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Monday, August 29, 2016

What are your expectations?

Matthew 5:6 (ESV)
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Day four on our Alaska Adventure we got to go to the river and catch fresh salmon on the fish wheel. We never saw so many Salmon.

I recently saw a fishing cartoon that illustrated something about expectations. Pictured were two Eskimos fishing through holes in the ice. One of them had his line in a normal size hole maybe two or three feet across. But the guy sitting next to him had his line in an enormous hole, in the shape of a whale! This guy was hungry! He didn't want some dinky little fish! He was fishing for whales!

What I like about this illustration is how appetite creates expectation. What is our appetite for affecting the world around us for the Lord's sake? How much do we hunger to change things in peoples' lives through the gospel and through the ministry in Messiah? And how does that affect our expectations? He said "Blessed are those who HUNGER AND THIRST for righteousness."

How would you compare your hunger to your expectation? If your hunger is great and genuine then it's likely that God will move you to carve out a "whale-sized" hole in this icy world and expect a corresponding catch!

Dear Lord, thank You for the lesson we can learn from a cartoon. We pray that our hunger for the things of You would be “Whale” size. In the Name of Jesus, Amen. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

A goal is more than a dream.

Philippians 3:14 (ESV)
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Day three of our Alaska Adventure we went to Valdez to participate in a glacier cruise. It was an exciting time seeing the massive glaciers, whales, seals and other wild life.

A life without a goal is like the captain of a ship without a map and a compass. His ship will just drift aimlessly from day to day hoping to arrive somewhere. The apostle Paul set for himself a goal! He pressed forward in search for his goal -- he pressed toward the mark of the high calling in Messiah! He had a clear direction of where he was going and he was focused on the Lord! How much more should we!

By setting a goal, we are making a decision to act. We are providing ourselves a map and depending on the Lord to be our compass -- to provide the direction He wants us to go! A goal is more than a dream -- it's a dream acted upon. It's not saying "oh, I wish I could" -- it's declaring what we want to do for the Lord-- it's a declaration of faith!

Let's make our lives interesting -- let's set for ourselves a goal! Let's make a clear declaration of faith, saying "This is what I am going to do for the Lord and then press forward!" I can't wait to see where the Lord will take us!

Dear Lord, give us the strength and courage to keep pressing on to the goal that You have before each of us.  Help to stay excited for what You have in store.  In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Its all about focus

Philippians 4:8 (ESV)
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

 Day two of our Alaska Adventure the first thing we noticed is that is colder here then back home. As we boarded our plane to head North the Temperature was 92 degrees. As we were welcomed to Anchorage the temperature was 46. Now is a good time to focus on the adventure that is before us.

In the 1970s when the Alaskan Pipeline was being constructed many Texans went to Alaska to work on the pipeline alongside the Eskimos, native Alaskans. However the Texans could only work a few hours in the frigid weather, while the Eskimos could easily work for hours on end.

Some scientists decided to do a study to find out why the Eskimos could withstand the weather, while the Texans flagged. The study concluded there were no physiological differences between the Eskimos and the Texans. Then the scientists conducted a psychological study and discovered the difference. The Eskimos experienced the cold, but clearly understood that a job needed to be done. With that mindset, they focused intently on obtaining results rather than how the weather was affecting them. The Texans, on the other hand, were so focused on the cold weather it became their overriding experience of the situation, monopolizing their attention and energy and crippling their capacity to work.

When the Apostle Paul penned these words in Philippians 4:8, exhorting us to meditate on those things which are good etc. -- he was in prison. Yet he clearly had been training himself not to focus on his external circumstances, but on everything good, noble and praiseworthy, and especially the Lord Himself! Paul was no stranger to discomfort or the temptation it brings. But he'd learned well that his inward attitude toward difficult external circumstances could dramatically affect the way he experienced them and also his capacity to function in spite of them.

Focus on how bad things are – the trials, temptations, the circumstances that surround you – and you will be crippled by the amount of attention you give to them. Focus on the Lord, His Word, His promises, His deliverance, and everything good He is, has done, and will do, and you will work like an Eskimo in frigid air.

Dear Lord, help us focus on the positive things today. Help us not dwell on the negative to only be pulled down by them but instead keep our focus on what is important. In the Name of Jesus, Amen. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Alaska Adventure - Be still

Psalm 46:10 (ESV)
Be still, and know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth!

Today is the day we start our Alaska Adventure. The next 16 days the devotions will be themed around things we see and do as we visit my brother and family in Alaska.

Leonardo da Vinci, who excelled at many things -- as a painter, sculptor, poet, architect, engineer, city planner, scientist, inventor, anatomist, military genius, and philosopher said a wise thing:

"Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer, since to remain constantly at work will cause you to lose power of judgment...Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller, and more of it can be taken in at a glance, and lack of harmony or proportion is more readily seen."

Have you found this to be the truth? We have! Any time we step back from a situation or project and take some time away, we undoubtedly gain new perspective and insight about it. Now, I know not all of us can take a week-long vacation at a luxurious resort to take time away from our difficulties, but we can, and must take a retreat with the Lord (which by the way, can be much more restful)! The Word says He makes me to lie down and green pastures -- It doesn't say He'd like us to, if we could try to take some time from our busy schedules -- it says He makes us!

