Sixth Sunday After Pentecost… 6/26/2016

WHEN, I DON’T KNOW… (Please push/click)

O God, you have prepared for those who love you joys beyond understanding.  Pour into our hearts such love for you that, loving you above all things, we may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

WHEN I DON’T KNOW… (next email will be new… you won’t want to miss it!)

We live in very interesting times.  I, myself, am really excited to see what tomorrow brings.  Yes… there will be a tomorrow, and next day, and next day, and next day, and next day, and so on… you know why I can say this with confidence???

Because I truly do not know if we will be on this earth tomorrow, the next day, the next day, the next day, or anyday in the future… HOWEVER, I do have a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  (1 Peter 1:3)

This living hope gives me the awesome reassurance that it really doesn’t matter what happens tomorrow as long as I am thanking (praising) God NOW!!!


I want to share with you a story found in the Old Testament in the Holy Bible… May God please have mercy on me if I misinterpret anything… This story is about Job.

In Job, we are told of a man, who God allows to be directly attacked by Satan. He is an awesome example of faithfulness as he loses everything important to him yet remains faithful to God. This books purpose is to illustrate God’s sovereignty and faithfulness during a time of great suffering.

  •    In chapters 1-3, God tests Job’s faithfulness through allowing Satan to attack him. God told Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him”(1:12). Through Job’s trials, all is lost including his health, his wife even tells him to curse God and commit suicide, but he remains strong and faithful, “Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.”(1:22).
  •    From chapters 4-37, Job’s friends give him plenty of bad advice, in rounds of discussion. They mistakenly blame his sufferings on his personal sins rather than God testing and growing Job. One of them was half-correct in that God wanted to humble him, but this was only a part of God’s test.
  •    In chapters 38-42, God speaks to Job and restores him. God knows that Job has received incorrect guidance from his friends, “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?” God fittingly declares that humans do not know everything. Then He humbles Job by asking a series of questions that could never be answered by anyone other than Almighty God; for example, “Have you understood the expanse of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this”. God then brings him to an understanding that believers don’t always know what God is doing in their lives.

In the end, Job answers God by saying, “I have declared that which I did not understand”. God then blessed Job with twice as much as he had before his trials began.

JOB IS THE MAN!!!  He displayed his faithfulness without having the knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Job, himself, was deeply loved by God… and you know what??? You are too… You would make today a lot easier to live if you had that knowledge…




Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Author: Humility is Beautiful... (Kevin Schafer)

I just want to be surrounded with people who make being a good person their top priority...

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