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Strong Finish

I am so grateful for the 2016 year. It has been amazing and I have enjoyed work, fun and spiritual growth. I am grateful for you and your interest in the Today's Word. Many of you have sent me emails in response to specific Today's Words that have been meaningful to you. I encourage all of you to do this when you find something relevant to your life in the Today's Word. I enjoy the banter and look forward to it because it is encouraging to me, too. This was a banner year as I crossed over the 1,000 mark of Today's Words I have posted for you at todaysword-Richard.blogspot.com! The breadth of topics and the several series were a real challenge for me and I hope you enjoyed learning possibly something new from the Bible and also being challenged to grow in some spiritual, emotional, and mental way in your life though these blogs. Think about someone you know, a close friend, family member or extended family person that might profit from reading the blog and when you are in…

Stars and Care

Astronomers estimate there are 10 billion galaxies in the observable universe and, although the number of stars in each galaxy varies, it is safe to assume an average of100 billion stars per galaxy which means that there are about 1 billion trillion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) stars in the observable universe! This could make your star gazing a lifetime job. That aside, here's the question: "In so great a universe, are our small affairs on this one planet which is less than a dot in the universe too minute for God to notice? Does He have bigger things to care for than us? The psalmist says, "He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is the Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit." (Psalm 147:4-5) So, God is great and has numbered the innumerable stars and identified each one particularly. Does that mean He ignores us in our smallness or relegates us to a footnote among His great works? On the contrary, the psalmist is…

Eyes Fixed

It has been said that whatever you focus on that you will become. The mind is made that way; to take in through the eyes a desire, whether it be good or bad, and seek to make it happen. If you believe it, then you achieve it. David knew the importance of focusing on the Lord. He said, "My eyes are fixed on you, O Sovereign Lord." (Psalm 141:8) He also said it this way, "My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare." (Psalm 25:15) The writer of Hebrews who was contrasting the Old Testament heroes with the New Testament Jesus said this, "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…" (Hebrews 12:2) And, "Therefore, holy brothers…fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess." (Hebrews 3:1) Paul in writing about persecution said, "our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is se…

Oh Holy Night

It all began during the day in the Garden of Eden when Adam chose to eat of the forbidden tree's fruit. Eve had already partaken convinced by the master deceiver of the positive results she would experience. Instead, it sent the couple into a tailspin of lying, blaming and a forced departure from Eden's pure environment. That was a horrid day and the cascading effect of their sin and of those that followed swelled into murder, separation, and fighting between rival communities. This unrighteousness escalated enough that God made the decision to create a new start by saving only one family in the world-wide flood. But, after the ark landed and the family members dispersed across the land, the cycle began again. More war, separation, murder, slavery and many other unspeakable pains grasped the world and the master deceiver was elated at his conquest of man. The world softly asked the questions, "Who could stop this endless cycle? Who could stem this tide of evil?" O Holy…