Trust In the Lord!

Matthew 6:31-34  “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear? For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

The last days since I have posted to the blog have been a testimony to these words of scripture. We do not know what tomorrow will bring. It may bring joy or sorrow, life or death. We have seen all in the days just past. We have seen sickness, death and tragedy. Yet God has been sufficient. He has shown the truth of his care for us.

The first words of our verses for today tell us not to worry over the essentials of our lives. God knows what we need and He will provide. How wonderful to know that He is faithful. We fail but He does not. He is always true to His promises.

Do not fret over your life's circumstances. Lean on the Lord and let Him meet your needs.

Keep Looking Up!

Dan

Hungering for God…

Psalms 39:12-13 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were. O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.

It is interesting to me that the words of our verse are written by King David who was described by God as a "man after my own heart"(Acts 13:22) Even David said of God, I am a stranger and a sojourner with thee. In all of his desire to be obedient as he followed God, David still felt like his knowledge of God was inadequate. He felt like a stranger to the truths of God. So we see the prayer in our verse, God listen to my cry and don"t  keep your peace from me when you see  my tears. Spare me that I can regain my strength lest I die.

One of the keys of David's success was his hunger for God. He was not perfect and his sins are obvious in the recording of scripture but he was quick to repent and to make things right with God and here we see him crying out to God for strength and mercy.

It raises the question for you and me. Do we have the same hunger that David had? The lack of zeal and excitement in today's church is because we are so easily satisfied with a few blessings from God. But do we really know Him. Are we like David a stranger and a pilgrim just passing through God's presence.  David wanted to really know Him and God recognized his desire.  How about you and me?

Keep Looking Up,

Dan

Ready to Forgive…

Psalms 86:5 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

We live in a world that is full of hatred, malice, and violence. The daily reports on the activities of men and women are filled with fights, shootings, and malicious actions. People feel that they have been wronged and decide they will get even. Forgiveness is a forgotten word in our vocabulary. Society says if I am hurt, I will hurt you back!

What a contrast to our verse for today! The word picture of our Lord is one of forgiveness and mercy. Our world would be entirely different if we imitated our Lord and his attitudes toward us.  We in many instances have not shown Him respect or gratitude for His blessings on us. Instead we have cursed Him and rejected the price that Jesus paid for our sins. Yet the scripture still describes Him as a God that is willing to forgive us.

Let each of us look at our attitudes toward others around us. We can only change the world in which we live, if we are willing to change ourselves. Things are not perfect and at times we will suffer wrong because of the actions of others. It is how we react to how others act that makes a difference in our world. Return forgiveness for cruelty and watch what happens in the  lives of others. Share the same mercy with others that God shares with you!

Keep Looking Up,

Dan

Learning To Lean…On Him!

John 13:23 Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.

These last days have been tragic for many in the state of Arizona. Flash flooding in the aftermath of the many fires that have marked our state has taken not only property but  lives. People have been washed away and drowned near Payson and there has been destruction with people needing to be rescued around Mayer and other areas. These problems are just here in Arizona, but many surrounding states are also having problems

As we face such forces over which we have no control, it is easy to be overwhelmed. However, with the help of our God we can overcome all such circumstances. Let me encourage you in your distress to do as John is pictured doing in our verse for today.  He was leaning on Jesus!

We sing the chorus at church, "Learning to lean, Learning to lean, I'm learning to lean on Jesus" and that is exactly what we need to do. When we are facing trials in our lives we need to lean on Him.  Jesus loves you just like He loved John. In times of great distress we can lean on Him.  He will never leave us or forsake us.(Hebrews 13:5)

Lean on Him!

Keep Looking Up!

Dan

…the earth shall shake…

Joel 3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

The power of the Lord is beyond imagination! Men think they have great power and control over the earth, but their power is nothing compared to the power of God. He alone is able to control the heavens and the earth. Men and Women realize how weak they are when they are faced with what they choose to call "Acts of God" By that name the people of the earth mean, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, tidal waves, and all such disasters. No matter how much man prepares, there is the realization that it is never enough. Only God can control these unpredictable happenings.

In our life time we have been through high winds, floods, fires, and most other uncontrollable happenings. These past days we found ourselves in the middle of torrential rain, hail, high winds, thunder and lightning strikes. All we could do as unnerving as it as the weather appeared was to depend on the protection of God. The lightning destroyed some of our computers, radio equipment, and TVs However, God kept us personally safe and protected our home. We see the declaration of our verse for today…"The Lord will be the hope of His people". In the midst of the trial of the day we are praising Him for His keeping power!

