Pastor Deborah Zuill's Weekly "Food For Thought"
"Be blessed and be a blessing to someone you meet today!"
May 18, 2022
"Guard Your Thoughts"
Because we are human, we are always busy with our thoughts. We simply can't help ourselves.
Our brains never shut off, and even while we're sleeping, we mull things over in our minds. The
question is not if we will think; the question is how we will think and what we will think about.
When we focus on the frustrations of today or the uncertainties of tomorrow,
we rob ourselves of peace in the present moment. But when we direct our thoughts
in more positive directions, we rob our worries of the power to tyrannize us.
You will make your life better when you focus your thoughts on your blessings, not your misfortunes.
So do yourself, your family, your friends, and your co-workers a favor: learn to think optimistically
about the world you live in and the life you lead. Then prepare yourself for the blessings that good
thoughts will bring. Ask God to guard your thoughts so that you may honor Him this day and forever!
May 11, 2022
"When You Have Doubts, Pray"
If you've never had any doubts about your faith, then this isn't for you. But
if you've ever been plagued by doubts about your faith or you Creator, read on!
Even some of the most faithful Christians are, at times, beset by occasional bouts of discouragement and
doubt. But even when we feel far removed from God, God is never far removed from us. He is always with us,
always willing to calm the storms of life - always willing to replace our doubts with comfort and assurance.
Whenever you're plagued by doubts, that's precisely the moment you should seek God's presence by
genuinely seeking to establish a deeper, more meaningful relationship with His Son. Then you may
rest assured that in time, God will calm your fears, answer your prayers, and restore your confidence.
May 4, 2022
"Trust God's Promises"
God's promises are found in a book like no other: the Holy Bible. The Bible is a
road map for life here on earth and for life eternal. As Christians, we are called
upon to trust its promises, to follow its commandments, and to share its Good News.
If we wish to be faithful disciples of Christ, we must study the Bible daily and meditate upon its
meaning for our lives. Otherwise we deprive ourselves of a priceless gift from our Creator. God's
holy Word is, indeed, a transforming, life-changing, one-of-a-kind treasure. And a passing acquaintance
with the Good Book is insufficient for Christians who seek to obey God's Word and to understand His will.
As we face the inevitable worries and obligations of life here on earth,
we must arm ourselves with the promises of God's holy Word. When we do, we
can expect the best, not only for the day ahead, but also for all eternity!
April 27, 2022
If you'd like to worry less, try celebrating more. And when you think about it,
celebrating shouldn't be very hard because each day has its own share of blessings.
Our assignment, as grateful believers, is to look for the blessings and celebrate them.
Today, like every other day, is a priceless gift from God. He has offered
us yet another opportunity to serve Him with smiling faces and willing hands.
When we do our part, He inevitably does His part, and miracles happen.
The Lord has promised to bless you and keep you, now and forever. So don't wait for birthdays
or holidays. Make this day an exciting adventure. And while you're at it, take time to thank
God for His blessings. He deserves your gratitude, and you deserve the joy of expressing it.
April 20, 2022
"Keep Searching for Wisdom"
Where will you find wisdom today? Will you seek it from God or from the world? As a
thoughtful believer living in a society that is filled with temptations and distractions, you
know that the world's brand of "wisdom" is everywhere, and it is dangerous. You live in a world
where it's all too easy to stray far from the ultimate source of wisdom: God's holy Word.
In theory, all of us would prefer to be wise, but not all of us are willing to make the
sacrifices that are required to gain real wisdom. To become wise, we must do more than
spout platitudes, recite verses, or repeat aphorisms. We must not only speak wisely; we must
live wisely. We must not only learn the lessons of the Christian life; we must live by them.
Today, as you prepare yourself for the inevitable ups and downs of everyday life, remember that God's
wisdom can be found in a book that's already on your bookshelf: His Book. Read, heed, and live accordingly.
April 13, 2022
"Return God's Love by Sharing It"
Sometimes, amid the crush of everyday life, God may seem very far away. He is not.
The Lord is always with us, night and day; He never leaves us, even for a moment.
God loves you so much that He sent His Son to die for you. Now, precisely because
you are a wondrous creation treasured by God, a question presents itself: What will
you do in response to God's love? Will you ignore it or embrace it? Will you
return it or neglect it? The decision, of course, is yours and yours alone.
When you embrace God's love, you are transformed. When you embrace God's love, you feel differently
about yourself, your neighbors, and your world. When you embrace God's love, you can keep your problems
in perspective because you know that every earthly inconvenience is temporary but God's love is eternal.
There is no limit to God. There is no limit to His power.
There is no limit to His love. There is no limit to His mercy!
Be blessed and be a blessing to someone you meet today!
The world holds few if any rewards for those who remain angrily focused
upon the past. Still, the act of forgiveness is difficult for all but the
most saintly Christian. Are you mired in the quicksand of bitterness or regret?
If so, you are not only disobeying God's Word, you are also wasting your time.
Being frail, fallible, imperfect human beings, most of us are quick to anger,
quick to blame, slow to forgive, and even slower to forget. Yet as Christians,
we are commanded to forgive others, just as we too, have been forgiven.
If there exists even one person - alive or dead - against whom you hold bitter feelings,
it's time to forgive. Or, if you are embittered against yourself for some past
mistake or shortcoming, it's finally time to forgive yourself and move on. Hatred,
bitterness, and regret are not part of God's plan for your life. Forgiveness is.
March 30, 2022
"Listen Carefully to Your Creator"
As you search for solutions to the inevitable challenges of everyday life, be sure to talk
often with your heavenly Father. And after you've finished talking, listen carefully, as
God speaks to us in different ways at different times. Sometimes He speaks loudly and
clearly. But more often, He speaks in a quiet voice that's best heard in silence. So
you must carve out quiet moments each day to study His Word and to sense His direction.
Are you willing to pray sincerely and then to wait patiently for God's response? Are you
attuned to the subtle guidance of your intuition? I hope so. Usually God refrains from
sending His messages on stone tablets or city billboards. More often, He communicates
in subtler ways. If you sincerely desire to hear His voice, you must listen carefully,
and you must do so in the silent corners of your quiet, willing heart.
