Where’s Your Closet?

Luke 5:16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.

As most of you know, I enjoy doing leather work. There is some thing about it that just allows me to clear my head and all my aggravations just seem to leave. In fact, I often find that as I work on a project I’m able to focus more on the things of God. Perhaps the concentration I put into the project clears out the “cob webs” just enough to allow the Word to really penetrate; I can’t really explain it much clearer than that. But I do know that much of the most profitable meditation time for me comes when I’m tooling a belt, for example.

Jesus set the example for us in His words and deeds: We need to get away from the “multitudes” of life, what ever they may be for each of us, and have alone time with God. Christ often went into the wilderness to pray. I know a preacher that gets some of his best alone time on his riding mower. And I have some of mine at my leather work bench. We are all different, with different situations, likes, dislikes, hobbies, etc. But we all need to find our “prayer closet” to get into and away from every one and every thing that might distract us. That intimate time with God is vital, no matter where your’s occurs at, to our spiritual life and walk of faith.

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From The Pastor’s Corner

This week I received an email about some interesting Bible facts. Did you know that Psalms 117 is the shortest chapter in the Bible and that Psalms 119 is the longest? Psalms 118 sets between the shortest and longest chapter and it is the center chapter in the Bible. There are 594 Chapter before and after Psalms 118 and if you add them together they come to a total of 1188. Within Psalms 118 you find the center verse in the Bible Psalms 118:8. Psalms 118:8 says that “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man”. All of this sounded very good, but according to my research it was not totally correct about the center chapter and verse. If it were completely true would it make Psalms 118:8 more important that other verses? To me, the location of a verse is not what’s significant about God’s word; the significance comes from God himself. In other words, putting your finger on the center of God’s word does not even compare to the importance of putting God’s word at the center of your life.

Pastor Danny Daily

Whoops!

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Earlier today I was forwarded an email that contained a prayer request for a lady’s brother. I was asked to add the man to our prayer list. (Click this link to see it http://is.gd/fCVyR.)

What I normally do is to copy and paste the information into a new note. Then I edit it as needed, spell check it and then copy the final draft into a new email that I send blind carbon copy to all those on the list. Then it gets made into a post and put on our church blog. Normally, this goes smoothly but today I goofed it all up. The result was that the post was right but the emails were wrong: It appeared that I was requesting prayer for my brother (and I don’t even have one).

Anytime we get any information from any human source (news programs, the Internet, email, phone, even in person) it is subject to be incorrect. Scripture isn’t like that though. The verse referenced today says that all Scripture is inspired but it is really much more than that! The original Greek wording translates out more literally “breathed out by God”.

I’m so glad that in a fallen world where most everything can be questioned or suspect we have the infallible Word of God to guide us in all points of our lives! Take a few minutes today or this weekend and think about the Bible, God’s inspired Word, breathed out by Him, to us. And then thank Him for providing you with a Source you know is all true, completely correct, and for your benefit.

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Wisdom

British philosopher Bertrand Russell once said “To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom”. I don’t know much about Mr. Russell but I do surmise one thing from his quotation: Mr. Russell wasn’t much of a student of God’s Word.

The Bible tells us that there is a way that seems right to men, but it leads to death. Scripture also teaches that the wisdom of men is foolishness to God.

No, the beginning of wisdom lies not in conquering our fear. The beginning of wisdom lies in realizing the fear of the Lord.

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

To Know Him

Bible study is a very important, or should be, of each believer’s life. Daily time spent in His Word is essential for our relationship with God and our spiritual growth.

Sadly, there are those that delve so into their study of Scripture they forget their real purpose of doing it in the first place. What good is it to know Hebrew and not know Him or to know Greek without knowing God? The Bible is God’s love letter to us. We should never become so academic in our studies that we loose perspective of the goal to know God better and become closer to Him as we read about Him.

Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Spinning Your Wheels

It’s that time of year: Winter. And with the season comes lots of ‘fun’ stuff like sleet, snow, and ice. These things can make for just terrible, if not treacherous, driving and walking conditions. I’ve seen all kinds of things folks use to try to overcome the conditions: salt, kitty litter, sand, and other melting agents or items to put weight in a vehicle to give them better traction. And still many times the efforts are futile as pedestrians slip and vehicles spin their wheels.

Have you ever felt like that in your spiritual life, like you are just slipping and sliding along, spinning your wheels and getting nowhere for Jesus? I know I have. I’ve found when I feel this way there are a couple of things that I can do to give me some ‘traction’ and get me going again.

  • Pray- Nothing does the soul better than to get on your knees (or however you personally pray) and commune with our Lord. He already knows what’s going on in your life, what the problems are and the (possible) shortcomings that are causing them. But tell Him anyway; He loves you and wants to hear from you.
  • Take up arms- Put on the Whole Armor of God. How can we fight a fight that we aren’t armed for? We can’t. And make no mistake about it – we are in a spiritual war against a wily enemy.
  • Don’t forget your Sword- An unarmed soldier for God is about as good as a car with no tires. Pick up your Bible and put it to its good and proper use: Read it and obey what it says.

There’s an old saying that doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is crazy. If you have lost momentum seek the One that can get you moving again.

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Greg Wolford

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