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Christian Pandemic Response

What is the proper response to the Coronavirus?

Some things are common sense like protecting ourselves and others by following the suggested hygiene practices and social distancing.

But what is our response beyond these actions?


First of all, Christians should not be overcome by fear and panic.

_The Christian need not dread sickness, for he has nothing to lose, but everything to gain, by death._

It’s helpful to look to history for guidance.

Read this short excerpt from Martin Luther’s clear simple response to the bubonic plague in 1527.

We die at our posts. Christian doctors cannot abandon their hospitals, Christian governors cannot flee their districts, Christian pastors cannot abandon their congregations. The plague does not dissolve our duties: It turns them to crosses, on which we must be prepared to die.


Please read one more portion of Luther’s writing for a great balanced view. This is a handy guide to refer to during these days of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shal

Please don’t let this unusual time come and go without squeezing the good from it. Ask God to open your eyes to what He wants you to see. Know that Jesus is constantly with you. You may be isolated from others but not from Him.

I hope you are finding more time to be with Jesus and read His Word. Have you been spending more time in prayer? Are you unsure of how to pray? Pray by simply expressing your honest thoughts and feelings. Ask questions and then expect God to answer you in some way. I have found a very simple prayer from the Old Testament to be perfect for this time.

We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.  – 2 Chronicles 20:12

Your comments are always welcome

 

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Grow and Bloom

This is a follow up to the last blog post Always Ready


Whether it was two days, a month, or a year that the cloud remained above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would remain encamped and not journey; but when it was taken up, they would journey.     – Numbers 9:22


In thinking about the travels of the Israelites a well-known saying came to mind. “Bloom where you are planted” or “Grow where you are planted”. I quickly looked it up and found a brief history of the origin. The Bishop of Geneva, Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622) is credited with the quote, “Bloom where you are planted.” Later Mary Engelbreit made the phrase popular.

I like the simple saying and the state of contentment it encourages. But we also need to beware of becoming overly comfortable in a certain way of life. We need to keep in mind that we are still travelers who have not arrived home yet.

The following quote from Spurgeon is a good reminder for us.

“The Christian is the most contented man in the world, but he is the least contented with the world. He is like a traveler in an inn, perfectly satisfied with the inn and its accommodation, considering it as an inn, but putting quite out of all consideration the idea of making it his home.”  – Charles Spurgeon


We should wholeheartedly serve the Lord in our present situation but also be ready to move when God says go. Simply put we need to daily live out the fact that God is in charge. Don’t make a plan and ask God to bless it. Ask God to show you His plan and then wait for His answer.

God can use you, exactly where you are. Wherever that is, serve joyfully. But be ready and willing when God’s hand reaches down to move you according to His plan.

You can grow and bloom where you’re planted or even on the move!

It’s not about where you serve. It’s all about Who you serve.

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Bible, Morning devotions, Quiet time

Morning Manna

2016-04-08_10.47.59While reading my Bible and having coffee early in the morning, I see the birds getting their breakfast of seeds from the ground and feeder. I love supplying seed and watching the birds come each day. It brings me true pleasure to watch them arrive, feed and linger awhile.

Similar to the birds coming to feed, I start my mornings by spending special time with Jesus. My food, morning manna, is His Word. How delightful to know He is with me and enjoying my coming to Him!


Definition of manna
a:  food miraculously supplied to the Israelites in their journey through the wilderness
b:  divinely supplied spiritual nourishment
c:  a usually sudden and unexpected source of gratification, pleasure, or gain

Want to find out about manna? It is often mentioned in the Bible and not only in the Old Testament.

Check out this list → Bible verses about manna

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Come early in the morning and start your day with the King!

 

Bible, Faith

Faith Quest

Are you on a quest for more faith?

A quest for faith often involves searching, studying and prayer to find the faith supply that seems hidden. However, this is not necessary. It is like someone leaving their home and going on a journey in search of a treasure that is waiting back at home. The answer to the faith quest is simply this   ~  God’s Word 

I prayed for faith and thought that some day faith would come down and strike me like lightning. But faith did not seem to come. One day I read in the tenth chapter of Romans, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” I had up to this time closed my Bible and prayed for faith. I now opened my Bible and began to study, and faith has been growing ever since.       ~Dwight L. Moody

Let’s look at Romans 10:17 in a few different translations 

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 So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.  – KJV

So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.    – NKJV

 (Belief you see, can only come from hearing the message, and the message is the word of Christ.)      – J.B. Phillips 

 So faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of Christ.    -NASB

 So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).  -AMPC

So faith comes from hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the [preaching of the] message concerning Christ.   -AMP


This verse is certainly telling us that the Bible is all we need to acquire more faith. If you look at this verse in different Bible translations it becomes more noticeable that the particular part of God’s word that is needed is the gospels. It is clear that the words of Jesus are the key.

