Someone called me last night to find out where in the Bible did a mountain move.
I couldn’t think of the answer because I’m not sure that a mountain physically moved, but I did tell her about having a faith strong enough to move mountains.
If you have faith the size of a mustard seed you will say to this mountain move from here to there and it will move and nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20
Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. Mark 11:23
If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:2
There are many people who find it difficult to believe that God really does exist, and that he is waiting for us to acknowledge that fact.
There is a simple solution to this dilemma…just decide to believe. Happy Sunday.
Frederick Buechner, American writer, novelist, poet, autobiographer, essayist, preacher, and theologian is one of many authors who makes us sit up and take notice of what goes on around us as well as what goes on inside of us. Here is a recent quote from Facebook.
UNBELIEF IS AS MUCH OF A CHOICE as belief is. What makes it in many ways more appealing is that, whereas to believe in something requires some measure of understanding and effort, not to believe doesn’t require much of anything at all.
In my opinion, in order to believe we must choose to do so. I’m so happy I made that choice.
Jesus told him, “Is it because you’ve seen me that you have believed? How blessed are those who have never seen me and yet have believed!” International Standard Version
There are those who have a difficult time believing in God. There are those who simply do not believe in God. There are some who want to believe but are hesitant for reasons of their own.
We have all heard that if you want something you simply ask. Even scripture tells us: “You do not have because you do not ask God” (James 4:2)
Mark tells us that a father whose son had suffered from demon possession went to Jesus for help, saying, “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” Jesus answered, “If you can? Everything is possible for him who believes.” The anxious father then told Jesus, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
How many of us need to make that plea: “Help me to overcome.”
It is evening time on August 13th and I am looking at a beautiful rainbow as I write this. It reminds me of a time when I gave a book of children’s Bible stories to a little girl many years ago.
The child saw the story of Noah’s Ark and the accompanying picture of people, including children, drowning in the great flood of Genesis 7. This story had a devastating effect on the little girl and I’m sure turned her mind totally away from anything to do with God.
Unfortunately, the story was never satisfactorily explained to her nor the meaning of the rainbow that followed in Genesis 9:13, I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
This was God’s promise to Noah, and all of us, that He would never again do such a destructive thing to His people.
I’ve never been sure whether the flood story is allegory or not, but one thing I am sure of is that it’s effect on one little girl has haunted me since the day I was made aware of her great fear and apprehension.
Just as the rainbow of thousands of years ago was meant to be an apology from God to His people, this evening’s rainbow reminds me that because of a cruelly depicted story, a young child may have grown up to be an unbeliever…and for this I am truly sorry.
I pray that there has been enough evidence over the years of a God who loves her unconditionally and will continue to do so for the rest of her life.
This is my rainbow apology to that little girl.
It’s Sunday…It’s Christmas Eve…It’s time to believe in the best of both worlds. Happy Sunday. Happy Christmas Eve.
I have a problem with a few things in life, namely:
Holding grudges for years
Wielding a higher education over those of lesser learning
Not seeing both sides of a situation
Not heeding our own conscience or well intended advice
Those who believe being right is their right even when they are wrong
Those who wield their power to the detriment of others
Those who believe their lives matter more than someone else’s
Not using forgiveness as a way to ease a variety of social illnesses
Abandonment…human or otherwise
Seeing the speck in another’s eye without observing the log in our own
I could go on and on but I have a problem with me having a problem with all of this.
After watching the movie, Field of Dreams, with Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones the other night, I was reminded of a quote, You will see it when you believe it. I think that might be the title of a book written by Dr. Wayne Dyer.
Too often we use the opposite of that quote which is I’ll believe it when I see it.
This was the third time for me watching this movie simply because of the good vibes it produces from beginning to end, from the whispering voice Kevin hears and follows, to the wonderful baseball heroes of the past, to the selflessness of Burt Lancaster’s character, Dr. Archibald “Moonlight” Graham at the end of the movie.
Has it happened for you…something you believed in becoming a reality?
It happened for me with my book, “My Precious Life”. I had often talked about writing a book but lacked the confidence to follow through, until I heard that quote, You will see it when you believe it. And then I began believing I would write a book. A year later I held the book in my hand.
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:22
Believing in the power of prayer is powerful in itself. As mentioned in a previous blog, I belong to a chain gang…The Prayer Chain. Some of you responded that you also have this privilege. So I’m once again asking for prayer for others.
Last week I blogged about a wonderful gentleman in our congregation who celebrated his 100th birthday. He now has pneumonia. Please pray for Alf.
The sister of another of our congregation members has recently been diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. Please pray for Linda.
One of our members has just lost a sister, and another a brother. Please pray for Sandi and Mary.
These are but a few of the people that I know who need prayer, but there are others. Here is what I feel is a very appropriate prayer which came to me via the internet:
Thank you for your prayers.
Have you read that verse in Jeremiah? Have you believed the promise of it? To me it is one of the most exciting verses in the Bible.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
In my case I had called upon Him and prayed to Him before I knew anything about this verse. Although His plans were in place for me before I was born, they only became apparent to me in hindsight. But now that I know there are plans for my life it is exciting to live in the expectation of them.
It is a sure thing that my book, My Precious Life, was one of those plans. Another verse, Jeremiah 30:2 “Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you” was the message that prompted the book.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord…what a promise!