Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Site

We are moving! 

This site is being moved and will have a new title -  

"Lighted Path"

I look forward to sharing with you the Word of God to light your path at the new location.

The new address is : You may click on this link or click on the picture in the upper right corner of this page to navigate to the new site. Be sure to bookmark the new site to make it easy to find.

You will find several familiar posts on the new site as I have been posting on both sites for the last few weeks in preparation for the move.

The Bible, Timeless Advice

The Bible, the Word of God, is our source of guidance for all we need. I know some may think it is outdated and irrelevant, but, it is God’s word to us, and like him, it is timeless. It provides relevant guidance to every generation because it deals with the root of each problem. In one place the Psalmist says, “Forever, O Lord, is your word settled in heaven.” Psalm 119:89

Whether you are of generation X, a baby boomer, or were born 26A.D., the problems of the human race have always been the same. The wisest man who ever lived, King Solomon, said, “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which it may be said, ‘See, this is new’? It has already been in ancient times before us.” Ecclesiastes 1:9-10

Cell phones and laptops may not be mentioned, but the human problems that go with them are the same as that of two thousand years ago. We still have marital problems, parental problems, personal relationship problems, etc. The problems of this generation are not unique.

The Bible has answers to every problem of mankind, because it deals with the root of each problem. Whether it is a problem with your spouse, a child rearing problem, a work related problem, or a personal problem the Bible provides answers if a person is willing to look under the surface and go to the root of the problem. Only the truth will bring solutions to each problem.

Jesus said in praying to his father, “Sanctify them through your word. Your word is truth.”

Psalms 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

Whatever your problem might be, chose to look below the surface. Be willing to dig down and explore what might be the root of the problem, then go to the Bible for your answer. It will be timeless and just what you need.

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas - Why Jesus Came

Jesus Christ came from his royal home in heaven to be born a human. He left that realm, that other dimension, and entered the realm of our human race and stepped into our history.

  • History did not create him. He came and changed history. 
  • He wasn't the best human that ever lived. He was God in human flesh. 
  • He didn't come to show us how to live, but how we all fall short.
  • He didn't promise new life to those who would do well, but to those who knew they would never do enough or be good enough to meet his standards.
  • He didn't present a plan of action, a list of things we should do, or give us a way to earn his favor.
He offered grace. His life to us was and still is a gift and we know gifts can't be earned. His way isn't a religion of dos and don'ts. He offers new life to those who will open up their heart and allow his life to be birthed in them.

Simple gospel. Simple salvation. Simple grace. Simple life.

That is simply why he came.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Why Jesus Came pt.4

He came to deliver us from darkness

As I continue to consider the reason Jesus came I come to John 12:46 where Jesus says, "I have come as light into the world, that whoever believes in me should not abide in darkness."

Peter writes in 1 Peter 2:9, "...that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light."

John 1:4-5, 9-12 says, "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.  And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it....That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name..."

The world apart from God is a dark place.

He sent his son to bring light into the world. His son, Jesus, says in John 8:12, "I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."
In recalling his conversion Paul quotes Jesus, "I now send you to open their eyes in order to turn them from darkness to light." Acts 26:18

Not only is the world a dark place, but there is power in that darkness. Paul tells the believers in Colossae, "He has delivered us from the power of darkness." Colossians 1:13

If you have not believed on Jesus, the Son of God, for your salvation, I encourage you during this season to do so. By realizing you need and by believing on him completely as your only hope of salvation, you will be born again from above and he will bring you out of darkness and into his light. What an awesome experience! What grace and power from God!

Thank you Jesus for setting aside your heavenly life and coming to earth to bring us light and to deliver us out of the power of darkness.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Why Jesus Came pt.3


As we celebrate this Christmas season let us remember that it is about more than a baby in a manger.  Jesus laid aside all his heavenly royalty to come to earth and live as a human and die for us that he might save us. He came for a reason------to save us.

