God’s Beautiful Landscape

Here is three pictures from our recent trip to Sandpoint, Idaho.

Looking North towards Sandpoint, Idaho

Looking North towards Sandpoint, Idaho

Looking North towards Sandpoint, Idaho

Looking North towards Sandpoint, Idaho

Looking North towards Sandpoint, Idaho

Looking North towards Sandpoint, Idaho

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Who Is In Control

Path at Little Spokane River

Path at Little Spokane River

“Rather than trying to maintain control over your life, abandon yourself to My will.”   This is a quote from one of my favorite devotionals Jesus Calling  that I read almost every morning for encouragement, spiritual nourishment and just get my day oriented to God. The devotional is available from Olive Tree for your smartphone, Mac or PC.

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God is the God Particle

So some wonder what holds the universe together.  Who enforces the laws of nature like gravity, electrical behaviors, electromagnetic waves like radio and microwave, the laws of light, mass and energy.   If the laws of nature were random, then we would expect hydrogen to behave different in the distant star than it does on earth.  Yet it behaves the same in weight, light spectrum emissions, and connectivity to other atoms (also called chemistry).  Hebrews 1:3 says By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. So God Himself is the God particle that holds the universe together.

Tree Colors in Spokane

Tree Colors in Spokane

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Little Town of Bethlehem

Luke 2:3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Merry Christmas

The Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, Israel

The Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, Israel

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Christmas Bible Video Animations

These are very simple animated Bible stories that relate to Christmas time, you can view them at DrewHaninger.com/video. The titles include: Awesome Morning Prayer Time, The Bible Overview in 29 Seconds, The Bible Overview in Two Minutes. I was inspired to produce these to help people get engaged with the Bible.

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Thanksgiving

Mount Bachelor, near Sun River, Oregon

Mount Bachelor, near Sun River, Oregon

The more we thank God for what He has done the better we relate to God, others and ourselves. 1 Chron 16:34 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;  for his steadfast love endures forever!

 

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God Created Sunsets

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He Makes the Foundations of the Earth

When God is the one who made the foundations of the earth, why should we be anxious over anything. He is all powerful and almighty.  Who could be bigger or greater or stronger than God.   

Lakes on the Cascade Loop, Oregon

Lakes on the Cascade Loop, Oregon

Psalm 104  1 Bless Jehovah, O my soul. O Jehovah my God, thou art very great; Thou art clothed with honor and majesty:   2 Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment; Who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain;   3 Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters; Who maketh the clouds his chariot; Who walketh upon the wings of the wind;   4 Who maketh winds his messengers; Flames of fire his ministers;  5 Who laid the foundations of the earth, That it should not be moved for ever.

Priest Lake, Idaho

Priest Lake, Idaho

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Accepted by God

Ephesians 1:6  to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

Priest Lake, Idaho

Priest Lake, Idaho

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The King of Glory Rules

In Psalm 24 the phrase King of Glory is mentioned four times.

DSC_2805Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
The Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Lift up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
He is the King of glory.
Selah

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Great Software, but it’s all about God

We have great software that uniquely enhances your ability to study the Bible, but when all is said and done, it’s not about our software. It’s about the magnificent Word of a mighty God, who desires to communicate truth to you that can change your life.

Vineyards in Israel

Vineyards in Israel

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Spokane River Sunset

Spokane River Sunset

Spokane River Sunset

Spokane River Sunset

Spokane River Sunset

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Lovingkindness in the Morning

Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; For in thee do I trust: Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; For I lift up my soul unto thee. – Psalm 143:8

Cascade Lakes near Sun River

One of the Cascade Lakes near Sun River

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God has Absolute Control

God has absolute control over man, earth, heaven and hell. Man is real; Earth is real. Heaven is real; and hell is real. The Bible talks about all these things. So which way is your life going?

