What Does the Bible Say About God?

Is there a god? Nature and revelation testify there is a God. It’s in the Bible, Psalm 19:1-3, NKJV.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.”

How many gods are there? There is only one. It’s in the Bible, Isaiah 46:9, NKJV.

“Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me.”

How do we know this god is the true God? No other God can tell the future like He can. It’s in the Bible, Isaiah 46:10, NKJV.

“I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.  I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’”

Where did this God come from? He has always been since the beginning. It’s in the Bible, 1 Timothy 1:17, NKJV.

“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”

 It’s in the Bible, Isaiah 41:4, NKJV.

“Who has performed and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? ‘I, the LORD, am the first; and with the last I am He.’”

God created the world and all that is in it. It’s in the Bible, Genesis 1:1, NKJV.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

God created human beings. It’s in the Bible, Genesis 1:26-27, Then God said,

“Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” 

It’s in the Bible, Genesis 2:7, NKJV.

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”

What is this God like? It’s in the Bible, Exodus 34:6-7, NKJV.

“And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.’”

God is love. It’s in the Bible, 1 John 4:16, NKJV.

“And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.”

God is holy. It’s in the Bible, Revelation 15:4, NKJV.

“Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your judgments have been manifested.”

God thinks of you constantly. It’s in the Bible, Psalm 139:17-18, NKJV.

“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with You.”

God came down to our world in the person of Jesus, so we may know what He is like. It’s in the Bible, John 1:14, NKJV.

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Why did Jesus come down to earth? It’s in the Bible, John 3:16, NKJV.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

It’s in the Bible, 1 John 4:9-10, CEV.

“God showed his love for us when he sent his only Son into the world to give us life. Real love isn’t our love for God, but his love for us. God sent his Son to be the sacrifice by which our sins are forgiven.”

Does God like other people more than me? God does not show favoritism. It’s in the Bible, Acts 10:34-35, NIV.

“Then Peter began to speak: ‘I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.’”

God does not only love good people; He loves the wicked as well. It’s in the Bible, Matthew 5:45, 46, TLB.

“For [God] gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust too. If you love only those who love you, what good is that? Even scoundrels do that much.”

God loves us like a doting father. It’s in the Bible, 1 John 3:1, NKJV.

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.”

We are to follow God’s example of love. It’s in the Bible, 1 John 4:11, NKJV.

“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

We are to be holy like God is. It’s in the Bible, 1 Peter 1:14-16, CEB.

“Don’t be conformed to your former desires, those that shaped you when you were ignorant. But, as obedient children, you must be holy in every aspect of your lives, just as the one who called you is holy. It is written, ‘You will be holy, because I am holy.’”

God’s love means that He must sometimes discipline us. It’s in the Bible, Proverbs 3:11-12, NKJV.

“My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, nor detest His correction; for whom the LORD loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights.”

God never gives up on us. It’s in the Bible, Jeremiah 31:3, NKJV.

“The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: ‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.’”

Nothing can separate us from God’s love. It’s in the Bible, Romans 8:38-39, NIV.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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What Does the Bible Say About God’s Children?

🔹Who are God’s children? Spiritual birth makes someone a child of God. It’s in the Bible, John 1:12-13, NIV.

“To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”

🔹God offers us the opportunity to be His children. It’s in the Bible, I John 3:1, NIV.

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.”

🔹Christians are adopted into God’s family. It’s in the Bible, Romans 8:16, NIV.

“The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” Galatians 4:4-5, RSV. “But when the time had fully come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.”

🔹Take a lesson from the children. It’s in the Bible, Luke 18:16-17, TLB.

“Then Jesus called the children over to Him and said to the disciples, ‘Let the little children come to me! Never send them away! For the Kingdom of God belongs to men who have hearts as trusting as these little children’s. And anyone who doesn’t have their kind of faith will never get within the Kingdom’s gates.”

