Sunday Thought

What is my spiritual altitude? Am I going higher? Spiritually speaking, where am I today vs. a year ago?

“And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.
And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God.” Exodus 23:12,13

The God of the Impossible

(I woke up early this morning with the following song on my heart. I am so very thankful that, as an 8-year-old girl, I came to KNOW the God of the Impossible! Since that day, I have seen Him answer many, many prayers in my life…to God be the glory!  If you are praying for a miracle right now, may I remind you – the situation may get worse before a miracle takes place. If our situation is one where we, in our finite minds, can devise a solution, then our circumstance is not a “miracle only” circumstance yet. If we have not yet received an answer from God, then, as the importunate woman in Luke 18:1-8, we must continue praying in faith until the answer comes.)
I don’t know how God hangs the world on nothing
Or how He keeps the planets each in place.
I cannot count the sands upon the seashore,
Nor can I count the stars that float in space.
But God can do what seems impossible; {YES, HE CAN!!!}
God controls eternity.
My mind can never comprehend it,
But God in heaven cares for me.
I don’t know how the Lord can save a sinner
Or how His grace can cleanse and set him free.
I can’t explain the mystery of Calv’ry –
To think that Jesus died for even me.
I don’t know all the meaning of “forever”
Or just how long it’s been since time began.
I can’t explain how Christ Who is eternal
Could come to earth and die for sinful man.
~ Rachel ~

Gardening – 101

We have been enjoying home-grown tomatoes for the last week or so! They may not be the biggest tomatoes I’ve ever seen, nonetheless they ARE from our very own garden and quite yummy too!  I’m thankful we decided to plant these back in May…we sure are enjoying picking them off the vine now!

I must admit, gardening is not one of my strengths but I do know a couple things and I’m continuing to learn! (Let me know if you want a few tips on warding off deer…)  When I went to purchase those small tomato plants a few months back, I knew what to look for ~ TOMATO plants. If the man at our local Farm & Garden had tried to sell me banana pepper plants while assuring me of a crop of juicy tomatoes, I don’t think I would have fallen for his sales pitch. No, I don’t know a whole lot about gardening, but I DO know that if we wanted juicy tomatoes then we needed to plant TOMATO plants. Makes sense, right?

The last paragraph may seem very elementary…and it is…yet, how often do we forget the law of sowing and reaping in a spiritual realm?  Satan’s sales pitch is a very convincing one as he promises a life of happiness if we give in to his temptations of planting seeds of unrighteousness. The reason he can be so convincing is simply because there truly is pleasure in sin – for a season. But, before long, the time to reap will come and those seeds of unrighteousness that were planted are sure to bring forth a bountiful harvest of unrighteousness as well as heartache, sorrow and so often destruction. It’s the law of sowing and reaping. Why should we expect anything different? As we go about each day, we should make it a practice to contemplate the seeds we are sowing by asking ourselves, “Do I REALLY want to reap a whole crop of this?”

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”  Galatians 6:7,8

What do we do if we, in our foolishness, have ALREADY sown seeds which we now regret?…and who of us have not? There is nothing we can do to prevent the harvest, but we can use this time as an opportunity to teach and warn others. THEN, if we are not already doing so, quickly begin planting seeds of righteousness.  Strive for a BUMPER CROP as we give our lives to the Lord while watering our seeds with tears.

“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”  Psalm 126:5,6F

And finally, we may be right in the middle of the growing season where we have faithfully sown seeds of biblical principles but we have yet to see the harvest. We must not faint but rather continue tending to our gardens. During the growing season, we can truly feel the heat beating down upon us at times, but the refreshing time of harvest will eventually come!

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9

~ Rachel ~




I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.   A. W. Tozer

What is our attitude toward worship? I find it interesting that even those who followed Jesus the closest had their priorities out of line at times:

“Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?
For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.
For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.
For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.
Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.” Matthew 26:6-13

When the disciples saw the woman worshipping Jesus, their self-righteous attitude was one of indignation, yet, what they considered “waste”, Jesus called “a good work”. This reminds me of the account in Luke 10:38-42

“Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.
But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” 

Martha’s focus was on work but Mary’s priority was worship. Yes, no doubt there was indeed work to be done, but at that moment, worship was the priority and Jesus confirmed that with His words to Martha, “Mary hath chosen that good part”.

