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Suffering in Silence – Psalm 39

by Jim Jamison

While grumbling and complaining will lead to sinful bitterness, so will ignoring the hurt, by suffering in silence, or affixing a plastic smile to a broke heart. In Psalm 39 we see that David did not want those who did not know the Lord to misunderstand and possibly twist his words and justify all sorts of sinful behaviors, but that does not mean that David suffers in silence. He takes his grief and pain before the Lord and reveals his heart in verses 3-8. He acknowledges that “His hope is in the Lord” in verse 7, and lays the matter before Him. The key to navigating through the wrong extremes when responding to trials is to recognize and remember that God has a purpose. If we lack the wisdom to understand our trials we need to come before God, to gain understanding, not to accuse Him of being unfair, but to understand and see the plan of God in allowing these things to enter into our lives. God then brings people along in our lives to help us bear our burden. others cannot carry the burden for us, but they can come alongside of us and support us in the … READ MORE

How will you be involved? – Luke 2:1-20

by Jim Jamison

Luke 2 is the most familiar passage of the Bible during the Christmas season. But have you considered the people involved in this account, and how the Lord used each of them to bring about the advent of the Lord Jesus Christ? God used those involved the the incarnation whether they realized it or not. Exclusion is not an option in the plan and purpose of God. Each of us must participate in the role that God will have for us in establishing His Kingdom on this earth. That can be done willingly or unwillingly, but it will be done. As we end 2021 and begin to look toward 2022, may we realize that each of us are a piece of the puzzle that God is molding together to bring about the second advent of our Lord and Savior. May we recognize that history is moving toward the return of Christ and turn to Him as our Savior while there is still opportunity. … READ MORE

What are we worshipping – 1 John 2:15

by Jim Jamison

Why are we so tied to this world? Why is it that we live for vacation, and for new stuff? Why do we make things important that eventually will become obsolete? Romans 1:25 says, “[they] changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator …” We struggle because sin has such a hold on us and this world. We exalt what is temporary and neglect the things that are eternal. In our society, pleasure is more important than people. It leads us to a question to ponder this morning. What are we living for? 1 John 2:15 says, “Do not love the world or the things in the world, if anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” It is not a sin to enjoy a vacation or a new “toy” but it is a sin when that becomes the thing that we are living for. We are commissioned by God to Love Him, and love others, that is truly the only way that we find satisfaction and contentment in our lives. What are you living for?… READ MORE