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Tower of Babel, Education Center, Planned Near Kentucky’s Ark Encounter

During the height of the 2020 COVID pandemic, we decided to travel from Texas to D.C. as a personal quest to celebrate American freedom, heritage and healthy living.

Among the highlights was a day visit to the Ark Encounter in northern Kentucky. It was awesome.

Jack & Dodie Dennis at Ark Encounter

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Now we learn that the organization behind the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum (nearby) is moving forward with plans to build a Tower of Babel AND expand their faith-based school for kids ages 5-17.

Answers in Genesis recently purchased the former Toyota North American engineering and manufacturing headquarters in Northern Kentucky for more than $31 million. 

The 205,000-square-foot facility will house 450-500 K-12 students as well as be the location for the general staff of Answers in Genesis and their Answers.TV streaming service.

“The purchase of this building will save the ministry many tens of millions of dollars for several planned future projects and allow them to be implemented much more quickly, instead of years down the road,” CEO Ken Ham said in a press release. “Overall, this facility will provide a home for Answers Academy without having to build a major school complex.”

Tower of Babel diorama at Ark

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Earlier this year, the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum welcomed its 10 millionth guest. 
 
“As Answers in Genesis continues to grow in many of its outreaches, including welcoming large crowds at our two attractions, the ministry will have an even larger economic impact on the region,” Ham said. 

🔹The Ark Encounter opened in 2016 in Williamstown, Kentucky, and was built according to the instructions God gave Noah in Genesis 6.

🔹The 10-story-high vessel features larger-than-life exhibits that bring museum visitors face to face with the story of biblical proportions. 

“We all know that God’s the Great Designer. He’s the Great Engineer,” said Patrick Kanewske, the attraction’s media and ministry relations director. “It’s the perfect dimensions for seaworthiness, weight distribution, smoothness of ride.”

While Dodie and I were there in 2020, it was even more special to learn the Ark Encounter was named the “Best Religious Museum” by USA Today.

The Ark’s sister institution, the Creation Museum also finished second that year in the national poll of museums selected by a panel of top travel experts.

A few weeks ago, the ministry organization announced new plans to build a replica of the ancient Tower of Babel adjacent to the Ark.

“The Bible provides us with the true history of humanity. What people classify today as racial differences are rightly explained by the Babel event. Noah’s descendants scattered from Babel in family groups and settled new lands. Separated from one another, the various groups began to express distinct traits. No group is more “evolved” than any other.”

“We will proclaim the only solution to racism and every other sin that besets mankind: the gospel of Jesus Christ,” the statement continued. 

Noah’s descendants scattered from Babel in family groups and settled new lands. Separated from one another, the various groups began to express distinct traits.

“No group is more ‘evolved’ than any other,” their literature states. “Some people may have achieved greater advancements in agriculture, industry, or technology due to having a greater number of skilled trades people when the language division occurred, but this does not mean they are ‘more human’ than others. Instead, all people today descended from Noah and are members of the one human race (we’re all of ‘one blood,’ per Acts 17:26).”

“All people are descendants of Adam, and we are all made in God’s image. Our true problem is sin, which includes prejudice and racism, and the solution is the same for all of us—the gospel of Jesus Christ. Ironically, critical race theory is also the exact opposite of Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream that people would be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin,” the Answers in Genesis website notes. 

The ministry says the goal of the Tower of Babel project is to confront racist, ethnocentric philosophies with the truth of humanity’s origins according to God’s Word, 

“Most importantly, we will proclaim the only solution to racism and every other sin that besets mankind: the gospel of Jesus Christ,” the Answers in Genesis website states. 

The project is expected to take about three years to complete and will be located near the Ark Encounter. 

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What Does the Bible Say About Grace?

Salvation comes through grace—it is a gift from God. It’s in the Bible, Ephesians 2:8-9, NIV.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Everyone can receive the grace of Christ, which develops grace inside the receiver. It’s in the Bible, John 1:16, NKJV.

“And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.

God’s grace is our only hope! It’s in the Bible, Nehemiah 9:31, TLB.