Snow capped peaks north of Mount Bachelor

Snow capped peaks north of Mount Bachelor

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Perseverance In Prayer

Mount Bachelor, Oregon

Mount Bachelor, Oregon

Prayer works, we just need to continue and not give up.  This is called perseverance in prayer. The prayer of Elijah, which stopped the rain from heaven and later opened heaven’s floodgates, was an example of a long series of his mighty prayers and pleadings with God. If we Christians would remember that perseverance in prayer is necessary for it to be effective and victorious!

James 5:16 … pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The supplication of a righteous man availeth much in its working. 17 Elijah was a man of like passions with us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain; and it rained not on the earth for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again; and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

Prayer and hope in God is a great thing.

Mount Bachelor, Oregon

Mount Bachelor, Oregon

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Restoration and Grace

The Lord is always in the restoration business because He knows we are frail failing sinners that need grace. In the gospel of Luke, Jesus knowing Peter would deny Him three times, prayed for Peter that his faith would not fail, Peter failed, but not faith. Luke 22:32
but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

Peter failed many times, over and over again. But he experienced a rebounding grace. Look at how Peter writes in his epistles about “like precious faith” but still notice Peter’s impatience with The Lord asking three times, do you love me.

So when we fail, be encouraged, God will restore us. Psalms 23:3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Multnomah Falls Oregon

Multnomah Falls Oregon

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His Kingdom is Better than Anxiety

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Lots of Colors from a Computer

Lots of Colors from a Computer

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The Word of God

The Word of God comes to us in a form of a Book, The Bible. This is from Martin Luther who appreciated the Bible as a book. A book inspired by God so we can read it.

Wheat fields

Wheat fields

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The Lord, My Rock

2 Samuel 22:47 “

The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,

Rock in Spokane River

Rock in Spokane River

Psalms 31:3 For You are my rock and my fortress;
Therefore, for Your name’s sake, Lead me and guide me.

Spokane River

Spokane River


Psalms 40:2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.

Psalms 61:2 From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

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God is the Author

God is the author.  God is the author of life, DNA, faith and the Bible.  In Genesis chapter one, the Bible says that “God created the earth and the heavens.  In Hebrews chapter twelve Jesus, the son of God is the author of faith.  In Hebrews 12 it says “…looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,”.   DNA is the code used my almost all living plants, animals and man to decide how a biological system should be constructed protein by protein. God as a biological software engineer designed DNA.

Lake Pend Oreille at Sandpoint, Idaho - Sunset

Lake Pend Oreille at Sandpoint, Idaho – Sunset

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Leadership is Courage and Obedience to God

Joshua in the Bible learned that leadership is courage and obedience to God.

Vineyards in Israel

Vineyards in Israel

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Ephesians – the Grand Canyon of the Bible

Someone has called the book of Ephesians the Grand Canyon of the Bible because of the vivid pictures, descriptions, and talk about God and Christ, coupled with applications for our Christian lives.

The book of Ephesians and Romans both lay out the basic doctrines of the Christian life. Ephesians is short — just 6 chapters; Romans is longer.

Ephesians is divided into two sections: part 1 and part 2. The first part, chapters one through three, is all about what God has done for us in Christ, so that He could get all the glory. The second part, chapters four through six, is about how Christ enables us to apply what God has done to our daily lives.  So the first section is doctrine, the second is application. The first section is all about what is in the enchilada (doctrine), and the second section is how to eat and enjoy the enchilada for lunch (application).

Tel Arad, Israel

Tel Arad, Israel, about 40 miles South of Jerusalem

There are two great prayers in Ephesians (and one mention of prayer).

Eph 1:16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

Eph 3:14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

Eph 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Tel Arad, Israel

Tel Arad, Israel

Tel Arad, Israel is about 40 miles South of Jerusalem.

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He is Able

Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

Trail near Little Spokane River

Trail near Little Spokane River


Phil 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

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Faith is Positive and Moves Forward

Faith always moves us forward.  Even when Peter failed, the Lord prayed that Peter’s faith would not fail. The Bible even records failures and restoration.

