Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
This past Saturday morning I ran the 5 m Ortega River Run. This is a tune-up for the 15K Gate River Run in a couple of weeks. There are some 2,000+ runners in the Ortega Run.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
2 I pour out before him my complaint;
before him I tell my trouble.
Hanna offered her complaint of childlessness to God and God heard her. God gave her Samuel, who see gave back to the Lord.
The place to take our complaints is the same place David took his complaints. We take them to the Lord. He can hear all of our troubles, trials, and needs.
Here is the deal, we must not take them to God with:
2. Bitterness or
3. Betrayal of faith
When we blame God, or become bitter at God, or betray our faith, then we are doomed. Nothing is solved and everything gets worse.
I like what David did when he was having to flee for his life due to his own son's betrayal. Absalom was out for his father's kingdom. David ran for his life, and as he fled was cursed by Shemei. Shemei did everything he could to discourage and derail David.
David took his complaint to God and trust God to take care of him. See II Samuel 16: 12, "It may be that the Lord will look on my affliction, and that the Lord will repay me with good for his cursing this day." David trusted God's ability to take care of him even when he was being confronted and literally cursed from every side.
So take your complaint to the Lord. He will hear it.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
So imagine you are stranded in a far, far, away desert. It is hot, real hot. You have been walking for miles with no shade in sight. Your shoes are scorching. You’re sunburned, blistered, and weakening. Your lips are parched. No help is in sight. You keep seeing mirages that evaporate just as you think you’re saved. The heat is unbearable.
Then a passerby approaches in the distant. They have water, lots of water. They have so much water they are sloshing it around, even spilling some on the ground.
They see you, but don’t seem to realize your plight. Your thirst is unquenchable. Maybe they don’t realize you are close to death. Your eyes, your dry mouth scream for even a small cup. Can’t they see?
They pass on. Now, they’re gone.
Vultures are circling, round and round they circle watching and waiting. They sense death in the air. Coyotes are howling. Another meal is close. Dehydration sets in. There is no hope.
All you wanted was water.
No one cared.......
Now, if the roles were reversed would you stop and offer free water?
For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward. -- Jesus