March 23, 2022
"Do First Things First"
First things first. These words are easy to speak but hard to put into practice. If you're having trouble
prioritizing your day, perhaps you've been trying to organize your life according to your own plans, not
God's. A better strategy, of course, is to take your daily obligations and place them in the hands of the
One who created you. To do so, you must prioritize your day according to God's commandments, and you must
seek His will and His wisdom in all matters. Then, you can face the day with the assurance that the same
God who created our universe out of nothingness will help you place first things first in your own life.
Do you feel anxious, overwhelmed, or confused? If so, turn the concerns of this
day over to God - prayerfully, earnestly and often. Then listen to His answer, and
trust the answer He gives. So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control.
March 16, 2022
"Pray for Perspective"
If a temporary loss of perspective has left you worried, exhausted, or both, it's time to read just your
thought patterns. Negative thoughts are habit-forming; thankfully, so are positive ones. With practice,
you can form the habit of focusing on God's priorities and your own possibilities. When you do, you'll soon
discover that you will spend less time fretting about your challenges and more time praising God for His gifts.
When you call upon the Lord and prayerfully seek His will, He will give you wisdom and
perspective. When you make God's priorities your priorities, He will direct your steps
and calm your fears. So today and every day hereafter, pray for a sense of balance and
perspective. And remember: no problems are too big for God --- and that includes yours.
March 9, 2022
"Beware of Your Adversary"
This world is God's creation, and it contains the wonderful fruits of His handiwork.
But, the world also contains countless opportunities to stray from God's will. Temptations
are everywhere, and the devil never takes a day off. Our task as believers is to turn
away from temptation and to place our lives squarely in the center of God's will.
In his letters to Jewish Christians, Peter offered a stern warning: "Your adversary, the devil,
prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." What was true in New Testament
times is equally true in our own. Evil is indeed abroad in the world, and Satan continues to
sow the seeds of destruction far and wide. As Christians, we must guard our hearts by earnestly
wrapping ourselves in the protection of God's holy Word. When we do, we are protected.
God's ultimate victory over evil is both inevitable and complete.
March 2, 2022
"Say NO to Anger"
Sometimes anger is appropriate. Even Jesus became angry when confronted with the money changers in the temple.
On occasion you, like Jesus, will confront evil, and when you do, you may respond as He did: vigorously and
without reservation. But more often than not, your frustrations will be of the more mundane variety.
As long as you live here on earth, you will face countless opportunities to lose your temper over small, relatively
insignificant events: a traffic jam, a spilled cup of coffee, an inconsiderate comment, a broken promise. When you
are tempted to lose your temper over the minor inconveniences of life, don't. Turn away from anger, hatred, bitterness,
and regret. Turn instead to God. Use our Lord as a guide for life and trust His promises today and forever.
February 27, 2022
"He Has Big Plans For You"
God has a plan for this world and for your world. It's a plan that He understands perfectly,
a plan that can bring you untold joy now and throughout eternity. But the Lord won't force
His plan upon you. He's given you free will, the ability to make choices on your own.
The totality of those choices will determine how well you fulfill God's calling.
Sometimes God makes Himself known in obvious ways, but more often
His guidance is subtle. So we must be quiet to hear His voice.
If you're serious about discovering God's plan for your life---or rediscovering it---start
spending quiet time with Him every day. Ask Him for direction. Pray for clarity. And be
watchful for His signs. The more time you spend with Him, the sooner the answers will come.
February 20, 2022
"Pray without Ceasing"
Prayer is a powerful tool that you can use to change your world and change yourself. God hears every prayer
and responds in His own way and according to His own timetable. When you make a habit of consulting Him about
everything, He'll guide you along a path of His choosing, which, by the way, is the path you should take. And when
you petition Him for strength, He'll give you the courage to face any problem and the power to meet any challenge.
Today, instead of turning things over in your mind, turn them over to God in prayer.
Take your concerns to the Lord and leave them there.
Your heavenly Father is listening, and He wants to hear from you. Now.
February 13, 2022
"Be Aware of Your Blessings"
Psalm 145:8-9 makes this promise: "The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to
anger and rich in love. The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made."
As God's children, we are blessed beyond measure, but sometimes we are
slow to count our gifts and even slower to give thanks to the Giver.
Our blessings include life and health, family and friends, freedom and possessions. And the
gifts we receive from God are multiplied when we share them with others. May we always give
thanks to God for our blessings, and may we always demonstrate our gratitude by sharing them.
February 6, 2022
Jesus walks with you. Are you walking with Him? I hope you
will choose to walk with Him today and every day of your life.
Jesus loved you so much that He endured unspeakable humiliation and suffering for you. How will you
respond to Christ's sacrifice? Will you take up your cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23) or will you
choose another path? When you place your hopes squarely at the foot of the cross, and place Jesus
squarely at the center of your life, you will be blessed. If you seek to be a worthy disciple of Jesus,
you must acknowledge that He is always first. So pick up your cross today and every day that you
live. You will quickly discover that Christ's love has the power to change everything, including you.
You are His disciple. Trust Him and obey His teachings. Share His Good News.
January 26, 2022
"Guard Your Heart and Mind"
God's Word is clear: we are to guard our hearts "above all else", yet we live in a world that
encourages us to do otherwise. Here in the twenty-first century, temptations and distractions
are woven into the fabric of everyday Life. As believers, we must remain vigilant. We must resist
the devil when he confronts us, and avoid those places where Satan can most easily tempt us.
Everyday, you are faced with more choices than you can count. You can do the
right thing, or not. You can be kind, and generous, and obedient to God. Or not.
Today, the world offers countless opportunities to let down your guard and
thereby you make needless mistakes that may injure you or your loved ones.
So guard your heart by giving it to your heavenly Father; it is safe with Him.
January 12, 2022
"Pray for God's Abundance"
The familiar words of John 10:10 should serve as a daily reminder: Christ came to this
earth so that we might experience His abundance, His love and His gift of eternal life.
But Christ does not force Himself upon us; we must claim His gifts for ourselves.
Of course, some days are so busy and so hurried that abundance seems a distant promise. It is not.
Every day, we can claim the spiritual abundance that God promises for our lives, and we should.
Today will you claim the only kind of abundance that really matters? Will you slow yourself down long
enough to ask your heavenly Father for guidance and protection? Will you claim His spiritual riches and
experience His peace? You can, and you should. God's abundance is available to all. Accept it, and
be blessed. Knowing that your future is absolutely assured can free you to live abundantly today.
