Each of us have wondered at some time, “Why is it that God answers some prayers and not others?” Many great preachers have taught great sermons on this matter. Sometimes the most simple explanation suffices in place of deep theological exhortations. This is one possible simple explanation.
Everyone loves to hear a scripture like Mark 10:27 where it says, “And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” This is good for our faith. To know and believe that God can do anything should give us strength and hope. That same scripture can be a problem when we have a need for something seemingly impossible and God does not come through for us. Read the rest of this entry
Everybody likes to have someone in their corner; someone who believes in them and is backing them. To be honest, people like to support and encourage other people. Look at the size of our stadiums. Thousands and tens of thousands, even over 100,000 people will join together on a given day and time to cheer on their team. On a much smaller scale, people in general, when they see someone down and out, reach out to try to encourage or help them. Whether it is when things are good or bad, we all like someone supporting us.
Thanksgiving is now a few days behind us and Christmas is approaching fast. We are headed into the dead of winter. Winter is often associated with a time of dormancy. The bears are hibernating, the trees lose their leaves, the ground lays inactive waiting for the cold to pass. The same concept applies in our lives. There is a time in our lives that we know as winter. Its those times when nothing seems to have any life. The world around us is cold. Read the rest of this entry
When reading the words of Peter in 1 Peter 4:12 it should cause an alarm to go off in your head. Peter said, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:” The next verse is even more alarming. Verse 12 alone though should make the hair on your neck stand on end. Peter said do not think it weird if you are in the middle of heavy trail. This is not a strange thing that has happened to you. Read the rest of this entry