How to be Saved

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Acts 16:31
And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved, you and your household.”

Sometimes we wonder why bad things happen. When we belong to Jesus, everything has a purpose—even being thrown in jail.

Paul and Silas had been brought before magistrates for the “sin” of being Jewish. By this time all Jews had been thrown out of Rome and its territories. Philippi was a Roman outpost.

After being beaten with rods, they were thrown into the inmost prison. About midnight while they sang and praised God, there was an earthquake. All the prison doors opened.

The jailer, sure all his prisoners had escaped, prepared to kill himself. Death would be his fate when the officials learned he lost his prisoners. Paul quickly called out that they were all still there.

The man fell down before Paul and Silas and asked what he needed to do to be saved. They responded with the above scripture. That night the jailer and his whole household believed in Jesus and were baptized.

When the sun came up, the magistrates learned their prisoners were Roman citizens. The officials authorized their release and begged them to leave the city quietly because it was illegal to beat a Roman citizen.

Lord Jesus, help me keep my eyes on You
rather than the circumstances
when dark days appear.

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God’s Solution

Fretting Person

Psalm 37:1
Do not fret because of evildoers, be not envious toward wrongdoers.

We can waste a lot of time getting our tails in a knot from the things we see and hear going on around us. In these days we have multiple opportunities every day to be incensed at what we see and hear both at home and abroad.

Often we must remind ourselves Who is in charge and that He has a plan. Sometimes we jump into a situation that is of no real consequence and doesn’t serve God’s purpose, even though it’s a just cause. In reality, it only serves to distract us from God’s goals and purpose for our life.

We need to remind ourselves often that God sees it all and is perfectly capable of rectifying the situation. Also, that He is the ultimate judge of the whole earth. He didn’t appoint us His earthly magistrates.

Lord Jesus, may I seek You
at every bend in the road
and each step of the way.
Please keep me on track
and out of the ditches
so I might be available
and listening for Your call
whenever You choose to speak.

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True Joy


I Peter 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

In God’s kindness and goodwill toward us who were stuck in sin and afflicted with mortality, He took pity on us. He made it possible for us to be conformed to His will and way.

Now we can enjoy real, efficient life forever with Him when we receive the gift of His own Son sacrificed for our sakes. Jesus proved this fact when He raised from His grave and showed us that those who follow Him will arise also.

This good news fills us with joy and confidence in His most generous gift for the here and now and forever in eternity.

What a wonderful God we serve! Let us share this good news with at least one other person today.

Lord God, cause at least one person to cross my path today
with whom I can share this wonderful news.
Open the doors of opportunity
and then shove me through it.

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Judgment Day

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Romans 8:33
Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies;

We who belong to Christ, need not fear the day we stand before God to give an accounting. God Himself has declared all those who have received Christ and trust Him for salvation, “Not guilty.”

God Himself is the one whom we have offended. He also is the judge, jury, and executioner. When we chose to choose Jesus as our Savior, God declared us justified, righteous in His eyes.

Our sin has been thrown into the deepest part of the sea (Micah 7:19). You have removed our sin as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). When we appear before Him we will receive rewards from His hand because we have believed in the One whom He sent to save us.

The enemy would like us to believe differently. He accuses us. He tells us our sins are too bad for God to forgive us. When he comes at us with his lies we need to remind him we are God’s elect. That in God’s eyes we appear justified; just as if we had never sinned.

Father God, thank You for the provision
of Your Son, Jesus,
who took the punishment we deserved
and gave us right standing before You.
Thank You for Your forgiveness.

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New Baby


I know this doesn’t look like a new baby, but it is. It’s my new fiction, based on fact which is out this month. So, do we call that “faction”? Hard Times in the Heartland the third in the series of The Late Sooner. It’s based on my dad’s letters to Mom and me during WW II and family stories. Like my other books, the facts are carefully researched and woven into this story.

As a kid, I hated history class because it consisted of learning endless lists of dates to be regurgitated later onto a test paper. When I found my great-grandfather’s one-line-a-day diary in an antique chest fourteen years ago, the first Oklahoma Land Run became more than a list of facts–it became story. That diary became The Late Sooner.

When I found my dad’s stack of letters, WW II came alive as I saw it from his eyes. I was also struck by the parallels between then and what we see flashing across our TV screens today.

This December will be the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor. This month marks the 87th year since the Stock Market Crash of 1929. These two events mark the beginning and end of the era covered in Hard Times in the Heartland.

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The Rock

A high rock

Psalm 18:2
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Another way of saying the above scripture is: The living God, the ever-existing One is my security and my stronghold; my place of escape and safety, my God. I put my confident hope in Him. He is my shield from harm. His strength will deliver me and in Him I will enjoy salvation and victory.

My heart goes out to those who do not yet know this One who outshines all other things that call out for allegiance. Oh, that all people knew Him!

May we live our lives every day expecting Jesus to send people across our paths that we may share this good news with them.

Lord Jesus, You know all hearts.
In Your perfect timing,
may my paths cross others
so they may hear Your truth
and know Your love for themselves.

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Money Matters


Hebrews 13:5
Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”

We each one have a choice. We can love God or we can love money and what it can buy. Money and goods are temporary, fleeting. Money can be here today and gone tomorrow. Things can burn in a fire or thieves can steal them.

When we make money our goal, there is never enough. It never brings lasting contentment. Someone always has something a little better or a little more.

When God is our goal, our supply never lacks. He promises never to leave us (to send back, to let sink). He promises to never forsake us (to abandon, leave in straits, leave helpless, to leave behind).

In Jesus, there is a contentment that all the money in the world can’t buy, and the lack of money can’t diminish. He is sufficient in all things.

Lord Jesus, thank You for Your presence and peace
which only You can give, and money can’t buy.
Thank You for Your precious promises
that never grow old nor fail.

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