Standing on the promises of God

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We sing a hymn about standing on the promises of God. I don’t know what inspired the writer of the hymn but for me what Caleb said in Joshua 14:9-11 is the epitome of standing on the promises of God.

“So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the LORD my God.’ And now, behold, the LORD has kept me alive,” as He said, “these forty-five years, ever since the LORD spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in.”

God made a promise to Caleb. Caleb had to wait 40 years while the disobedient died out in the wilderness. Then he had to wait 5 years as they moved in to conquer the land. And after claiming his inheritance he still had to conquer it.

What an illustration for us. To often we are ready to give up when God doesn’t answer I prayers before the sunsets. Caleb waited 45 years. We expect God step in some miraculous way to answer our prayers so we don’t have put in any effort. Caleb claimed his inheritance knowing he was only going to get it by charging in with sword drawn.

The difference is that Caleb knew the promise of God and we just assume that what we want is promised by God. The only way to know the promises of God is to study them. You have to read the Bible.

Photos In the Last 30 Days

Just some photos I wanted to share with the world.

Hurricane Michael

Tomorrow will be 4 weeks since Hurricane Michael hit my home. My church has major damage. My flock, their homes range from minor damage to completely destroyed. It is a blessing that none were injured by the storm. Now we start with the rebuilding process. You think the storm is scary but it quickly passes. The process of navigating the rebuild, hiring contractors and working with the insurance in monstrosity of a task. One of my prayers for the last three years is when to start the remodel of the church. God says now. 😊

Cherished Painting

Painting by Faye Dasher

This is one of two sail boat pictures my mom painted when I was a little boy. I cherish both of them.

I have always been fascinated by boats. Recently I have been thinking of building my own sailboat. I don’t know if I every will. The one I would like to build cost more than I have. Even if I had the money I have no place to build it. So perhaps it is one of those dreams that will have to wait until I am on the new Earth. 😇  I am patient. I can wait a 1000 years if necessary. It would be a lot of fun to sail along the shore with Jesus.

Twitter Not So Bad, IF

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People that have known me for years know about my on again and off again relationship with Twitter. Well I have finally found, I think, a balance with the use of it. It seems to be working rather well this way. All I do is follow some local, national and international news sites, some of which are visible in the picture. I follow 15 at the moment. I don't follow any individuals, I don't DM anyone and I don't retweet. I don't really tweet anything besides my blog post. It turns out this makes for a rather useful and pleasant Twitter experience. Every morning I scroll through my Twitter feed and see what happened in the last 24 hours. Sometimes I'll check it at night.

So if you find that your Twitter use is raising your blood pressure then maybe you should just unfollow everyone and add back just a few news feeds. Because who really needs 500 hundred retweets in their Twitter stream of the same news article.

Gunslinger

The cave was dark and dusty. McGumory held a handkerchief to his face with his left hand to keep the large particles of dust out of his lungs. He grunted with pain as his right hand held his left side with the feather end of an arrow sticking up between his fingers. He limped as his right leg still had a bullet in it from yesterday.

“That was dumb.” He mumbled to himself.

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