January, 2003

Jesus is your hope
Sing a new song

Be at peace with God

Love the Lord with all your heart

Trust in God

Love your neighbor

(January 31, 2003 6:26 AM CST)

I went to the doctor yesterday about a dark spot on my left ear.
He did a biopsy to see if it was skin cancer.
It might be melanoma .
He will let me know next week.
So pray for me.
It is a little scary,
but I can't say I'm overly worried about it.
I tell myself,
"You are going to die someday.
It will happen someday."
I don't think this is "my time",
but you never know.
God is in control.
If you have a dark spot on your skin,
you should have it checked out by a doctor.
Pray for the doctor and all the people in his office.
God bless them for helping me and others.

"I lift up my eyes toward the mountains;
whence shall help come to me?
My help is from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth."
Psalms 121:1-2

Go to the Lord.
Look to him for help.
He is right there for you.
He is the Lord of all creation.

(January 30, 2003 6:25 AM CST)

"They came to awaken Jesus, saying,
'Master, master, we are lost!'
He awoke and rebuked the wind and the tumultuous waves.
The waves subsided and it grew calm.
Then he asked them,
'Where is your faith?'"
Luke 8:24-25

The wind and waves surround you.
You are going to sink in your boat.
You will die.
Who do you call upon?
Who can save you?
Only Jesus.
Have faith in him.
Only Jesus can calm the storm.

(January 29, 2003 6:28 AM CST)

"Now is the acceptable time!
Now is the day of salvation!"
2 Corinthians 6:2

The door opens for just a moment.
The grace of God appears in your life.
Now is the time to accept this great gift.
You may not be here tomorrow.
Today is the day to be saved.
Come to Jesus now.
Ask him to forgive your sins.
He will change your life.
You will be blessed.

(January 28, 2003 6:27 AM CST)

"Never act out of rivalry or conceit;
rather, let all parties think humbly of others
as superior to themselves,
each of you looking to others' interests,
rather than to his own."
Philippians 2:3-4

What do you think of yourself?
Are you the best?
Are you the greatest?
Check yourself.
Be like Christ and humble yourself.
"Your attitude must be that of Christ." (verse 5)

(January 27, 2003 6:27 AM CST)

"Jesus could work no miracle there,
apart from curing a few who were sick
by laying hands on them,
so much did their lack of faith distress him."
Mark 6:5-6

Our lack of faith can block God's work.
Do you have complete confidence in Jesus?
He can do all things.
He can change the heart of sinners.
He can heal the sick.
Do you believe he can do it?
Have faith in Jesus Christ.
Expect a miracle.

(January 26, 2003 6:36 AM CST)

"My prayer is that your sharing of the faith with others
may enable you to know all the good
which is ours in Christ."
Philemon 1:6

When you share the Lord with others
they get blessed and you get blessed.
It is in giving that you receive.
What better thing to share than Jesus?
He is so wonderful.
He opens new doors of understanding.
He is the Lord of all the universe.

(January 25, 2003 9:47 AM CST)

This morning we had another
global virus attack .
My pager was going off at 5:10 AM
because of this problem where I work.
Pray that we get everything working again.
And pray for the people that caused this.

"But now, as you see, I am on my way to Jerusalem,
compelled by the Spirit and not knowing
what will happen to me there ---
except that the Holy Spirit has been warning me
from city to city that chains and hardships await me."
Acts 20:22-23

There will be difficulties in life.
People will cause you harm.
Know that the Holy Spirit is with you.
You can make it through.
Ask God for strength.
Ask him for wisdom.
The Spirit is with you.

(January 24, 2003 6:28 AM CST)

The angel said to Zechariah,
"I am Gabriel,
who stand in attendance before God.
I was sent to speak to you
and bring you this good news."
Luke 1:19

There are angels all around us.
Call on them for help.
They are God's messengers.
Listen to them, if they bring you a message.
They are in the presence of Almighty God.
They give praise to him day and night.
Let us join them in praising the Lord.

(January 23, 2003 6:31 AM CST)

"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his kindness endures forever!"
Psalms 107:1

Thank the Lord today.
He has given you life.
You are made in his image.
He is your Father in heaven.
Lift up your eyes.
See how wonderful he is.
He cares about you.
He is watching over you.
Thank you, Lord.

(January 22, 2003 6:24 AM CST)

"Grace and peace
from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."
2 Corinthians 1:2

These are two "simple" things that we could use.
Grace from God for your spiritual life
and peace for our soul.
Peace of mind is a wonderful thing.
When you know Jesus you have this peace.
He forgives your sins and removes guilt,
if you ask him.
He gives you grace for the journey.
Live the "simple" life.

(January 21, 2003 6:26 AM CST)

"For if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord,
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved."
Romans 10:9

Words are important.
What you believe is very important.
Jesus, I believe in you.
I give my life to you, Lord.
I believe that you died and rose again.
Come and live in my heart.
I love you.
Change me.
Save me.
I need your help.
I believe in you.

