by TJ Bates I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. -Job 42:2 How many times have you spent hours, maybe days or months, to make a plan that will help you reach your goals? And just when you are ready to put it into place, something or someone gets in the way and the plan falls through? So you go back to the drawing board to come up with another plan—one that won't be "thwarted." "This

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. -Romans 15:13 "Do you know what it's like to overflow with hope? Have you ever experienced it?" "This hope grows steadily as we grow to trust in a loving God. There's a teeter-totter relationship between trust and hope that's easy to observe. When our trust in God is high, our despair and

by TJ Bates The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. –Psalm 33:10-11 This is good to know when we consider all the terrorism that we face in this world today. Most of us who have grown up in post World War 11 haven't gone through the terrors of years past so the seeming chaos of today sends waves

by TJ Bates Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. –2 Corinthians 4:16-18 ​Hallelujah! Encouraging words when I look in the mirror and see

To listen to a Sunday message from Mike Page, Getting the Balance Right, visit us on YouTube: From Pastor John:A Christian Life: Don't Take It for Granted! As Christians, we take a life lived in Christ for granted. We walk in and with the one true Light of the world, guaranteed rescue and comfort, for he has promised that “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Often, when taking things for granted, we lose our sense of

by TJ Bates In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? –Psalm 118:5-6 ​Have you had times in your life when you have prayed "in my anguish" and you were delivered and set free? I have, and the writer says, "We're actually in a long line of those who have gone before us and done the same thing." He goes on

I hope you spent a wonderful Christmas day celebrating the joyful event of Jesus’ birth. Because of his birth, regardless of whatever situation we are currently facing, we can take Jesus’ promise to heart, “with God all things are possible.” On Christmas Eve, I turned on the faucet and was greeted with tepid water. This began a series of unfortunate events and made for spells of tremendous surprised yells and outbursts of laughter from my family. The water progressed from tepid

by TJ Bates He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. -Psalm 91:1-4 Since I feel

by TJ Bates via Oh Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely. O Lord, you hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. -Psalm 139:1-5 ​Does this verse make you panic thinking God knows

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