How are you?

As I write that question, my mind is flooded with so many people who will receive this question with a plethora of responses. How are you? Some of us are overwhelmed with stress from work, school, or relationships. Others have found contentment as they grind through the day to day activities of life. A few […]

As I write that question, my mind is flooded with so many people who will receive this question with a plethora of responses.
How are you? Some of us are overwhelmed with stress from work, school, or relationships. Others have found contentment as they grind through the day to day activities of life. A few are at their breaking point as they care for their loved one battling sickness.
When I was in 5th grade, each Sunday, my bible class teacher wrote all of the students’ names on the chalkboard with one question at the top…How are you? He also had 2 other questions. How many days did you pray last week? How often did you read the Bible? I can remember striving to honestly be able to write “7” each week. I don’t know why, but I guess I looked at that challenge as a competition to some degree. It wasn’t until later when life hit that I dealt with that challenge at a much deeper level.
What part of the Lord’s prayer do you struggle to pray for the most? What part do you connect with the most?
“Your Kingdom come, your Will be done.”
Do you have the courage, assurance, and invitation to welcome God into every thought, conversation, and activity in your life or do you attempt to control Him?
Today, pray not for things, but for wisdom and courage…to crawl onto His lap and talk to Him honestly and openly, to surrender whatever you are trying to control and seek His help, to love deeply and serve wholeheartedly.

Washington Speaks

As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day, I thought it would be good to remember some words of final warning given to us by George Washington in his Farewell Address. He spoke of the great care that needed to be taken to guard and preserve the unity of our government....

Focus On The Text

I really enjoy using my computer Bible software. It is called BibleWorks. Early on, it would always start with a reminder to “Focus on the text.” God tells us to do the same thing. "So you shall observe to do just as the LORD your God has commanded you; you shall not...

Biddable

"Biddable" means "easily led, taught or controlled." The Oxford Dictionary defines it as " meekly ready to accept and follow instructions." Whether it is describing a good or bad quality in a person would depend upon the nature of the instruction or leading to which a...

The Greatest Thing Ever Said

This is not new. But sometimes it helps to look at something with a different perspective to broaden our understanding. So, what is the greatest thing ever said? Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. (Matthew 22:37...

Choice

Choices have consequences. Our choices mean certain things.   “...as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).  When Joshua spoke these words he was calling upon all Israel to make a choice. He had already made his choice. He shared it with...

John 17: 20-23

20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory...

Thank You, RCOC!

What a turn out Sunday night. What a joyful, fulfilling evening. What an example of organized chaos. But we got it done. Over 150 buckets filled. All delivered to Healing Hands and they should be headed out today to the ship that will deliver them to those in need in...

Being Like Jesus

Being like Jesus, now there is a challenge for all of us. The first step of this challenge is to make sure we are actually being like Jesus.   I read an article about a man who is considered by his peers to be the nicest man in his  profession. After reading his...

We Need Your Help

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Revival

Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? I don’t know what the word “REVIVAL” brings to mind for you. For some people it may bring to mind a very specific picture of a church event. This week I am at a youth minister’s retreat in Columbia,...