January 5, 2022
"Consider the Possibilities"
All of us must endure difficult days. Sometimes even the most optimistic Christians can become
discouraged, and you are no exception. If you're being tested by trying circumstances, perhaps
it's time to focus more on your strengths and less on the challenges that confront you.
Every day, including this one, is brimming with possibilities. Every day is filled
with opportunities to grow, to serve, and to share. But if you're entangled in a
web of worry, you may overlook the blessings that God has scattered along your path.
So don't give in to pessimism, to doubt, to negativity, or to cynicism. Instead, keep your eyes
upon the possibilities, fix your heart upon the Creator, do your best, and let Him handle the rest.
Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible.
December 29, 2021
"Study His Word"
God's Word is unlike any other book. The Bible is a road map for life here on earth and
for life eternal. As Christians, we are called upon to study God's Holy Word, to trust
its promises, to follow its commandments, and to share its Good News with the world.
As believers who seek to follow in the footsteps of the One from Galilee, we must study the Bible and meditate
upon its meaning for our lives. Otherwise, we deprive ourselves of a priceless gift from our Creator. God's
holy Word is, indeed, a transforming, life-changing, one-of-a-kind treasure. A passing acquaintance with
the Good Book is insufficient for Christians who seek to obey God's Word and to understand His Will.
The Scriptures were not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives.
Have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!
December 22, 2021
Food For Thought: "Abound in Love"
Christ showed His love for us by willingly sacrificing His own life so that we might
have eternal life: "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were
still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). We, as Christ's followers, are
challenged to share His love with kind words on our lips and praise in our hearts.
Just as Christ has been - and will always be - the ultimate friend to
His flock, so should we be Christ-like in the kindness and generosity
that we show toward others, especially those who are most in need.
When we walk each day with Jesus - and obey the commandments found in God's Holy
Word - we become worthy ambassadors for Christ. When we share the love of Christ,
we share a priceless gift with the world. As His servants, we must do no less.
Merry Christmas and have a prosperous New Year!
December 15, 2021
Be a Joyful Christian!
The joy that the world offers is fleeting and incomplete: here today, gone tomorrow, not
coming back anytime soon. But God's joy is different. His joy has staying power. In
fact, it's a gift that never stops giving to those who welcome His Son into their hearts.
Sometimes, amid the inevitable complications and predicaments that are woven into the fabric
of everyday life, we forget to rejoice. Instead of celebrating life, we complain about it.
This is an understandable mistake, but a mistake nonetheless.. As Christians, we are called by
our Creator to live joyfully and abundantly. To do otherwise is to squander His spiritual gifts.
This day and every day, Christ offers you His peace and His joy.
Accept it and share it with others, just as He has shared His joy with you.
December 8, 2021
Beware of Bitterness
Are you mired in the quicksand of bitterness or regret? If so, it's time to free yourself from
the mire. The world holds few if any rewards for those who remain angrily focused upon the
past. Still, the act of forgiveness is difficult for all but the most saintly men and women.
Being frail, fallible, imperfect beings, most of us are quick to anger, quick to blame, slow to forgive
and even slower to forget. Yet we know that it's best to forgive others, just as we, too, have been forgiven.
If there exists even one person - including yourself - against whom you still harbor bitter feelings,
it's time to forgive and move on. Bitterness and regret are not part of God's plan for you, but God won't
force you to forgive others. It's a job that only you can finish, and the sooner you finish it, the better.
Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it.
December 1, 2021
Pray More, Worry Less
If you are like most people, it is simply a fact of life: from time to time you worry.
You worry about health, finances, safety, relationships, family, and about an assortment
of obligations, some great and some small. Where is the best place to take your worries?
Take them to God. Take your troubles to Him, and your fears, and your sorrows.
It seems like worry is the senseless process of cluttering up tomorrow's opportunities with
leftover problems from today. So if you'd like to make the most out of this day and every
one hereafter turn your worries over to a Power greater than yourself - and spend your
valuable time and energy solving the problems you can fix while trusting God to do the rest!
Replace worry with prayer. Make the decision to pray whenever you catch yourself worrying.
November 24, 2021
"Put God in His Rightful Place: First Place."
As you think about the nature of your relationship with God, remember this: You will always
have some type of relationship with Him. It is inevitable that your life must be lived in
relationship to God. The question is not if you will have a relationship with Him; the
burning question is whether that relationship will be one that seeks to honor Him...or not.
Are you willing to place God first in your life? And are you willing to welcome
Him into your heart? Unless you can honestly answer these questions with a resounding
yes, you'll constantly be worrying about things that are better left up to Him.
Be thankful that God is always available; He's always ready to listen;
and, He's waiting to hear from you now. The rest, of course, is up to you.
The most important thing you must decide to do every day is put the Lord first.
November 17, 2021
"Let God Guide the Way"
The Bible promises that God will guide you if you let Him. Your job, of course, is to let Him. But sometimes
you will be tempted to do otherwise. Sometimes you'll be tempted to go along with the crowd; other times,
you'll be tempted to do things your way, not God's way. When you feel those temptations, resist them.
What will you allow to guide you through the coming day: your own desires (or, for that matter, the desires
of your friends)? Or will you allow God to lead the way? The answer should be obvious. You should
let God be your guide. When you entrust your life to Him completely and without reservation,God will give
you the strength to meet any challenge, the courage to face any trial, and the wisdom to live in His
righteousness. So trust Him today and seek His guidance. When you do, your next step will be the right one.
November 10, 2021
"Find the Right Path"
When we genuinely turn our hearts toward the face of God, we feel the sense that
He is inviting us to walk with Him. And that's precisely the path that we must follow.
When we behave ourselves as faithful servants, we honor the Father and the Son. And when we live
righteously and according to God's commandments, He blesses us in ways that we cannot fully understand.
So as this day unfolds, take every step of your journey with God as your traveling companion.
Study His holy Word. Follow His commandments. Support only those activities that further
God's kingdom and your spiritual growth. Be an example of righteous living to your
friends, to your neighbors, and to your children. Then reap the blessings that God
has promised to all those who accept His invitation of life abundant and life eternal.
Walk in the daylight of God's will because then you will be safe; you will not stumble.
