Teach Me Your Will: Devotional Thoughts from Psalm 143

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Today’s devotional is about learning to do the will of God. Learning to do anything new is often hard. I remember learning to ride my bike for the first time. It was hard, and so was the ground. But, the reward was great! I’m not having a great day today, so I guess, God must have a new bike ready for me to learn how to ride.

Read Psalm 143. Picture yourself in David’s place. And then, turn your eyes again to our focus verse. God has something to teach us.

Focus Verse:  Psalm 143:10

“Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God.  May Your gracious Spirit lead me on level ground.”

Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  Failure is part of life.  We don’t like hearing this.  We only want to hear that it’s going to be okay.  Well, that is just not true.

My favorite Christian artist is Rich Mullins.  He died in a tragic car accident in the fall of 1997.  His songs still speak deeply to me today.  One song entitled, Bound to Come Some Trouble, has especially meant a lot to me during hard times.  Allow me to share a few lines from the song: Continue reading

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A New Beginning in Indonesia: A Special Multimedia Report

God has used Samaritan’s Purse to rebuild communities and lives in areas devastated by the tsunami.  Read the story below of Panga, a community completely destroyed, and one which Samaritan’s Purse has completely rebuilt. 

Follow this link to view a 10 minute video, slide show, and photo gallery of the rebuilding in Indonesia.

To support the ministry of Samaritan’s Purse to hurting people around the world, please visit their Donation page.

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For more than two years, Samaritan’s Purse has worked to rebuild the remote Indonesian community of Panga that was devastated by the tsunami in December 2004.

At a recent ceremony to commemorate the completion of our work in Panga, the leader of our team country in Indonesia, shared the story of the Good Samaritan.

“We came to help you in your time of need,” he said. “You have suffered much, but together we are rebuilding. We did all these things because, like the Good Samaritan, it was the right thing to do. Even though we are different people, even though we have different beliefs and customs, we wanted to help you.”

A government official attending the ceremony was touched by the story.

“This is the first time I have heard the story of the Good Samaritan,” said Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Director of the BRR, the agency in charge of post-tsunami reconstruction in Indonesia. “The message of the story is that in this world there are people who are suffering-suffering from natural disasters, suffering from other things beyond their control. Fortunately, there are also people who are ready to help them and give them hope.” Continue reading

Practicing the Love of God, Romans 12:9-21

love-one-another2.jpgGod’s love is so amazing.  And yet, we are so poor when it comes to showing others this amazing love.  Look with me today at Romans 12:9-21.  Paul in response to God’s love shares with us ways to practically live out the love of God before others.

Practical Love

Romans 12:9-21 

Focus Verse:  Romans 12:16

Be in agreement with one another.  Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble.

David was an awkward kid in our youth group.  He was overweight, had long fingernails, and greasy thin hair.  He wore thick glasses and had a peculiar laugh.  I always felt sorry for him.  Most of the kids were nice to him, but they really didn’t want to hangout with him. Continue reading

What God’s Love Does for Us: Devotional Thoughts from 1 John 4:7-12

The Love of GodFocus Verse:  1 John 4:9 & 10

By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

A few years back I was in a locker room of a golf club with several other men.  A cell phone on a bench nearby rang.  One of the guys, Jim, quickly picked it up and engaged the hands free mode.  We all stopped talking so we could listen. Continue reading

Nuclear Power Poll

towers.jpgI am currently conducting a simple poll to discover public opinion concerning power produced by nuclear power plants.  The poll is located on my other site on Blogger.  WordPress does not currently support javascripts which is required to have a poll.

Please follow this link and take a one question poll; then return to Things Not Seen, and read the article How Nuclear Power Plants Work.

Thanks for your help with this project!

Have a blessed day!

Taylor

How Nuclear Power Plants Work

After reading this article, select this link to give your opinion about Nuclear Power.

Mighty power from tiny atoms
A nuclear power plant is not all that different from coal, oil, or gas fired plants. The main difference is that at a nuclear power plant, the heat used to make steam is produced by fission.

a_fission.gifFission is the splitting of atoms into smaller parts. Some atoms, themselves tiny, split when they are struck by even smaller particles, called neutrons. Each time this happens more neutrons come out of the split atom and strike other atoms. This process of energy release is called a chain reaction. The plant controls the chain reaction to keep it from releasing too much energy too fast. In this way, the chain reaction can go on for a long time.

Few natural elements have atoms that will split in a chain reaction. Iron, copper, silver and many other common metals will not split, or fission. There are isotopes of iron, copper, etc. that are radioactive. This means that they have an unstable nucleus and they emit radioactivity. However, just being radioactive does not mean that they will fission, or split. But uranium will. So uranium is suitable to fuel a nuclear power plant. Continue reading

The Love of God: Devotional Thoughts from 1 John 4:7-12

love-1.jpgI will be sharing a three part devotion discussing the Love of God as seen in 1 John 4:7-12 over the next three days.  In part one, I will discuss How To Love One Another, in part two, What God’s Love Does for Us, and in the third installment I will share Why We Must Love One Another.

The order of these devotions might seem out of order.  Logically, it would seem appropriate to share How To Love One Another after I have already discussed What God’s Love Does for Us and Why We Must Love One Another.  So, why would I place the How To… first?

Because this is the question most of us will ask ourselves immediately after someone has told us to do something, How?  How do I do that?  Yes, we will also want to know the why, and maybe even the “what do I get from this?”  But, I believe most of us will first ask how.

I pray God’s Word will encourage you and that you will grow closer to Christ through it!

Taylor

How To Love One Another

1 John 4:7-12

Focus Verses:  1 John 4:9 & 12

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him…No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

Love is a funny thing.  We love ice cream, cars, football teams, and music groups.  All of us love using the word love.  But what does it really mean to love?  Does saying you love someone truly mean that you do? Continue reading