Monday, July 17, 2017

IN OUR DAILY DOINGS: MATTERS THAT MATTER


By Shirley Wiggins
Most things in life “matter,” some more than others.

A few things, perhaps, matter not at all.
The key is knowing which things are which: 

Major Matters,      Minor Matters,   Life-or-Death Matters.
Some things mattered yesterday, but not today, unless you are reliving that thing today.

Regret is an example of reliving experiences that you still wish today you’d made a better choice of  yesterday.
Choices.  Life is made up of a matter of choices.

Consequences are those things that happen as a result of specific choices. 
How do we learn to live intentionally by considering the end from the beginning; rather than just mindlessly living from our beginning – without thought or plan or goal, until we reach the end?

Is it possible to live “in retrospect” :  to live today “in considering the past, or a past event”, with a forward looking eye toward eliminating as many of the regrets of tomorrow as we can by the choices we make today?
Reflective living… are there any benefits to be gained from our consideration of the future by reflecting upon the past?

Surveying the past can result in making better choices in the present which just might ensure some of our tomorrows might not be lived out in the shadows of regret.
Most of us have the luxury of review  but preview  is another matter altogether.

Planning surely matters.  A plan provides a path forward, and an opportunity to chart a course for a desired destiny.
Destiny matters.  A pre-determined action plan has a far better possibility of bringing us to an unregrettable end.

How few of us consider our destiny when we are in our earliest starting-out place in our invigorating youth, and how few of us had mentors or parents who pressed the matter with us until we could grasp it!
All endings had a beginning, and all beginnings advance toward their conclusion.  Final endings matter, more, perhaps, than their beginnings.

Alpha – and Omega.
In reality, all life things probably matter much more than we have stopped to think about.

 Therefore, it seems absolutely imperative that the sooner people learn how to consider life in the context of its future and think about the matters which matter, the better.
Life matters – therefore, death matters and surely should be considered at the first stages of apprehensive awareness, in other words as soon as we learn to think.

Life is a beautiful gift.  Some lives may reach their end before they were fully lived.  What a tragic waste!  Like having a million dollars at your disposal and yet living in poverty!
Life lived with purpose matters so much.  Purpose-filled lives are satisfying and profitable.  All lives have purpose, but not all people pursue the point of life seriously.

Just for starters, some of us fervently believe that life is a never-ending thing – in its spiritual state.  Physical life comes with a date of birth and a date of death, and then spiritual life begins.
If spiritual life has no ending, it just goes on and on and on – forever – in one of only two destinations:  Heaven – or hell.

The grave is not the final destination of humans. No matter what you believe, would you pause to consider the full implications to your life, if the grave is only a temporary state, as many have now come to realize?
 If that is true, then destiny matters and truth matters most of all!

Who can know the Truth?  Those who will search for it as though it is all that truly matters may know for sure what is the truth.
Be encouraged to discover THE TRUTH THAT MATTERS MOST OF ALL!

Pursue, along with many millions of people, the Knowledge of the Living God of the Holy Bible. 
In the end, He is all that truly matters for all of life hinges on the Truth of Who He is, and how He may be approached in One Way only – through His Son, Jesus Christ.

 “Jesus answered,  I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.’”  John 14: 6  (NIV.)

Monday, July 10, 2017

'J'

by Hallie Gipson

As I was preparing for the latest installment of “The Names and Attributes of God”, one ‘J’ word that helps define the character of God came to mind --- ‘Judge’.

This word is not one I am prone to dwell on when using God’s names and attributes in praise of Him. I prefer the ones that sound loftier to my ears --- Excellent, Great, Alpha, Creator, Prince of Peace, etc. But what about God as ‘Judge’? Well, there’s nothing like a dose of experiential reality to bring a word into sharp focus and give that word depth of meaning! And in my case, that’s just what happened.

I had occasion to accompany someone to court as a ‘substitute’ family member. My role was to be one of support -- both emotional and physical. Having no previous experience in a court room, not even jury duty, I had never given much thought to what court would be like in reality. Several things immediately came to my attention as we sat and waited for her case to be called: the starkness and discomfort of the furnishings; the sternness of the environment; the harshness of the bailiff as he gave the rules of court behavior; the faces and demeanor of not only those facing charges, but also of those accompanying the offenders; the hushed atmosphere; the attorneys as they conferred with clients or other attorneys; the judge; and the bench.

