Saturday, November 30, 2019

Morning Star


I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you 
about these things for the churches. 
I am the root and the descendant of David, 
the bright morning star. 

Revelation 22:16


Thursday, November 21, 2019

A Prayer Request


Please keep my niece in your prayers. She had a neck injury a few weeks ago. She still has a lot of pain, is wearing a brace, and has been seeing doctors. I'm praying for complete healing. Thank you!


Sunday, November 17, 2019

from Revelation 5:9-10


...you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation 
and you have made them a kingdom...


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Trump talks to Erdoğan


Today President Trump met with Turkey's President Erdoğan at the White House. There was a small press event at the beginning and then a full press conference after their closed door meeting. They seemed to say the usual things. But one thing stood out to me as exceedingly hopeful, the term friend. They each referred to the other as a friend, even a good friend. We all know world leaders often pretend camaraderie through gritted teeth. But in this instance I hope it means our problems in some areas of the world can come to an end. These are the leaders we have and they are the ones working together. I'll take a little light over pessimism any day. 

(The visit seems to have been overshadowed by the Ukraine hearings, which the President commented on during the event.)

Here is where they call eachother friend:




First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4

2 Chronicles 29:36


And Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced because God had provided for the people, for the thing came about suddenly.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Jesus is the Answer


So many problems in our world are caused by selfishness. How many wars have been fought for reasons other than what we have been told? How many problems did we create ourselves? 

The snow falls. The sun shines. 
It doesn't fight. It doesn't steal. 

What the world needs is unconditional love, healing, and awareness of why all this has happened. As Alexander Solzhenitsyn said of his times, "Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened."

The world needs God. 

You do. 
I do. 

We are not just all by ourselves. We are a force together, meant to be together, intended to be in connection with our Creator. It is so simple. How many times do we see kindness and it touches us deeply? Each person, anywhere, kindness, love, empathy, selflessness, these things move us all. 

Why are we so similar if we are supposed to be Us and Them? 

Something divides us. 
Something foolish. 

But Jesus makes all men brothers. 


Sunday, November 10, 2019

100,000 Views


Even a small, quiet voice can be heard. 


He is like a tree planted by water, 
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes, 
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought, 
for it does not cease to bear fruit.

Jeremiah 17:8

Saturday, November 9, 2019

30


Today marks 30 years since the Berlin Wall was torn down by ordinary people. Do you remember it? The date is seared in my mind. It was the beginning of the end of Communism in that area of the world. (Though it seems to have just moved elsewhere.)




Saturday, November 2, 2019

Isaiah 64:3-4


When you did awesome things that we did not look for,
you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear,
no eye has seen a God besides you,
who acts for those who wait for him.