Think What is True

Always Express Positive Thoughts Scripture: Philippians 3: 8-9b “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on these on these things—practice these things and the God of peace will be with you.” During modern times we are bombarded with tragic news, and scarcely do we hear news that is uplifting and encouraging. Though we are living in times like Jesus said would happen before He returns for His Bride, we need to hear some encouraging words. We hear of false ways to find peace and …

Think on Things Worthy of Praise

    Paul ended this admonishment by saying if anything worthy of praise, to think about these things. Many believers are prone to look for weaknesses and sins of their sisters and brothers and dwell on them. Have you ever seen any person about whom it was possible to say something positive? Perhaps that is because we like to nit pick and look for the negative rather than positive characteristics in others, or while in the midst of adversities fail to find something about which to praise God? I remember while enduring illnesses, living in a rehabilitation center, and then while restricted to an upstairs apartment, God continues …

Think and Live Commendable Lives

        Some parents don’t set worthy examples for their children to follow and expect them not to live as they do but as told to live. That is not a commendable way for parents to raise children. It isn’t always true, but most children imitate the lifestyle to which they are familiar. And it is admirable to have commendable thoughts, but those thoughts need to be put into daily living. I remember before becoming a parent, my desire was to be a perfect mother, but when faced with some challenges of motherhood, I was far from a perfect mother. Though God knows none of us will be perfect …

Believers Are to Be Just

  Scripture Reference: “Help us do what is just.”  Philippians 4: 8.  “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” God is the epitome of justice! And during man’s life on earth, He sends rain on the just and unjust. And though we have heard that all people are created equal, is that true? What about a child born to parents addicted to drugs or alcohol living in the slums of some large city? Or of children born …

Believers Are To Live Honorable Lives

  To live honorable lives was the second qualification given by God and recorded by Paul in Philippians 4: 8.  “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Before we can truly live an honorable life, perhaps we should define what it means for one to be honorable. According to one definition an honorable person is one who acts and does the right things, and tries to live up those high standards and principles. And telling the truth always in one way that honesty …

Believers Are to Be Pure and Lovely

“Philippians 4: 8.“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” I am aware the writer of this scripture said we are to think on these qualities, but I believe they are qualities that every believer should endeavor to cultivate in his or her life. These are a few of the many scriptures which instruct us to live pure lives: ‘Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Matthew 5: 5 “Create in me …

Encounter Light in the Darkness

I woke up in the night and as I customarily do I took a look outside our bedroom window. It was so moonlit that everything was clearly seen. It was almost as bright a daylight. We had seen the moon rising as we came home earlier in the evening, but I had no idea just how bright and clear it would all be in the middle of the night. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t understand everything that I encounter in my life. Some things are especially hard to deal with. But as I focus on His light …

Think About What Is True

During modern times we are bombarded with tragic news, and scarcely do we hear news that is uplifting and encouraging. Though we are living in times like Jesus said would happen before He returns for His Bride, we need to hear some encouraging words. We hear of false ways to find peace and security, but true peace can be achieved only through a relationship with the One who is truth, and a right relationship with our fellow man. For Jesus said, “I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and no lie is of the truth.” And John wrote …

The Facts

Our Stella wanted a snake for Christmas! A python like she saw at the pet store a while back. That is, until she found out that pythons like to squeeze and eat animals whole. After that she decided no she wasn’t going to take that chance. Sometimes all we need are the facts. Oh beloved, you are so prized by the Lord. He gave his only begotten son for you. He knows what you want he knows your hearts desires. He understands. You want the very best Christmas ever. You want your life to work out well. There are some …

Truth Or Dare

Truth or dare we used to play a lot when we were kids. We’d have to make a choice whether to tell the truth about something or be dared to do something dangerous or crazy. I always chose to tell the truth but I have friends who might remember they chose climbing the roof at 10 pm instead of telling.  It was all in good fun and back then we didn’t have many deep dark secrets to reveal anyway. The devil will dare you to believe his wild tales. He will try to convince you to confess you don’t believe …

Stand Firm

Danny’s first visit by a physical therapist involved a belt. It was so colorful. It reminded me of a belt Danny had in the 70’s. The therapist put it around Danny and then they stood up together. Huge victory! He was standing firm. I now find myself having to stand firm. And I realize that it’s in the big mountains of life where we learn to stand the most firmly. Oh beloved, this is no ordinary day. This is the day when you can stand firm in your faith. You can stand for righteousness. You can stand against evil. And …

Help

In the last couple of months I’ve had to make quite a few phone calls. Lots of time has been spent listening to prompts to press a series of numbers to get to the right department. It’s quite a complicated effort to ever get to a living breathing voice. Even quite a few local offices now have these answering services. And frankly I just want to talk to a real person. Oh beloved life and phone systems can sure get complicated. One thing you can know – talking to the Lord requires no wait. You’ve been frustrated by things that …