Saturday, February 27, 2010


"We do not lose heart.
Though outwardly we are wasting away,
yet inwardly we are being renewed
day by day.”
2 Corinthians 4:16 NIV

“Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find, to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He Whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best—
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.


Every day, the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He Whose Name is Counselor and Pow’r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;“
As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,
”This the pledge to me He made.


Help me then in every tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy Word.Help me,
Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.”

tr. by Andrew L. Skoog
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Saturday, February 20, 2010


“The Lord doesn’t
see things the way you see them.
People judge by outward appearance,
but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7 NLT

America women spend $20 billion annually on cosmetics; $300 million on cosmetic surgery; $33 billion on dietary products. I couldn’t find any numbers on what men spend on bodybuilding, and whatever they feel will make them more attractive, but it must also be an astronomical figure.

Looking our best is important for all of us, but true beauty is more than what meets the eye. There is an INNER BEAUTY which is of greater importance. One of my nieces, who is a genealogist, recently posted some “Old Walker Photos” on Facebook. I could hardly recognize myself in some of those pictures. While people commonly judge us by what meets the eye – "the Lord looks at the heart.” I am wondering, as he looks at our hearts, what character traits does he see in us?

Peter wrote about a “beauty that comes from within.” Paul prayed that God “would empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your heart as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.”

According to the scriptures, if we allow the Holy Spirit to control our lives, “the Lord—who is the Spirit—will make us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” That is the true INNER BEAUTY which the Lord is looking for!!

Saturday, February 13, 2010


“Do everything without
complaining and arguing,
so that no one can criticize you.
Live clean, innocent lives
as children of God,
shining like bright lights in a world
full of crooked and perverse people.”
Philippians 2:14-15 NLT

At times all of us complain about the weather – the traffic – our work load or whatever “gets our goat” at the moment. But some people complain none stop - about anything and everything. A constant complainer can be as annoying as “a dripping faucet.” We all prefer the company of people who are more positive and see their glass as “half full rather than half empty.” God miraculously provided Israel with daily “manna” in the desert, but they kept on complaining about it. “So the Lord sent poisonous snakes among the people, and many were bitten and died.” God sees continuous complaining as sin!

Israel was complaining that they didn’t have the food they had in Egypt, ignoring that they had been delivered from slavery. All of us need to focus more on what we have rather than on what we don’t have. As believers we have been set free from spiritual slavery, and gratitude should dominate every facet of our life. Complaining reveals a selfish, ungrateful attitude. When we get our eyes off of our wants, and begin to focus on what we have – enough to eat – a roof over our heads – a family - transportation – a measure of health – living in a free country and on and on – gratitude to God will begin to flow.

We live in a fallen society with chronic complaining at every hand, but if we Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, doing everything without complaining and arguing . . .we will shine like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. That will be pleasing to our Lord and bring gratitude and joy to our own hearts.

Saturday, February 6, 2010


“When they saw the boldness of Peter and John,
they could see that they were ordinary men
with no special training in the Scriptures.
They also recognized them
as men who had been with Jesus.”
Acts 4:13 NLT

The moon we see in the night sky does not have any light of its own. The light it gives off is the reflection of the sun. The image we see on the water of a mountain lake is not the mountain; it is the reflection of the mountain. The smoother the water, the sharper the reflection.

Jesus was not the reflection of the Father’s glory, but rather the revealer of that glory, because he and the Father are one. He taught with divine authority, not having to depend on quoting the religious leaders of the day. His life and miracles clearly demonstrated that he had all power in heaven and on earth.

The religious leaders thought they had gotten rid of Jesus once and for all when they crucified him. Now here were these ordinary “blue collar” people with no formal religious education demonstrating the same boldness as Jesus did. They “recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.” They were unmistakably reflecting him.

Whether we lack formal education or have a string of PhD’s after our name, as followers of Jesus we all have the privilege of reflecting him. The question is, how unmistakable is it to others that we have “been with Jesus” - how clear and sharp do we reflect him?

“Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me -

All His wonderful passion and purity!
O Thou Spirit divine,All my nature refine
Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.”
- Albert Orsborn