The thunder may roar and the lightning may flash but our God is in control! And we can rejoice!

Keep Looking Up,

Dan

 

 

God Has Given…

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)

Things have returned to normal here in Prescott Valley. The fires that plagued the area last week have been brought under control. Although there was some loss of property and animals, there was no loss of human llife and only minor injuries were suffered by some in the fire crews. We Praise God for His protection!

The fire was a sudden and tragic happening and we do not know what is next for our community or the rest of the nation. As a result we must make choices as to how we will live our lives. We can hunker down and wait for the next tragedy or we can go on with our lives trusting in the power of God as he protects us.

This brings us to the words of our verse for today. God does not want us to live in fear. He instead wants us to live in confidence in His power and love. We can have a sound mind free from anxiety and worry if we trust in Him. It is easy to be overwhelmed by all the reports of hate and violence that the news reports contain every day. However, as a Christian, I choose not to let those things hinder my life.

The peace of God "which passeth all understanding" (Philippians 4:7) is continually in my heart. As the scripture promises it keeps my heart and mind through Christ Jesus. There is no fear when we have the Holy Spirit of God guarding us every moment of the day!

Do not live in fear of what is ahead, but turn your heart over to God and let Him fill your life with His peace and love!

Keep Looking Up!

Dan

Burning…Burning…Burning!!!

Just a note today to ask for your prayers for the entire Tri-City area! The Goodwin Fire is now over 28 Square miles and is threatening the people and homes in many areas around Prescott Valley.  We have some from the church family who have already evacuated their homes and others who are getting ready to evacuate if necessary. We need God to undertake and cause the winds and temperatures to cooperate. A monsoon rain would be gladly welcomed.

Please Pray with us!

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Dan

Living Water…

But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. (John 4:14)

I just returned to the heat of Arizona from Sacramento, California. Nancy and I did a memorial service for a relative that passed away quite suddenly. Such services are never easy but when you know where your loved one is the burden is much lighter! Nancy and I had the privilege of singing together and I was the speaker.

I have chosen the verse for today because Linda had the water that comes from Jesus for many years and finally it sprang forth into everlasting life.  That is what Nancy and want to see in every life. The heat that we are having today in Arizona makes a person want water. However, in only a short while you want water again. The satisfaction of drinking earthly water is only temporary.

By the declaration of Jesus, the water that he gives causes the believer to never thirst again. If we drink of His water we are satisfied for eternity. Each person needs to drink of the water that Jesus gives! It will satisfy the desires of your heart. Not just for one day, but every day. If you feel empty and dry, listen to the words of Jesus and drink of the living water that fills you forever.

Come to Jesus and drink! You will never regret it.

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Dan

Concerning Them Which Are Asleep…

I Thessalonians 4: 13-14 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

Nancy and I will be doing the Memorial Service of a family member this week in California. It was a great loss for her family and to us as extended family.  However, Linda was a strong Christian and we know where she resides.  Her death takes me back to the verse we have chosen today.  The apostle writes to make sure we are not as so many in our world at such times. We are not to sorrow as those who have no hope.

As we participate in the Memorial Service, our hearts, though saddened by Linda's death, will also rejoice because we know that she is with her Saviour. She is in the presence of God through Jesus Christ. Death for the believer is not intended to be a fearful event. It is a coronation. It is a fulfilled promise of an eternal home in the heavens that Jesus himself has prepared for all the saints.

Linda will be missed by all of us, but we know where she is and we look forward to seeing her again!

Keep Looking Up!

Dan

Communion…

I Corinthians 10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

It is the custom of Fountain of Life to celebrate the Lord's Supper or what is called Communion on the first Sunday of each month.  It is celebrated by the serving of a wafer and a cup of grape juice to each believer present in the service. After meditating on the real meaning of the elements that are served, we eat the wafer and drink the juice in remembrance of the sacrifice of Jesus for our sins.

The Communion is not held in high esteem by some because they do not want to be reminded that our salvation was purchased by the body and the blood of Jesus Christ. But without the broken body of our Lord and His shed blood we have no salvation. The Bible says the stripes He bore on His body were born that we would not have to be punished for our sins. He bore the beatings for us! His shed blood is the covering  for our sins. The scripture states that without the shedding of His blood there is no remission of sin.

We are honored that we can celebrate the Communion. We are reminded of the high price that God paid for each of us. We are reminded how much He loves us!

I look forward to the Communion Service this coming Sunday!

Keep Looking Up!

Dan

 

The Great Physician…

Matthew 9:12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

My thoughts this morning are with one of our families at church whose daughter is going through kidney transplant surgery. The surgery is taking place even as I write this. The son who is donating the kidney to his sister has already successfully come through his surgery and now the transplant is taking place.