Deschutes River, Sunriver, Oregon

Deschutes River, Sunriver, Oregon

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Like a Mirror

When we pray and read the Bible we reflect the Lord and slowly are changed into His image.   The water in this little river reflects the trees and clouds, but like a camera our hearts keep the images and impressions of the things we read.

Little Spokane River - Reflections
Little Spokane River – Reflections

2 Cor 3:18  But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

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Dark Understanding

Ephesians 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But ye have not so learned Christ; 21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

Lake Pend Oreille at Sandpoint, Idaho

Lake Pend Oreille at Sandpoint, Idaho – Sunset

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Prayer Can Be Simple

Prayer can just be simple, not complex and not formal. God is real, He is a living person and can be talked to with short simple words any time and in any place. He is not limited by His schedule, but He is limited by our schedule. Just talk to Him and make your concerns and requests known in any words you feel to use. We sometimes wait for a good time to pray, but anytime is always great.

Little Spokane River and Reflections

Little Spokane River and Reflections

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Jesus is Alive

Resurrection day means Jesus is alive. Jesus Christ was born a man, lived and had a ministry, he died on a cruel Roman cross and was resurrected the third  day from the dead. His resurrection means we can have eternal life.

Little Spokane River

Little Spokane River

John 11:25 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life: he that believes on me, though he have died, shall live;

Spokane Clouds

Spokane Clouds

Spokane Clouds

Spokane Clouds

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Hope Propels Us

Yes, when we have hope, it makes us go faster.  Hope propels us.  Think about how much hope the Bible gives us.  In the Bible God wins, the enemy, Satan looses.  Men and Women  created in the image of God have the opportunity to serve God and fulfill their  destiny.  Psalm 43:5  Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him,  who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Spokane River

Spokane River

There is not a time we cannot hope in God. God is our hope. No matter how bad the situation is, we can always hope in God.   God can fix even the impossible. Our hope in God is not in vain; in time God will help us.

Spokane Clouds

Spokane Clouds

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Death Connects Us to Eternity

When people die it helps us connect with eternity, especially when its someone we know, love and respect.  Experiencing the death of someone we care about causes  us to think about eternity.  

The Bible is the book most qualified to tell us about eternity.

What Happens When Someone Dies

There is a day on our calendar when we are appointed to die. The day is printed in invisible ink, but God can see it. God knows the day. He gives life and He takes life. We try to extend life with diets, exercise, and doctors, but life and death is in the hand of God.  The day of our birth and death is set by God, not me. The fact is that all of us are born, we die and we all pay taxes. None of us choose when we are born and when we die. Everybody faces God.  After death we all face God to determine eternity. Some for eternal rewards some for eternal punishment.Ok, So what happens when I die?  When we die, we at some point will face God to give an account for our life.

1. For the believer it is to inherit eternal life.
2. For the un-believer it is to receive eternal punishment.

Here are some verses from the Bible on death and what what happens after we die. As a main point and side point, the Bible is the book most qualified to tell us about eternity.

John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame, to everlasting contempt.
John 3:36  He that believes on the Son has life eternal, and he that is not subject to the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides upon him.
Psalms 39:5 Behold, thou hast made my days as hand- breadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before thee; verily, every man, even the high placed, is altogether vanity.

When we die, we at some point, will face God to give an account for our life.

1. For Believers, there is the Judgment Seat of Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
Romans 14:10 But thou, why judgest thou thy brother? or again, thou, why dost thou make little of thy brother? for we shall all be placed before the judgment- seat of God.

The judgment seat of Christ does not determine our eternal destiny; that issue is decided the moment we receive Christ. Knowing that in the future we will stand before Jesus Christ and face a personal review of our lives should always motivate us to love the Lord, grow in the Lord, obey the Lord, live righteously and live faithfully in the present.

2. For un-believers, there is the Great White Throne.

The “Great White Throne” judgment described in Rev. 20:11–15 is for unbelievers. This final exam for all un-believers is a picture of God’s holy rule and requirements.

