Consider the capacity of the seed

Once again, we are grateful to God for your friendship and support of this ministry. Please allow me to share some personal thoughts with you regarding the mystery of God's creation -- encompassing all that exists -- in the context of humankind's constant search for the truth that will ultimately set us all free.

Consider the capacity of the seed

It shouldn't surprise us that Jesus, the One through whom all things were created, would have unparalleled wisdom and knowledge pertaining to "all things," even in respect to biology (the study of organisms and plants). Matthew 13:1-9, often referred to as "The Parable of the Sower," is one of the more lighthearted and informative encounters that we, the readers of Scripture, get to vicariously experience as we read the apostle's account. But to tell the stories and teach the lessons He intended, Jesus needed to draw upon His unlimited knowledge of plants:

Rocky Turtle 

It is with continuing and overflowing gratitude to God that I greet you in the name of our Lord. Once again, while waking up this morning to a world of heightened turmoil, we are nearing the season of Christmas as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ...the "King of Kings."

Rocky Turtle

"You will keep in perfect peace those
whose minds are steadfast, because they trust
in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord,
the Lord Himself, is the Rock eternal."

Isaiah 26:3-4 NIVUK

There have been some things in the life of my household that have been challenging lately, and the temptation to worry and be anxious has arisen once again. Such times are not new to us, and I imagine that the same is true for you! In the past, I have found great comfort in the words and truth of the verses above; and so, once again, I turned to them for reassurance and help in my thoughts and prayers. I turned to God, seeking the strength to remain steadfast in mind and the fulfilment of His promise of peace.

Giving Thanks

"As you therefore have received Christ Jesus
the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in
Him and established in the faith, as you have been
taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving."

Colossians 2:6-7 NKJV

For a moment, please allow me to draw your attention to a remarkable Biblical story of gratitude toward Jesus, as expressed in Luke 17:11-19. We call this story, "Jesus and the Ten Lepers."

come clean

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us
our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

1 John 1:9 NKJV

Those whom we serve on your behalf, who are persecuted for professing and practising their faith in Jesus Christ, increasingly remind us of the power of "prayer," and their utter dependency upon this vital means of accessing God’s limitless power. They pray fervently for their families and ministries, and they covet our prayers for them. But these dear souls, who endure the agony of horrific abuse, are not only the willing recipients of prayer, they are also some of the most effective "prayer warriors" among the global Christian body of our day. We should all, therefore, learn what we can from their experiences in and through their "faith walk," encompassing a deeply enriched prayer life combined with their meditation upon the Lord and His Word.