My stomach was in knots and I wasn’t even guilty of a punishable offense or crime! No one in that court room could point a finger at me and accuse me of breaking any law, and yet the angst was there. Isn’t it amazing what feelings an environment can evoke?

As I sat there trying to process my surroundings, I was overcome with gratitude that on Judgment Day, I will not have to fear the outcome. Yes, I will have to stand before the judgment seat of God and give an account of myself, but I will not be condemned to eternal punishment and separation from God.
  • Matthew 12:36 –-- “But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.”
  • Romans 14:12 --- “So then every one of us will give an account of himself to God.” 
  • Corinthians 5:10 --- “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”
  •  Hebrews 4:13 --- “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.”
Why won’t I be condemned to eternal punishment and separation from God? Because Christ paid my sin-debt when He died on the cross for the sin of the world, rose again, and now lives to intercede for me before the Father. Hebrews 7:25 --- “Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”

The person I accompanied received a ‘continuance/delay’ of her case that day because all decision-making parties involved were not present. But there will be no continuance or delay when the unsaved of this world stand before God on Judgment Day! By then, every knee will have bowed and every tongue will have confessed that Jesus is The Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of the world. Eternal punishment will be meted out and no second chances allowed. Everyone who has not already professed Christ as their Savior will be condemned and sentenced to an eternity in hell – forever separated from God! And who will be the Judge? God!
  • Psalm 50:6 -- And the heavens declare His righteousness, For God Himself is judge.  
  • Psalm 96:12b-13 -- Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord, for He is coming, For He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His faithfulness.    

God will judge through Christ.
  • Acts 17:30b-31 -- God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.   
  • 2 Timothy 4:8 -- In the future there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.   
  • James 4:12 -- There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and destroy . . .
So my question for you is --- Do you know my Savior? Do you have a personal relationship with the Son of God, Jesus Christ? Has there ever been a time in your life that you can say for certain that you received Christ as Lord of your life? Do you believe in His finished work on the cross for your sin and His resurrection which assures us of eternal life? Do you know without a doubt that you would spend eternity with Christ if you died tonight?

John 3:16 tell us that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

When we confess our sin and turn away from our sin in repentance, we have the peace of God because we have peace with God. The only way we can have peace with God is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. It is Christ’s sacrifice on the cross that cleanses us and opens the door for us to fellowship with God the Father and to claim His promise of eternal life.

If you cannot answer ‘yes’ to those questions, then I urge you to decide for Christ! Don’t wait! God will accept you just as you are --- He doesn’t expect us to clean up or live a perfect life before we come to Him. He does the cleaning up in our lives through the blood of Jesus Christ!

So come just as you are, dear reader! Jesus Christ is waiting with open arms!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Jesus Came to My Mother's Funeral


By Shirley Wiggins

“I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless];                I will come [back] to you.”  John 14:18 Amplified Bible.

God’s Word – The Holy Bible – holds many promises, many of them sound almost too good to be true.  But,  that is the Gospel --- the Good News of Jesus Christ; this is truth.
He came to earth to bring God visibly into focus for all who choose to believe Him.  God is wonderfully patient and will work an entire lifetime to allow people to come to the knowledge of Who He is in the reality of life on earth.

In the early pre-dawn hours this morning, I went on a mind-trip with my Lord.
He took me back in memory to many of the times and places where He ‘showed’ me, in many ways, His intervening work and presence in my life.

In the Summer of 1962 – about this time of year, late June, early July – in the middle of yet another most disappointing experience, He brought my  husband-to-be to my door, and so began my future’s unfolding.
I would not graduate from high school as I had dreamed of doing, but I would become the almost-child-bride of the love of my life.  Our first date was on July 15, 1962.

Our wedding date would be June 28, 1963.
That particular Saturday 55 years ago, I had locked myself in the little room behind my parents’ carport and cried and cried and cried, having been told that I would not be enrolling at the local high school that fall as I had dreamed of doing and had planned and worked to make it happen.

MHS administrators had ordered my school records from Fulton County High School in Atlanta, Georgia where I had willingly dropped out of my 10th grade year to keep my youngest brother while my mother and daddy worked at their jobs.
After we had moved back to our hometown in the late Spring of 1962, my mother had made arrangements for an aunt to keep my baby brother so I could go back to high school.  My daddy said no, financially impossible.

