Zechariah’s Story

Luke 1:5-23; 57-79

Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist

Imagine not being able to speak for 9 months (40 weeks) then you answer a question, “What is your son’s name?” You break from tradition by naming your son John which shakes up the whole countryside and then the gospel comes forth from your lips.

There is a message there. God is not a God of tradition but of salvation, renewal, mercy who has given us the privilege to serve Him without fear in holiness and rightousness in His presence all our days.


Did you catch that? It is a privilege to serve Him.

Thank God for the privilege to serve Him and then ask for opportunity to share the gospel.

Continually seeking Him,


Are You A Christian?

Matthew 21:33-43

Parable of a Landowner.

I have always read and understood this passage as God being the owner of the vineyard and Jesus the Son whom He sent. But that is as far as my understanding went until this morning.

The Holy Spirit unveiled something in verse 41 and 43. The priests and Pharisees understood that the vineyard would be taken away and given to those who would produce fruit.

I wonder, am I producing fruit for the Kingdom of God? How many people call themselves Christians but don’t produce fruit? No fruit, no vineyard.

Verse 43 – “Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing its fruit.”

It is a responsibility of every Christian to be producing fruit for the kingdom of God.

Continually seeking Him,


Heart Condition

What does your heart say about you? Does the outflow of your heart express Jesus?

I really think your heart condition is related to how your eyes see and your ears hear:

But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.” (Matthew 13:16-17)


Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.” (Mt. 13:13).

Are we seeking to know the truth? What is the desire of our heart? Is it to know Jesus, the truth, seek Him with all of our heart, to love Him with all of our heart?

What is your heart condition?

Continually seeking Him,


Part of the Family?

For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.” Matthew12:50.

Read this I can’t tell you how many times but this morning it hit me like a rock. We are not part of the family with Jesus unless we are doing the will of the Father. I’ve been meditating on this for a bit and am overwhelmed by this statement.

What is the will the Father? The Bible tells me.

How many are reading it to know? How many professing Christians don’t know? How many are seeking in prayer confirmation of the Word in them? How many are seeking to know, desiring to obey and are actually brothers, sisters, mothers of Christ.

Wow, conviction here. Am I seeking God’s will? Am I being obedient? Am I truly part of the family of God that Jesus is? Just thinking and pouring it out.

Continually seeking Him,


Going Through the Motions?

Genesis 34:7-32

Circumcision is a sign of the covenant between God and Abraham and His descendants. Jesus replaced that covenant with His blood He shed on the cross.

Here’s my heart — Hamor and his people get circumcised for their own selfish reasons (21-23). Many accept Jesus for what they can get out of it, not for the purpose of being transformed into the image of God. Result? What they thought they had — a bright future was their demise. Wrong motives, wrong reason.

Are we living for Jesus, doing and saying (existing) to bring Him glory? Or are we going through the motions?

I’d say it’s a time for prayer:

“Examine me, O Lord, and try me;
Test my mind and my heart.” Psalm 26:2
“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;” Psalm 139:23

Examine me, search me, try me. . .

“Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10


Continually seeking Him,


The Trip of a Lifetime

Matthew10:20 “Because you are not speaking, but the Spirit of your Father is speaking through you.”

O that we would be surrendered fully to our Lord God, that in serving Him He would be our thoughts and words. Reading the Bible everyday helps. As we fill our hearts and minds with the word of God, the Holy Spirit given to us, brings to mind the words we have hidden in our hearts. Thus, it is not we who are speaking but the Holy Spirit of our Father. Reading the Bible daily opens unlimited opportunity to serve our Lord. Wow!

Is the Word of God infiltrating your very being? Are you letting the Spirit lead and guide you on the trip of a lifetime? The trip of your lifetime.

Prayed that God would use His Word to guide you in your life for His glory.

Continually seeking Him,



What a beautiful story of prayer in Genesis 24:1-54.

The prayer story begins with Abraham’s statement to his servant, “He (God) will send His angel before you, and you can take a wife for my son from there” (v.7). For Abraham to make that statement, I believe Abraham had to be praying for and about a wife for Isaac.

Skip to v.12 The slave prays to God. Where did he learn about this God of Abraham and where did he learn to pray? Abraham must have been quite the man of the household, spiritual leader. Remember that all the males of the household, including slaves had to be circumcised. This slave was under the covenant and Abraham was responsible for those in his household under the covenant. Abraham taught his servant to pray. The slave begins his prayer by acknowledging God and then prays specifically for his need — according to God’s will. With Abraham sending his slave and believing he had been praying about this I believe the slave is praying according to God’s will.

Was it God’s will for Isaac to have a wife from Abraham’s family? You bet. Just look at how God answered that prayer. Is it coincidence that Rebekah was from the family of Abraham or that she shows up right when she does? God is amazing and shows Himself when we pray. God answered that prayer just as the slave prayed it. That is confidence in prayer. This is where prayer warriors are born. But you need to pray before you see results.

What was the response of the slave to his answered prayer? V.26-27 The man bowed down and worshipped the Lord! What a beautiful response to answered prayer. Today prayer is so often reading off a list and when prayer is answered we don’t even take the time to thank our Lord. It never ceases to amaze me how many prayer requests people share but when asked for praises it becomes silent. Is God not answering prayer?

After that what did the man do? He shared. He testified of God and His provision by telling about how God worked in this situation from the initial prayer to the answer from God! . . . .

What I learned from this passage:

1) Learn how to pray. 2) Pray specifically. 3) Pray according to God’s will. 4) Praise God and thank Him for answered prayer. 5) Tell others what He has done — this exalts Him and it gets people excited about prayer.

Hoping your prayer life is a blessing both to you and our Lord God.

Continually seeking Him,