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A Time to be Born


A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
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God appoints the seasons and appointed the time when each of us was born. He also has appointed our time of death. He likens this to planting and plucking up. (Ecc3:2-kjv)
Every living thing seems to seek prolongment for its existence. Even when going to a new season, it seeks to maximize. God has set seasons for good cause and we work better in each season, when we adapt appropriately to the tasks and challenges within God’s plan.
It would be foolish to argue with God about our times. He has set seasons within those times for our benefit, to help us progress through life. I am not one to plant in the winter or look to harvest in the spring. Things do not work properly “out of season.” It is best to follow God’s plan.
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Wise Man or Wise Guy?


Rio Vista DrawbridgeQuoting from the General Epistle of James:
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of , who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭5-8‬ NKJV)
I know a lot of people who are long on sarcasm, but short on compassion. These “wise guys” as I call them lack understanding regarding other people. Not everyone acts decently and wisely all the time. This does not qualify them for ridicule, but rather more kind treatment. In this way, they will learn from their misdeeds.
Because wise guys do not show understanding to others, they do not learn the true source of wisdom and understanding. Those who seek wisdom from God will receive understanding and thus treat others with compassion…Golden-Rule style. God’s way is better than the practice of ridicule!
Determine which way you will live, and you will reap benefits from God accordingly.

Prayer: God, help me to be more Christ-like…a wise man, not a wise guy!

Prayer of the Day – January 20th


O gracious Giver of all things, Daryl Close up

enable me ever to remember that whatever you have given

is a sacred trust to be held and used for others.

May I have the humble consciousness that I have glorified you on the earth

and finished the work which you gave me to do.

Daily Prayers: A Classic Collection.

The Highest Law…by Billy Graham


All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: – II Timothy 3:16

The Highest Law

The men who framed our Constitution knew they were writing the basic document for a government of free men; they recognized that men could live as free and independent beings only if each one knew and understood the law. They were to know their rights, their privileges, and their limitations. They were to stand as equals before the court of law, and few judges could be unfair; for the judge, too, was bound by the same law and required to try each case accordingly. . . . As the Constitution is the highest law of the land, so the Bible is the highest law of God. For it is in the Bible that God sets forth His spiritual laws. It is in the Bible that God makes His enduring promises. It is in the Bible that God reveals the plan of redemption for the human race.

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Almighty God, each day our nation and we, the people, face so many crises. May each one of us seek wisdom through Your Word, the Bible.

Prayer of the Day – November 16th


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The good I want to do, I do not do; the evil that I do not want to do, I do. I grieve, for my temper, my pride, my self-will, the bad thoughts I permit, the unkind, things I say. But you knew all this before you awakened me. Have compassion and save me!

Daily Prayers: A Classic Collection.

Third Reading in the Joy Trilogy


1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18 MSG

Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.

JAMES 1:2-4 MSG

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

3 JOHN 1:1-4 MSG

The Pastor, to my good friend Gaius: How truly I love you! We’re the best of friends, and I pray for good fortune in everything you do, and for your good health—that your everyday affairs prosper, as well as your soul! I was most happy when some friends arrived and brought the news that you persist in following the way of Truth. Nothing could make me happier than getting reports that my children continue diligently in the way of Truth!