Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.
How can you not smile when you see that picture. I wonder what people see when they look at our face today? A smile, or an expression of gloom and doom. Sometimes we just need to be reminded to smile a little more. One day I was sitting at a traffic light deep in thought. I realized that the car next to me was honking so I turned to see what was the matter. The man in the car was looking at me and took his fingers and pulled up on each side of his mouth to make a smile. I must have had a sad look on my face sitting there. Light changed and he drove away but, I never forgot it. Smiling is contagious. So, go out and spread a little Joy today. It will make you and all those who see you a little more joyful today and God knows we could use a little more of that. Smile....come on.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Every living creature
is in the hands of God.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009
In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.
Monday, January 26, 2009
It was a day of wild winter weather: gusty winds, squalls of rain, a cold front moving in. On my way home I noticed a red glow behind a stand of trees. It looked like a fire, so I followed the glow to see what was burning. It turned out to be the sun, blazing brightly as it sank in the western sky. It looked like a huge, burning ball of fire which, in fact, I suppose it is. I watched for a few minutes until the sky began to darken and the glow lost a bit of its intensity. Before I made it home, I saw a perfect rainbow arching over a small shopping center. The entire rainbow was visible, end to end, with a pink aura between the two arcs. Two amazing demonstrations of God’s hand on our world in the span of a few minutes. The rainbow reminded me of God’s promise that the earth would not be destroyed by flood a second time. The brilliant sunset reminded me that as surely as the sun set it would rise again the next morning. I knew I could count on it, because somewhere over the rainbow God maintains order in the world he created. Sunrises, sunsets, and rainbows are more than just natural events that we take for granted. They are reminders of the supernatural…tokens of eternity.
“Earth's crammed with heaven,and every common bush aflame with God. But only those who see take off their shoes. The rest sit around and pluck blackberries.” --Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
By Hazel King
Friday, January 23, 2009
(Photo by Hazel King)
“It's useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don't you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves?” (Psalm 127:2, The Message)
By Hazel King
Thursday, January 22, 2009
4You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
Christ is our Hope, our strength, our anchor. You say well I will just try harder...really, how has that worked in the past for you. Instead of trying harder why not try Trusting more. Trust Christ to help us identify the storms and withstand them, flee from them. Otherwise we will find ourselves looking and feeling a lot like these poor fish.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness… it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…”
These words were penned by novelist Charles Dickens in 1859, yet the words fit equally well in these modern times. Many people are near despair, thinking there are only dark days ahead. Others are filled with hope, believing that positive change is coming. Which viewpoint is right? Probably both are right in some ways. Someone has said that the only constant in life is change. Someone else said that the more things change, the more they stay the same. There is a higher authority than Charles Dickens, a greater literary masterpiece written by God himself. The one thing we can count on is the one who never changes, who remains constant and faithful regardless of the circumstances. In a world filled with uncertainty, it is easy to become fearful and discouraged. The antidote to fear is faith in the one who has remained faithful to us since before the world began and is with us always, even unto the end of the world. We don’t know what the future holds for Planet Earth, but we know God holds the future in his hands. This truth will never change.
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8, KJV)
By Hazel King
Friday, January 16, 2009
Jesus told His Disciples that they should go into all the world and share their faith. They should preach, teach, and baptize. He told them sometimes they would be persecuted, and they were. Most of them were killed as they went about trying to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. The verse I am referring to is in the Book of Matthew.
Matthew 28:19-20 (New American Standard Bible)
19"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
In the Greek the passage begins, "as you are going." It was assumed that as they went they would share their faith with those they came in contact with. We should follow their example. You may not be a missionary in a third world country speaking another language, but you are a missionary. It would be safe to stay in the harbor, to never venture out to share your faith and risk rejection. But, that's not what we were created for. I once went out sailing with a friend of mine many miles off the North Carolina coast. It was an awesome experience. I will never forget what he told me that day. He said, "sailing is not about the destination, it's all about the trip." I believe life is like that, its all about the trip. The adventure, the lives we touch, experiences we have, stories we accumulate, difference we make in peoples lives. So, as you are going today take a chance and share your faith it may change someones eternal destination. What could possibly be more exciting than that?
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Thursday, January 15, 2009
Matthew 13:13 (New American Standard Bible)
13"Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
Sometimes our eyes fool us, like in these pictures. We think we see someone we know and wave only to find out we don't know them at all. Our spiritual sight is the same way. God helps us to see things in a different way. Someone might see a homeless person and think, why don't they get a job they are a drain on society. Someone else might see the same person and think, maybe they need a helping hand they are down on their luck right now, but they are still a child of God. It depends on our perspective. God helps us to see beyond the surface.he looks so much deeper. Today ask God to let you see people and situations through His eyes not yours.