20:15 Only God’s elect, those whose names are written in the Book of Life, will escape the lake of fire. To be written in the book of life is to believe on Jesus for eternal life.

When people die it helps us connect with eternity.  When someone we care about dies, this helps us connect with eternity.

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Prayer as Branches with the Vine

Prayer as Branches with the Vine – Jesus’ Instructions on Prayer in John 15

Grape Vines in Washington State

Grape Vines in Washington State

Wow, look at prayer, with Jesus as the vine, and we as the branches in John 15, chapters 14, 15, 16, and 17.  In these four chapters, Jesus was trying to comfort His disciples and at the same time get them to just abide in Him.  So right in the middle of that, in chapter 15,  Jesus was talking about abiding. He was talking about how we need to be like branches on a vine. He was the true vine. Some people say this describes kind of an organic, living and real relationship between Jesus and us, or between us and the Father.  Without getting into the rest of the context, there,  John 15:7 says, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” That seems kind of like a blank check where you can expect God to do anything you ask of Him. Some people look at that verse and they wonder why God doesn’t answer when they pray for something. There is a condition in this verse, though. It says, “If you abide in Me and My words aide in you”.  The “asking” is prayer.

Grape Vines in Eastern Washington

Grape Vines in Eastern Washington

Well, the first condition, there, is, “If you abide in Me… “ Without getting into the context,there, one way to abide is to stay in the Lord, to rest in the Lord, or to remain in the Lord.  So how does one abide in the Lord, it simply means to trust and rely on Him. I would even say it means to do the things God wants you to do, to obey the Lord.  He says, “If you abide in Me”.  Then He says, “And if My words abide in you”.  This passage in the book of John says, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you”, you can ask whatever you will and I will do it. What words is He talking about when Jesus says, “And My words abide in you”? I believe He is specifically talking about the word He is speaking. Oh, and by the way, what ever Jesus says is the Word of God. I believe it also has to include the words of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.

Grape Vines in Eastern Washington

Grape Vines in Eastern Washington

The video this text is taken from is on  Drew’s YouTube channel.  This portion is at YouTube.

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Following Jesus

Luke 5:5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”

Luke 4:36 Then they were all amazed and spoke among themselves, saying, “What a word this is! For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.”

The theme is simple “Following Jesus”,   He, that is Jesus, has the power and He knows where the fish are.   So don’t follow someone or something else, just follow Jesus.

Reflection on the Spokane River

Reflection on the Spokane River

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The Bible in Two Minutes

Here is a quick overview of the Bible in two minutes.

Here is the full text:

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
God, then, created man in His image for His purpose and glory.
Satan tempted them, and they disobeyed God. The sin and evil separated humankind from God.
But God made a promise of a redeemer and the rest of the Bible points to Christ the redeemer.

God called Abraham to believe Him and be the father of the nation of Israel.
The Israelites went into Egypt to survive a famine and were later enslaved there.

God chose Moses to deliver Israel from slavery and lead the nation out of Egypt.Moses received God’s law for His people.

God appointed a man after His own heart, David, to be Israel’s king.

David loved God and prepared to build God’s temple.
Israel disobeyed and rejected God, so He let other nations again capture His people.

God loves the world and sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, as God and man to the world.
Jesus is the world’s long-awaited Savior that God had promised since man fell into sin.
Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for sins, and He resurrected from the dead.
We can now come to God through Jesus Christ and no longer be separated from Him. Jesus is the only way to God!
Jesus gives eternal life to all those who believe in Him

Many people spread the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout the world, including Peter, Paul, and John. Peter testified of Jesus to the Jewish people.
Paul testified to the rest of the world and helped establish churches. Paul wrote: Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

John loved the Lord and talked much about how to receive eternal life..
Jesus will come again and bring His people into His eternal Kingdom where they will live with God forever. This final heavenly place is called the New Jerusalem.

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The Earth is the Lord’s

Psalms 24:1. The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

Masada Israel

Masada Israel

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Why Man was Created by God

Sometimes it is hard to understand why God created man.