And I cried, and cried and cried.
Years passed and many more tears I would cry privately into my pillow at night.  “You keep track of all my sorrows.  You have collected all my tears in Your bottle.  You have recorded each one in Your book.”  Psalm 56:8 (NLT).

Always, and usually without my conscious awareness,  my Lord intervened for me.  Much happiness, sprinkled intermittently with more tears, came into my life.
My young husband was drafted and shipped out to Viet Nam.  My daddy continued to struggle with substance abuse and deteriorated into an alcoholic.

I responded by   cycling back and forth between anger, fear for my husband’s safety, crushing, heartbreaking loneliness, and more anger toward my daddy, who died in early January 1968.
My husband was sent home from the war some weeks (months?) later.  We would have three wonderful children over the next 10 years.

My mother died rather suddenly,  and completely unexpectedly,  in 1981, while we were living in South Carolina and she in Alabama.
On June 25, 1981,  as we were driving to my childhood church for her funeral soon after she had turned age 54, the Angel of the Lord opened before my eyes this Scripture I later found to be in John 14:1-3 (NKJV):

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me (Jesus).
In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.

I go to prepare a place for you. 
And if I go and prepare a place for you,

I will come again and receive you to Myself;  that where I am, there you may be also.”
In that moment I thought His sole message to me was that He had prepared my mother’s place and had returned for her.

During her funeral as I sat on the front right pew facing the altar where her opened casket stood, I cried and cried and cried.

Then the sense of His presence came to me, picked me up, sat me on His lap as a child would be, and He held me encircled in His warm embrace.
I have no words to describe adequately, or even perhaps accurately, the peace, comfort and pure joy that filled me up – completely.

When the sense of His presence was gone, my smile of perfect contentedness remained on my face, absent any tears.
The tears and the fearful emotions of my feelings would return again and again,  for the next 10 years;  gradually subsiding, becoming less and less frequent and fervent.  My heartache healed and my mourning for my mother ended.

What did not leave me was my growing awareness of His having proven to me the reality of His Being and the truth of His Words, especially this one: 
“I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless]; I will come [back] to you.”  John 14:18 Amp. Bible.

I began to recognize  in the John 14:1-3 Scripture, that Jesus had issued to me my invitation to know Him personally, and that just as I had known since I was a little girl that God was real, I could know Jesus personally.
Ongoing manifestations of His unseen presence, and His power and comfort and care for me continue to bless me,  always at the times that I most need Him.  (John 14:21.)

And so I continue to learn to embrace the reality of the truth of His presence and provision and protection as the years pass.
I treasure His Word, I praise His wonderful Name, and I learn daily to trust His truth as I learn more and more about the process of walking through this life by faith, and not by sight.  His comforts calm me:  body, soul and spirit.                 Psalm 131:2.

I find that I lean more and more heavily dependent upon Him as my  birthdays bring me closer and closer to that day when my physical sight will  become my spiritual reality as He prepares me to look fully into His precious Face.
Oh, the peace that passes understanding and the love that surpasses knowledge!

 “If you really love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands.  And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever – The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him.  But you know and recognize Him,  for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you.
I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless];   I will come [back] to you.”      John 14:15-18,  Amplified Bible.

Even so, come Lord Jesus!

 

 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Dry and Weary Land

by Hallie Gipson

“O God, You are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”  Psalm 63:1

Psalm 63 is one of my favorite Psalms! It has ministered to me when I’ve been in a spiritual desert and there is a lack of refreshing.

Perhaps you’ve been there, too –- stuck in the sands of apathy and unable to navigate the days without a great deal of effort. To keep up with the daily chores is a must, and yet there is no drive to do so. It reminds me of a line from a Dr. Seuss book that says, “. . . and all we could do was to sit, sit, sit, sit.”

At times the ‘desert’ has been of my own making, and at other times unpleasant circumstances and situations have been thrust on me by others.  My physical body becomes weary from emotional stress. I know I need to pray and praise and intercede for those in need, but I open God’s Word and jump from passage to passage with no sharp focus.  My feeble prayers don’t seem to make it past the ceiling. I keep saying to myself, “if I just write that over-due letter, or get a good night’s sleep, or focus on ministry tasks, then I will be able to drag myself out of the desert and regain my focus”. (Hmmm, I see a pattern in that conversation with ‘self’ that is centered on what I can do!)  

Before I know it, I am at the end of ‘self’ and crying out to God for His life-giving water! The only answer is to “sit, sit, sit, sit” at the Lord’s feet! That is ALWAYS the answer at any time and in any season of life! 