“But in your great mercy you did not destroy them completely or abandon them forever. What a gracious and merciful God you are!”

Does grace do away with God’s law? It’s in the Bible, Romans 3:31, NIV.

“Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.”

Grace is not a license to sin, but power unto salvation and righteousness. It’s in the Bible, Romans 6:15-18, NKJV.

“What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!

Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?

But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.

And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness”

In the grace of Christ, is power and strength. It’s in the Bible, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, NKJV.

“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

“Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Grace is available to us at all times we need it. It’s in the Bible, Hebrews 4:16, NKJV.

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Christ’s life and sacrifce are the embodiment of both grace and truth. It’s in the Bible, John 1:14, NKJV.

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth”

Christ’s death show God’s law and grace are not enemies, but go hand in hand. It’s in the Bible, Psalm 85:10, NKJV.

“Mercy and truth have met together;  Righteousness and peace have kissed.”

God’s grace is offered to us through Christ’s death and justifies us without compromising the holy law.  Through Christ’s death, justice can forgive without sacrificing any part of its exalted holiness. It’s in the Bible, Romans 3:23-25, NKJV.

“Gor all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed”

God’s grace makes our salvation possible. It’s in the Bible, Ephesians 1:7-8, NIV.

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”

God’s grace is patient. It’s in the Bible, Romans 2:4, TLB.

“Don’t you realize how patient He is being with you? Or don’t you care? Can’t you see that He has been waiting all this time without punishing you, to give you time to turn from your sin? His kindness is meant to lead you to repentance.”

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What Does the Bible Say About Discouragement?

🔹We can be encouraged by the example of others. It’s in the Bible, I Thessalonians 3:7, NIV.

“Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith.”

🔹Reflecting on our eternal hope in Christ offers encouragement. It’s in the Bible, I Peter 1:6, TLB.

“So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though the going is rough for a while down here.”

🔹We are encouraged through encouraging others. It’s in the Bible, Romans 1:11-12, TLB.

“For I long to visit you so that I can impart to you the faith that will help your church grow strong in the Lord. Then, too, I need your help, for I want not only to share my faith with you but to be encouraged by yours: Each of us will be a blessing to the other.”

🔹Encouragement comes from remembering how God has led in the past. It’s in the Bible, Joshua 24:16-17.

“And the people replied, ‘We would never forsake the Lord and worship other gods! For the Lord our God is the one who rescued our fathers from their slavery in the land of Egypt. He is the God who did mighty miracles before the eyes of Israel, as we traveled through the wilderness, and preserved us from our enemies when we passed through their land.”

🔹Build each other up by finding something you appreciate. It’s in the Bible, I Thessalonians 5:11, NIV.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

🔹Consistently encourage new believers. It’s in the Bible, Acts 14:21-22, TLB.

“They helped the believers to grow in love for God and each other. They encouraged them to continue in the faith in spite of all the persecution, reminding them that they must enter into the Kingdom of God through many tribulations.”

🔹Encourage your church leaders. It’s in the Bible, I Thessalonians 5:12-13, TLB.

“Dear brothers, honor the officers of your church who work hard among you and warn you against all that is wrong. Think highly of them and give them your wholehearted love because they are straining to help you.”

🔹God offers encouragement when we’re feeling down. It’s in the Bible, Jeremiah 29:11, TLB.

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

🔹God promises encouragement when I need it. It’s in the Bible, Psalm 138:3, TLB.

“When I pray, You answer me, and encourage me by giving me the strength I need.”

🔹For your encouragement, remember God isn’t finished with any of us yet. It’s in the Bible, Philippians 1:6, TLB.

“And I am sure that God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in his grace until his task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns.”

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What Does the Bible Say About Gentleness?

🔹Christian leaders should exhibit gentleness. It’s in the Bible, I Thessalonians 2:6-7, NIV.

“We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else. As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you, but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children.”