Do we, as the disciples, consider worship a “waste”? As Christians, we are to labor for sure, but we must be careful that our labor is not at the expense of worshipping the One for Whom we labor.

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”  Revelation 4:11

~ Rachel ~

Give Me Jesus

Take the world, but give me Jesus, All its joys are but a name; But His love abideth ever, Through eternal years the same.

Refrain: Oh, the height and depth of mercy! Oh, the length and breadth of love! Oh, the fullness of redemption, Pledge of endless life above!

Take the world, but give me Jesus, Sweetest comfort of my soul; With my Savior watching o’er me, I can sing though billows roll.

Take the world, but give me Jesus, Let me view His constant smile; Then throughout my pilgrim journey Light will cheer me all the while.

Take the world, but give me Jesus; In His cross my trust shall be, Till, with clearer, brighter vision, Face to face my Lord I see.

(Fanny Crosby)

If He Had Known, He Would Have Watched…

“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”  Matthew 24:42-44

Reading the above verses this morning reminded me of a recent incident where several of our neighbors were victims to car thefts. Although there was evidence of our own vehicles being opened, apparently we had nothing that interested the robber. Nonetheless, since that time, it has become a practice to lock our vehicles. I am sure if our neighbors had only known of the thief’s intentions that night, they would have been watching as well as taken necessary precautions to prevent him from being successful. But, no prior notice was given and besides, who would have thought something like that would take place on our country road?

The above verses can serve as a two-fold warning. To the unsaved, are you watching for Christ’s return? If you have never repented and trusted Christ alone to save you, why do you wait? As the above verses tell us, Christ is coming back and the time of His coming is not known. As a thief in the night, so will the coming of the Lord be unannounced…unexpected. Do not put off coming to Christ!  “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)”  II Corinthians 6:2

To the saved, are we watching with excitement for our Lord’s return? Are we daily striving to live in such a way that would be pleasing to the Lord, or will we be ashamed at his coming? Since we do not know the hour Christ will return, nor do we know our last hour here on earth (if we should die before His return), should we not desire to daily abide in Him? I John 2:28 says, “And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.”  Although each of us will fail at times, may our goal be one of close communion with God through a consistent  prayer life, reading and meditating on and obedience of Scripture, as well as immediate confession of sin.

“Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.” I Thessalonians 5:6

~ Rachel ~

Faith And Five Smooth Stones – Lee Roberson

(I don’t take it lightly when the Lord repeats a truth within minutes, as He did this morning with the encouragement He gave me from I Samuel 17:45,46 on “Confidence”, followed by this article on “Faith” – also taken from I Samuel 17:45. I received the article (written by Lee Roberson) from and hope it is a blessing and encouragement to you also!)


Faith and Five Smooth Stones, by Dr. Lee Roberson

Big, boasting Goliath represents an angry, raging world seeking to destroy all that is good and godly.  Fearful, trembling Israel represents a faithless people who believe in God but, through weakness of faith, fail to conquer in His name.

“Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.” —1st Samuel 17:45

Strong, quiet David represents the Christian whose faith is in God and whose dependence is in the power of God.  Every schoolboy knows the story of David and Goliath. The Philistines were the old enemies of Israel. In the days of King Saul they were forever fighting against God’s chosen people. Israel was often the victor in the conflicts, but then Goliath took the lead of the Philistines. The situation became dark and foreboding.  The Israelites had pitched their camp on one side of the mountain, and the Philistines on the other side. There was a valley between.  From out of the army of the Philistines came a giant named Goliath of Gath. He was a tremendous fellow. Some say that his height ran to almost twelve feet.  For many days this giant stood and cried unto the armies of Israel.  “Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? Am I not a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. If he be able to fight with me, and to hill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and hill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us….I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together “-II Samuel 17:8-10. When Saul and the Israelites heard these words, they were dismayed and afraid.