Psalm 36:9 says, “For with You is the fountain of life . . .”   I don’t have to be ‘thirsty’ because the Lord’s water is life-giving!  

“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.”  Revelation 22:17


Holy Father, my praise is that of the Psalmist – “Because your love is better than life, my lips will praise You. I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with richest of foods and with singing lips my mouth will praise You.”  (Psalm 63:3-5)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Be Anxious For Nothing

by Hallie Gipson

Have you ever been in a fretful state --- that place we know from experience that leads us no-where fast except sleepless nights and minds that can think of nothing else but that upsetting thing?

Unfortunately, I’ve recently visited that ‘state’ and hope my ‘cure’ will be helpful to anyone else stuck there and who is eager to leave it behind in your rear view mirror!

As I settled down for my morning quiet time recently, the first scripture that came to mind was Philippians 4:6-7 --- "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

In His gracious and loving way, God reminded me that the particular situation I am so fretful about is not mine to resolve. I cannot bear another person’s consequences for choices made, nor grieve about them to the point of being ineffective in what God has called me to do. Grieving for what I cannot change makes me ineffective in the ministry God has for me. It also wastes the precious time God has given me each day. I must lay those things aside and leave them in God’s Almighty hands. I know these things, but the 'doing' is difficult.

For me, it is a daily dying to self that makes the ‘doing’ possible. Jesus Himself said, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me."   Luke 9:23

To deny myself is to lay aside anything other than God's best for me. I will know what to lay aside and what God’s best is because He will speak into my heart through the Holy Spirit as I meditate on His word and seek Him in prayer.

But what am I to do about those things that put me in that fretful ‘state’? I am to take those people and situations before the throne of God’s grace and mercy and plead for His will to be done, in His time, and in His way. And even if we don’t know what to ask, God’s Word reassures us that “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”  Romans 8:26-27



Thank You, Holy Father, that we are never left without the Helper, the Holy Spirit. Thank You that You carry our burdens for us and intercede for us when we have no words!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

The "I's" of God

by Hallie Gipson

I – a simple letter and yet a profound word as well! It’s a letter we use when talking about ourselves, e.g. “I went to the grocery”, “I don’t feel well today”, “I am hurting emotionally” . . . Those are all uses of the word that tell others something specifically about us. And when we use the word “I”, there is no doubt that we are referring to ourselves, which some of us (myself included) tend to do all too often!

But what about the “I’s” of God? When I think about the “I’s” of God, it’s almost impossible to think about myself – my “I”.

So for the next few minutes – as long as it takes to read this article – let’s turn our thoughts to a few of God’s attributes as defined by the letter “I”.

Immanuel – Messiah

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.”  Isaiah 7:14

Immortal – not capable of dying; living forever

“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever. Amen.”  1 Timothy 1:17

“ . . . He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of Kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.”  1 Timothy 6:15-16

Invisible – incapable by nature of being seen

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”  Romans 1:20

“He (Jesus Christ) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.”  Colossians 1:15

“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever. Amen.”  1 Timothy 1:17

Immutable – unable to be changed
“Also the Glory of Israel (God) will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.”  Isaiah 15:29

“The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind.”  Psalm 110:4

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”  James 1:17

Incorruptible – incapable of corruption; not subject to decay or dissolution; incapable of being bribed or morally corrupt

“Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.”  Romans 1:22-23

Intercessor – one who prays, petitions, or entreats in favor of another

“In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”  Romans 8:26-27

“Therefore He (Jesus Christ) is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”  Hebrews 7:25

When we think about the “I’s” of God, we can’t help but think about all that God has done on behalf of our personal “I”. For me, Titus 3:4-7 sums it up!

“But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”


All we can add to these verses, Father, is “Amen and Amen”!! 

Monday, January 23, 2017

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE?


By Shirley Wiggins

“What is your life?...” James 4:14

When your life isn’t looking anything like you wanted to end up with, what do you do?  Please don’t say, ‘Start over.’
I’ve done that – repeatedly; only to find that for all the self-help do-overs,  life never reached my expectations and I became an older version of the same old me. 

Until suddenly, I am decades older.
Life may slowly lose its appetite and all the things we used to love about it have a way of losing their flavor and appeal.