In the beginning there was the earth, plants, animals and there was man. What is all this for and why are we here?  These are some universal questions. In the beginning God had a purpose in mind for all things, but what is this purpose and what does this have to do with us? When we look at the beginning of the Bible, the first book of the Bible and the first chapter of the Bible the reason why God created man is laid out for us. It says, there, that God created man in His image and in His likeness, and He wanted man to have dominion over the fish, the cattle, the birds, over the whole earth and over the creeping things. In that passage the two key words are “image” and “dominion”. These two words describe the reason why God created you and created me—imagine and dominion.

God Created the Earth

God Created the Earth

Now what do these two words mean? An image is like a photograph. If I have a photograph of a tree, you see an image of the tree; you see the attributes of the tree. For instance, most trees are green, so you see green. You see the form of the branches, the shape of the leaves and so on. Well, in the same way, you and I were created in the image of God that we might express the attributes of God.  For instance, a tree is green, so a photograph of a tree expresses that attribute, the color green. You and I were created in the image of God. Now one attribute of God is love. Others include joy, peace, patience, honesty, telling the truth and so on.  These are all attributes of God.  When we express these attributes we express God’s nature, and this is why you and I were created.

So this is why God created man.

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God Loves to Hear Prayer

God loves to hear prayer. He is a God who listens. Look at these verses on prayer in the Bible, God listens to every prayer.  Have this confidence that in every pray, whether it be small or large, whether it be well phrased, or just a bunch of broken words, God listens.  Sometimes what we think are the worst prayers, God just loves, since we are expressing our real feelings.

Psalms 66:19 But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer.

Psalms 66:20 Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer, Nor His mercy from me!

Reflection during Idaho Sunset

Reflection during Idaho Sunset


James 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly…

This  last verse in James eventually refers to Elijah who in a very unique situation needed a prayer to bring God in to vindicate Himself.   Elijah did pray and God did come in.

So never feel that God does not hear, He does hear and answer.   p.s.  answers do not always come how and when we expect them.

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Prayer Needs the Spirit

The Spirit helps us pray. Without the feelings and words from the Spirit it is really hard to pray. Where is an easy place to get Spirit words? The Bible is in-spirited by God. So the words in the Bible turned into prayer are wonderful prayer words. And those words from the Bible are full of Spirit.

Someone once said that Prayer is an impossible task without the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Idaho Sunset

Idaho Sunset

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Coming To The Lord

One way to come to the Lord in prayer is by calling on the lord. Jeremiah 33:3
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and I will shew thee great and hidden things, which thou knowest not. Also look at this verse in Romans 10:13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” So come to The Lord.

Idaho Sunset

Idaho Sunset

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Encouragement

Idaho Sunset

Idaho Sunset

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: – from Phil 1:6

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Disappointments

Never never get angry over your circumstances.

Idaho Sunset

Idaho Sunset

That’s a hard one, but so true. God allows things that are outright hard, disappointing and just unhappy and discouraging. But God is still God, the sun still shines above the clouds. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If you just pray, God will make a way and bring understanding.

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The Bible in the Morning

The Bible is a book that tells a story. The story the Bible tells is God’s story. So the Bible is not written by God as a theology book, it is written to tell a wonderful story. So in the Morning enjoy reading God’s story. So enjoy this animation about morning prayer and Bible reading.

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Mediterranean Sea in Israel

The Mediterranean Sea in Israel. mediterranean_sea_0014

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Spurgeon and Prayer

Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) was a man of Bible study, prayer, teaching and preaching. It has been estimated that he preached to about 10 million people.

Spokane Sunset

Spokane Sunset

Here is a great quote on prayer from C.H. Spurgeon:  Of course the preacher is above all others distinguished as a man of prayer.  He prays as an ordinary Christian, else he were a hypocrite. He prays more than ordinary Christians, else he were disqualified for the office which he has undertaken.   

