Strength for Today

"Seek the Lord and His strength,
seek His presence continually!"
~ Psalm 105:4 ESV

By the time you receive this blog message, August 2020 will have already morphed into history, bringing with it the end of the summer months. Now, even with September well upon us, questions of uncertainty continue to abound as COVID-19 protocols complicate the return of Canadian children to school, leaving parents to decide the best options for their children's education.

Rocks, sunset

On Solid Rock

There is no lasting value in empty words, and a person who utters them risks reputational harm. It stands to reason then that words of substance carry significance, which can influence those who listen. Jesus processed the ability to exude authority and meaning whenever He spoke. When our Lord spoke, people listened, even those who opposed and hated Him.

Pressured to Deny

Not too long ago, I received the following letter (paraphrased) from "Pastor C" in Liberia. His message helps us to better understand the added challenges being experienced by today's persecuted believers due to the present global health situation:

A Father's Worship

"...walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully
pleasing to Him: bearing fruit in every good work
and increasing in the knowledge of God...."
Colossians 1:10 ESV

Finding Strength in Isolation

While we deal with isolation from our typical activities, and are subject to the 'doom and gloom' being offered continually through the world's numerous media outlets, it is easy to fall prey to fear and depression. I have felt a level of anxiety creep into my subconscience, looking to latch on and gain a foothold in my mind. I would have succumbed to its poison had not the Word of the Lord come to me to provide an antidote to counteract this "fear" virus before it harmed me:

"Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually!"
1 Chronicles 16:11 ESV

The Road Map for Life

"Holy words long preserved, for our walk in this world.
They resound with God's own heart. Oh, let the ancient words impart.
Ancient words ever true, changing me and changing you.
We have come with open hearts. Oh, let the ancient words impart."

Lyrics of "Ancient Words" by Lynn DeShazo

According to a World Religion News report from 2017, 87 percent of the homes in America have a Bible. The American Bible Association and the Barna Group, in an earlier 2014 poll, reported that the average number of Bibles per household is 4.7. Yet, today, Christians in many parts of the world have never even owned a Bible, nor will they likely ever retain one in their lifetimes.