November 3, 2021
God's laws are eternal and unchanging: obedience leads to abundance and joy; disobedience leads to disaster.
God has given us a guidebook for righteous living called the Holy Bible. If we trust God's Word and live by it,
we are blessed. But if we choose to ignore God's commandments, the results are as predictable as they are tragic.
Each day, we make countless decisions that can bring us closer to God, or not. Do you seek God's
peace and His blessings? Then obey Him. When you're faced with a difficult choice or a powerful
temptation, seek God's counsel and obey the counsel He gives. Invite God into your heart and live
according to His commandments. When you do, you will be blessed today and tomorrow and forever.
October 27, 2021
Each of us has much to be thankful for. We all have more blessings than we can count, beginning with the
precious gift of life. Every good gift comes from our Father above, and we owe Him our never-ending thanks. But
sometimes, when the demands of everyday life press down upon us, we neglect to express our gratitude to the Creator.
God loves us; He cares for us; He has a plan for each of us; and, He has offered us the gift of eternal
life through His Son. Considering all the things that the Lord has done, we owe it to Him - and to
ourselves - to slow down each day and offer our thanks. His grace is everlasting; our thanks should be too.
October 20, 2021
"Trust God's Will"
The Lord has a plan for our world and for our lives. God does not do things by accident; He has a perfect
plan for His creation, a plan that includes each of us. But because we are mortal beings with limited
understanding, we can never fully comprehend the will of God. No matter. As believers in a benevolent
heavenly Father, we must always trust the will of God, even though we cannot fully understand it.
As this day unfolds, seek God's will and obey His word. When you entrust your life to Him completely, He will give you
strength to meet any challenge, courage to face any trial, and the wisdom to live in His righteousness and in His peace.
October 13, 2021
There's never a "perfect" time to do anything. That's why we can always find
reasons to put off until tomorrow the things that we should be doing today.
If you find yourself bound by the chains of procrastination, ask yourself what you're
waiting for - or more accurately what you're afraid of - and why. As you examine the
emotional roadblocks that have heretofore blocked your path, you may discover that
you're waiting for the "perfect" moment, that instant in time when you feel neither
afraid nor anxious. But in truth, perfect moments like these are few and far between.
So stop waiting for the perfect moment and focus, instead, on finding the right moment to do what
needs to be done. Then trust God and get busy. When you do, you'll discover that you and the Father,
working together, can accomplish great things...and that you can accomplish them sooner rather than later.
If you are facing a difficult task don't put it off. If you do it will just keep tormenting you.
October 6, 2021
"Consider This Day a New Beginning"
Each new day offers countless opportunities to serve God, to seek His will,
and to obey His teachings. But each day also offers countless opportunities
to stray from God's commandments and to wander far from His path.
Sometimes we wander aimlessly in a wilderness of our own making, but God has better plans for each
of us. Consequently, whenever we ask Him to renew our strength and guide our steps, He does so.
Consider this day a new beginning. Consider it a fresh start, a renewed opportunity to
serve your Creator with willing hands and a loving heart. Ask the Lord to renew your sense
of purpose. Ask Him for courage and guidance. Ask for the wisdom to trust your hopes, not
your fears. When you ask, you will receive because He always keeps His promises. Always!
The amazing thing about Jesus is that He doesn't just patch up our lives,
He gives us a brand new sheet, a clean slate to start over, all new.
September 29, 2021
"Claim Lasting Peace"
The beautiful words of John 14:27 promise that Jesus offers peace: "Peace I leave with you.
My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled
or fearful". Your challenge is to accept Christ's peace into your heart and then, as best
you can, to share His peace with your neighbors. But sometimes that's easier said than done.
If you are a person with lots of obligations and responsibilities, it is a fact of life: You worry.
From time to time, you worry about finances, safety, health, home, family and countless other
concerns. Where is the best place to take your worries? Take them to God, and leave them there.
Today, as a gift to yourself, to your family, and to your friends, claim the inner peace that is your
spiritual birthright: the peace of Jesus Christ. Christ is standing at the door, waiting patiently
for you to invite Him to reign over your heart. His eternal peace is offered freely. Claim it today!
Emotional peace and calm come after doing God's will and not before.
September 22, 2021
"Live on Purpose"
What does God intend for me to do with my life? It's an easy question to ask but, for many
of us a difficult question to answer. Why? Because God's purposes aren't always clear to us.
Sometimes we wander aimlessly in a wilderness of our own making. And sometimes we struggle mightily
against God in an unsuccessful attempt to find success and happiness through our own means, not His.
If you sincerely seek God's guidance, He will give it. But be forewarned: He will make His
revelations known to you in a way and in a time of His choosing, not yours. So be patient.
Today and every day, God is beckoning you to hear His voice and follow His purpose for your life. When you listen
carefully - patiently - you'll be amazed at the wonderful things that an all-knowing, all-powerful God can do.
God will help us become the people we are meant to be, if only we will ask Him.
September 15, 2021
"Make the Ultimate Choice"
Jesus is not only the light of the world; He is also its salvation.
He came to this earth so that we might not perish, but instead spend
eternity with Him. What a glorious gift; what a priceless opportunity.
As mere mortals, we cannot fully understand the scope, and thus the value,
of eternal life. Our vision is limited but God's is not. He sees all things;
He knows all things; and His plan for you extends throughout eternity.
If you haven't already done so, this is the perfect moment to make the ultimate
choice and turn your life over to God's only begotten Son. When you give your heart
to the Son, you belong to the Father ---- today, tomorrow, and for all eternity.
Jesus became mortal to give you immortality; and today, through Him, you can be free.
September 8, 2021
"Share Your Christianity"
Genuine, heartfelt Christianity can be highly contagious. When you've experienced the
transforming power of God's love, you feel the need to share the Good News of His only
begotten Son. So, whether you realize it or not, you can be sure that you are being
led to share the story of your faith with family, with friends and with the world.
Every believer, including you, bears responsibility for sharing God's
Good News. And it is important to remember that you share your
testimony through words and actions, but not necessarily in that order.
Today don't be bashful or timid. Talk about Jesus and, while you're at it,
show the world what it really means to follow Him. After all, the fields are
ripe for the harvest, time is short, and the workers are surprisingly few.
So please share your story today because tomorrow may indeed be too late.