🔹Teach with gentleness. It’s in the Bible,

II Timothy 2:24, TLB. “God’s people must not be quarrelsome; they must be gentle, patient teachers of those who are wrong.”

🔹Gentleness is a mark of wisdom. It’s in the Bible, James 3:17, TLB.

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure and full of quiet gentleness. Then it is peace-loving and courteous. It allows discussion and is willing to yield to others.”

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What Does the Bible Say About Forgiveness?

🔹God is ready and waiting to forgive anyone who asks. It’s in the Bible, Psalm 86:5, NKJV.

“For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive,
and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You”

🔹God will always be waiting for us to return. It’s in the Bible, Isaiah 44:22, ESV.

“I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you.”

🔹King David based his hope of forgiveness on God’s compassion and unfailing love. It’s in the Bible, Psalm 51:1, NKJV.

“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your loving kindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.”

🔹How great is God’s mercy? It’s in the Bible, Psalm 103:11-12, NKJV.

“For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

🔹Even when we have been unfaithful, God is faithful to forgive us if we confess. It’s in the Bible, I John 1:9, NKJV.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

🔹What if I am having trouble with forgiving someone else? It’s in the Bible, Matthew 6:14-15, TLB.

“Your heavenly Father will forgive you if you forgive those who sin against you; but if you refuse to forgive them, He will not forgive you.”

🔹Don’t accumulate grudges and keep track of them. It’s in the Bible, Matthew 18:21-22, NKJV.

“Then Peter came to Him and said, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?’ Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”

🔹God forgives us many times a day, we should do the same. It’s in the Bible,  Luke 17:4, NKJV. 

“And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”

🔹Just like Jesus forgave others while being crucified, we are to forgive, whether or not others confess their faults. It’s in the Bible, Luke 23:33-34, NKJV.

“And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”And they divided His garments and cast lots.

Forgiveness doesn’t mean you excuse people’s sins. It’s in the Bible, Luke 17:3, NKJV.

“Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.”

🔹We are to forgive others as God has forgiven us. It’s in the Bible, Ephesians 4:32, NKJV.

“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

🔹There is no possibility that Jesus will turn anyone away who seeks forgiveness. It’s in the Bible, John 6:37, NKJV. “ 

All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.”

🔹Through forgiveness, Christ provides complete deliverance from the penalty of sin. It’s in the Bible, Colossians 2:13-14, ESV.

“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.”

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Sending the Good Word of Jesus Christ Around the World This Year

My son Jack remembers doing this at his grandfather, Pastor John Osborne’s church at Lake Buchanan, Texas some years ago.

“It is a good memory because we were gifting and sharing the Word of Jesus Christ with children around the world who may have never had the opportunity,” Jack recalls. “Plus it is good to experience and share goodness in this tough world.”

Today, we are proud of Dodie because she is sharing duties of organizing this annual outreach box packing event at First Baptist Church of Medina nestled in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

Led by Jo Walters, with Dodie, the small community is pitching in to help. Even the Medina Library is donating age appropriate books for the boxes.

In the summer of 1993, Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham received a call from a man in England asking if he’d be willing to fill shoeboxes with gifts for children in war-torn Bosnia. Franklin agreed, but figured Christmas was months away. He forgot about the promise until he received a call back around Thanksgiving asking about the gifts.

Franklin asked his friend, the late Pastor Ross Rhoads of Calvary Church of Charlotte to see if he could help with the need. A Sunday shortly afterward, Pastor Rhoads demonstrated for his congregation how to fill a shoebox with simple gifts and encouraged them to include a letter to the child as well. Within weeks, the church had 11,000 shoeboxes lining their hallways.

Due to their generosity and additional gifts from Canada, Samaritan’s Purse sent 28,000 shoebox gifts to children in the Balkans that Christmas.

Through these gifts, they communicated to children and their families what the angel said to the shepherds about Jesus’ birth: “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people” 
(Luke 2:10, ESV).

