Faith is the substanceof things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen…
Faith…one word…five letters…and without it you cannot please God. The eleventh chapter of Hebrews lists some of those who walked by faith. Each verse begins with “By faith”. There is no mention of wealth or fame and fortune because of their faith…there is much mentioned of their hardships and suffering for their faith.
There is coming a day in America when one’s faith will be tested like never before…a day when hardship and suffering will be at the door. We hear about it…we read about it…we watch it on the news as if it were a movie.
The eleventh chapter of Hebrews is worthy of thought. The “Faith Chapter” is worthy of consideration. It is time to ask ourselves if we can stand by faith…suffer by faith…even die by faith; for one day it may be so.
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Summer days, a little boy and a dog linger on the back roads of my mind. The time was called “forever” and everything was perfect.
The creek seemed as large as any proud river and it belong to us, my dog and me. We explored its shores as far as we could see. The creek became a part of us.
Pal and I lived to be together and to experience each day as it came. We couldn’t wait to get out and going each morning as early as we could.
Summer days pass all too soon, as do boys and dogs, but memories last a lifetime.
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Food on the table, roof over my head, clothes on my back;
I’m doing pretty good, at that.
Doesn’t seem so good by today’s standards…
but then it depends on the yardstick your measuring by…
the yardstick of “wants” or the yardstick of “needs.”
True contentment comes by only one.
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The old self is my enemy. It seeks its own way and bathes in its own pleasure. It is against the new nature and constantly tries to shut it down. The old nature is subtle and works in a silent and deceptive way…each weakness, each fear. The new nature is a hard road to walk. It is opposite of everything the old self wants to say and do. It is the greater challenge. It is the greater way. Somehow, I must find a way to live in this new nature and let go of the old one.
18 I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. 19 I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. 20 My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. 21 It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. 22 I truly delight in God’s commands, 23 but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. 24 I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?
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