It's time to take a rest from all the things that make us weary today -- ministry work included. Let's take some time out with the Lord and get quiet before Him. He has so many things He wants to reveal, if we would only give Him a chance to show us! He's has so many ways He wants to refresh us and refill our empty places, if we would only be obedient to His call!

Dear Lord, help us each take the time to relax  and refresh ourselves. Help us to be obedient to You. In The Name of Jesus, Amen. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

What part of the Bible do you like best?

2 Timothy 2:15 (ESV)
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

A candidate for church membership was asked, “What part of the Bible do you like best?” He said: “I like the New Testament best. Then he was asked, “What Book in the New Testament is your favorite?” He answered, the Book of the Parables, Sir.” Hmmm. Do you realize how many of us are guilty of such little knowledge of God's word?

The Lord has really been convicting my heart of how much we need to know the Bible in this day and age. The Lord has given it to us as a gift! That we might have wisdom and knowledge and understanding beyond our years!

Let's strive to study and learn His Word.

Dear Lord, help us to study Your word so we will know the things You would have for us. In the Name of Jesus, Amen. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Once upon a time

Matthew 13:34-35 (ESV)
34 All these things Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed, he said nothing to them without a parable. 35 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet:“I will open my mouth in parables;   I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.”

Once upon a time, Truth went about the streets as naked as the day he was born. As a result, no one would let him into their homes. Whenever people caught sight of him, they turned away and fled. One day when Truth was sadly wandering about, he came upon Parable. Now, Parable was dressed in splendid clothes of beautiful colors. And Parable, seeing Truth, said, "Tell me, neighbor, what makes you look so sad?" Truth replied bitterly, "Ah, brother, things are bad -- very bad. I'm old -- very old, and no one wants to acknowledge me. No one wants anything to do with me."

Hearing that, Parable said, "People don't run away from you because you're old. I too am old -- very old. But the older I get, the better people like me. I'll tell you a secret: Everyone likes things disguised and prettied up a bit. Let me lend you some splendid clothes like mine, and you'll see that the very people who pushed you aside will invite you into their homes and be glad of your company." Truth took Parable's advice and put on the borrowed clothes. And from that time on, Truth and Parable have gone hand in hand together and everyone loves them. They make a happy pair.'

Jesus told many truths with parables. We can see that as we read through the gospels. Jesus rarely (maybe even never) began with scripture when he was among commoners. It was only in the Jesus told stories about everyday things in order to bring His strong message in a way that would keep his listeners attention!

Perhaps you've been sharing Scripture with someone and the message is just not getting across the way you'd hoped. Each person is different. There is no exact universal recipe for how to share our faith. We must sense where a person is -- ask the Lord to show us where to start -- try different approaches! Maybe try something different today. Tell a story -- maybe even your story!

Dear Lord, thank You for our story. Help us share that with someone today. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

In honor of my anniversary to my bride

Proverbs 18:22 (ESV)
He who finds a wife finds a good thing
    and obtains favor from the Lord

August 23, 1985 I was blessed beyond measure to marry Becky Ann Vander Boegh.

Your name, Becky, is a name representing beauty in the Bible. The Hebrew origin of your name comes from a word meaning “faithful wife”. I am honored to be your husband and best friend.

Becky, thank you for 31 years of:

Friendship…it is a dream come true to be your spouse’s best friend. It has taken a lot of sacrifice and effort on both our parts, but it is oh so worth it!  Thank you!

Encouragement…you have prodded me onward many times when I wanted to quit. I wouldn’t be where I am today had it not been for you! Thank you!

Belief in me…you have been my biggest fan. You have believed in me when I didn’t believe in me. Thank you!

Faithfulness…never have I questioned your fidelity to me or to our Lord. Like the sun that rises every morning and the moon every evening, great is your faithfulness. Thank you!

Love and respect…you have loved me even when I was not loveable and respected me when I was not respectable. Thank you!

You have been a wonderful mother to our boys. Each of them love you so dearly. You have been to them a mentor, an example, a teacher, a comfort, a place to turn for insight and wisdom, a friend, a role model, a light, a wrestling buddy and one in whom they can trust. You have made them secure in your love and pointed them to the One above! We all thank you!

Becky, you make me smile and laugh. You are forgiving, patient, kind, gracious and understanding. You are my greatest listener. You pick me up when I am down. You follow me all around! I am so glad we are on this journey together!

You are the highlight of each and every day of my life!


And so I say to you my wife:

Your Ron and Charlie rise up and bless you; your husband also, and he praises you, saying: many women have done nobly, but you excel above them all. Proverbs 31:28-29 New Ron Version

Happy 31st Anniversary Becky!! I love you more than words can express. Pack your bags we are heading to our great Alaska Adventure.

Dear Lord, thank You for giving us Your love to share with others. We pray that You willcontiue to bless our marriages. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.