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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.

 

Pastor Bill

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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

 

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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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