(January 20, 2003 6:28 AM CST)

Jesus said,
"Now has judgment come upon this world,
now will this world's prince be driven out,
and I --- once I am lifted up from earth ---
will draw all men to myself."
John 12:31-32

Jesus was lifted up on a cross.
He died for us.
Judgment has come.
Evil has been driven out.
Are you with Jesus or not?
Do you love him and follow him?
Do you believe in him?
Look at the cross.
Be drawn to the cross.
See love like no other.

(January 19, 2003 8:14 AM CST)

If you like Darlene Zschech and Hillsong Music Australia,
they have a TV program called Hillsong Television .
They are on Tuesday nights at 9:30 PM Eastern Time in the USA
on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).
In Omaha it is on Qwest Choice TV Cable channel 19 and
Cox Cable channel 3 at 8:30 PM Central Time.
You can watch it online on this link above at that time,
if you don't have cable.

Jesus said,
"Every planting not put down by my heavenly Father
will be uprooted."
Matthew 15:13

God has planted the seeds.
He will help them grow.
He watches over them.
Examine your life.
Are you planting things not from God?
Do you go your own way and ignore God?
Are you with God or not?
Are you participating in God's plan?
Be planted in the Lord.

(January 18, 2003 8:00 AM CST)

"You shall not fear the terror of the night
nor the arrow that flies by day..."
Psalms 91:5

I'm praying that we don't go to war with Iraq.
I'm praying that there will be a way
to resolve this tense situation in peace.
God tells me not to fear.
He is in control.
He can do great things.
He will protect us and our families.
I will not be afraid.
I will not worry.
We pray for all the people of the USA and Iraq.
Jesus, hear our prayers for peace.

(January 17, 2003 6:26 AM CST)

"See how tiny the spark is
that sets a huge forest ablaze!
The tongue is such a flame."
James 3:5-6

Be careful what you say.
If you are upset, count to 10 first
and take time to cool off.
Don't say things you might regret.
Say only things that help the situation.
Give others the benefit of the doubt.
There are many points of view.
Think before you talk.
Don't spread gossip.
Say encouraging words.
Praise people for things they have done well.
Use your voice to praise the Lord.
Sing a joyful song.

(January 16, 2003 6:27 AM CST)

We got 3 or 4 inches of snow overnight.
I was just outside shoveling the sidewalk and driveway.
It is cold (16F) and a little windy!

Yesterday I went to Dr. Dunning for my annual physical.
The new techincal term is "poke".
They (Janet) poke you to get a blood sample.
Two people at their office were using this technical term.
God bless all the doctors there and all the staff.

"...how much more will the blood of Christ,
who through the eternal spirit
offered himself up unblemished to God,
cleanse our conscineces from dead works
to worship the living God!"
Hebrews 9:14

The blood of Christ was shed for us.
It can change us.
It has power to cleanse us.
Thank you, Jesus, for giving up your life for us.
Thank you for your great love.
We are so grateful.
You are most wonderful.
Thank you for shedding your blood.
Help us to do great works in your name.

(January 15, 2003 6:35 AM CST)

"I have fought the good fight,
I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith."
2 Timothy 4:7

Life is a struggle.
There is a race going on.
How will you finish?
Will you win?
Keep the faith.
Hang in there.
The Lord Jesus is running right beside you.

(January 14, 2003 6:26 AM CST)

"We are truly his handiwork,
created in Christ Jesus
to lead the life of good deeds
which God prepared for us in advance."
Ephesians 2:10

You are made by God.
You are very special.
You are a child of God.
He loves you very much.
He calls you to a life of good deeds.
Be of service to others.
Serve the Lord.
He created you.

(January 13, 2003 6:22 AM CST)

"...I am nonetheless entrusted with a charge."
1 Corinthians 9:17

God expects many things from you.
You know all about him.
You know his goodness and mercy.
You know what true joy is.
Share this knowledge with others.
Pass this information along.
Jesus believes in you.
Don't disappoint him.
The world needs to hear this good news.

(January 12, 2003 8:55 AM CST)

"As Paul talked on about uprightness,
continence, and the coming judgment,
Felix became frightened.
Before long he exclaimed:
'That's enough for now!
You can go.
I'll send for you again when I find the time.'"
Acts 24:25

You hear the message of Jesus.
You hear his call to holiness.
Do you have time to listen?
Are you frightened?
Jesus loves you.
He has a message of comfort.
He wants you to change your life.
Yes, you will have to stop and listen.
You will need to sit down
and read his words in the Bible.
Take time to pray to him.
Love takes time.

