Need some help today?

Prayer…It is vital to our growth in Christ.  

It is a necessary ingredient for us to become all that God intends for us to be. But what is prayer? Prayer is simply communication with God. It is partnering with God to align our desires and plans with His desires and purposes for us.  

We do not pray to earn God’s favor. We have the privilege of praying because God favors us! Whatever is going on in our lives, God wants us to share those things in prayer with Him. Yes, God knows all about it before we pray. However, we do not pray to inform God of our problems as much as we pray to inform ourselves that God is bigger than those problems. 

When we focus our attention on the struggles of life, they tend to grow from our perspective. Yet, when we focus our attention and gaze upon God in prayer, we realize just how big a God we serve!!

Psalm 46:1 declares, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Do you need some help today? Call on the Lord. He is a present help…here right now. Let Him be your refuge and strength. He is as close as a simple prayer for help.

Sharing some hope today,
Pastor Dave

“Hosanna!”

During these unprecedented times, I am drawn back to the story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem before his crucifixion. The worship of the people as he rode on the back of a donkey, speaks to our situations today.

“Hosanna! Hosanna!”  This is what the people cried out as Jesus came into Jerusalem on what we know as Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter.  The word Hosanna means, “Save us, Now!”  The people were expecting Jesus to enter Jerusalem and overthrow the government and establish an earthly kingdom.  We know that is not what He intended. He was entering Jerusalem to lay down His life for our salvation and freedom from the bondage of sin. He did not respond as the people thought He would, but had a different plan instead. 

There are times that we ask for something from the Lord and we do not receive an answer that we expected.  God may answer in a way that surprises us or even goes counter to what we thought that He should do.  In those times, it is wise to remember that God is faithful and trustworthy.  No matter what is going on in our lives, let us remember…we can trust the Lord! 

God will never fail us! In fact, that is one thing that God cannot do.  God cannot fail! It is against His very nature and person to fail.  He knows what we need and will come through for His children! 

If you are facing a difficult time today, cry out to the Lord, “Hosanna!” “Save us, Now!” He will answer you!  His answer may not be what you expected, but it will always be what you need. 

Dealing out some hope today,
Pastor Dave

One of “those” days

(* NOTE: I had written this some time ago…our hope is in Jesus.)

Have you ever had one of those days? You know…one of those days when you wish you could just crawl back into bed and start all over?  You know…one of THOSE days…I’m talking about the kind of day where it seems that if anything can go wrong, it will.

It’s always one of those days when someone will ask you “How’s it going? How are you doing?” 

You are faced with a decision…thoughts flash through your mind faster than a race car on a superspeedway…“Do I really tell them?” “Do they really want to know?”…nah, “I will just take the easy route.” And then seemingly without much thought, you hear the words coming from your own mouth… “Today is a good day. I am doing fine.”  

All the while, you want to scream that this is a tough day and you just HOPE it gets better. 

Hope is not a synonym for “wishful thinking” though. No, the biblical meaning of the word hope is a confident expectation of something good based on the solid certainty of the character and nature of God. 

I love the phrase in Hebrews 6:19, “This hope we have as an anchor for the soul.” An anchor is only as strong as that to which it is tied. This hope is in the person and work of Jesus Christ. The love and forgiveness He gives brings a confidence that no matter what we experience, the end result of His purposes in our lives is one that is for our ultimate good!

The hope, confident expectation of God’s goodness, that I have in Jesus means:

  • A promise delayed, is not a promise denied!
    Just because I haven’t received what God has promised me yet, that does not mean that He is going to deny me that promise. He will fulfill His Word!
  • A detour is not your destination!
    If the place you are in does not look like what you thought it was, don’t give up. God is still working in your life even if it looks like nothing you thought it would!
  • A diagnosis is not your destiny!
    It doesn’t matter what label someone else has tried to put on you. God has the final say over your life! He loves you and has a destiny that only you can fulfill!

Be encouraged today! Even if it is one of THOSE days…We have hope in Jesus!

Dealing hope today,
Pastor Dave

When You Don’t Know Which Way to Go…

Crazy times, huh?

Times like these remind me of something I don’t like to be reminded about…I often don’t know which way to go or what to do. Now, during this season, it is even hard to remember what day it is.

The truth is we are all limited.

And if this season has taught us anything, (and the Lord is using it to teach me a lot!), it has taught us that we are limited in what we know, understand, and control.

It reminds me of the story in the Bible of the children of Israel as they approached the promised land under Joshua’s leadership. You can find the story in Joshua 3:1-9. All of the people were about to cross over the Jordan River and into a land in which they had never been.

This story got me thinking…and I believe that there are some principles here that may help you (because they have helped me during this season).

  1. Possess a spirit of expectation.
    • In Joshua 3:1 it says that Joshua rose early in the morning.
    • Joshua knew what God had promised him. It was like he had an expectation that today could be the day that we receive what God has promised.
    • Are you expecting God to show up today in your life?
  2. Go after the presence of God.
    • In Joshua 3:3 the people were instructed “…when you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it.”
    • The ark of the covenant represented God’s presence.
    • What do you GO AFTER? What do you follow?
  3. He knows the way, because He is the Way.
    • In verse 4 the Israelites were commanded to follow the ark (God’s presence) because they had not been this way before. (Sounds like this season, huh?)
    • Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)
    • I don’t know which way to go, or what I should do, but Jesus does.
    • We need to know WHO more than we need to know WHAT!
  4. Come near to hear His voice.
    • In Joshua 3:9, we hear these words: “Come here, and hear the words of the LORD your God.”
    • Lean in close to the presence of the Lord. Scripture tells us to draw near to God and He will draw near to us. (see James 4:8)

These are crazy times, for sure. Let’s not waste this season though by missing what God wants to share with us. It is hard to hear with background noise, so let’s take advantage of this time and listen for the guidance that Jesus brings.

Go after Him today! Follow Him…He knows which way to go.

Dealing some hope today,
Pastor Dave

Here Goes!…

Have you ever wanted to do something, but for whatever reason never have? And just like a garage that needs cleaning, it keeps staring at you every time the door is opened…
Well, that is the way I have felt about this blog. For some time I have wanted to write about a few things that I have learned and continue to learn that may help you.
Things like: leadership, family issues, marriage lessons, and more of the “stuff of life.” You know…the things we all (well, at least I do) struggle with as we are on this journey.

This will be a great place to stay connected. Hopefully, I can bring something that is worth a connection. 🙂
And there is no better time to get started than now.

What I want to bring to the table is some “hope and healing” for the hurting. I think we could all use some of that. I know I could.

So, for now, at least every week (or less if I am like a lot of bloggers), look for more posts. Why should you come back and read? I don’t know…but I sure “hope” you do.

From a hope dealer,
Dave