Daily Bible Verse
Psalms 94: 19 (peshitta)
In the multitude of my sorrows, within my heart thy comforts delight my soul.
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Just because it looks good doesn't mean it is good

K Reynolds+
published . 1 min read
The peope of Jericho had a problem. The town was in a good location or situation. It seemed like it should be prospering but it was not. You see, there was a problem. The water was bad. The words used to describe it mean bad, evil, malignant, unpleasant, giving pain and barren. That leads some commentators to believe the consumption of this water led to miscarriages and premature births as well as illness and even death. That would have no doubt caused a lot of people to pack up and leave despite the good "situation" and probably many did but there were some that either couldn't or wouldn't. Perhaps they hoped that things would get better. Perhaps they thought they would be the lucky ones who escaped but still, Jericho remained a town of sorrow, disease and death. Given......

Wake up my believers and sense my wind

John Knox+
published . 2 min read
I do not believe that we as Christ’s disciples really understand the power and authority that we have been given as sons and daughters of the Living God. For too long we have listened as a body of Christ’s disciples, to the voice of the enemy that continues to tell us the we are irrelevant and of no use. As we listen to this dribble from the press and media fuelled by the voice and strategies of Satan, we have lost our ability to stand strong in Christ. For we have begun to believe what we hear rather than hearkening to the voice of God blaring from the scriptures. We have turned to worn out, crackedand rusted cisterns to drink from. Because of this listening to the negative voices of doubt and unworthiness we are like salt that has lost its flavour: only good to be trampled......

Receiving god's discipline

K Reynolds+
published . 2 min read
King Ahab was terrified. King Beh-hadad of Aram had united with thirty-two kings and their combined armies had launched an attack against the Kingdom of Israel. Ben-hadad sent a message to the king demanding his silver, gold, wives and the best of his children (1 Kings 20:3). Do you know what King Ahab's response was? "Okay". Needless to say, Ben-hadad was not satisfied. People like Ben-hadad never are. You give in to their demands hoping to pacify them only to have them come back for more. Sure enough, soon afterwards, another message is received. This time Ahab is informed that the next day Ben-hadad would send "officials" to search his palace and the homes of his officials for anything else of value and seize it. I find it interesting that King Ahab let his......

Written in my heart God is the creator

Dorothy Von Lehe
published . 3 min read
Written in My Heart: God IS The Creator In early August of 2001, I was driving south on Highway #169 in the Minnesota River Valley, and, for some reason, I was arguing with myself as to whether or not God really exists. Right then, I came to a curve in the road and was able to view a beautiful scene of a hillside of lush green trees, a partly cloudy sky, a small stream and the prairie stretching far off to the west, all in one long glance. I think God magnified the beauty of this scene at that particular moment. I said out loud, I know God exists. All of this could not have just happened. I believe for God's reason, He wanted me to declare Him to be "The Creator." This was the initial experience God used to launch and draw me into a focus on the literal truth of God's......

Reflections on faith

Barbara Kankowske
published . 2 min read
If you have been a follower of Christ for any length of time, you are familiar with the numerous passages that speak of faith. In fact, without faith it is impossible to please God! Most certainly faith is of utmost importance. Recently in a time away studying and seeking the Lord, the Spirit impressed the words “spiritually apprehend”. The context of what I was reading and reflecting on spoke of the need to spiritually apprehend the meaning behind the scriptures. Apprehend katalambano properly signifies "to lay hold of;" then, "to lay hold of so as to possess as one's own, to appropriate." Hence it has the same twofold meaning as the Eng. "to apprehend;" (a) "to seize upon, take possession of," Perhaps we see faith as believing,......

Thinking about a dear friend

Dwight Alight Davis
published . 1 min read
P They finally bloomed! After planting, watering, Miracle Growed, weeding and running off squirrels and deer my sun flowers have finally bloomed! They are 6 or 7 feet tall with very strong stalks. I am very pleased. I have not grown sun flowers in years but this year I wanted to because a good friend of mine loved sun flowers. So in memory of the best ever blogger here at CB, I dedicate my sun flowers to Kirk. I hope as he looks down on them he remembers me and how much I loved to read his blogs. How much he inspired me to grow as a Christian. How much he taught me to love Jesus and one another. I remember being upset from time to time and Kirk, in his special way would calm me down. He was one special guy! Miss you, alight...

Sweep out our negative emotions

John Knox+
published . 3 min read
One aspect of coming from a lineage of Scots crofters, apart from their canniness and thriftiness is having a dour disposition. I could certainly notice this in my fraternal grandfather and his siblings and I guess one can see such characteristics in myself. Therefore it is no brainer that I grew up with a distrust of our feelings concerning things of the spirit. Faith must trump feelings I was instructed both verbally and by observation. I have since come to the conclusion that this understanding is erroneous and such suppression of our feelings makes a dull disciple and can lead into legalism. After all our feelings distinguish us from the animal world and to deny our emotions when filled with the spirit of Christ is repugnant. Yet many sincere Christians operate by the rule that faith......

Remain strong in Jesus

Dorothy Von Lehe
published . 1 min read
Last evening's devotional time was spent reading chapter 3 of 2nd Timothy. I often think that a large portion of scripture was written for the present time and is leading directly to the soon return of Jesus. This scripture describes the state of a large portion of the human race today. 2 Timothy 3: 1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, un...thankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! (NKJV) Believers and followers of Jesus must......

Our daily bread

Les B+
published . 3 min read
Matt. 6:11 - "Give us today our daily bread." Christ teaching the 'Lord's Prayer,' this verse is truly foreign unless growing up destitute, homeless, or in a developing country. Living in uncertainty of food present for the day's sustenance. This reality existed in the crowd spoken too in 1st century Israel. Food, shelter, and clothing are basic needs in life. No health, wealth, and prosperity teaching if only possessing enough faith. Not facing the daily reality of lack of food, judging the five thousand becomes rather easy. Only to follow Jesus for satisfaction of physical huger. (John 5, 6) What is wrong wanting Jesus to meet the basic needs to exist? Christ’s focus is on the eternal and spiritual obtained only partaking of His body and blood …......

A deceitful heart, signs and wonders

Les B+
published . 3 min read
Jer. 17: 9 - The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Over the past two weeks, the Lord revealed several issues of heart. Very uncomfortable but believed for sharing as the Holy Spirit deems fit. The issue addressed here has been written on more than once but still pondering … miraculous healing. God still performs this today. Questions posed to my heart, cut to the quick. 'Over the decades, when you prayed for healing how often did you say it was sought for My glory? Did you pray, Father please heal this area but mostly Lord, Your will be done and glory come on heaven and earth?' Quickly, thinking of prayers of salvation where the only motive is to avoid eternity in the lake of fire. The Spirit addressed. The motive of this prayer may......

In the moment

Nancy Stank
published . 3 min read
I was looking at my 3-year-old daughter the other day, a thought suddenly hit me. I mumbled to myself in amazement “We made it through the baby years!”. A little back story, I had my last baby when I was 36, much older than when I had my first. The doctors joking referred to this pregnancy as a “geriatric pregnancy”, which did make me smile a bit. It was a bit harder, but God blessed us with a healthy baby girl! A baby girl who refused to sleep more than 3 hours at a time! I remember being so exhausted! There were days when I didn’t know how I would ever make it through those 8 hours at work. (I am sure my husband felt the same way) Not only were we drained from lack of sleep, we were pulled in many directions between the other kid’s extracurricular......