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The most important thing you will ever do for your children is to pray for them. Surround your children in prayer. Be consistent. Let them see you praying for them on occasion.

 

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“We need to remember that where God is, Satan is close at hand. If you don’t believe that, you’re being naïve!”

~ Rev. Paul Barber, Lewiston, ID, October 15, 1989

 

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Your children know exactly what your priorities in life are. Make sure you live you life well in front of them!

 

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DUST

I don’t suppose I was thinking anything about “common sense and discernment” on that particular day, as we screamed around that corner in that old beater—I mean “car.” I am not sure everyone would have referred to it as a car. More than likely it could have been called something like a “questionable means of transportation!” But, oh well. We were having a blast! And we made it around the corner on that graveled road and were still upright!

My pal had let up on the gas just a bit, as he rounded the corner. Now, as he apparently sensed we were going to make it, he pushed his foot and the pedal to the floor once again, and we began to accelerate as we came out of the corner and onto a long stretch of straight road. And wouldn’t you know! Coming at us was a loaded logging truck. With a big load of logs! And we were traveling on a narrow, gravel road. I realize it was a state highway, but it was one that was surfaced in gravel. And it just wasn’t all that wide—particularly when you are meeting and passing a loaded logging truck.

But that wasn’t the half of it! I thought we were doing pretty good when it came to raising a cloud of dust behind this old beater we were riding in. Hah! We couldn’t hold a candle to the huge cloud of dust this logging truck was kicking up and trailing behind him!

It seemed like only a matter of seconds and the two of us met. That truck screamed by us with a deafening roar—but we missed him! Then things went black. Or maybe I should say a very dark brown, as we were swallowed up in the cloud of thick dust trailing the truck. I closed my eyes as particles of dust slammed into my face and held my breath in an effort to keep the dust out of my lungs. I noticed that my pal had suddenly taken his foot off the accelerator and, in fact, had begun braking. I tried to squint through half-closed eyes to see if I could see—I couldn’t! Oh, boy! This was not good! This was not good, at all!

There is a very short, Old Testament book called Nahum. It is only three chapters in length. In the first chapter it is speaking of the power of God and it states, in verse 3, “He displays his power in the whirlwind and the storm. The billowing clouds are the dust beneath his feet.”

Now I will quickly admit there is nothing said about God displaying his power through a cloud of dust behind a logging truck. But I like the picture painted by the writer when he states that the “billowing clouds are the dust beneath his feet.”

I like that picture, especially when I am out on a warm spring day, taking a walk among trees and plants that are springing back to life after the winter months. I look into the blue skies and consider the scattered clouds……..clouds, the dust beneath his feet. I am in awe when I think of the power of God. At the same time, I am amazed that He has a deep love and compassion for we humans. I am really thankful for that!

Prayer: Lord, even as we recognize your power today, we revel in the reality that the Bible makes clear to us, over and over again, that you love us! You care about us! You desire to have a personal relationship with each one of us! Thank you, Lord. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.

 

Pastor Bill

 

New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007, 2013 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

 

 

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We live in a world today where people feel they can do with their life whatever they please. People feel it necessary to strive for independence in every area of life. Yet, with this striving comes an ever-deepening sense of loneliness. The only cure for such loneliness is Christ!

 

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“We are implored to live quiet, peaceful lives, in Godliness and holiness. Christians are not to be ‘rabble-rousers!’”

~ Rev. Paul Barber, Lewiston, ID, October 15, 1989

 

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As a Christian, we have the responsibility to live our lives before God, and men, so that we are a positive influence for His kingdom.

 

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Don’t be the cause of, or take part in disorder or disharmony. You are not helping the cause of Christ when you do so. In fact, you are probably doing a good bit of damage.

 

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HANG ON!

We careened down the street and headed out of town, the wind in my face bringing tears to my eyes. We hit the edge of town, and the end of the paved roadway, as we raced along at increasing speeds on the gravel surface. I shot a quick glance over my shoulder behind us and saw that the cloud of dust we were raising was something to behold! The roar of the engine sent shivers up and down my spine. I glanced beneath me at the blur of the roadway and reminded myself to remember there was no floor in this thing. I needed to keep my feet right where they were—braced against the back of the firewall in front of me!

I looked over at my friend, who was leaning forward toward the top of the steering wheel. He had a grin on his face that would have made a circus clown jealous. He looked at me and yelled over all the noise, “Whadda ya think?”

“This is a blast!” I hollered back.

I had to wonder just how fast we were going. It seemed like we were just flat-out screaming along the gravel highway, but the speedometer didn’t work so all I could do was guess. I was hoping this thing we were riding in would continue to hang together. I had to admit there was some doubt in my mind.

We were approaching a corner I knew was sharp enough that it raised a question in my mind regarding whether or not we would be able to stay on the road at this speed. I chanced a quick look at the driver and he seemed to be leaning even further over the steering wheel and with a determined look on his face. “Hang on!” he yelled without looking at me.

Oh, boy! This was going to be close. I didn’t know whether to get ready to jump, or just hang on more tightly. I chose to hang on and take my chances. I could feel the old heap beginning to slide in the gravel as we entered the turn. Oh, man! If we didn’t make it, someone was probably going to have to pry my hands away from the metal I was gripping so tightly. I was literally hanging on for dear life, as they say!

Proverbs 3:22-23 includes an interesting statement: “My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them….”

I was hanging on, that morning while I enjoyed that wild ride, but I’m not so certain common sense and discernment was a part of the overall picture that day! I was young and invincible, you understand.

for they will refresh your soul. Hopefully, as I have grown older, common sense and discernment have become more integrated into my character. That is something I really do wish to hang on to!

Prayer: Lord, even as I grow older I would ask that You help me to never lose sight of common sense and discernment. I desire those two character traits. I need them! In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

 

 

New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007, 2013 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights rese

 

 

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It is a little bit difficult to be complaining about someone and then start praising God immediately after.

 

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