I wrote an article for The Author’s Blog presented by Southern Writers Magazine and it came out today. Even though it is a magazine for writers, the principle I shared can work for you. Check it out at the following link:
I wanted to share a post from Ava. She is a fifteen year old young lady, from my church, who is an amazing follower of Jesus Christ, and a great writer. Be blessed by the words God led her to share.
Well, my main goal in 2018 was to write one blog post every month and I am proud that I accomplished it! (December 31st, 2018 / 11:24 p.m.) I promise I posted this when it was still 2018 😉
Even if this year has been hard for you or people you love, we can still be thankful for it. We must learn to dance in the victory that we believe is coming even while tears stream down our faces. The Lord is teaching his children to dance on disappointment. Whether you experienced the greatest joy or the greatest sorrow (or a mixture of the two) God is with you, fighting your battles. understanding that we have a Father who knows us and cares about us is so important; his reckless love and power are always there to rescue you. he is fighting your battle, you need only to continue to…
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My phone is short on battery life. Some are short on money. Many find themselves short on time, but there is one thing we are never ever short of, and that, is the love of God!
Copyright 2018. Mark Brady. All rights reserved.
Have you ever considered what your breaking point would be in life? How much you could take? What could you handle, but what is too much? Severe sickness of you, or of the ones you love the most? Losing your entire net worth? Being abandoned by the very ones you thought cared the most about you?
“And the Lord said to Satan, Have you considered My servant Job?” Satan replied, “Have You not put a hedge (a covering) about him and his house and all that he has, on every side?” (Job 1:8 & 10 AMP)
God, because of Job’s relationship with him, had put a covering over him, or had his hand over him, so the results of a fallen, sinful, world could not affect Job, his family, or his possessions. Once I got really angry at one of my neighbors. I was so mad, I wanted to harm her, but I didn’t. Instead I prayed and asked God to take revenge on her for hurting me, After all, “Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.” (Rom. 12:19 MSG) One day I asked God what happens when he gets vengeance on someone. He whispered back, “I slowly remove my hand from their life.”
I shuttered! As time went on, I witnessed my neighbor losing her job, experiencing vandalism, and worst yet, the death of her oldest daughter. I prayed for her. I know God was hoping she would stop resisting him, and in turn, run to him. She finally did.
Job resisted the temptation to blame God for his troubles and die, but eventually repented of his prideful way of thinking. Then God restored everything back to him and doubled what he had lost. Could you have handled such loss? Or perhaps the better question is this, would God ever say to Satan, “Have you considered my servant: __________?“ (fill in blank with your name)
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I would turn all the lights green when I drive. I would make people act right when I am in their presence. I would make them drive according to the rules of the road too. Nothing would ever go wrong in my life. This is what I would do if I had the powers of God.
Funny thing really. God has the power to do what I would and more. But God doesn’t use His power for selfish reasons. He never has, never does, and never will. He uses His power to bless us. To provide a perfectly balanced in the solar system place to live called, “Earth”. He provides food, and water. The things we need, and occasionally He spoils us, and blesses us with something we want.
Why does God do this? Because He loves us. He loves you. If you could see how much He loves you, how much He cares. God’s love cannot be measured, weighed, or exhausted. So what’s keeping you from believing it? Or a better question, what’s keeping you from accepting it? God’s love is available despite you. You can’t out do it, hide from it, or stop it. Really, there is no other word for God’s love except, “Amazing”!
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I asked that question at work this past week. One lady replied, “Sitting in Chicago traffic and having to go to the bathroom really bad!” But what is hell to you? Or, what do you think hell will be?
Several don’t believe in hell. Others think it will be one big party. Here are some facts about hell: (to me, the last point about hell is enough to be called, “hell”!)
IN HELL – DARKNESS
1 Sam 2:9 “He will protect his godly ones, but the wicked will perish in darkness. No one will succeed by strength alone.”
IN HELL – FIRE & BURNING
Matt 25:41 “Then He (Jesus) will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels (demons).”
Mark 9:48 “… and the fire never goes out.”
IN HELL – NO HOPE
Prov 11:7 “When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, and the hope of the unjust perishes.”
IN HELL – NO MERCY
Psalms 103:4 “Who redeems your life from the Pit, Who crowns you with loving kindness and compassion (tender mercies).”
IN HELL – NO PEACE
Isa 57:21 “There is no peace for the wicked, says my God.”
IN HELL – NO PURPOSE
Psalms 6:5 “For there is no mention of You in death; In Sheol who will give You thanks?”
Eccl 9:10 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no activity (work)or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol (Hades/Hell) where you are going.”
IN HELL – NO REST
Rev 14:11 “And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”
IN HELL – NO WATER
Luke 16:24 “The Rich Man shouted, `Father Abraham, have some Pity! Send Lazarus over here to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish in these flames.”
HELL IS A PLACE OF ETERNAL SEPARATION FROM GOD
2 Thess 1:7-10 “And God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted and also for us when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with His mighty angels, in flaming fire, bringing Judgment on those who don’t know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction, forever separated from the Lord and from His glorious power, when He comes to receive glory and praise from His Holy people. And you will be among those praising him on that day, for you believed what we testified about him.”
You, who are reading this, are alive. You still have hope! Recognize Jesus Christ is God’s Son, and ask Jesus to forgive you of your wrong doing, your sins. Then ask Him to live in you, to guide you. You do this, and mean it, you will escape hell.
Copyright © 2017 Mark Brady, All rights reserved
When I got married I thought I had found the perfect woman. She hated to mop and I hated to dust, so I would do all of the mopping and she did the dusting. Most of us think of dust as a nuisance. Something that none of us want to collect, yet we all do.
