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Tiger

Tiger

Trust

Trust

 

A tiger has never stalked me. In fact, I have never been in a country where that’s a real threat, have you?

Nevertheless, troubles seem to follow me and attack me unexpectedly like a ravenous tiger. I buckle under the assault. I scream. I cry. I feel torn. I crawl to a corner and lick my wounds, praying the “tiger” never returns.

As I recover, I seek a better way of surviving in this jungle we call life. And sure enough, after much thought and prayer, the answer comes—in the form of an acronym using the word TIGER. Ironic? Perhaps. But God uses our greatest struggles to teach us His precepts, His faithfulness, and His loving kindness.

Here’s the acronym He gave me this morning to share with you and for you to share with those you know who wrestle “tigers” in their world.

 

Turn your concerns over to God (Psalm 34:14)

Invest time in Bible study and prayer (Philippians 4:6-7)

Guard your thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Endure all hardships (2 Timothy 4:5)

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)

Next time a “tiger” leaps at me, I’m going to fight back with words of truth and trust. How about you? What Scripture do you use to ward off the beast?

Prayer:

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 4:5).

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

 

 

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Repentance—What does it Actually Mean?

In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10)

Jesus Seeks the Rejected

Jesus Seeks the Rejected

How many times have you made a wrong turn and had reroute? I did it twice in the same day this week. On the way to the doctor’s office, my mother and I were talking and mentioned my daughter who lives in the same town as the clinic. So I headed for Rachel’s house. I had to swing around the block to get my mother to her appointment.

On the way home, we discussed our plans for planting the flowers we had bought after the doctor’s visit. My mind was figuring out what flower to put in what pot. Again, I missed the turn toward our hometown. I drove to the nearest gas station and turned around.

Life is full of U-turns and about-faces. But it’s not until we recognize our error in our thinking and our actions that we decide to make the necessary changes. Then and only then does true repentance take place.

Therefore, repentance means:

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Next Week:

We’ll take a look at following Jesus. Prepare by studying John 6:60-70

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Sheep on the Battlefield

For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (1 Peter 2:25)

Sheep on the BattlefieldWhen my husband served in the U. S. Army Reserves, he often came home disgruntled. Many men and women who signed on the dotted line for the pay didn’t want to do the work. Imagine that. They thought their weekend maneuvers and summer camps were meant for relaxation and partying for which they’d get a monthly check.

Some of the women stuffed their duffle bags with mirrors, makeup, hair dryers, and curling irons to spend two weeks in the field (as in simulated combat conditions). Where’d they think they’d plug their electrical appliances in? Trees and rocks don’t come with electrical outlets.

The men showed up wearing leather jackets sporting their gangs’ logos, do-rags, and earrings. They had to be told to change or leave.

These people didn’t take their training seriously. They had no real commitment to their duty as soldiers in the U. S. Army. Because of their self-centeredness, they were vulnerable and would’ve jeopardized the lives of everyone in their unit had they been placed in a combat situation. They were like sheep on the battlefield.

We, Christians, are also like sheep on the battlefield.

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Next week:

We’ll look at repentance. Prepare by studying Luke 7-9.

See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks

Suspended by Grace

This video is dedicated to my sister, Janie Neff Haines and her husband Gene Haines as a memorial to their son, Clint who was killed in a tragic motor cycle accident September 2013. May God’s sustaining grace continue to carry you forward into His everlasting presence.

With much love, Brenda

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Suspended by Grace

The brightness of the day succumbed to angry storm clouds. I scarcely noticed them. The turmoil bellowing within my soul created a far greater threat, shoving me to the very edge of destruction.

Stones shifted beneath my feet. I teetered, arms flailing to regain my balance. The crackling of debris cascading down the side of the cliff echoed through the valley. Several rocks crashed on the wall before splashing in the raging sea below. Was that to be my fate after all?

A scream … a cry of despair drew my attention eastward. At first one, then several close relatives slipped over the edge and plummeted toward the crag that stuck out of the icy water. “No!” I screamed with them. I stood paralyzed on the edge unable to do anything more than pray. I wanted to rescue them, to throw out a lifeline … something to prevent the inevitable. But I had no rope, no vine, no means of aide. Their screams tightened into shrieks and sobs … then silence. Their anguish-filled hearts impregnated the atmosphere with inaudible songs of grief.

