A collection of i thoughts
ideas, and illustrations to encourage readers to look up and to discover or rediscover the goodness and greatness of God
to Know Him
Paul said, "That I might know him and the power of his resurrection, the fellowship of his suffering, being conformed to the image of his death."
Why I said "Yes" to Jesus
I closely examined and considered His claims, character, conduct. I pondered the paradox of the cross and responded to power of His call. I found His influence on world history and upon my own heart to be indelible, His character impeccable, courage invincible, words imperishable, His love immeasurable and kindness incredible. He said He was the Way, and I believe Him. For the sinner, He is the way “out,” for the seeker, the way “in.” For the fallen, He is the way “up.” For those gone astray, He is the way “back.” For the lost He is the way “home.” He is the Highway, the Freeway, the Narrow Way, and the Only Way. He also said that He is the Truth and I believe the Truth. As Truth, His words were unvarnished as well as untarnished. Truth is untainted, untangled, and without shadow of turning. Truth is “what is,” and Jesus is the “I Am.” Truth is the plumb line, the straight edge, the fulcrum and the tip of the spear. He also said He is Life. He offers to all who believe in Him, New, Abundant, and Eternal life. He was, by His enemies vilified, by birth and life qualified, by prophecy crucified, resurrection justified, and by His ascension glorified. He is the center, the source and the force of my faith. He is my Savior and Lord. Two Thousand years ago He came, He Became, He Overcame, and He said He is Coming Again. Perhaps Today. -id
WORD of GOD
being born again not of corruptible seed but of incorruptible, by the Word of God that liveth and abideth forever
“Thanks Giving" David, speaking of all the gifts he and the people of Israel were bringing to God (1Chron.29:14) realized they were simply giving the very things they had, by God, been gifted. Every “thing,” every stick, every drop and morsel was a gift come down from the Father of Lights. While some have the “gift of giving,” we all are conduits of care and answers to someone’s prayer. Our giving should be “Thanks Giving.” Re-gifting what God has given like the Disciples in the story of the feeding of the Five Thousand. “And looking up to Heaven, He blessed and brake and gave the loaves to his disciples, and they gave to the multitude.” When we consider how much God gave us and why, it is a wonder we do not give more of what might be called Thanks Giving.