Wonderful Wednesday ~ 11-20-19

“Why?” is one of the first questions little children instinctively ask. And we continue to ask “Why?” throughout our life. Perhaps there is no realm in which “Why?” is asked more often than in the realm of God and the Bible. For instance, “Why did Jesus leave heaven and come to earth as a man?”
 
Entire books have been written in an attempt to answer that question, but we can answer it partly this way: because the Old Testament prophets said God would become incarnate on earth. In other words, if Jesus had not been born as a Messiah-Man, the prophets would have been wrong. There are hundreds of predictions in the Old Testament concerning the first advent of Jesus of Nazareth, all fulfilled by Him. In fact, Jesus Himself told His disciples that the Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms all spoke of His coming. And they were right.
 
Why did Jesus come as a man? To keep God’s prophesied promises to send a Savior into the world. Vance Havner has written, “No Bible subject hold more practical implications than the matter of prophecy.”
 
I invite you to think on these things as we look to the Season of Advent.
 
~Pastor Woody

Wonderful Wednesday ~ 11-13-19

Oswald Chambers, in his book, My Utmost for His Highest, wrote, “There are certain things we must not pray about – moods, for instance. Moods never go by praying, moods go by kicking.” He wasn’t telling us never to pray for better attitudes, but he was stating a basic emotional reality. We must take charges of our moods and kick the bad ones out of our hearts and minds. Just as importantly, we must open the door and usher in some better attitudes and let them rule in our hearts.
 
Gratitude is a choice we make. It’s a command to obey, for the Bible tells us: “Be thankful.” Remembering and reflecting on God’s goodness is one of the blessings of thanksgiving. Take a moment to think about a situation that’s causing you distress. Somewhere among the feelings of hurt, fear, anger, or anxiety, somewhere there are some things for which to be thankful. What are they? List them, thank God for them, and let the peace of God rule in your heart.
 
Oswald Chambers also wrote, “We have to take ourselves by the scruff of the neck and shake ourselves, and we will find that we can do what we said we could not … The Christian life is one of spiritual pluck.”
 
~Pastor Woody

Wonderful Wednesday ~ 11-6-19

Can we thank the Lord when things are going badly for us? David did. He opened Psalm 69 saying, “Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck …Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head.” But the Lord knows the number of hairs on our heads. So, David asked God to deliver him out of the mire and he turned his thoughts to God’s goodness. He prayed, “Turn to me according to the multitude of your tender mercies.” And at the end of the Psalm, he poured out his heart in thanksgiving.
 
If things are going badly for you, tell God how the waters are coming up to your neck. Then remember how much God cares for you, even knowing the number of hairs on your head. Pour out your heart. Then praise His name with a song and magnify Him with thanksgiving.
 
And don’t forget the last verse of Psalm 69: “Those who love His name shall dwell in it.”
 
~Pastor Woody
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