How To Feed Your Faith (3)

By , April 24, 2018

Then I remembered what the Lord had said:
‘John baptized with water,
but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’
Acts 11:16 (NIV)

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As we consider that our faith is a living reality, it helps to remember that God’s great reason for writing us the Bible (which is a book of history) is to guide us through life. Call to mind what Paul said, 1 Corinthians 10:6,11 (NIV)

“Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did… These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.”

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How To Feed Your Faith (2)

By , April 23, 2018

Then I remembered what the Lord had said:
‘John baptized with water,
but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’
Acts 11:16 (NIV)

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Memory is a wonderful gift from the Lord. The longer we live, the more we have to remember. Sometimes our memory banks get filled up it seems, and the most recent events seem to fall off the edge of our memories.

I thank the Lord for my memory. I appreciate my ability to recall things from many years ago as though they happened yesterday. I recall the sound of voices now long silenced in death. I hear the shouts of delight as my cousins and I swam in the lake way back of the farm property.

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How to Feed Your Faith

By , April 22, 2018

Then I remembered what the Lord had said:
‘John baptized with water,
but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’
Acts 11:16 (NIV)

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As a boy on the farm, I recall my chores of feeding the animals. Hens who laid eggs had to have a bucket of wheat each day. I had to keep the dish of ground oyster shells full to ensure they had the needed calcium for laying eggs with hard shells. They also needed a bucket of laying mash in a feed trough every day.

The pigs ate a great variety of vegetable waste from food preparation, plus skim milk mixed with dusty powdered food from a big 98 lb. sack of pig food. I remember the stick of kindling wood used to stir the pigs’ food in the bucket.

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“His Voice Was Heard”

By , April 21, 2018

So I was left alone…Then I heard him speaking…
“Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,” he said.
“Peace! Be strong now; be strong.” When he spoke to me,
I was strengthened and said,
“Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength.”
Daniel 10:8-9, 19 (NIV)

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I recall a very wonderful Thanksgiving Conference in London, Ontario where I preached about 25 years ago. As the day progressed we sensed that the Lord was truly speaking.

Following the day of ministry I visited in the home of a dear man of God who was slowly dying. He was thrilled with the sense that the Lord drew near as he attended the conference. His way of summing up the ministry was to say, “His voice was heard!”

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Don’t Say That

By , April 20, 2018

Just then there appeared before them
Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.”
Matthew 17:3 (NIV)

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Human beings have a curious way of speaking about some things. We are able to ask questions when we are actually making a statement. For example, if we think someone is not as good as they think they are (singer, parent, etc.) we might ask the question, “Who does he/she think they are?”

Our question is not an effort to gain information about the person’s impression of who they think they are. We know very well who they think they are. The statement we are really trying to make in asking the question is that the person is definitely not who they think they are. So, in asking a question, we state a fact. Rather confusing to an outsider, but we know what the speaker wants to say.

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