(January 11, 2003 8:41 AM CST)

Lately people in Omaha are reading Julie's Diary .
She is a news reporter on KETV Channel 7.
At the moment she is at Methodist Hospital
because of problems with her pregnancy.
She is expecting twin girls in February or March.
(Update: They were born on January 14th.)
If you read through her diary, she has been through a lot
and thanks people for their prayers.
Pray for her, Bill (husband), Will (2 year-old son)
and soon to be born twins.
Today is their 11th wedding anniversary.

"The people went out to see for themselves what had happened.
Coming on Jesus, they found the man
from whom the devils had departed
sitting at his feet dressed and in his full senses;
this sight terrified them.
They were told by witnesses
how the possessed man had been cured."
Luke 8:35-36

Sometimes we have to see things with our own eyes.
We ask ourselves, if it is really happening.
There is something about being there in person.
We just can't believe it.
God is that way.
He is full of surprises.
Come and see.
Be a witness to amazing things that happen.

(January 10, 2003 6:28 AM CST)

"Hearken, O God, to my prayer;
turn not away from my pleading."
Psalms 55:2

Jesus, we call out to you today.
Hear us, Lord.
Hear our cries for help.
We need you.
We love you.
Thank you, Lord.

(January 9, 2003 6:28 AM CST)

"The things that happened to them
serve as an example.
They have been written as a warning to us..."
1 Corinthians 10:11

We can learn from the past.
Evil ends in destruction.
If you go away from the Lord, you will perish.
To do your own will is not a good idea.
Stay close to God.
Do good.
Follow Jesus.
Then you will be saved.
You will find life.
Learn from others mistakes.

(January 8, 2003 6:24 AM CST)

Jesus said to Simon (Peter),
"I have prayed for you
that your faith may never fail."
Luke 22:32

Jesus is with you.
He is praying for you.
He does not want you to fail.
He wants your faith to be strong.
Receive this gift of faith from the Lord.

(January 7, 2003 6:27 AM CST)

"Large crowds of people came to Jesus
bringing with them cripples, the deformed, the blind,
the mute, and many others besides.
They laid them at his feet and he cured them."
Matthew 15:30

Heal us, Jesus.
Heal the sick.
We need your help.
We sit at your feet helpless.
We have faith in you.
Bless us, Lord.
We call on you for help.
Thank you for hearing our prayer.

(January 6, 2003 6:24 AM CST)

They just played "Eagle's Wings" on the radio
that I mentioned yesterday.
It is a popular song.

"When the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,
he saved us;
not because of any righteous deeds we had done,
but because of his mercy."
Titus 3:4

God is full of mercy.
He waits and waits for you to repent
and turn your life around.
Return to the Lord.
Ask Jesus to forgive your sins.
He is a God of great mercy.
He wants to save you.

(January 5, 2003 8:41 AM CST)

I just heard
"Draw Me Close" by The Katinas
on KGBI 100.7 FM radio here in Omaha.
I really like that song on the "Lifestyle" CD.
"Eagle's Wings" is a great song, also.
Take a listen to them on the link above.

"They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength,
they will soar as with eagle's wings;
They will run and not grow weary,
walk and not grow faint."
Isaiah 40:31

God is your hope.
He will lift you up.
You will soar with him.
Draw close to him and he will draw close to you.
He is all that you need.

(January 4, 2003 8:39 AM CST)

"On one occasion,
while they were engaged
in the liturgy of the Lord and were fasting,
the Holy Spirit spoke to them:
'Set apart Barnabas and Saul for me
to do the work for which I have called them.'
Then, after they had fasted and prayed,
they imposed hands on them and sent them off."
Acts 13:2-3

Do you fast and pray?
Do you hear the Holy Spirit?
Do you participate in the liturgy of the Lord?
These are a few questions for the new year.
Maybe the Holy Spirit wants to send you off somewhere.
Seek what the Lord wants you to do this year.
He has called you to do many things for him.
Be open to new things.
Fast and pray about it.

(January 3, 2003 6:13 AM CST)

Jesus said to Peter,
"If I do not wash you,
you will have no share in my heritage."
John 13:8

Jesus washed the feet of his disciples.
It was important.
Peter did not understand this importance.
He did not see the significance.
Be open today to God's actions.
He wants to cleanse you.
He wants to wash your sins away.
He wants you to start over again.
Ask Jesus to forgive your sins today.
Share in God's heritage.

(January 1, 2003 7:58 AM CST)

Welcome to 2003!
Happy New Year!

Last night I saw the fireworks in downtown Omaha .
I was close enough to feel them too.
Wow! They were great!

"In the beginning was the Word;
the Word was in God's presence,
and the Word was God.
He was present to God in the beginning.
Through him all things came into being
and apart from him nothing came to be.
Whatever came to be in him, found life,
life for the light of men.
The light shines on in darkness,
a darkness that did not overcome it."
John 1:1-5

Start this new year right.
Read the Word of God.
Read the Bible.
It is a new beginning.
It is new life.
Start over again.
Jesus is the Word of God.
He is light for this new year.

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