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Vitamin W

When we are young it doesn't occur to us to take vitamins. We have a healthy body, feel strong and there are no indications of lack in our nutrition. But as we grow older we understand more fully that our American diet (maybe no other diet either) does not supply us with all the basic nutrition that we need. We recognize that calcium, vitamin C and more taken on a regular basis do help to fill in our nutrient gaps. There is one regular daily vitamin that you can take that will do the following: bring vigor to your soul, mind, heart, and eyes. You ask, "What is this vitamin, I am not aware of it?" It is vitamin W (the Word of God). King David understood this when he said, "The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes." (Psalm 19:7-8) Two verses and four nutritional values…

Water Walk

All of us have a favorite story of our family or of ourselves, and maybe even a favorite story in the Bible. Mine is Jesus walking on the water. It's not so much jis walk as the story around that walk that brings me insight. The walk on the water comes after a day of teaching and feeding of 5,000 men and their women and children; probably more than 15,000 in all. As evening approaches (about 6pm, the start of the 1st watch of the night), Jesus sends the disciples out on the Sea of Galilee to sail to the west side (about 7 miles across). The wind picks up and the disciples find themselves in the midst of a tumultuous sea struggling to make headway. Jesus had dismissed the huge crowd and hiked up to the mountain to pray. He had seen them from his mountain top position "straining at the oars" (Mark 6:48) They are in the midst of the sea (about 3 ½ miles out) trying to get to the other side as he directed them to do. It is not till the 4th watch (3am-6am) that Jesus comes walk…

Persistent Faith

Joseph's life seems to have been a roller-coaster of an existence. He was ridiculed by his brothers about his dreams; sold into slavery; accused of sexual advances by his master's wife; imprisoned in Egypt; and forgotten by the wine taster he asked to remember him. His life seems full of disappointment but then we see what is in his heart by the name he gives his second son after Joseph was appointed to the position of second in the Kingdom of Pharaoh. “The second son he named Ephraim and said, ‘It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.’” (Genesis 41:52) Joseph's understanding of God is not diminished by betrayal, slavery, imprisonment, or being forgotten. He understands that he is suffering but also that God is blessing him in his suffering. He has thoughts about his family, his father, his mother (who is now dead), and his brothers. They are probably not all good thoughts. But, when restoration comes to him and he is treated special like he wa…

The Path of Life – Life Series #4

This is a descriptive term for the right road to walk. It is referred to twice as the "path of life." In Psalm 16:11 it says, "You have made known to me the path of life," and in Proverbs 15:24 it says, "The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave." In other words the path of life is knowable and being on it may extend your life. Job with his limited understanding of God's direction in his life when concerned that he might leave the path said, "if my steps have turned from the path, if my heart has been led by my eyes, or if my hands have been defiled, then others may eat what I have sown and may my crops be uprooted." (Job 31:7) The psalmist said, "You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn." (Psalm 18:36) God makes the path smooth and broad for those who walk upright, even though it is identified in the New Testament as the "narrow." (Matthew 7:14) Isaiah also de…

Our Confidence

Every parent at some time has crept into their child's bedroom and watched them sleep. They sleep so soundly as their body rises and falls with each breath. We may be jealous of that soundness of sleep because we don't experience it much anymore. Or, we may be jealous of their position, totally dependent on us for food, clothing, and home and just living a care free life. Solomon wrote in reference to our experience as a child of God when he said, "Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared." (Proverbs 3:25-26) Fear of disaster can cause a person undue harm and lots of sleepless nights so what Solomon encourages here is not to fear what you can't anticipate. Be assured that God knows the future and knows you are His child. He is your confidence. That should be enough to face anything in your future. He also said; don't fear "the ruin that overtakes …