Matthew 10:7-8

"And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give."

Sunday, August 22, 2010


So how are you these days? I hope this writing finds you well and enjoying life. There is nothing like it when everything is clicking and going well. A day could last forever and we wouldn't mind at all. Life is so much fun to live when things are going good. The opposite is true when things aren't well. Sometimes we can't wait for the day to end so that we can go to sleep and forget about it. Hoping that tomorrow brings something better. Maybe there will be, at the very least, a small miracle that will turn things around.

Anyway, I sincerely hope that you are well! Regardless of how you are doing though, there are some things that remain constant, one of which is God's word. I hope you are finding time for it. Often, when we don't spend enough time in God's word, that quite simply becomes one of the reasons why life will become more difficult. Before I get to the main point of my writing this morning, consider the words of Solomon. In Proverbs four, he instructs his son to pay attention to his words saying that if he does they will be "life to those who find them and health to all their flesh." The irony of that is if Solomon would have remembered his own words, ones that he learned from his father David and the ones he learned from the Lord, the days of his old age would not have become disastrous. He forgot about God and His words and suddenly Solomon's days became vanity to him. In that regard, I pray and plan on being wiser than Solomon. I am determined not to abandon the teachings of the ways of the Lord. May that be your determination as well!!

Now if Solomon said that his words were life and health, how much more important are the words of the Lord? Now, I realize that most of Solomon's words or teachings were God inspired anyway, but you get the point. In Deuteronomy six, Moses tells the children of Israel that God's words and commands are so important that they should be a part of their lives 24/7. God's word brings so much life and instruction that it needed to always be fresh on their minds and in ours as well. It doesn't matter if we are at work or relaxing at home, God's word needs to be absorbed into our very being. When that is the case the Lord has a way of getting us through the hard times (those times won't be nearly as difficult when we are saturated with God's word) and help us even figure out how to make good decisions in those times.

I should and will now refer you to something that I read yesterday that really drives a similar point home. When you read it you will indeed see the same theme. In fact, I am realizing that I haven't even touched yet on what is burning (and I mean seriously burning and pounding) on my heart which caused me to get up at 4:15 this morning to begin to write. In fact I am thinking now that I need to do this in two parts with the second part coming either tomorrow or the day after. Maybe God wants it that way, anyway. Maybe there is a need to ponder the importance of God's word and chew on that for a bit. Maybe the Lord wants to challenge us to think about the ratio of time we spend each day in His word and how when we spend quality time in His word it becomes written upon our hearts. When that happens we suddenly will have God's word in our lives 24/7, even able to take every thought captive. Especially thoughts that would want to take us down some sleazy, dark road. Roads that only lead to darkness and dead ends. No reason to even look down those roads. Just look ahead!! The road we are on now looks like it has been resurfaced and made new, anyway!! Now that's what I'm talking about................where is my wife's Mustang????!!!!!!! :)

Ok, I'm beginning to ramble, so here's the deal. Give your eyes a break and go get yourself a fresh cup of coffee, or your favorite beverage (non alcoholic preferably!) and relax for a minute. Then when you get back, there is a link that I want you to go to. The link is for another blog and the guy that wrote it knows his stuff, plus he is a wonderful brother in the Lord and a good friend. You can be sure he won't be taking you down any dead end roads. Here it is..

Oh and one last thing. Don't forget to watch in next day or two for what really has me fired up. You'll either think I'm crazy, fanatical, or just really out there somewhere, or maybe all of them combined. Or there is a chance that you might think, "Hum, this is making sense." We shall see.

In the meantime, I'll be thinking about you..................,
Mark S.


  1. I like what I'm reading. However I suggest you modify the font and colors, this combination is very strenuous on the eyes.

  2. Thanks for the comment. As much as I liked the color theme and background, I think a change was needed. Hope this is better!