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We are saved by the grace of God; we are kept by the grace of God.

Pastor Bill

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I have found it interesting over the years that often, in the midst of divine activities taking place (often in a church worship service), there always seem to be people who begin looking at their watches and listening to their stomachs growl.

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Your soul is the most valuable possession you will ever have. it is something you have in this life and it goes with you into the next. If your soul is lost; Heaven, hope and God are lost!

Pastor Bill

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The drone of the engines on our plane had nearly put me to sleep when I suddenly realized there was a change in the sound of their steady roar. I rose up and looked towards the cockpit. The pilot and the jumpmaster were both sitting up straight and staring out through the windshield. As I watched the pilot, whose hands were resting on the two throttles that controlled the power to the engines, he began to pull them back gradually. Immediately the loud noise of the engines began to quiet down. At the same time the pilot lowered the nose of the plane and pointed it slightly downward.

The jumpmaster turned and yelled towards us, “We’ve got smoke!”

Good! This was apparently not going to be a dry run. The four of us in the cabin of the plane could not see anything yet but I slid off the seat and scooted over to the open door, trying to get a better look at the country ahead of us. I looked at the two fellows in the cockpit and they were now looking off towards the same side of the airplane that the door was on. I strained forward a bit, trying to see beneath the wing in hopes of spotting the smoke the jumpmaster had spoken about.

A nearly solid carpet of pine and fir trees was passing beneath us as we continued to lose altitude slowly. Occasionally there would be a small meadow and I could see a stream meandering through the landscape below me. Suddenly the pilot banked the plane more steeply in the direction I was looking out the door. It was then that I saw it—a small ribbon of smoke spiraling into the sky from a tree covered hillside far below us. We had found it! This was the reason there were smokejumpers. A small fire, begun by a lightning strike many miles from any road or highway, could be reached quickly by air. After a parachute jump, two men were able to quickly extinguish a fire before it became a massive inferno. My adrenalin was already beginning to flow. We would be jumping in a matter of minutes!

In the last book of the Bible, Revelation, there are some interesting pictures that are painted for the reader. There are some powerful truths included in this book, much of it difficult to understand. Yet, as we find throughout the Bible, there are words that speak volumes, like those in chapter 4, verse 11: “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.”

It speaks of creation—again. And the writer makes clear that all things were created by God! That is something to try and wrap your thoughts around. Yet, I am thankful for a God who chose to create this universe, this earth and all that is upon it.

Prayer: Lord, sometimes the world that you have created is almost too much for me to comprehend. When I see a tiny newborn baby, or look at the exquisite wildflowers in a mountain meadow, it helps me believe in an Almighty God who has created all things. Thank you for providing us with this wonderful world to live in. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

 

 

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

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It’s alright to have pleasant memories, but don’t live in the past.

Pastor Bill

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Unless things change we are not all going to be millionaires. Yet, we can all be rich in Jesus Christ!

Pastor Bill

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This week contained the official beginning of summer. For me it seems to have been the official beginning of “busy.” My work day often begins early and it is not unusual that it runs late. I enjoy my work as an associate pastor but it keeps me very busy. I find it difficult to keep up writing at the pace I have in recent months and. After discussion with a trusted friend, I have determined that I need to cut back somewhat.

Therefore, beginning this week, I will be publishing just a single devotional writing while I increase the number of remarks made under the heading of “Things I’ve Learned on this Journey.” (I will also begin posting many of these thoughts on my Facebook page.)

I appreciate my readers and hope you understand. With the arrival of Fall we shall see if I can’t return to the previous pattern of two devotionals each week.

Thanks for reading and have an enjoyable summer.

Pastor Bill

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