1 Samuel 16:7 (New American Standard Bible)
7But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
This prayer will be the focus of my Bible Study tonight at our Church, Anchor Baptist Church. The Bible Study begins at 6:45pm. If you would like to attend and do not know the way I will provide my e-mail below or you can check our web-site, anchorbaptistwilmington.com. Each person who attends the study receives one of the Prayer of Jabez books. So why is this so important? It is not because it is a recited prayer promising to bless your life if you say it. So what is the secret? Well, the attitude of a persons heart is the key but the prayer does several things for us. First it places our focus on God. That is where our focus should be everyday. There are basically four parts to the prayer. Collectively these four points move us in the direction of fellowshipping with God on a daily basis and seeing things from His perspective. This is what we were created for. That we would know God and make Him known. If you want the details of the verses I will see you tonight. I have had three people call me this week and tell me the prayer has changed their life. A life changing event moving us closer to God and His Will for our lives. Who would want to miss that? Also a lady in our Church Pam Williams will be singing a solo entitled "He'll Do It Again" It would be worth attending just to hear the song.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Okay, I admit it. I wasn’t exactly thrilled to be responsible for four dogs while my daughter’s family took a much-deserved short trip. Driving into the country twice a day to feed them was just another chore on my “to do” list. But I love my daughter so I agreed. When I left home that first morning, it was still dark and I had the road to myself. The radio was on and the drive passed quickly. The dogs were delighted to see me and cooperated nicely with the plan, so I was soon on the road again. By then, the sun was rising, turning the sky into a beautiful rainbow of color. I couldn’t remember the last time I saw a sunrise. I had my camera with me, so I captured the moment in the photograph above. The second morning was foggy and I took misty pictures of fog-shrouded houses and fields. The third day was rainy. I detoured down side roads to snap old barns and ramshackle houses under a cloudy sky. Thanks to my daughter and her dogs, I was in the country with rare time to indulge my love of photography. I said all that to say this: there is a blessing in everything if we just learn to recognize it. All we have to do is look up or around to see how God blesses our service to others in so many large and small ways. To paraphrase the scripture, we truly are more blessed (more rewarded) by giving—our time, our service, our love—than by receiving from the hand of others. I have the pictures to prove it.
“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! Selah.” (Psalm 68:19, NKJV)
By Hazel King
Friday, January 9, 2009
9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Are you one of those people who wake up and say "Good Morning Lord", or do you wake up and say "Good Lord it's morning." No matter what happened yesterday it is comforting to know that God's Loving kindness, and Compassion is new every morning. As the sun rises today God meets you with new hope, new opportunities, and new vision. Approach this day knowing that God has great plans for you. Open your eyes and heart and look for them. Do not be so focused on yesterday or worried about tomorrow that you miss what God has in store for you you Today. Abraham Lincoln said "People are just about as happy as they decide to be." Wake up, smell the coffee, you have decisions to make and and the God of the Universe wants to spend the day with you.
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Wednesday, January 7, 2009
29And He said, "Come!" And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
30But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!"
31Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?"
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I am sure you recognize this as Nike's slogan. It is also good to apply to out daily lives and it is also Biblical. The Greek word "Nike" means victory. If we want to have victory in our lives we have to "Just Do It", which begs the question....Do What?
Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.
Do the right thing. The question is not what should I do but, what will I do when faced with a choice. So, when we are presented with that choice and know the right thing to do we need to "Just Do It" We are presented with choices daily, actually many times a day. A few years ago there was a popular saying WWJD, which stood for What Would Jesus Do? That is a good question but a better question is WWID, What Will I Do? As we develop the mind of Christ we are able to discern what Jesus would do in a situation. Once we know that we then need to translate that into action. So today when you see an opportunity to help someone, pray for someone, witness to someone, encourage someone.......
Just Do It.
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Monday, January 5, 2009
Conventional morality used to be pretty clear. Right was right and wrong was wrong and society as a whole seemed able to tell the difference. In the modern world, however, what once was clearly black or white has turned to shades of gray. It is called “situational ethics,” meaning that whether a thing is right or wrong depends on the situation. Little “white lies” are deemed okay but no one seems willing to define a “black lie.” A large percentage of college students admit to regular cheating on schoolwork. They justify cheating because they feel entitled to receive a benefit they have paid for, even if it isn’t earned. People have become their own final authority, refusing to honor or answer to God. Despite the justifications and rationalizations and outright abominations, there remains a standard, a code of conduct handed down from God to his people. When Moses brought the Ten Commandments down from the mountain, his countenance shone so bright he had to cover his face. The Israelite people could not look upon him because he reflected the glory of God. Despite changing morals and customs and opinions, God has not changed. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. There is no new revelation but instead a revolution against God. The truth is that man cannot break the commandments of God; he can only break himself upon them. Walking daily in the light of God’s word makes it easier to clarify the ethics in any situation and reflect the glory of God in a world shadowed by sin.
“Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes.” (Deuteronomy 12:8, KJV)
By Hazel King
Friday, January 2, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
“He [Jesus] has a right to interrupt your life. He is Lord. When you accepted Him as Lord, you gave Him the right to help Himself to your life anytime He wants” --Henry T. Blackaby--Experiencing God (Lifeway Press)
By Hazel King