Frankly Speaking—“The Hobbit”


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For the word of God is alive and active.
Sharper than any double-edged sword,
it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit,
joints and marrow;
it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12

Are you a ‘visual’ person? Or are you a ‘reader’? I guess I’m a little of both. I like to read but I also like people ‘showing’ me how to do something. And if I can get ‘hands on’ experience! Voila! I’m a happy camper!

Currently, I’m re-reading “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien. Yes, ‘re-reading’! Why? You see, though I’ve seen the movies a couple of times and love them, I’ve never ‘read’ the books until one of my nieces ‘encouraged’ me to do so! Oh, friends, I’m so glad I did!!!! The movies can’t put in everything and didn’t! There’s lots of ‘really good stuff’ in the books!

So why am I going down this road today? First, let me ask you this—have you ‘read’ the Bible clear through at least one time? If not, can I encourage you to do so this New Year? Why? You see, church is really the “Visual” form of the Bible. Church can’t possibly ‘put in’ everything in just the ‘hour’ the pastor has on Sunday morning. Therefore, it is critical, yes, critical to ‘read’ the Book, God’s Word, to get the information we need to live like God wants us to!

Our pastors try hard, with the Holy Spirit’s leading, to give you really ‘good stuff’ for your soul. But my friends, it’s up to you to ‘dig’ into the Book, God’s Word, daily to get the ‘good stuff’ you need to serve Him that day. That’s something the pastor can’t do! You have to ‘feed’ yourself. You need to do this to get ‘the rest of the story’ as radio commentator, Paul Harvey, used to say.

One more thing. Keep reading the Bible. It’s the only book I know that will ‘grow’ with you. It says one thing to you when you are a child, something else when in your teen years, and still more into your adult years. For sure, the words haven’t changed, you have! Your life’s experiences continue to ‘grow’ you. Thus you need God’s Word, regularly, to help temper those experiences so you can discern what truth is. So keep reading my friends! Keep reading.

And if you have a mind to, dive into “The Hobbit” as well!

Motivational Monday: Finding Hope


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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13

I have chosen Monday as a day to write about things that will motivate you as you start yet another week, but to be honest I sometimes find it hard to be motivated myself. Monday morning comes and I am still thinking about the weekend and all the fun things that it held, and I find it hard to be motivated to begin another week.

I sometimes wonder what I can say that will motivate you. What can I say that will give you that little push you need to start your week off right?

As I was sitting here this morning having my quiet time, I kept running across a common theme in the Scriptures that God was giving me: Hope. As I sat and thought about these different scriptures I realized something: we can always use a little hope. No matter what is going on in our lives, whether we are on top of the biggest mountain or in the deepest valley, hope is something that we can always hold onto.

This morning I thought we could take some time and share about things that bring us hope. Maybe you have a favorite Scripture about hope. Maybe you have a favorite quote about having hope or passing hope along. For what do you hope? Where do you find hope? What do you hope for the future?

I thought since I find it hard myself to be motivated come Monday morning, that I would join you in this search for a little motivation, something to start my week out right.

Here are a few of my favorite Scriptures on hope. I pray that as you read them, you will find not only motivation to start your Monday, but hope to encourage your heart.

Romans 12:12Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

Jeremiah 29:11-“ For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Isaiah 40:31 “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Romans 5:2-5- Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

Do you have a favorite Scripture about hope? Do you have a quote that brings you hope? I would love to hear them. What better way to start a Monday than by sharing a little hope with fellow believers? God bless you today.

Be Prepared


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“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalm 119:11

Do we take the word of God for granted? Have we become so accustomed to having it around that we have forgotten how precious it is? What if a time came when we did not have access to God’s Word any more? What if the only Scripture we had were the ones we had learned in our lifetime? What if the only Scriptures we had were the ones which we had hidden in our hearts?

Every day at school we have a certain routine that we follow. Being a Christian school, we center the things we do around God and His Word. We begin each day with our pledges. We recite the pledge not only to the American flag, but also to the Christian flag and to the Bible. In our pledge to the Bible we recite,”… I will hide its word in my heart that I might not sin against God.”

I realized one day that I was reciting this pledge while never really thinking about what I was saying. As God brought this to my attention, I committed in my heart to really mean those words when I made my pledge every morning.

Do we, as Christians, really understand the importance of Scripture? Do we really do as the Bible tells us to do and hide it in our hearts?

What if the day were to come when our Bibles were taken away? It may seem like a far-fetched idea, but if we stop and look at the world in which we live, is it really? We have already taken God out of our schools. We have taken Him out of our government. We are even trying to take the phrase, “In God we trust”, off of our currency. When we look at things from that perspective is it really hard to believe that we could one day lose access to God’s Word? I do not think it is.

I do not know about you, but I want to make sure that I never take God’s Word for granted. I want to make sure that I do as I pledge each day at school; I want to hide God’s word in my heart that I might not sin against Him.

I want to make sure that I hide God’s word in my heart so when temptation comes my way I will know how to resist the devil. When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, He used the Word of God against every temptation that Satan handed to Him. (Matthew 4:3-11)

We are told in God’s Word that if we resist the devil he will flee from us. ( James 4:7) How do we resist the devil? We do so with the Word of God. How can we resist the devil if we do not hide God’s word in our hearts? It makes sense, does it not?

God’s Word is full of wisdom that we need every day. God’s Word is the only book in which we can find every answer we will ever need.

I want to encourage you today. Study God’s word. Hide His words in your heart, so that if the day ever comes when all you have left is the Word that is hidden in you heart, you will have what you need.

Jesus knew the importance of God’s word when he walked on this earth. If Jesus knew how important God’s Word was to Him, how much more do we need God’s Word in the world in which we live?