Showing posts from January, 2018

Lonely, but Never Alone!

At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. (2 Timothy 4:16-18). ESV
Can you remember a time when you really needed someone, and that someone wasn’t there? A promise made, was not a promise kept? Of qualities most desirable in a friend, integrity is high on that list! 
I'm talking about the kind of people, that if they can, they will. On a cold Wyoming afternoon recently my Pastor heart was overflowing with gratitude for a group of people from this church who responded to my plea for help in moving a single mom in a tight window of time.
Moving is hard! Moving is no fun…..moving in Wyoming in the winter is….h…

What to do when the bottom falls out!

Do your best to come to me soon. For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry.  Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message. (2ndTimothy 4: 9-15). ESV
Have you ever felt abandoned, or alone? Circumstances propelled your life in a down word spiral that led to bedrock. From that low position you wandered, will I make it, will I survive? Friends well meaning, council to look up, or the suggestion “It will be alright” sounded hollow, and empty! What they offered as “Well-meaning” seemed to you then, as well….mean!
It’s been said when a neighbor loses their jo…

When It's Time to Go

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. 2 Timothy 4: 6-8 ESV
We think we’re here forever. Deep down we know that is not true. However, I believe in each person there is a sense of permanence. After all the only reality we know and are aware of has always included us.
Make no mistake about it, there was a time when you were not, there will never be a time when you will not be.
This life continues of that I am quite certain. How can you be? My initial encounter with Jesus as a teenager was profound, I have personally witnessed subsequent direction, and assurance of His reality. I have had prayers answered, seen doors open, and thankfully have seen some close. I …