"SO much has happened this year. On this side of the fire, I am so thankful to have gone through it. (emphasis on "this" side) But through it I have learned to praise in it, and NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING is as precious to me now as my time with Jesus. I still have to kick this body out of bed in the mornings sometimes to get up for prayer and the Word. But NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING is as fulfilling, healing, purpose giving, doubt destroying, encouraging, joy filling, boldness- and strength-giving as the WORD. PUT IT IN YOUR HEART. MEMORIZE IT, QUOTE IT, SAY IT, SPREAD IT...memorize it, quote it, say it, spread it...TO WHOEVER WILL LISTEN, even if that is just you and Jesus.
"Speaking of Jesus, SEE HOW MANY TIMES IN A DAY YOU CAN MENTION HIS NAME TO SOMEONE. Jesus is the WORD, and He said we have to eat the WORD as bread. READY, SET AND ... CHEW!!!
He who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. (John 5:24)
"So -- get into the WORD." [ Tricia Deaton, in her blog. ]
James S-C, 11/13/2006: "Well, recently I have been doing some things right, and I think I feel happier, perhaps to those little things. I guess I haven't paid attention to it, but I just realized I am happy. A few simple things can add up." More...
James S-C, 11/12/2006: "Why is the abortion topic labeled as pro-choice and pro-life, when those who want to be pro-choice do not give the person who matters a choice? Let's face it, the two sides are really pro-death and pro-life. For such an advanced race that we are, we still allow murder even if we have laws against it. We try to hide it under various names, but it is still murder.
"Yes, a human being can be aborted and people will think nothing of it because, after all, it is only a thing. But, now if we took the same action against an animal, we would have broken all kinds of laws and we would receive massive punishment for that action. Now, I am not saying we should be cruel to animals; I just don't see where in the Bible God tells us that animals are valued more than people." More...
Solomon said, "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth..." (Ecclesiastes 12:1). He knew the importance of bringing up children with a constant awareness of their Creator. To realize they were made by a personal God, not a mere accident in an impersonal universe. To recognize their responsibility to their Maker, and the certainty of judgment.
What we see in America today in the delinquency of adults is certainly the fruit of more than a century of Darwinism.
Darwinism directly contradicts the wise injunction of Solomon. Darwinism preaches that we should forget our Creator! The next step is to deny responsibility and judgment. If Chance is ruling the universe and determining the course of our lives, then we had best grab everything we can while we can.
Many of the inner conflicts we and our children have are rooted in our tendency to forget our Creator. His sovereignty and His love, His law and His grace, His justice and His mercy, His power and His glory, His wisdom and His purposes: remembering these will answer to our conflicts.
Public education will allow kids to worship Satan, treat Santa like God, and let kids think multi-colored eggs are laid by rabbits, but won't allow them to believe Jesus was born in a manger and is the Son of God. Santa can be God; a rabbit can be God; Satan can be God. But to let someone believe God is God and Jesus is the Son of God is strictly forbidden; after all, you may offend someone. The schoolmate can talk about the rape or murder they committed, which may offend and disgust me, and nothing will happen to them, but unless I blaspheme God, I can't even mention God without threat of discipline.
In case your parents never told you, Santa Claus is not real. However, Jesus Christ and His Father are quite real. As we move through the year, let us remember that simple fact. More...