Yet, instead of crashing into the sea, they floated above it as if suspended from parachutes. They rose and drifted farther eastward toward the sun. In the far distance, a beautiful city graced the horizon.

I suspected the refugees didn’t realize God’s grace had sustained them, not at first at least. But inch-by-inch they rose upward and eastward into the brilliance of His presence. As they live out the remainder of their lives, they radiate with an inner strength, of which they seem unaware.

I, also, suspected then, as I do now, that eventually I too will slip over the edge of despair. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” I can trust Him in the darkest night, in the midst of the storm, in the depths of despair. He will keep His word. By the testimony of my friends and family who have lived through the horrors of this world, I see Jesus’ sustaining grace. And I know the breath of God will lift me up and propel me into His Light and eventually into His everlasting presence.

Thank you for viewing. Please share.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

The Gift of Life

Advent 2014

Day 26

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10 b  KJV)

Abundant LifeA few days ago, I found myself sitting in the social security office. Unbelievable! I’m at retirement age. How’d that happen?

Reflecting on my life, it seems to have been filled with a lot of insignificant activities in comparison to what others have accomplished. My life is filled with unattained aspirations, fading dreams, and just plain failures. But Jesus promised to give me life … and that in abundance.

So where is my abundant life? While I have had my share of disappointments, I’ve also enjoyed many of life’s pleasures—an adoring husband, beautiful daughters, marvelous grandactives, a comfortable home, and always enough to eat. If you want to get a little more philosophical, I take great delight in my surroundings—the wonder of the sky, the glory of the mountains, and soothing chirps of birds singing in the morning. I am blessed indeed. But is any of this the abundant life of which Jesus spoke?

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Next we’ll peek inside the gift of Light via an art video, which wraps up the past four messages. Prepare by reading and studying John 8:12.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

The Gift

Advent 2014

Day 8

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Some say, “Jesus is the reason for the season.” But they’re wrong. We are the reason for the season.

It was God’s plan since the fall of man to send a redeemer into the world to save all mankind from their sins. Throughout the Old Testament, God spoke to the prophets about His plan of salvation and our need for a Savior.

Jesus of Nazareth is the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophesies. Several came to pass in the event of His birth.

Isaiah 7:14 says, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”

Luke 1:26-38 gives the account of the angel Gabriel’s announcement to the Virgin Mary that she will conceive and give birth to a son who shall be called the Son of God

When her fiancé, Joseph, heard about her pregnancy, he planned to break the engagement. But another angel appeared to him in a dream, reassuring him that the child was in deed God’s Son. Joseph married Mary immediately according to Matthew 1:18-24. Joseph took Mary back to Bethlehem to comply with the new tax law imposed by the Roman government. While there, Mary gave birth to her first son, thereby, fulfilling another prophesy found in Micah 5:2 about the location of the Messiah’s birth.

The night Jesus was born, shepherds guarded their sheep on a hillside close to Bethlehem. An angel appeared to them, proclaiming the messiah’s birth. Immediately, many angels joined in a chorus praising God and declaring peace on earth.

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child (Luke 2:15-17).

How about you? Have you heard the good news concerning the Messiah? How can you help spread the news?

Tomorrow, we’ll look the Gift in Israel. Prepare by reading and meditating on Luke 3:21-22—Jesus demonstrates obedience to the Father.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

 

Learning from Joseph’s Dilemma

Advent 2014

Day 3

 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. (Matthew 1:24)

MessengersGod seems to talk to me more just before I fall asleep or sometime during those hours of subconsciousness. Why doesn’t He speak to me during waking hours? The answer is obvious. I’m too busy … busy with life, busy with trying to resolve my problems my way, busy with consulting friends for answers. I’m busy with things that consume my thoughts and prevent God’s thought to enter the equation.

Perhaps that was Joseph’s problem too. When he learned about Mary’s pregnancy, he considered all the options, I’m sure. All the options he thought reasonable at least. Unfortunately, marrying an unfaithful woman was not among them.

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In preparation for tomorrow’s meditation, read Luke 1:39-56.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks