March 2017



Philippians 4:19 (NLT)
19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
Matthew 7:11 (NLT)
11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.
Psalm 23
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
March 30,2017

In 1974 I moved 6 hours away from home to attend College.  At the end of my freshman year I decided that I would not return home for summer break. I took the brave step of calling home to inform my parents, that I had made the decision to stay in town and find a job for the summer. My plan was to work until school started back again in the fall. Quite frankly, the thought of going back to the farm and working in the cotton fields was not appealing to me at all. I knew I would miss my family, but I was eighteen almost nineteen, and I was ready to make my own decisions.

Names Above All Names

March 6, 2017
 Exodus 20:7 (NLT)
“You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.
Psalm 139:20-22 (NLT)
20 They blaspheme you; your enemies misuse your name.
21 O Lord, shouldn’t I hate those who hate you?  Shouldn’t I despise those who oppose you?
Yes, I hate them with total hatred, for your enemies are my enemies.

Philippians 2:6-11 (NLT)
Though he was God, [a] he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges[b]; he took the humble position of a slave[c] and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, [d]he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Deuteronomy 5:11 
11 No using the name of God, your God, in curses or silly banter; God won’t put up with the irreverent use of his name.

When our daughter was about three years old, our family was out shopping one Saturday and just having some fun family time. After making our selections we made our way to the cash register to check out. Our daughter was doing her favorite thing which was riding in the shopping buggy.  As we stood there patiently waiting to be checked out, it was obvious that the cashier was having an issue with her register. Out of sheer frustration she blurted out God’s name.