For You have rescued
my soul from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling.
Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You,
command me to come to You on the water.”
And He said, “Come!”
And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water
and came toward Jesus.
But seeing the wind, he became frightened,
and beginning to sink, he cried out,
“Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand
and took hold of him, and said to him,
“You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
When they got into the boat, the wind stopped.
And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying,
“You are certainly God’s Son!”
This is from several years ago and my appreciation for this song has not diminished. Enjoy!
My daughter shared this MercyMe song with me the other day and I couldn’t believe I had never heard it before. It is awesome and humbling to think of God as the I AM, isn’t it?
So sit back and relax for a few minutes while you let the words of this song wash over you. I know you’ll enjoy it as much as I do!
If for any reason you cannot view the video, you can read the lyrics here.
“That will be ten dollars.” Miriam looked expectantly down at her customer, who couldn’t have been more than five years old.
The tiny girl carefully placed several coins on the counter. “Is that enough?”
Miriam could see right away that there was not nearly enough to pay for the pink slippers. What to do now? She looked down again at the little girl. Her simple sundress was clean but neatly patched in several different areas.
“Who are these slippers for, sweetie?”
A bright smile lit up the girl’s face. “It’s my Mommy’s birthday.” She stroked the slippers with her index finger. “They’re so soft. Maybe now Mommy can walk.”
“Oh, I’m sure your mother will love these.” Miriam frowned. “Does she have trouble walking?”
The little girl shrugged. “She sits in a chair with big wheels.”
“You mean a wheelchair?”
The little girl’s face brightened. “Yeah, a wheelchair! I forgot the word.” Then she frowned. “I got enough money, don’t I? I saved it from my ‘lowance for three whole months.”
Miriam looked around. “Did you come here alone?”
“Yep.” She nodded. “It’s real close. I got a tire swing in front of my house!”
Miriam raised her eyebrows. She knew which house the little girl was talking about, a tiny bungalow a few doors down the street with a wheelchair ramp down one side of the front steps. The house was in desperate need of repair. In a small town like this, everyone knew that the Clarks had been going through bad times since Joe Clark’s warehouse job had been eliminated. He had been looking for work for the last six months.
“I’ll tell you what,” Miriam made a quick decision. “Since this is a birthday present, I’ll wrap them up for you.”
The little girl watched in fascination as Miriam placed the slippers in a box and deftly covered it with wrapping paper and ribbon. “There, all done.” She handed the package to the little girl, who hugged it close to her body.
“Thanks, Lady!” She took a few steps but then frowned and turned back. “It’s enough?” She pointed to the money still on the counter.
Miriam smiled. “It sure is. Now why don’t you get that present home to your mother?”
The little girl’s face lit up and she thanked Miriam again before leaving the small drug store.
Miriam picked up the thirty-seven cents’ worth of coins and stared at them for several seconds. Then she reached into her purse under the counter, drew out a ten-dollar bill and stuffed it and the coins into the cash register.
Beloved, did you know that You can approach God with the same kind of confidence this little girl showed toward Miriam?
It is somewhat overwhelming to think of God’s throne of grace as being so easily accessible, but that’s exactly what God wants. He yearns for us to be comfortable enough with Him that we will not hesitate to bring our cares and concerns confidently to Him so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
If you address as Father the One
who impartially judges according to each one’s work,
conduct yourselves in fear during the time of
your stay on earth;
knowing that you were not redeemed
with perishable things like silver or gold
from your futile way of life
inherited from your forefathers,
but with precious blood,
as of a lamb unblemished and spotless,
the blood of Christ.
—1 Peter 1:17-19, NASB
Did you know that we are all in a temporary living situation? Our earthly home is just a brief blip in eternity. According to the English language, eternal means:
without beginning or end, always existing, lasting forever
We are only on this earth for a very limited, brief time. I was struck by the different ways “the time of your stay on earth” (the NASB version above) is expressed in different Bible translations:
English Standard Version (ESV): the time of your exile
New Living Translation (NLT): your time here as “temporary residents”
New International Version (NIV): your time as foreigners here
Common English Bible (CEB): the time of your dwelling in a strange land
So, Beloved, how are we spending this momentary period of time? Are we existing just for each day? Do our lives reflect simply our current circumstances? Is there any proof that our lives here are joyful?
Or … are we fully preparing for our eternal home by immersing ourselves in the Word and sharing the Gospel message and telling others about our ultimate Hope?
Rejoice in the Lord always.
I will say it again: Rejoice!
Let your gentleness be evident to all.
The Lord is near.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters,
whatever is true, whatever is noble,
whatever is right, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—
think about such things.
Rick and I are blessed to be part of Full Throttle Biker Church. Our church body shares a “love feast” one Sunday each month. This is based on the New Testament practice of meeting together to share a meal, hear the Word preached, take the Lord’s Supper together, and fellowship with each other.
I read an article recently in “Today in the Word,” a publication of Moody Global Ministries titled “Feeding Our Faith” that talks about how Jesus often spoke about food and used it in His teaching and parables. Food is also part of the Lord’s prayer.
This collage shows photos of various love feasts we’ve enjoyed—the “befores” of the various dishes set out in the church kitchen, as well as the “afters” of our church family enjoying the fellowship while dining . Each month is a different food theme and March’s theme, which we’ll share tomorrow, is what our pastor calls a no-brainer: Irish of course!
Please enjoy the great article below by Paul Nyquist.
By Paul Nyquist
We all have favorite foods that remind us of home. I grew up in Nebraska, so mine is a delectable portion of beef grilled to perfection. But I don’t just love the food itself. I have warm memories of ordinary meals eaten with friends and family. At many of our churches, potlucks are a highly anticipated event. Tables groan under the weight of covered casserole dishes and gelatin salads as the church family gathers to eat, laugh, and fellowship.
Perhaps that positive emotional connection is why meals became a part of early church gatherings. Together, believers could “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8). The practice of Christians meeting together to share a meal traces back to the earliest days of the church. Believers called these gatherings “love feasts” as they shared a meal in homes followed by teaching, singing, and the Lord’s Supper.