Life can become more about doing daily chores, marking months off the calendar instead of days.  The clock reveals that it is not your friend either, relentlessly subtracting time from you like a thief in the night.
Taking a ride to the hospital’s emergency room in an ambulance, while nitro pills dissolve under your tongue, forces you to face the very real possibility of the ultimate fate of human beings:  Death.

Suddenly the unlikely unthinkable begins to look like the almost certain reality of high possibility:  Death.
Dying

Ends

All

The

Hope
Death is either the end, or it opens the door to eternity.  Does death stop at the grave – the final destination?  Or, is it only a waypoint somewhere between dying and living again?

We who are breathing know that the period between birth and death is called simply “Life.”   We can live without thinking much about it – Breathe in, breathe out…live life:  time passes without effort. 
The calendar eliminates years, the clock subtracts hours as it ticks the moments away, day unto night and night unto day.

But, dying?  That’s another matter entirely.  Who thinks about it?  And, why think about it since none of us know the certain date of our death.
We may know the date of our birth,  and the longer we live, the better we know that only a short “dash” separates the two dates from birth to death.

As the ambulance lights flash and sirens wail, EMT’s calmly perform their duties:  one drives, the other assists the patient.
On my second ambulance ride, I hear this:  ‘Transporting a seventy-year-old woman; heart problems.”

Seventy years old!  Heart attack?!
I must admit that hearing this thing spoken out loud raised up quite a bit of angst in me, and I prayed fervently for peace.   While I knew I was experiencing a heart emergency, I found it amazing too that I was actually 70 years old.   Not that I don’t  know and realize my true age, I just do not feel that  I have lived long enough to be that age! 

Do we humans realize the brevity of life?
Seventy years or seventeen years, all pass too quickly for words as most of us will  realize when we stand at the conscious realization that death waits for all who now breathe.  Every living person has a divine appointment with the day of our own death.

Other truths have become conscious realizations for me in the month since the second stent was implanted in my heart.
There is so much more that I want to learn about life – and about death.  Both are realities:  the reality of life and the certainty of death.  Life is about living the life that God has planned and willed and provided for each one who will receive it as He has granted it “by His divine power.”  (See 2 Peter 1:3-4.)

One thing is becoming clearer to me:  being prepared to die is not the same as being ready to die.
May I encourage you to think about some seriously significant things as they pertain to life ----- whoever you are and wherever you are,  death steadily approaches coming closer to each one of us day by day.  Consider that just as life comes inherent with responsibilities, so does death by its very finality in this significant way:  you have made your last choice when you draw in your final breath of life on this earth.

No matter what awaits us upon our death, it is our choices made in life that determines our destination in death.
Until we become adults, our choices are made for us by parents and/or guardians.  Then we become both responsible and liable for the individual choices we make.

Choices matter.  What you believe matters because it influences the choices you make.  What you choose every day matters. 
So, I ask again, what is your life?  What do you want your life to be?  What do you wish you could do, or wish you had done?

Assess what you know (believe) about life and about death.    Remember that what you think you know must be based in truth, and not in wishful, hopeful thinking.
Lies deceive and will one day be eradicated.  Truth informs and saves and will never change or pass away. 

Seek to know truth.
Truth matters.  Truth lives eternally.  It is what we do with Truth that determines our destiny.

For me personally, I know the God of the Bible is the God of life, and of death.
The human spirit will return to God when life is extinguished in the body on this earth.  The soul of the human who chose to believe in God through Jesus Christ will return to God and abide in the place prepared in heaven for all eternity.

The soul of the human who rejected God while living in the body on this earth will enter eternity in the place prepared for Satan and his demons.
The  name of each person is entered into God’s Book of Life when we choose to receive Jesus Christ as God’s plan for our own salvation.  Those whose names are not written there when they die have no other chance to choose.

Death is the doorway into eternal life either in heaven or in hell.  No human was meant to go into hell, but human choices determine human destiny.  (See Revelation 20:11-15.)

“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring.  What is your life?  For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.  Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that. ‘ As it is you boast in your ignorance.  All such boasting is evil.  So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him (her) it is sin.”  James 4:13-17. (Emphasis mine.)

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”  Proverbs 27:1.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who according to Hs abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be  revealed in  the last time.”  1 Peter 1:3-5.

 

IN OUR DAILY DOINGS: MATTERS THAT MATTER

By Shirley Wiggins Most things in life “matter,” some more than others. A few things, perhaps, matter not at all. The key is know...