A Christian's purpose is to reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
September 1, 2021
"HE's Right Here, Right Now!"
Since God is everywhere, we are free to sense His presence whenever we take the time
to quiet our souls and turn our prayers to Him. But sometimes, amid the incessant
demands of everyday life, we turn our thoughts far from God; when we do, we suffer.
Do you set aside quiet moments each day to offer praise to your Creator? Silence is a gift
that you give to yourself and to God. During these moments of stillness, you will often sense
the infinite love and power of your Creator --- and He, in turn, will speak directly to your heart.
The familiar words of Psalm 46:10 remind us to " be still, and know that I am God".
When we do so, we encounter the awesome presence of our loving heavenly Father,
and we are comforted in the knowledge that God is not just near. He is here.
Mark it down. You will never go where God is not.
August 25, 2021
"Pray About Your Decisions"
Have you asked God for His guidance in every aspect of your life?
If so, then you're continually inviting your Creator to reveal Himself
in a variety of ways. As a follower of Christ, you must do no less.
Jesus made it clear to His disciples: they should pray always. So should we. Heartfelt
prayer produces powerful changes in us and in our world. When we lift our hearts to
our Father in heaven, we open ourselves to a never-ending source of divine wisdom.
Do you have questions about your future that you simply can't answer? Ask for the
guidance of your heavenly Father. Do you sincerely seek to know God's purpose for
your life? Then ask Him for direction. Keep asking Him every day that you live.
Whatever your need, no matter how great or small, pray about it and never lose hope.
God is not just near; He is here, and He's ready to talk with you right now!
August 18, 2021
"Give God Your Full Attention"
Who is in charge of your heart? Is it God, or is it something else? Have you
given Christ your heart, your soul, your talents, your time, and your testimony?
Or are you giving Him little more than a few hours each Sunday morning?
In the book of Exodus, God warns that we should place no gods before Him. Yet all too often,
we place our Lord in second, third or fourth place as we worship other things. When we unwittingly
place possessions or relationships above our love for the Creator, we create big problems for ourselves.
Does God rule your heart? Does He have your full attention? Make certain that the
answer to both these questions is a resounding yes. In the life of every Christian,
God should come first. And that's precisely the place that He deserves in your heart.
August 11, 2021
"Be a Worthy Disciple"
When Jesus addressed His disciples, He warned that each one must "take up his cross
and follow Me". The disciples must have known exactly what the Master meant. In
Jesus's day, prisoners were forced to carry their own crosses to the location where
they would be put to death. Christ's message was clear: in order to follow Him,
Christ's disciples must deny themselves and, instead, trust Him completely.
If we are to be disciples of Christ, we must trust Him and place Him at the very center
of our beings. Jesus never comes "next". He is always first. The paradox, of course,
is that only by sacrificing ourselves to Him do we gain salvation for ourselves.
Do you seek to be a worthy disciple of Christ? Then pick up your cross today
and every day that you live. When you do, He will bless you now and forever.
You take on His priorities as your own, His agenda
becomes your agenda and His mission becomes your mission.
August 4, 2021
"Tackle Tough Times"
Christians of every generation have experienced adversity, and this generation is not
different. But today's Christians face challenges that previous generations could have
scarcely imagined. Although the world continues to change, God's love remains constant.
And He remains ready to comfort us and strengthen us whenever we turn to Him.
Where is the best place to take your worries? Take them to God. Take your troubles to Him;
take your fears to Him; take your doubts to Him; take your weaknesses to Him; take your frustrations
to Him, and leave them all there! Seek protection from the One who offers you eternal salvation;
build your spiritual house upon the Rock that cannot be moved. Then, perhaps, you will worry less
and trust God more, and that's as it should be because God is trustworthy, and you are protected.
July 28, 2021
"Are You Too Busy?"
Has the busy pace of life robbed you of peace and contentment that you believe
are rightfully yours? Do you have too many obligations and too few hours in
which to get them done? If so, you are simply too busy for your own good.
Through His Son, God offers you a peace that passes human understanding, but
He won't force His peace upon you. In order to experience His peace, you must
slow down long enough to sense His presence and be reminded of His promises.
Today, as a gift to yourself, to your family, and to the world, slow down, calm down,
quiet yourself, and claim the inner peace that is your spiritual birthright; the peace
of Jesus Christ. His peace, like His love, is offered freely. And the rest is up to you.
You cannot afford to be too busy to pray.
July 14, 2021
We live in a noisy world, a world filled with distractions, frustrations,
and complications. But if we allow the distractions of a clamorous world
to separate us from God's peace, we do ourselves a profound disservice.
Do you rush through the day with scarcely a single moment for quiet contemplation
and prayer? If so, it's time to reorder your priorities. Nothing is more important
than the quiet moments you spend with your Creator. So be still and claim the peace
that is your spiritual birthright. It is offered freely; it has been paid for in full;
it is yours for the asking. So ask. And then share. God's Word is a light unto the
world. Study it, trust it and be a witness that will share this with all you meet!
July 7, 2021
Make the Most of Whatever Comes"
Sometimes we must accept life on its terms, not our own. Life
has a way of unfolding, not as we will, but as it will. And
sometimes there is precious little we can do to change things.
When events transpire that are beyond our control, we have a
choice: we can either learn the art of acceptance, or we can
make ourselves miserable as we struggle to change the unchangeable.
We must entrust the things we cannot change to God. When we do, we can
prayerfully and faithfully tackle the important work that He has placed before
us: doing something about the things we can change, and doing it sooner rather
than later. Can you summon the courage and the wisdom to accept life on its
own terms? If so, you'll most certainly be rewarded for your good judgement.
Accept each day as it comes to you. Do not waste your
time and energy wishing for a different set of circumstances.
June 30, 2021
"Discover the Power of Silence"
The world seems to grow louder day by day, and our senses seem to be invaded at every turn. If we
allow the distractions of a clamorous society to separate us from God's peace, we do ourselves a
profound disservice. Instead, we should carve out moments of silence amid the sea of noise.
If we are to maintain righteous minds and compassionate hearts, we must take time each day
for prayer and meditation. We must make ourselves still in the presence of our Creator.
We must quiet our minds and our hearts so that we might sense God's will and His love.
So even if your appointment book is filled from cover to cover, make time for silence. You should always
have at least one serious chat with your Creator every day. He deserves it. And so, by the way, do you.