Every year since, Samaritan’s Purse has collected shoebox gifts filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items for children around the world. Since 1993, more than 198 million children in more than 170 countries and territories have received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox. The project delivers not only the joy of what, for many kids, is their first gift ever, but also gives them a tangible expression of God’s love.

Tens of thousands of volunteers from local churches around the world partner to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ at festive outreach events where children are surprised with these shoebox gifts.

Over the years they trained over 1.5 million volunteers from these congregations to teach The Greatest Journey, our dynamic follow-up discipleship course for shoebox recipients.

Since 2009, 30.9 million children have enrolled in this 12-lesson program to learn how to follow Christ and share Him with others. More than 14.9 million of these boys and girls have made a decision to accept Jesus as their Savior during the course. Many are now praying for and sharing their faith with family and friends. As a result of this ever-expanding witness, new churches are starting and communities are being transformed!

In 2021 alone, more than 10.5 million Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts were collected throughout Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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What Does the Bible Say About Gratitude?

Start the day with a thankful attitude. It’s in the Bible, Psalm 92:1-2, TLB.

“It is good to say thank you to the Lord, to sing praises to the God who is above all gods. Every morning tell him, ‘Thank you for Your kindness,’ and every evening rejoice in all His faithfulness.”

One of the first marks of rejecting God is forgetting to thank him. It’s in the Bible, Romans 1:21, TLB.

“Yes, they knew about Him all right, but they wouldn’t admit it or worship Him or even thank Him for all his daily care. And after awhile they began to think up silly ideas of what God was like and what He wanted them to do. The result was that their foolish minds became dark and confused.”

Give thanks in every situation. It’s in the Bible, I Thessalonians 5:18, NIV.

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

In giving thanks to God; don’t forget from where our blessings come. It’s in the Bible, Psalms 103: 2, NIV.

“Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.”

In God We Trust

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Are There Answers in the Clouds?

One of the most fascinating attributes of being married to Dodie is her love of nature. Moving back home to Texas after 38 years (besides to marry me) was an opportunity to rejoin her roots and surroundings–especially in the beautiful Hill Country.

Although she grew to like the deserts of Arizona, Dodie missed clouds. Even today, she looks and just beams as she enjoys them.

We were fortunate that a friend, a fellow McCollum High School classmate, and his family drove all the way across much of the Lone Star State to preside over our wedding on December 5, 2019 in Boerne.

Not long after, Pastor Jack Comer of Circle Drive Baptist Church in Bridge City, Texas offered this message one particular day when I needed it.

Yesterday,  upon receiving news and prayer requests,  I went to the back patio that we have and begin to pray for these people that had these special needs.” 

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My prayer was simple but sincere, asking our Lord to let these know that He loved them and cared.  I prayed that they might have a peace and might know of His presence, along with their various needs might be met.”

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I prayed also for their family members and for the struggles and concern that they had as well.  When I finished praying, even though my heart was heavy,  I felt an emotion that said,  ‘God would be there for these.’”

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Now not to sound unspiritual,  I then began to watch the clouds.  Yes,  I’m a cloud watcher.  There are times when I just like to sit and watch the movement of the clouds and also try to see what images I can find.” 

Yesterday I saw a little lamb,  a bunny rabbit and a cocker spaniel dog.  Of course I saw a monster or two,  but that may be due to a childish mind.  (LOL).” 

“Some of these clouds were darker than others and some were moving quicker than others.  And every once in a while I would see the blue sky behind the cloud.  In fact,  I know that there is blue sky behind the clouds, even if I didn’t see it.”

I think there is a spiritual lesson there,  not that we have to spiritualize everything.  But we have clouds in our life. (troubles, inconveniences,  sickness, hardships) Some are much darker than others.  But on the other side of the cloud, there is blue sky.    Perhaps Paul understood this,  when he wrote:

‘For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!  2 Cor. 4:17′”

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What Does the Bible Say to Our Youth?

🔹Youth is a good time to develop a relationship with God. It’s in the Bible, Ecclesiastes 12:1, TLB.