But God always has a man for every situation. He may seem a very unlikely person, but there is always someone to stand for God’s cause. In this instance it was David, a shepherd boy, sent to carry food to his brothers in the army of Saul. As he talked with them, the giant came forth and gave his challenge. David heard these words. He saw the people were afraid. He asked why they allowed this thing to go on. Finally, he turned to King Saul and said, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.

Saul weakly tried to dissuade him, but David gave his arguments and determined to go against Goliath. Saul’s armor was put on David, but the young shepherd lad refused it. His equipment, as he went against the giant, was his staff and five smooth stones out of the brook and his sling.

The great giant came forth from his place. When he saw the boy, he said, “Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves?” It was an insult to send such a small youth out against him.

David’s first words to the giant indicate his strength. “I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel. . for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands.”

In dignified manner, the Philistine arose and came to meet David. As David ran to meet him, he took a stone, put it in the sling, and threw it at the Philistine. It struck him in the forehead, and he fell upon his face to the earth. The victory was won. In this simple story we find a lesson on how to face our difficulties. The enemy is all about us. On every hand there are hindrances, obstacles and difficulties to be overcome. The success of your life depends on how you face your trials. David had three things to help him as he faced the giant:

I. COURAGE We admire courage anywhere we find it, whether it be on the battlefield, in the business office, in the school or in society. The need in every field today is for courageous men.

We need men of courage in the pulpits of our land. Men of stamina and courage are needed in politics. World leadership is suffering for the lack of men of courage.

It takes danger to bring forth courage. We often do not know of its presence in our life until the hour of danger. There is an Oriental legend which tells of a barbarian chieftain who thought to honor Alexander the Great by giving him three noble dogs of matchless courage.

Shortly after the chieftain had gone, Alexander decided to test the dogs. He had a stag brought before them, but the dogs only yawned and went to sleep. Then he had a hind and an antelope put into the park with them. But the dogs were not interested. Alexander, certain that the dogs were worthless, had them killed. A few days later, the chieftain returned to ask about his favorites. When he was told what had been done to them, he cried, “0 Alexander, you are a great king, but you are a very foolish man. You showed them a stag and a hind and an antelope, and they paid no attention. But if you had turned a lion and a tiger loose on them, you would have seen what brave dogs I have given you.” Yes, it is danger that brings forth courage.

It was danger of death that displayed the courage of the three Hebrew children. All threats and all danger could not make them bow down before an idol.

 It was danger that showed the courage of Daniel. No power on earth could stop him from praying unto God. It was danger that showed the courage of Paul, the missionary. He did not flinch from any adversary or any difficulty. Danger reveals weakness. King Saul was a big, strong, husky specimen of mankind. He was head and shoulders above his fellow Israelites. He could brag and boast, but his life was not in danger. But in the face of Goliath he began to shake like a leaf in the wind. Someone may be questioning, “Why this weakness on the part of King Saul?” The answer is not hard to find. His life was undermined by disobedience to God. Just a short time before the incident now before us, King Saul had been sent by the Lord to destroy King Ahab and the Amalekites. He disobeyed the order of the Lord and spared the king and much of the best of the sheep and oxen. Through Samuel, God spoke a plain word on the subject of obedience. “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witch craft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.”

Lack of courage quite often is traceable to lack of obedience to God. The preacher or any Christian who lacks courage to stand for God will often be found as disobedient and unseparated from the world.

Danger showed Israel to be a cowardly people. They had not walked in the way which God desired of them. They had mur mured against Him, begged for a king, and in many ways shown their dissatisfaction of God’s dealing with them. In the hour of danger, they were unable to rest upon His promises and to face the army without fear.

Have courage as you face your difficulties. Let your courage stem from your assurance of God with you-and you with God.

II. MEMORY As David went forth to face the giant, memory-the memory of God’s working through him-went with him. When Saul remonstrated with David about his desire to fight the Philistine, David said: Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: ‘And 1 went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.

“Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.

“David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. “-I Sam. 17:34-37.

It is interesting to notice King Saul’s response to this word of David: “Go, and the Lord be with thee.” This was a very pious statement for a king, backed by his large army, to make as he sent forth the shepherd boy against a great giant.