Nothing can calm our souls more, or better prepare us for life's challenges, than time spent alone with God.
June 16, 2021
"Love According to God"
You know the profound love that you hold in your heart for your own family and friends.
As a child of God, you can only imagine the infinite love that your heavenly Father holds
for you. So what, precisely, will you do in response to the Creator's love? Will you ignore it
or embrace it? Will you return it or neglect it? That decision, of course, is yours and yours alone.
When you embrace God's love, your life's purpose is forever changed. When you embrace God's love,
you feel differently about yourself, your neighbors, your family and your world. More importantly, you
share God's message - and His love - with others. Your heavenly Father - a God of infinite love and
mercy - is always reaching out to you. Accept His love, and share it. Love today, tomorrow, and forever.
The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now.
June 9, 2021
"Choose Wisely, Worry Less"
Life is a series of decisions and choices. Each day, we make countless decisions that
can bring us closer to God, or not. When we live according to God's commandments, we
earn for ourselves the abundance and peace that He intends for our lives. But if we
become distracted and stray from His path, we create worries for ourselves and our families.
Do you seek spiritual abundance that can be yours through the person of God's only begotten
Son? Then invite Christ into your heart and live according to His teachings. And when you
confront a difficult decision or a powerful temptation, seek God's wisdom and trust it. When
you do, you will receive untold blessings - not only for this day, but also for all eternity.
June 2, 2021
"Stay Focused on the Right Things"
This day - and every hereafter- is a chance to celebrate the life that God has given you.
It's also a chance to give thanks to the One who has offered you more blessings than you can
possibly count. What is your focus today? Are you willing to focus your thoughts on God's
blessings and upon His will for your life? Or will you turn your thoughts to other things?
Today why not focus your thoughts on the joy that is rightfully yours in Christ? Why not
take time to celebrate God's glorious creation? Why not trust your hopes instead of your fears?
When you do, you will think optimistically about yourself and your world, and you can then share
your optimism with others. They'll be better for it, and so will you. But not necessarily in that order.
May 26, 2021
"Make God's Priorities Your Priorities!"
Have you fervently asked God to help prioritize Your life? Have you asked Him for guidance and for
the courage to do the things that you know need to be done? If so, then you're continually inviting
your Creator to reveal Himself in a variety of ways. As a follower of Christ, you must do no less.
When you make God's priorities your priorities, you will receive God's abundance and His peace.
When you make God a full partner in every aspect of your life, He will lead you along the proper
path: His path. When you allow God to reign over your heart, He will honor you with spiritual
blessings that are simply too numerous to count. So as you plan the day ahead, make God's will your
ultimate priority. When you do, every other priority will have a tendency to fall neatly into place.
May 19, 2021
"Trust God's Timetable"
If we want to trust God's plan for our lives, then we must learn to trust His
timetable. We will be sorely tempted, however, to do otherwise. Because we are
fallible human beings, we are impatient for things to happen. But God knows best.
God has created a world that unfolds according to His own timetable, not ours...thank goodness!
We mortals might make a terrible mess of things. God does not.
God's plan does not always happen in the way that we would like or at the time of our own choosing.
Our task, as believing Christians who trust in a benevolent, all-knowing Father, is to wait patiently
for God to reveal Himself. And reveal Himself He will. Always! But until God's perfect plan is
made known, we must walk in faith and never lose hope. And we must continue to trust Him. Always!
May 12, 2021
"Grow in Your Relationship with Jesus"
Who's the best friend this world has ever had? Jesus, of course.
And when you form a life-changing relationship with Him, He will
be your best friend too. And He will be your friend forever.
Jesus has offered to share the gifts of everlasting life and everlasting
love with the world and with you. If you make mistakes, He'll stand by
you. If you fall short of His commandments, He'll still love you. If you
feel lonely or worried, He can touch your heart and lift your spirits.
Jesus wants you to enjoy a happy, healthy, abundant life.
He wants you to walk with Him and to share His Good News.
You can do it. And with a friend like Jesus, you will.
May 5, 2021
"Follow Your Conscience"
Food For Thought: God has given each of us a conscience,
and He intends for us to use it. But sometimes we don't. Instead of
listening to that quiet inner voice that warns us against disobedience and
danger, we're tempted to rush headlong into situations that we soon come to regret.
God promises that He rewards good conduct and that He blesses those who obey His
Word. The Lord also issues a stern warning to those who rebel against His
commandments. Wise Christians heed that warning. Count yourself among their number.
Sometime soon, perhaps today, your conscience will speak;
when it does, listen carefully.
God may be trying to get a message through to you.
And it may be a message you desperately need to hear.
April 28, 2021
"Experience God's Grace"
Food For Thought: God's grace is not earned. Thank goodness! To earn God's love and His gift
of eternal life would be far beyond the abilities of even the most righteous man or woman.
Thankfully, grace is not an earthly reward for righteous behavior; it is a blessed spiritual
gift, which can be accepted by believers who dedicate themselves to God through Christ. When
we accept Christ into our hearts, we are saved by His grace. The familiar words of Ephesians 2:8
make God's promise perfectly clear: it is by grace we have been saved, through faith.
God's grace is the ultimate gift, and we owe to Him the ultimate in thanksgiving. Let us praise
the Creator for His priceless gift, and let us share the Good News with all who cross our paths.
We return our Father's love by accepting His grace and by sharing His message and His love.
April 22, 2021
"Do It Now!""
Food For Thought: The old saying is both familiar and true: actions speak louder
than words. And as believers, we must beware. Our actions should always give
credence to the changes that Christ can make in the lives of those who walk with him.
God calls upon each of us to act in accordance with His will and with respect for His
commandments. If we are to be responsible believers, we must realize that it is never
enough simply to hear the instructions of God; we must also live by them. And it is
never enough to wait idly by while others do God's work here on earth; we, too,
must act. Doing God's work is a responsibility that each of us must bear, and when
we do, our loving heavenly Father rewards our efforts with a bountiful harvest.
April 14, 2021
"Have the Courage to Trust God"
When our dreams come true and our plans prove successful, we find it easy to thank
our Creator and easy to trust His divine providence. But in times of sorrow or hardship,
we may find ourselves questioning God's plans for our lives.
