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Your Global Positioner

Beautiful turquoise Caribbean water surrounded the one hundred and ten-foot-long boat.  Several lushly forested Honduran Islands lay scattered around us.

As I stood on the top deck of our little boat, a friend requested, “look at my GPS monitor.”  He handed me a rectangular device about the size of a television remote control “The global positioning system monitor shows me my exact longitude, latitude, elevation and distance from my home in Texas. Twenty-two satellites in orbit around earth electronically communicate with this device.  I always know where I am,” he said.  Remarkable technology! Read More→

Was Jesus an Environmentalist?

After miraculously providing fish and bread for thousands of hungry people, Jesus commanded the apostles, “Gather the pieces that are left,” John 6:12.  Was Jesus an environmentalist?  Was he merely concerned that his actions not pollute the Israeli countryside?  Maybe his motto was “Don’t mess with Israel.”  (That just doesn’t have the same ring as “Don’t mess with Texas.”) Read More→

Your Invitation to Dine with Jesus

Jesus sends you an invitation to dine with him.  “I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will go in and eat with him and he with me,” Revelation 3:20.  Jesus issued this invitation to everyone in the church, his earthly body; so, you’re included.

There’s something really special about sharing a meal with other people.  Meal time allows us to leisurely fellowship.  We share our experiences, feelings, ideas and plans.  Others listen and then casually speak about the happenings of their day.  We laugh with one another, empathize together and feel totally unthreatened by those sitting at the table with us. Meal time opens doors of communication that remain shut during the rest of our day. Read More→

When You Want Out of the Perfecting Process

Overcome and sticky notesHave you ever wondered why God tested Adam’s and Eve’s obedience?  He tested them because he wanted something more than innocent people; he wanted perfected people.

Innocence clothed the first humans.  They were guiltless of any wrong doing.  They were like naive military recruits: genuinely a part of the military, but certainly not battle tested.  The first humans’ love for God was real, but imperfect because it was untested. Read More→

Why Jesus Wore Our Crown of Thorns

Love for humans motivated Jesus’ every action, all his behavior and each word. This love for humanity compelled Jesus to wear our crown of thorns so we can wear his crown of blessing. He accepted what He did not deserve so we can experience what we cannot earn. Read More→

Considering Your Certainties


When starting something new, many uncertainties fill our future. So, humans prefer staying with the familiar and the comfortable. We feel secure when surrounded by our friend, “Certainty.”

But certainty isn’t always a good friend; nice, but not always healthy; pleasant, but not always pleasing to the Lord.

In early 1992, Delores and I faced a future filled with seemingly endless uncertainties. The focusing muscles behind my eyes refused to operate normally. Even though I wrote with tall letters and a felt tip pen, focusing exhausted me. Preaching weekends provided temporary ministry but we needed a permanent job. Without a secure income, uncertainty dominated my attention.

One day, during my private time with the Lord, he encouraged me to quit concentrating on uncertainties and begin considering my certainties. Immediately, I realized that the Word presents a multitude of promises he swears to keep. The Word predicts a “certainty-filled” future for the believer! God’s children don’t face an uncertain future at all. Just read the Bible. What does it say about your tomorrows?

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future!”

“There is no lack for those who fear the Lord.”

“He holds victory in store for the righteous.”

“Those who hope in him will not be disappointed.”

“He will never leave us nor forsake us.”

“Commit whatever you do to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.”

“He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed and miracles that cannot be numbered.”

Open BibleOn and on the promises spill from his Word. Friends, remember that “it is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of the pen to drop out of…” God’s Word.

Today, have you considered the “certainties” God pronounced?

Scriptures referred to: Jeremiah 29:11; Psalm 34:9,10; Proverbs 2:7; Isaiah 49:23; Deuteronomy 31:6; Proverbs 16:3; Job 9:10; Luke 16:17

Making Sin Sick of You

Several years ago I planted a hibiscus in our flower bed.  With frequent watering and occasional fertilizing the plant grew larger and larger and produced beautiful showy flowers.  My heart often sings to the Creator whose genius designed such beauty! Read More→

Talking Yourself Into Trying

 

Things looked really hopeless for Israel’s tiny army.  Thousands of Philistines marched against King Saul, whose army numbered only about 3,000.  Saul hesitated to attack his vastly superior adversary; day after day he talked himself out of trying to defeat the enemy.  Because his defeatist attitude affected his men, many deserted.  he ended up with a mere force of 600.

Are you talking yourself out of trying to witness?  Have you convinced yourself that there’s no need to try for a job promotion?  Has life convinced you that you’re unqualified to try anything worthwhile?

We want to become Christians who never talk themselves out of trying the impossible.  We want to exercise faith in God, and faith in God talks us into trying.

As Saul continued talking himself out of trying to attack, his son Jonathan talked himself into striking the Philistine forces.  In spite of his father’s cowardice, in spite of the army’s smallness, in spite of the lack of weapons, Jonathan talked himself into trying.

“Come, let’s go over to the Philistine outpost,” 1 Samuel 14:1. With all the odds against him, Jonathan refused to talk himself out of trying.  Where did he acquire such faith?

He considered God his partner. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few,” 1 Samuel 14:6. Faith in God propelled Jonathan to take action.

What about you, dear friend?  God is your partner on the job, in leading the family, in living the Christian life, in performing Christian service and in facing both pleasant and unpleasant times.  Why not try achieving your dreams?  Spend time talking yourself into trying!

Notice a word Jonathan used when he referred to the Lord.  Perhaps the Lord will act,” 1 Samuel 14:6. Jonathan knew God would act; he just didn’t know how God would act.  Jonathan’s word perhaps merely indicates that he was willing to take a risk rather than talk himself out of attempting the impossible.  We cannot remove the element of risk whenever we move ahead with our plans, our dreams or our ambitions.  People who talk themselves into trying the impossible accept the risks attached to going on with life.

Jonathan chose to place uncertainty in God’s hands.  His trust in God overcame his fear of risk-taking.  He could not see the precise outcome of trying  to succeed.  He could see the Lord, who controls whatever happens when we are willing to try.

When Jonathan acted on his desire to attack the enemy, God moved in his behalf.  The Lord brought about a tremendous victory over the enemies of Israel.

Talk yourself into trying to achieve your own desires.  God stands ready to “fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith,” 2 Thessalonians 1:11.

Faith in God never permits ignorance of the future to impede forward progress.  Faith focuses upon God’s complete knowledge of all upcoming events.

“O my Father, at the end of my earthly life, may your Son present me to your as one conformed to his image!”

Be greatly encouraged,

Pastor James Fields

When Perfect Endings Elude

Life treated Jacob very well.  His favorite son, Joseph, flourished in every way.  Jacob thoroughly enjoyed watching his son become a man.  The future looked very bright; Jacob anticipated a perfect ending to life’s story for Joseph.

But things didn’t turn out very well.  Jacob’s other sons presented physical evidence that a wild animal had killed Joseph.  After assuming that Joseph was dead, Jacob fell into great depression.  “All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted,” Genesis 37:35Read More→

The Lord’s Delight

God’s presence is the source of our joy.  Singing, dancing, playing musical instruments are expression of sincere enthusiasm for God’s nearness, I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight.  I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God,” Psalm 43:4.  David was dancing before the Lord with all his might,” 2 Samuel 6:14. Read More→