Dec 25, 2014 - Faith, The Love of God    3 Comments

THE MESSAGE OF SALVATION

Last year about this time I did a Christmas post. The message I hope was loud and clear … Jesus is God’s gift to the world. It was through Jesus’s sacrificial death of Calvary’s Cross that salvation came to all those who call upon His name. This year I would like to share with you just how important the message of salvation is.

But, I would like to begin by thanking my wife Amy Wade and our two little girls, Emma Grace and Ella. They are the reason for this week’s post. A week into the month of December, Amy said, “Honey, I think we should do a family Bible study on the birth of Jesus leading up to Christmas Day.” Well, I was all for the idea, in fact I wished I had thought of it myself! I guess, in a way I did, after all she’s my wife and Jesus is making us more like-mined everyday! In fact the word of God calls for Christians to be like-minded in Christ.

So several weeks ago we decided to set aside some family time to study

the Book of Luke leading up to the birth of Jesus. What we discovered

as a family was that there was a time when God used Angels as His messengers. But now, we have God’s Holy Spirit indwelling in us. It is a precious gift from God as result of Jesus’s sacrificial death on the cross for our sins.

imageThe Book of Luke recounts the amazing true story of God’s mercy and favor upon two households. The first house is that of a married couple, Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth. The second household is of a virgin named Mary who’s betrothed to a carpenter named Joseph.

Now both Zechariah and Elizabeth were both old and past their years for having children. They were descendants of the priestly line of Aaron, who was Moses’s younger brother.

One day The Angel of Lord appeared to Zechariah while he was performing his priestly duties of burning incense in the temple. When The Angel Gabriel appeared to Zechariah he was shaken and overwhelmed with fear at the sight of this messenger who was sent from God.

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Dec 18, 2014 - Hearing From God    28 Comments

Whoo-hoo! Look who’s 62!

Hi there, Wade in the Word readers!
It’s Amy, Billy’s wife. Billy’s birthday is Friday, December 19th.  I told Billy for one of his birthday gifts, I’d write his post this week! He was thrilled because it is a welcomed break from all the work that goes into writing these posts.

I thought to myself, if Billy were writing a post on birthdays where would he begin … what would he do? Well, he’d go to the Lord and ask Him a question like, “Lord, what’s the big deal about birthdays?” The Spirit would take him to some scriptures that help make sense of it. Of course, he’d do some research by asking random people he meets along the way what they think about birthdays. And, after days or sometimes weeks of meditating on a topic, he’d write a wonderful post that blesses all who read it. Well, nobody can do what Billy does so I won’t even try!

I just asked the Lord to lead me to a scripture to be my birthday wish to Billy and the Lord took me to Numbers 6:24-26. Several years back we kind of adopted this as our family verse so it was so fitting when God took me there on my search.

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Now, I didn’t tell him what I was going to write about because I wanted to surprise him. So he is reading this right along with all of you ☺ Now I need your help because the surprise is not really about my post on birthdays. The surprise is going to be all the wonderful comments I hope you all will leave wishing Billy a Happy Birthday.

So join me in wishing Billy a Happy 62nd Birthday!!!

Dec 13, 2014 - Hearing From God    11 Comments

MISERY LOVES COMPANY~BUT DON’T BE ITS COMPANION

Misery loves company; but you don’t have to be its companion. Ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut. No matter what you do, you just can’t seem to dig or pull yourself out of it. I equate this feeling to my experiences in sailing. We call it the doldrums. It’s a nautical term for calm periods when the winds disappear altogether, trapping sail-powered boats for periods of days or weeks. I remember sailing with friends on Lake Ontario. We’d be sailing along at seventeen knots feeling the wind against our faces. What an exhilarating feeling! Then out of nowhere you hit this calm where there isn’t even the slightest hint of a breeze. You’re dead in the water with not even a wave in sight … the doldrums. If we didn’t have an onboard motor, as a backup power source, we could be stuck for hours awaitinimageg the wind to pick up or for someone to give us a tow.

This idea of misery loves company makes me want to laugh at myself. Because without even realizing it up until now, when I think back to my sailing days when we hit those doldrums, I immediately looked around to see if others were in our same predicament … as if this would somehow bring me some comfort in knowing that I was not alone. So I guess it is true what they say … Misery loves company!

I got thinking about this when someone I’ve been counseling was having a hard time with her teenage son. She said she felt like she was in a rut and was at wits end with the stress and drama her son seemed to be causing. I wanted to encourage her not to let the son’s misery become hers. Then it came to me, misery can become our backup power source. But, not to bail them out of their condition, but to keep them in it.

THE POWER SOURCE THAT BINDS OR SETS YOU FREE

So I meditated and sought The Lord on how we as Christians can overcome the pitfalls of misery. Then it occurred to me that poor time management has a lot to do with why people fine themselves commiserating. Here’s what Esephesians 5:15-20 has to say about time.

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine,which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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