  • In Matthew 1:21 the angel tells Mary that she will call the baby’s name Jesus because he would save his people from their sins.1
  • In Matthew 18 Jesus tells his disciples that he “came to save that which was lost.”2 Do we feel lost? Do we know that we are lost? If we don’t realize we are lost, then he didn’t come for us.
  • Jesus told Nicodemus, another very religious man, that unless he was born again he could not see the kingdom of God.3 No one could be good enough on their own.
  • Paul writes Timothy that “Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.”4 As a very religious man of his day that is quite an admission. Why do we need saved from sin? Our sin separates us from God. God’s plan was to reconcile us to himself through the death of his son.
  • In the book of Hebrews it tells us that Jesus is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him.5 No one is beyond his redeeming power. He can save everyone, even the most sinful of all.
  • In John he said that he did not come to judge, but to save the world.6 We shall be saved from wrath through him.7
  • God wanted his message preached to save those who believe.8

It seems clear that the reason Jesus came was to save us from our sins and the spiritual death that follows. But, we do need to realize that our sins do separate us from God. I know the word “sin” is not politically correct even in a lot of the church world. In God’s world it is still the same. He doesn’t change.

However tolerant society becomes of wrong behavior, sin is still sin. We can be so grateful to God that he cared enough to send his son to provide a way to make us acceptable, and grateful to Jesus for coming and paying the terrible price.  
The gift of salvation is just that - a gift, totally free to us. It cost him everything. It cost God the rejection and death of his precious son.

Lord God, help us to be mindful of the reason we celebrate this season. Thank you so much for caring enough to redeem us from our independent, sinful ways. We need your mercy and your forgiveness.  

1 Matthew 1:21
2 Matthew 18:11
3 John 3:3
4 1 Timothy 1:15
5 Hebrews 7:25
6 John 12:47
7 Romans 5:9
8 1 Corinthians 1:21

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Why Jesus Came pt.2

Jesus, the sent one

I will continue to see what Jesus and others said about his coming. Starting with John 6:38 Jesus says of himself, " For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of Him who sent me."

Paul tells us in Ephesians 3:11 "...according to the eternal purpose which HE accomplished in Christ Jesus." And in Philippians 2:7-8, "...but made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man he humbled himself and became obedieJent to the point of death, even the death of the cross."

Jesus spoke for the Father

In John's gospel Jesus says of himself, "The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in me does the works." John 14:10

And in John 12:49, "For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me gave me a command, what I should say and what I should speak."

Jesus did the Father's work

John 9:4 "I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day."

John 14:31 "But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave me commandment so I do."

John 5:19 "The son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the son also does in like manner."

John 5:30 "I do not seek my own will but the will of the Father who sent me."

We can see from these references that Jesus came for a purpose that was greater than himself. He was part of an eternal plan. While he was here he did not let any personal feelings prevent him from carrying out his father's plan. He knew what was expected of him. He knew what would happen to him. He knew that most would reject him. Yet he came.

Lord God, help us to understand your purpose in sending your precious son to earth. May we be ever grateful for what it cost you.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Why Jesus Came pt.1

During this Christmas season it might be a good time to reflect on the words of Jesus and other references in the Bible that explain the reason he left his home in glory to come to our earth. As we celebrate his coming, let us do so with understanding. It is definitely more than the nativity scene, the simple Christmas story.
Ephesians 3:10-11 “to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known….according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Jesus coming to earth was not a quick fix for sinful people. Nor was it a last minute decision of Father God to send his son. His plan was from the beginning of time. He knew that the man and woman he created would chose to listen to and follow another voice, the voice of Lucifer that promised them what he had wanted so badly and had been denied - that they would be like God. They would be in charge of their own lives, making their own decisions based on their knowledge of good and evil.
God wanted to  protect them from that knowledge knowing what destruction it would bring to mankind. But, he gave them a choice, and everyone born since that day has had the freedom to choose.
Even before Adam and Eve made that decision, God had a plan. Speaking of Jesus as the sacrificial lamb the apostle Peter says, “ He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world.” 1 Peter 1:20
In the garden of Eden God spoke to the serpent that tempted Adam and Eve, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed: He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” Genesis 3:15
Later through Moses God said, “I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him." Genesis 18:18
In John’s gospel Jesus says, “And He who sent Me is with Me.” John 8:29
He goes on to say, “...for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.” John 8:42
In his priestly prayer he prays, “I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.”
We can learn from these passages that the coming of Jesus was planned long before there were any people.
God had a plan. Jesus came to carry out that plan.
John 3:16, “God so loved the world that he gave us his only begotten son, that whoever would believe on him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Lord God, we thank you so much that you cared for us enough to send your son to die for us even before we were in existence.