Reflections

Is Anything Too Hard for the Lord?

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The Lord spoke to Abraham and said that Sarah, his wife who was 90 years old, would have a son. Sarah laughed, thinking that was impossible. The Lord said, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Gen. 18:14).

Think in your own life, is there anything you are facing that you deem too hard for the Lord?

Several weeks ago, I talked with a close colleague about a personnel need we have in MentorLink. I said, “I don’t think the Lord can do that.” Immediately I realized what I had said and said to him, “I am embarrassed at what I said.” Then I said, “The Lord can do that, but it will be a miracle.”

A year later, Sarah had a son. A miracle happened and the Lord showed that nothing is impossible for Him.

I know at least one miracle I am waiting on Him for. What miracles do you look to the Lord to do in your life?

Maranatha
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The Wisdom of Proverbs

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When my two now grown kids were in Middle and High School, I took each one separately to school after we stopped by to get breakfast at a nearby restaurant. While at the restaurant, we took 10-15 minutes to read a few verses in Proverbs and discuss them. This was the best thing I did while they lived in our home – and they agree. Now I have the privilege to occasionally do the same with my three in-town grandchildren.

This week, I took the oldest grandson to breakfast then on to school. He really likes it because he gets a really big breakfast and a hot chocolate as well. We read a few verses in Proverbs 3 and 4. Here are a few of the verses we read:

“The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous. Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor. The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace.” (Prov. 3:33-35)

The questions are:

1. Do I want God’s blessing or His curse?

2. Do I want God’s scorn or His blessing?

3. Do I want to inherit honor or get disgrace?

We discussed each of these verses and the outcome of each. It is simple that the wise follow the Lord and His ways.

It is simple. You just read a few verses of Proverbs together and then talk about it. Proverbs touches on character, values, heart, finances, work, cautions, perspective, reputations, disciplines and many more vital issues relevant to all of us.

Is there someone you can do this with?

Maranatha
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Power with a Gentle and Lowly Heart

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Power can threaten or frighten us. Perhaps that is why our news is so focused on the political leaders of the world. Jesus has ALL POWER yet He is gentle and lowly of heart. He is the ultimate authority in this world.

Here’s what Jesus says, “All things have been handed over to me by my Father, …. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Jesus is the kind of leader we long for. He poses no threat of abuse of power or manipulation. He invites us with words of comfort, “Come to Me …”

Take a few minutes and read and re-read this passage. Pray to the Lord for the thoughts and feelings He brings to mind.

Maranatha

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Power and Authority

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A Roman Centurion used his power and authority each day. Everyone did what he told them to do. Take a minute to read the full passage.

“When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.” (Matt. 8:5-13)

Ponder these questions:

1. What character qualities did the Centurion have that I want to emulate?

2. What impossible situation am I in or someone I love where Jesus’ authority is the only solution?

3. What is one application of this passage the Lord wants me to take?

Maranatha

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