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Most doubt results from disbelief or disobedience. Be willing to trust God—completely!

Pastor Bill

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God can’t do much, if anything, for a proud and self-sufficient person.

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Even Christ could not convince everyone to follow Him.

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EASY

My partner and I packed up our jump suits and parachutes and carried them across the meadow towards the tree line. Just as we reached the shade of the trees our plane returned, this time only a couple hundred feet above the ground. As it passed over the center of the meadow the jumpmaster shoved the two large cargo bags out, the small 24’ diameter parachute opened quickly, and our bags drifted slowly into the grass in front of us.

We lay our jump gear at the base of a tall fir tree and went back into the meadow to get our bags, which contained all the gear we would need to work the fire and spend several days out in the mountains, far from civilization. We unhooked the two bags from the parachute and my partner began to stuff the folds of nylon into the bag in which it was stowed. I stood the heavy cargo bag with my name on it, up straight and my partner came to hold it upright as I sat down in front of it. The bag had heavy shoulder straps attached to it and I scooted backwards against it, sliding my arms into the straps as I did so. Now the hard part came. My partner hoisted the bag off the ground as I got to my feet; wobbling around a bit before I had my balance under the weight I was now carrying.

We then moved over to my partner’s bag and went through he same process for him. Moments later we were walking towards the tree line, both of us bent over beneath the weight of the heavy bags. I raised my eyes at one point and could see a thin column of smoke winding slowly up over the tree tops a short distance away. We had some work ahead of us, but hopefully, it would be an “easy” fire.

In Matthew 11:30 we find words familiar to many people, “For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Prayer: Lord, I must admit there have been times in life when I have wondered just why I have had to experience the difficulties, the headaches, and occasionally even the suffering that I was beset with. Help me remember, as I journey through this life with you, that there is no such thing as a “coincidence,” when it comes to the plans of God for me. Yes. Help me remember. 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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Read the Word of God with the realization that God is talking to you. It should be a dialogue, not a monologue.

Pastor Bill

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If I claim I just don’t have time to pray……it means that the most insignificant thing in my life is more important than prayer.

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It does not take a 15-minute prayer to get through to God. All it takes is a prayer that originates from the heart.

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Too often we live our lives as if we can see no further than the moment we are living in. Momentary troubles are just that—momentary! Hang on! You can make it!

Pastor Bill

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READY TO WORK FIRE

I took my helmet off and placed it on the ground near me, and then unhooked the parachute from my harness, looking into the sky towards the approaching plane as I did so. My partner would be coming out the door in a few moments. I unsnapped my harness and removed it and then began getting out of the bulky jump suit. It was always good to get out of the suit, yet all of us knew it was one of the most critical pieces of equipment we had. It protected the wearer from trees and limbs, rocks and other dangers that were all a part of landing in the rugged mountainous country we regularly jumped into.

I heard the sound of the plane’s engines as the pilot throttled back a bit, signaling that my partner was about ready to jump. I looked up again, watching the plane 1000 feet above me, and saw my partner fall away toward the ground. Moments later his parachute came out of its bag and he was headed towards the ground, hanging beneath a good “chute.” He would be in the meadow near me within a matter of minutes. Good!

I began to gather up my gear, stuffing the jump suit and helmet into a bag that we all carried for that purpose. I looked up every few moments to survey the progress of my partner. It looked as if he was going to be landing no more than 50 feet or so from me. I stopped gathering my equipment together to watch his landing, hearing the sound of the air moving through his parachute as he approached the ground. He flexed his legs and prepared for landing. With a loud grunt he struck the ground, rolled over and lay still for just an instant as his parachute settled into the grass nearby.

A moment later, my partner sat up, and then got to his feet, pulling his bright orange streamer out of his leg pocket as he did so to signal the men in the plane that he was safe and uninjured. “Good jump!” I yelled at him. “Now it is time to work fire!”

If you had told me a few years earlier that I would have been in such a place, at such a time, doing what I was doing……I would probably have said, “No way!” Thinking about that reminds me of the story out of the Old Testament book of Esther. If you have not read Ester recently, try to take a brief period of time and read the account held within its pages. I suspect it just might grab your attention and hold it. At one point the young woman, Esther, is questioning her position in life that comes at a critical point in the history of the Jewish people. In chapter 4, in the last portion of verse 14, the man who raised her, Mordecai, asks, “And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”

Say, now! That can be a thought-provoking question for any of us when we are at a point, wondering why we are where we are, at any given time. We may not always be too excited about some of the situations we find ourselves in during our journey through this life and yet, maybe there is a purpose behind it all we don’t understand or see—just yet. When that happens, hang in there. “Who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”

Prayer: Lord, I must admit there have been times in life when I have wondered just why I have had to experience the difficulties, the headaches, and occasionally even the suffering that I was beset with. Help me remember, as I journey through this life with you, that there is no such thing as a “coincidence,” when it comes to the plans of God for me. Yes. Help me remember. 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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Nothing can take the place of perseverance. Nothing! Don’t give up!

Pastor Bill

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