Listen

I sense a need for less talking and more listening.  Choose whatever way you can best connect with God by listening.  For me, of course, I listen to music that has been created by Christian artists that God has blessed with talent to share the Good News.  For a period of time, not sure how long, I will be talking less and sharing messages through God’s Word and song and gathering new photos.  May the peace and comfort of the Lord be with you.  Amen.

He gives us strength…He gives us courage…His is the voice of truth.

Voice Of Truth by Casting Crowns

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“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

(This photo was taken in June of 2018 at a lake near Plymouth, Minnesota)

Alive With Christ

All people are unique and different in some way.  Yet all of us suffer from similar temptations and the sinful nature.  We are sinners because of things we do and the things we do not do.  Because of God’s love, God’s mercy and God’s grace we have been saved and we can become a new creation that is alive with Christ.  He took upon Himself the punishment we all deserve and He did this because of His love for each of us.  Nothing and no one on earth can do what Jesus Christ has done for us.  Amen.

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“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.”

Ephesians 2:4-5

(This photo was taken in July of 2016 along Beartooth Pass near the Montana and Wyoming border)

Give Glory To God

We do not live for ourselves…we were created by God with a purpose…our lives are not about us.  Selfishness and selfish behavior are poison in the world…they are harmful to us and to others.  Give and it will be given to you…seek and you will find what you are looking for…Take time reflect on what God has done and is doing in your life, give thanks and give glory to God.  Amen.

Not To Us by Chris Tomlin

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“Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.”

Psalm 115:1

(This photo was taken in July of 2018 on the shore of Lake Superior near Ashland, Wisconsin)

What Is Faith?

It is belief…it is trust…it is confidence…it is optimism…it is hope and it exists because of God’s love and what He has done for us.  It is not complex, it is simple.  Faith and religion are not the same thing.  Faith is about your personal relationship with Jesus Christ…religion is about the ways people choose to practice their faith.  Your faith is between you and God, first.  Start by seeking Him, believing in Him and trusting Him and He will guide you and your life from that point forward through any and all circumstances.  Amen.

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“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

Hebrews 11:1

(This photo was taken in August of 2016 near Glacier National Park in Montana)

Father Of All

To all the Fathers out there:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your path straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

God the Father, is the Father of all.  None of us will be as good of a Father as God is to us.  We will make mistakes, yet as long as we stay close to the Lord, He will encourage us, strengthen us and help us to do better.  Do your best…and leave the rest up to God.  Amen.

Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin

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“…one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”

Ephesians 4:6

(This photo was taken in July of 2014 at a lake place in central Minesota)

Our Loving Father

We are blessed with everlasting love from God our Father.  He knows us and wants to spend time with us.  He gives us good gifts…not everything we want, yet everything we need.  God knows we will have trouble in this life and He is always right there with us no matter what…we just have to be willing to seek Him.  Amen.

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“The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.  The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.”

Psalm 145:8-9

(This photo was taken in July of 2018 on Lake Superior near the Apostle Islands)

Integrity

Honesty…sincerity…trustworthy…truthfulness…decency…morality…respectable.  These are rare qualities in today’s world.  We all have sinned and have done things against the will of God.  Admitting we are wrong is so difficult when the world keeps sending out messages that ‘Me’ first is how we should want to live.  It is true that God is love, however, this does not mean any and all behaviors are acceptable to Him…take a look at Proverbs 6:16-19 or Proverbs 8:13 for some examples of behaviors God despises.  We live in a fallen and broken world and our ability to admit and confess when we are wrong is the starting point to turning away from behaviors that hurt ourselves and others.  Amen.

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“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

1 John 1:8-9

(This photo was taken in July of 2016 while traveling through North Dakota)

Comforted

To restore a sense of well-being…to soothe…console…reassure…to ease the grief or burden.  To pursue your faith and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is about finding your starting point or ending point to each day.  It is about coming back to the place that most feels like home in your heart.  If you are seeking this comfort, choose a time that works for your situation and every day spend time with God…it will change your life in ways you can’t imagine.  Amen.

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“What, then, shall we say in response to this?  If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Romans 8:31

(This photo was taken in July of 2018 on the shore of Lake Superior near Ashland, Wisconsin)

He Cares For You

When situations in life bring us down or when we are struggling and our path is difficult, our human minds may wonder, ‘does God care what is happening to me?’  God is always with you…when you find yourself in a place like this, stop and pray.  Not some memorized words, rather a real heart felt prayer asking God to help you see your way forward.  God does care for you…He sent His Son to die on a cross to save you and to be able to have a relationship with you.  Seek Him and His will for you and your life and you will find peace. Amen.

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“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

1 Peter 5:7

(This photo was taken in August of 2016 in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington)

Angels Watch Over Us

Like in the story of Daniel in the bible…Daniel was faithful and trusted God and when danger was near God protected Daniel in the lion’s den.  There are many more stories of people who have had near misses in life…how many times have you heard, if it was a few seconds sooner or if it was a few inches more this way it would have been much worse?  I believe that God is working through His angels even today to protect people from danger.  Give thanks to God for the angels that keep us safe.  Amen.

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“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”

Psalm 91:11-12

(This photo was taken in September of 2014 on a walk in a neighborhood near Plymouth, Minnesota)