The stress during these times can be overwhelming. However, we are at peace because we know our Lord the great physician is in control. He is guiding the hands of the men and women who are doing this procedure. We know that as we pray the Lord is giving guidance and strength to our earthly doctors. So we have no fear!

Keep Looking Up

Dan

The Love Of God…

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

My thoughts today are on the many in our world that are hurting and have suffered loss because of the recent attacks of terror in our world. It seems hardly a day goes by that there is not news of attacks by hateful vengeance filled terrorists. In more recent days the attacks have been where there are parents present with their children. It makes the attacks seem even more horrendous.

It is such a contrast to the teachings of Jesus and the practice of the true Christian. At the heart of the gospel is the love of our fellow human beings. Those of us who are believers are told to love even our enemies. We are to love others as God loves us and gave His Son for us.  That is the declaration of our verse for today. God gave His Son Jesus so that we could be forgiven for our sins and be set free from the bondages of life.

If you are feeling unloved today, remember that God loves you with an unconditional love. No matter what your life is like at the moment, He still loves you. Jesus died for you and wants you to make Him the Lord of your life. There is nothing like inviting Christ into your heart to forgive your sins and to feel His love.

If you have not done it, do it now. If you have already invited Jesus into your heart, think of how much He loves you and the price he paid for your salvation.

Keep Looking Up!

Dan 

A Peculiar Treasure…Kept By God

Exodus 19:5  Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth [is] mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

Our verse today consists of the word God told Moses to give to the people of Israel after He had delivered them from slavery in Egypt. The blessing of Israel as a nation depended on their obedience unto God and the keeping of the covenant he had make with them.

As people of the United States of America, we need to hear the words of Moses for the principle he gives has not changed. If we are to have the blessing of God, we must obey his word. The Holy Bible must be our roadmap and we must follow the commands of God.

As we are approaching the celebration of Memorial Day, we should not only celebrate the men and women who have given their lives for our freedom, but we should remember the reasons they were willing to die.  In our history, the celebration of Memorial Day has often included religious services which remind us of why we are such a blessed country.

Through the years God's hand has been upon us! God has kept us and protected us from much of what has gone on in the rest of the world. I believe that God has protected us because we stood out as a people that were known to be a Christian nation. I am not saying we were perfect but the foundations of faith taught in the Bible formed our foundations. We held to certain standards of decency and respected the moral rights of each man and woman. Each person was allowed to believe as they wished without fear of reprisal from others.

However, those foundations have been challenged and in recent years they have crumbled under the attacks of many who do not want to respect the laws of God.  It seems that we have lost those morals and beliefs that caused God to protect and keep us safe. As we approach this Memorial Day, we need to once again strengthen those foundations so that we can once again say that we are "One Nation Under God".

Keep Looking Up!

Dan

 

Who Have No Hope…

I Thes. 4:13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.

It is a sad day as we learned this morning that our dear brother in the Lord, Leonard Fairbanks passed away about 4:00 am this morning. Leonard was such a great blessing and friend to me over the years he has been part of FOL that we will greatly miss his presence. His death reminds me of the verse we have chosen for today. Though Leonard will be greatly missed our sorrow is filled with hope! We know that he is now in the presence of his Saviour.

We do not sorrow as those who have no hope. Leonard has passed from us but his faith has secured his place in eternity. His death was not a dash into the unknown, but a step into his heavenly home. Our sorrow gives way to celebration because we know he has crossed into a place promised by Jesus Himself.. ".In My Father’s house are many mansions;if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also." (John 14:2-3)

We have hope in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

Keep Looking Up,

Dan

 

The Shadow Of Death…

Psalm 23:4  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;
For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Just a  note this morning to all of the members of Fountain of Life and friends who are on Facebook. I just returned from the hospital emergency room. Two of my board members and I prayed for Leonard Fairbanks.  Leonard has been part of our church family from the beginning of our pastorate here at Fountain of Life 15 years ago.

However, in recent weeks he has seemed to be getting weaker and weaker. Right now the hospital staff seems to have done all it can do and is in the process of transferring Leonard to hospice.

I do not have further details at this time but appearances are that unless God performs an act of healing, Leonard will soon be home with Barbara and His Lord Jesus.  We have every confidence that he is fully prepared for eternity and we certainly do not want him to suffer. However our prayers are for Leonard's return to health and fellowship with us here at the church.

Please lift Leonard in your prayers. We are praying for him and all of you!

Keep Looking Up,

Dan


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