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Scarred For Life

He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

– John 20:20

As I was shaving this morning I noticed a small scar from my childhood. I instantly recalled the day I got it. The fact is, that it is only one of many scars.

Over the years, I have worked with gifted plastic surgeons that can hide or reduce a scar. I learned from them that scars cannot be completely erased. A large scar can be removed, but it is in fact replaced by a hairline scar that is less noticeable and easier to hide.

Every scar has a story. Mothers often have stretch marks from bearing children. You can sometimes guess a person’s occupation by their scars. For some, the scars are a badge of honor or accomplishment. For others, they are a reminder… Continue reading

Through The Bible in 8 Months

When you spend the summer at camp with 24/7 responsibilities it is hard to keep up with your Bible Reading plan. This year I am partnering with my camp intern to complete the Bible in 243 days (about eight months). This completes our annual commitment to read through the Word of God before the summer camp season begins (Memorial Day Weekend for us).

What reading plan works for you? A chapter each day gets you through in about three years. Others read through twice per year. The key is making a commitment to regular and consistent time in God’s Word.

There are chronological plans that take you through in the order things happened historically. There are Morning and Evening plans that take you through the Old Testament in one session and the New Testament in the other. You can read through in one year in… Continue reading

More Valuable Than Olympic Gold

Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.  1 Peter 1:18-19

While gold is the highest prize and greatest honor that the games can offer, it is not the most valuable currency in the universe.  It has been a pleasure to see many Olympic athletes openly express their faith in Christ in Rio.  These dear brothers and sisters in Christ understand the temporal (temporary) value of Gold in contrast to the eternal (forever) value of the precious blood of Christ.

KNOWING  THAT GOLD HAS NO ETERNAL VALUE – Peter is writing to believers to challenge them to live a life that reflects the holiness of God.  It is knowing that… Continue reading

I can go to her

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Thought for the morning – written with tears

 2 Samuel 12:22-23  And he (David) said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether the LORD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ 23  But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”

When a loved one is going through the final steps of leaving this world, we who love this one agonize before the Lord with many tears, prayers and supplications. We may plead with the Lord, but we always know it is not our will but His that is to be done.

David fasted and wept for his newly born son who was deathly ill; born of Bathsheba, the… Continue reading

Ted Sleeps

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him

1 Thessalonians 4:14

This week we honor and remember “Ted” (Thor) Thisse.  He was the director of Camp Horizon in the 1970s during the transition to the current property in Leesburg, Florida.

I was fifteen when Ted came to our chapel to talk about Camp Horizon.  His laugh was infectious and his winning smile made me like him the moment we met.  I was an awkward teen with a love for the the Lord, but not a lot of social maturity.  What I did have was a lifeguard certificate and could sail small boats.  I didn’t know that I could wash dishes and sweep floors, but I learned that and more on the Camp Horizon summer staff.… Continue reading

These Three

These Three

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
I Corinthians 13:13 (CEV)

This diagram and the lesson which follows show how faith, hope, and love relate to the mind (intellect), will, and emotion of man – which in turn corresponds with the soul.

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.    1 Thessalonians 5:23

When we read that God created man in His own image (Genesis 1:27) it does not refer to merely a physical representation, but the character and attributes of God. As God Himself is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, so man is also a tri-part being: body, soul, and spirit. Even as God is more… Continue reading

Vows

VOWS, OATHS, AND PROMISES

If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.
Numbers 30:2 (KJV)

This is an outline and link to the audio file from a message preached at North 56th Street Gospel Chapel (Tampa, Florida) on 1-4-2015

http://mrsteve.me/2015Vows [28 minute mp3 / 5MB]

Introduction:  The Law concerning vows.

A. Biblical

 Numbers 30:1-2
Deuteronomy 23:21-23
Matthew 5:33-37

B. Rabbinical Law (extra-Biblical)

 Three Times
Vows (things/others)
Oaths (personal)

I. Examples of Vows
A. Wedding

 Intent (I will), Vow (I do), Ring (I wed)

 B. Peter’s oath.

Found in all four gospels
Matthew 26:34
Mark 14:30
John 13:38
Luke 22:34 (see 31-34, 54-62)

II. Foolish Vows
A. … Continue reading

Milestones

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:1-2

For as long as there have been roads and paths there have been markers along the way. This ancient practice of marking a journey has become a metaphor used to indicate expected events on a given path in any number of disciplines. Ms. Kitty and I became grandparents this year – twice. There are probably more developmental milestones in the first year of life than in the next ten years combined. Who knew that blowing bubbles was a developmental milestone? It has been an exciting year for our family and for many of our friends… Continue reading

Trust in the Lord

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Psalm 59:16

Psalm 59:16

Proverbs 3:5 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;

Proverbs 14:12 12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

We can place our trust in many difference places. But many times our trust in someone or something does not pan out. Some have trusted us in some area and have been disappointed when we fail to fulfill that trust. There is One we can totally trust in, and that is our Savior the Lord Jesus. Trust and hope go hand in hand. We trust in the eternal hope we have in Him. We trust that God is faithful to His word and He will not abandon us! In the faitfulness of God lies our trust.

Trust in our own… Continue reading

Saint Nicholas: Yes Virginia …

GUEST CONTENT: stonestruestory@gmail.com Carla Estell

Our family celebrates Saint Nick’s Day each year with filled stockings.  It is usually the official start of the Christmas Season in our home.  Carla Estell has written an Ebook (PDF) about Santa Claus and the true meaning of Christmas.  If you print it double-sided it makes a book, or you can print it single sided and cut the pages in half to form a little book.  Hey, it’s free!  Share it and be sure to include Carla’s contact information.

You can also check out their family website: http://stonestruestory.org/

Here is the link to the storybook (2MB) http://mrsteve.me/1CZdFgG