will have peace and joy in your heart.  That God will lead you through it.  That Christ is by your side.  That the Spirit within you will give you strength.  That you will have confidence and faith, knowing that you will be in heaven with almighty God. Continue reading “God’s Promise: Joy and Peace”