 So prayer is an important aspect to our life.

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Never Give Up

Never give up. Look at Hebews chapter 11, what is the result: God wins. Through thousands of years of problems, issues and opposition, God comes out on top. So never give up.

Multnomah Falls Oregon

Multnomah Falls Oregon

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Where is Peace?

From Romans chapter 8, “.., to set the thoughts on the spirit is life and peace”. There is only one pace for peace, that is in God. Everywhere else is only a mirage of peace. In this world you will have tribulations. If you don’t have peace about something, just don’t do it.

Idaho Sunset

Idaho Sunset

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The Bible is God’s Story

The Bible is God’s story written from His side.  So when there is an argument between two people, each person has a side. Well the Bible is God’s side of the story. We may have our worldview and opinions, but God has His worldview and thoughts. After all,  He created the world and our ability to even have a view. His thought, that is God’s thoughts are recorded in a story book called the Bible. From Genesis to Revelation, God has a lot to say. Look at this verse in second Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,  for correction,  for instruction in righteousness:

The Beautiful Spokane River

The Beautiful Spokane River

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Ok, I Am Human

Spokane Sunset

Spokane Sunset

Ok I am not perfect, I am human. I may try to have a long prayer time, but I get distracted by a multitude of things. My mind and thinking wanders while I am trying to pray.

Spokane Sunset

Spokane Sunset

IT’S ALL RIGHT TO BE HUMAN. When your mind wanders all over the place while you are praying, don’t be surprised or upset. Simply return to Jesus.

Spokane Sunset

Spokane Sunset

Some people can spend hours in prayer, sorry not me, my mind goes to my business, technology, twitter, Facebook, non working snow blower… In an hour prayer walk I might be lucky to get 10 minutes in prayer to God. So sorry, I am human and a sinner.

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What is the Bible?

Wow, what a great question – What is the Bible?  The Bible is God’s Word to us. The Bible tells us what God thinks, how God feels and why He created the earth and mankind.      The thoughts of God about the earth, man, sin, Jesus Christ, righteousness, heaven and hell are all addressed in the Bible.  The Bible answers some big questions like,  Why did God create me? and How do I become a Christian?

Four Main Points about the Bible:

1.  The words of the Bible are God’s words.  The words in the Bible are not opinion or human concepts. – 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching…

2.  The Bible makes clear how one can become a Christian, live as a Christian and grow as a Christian.  Many others items and things in the universe are just not found in the Bible  because they are not necessary for our Christian living. – Psalms 119:130 The unfolding of your words gives light;  it imparts understanding to the simple.

3. The Bible is a very necessary book since it tells us about God, man, sin, Jesus Christ, heaven and hell. - 2 Timothy 3:15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

4, The Bible stands alone as the only book that tells us everything we need to know to become a Christian, live as a Christian and grow as a Christian.  In this area the Bible is sufficient. - 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Hopefully this short answer to “What is the Bible” has helped you and me understand more about the Bible.  Later we will talk more about what is in the Bible such as poetry, history, teaching, theology, stories and prophecy.  In the Bible is also encouragement and warnings for our Christian life.

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Opposition Brings Success

Right before success you face your worst opposition. Look at the Lord Jesus, He was facing death by on a cruel Roman cross, but resurrection is coming in 3 days. His resurrection makes the way for all sinners to receive eternal life, just as He promised. Now we can believe in Him for eternal life.

So don’t be down and don’t be low, hope is coming. People who invent things spend a lot of time in the drudgery of details until success comes.

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Spurgeon

Spurgeon loved Bible study, prayer and preaching.

Spokane River

Spokane River

Here is a great quote on prayer from C.H. Spurgeon:  Of course the preacher is above all others distinguished as a man of prayer.  He prays as an ordinary Christian, else he were a hypocrite. He prays more than ordinary Christians, else he were disqualified for the office which he has undertaken.   

Reflection on the Spokane River

Reflection on the Spokane River

 So prayer is an important aspect to preaching.

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