Here are the welcome messages from
September 1999

9/7/99 September 7, 1999
9/14/99 September 14, 1999
9/20/99 September 20, 1999
9/29/99 September 29, 1999

September 7, 1999

What is your opinion of God? Have you ever really thought about it? How much about God do you know?

There is not one person on this earth that knows all about God. In Isaiah 55:9 God says, "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." God created the universe and everything in it. Is anyone able to understand that? God knows everything that everyone thinks. Is anyone able to understand that? God knows everything that is going on everywhere. How easy is that to comprehend?

God cannot be described in human terms. The things God does cannot be comprehended in the human mind. DO NOT believe it when you hear someone say, "God won't do that." DO NOT believe it when someone tells you, "God only speaks to people through the Bible." DO NOT believe it when someone tells you what God can and can't (or will and won't) do! People have opinions about God. Opinions are generally based on life experiences. People's opinions are worthless. God's opinions are precious and are to be sought by us.

Don't build yourself a box to contain God and His attributes. God won't be contained in the box that you build. You will be in the box and God will still be doing the things that He does in the ways that are higher than our ways. Be open to what God wants to do in your life and around you. God is not asleep. God did not stop speaking to us when the Bible was written. God did not stop doing miracles then, either! Be ready, be open, be alert, and have faith in God. Without the faith you will not be able to experience God in the fullest way possible!

Well, I have about half a billion things I need to get done today. I had better get busy.

Link to the 9/7/99 Bible study.

September 14, 1999

Sunday night I was thinking about getting up Monday morning and spending some time working on this week's Bible study. Then I realized I had volunteered to help pass out textbooks at the high school all day. Then I had to take my son to the doctor. Then I had to go get his prescription, run him back to the school, do some more errands......I have not had one day to myself in a very long time! My house is a disaster. My ironing is nothing but a pile. My filing is another pile. My desk is under a pile. My spare bedroom is full of piles. Oh, my, may I have a month with no interruptions of any kind please?? PLEASE??

Satan is causing quite a bit of turmoil in my life lately. He, again, is trying to stop me from my ministries. He has only succeeded in slowing me down. I am still focused on my walk with the Lord. I cannot be deterred from that! I am not spending as much time in the Word as I want, but I am trying. I am not spending as much time in concentrated prayer, but I am spending time talking with Him while I am doing other things. I am not defeated!! Praise the Lord!!

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of NOT putting limitations on God! Just because you do not speak in tongues does not mean they are not a valid gift from God! Just because you've never seen someone you know and can trust be the recipient of a miraculous healing doesn't mean God doesn't heal people! Just because you've never heard God speak to you doesn't mean He doesn't speak to anyone any more! I don't care how long you've been a Christian, how many pastoral classes you've taken in a Christian College, or how many times you've read your Bible!! None of those things put any limitations on God.

The only thing that puts limitations on God is your unbelief! He can't do any of those things in your life if you are refusing to believe them! He wants you to accept everything He does and says. He wants you to be a vessel through which He can work. Empty yourself of the human values you have placed on God. Empty yourself of the opinions you have formed about God. Purify yourself by filling yourself with the Word. Let God show you what He can and can't do. Don't let someone else tell you!

Link to the 9/14/99 Bible study.

September 20, 1999

Silly me! I was thinking that I would have Saturday to try to get caught up on things around here (or at least rearrange my stacks to make it look like I was getting caught up) and Friday I got a surprise. I found out I was supposed to be a guest speaker at a booster club workshop on Saturday. I was supposed to share my methods of administrating the scrip fundraiser that I do. I had to put together a speech and visual aids. Sigh! I think I'll be good to myself and double my salary for all the things I do. Let's see, someone help me. . .what is two times zero?

Tomorrow I may have to report for jury duty. I won't know until after 5:30 tonight! They expect me to put everything on hold just in case they need me! They didn't accept the excuse that I am the only one currently able to run the scrip program and the band could lose up to $200 a week in my absence. They want me to volunteer my time for them and don't care that they are stealing me away from some other area where I also volunteer my time. I'm afraid I just might go in with an attitude!

Now, is that very Christian-like? No, it's not. Is it the way I feel? Yes, it is. What can I do about it? Well, I have a choice. I can keep the attitude since it is justified, or I can ask the Lord to help me go there with a loving attitude. What's it going to be???? Tune in next week for the answer!

I have been extremely busy as you can tell and I have been put in the position over and over lately of having to deal with unlovable people. I am also in another turmoil of sorts at our new church. For a long while now I have been praying that I see people through God's eyes and love them with His heart. I believe He is teaching me how to do that. I know that with everything coming down on me at once that I normally would be very short tempered, but I have been able to maintain a patient and loving attitude. Praise His HOLY NAME! Thank you, Lord!!

I am trying a new and difficult thing. I am experimenting with getting up an hour earlier in the morning to spend time with the Lord before anyone else gets up. The only problem is that I am not a morning person. It takes me a while to fully wake up. I actually don't think that I am fully awake until I see the sun shining. The sun is nowhere near shining at 4:45AM! I can't figure out any other way to do it!

Once everyone is up there is usually no down time for me until the evening and then I am a goner. I really cannot concentrate. I'll let you know how it works.

Link to the 9/20/99 Bible study.

September 29, 1999

Well, my group didn't get called in to jury duty last week. Every night I had to call after 5:30PM to see if I had to report the next morning. What a rotten system! You can't schedule any appointments or make any plans for the entire week. I don't know what kind of attitude I would have had if my group would have been called. I would like to think I would have had a loving, patient attitude, but I can't say for sure.

I'm still getting up an hour early (well, a few mornings I hit the sleep button on my alarm and only got up 50 minutes early) to spend time with the Lord. I am still pretty drowsy and some mornings I don't feel like I accomplished anything. I know that I did obtain good out of it because Isaiah 55:11 tells me, "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." Notice it doesn't say, "if the one who receives it is wide awake!" HALLELUJAH!

I hit a mental and physical wall last Friday. I was pretty much useless. I went back to bed around 8:30AM and slept for over two hours. When I got up I figured I had better give myself a rest for the rest of the day. I was feeling rather strange. I read my Bible and spent time with the Lord, I watched TV, I played cards, and generally took a mini-vacation away from all the things I've been doing lately.

I need to be a little more sensitive to what the Lord is telling me. He does want me helping and being a witness for Him, but maybe I've taken on more than He wants me doing. I have to find out His will because when I am doing things outside of His will then I am wasting my time!

Link to the 9/29/99 Bible study.

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