On occasion, you will confront circumstances that trouble you to the very core of your
soul. It is during these difficult days that you must find the wisdom and the courage
trust your heavenly Father despite your circumstances.
Are you a person who seeks God's blessings for yourself and your family? Then trust
Him. Trust Him with your relationships, your priorities. Follow His commandments and
pray for His guidance. Then wait patiently for God's revelations, and prepare yourself
for the abundance and peace that will most certainly be yours when you do!
What you trust to Him you must not worry over nor feel anxious about.
Trust and worry cannot go together!
April 7, 2021
"Put Faith Above Feelings"
Who is in charge of your emotions? Is it you, or have you formed the unfortunate habit of letting
other people - or troubling situations - determine the quality of your thoughts and the direction of
your day? If you're wise, and if you'd like to build a better life for yourself and
your loved ones, you'll learn to control your emotions before your emotions control you.
Human emotions are highly variable, decidedly unpredictable, and often unreliable.
Our emotions are like the weather, only far more fickle. So we must learn to
live by faith, not by the ups and downs of our own emotional roller coasters.
Sometime during this day, you will probably be gripped by a strong negative
feeling. Distrust it. Rein it in. Test it. And turn it over to God. Your emotions will
inevitably change; God will not. So trust Him completely as you watch those
negative feelings slowly evaporate into thin air - which, of course, they will.
Our emotions can lie to us, and we need to counter our emotions with truth.
March 31, 2021
"God Is in Control"
God is sovereign. He reigns over the entire universe and He reigns over your little corner of that
universe. Your challenge is to recognize God's sovereignty, to live in accordance with His commandments,
and to trust his promises. Sometimes, of course, these tasks are easier said than done.
Your heavenly Father may not always reveal Himself as quickly or as clearly as you
would like. But rest assured: God is in control, God is here, and God intends to use
you in wonderful, unexpected ways. He desires to lead you along a path of His
choosing. Your challenge is to watch, to listen, to learn.... and to follow! Today.
One of the marks of spiritual maturity is the quiet confidence that God
is in control, without the need to understand why He does what He does.
Masks, gloves, sanitize, social distance and go out when necessary!
March 24, 2021
"Begin Your Day with God"
Want to worry less and enjoy life more? If so, here's a simple prescription that's tested and true: spend
time with God every morning. Each new day is a gift from God, and if we are wise, we spend a few quiet
moments each morning thanking the Giver. When we begin each day with heads bowed and hearts lifted, we
remind ourselves of God's love, His protection, and His commandments. And we can align our priorities
for the coming day with the teachings and commandments that God has given us through His holy Word.
Are you seeking to change some aspects of your life? If so, ask for God's help and ask for it many
times each day, starting with your morning devotional. Don't have one, now may be a good time!
March 17, 2021
"Let God Guide You During Difficult Days!"
All days are not created equal. Some days are bright and cheery while other days
are decidedly darker. When tough times arise, as they inevitably do from time to time,
we are tempted to complain, to worry, and to do little else. A far better strategy,
of course, is to pray more, to worry less and to get busy addressing our problems.
Sometimes even the most optimistic believers can become discouraged, and you are no
exception. So if you find yourself enduring difficult circumstances, remember that
God remains in His heaven. And if you become discouraged with the direction of your
day or your life, lift your thoughts and prayers to Him. He is a God of possibility,
not negativity. He will guide you through your difficulties and beyond them. Then you
can thank the Giver of all things good for blessings that are simply too numerous to count.
* Masks, Gloves, Sanitize and Social distance!
March 10, 2021
"Answer The Call"
Whether you realize it or not, God is calling you to follow a specific path
that He has chosen for your life. And it is vitally important that you
heed that call. Otherwise, your talents and opportunities may go unused.
Have you already heard God's call? And are you pursuing it with vigor? If so, you're both
fortunate and wise. But if you have not yet discovered what God intends for you to do with
your life, keep searching and keep praying until you discover why the Creator put you here.
God has important work for you to do - work that no one else on earth can accomplish but you.
The Creator has placed you in a particular location, amid particular people with unique
opportunities to serve. And He has given you all the tools you need to succeed. So listen
for His voice, watch for His signs, and prepare yourself for the call that is sure to come.
God's call is an inner conviction given by the Holy Spirit
and confirmed by the Word of God and the body of Christ.
March 3, 2021
A well-lived life is like a marathon, not a sprint - it calls for preparation,
determination, and, of course, lots of perseverance. As an example of perfect
perseverance, we Christians need look no further than Jesus Christ.
Jesus finished what He began. Despite His suffering and despite the unspeakable
pain He experienced on the cross, Jesus was steadfast in His faithfulness to God.
We, too, must remain faithful when we experience the inevitable hardships of life.
Are you living through tough times or facing a difficult situation? If so, just keep
puttingone foot in front of the other, pray for strength, and keep going. Whatever
problems, God can handle it. Your job is to keep persevering until He does.
Perseverance is more than endurance. It is endurance combined with absolute
assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen.
Reminder: Masks, Gloves, Sanitize, Social Distancing and Going out only when necessary.
February 24, 2021
"Find Contentment in All the Right Places"
Where can you find contentment? Is it a result of wealth or power or beauty or fame? Hardly.
Genuine contentment springs from a peaceful spirit, a clear conscience, and a loving heart (like yours!).
Our modern world seems preoccupied with the search for happiness. We are bombarded with
messages telling us that happiness depends upon acquiring material possessions. These messages
are false. Peace is not the result of our acquisitions; it is the result of our dispositions.
If we don't find contentment within ourselves, we will never find it outside ourselves.
Thus the search for contentment is an internal quest, an exploration of the heart, mind and soul.
You can find contentment - indeed you will find it - if you simply look in the right places.
And the best time to start looking in those places is now.
Contentment is possible when we stop striving for more.
If you love you and love us, wear your masks, your gloves,
sanitize, social distance and only go out when it is necessary.
February 17, 2021
"Trust God's Wisdom"
Where will you place your trust today? Will you trust in the wisdom of fallible men and
women, or will you place your faith in God's perfect wisdom? When you decide whom to
trust, you will then know how best to respond to the challenges of the coming day.
Are you tired? Discouraged? Fearful? Be comforted and trust God. Are you worried or anxious?
