Christian Growth, Devotionals

Hated, Despised and Rejected


Jesus…hated, despised and rejected. This description is no over exaggeration. His opposition did not merely dislike Christ; they loathed Him.

“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not (Isaiah 53:3 KJV).”

Do not be deceived; Jesus and his followers were and are still hated and maligned by many. “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you (John 15:18 KJV).”

Jesus took the truth a step further. “He that hateth me hateth my Father also (John 15:23 KJV).”   Do not despair.  God loved!

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16 KJV).”



Bible Studies, Christian Growth

Near Death Experience


CROPPED NOVEMBER 2012 PROFILE PICTUREMoses had a life-changing encounter with Jehovah God and became the Lord’s right hand man. He sent him on a mission of mercy and deliverance;  Moses returned to Egypt with God’s demand to Pharaoh. “Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness (Exodus 5:1b Amplified Bible).” As Moses traveled to Egypt, he had a near death experience. Were you aware that he faced death before he faced Pharaoh?

“Along the way at a [resting] place, the Lord met Moses and sought to kill him [made him acutely and almost fatally ill] (Exodus 4:24 Amplified Bible).” Premeditated wrath? “[Now apparently he had failed to circumcise one of his sons, his wife being opposed to it; but seeing his life in such danger] Zipporah took a flint knife and cut off the foreskin of her son (Exodus 4:25a Amplified Bible).” Moses had knowingly failed to carry out a covenant command.

“He which is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male throughout your generations, whether born in [your] house or bought with [your] money from any foreigner not of your offspring Genesis 17:12 Amplified Bible).” The covenant remained binding. “And the male who is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant (Genesis 17:14 Amplified Bible). Moses nearly lost his life for his negligence.

Bible Studies, Christian Growth, Devotionals

Scientific and Spiritual Analysis


CROPPED NOVEMBER 2012 PROFILE PICTUREWho says science and spiritual analysis cannot mix? Today many scientists boldly take a stand for creation and archaeology has verified scripture. I believe Moses had both a scientific mind and a spirit in tune with the Creator. Seeing a burning bush spurred him into action.

“Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, ‘I will go over and see this strange sight-why the bush does not burn up (Exodus 3:2b-3 NIV). Scientists investigate and seek truth. Moses’ seeking led to a spiritual encounter.

“When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, ‘Moses! Moses!’ And Moses said, ‘Here I am (Exodus 3:4 NIV).” God called Moses as his servant to carry a message of deliverance to the Israelites and to Pharaoh.

Bible Studies, Christian Growth, Devotionals



“He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him-not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake (Psalm 23:3 Amplified Bible).”

Visualize a dog day of summer with sweltering three digit temperatures. You are caught in rush hour traffic; your vehicle AC is on the fritz and you are running thirty minutes behind schedule. Company is coming for dinner and you become frantic.

Swerving into your driveway, rushing inside your home, you hustle to your bedroom, slip out of perspiration-drenched duds and step into the shower. Cool water cascades down your shoulders and back; instantly you feel refreshed, restored and rejuvenated.

He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it abound (Isaiah 40:29 Amplified Bible).” Draw from His well.

Forget the standard R & R get away for rest and relaxation. Seek the shepherd for refreshing and restoration. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] (Matthew 11:28 Amplified Bible).”