David went forth with the memory of God’s power and God’s deliverance in former days. It seems that Saul should have done some remembering also. He should have remembered the great heroes of the faith-Abraham, Moses, Gideon, Barak, Samson and others.

Saul should have remembered God’s power and gone forth to fight the giant. His name might have been recorded with the great of the ages. But, no, he was a coward; and he sat down and permitted a boy to fight in his place.

The soldiers of Israel should have been remembering also. How strange that all the mighty events of history were forgotten! Think of the mighty march of God with His people from the land of Egypt to Palestine. Think of God’s deliverance from a thou sand enemies, His daily manifestations of power and providence.

But in this hour of calamity, Israel forgot, also, the work of God in their behalf Here is one of our serious mistakes as we face our daily trials, temptations and difficulties: we fail to remember all that God has done for us. Christian, remember the salvation of the Lord. The same God who saved you from eternal doom can deliver you from every difficulty. Remember God’s provision and protection through the days of the past. His power has not changed. As He once delivered you, so will He now deliver you.

Let memory work for you as it did for David. Remember the power of God and His past performances in your behalf. Remember your past failures because of dependence on self. The Lord who once helped you will help you again. This was the argument which David gave to Saul. Memory was walking with him.

III. FAITH David had faith in God. Though skillful in the use of the sling and stone, it was not his skill that won the battle, but his faith. David believed that God was with him, so he could say, “If God be for me, then who can be against me?” King Saul looked toward himself and his knees trembled.

Israel looked toward human leadership and it is written, “They were dismayed, and greatly afraid.” Goliath, the giant, had faith in himself and soon died. What a monstrous man he was! His height was perhaps eleven feet and four inches. His armor was tremendously heavy. His spear was like a weaver’s beam. He trusted in himself and his own power. He did not look to any god, even the false gods of his own nation. He rested in the arm of flesh and soon dropped in death.

David had faith in God. He used the means at hand-the stones and the sling. But it was his faith in the Almighty which delivered his people.

Think of faith for a moment.

Faith cheerfully faces hardships. It does not complain nor find

Faith in God overcomes obstacles. David was just a youth, and the giant was a mature man of wide experience.

Faith looks beyond all difficulties to God who is greater than all.

Faith in God wins the victory every time. ” And this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”

How do you face your difficulties? Whatever they may be- financial, domestic, personal, religious-this story will show us the way to victory.

Have courage-courage born out of faithfulness and of obedience unto God.

Remember God’s past performances and the failures of the flesh. Remember the Bible stories of victory, and remember that God changes not.

Have faith in God. Don’t look at the storms and the tempests about you, but look up unto God. It is He who gives the victory. David said, “I come to thee in the name of the Lord. . .

The victorious life is the goal of every child of God. This can be realized today.

The story before us is also a lesson to lost people. Goliath, though big and furious and boasting, was weak and ineffectual. Goliath illustrates the need of God in every life. Come to Christ. Receive Him today. Enter into peace and joy now.


~ Confidence in God’s power comes from being in God’s presence. ~

I have the above quote written in my Bible beside I Samuel 17:45,46, where David is speaking so boldly to the giant, Goliath:

“Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.”  I Samuel 17:45,46

The confidence that David displayed with Goliath was not a product of a casual relationship with God. Just one chapter earlier, we see part of the description of this shepherd boy being, “…the Lord is with him.” I Samuel 16:18  David is also described in I Samuel 13:14 as well as Acts 13:22 as being a man after God’s own heart. We can read evidence of this in many of David’s Psalms.

When facing our own giants, it can be tempting to put our confidence in other men or even our own words or strength. However, by remembering Psalm 118:8, we can be reminded in Whom to put our  trust: “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.” By placing our complete confidence in God while continually seeking after Him through prayer, Bible reading and meditation, we can experience the same boldness as David.

“The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”  Psalm 18:2

~ Rachel ~

Sunday Thought

Unfruitfulness in a believer points to a root problem. If this is the case in our lives, we need to allow God to “dig around the base of our tree” to expose the roots.

“He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.
Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:
And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.”  Luke 13:6-9