Be confident in God's power and trust His holy Word. Are you confused? Listen to the
quiet voice of your heavenly Father. He is not a God of confusion. Talk with Him;
listen to Him; trust Him. He is steadfast, and He is your Protector, now and forever.
February 10, 2021
"Keep Praying and Keep Growing"
When will you be a "fully grown" Christian? Never - or at least not until you have arrived in heaven! As a
believer living here on planet earth, you're never "fully grown"; you always have the potential to keep growing.
In those quiet moments when you open your heart to God, the One who made you keeps remaking you. He gives you
direction, perspective, wisdom and courage. Would you like a time-tested formula for spiritual growth?
Here it is: Keep studying God's Word, keep obeying His commandments, Keep praying (and listening for answers),
and keep doing your best to live in the center of God's will. When you do, you'll never stay stuck for long.
You will, instead, be a growing Christian, and that's precisely what the king of Christian God wants you to be.
Remember: Masks, gloves, sanitizing, social distancing and only going out when needed! This shows love for you and others!
February 3, 2021
"The World Changes, But God Does Not!"
Our world is in a state of constant change. God is not. At times, the world seems to
be trembling beneath our feet. But we can be comforted in the knowledge that our heavenly Father is the
rock that cannot be shaken. His Word promises, "I am the LORD, I do not change". (Malachi 3:6 NKJV).
We mortals encounter a multitude of changes - some good, some not so good. And on occasion, all of us must
endure life-changing personal losses that leave us breathless. When we do, our loving heavenly Father stands
ready to protect us, to comfort us, to guide us, and, in time, to heal us. Are you facing difficult
circumstances? Please remember that God is bigger than any problem you may face. And it is because the
LORD does not change that you can face your challenges with courage for this day and hope for the future.
Reminder: Masks, gloves, sanitize, social distance and only go out when you need to.
January 27, 2021
"Make Peace with Your Past"
Since we cannot change the pains and disappointments of the past, why do so many of us insist upon replaying them
over and over again in our minds? Perhaps it's because we can't find it in our hearts to forgive the people who have
hurt us. Being mere mortals, we seek revenge, not reconciliation, and we harbor hatred in our hearts, sometimes for
decades. Obviously, it is what it was and forever will be. The present, of course, is a different matter. Today
is filled with opportunities to live, to love, to work, to play and to celebrate life. If we sincerely wish to build
a better tomorrow, we can start building it today in the present moment. So if you have endured a difficult past,
accept it, learn from it, and forgive everybody, including yourself. Once you've made peace with your past, don't spend
too much time there. Instead, live in the precious present, where opportunities abound and change is still possible.
The past cannot be changed, but one's response to it can be.
January 20, 2021
"Keep Recharging Your Batteries"
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ; keep recharging your batteries. Even the most faithful believers can, from time
to time find themselves running on empty. The demands of daily life can be draining of our strength which robs
us of our joy that is rightfully ours in Christ. When we find ourselves tired, discouraged, anxious or worse, there
is a source from which we can draw the power needed to recharge our spiritual batteries. Turn your heart toward God
in prayer. Delve deeply into God's holy Word. Calling upon Christ to renew your spirit will help you to discover
that the Creator of the universe stands ready and always able to create a new sense of wonderment and joy in you.
January 13, 2021 ~ Food For Thought
Be determined to serve.
As a humble servant, you will glorify yourself, not before mankind, but before God, and
that's what He intends. Earthly glory is fleeting but heavenly glory endures throughout eternity. So the choice
is yours: either you can lift yourself up here on earth and be humbled in heaven or vice versa. Through our service
to others, God wants to influence our world for Him.
January 6, 2021
"Entrust Your Hopes to God"
"You LORD, give true peace to those who depend on you, because they trust you. Isaiah 26:3
Hope is a perishable commodity. Despite God's promises, despite Christ's love and despite our countless blessings,
we frail human beings can still lose hope from time to time. When we do, we need the encouragement of Christian friends,
the life-changing power of prayer, and the healing truth of God's holy Word. After all, God has made important promises
to you, promises that He is certainly going to keep. So be hopeful, be optimistic, be faithful and do your best. Then,
leave the rest up to God. Your destiny is safe with Him.
December 30, 2020
Believe and live by your beliefs. Persist, and make stepping stones
of stumbling blocks! The key to your life is within you right now.
Take it and unlock the door to life's possibilities!
Have a blessed, healthy, safe and prosperous New Year!
The Best Is Yet To Come!
December 23, 2020
It's so important to believe in yourself. Believe that you can do it,
under any circumstances. Because if you believe you can, then you really will.
The mind can assert anything and pretend it has proved it.
Have a Merry Christmas and may all the
joys of Christmas come to you and yours!
December 16, 2020
Lift up your faith in yourself and in the miracle that is your being.
You never doubt that tomorrow the sun will rise.
Have faith that you, too, are an important part of creation.
You, too, are protected by love.
December 9, 2020
Don't put your faith in transitory things: they are here today and gone
tomorrow, dust. Put your faith in god, the unseen source of all goodness.
Make a ritual of spending quiet time, time to focus inward so that you can
experience god, the greatest power, the source of your wisdom, strength and
joy. The Holy Spirit awaits you at every moment - the center of your being.
Be blessed and be a blessing to someone you meet today!
December 2, 2020
What is your attitude about your life?
Do you fully appreciate the distance you've traveled?
Do you value your accomplishments?
How we view ourselves means everything because it
determines our level of self-esteem and self-confidence,
and how we move through the world.
Be blessed and be a blessing to those you meet today!
November 26, 2020
"A Drop in the Bucket"
Scripture: John 12:26
"Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant
also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me."
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, a little something for you. Just today, I served another willingly
for you. But does it really matter when there's so much more to do? Just a tiny drop into this bucket
we call life, one small act of kindness thrown amidst a world of strife. But, by faith, I will believe
and cast aside all doubt, for I know that ripples from a single drop go out. While on earth, I know
that I will likely never see where or when or just how far those ripples go from me. Daily, LORD,
empower me these small kind acts to do, for in them, I can reflect the awesome love of you. Fill me,
LORD, renew my strength, my bucket overflow. I want to be your useful tool wherever I may go. And so
on this day of giving thanks let us remember those who may not have, but are yet alive!
May the generosity of God's people lift up everyone who is in need of something.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and may showers of blessings come upon you!