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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.

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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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