“Don’t let the excitement of being young cause you to forget about your Creator: Honor Him in your youth before the evil years come—when you’ll no longer enjoy living.”

🔹God is more interested in willingness than in age. It’s in the Bible, I Samuel 2:18, TLB.

“Samuel, though only a child, was the Lord’s helper.”

🔹What does God expect of children? It’s in the Bible, Colossians 3:20, NIV.

“Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.”

🔹One of God’s commandments is for children to honor and respect their parents, It’s in the Bible, Exodus 20:12, NIV.

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”

🔹How long are children to respect their parents? It’s in the Bible, Proverbs 23:22, NIV.

“Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.”

🔹Prompt discipline is an expression of parental love. It’s in the Bible, Proverbs 13:24, TLB.

“If you refuse to discipline your son, it proves you don’t love him; for if you love him, you will be prompt to punish him.”

🔹Youth can be Christ-like examples. It’s in the Bible, I Timothy 4:12, NIV.

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”

🔹Children should learn from their parents. It’s in the Bible, Proverbs 1:8, NIV.

“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.”

🔹Living a reckless life dishonors parents. It’s in the Bible, Proverbs 28:7, TLB.

“Young men who are wise obey the law; a son who is a member of a lawless gang is a shame to his father.”

🔹It is wrong to take unfair advantage of parents. It’s in the Bible, Proverbs 28:24, TLB.

“A man who robs his parents and says, ‘What’s wrong with that?’ is no better than a murderer.”

🔹Young people should be selective in choosing their friends. It’s in the Bible, II Timothy 2:22, TLB.

“Run from anything that gives you the evil thoughts that young men often have, but stay close to anything that makes you want to do right. Have faith and love, and enjoy the companionship of those who love the Lord and have pure hearts.”

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What Does the Bible Say About Giving?

God is pleased with personal giving. It’s in the Bible, Exodus 35:22, TLB.

“Both men and women came, all who were willing-hearted. They brought to the Lord their offerings of gold, jewelry—earrings, rings from their fingers, necklaces—and gold objects of every kind.”

God is pleased when we give generously. It’s in the Bible, Ezra 2:68-69, TLB.

“Some of the leaders were able to give generously toward the rebuilding of the Temple, and each gave as much as he could. The total value of their gifts amounted to $300,000 of gold, $170,000 of silver, and 100 robes for the priests.”

God is pleased with regular sacrificial giving. It’s in the Bible, II Corinthians 8:2, TLB.

“Though they have been going through much trouble and hard times, they have mixed their wonderful joy with their deep poverty, and the result has been an overflow of giving to others.”

Generosity takes preparation and planning. It’s in the Bible, Leviticus 19:9-10, TLB.

“When you harvest your crops, don’t reap the corners of your fields, and don’t pick up stray grains of wheat from the ground. It is the same with your grape crop—don’t strip every last piece of fruit from the vines, and don’t pick up the grapes that fall to the ground. Leave them for the poor and for those traveling through, for I am Jehovah your God.”

Giving can be an act of worship. It’s in the Bible, Matthew 2:11, NIV.

“On coming to the house, they saw the child with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.”

Gifts should be given willingly. It’s in the Bible, II Corinthians 9:7, NIV.

“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Each person should give as much as he or she is able. It’s in the Bible, II Corinthians 8:12, TLB.

“If you are really eager to give, then it isn’t important how much you have to give. God wants you to give what you have, not what you haven’t.”

Much is required of those who have been given much. It’s in the Bible, Luke 12:48, NIV.

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

Giving tithes and offerings assures the blessings of God. It’s in the Bible, Malachi 3:8,10, NIV.

“Will a man rob God? Yet you rob Me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob You?’ In tithes and offerings…Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”

Generosity comes back to the giver. It’s in the Bible, Luke 6:38, TLB.

“For if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give—large or small—will be used to measure what is given back to you.”

God is the ultimate example of giving. It’s in the Bible, John 3:16, TLB.

“For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son so that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

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