God looks at dust a little differently. He actually loves dust. How do I know that? Because He formed, or made, man from dust, and God loves us.
Gen 3:19 “…for dust you are and to dust you shall return.”
Yep, that’s right, you came from dust, and you are loved by God.
While I was attending this year’s writer’s conference, held at Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Illinois I was getting away for a moment and went to the 5th floor. I started noticing some really cool art. Then my eyes became fixated upon the image posted at the top of this blog. It was so beautiful. Then I read the little white sign to the right of the art. The title of this piece of art is, “Corpus” by David JP Hooker. The art piece is the contents of vacuum bags collected from all over the campus of Wheaton College.
If a man can make a master piece like this from dust imagine what God can do with dust. Just imagine what God can do with you.
Have you ever noticed how something in a store window looks great, and you get this sense that if you were wearing that outfit it would look equally just as great? You think everybody that sees you in that outfit will just ooh and awe as much as you did when you saw it in the window. Well if you are honest then you know it doesn’t really go that way. You have learned the store has professionals dress their windows to suck you in.
On a recent trip where I picked up my mother and drove her to another state to meet her great granddaughter I witnessed another kind of window shopping. Not only did my mother meet her new great granddaughter for the first time, but she also got to meet my ex-wife’s husband. At the end of the day we were reviewing the events that had unfolded. My ex’s new husband came up. My mother went on and on about how wonderful he was, and how funny, and smart, and had the most beautiful eyes, and nice curly hair. I finally had to shut her down by saying, “Mom, I get it. My ex-wife traded up!”
My point is this: Anybody can look good in a window where the lighting is good etc., but when you really get to know someone you see through the window and into the heart. When you see their heart are they still so attractive? God is not fooled by the view through the window, but he always sees the heart. The truth is we need to be more concerned about how our hearts look, and when the heart looks great the rest will too.
When I travel somewhere, seldom will you ever hear the words come out of my mouth, “Oh gees, I forgot something.” I was never in the Boy Scouts, but my parents taught me well how to be prepared, how to be resourceful, and how to improvise. On one camping trip the truck’s fuel pump went out. Dad poured gas from the boat into a can and climbed above the truck’s engine so he could pour gas manually into the carburetor. He told my mother, “If it runs, step on it and keep it moving.” Something he said later he regretted as it was the scariest ride of his life.
I started three weeks ago packing my suitcase for my upcoming trip to Africa. I want to be prepared, yet pack light. After all, there isn’t going to be a Walgreens on the “corner of happy & healthy” where I can conveniently go. My teammates have started teasing me, and one said, “I will just throw some stuff in a backpack the night before.”
As I stood over the top of my suitcase the other day I began to think about how people prepare for heaven. Are they packing light, or heavy? What do I mean by that you might ask? Well it seems as if there are a lot of people that feel, believe, are convicted in thinking that if they “DO” enough, in the name of God of course, that God will see this, be pleased and let them into heaven. Or if they faithfully follow a set of “RULES”, observe Holy Days and traditions, or be a “GOOD CHRISTIAN” that they will “EARN” the right to enter heaven. The truth is they are over packing. Their suitcase for their journey to heaven becomes heavy, weighted down, hard to bear. Causing many to fall by the wayside, along the road of life to be robbed of their joy, their strength, perhaps their eternal life.
This is one journey where I want to pack light. In fact so light that I don’t pack anything at all. It is so hard for us as “doers” to do nothing. I’m not saying that we should accept Christ into our lives and then just sit back and wait to die, or for the rapture to take place. There is nothing wrong with sharing God’s love to others, and doing what you can for them. Sometimes others need you, your time, or your ear more then they need tangible possessions. The simple truth is; Jesus has already done everything for us that we need in order to enter heaven. All we have to do is accept His death, and resurrection, His FREE gift of salvation, so I end this week by asking you, “What’s in your suitcase?”
I often use “The Message” Bible translation in my blogs when I include a scripture. This week I decided to simply post chapter 19 from the book of Psalms. Read it slow, and let the proper weight of each word’s meaning sink in.
Psa 19:1 A David psalm. God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.
Psa 19:2 Madame Day holds classes every morning, Professor Night lectures each evening.
Psa 19:3 Their words aren’t heard, their voices aren’t recorded,
Psa 19:4 But their silence fills the earth: unspoken truth is spoken everywhere. God makes a huge dome for the sun–a superdome!
Psa 19:5 The morning sun’s a new husband leaping from his honeymoon bed, The daybreaking sun an athlete racing to the tape.
Psa 19:6 That’s how God’s Word vaults across the skies from sunrise to sunset, Melting ice, scorching deserts, warming hearts to faith.
Psa 19:7 The revelation of GOD is whole and pulls our lives together. The signposts of GOD are clear and point out the right road.
Psa 19:8 The life-maps of GOD are right, showing the way to joy. The directions of GOD are plain and easy on the eyes.
Psa 19:9 GOD’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold, with a lifetime guarantee. The decisions of GOD are accurate down to the nth degree.
Psa 19:10 God’s Word is better than a diamond, better than a diamond set between emeralds. You’ll like it better than strawberries in spring, better than red, ripe strawberries.
Psa 19:11 There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger and directs us to hidden treasure.
Psa 19:12 Otherwise how will we find our way? Or know when we play the fool?
Psa 19:13 Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh! Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; Then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.
Psa 19:14 These are the words in my mouth; these are what I chew on and pray. Accept them when I place them on the morning altar, O God, my Altar-Rock, God, Priest-of-My-Altar.