Let’s take a look at what happened in John 4:4-30 and John 4:39-43  This is the portion of scripture about the Samaritan woman’s encounter with Jesus. However for the purpose of our topic today, I want to focus on the group of people that hear about Jesus through the Samaritan woman.

Jesus talked to the Samaritan woman and she then shared with others. John 4:39 tells us that the people believed in Jesus because of hearing what the woman said. Those people then invited Jesus to stay with them and He did. It would be great if you could get your Bible out and read this portion of scripture now, but in case that isn’t possible, I have included it below in a couple of different versions.

 From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.”  So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.  Many more believed because of His word;  and they were saying to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.” After the two days He went forth from there into Galilee.  -John 4:39-43 NASB

 Now many Samaritans from that city believed in Him and trusted Him [as Savior] because of what the woman said when she testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.”  So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they asked Him to remain with them; and He stayed there two days.  Many more believed in Him [with a deep, abiding trust] because of His word [His personal message to them];  and they told the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; for [now] we have heard Him for ourselves and know [with confident assurance] that this One is truly the Savior of [all] the world.” After the two days He went on from there into Galilee.  – John 4:39-43  AMP

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We don’t believe any longer now because of what you said. We have heard him with our own ears. We know now that this must be the man who will save the world!                                            John 4:42  J.B. Phillips

The people believe after hearing the words of Jesus from the Samaritan woman. So this is an example of faith coming by hearing the word of God as Romans 10:17 says. But we also clearly see that another level of faith is reached when these people have their very own personal encounter with Jesus and hear Him for themselves.

Compare the Samaritan’s experience with your own faith experience. When you first believed you had faith to believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior. Later you moved to another level of faith after spending time with Jesus. I hope that you have come to know Jesus personally, yourself and not just second hand through other people’s testimonies. I pray that all who read this will have the desire to get to know the Lord Jesus Christ. The Samaritans had two special days with Jesus. We can have every day with Jesus. Open the Bible to hear Him speak to you!

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Worry

Fear – Worry – Stress

Fear, worry and stress! There doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. We don’t usually invite them in but they barge into the middle of our lives. Even when we experience victory over these persistent foes, they are sure to return on another day. We need to expect these unwanted attacks. It is possible to plan and prepare to be active against fear, worry, and stress instead of letting them take over.

Last week’s blog post was an invitation for you to visit the Stop Worrying E-Course The course is very short, simple and practical. The purpose of the course is to give you some tips to use on the spot when stresses of life start to surround you. When we are truly feeling overwhelmed and worried we don’t have the energy to wade through much study material. At the end of the e-course, there is a link to a 4 – part blog series. The series goes more in-depth about the problem of worry and stress. Reading the series will allow you to delve deeper into the subject of worry.

Below are links to each part of the series.

Please leave a comment or contact me by email with your thoughts on worry and stress.

Links to the Worry series ↓↓

Worry Part 1

Worry Part 2

Worry Part 3

Worry Part 4

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Christmas

Rescue Began

As we read the Bible, we learn about our history and discover our desperate need for rescue. Centuries passed when people looked and hoped but they did not see a Savior. But, when the time was exactly right the rescue began. The mission was meticulously planned and the details kept secret. We look back now in amazement at how it started. We celebrate the birth of Jesus and the rescue that began that holy night.

Don’t miss the special opportunity this Christmas season to share about the greatest rescue mission ever undertaken.

Tell the true story everyone needs to know.

Once we were all doomed

until

The birth of a baby

This is how the rescue began…


Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus


A Strange Way To Save the World


The birth of a baby This is how the rescue began...


Here is a post you might like to read – The Shepherd’s Way

Merry Christmas

Prayerfully looking forward to His return,

Lynn

 

Christmas

Rescue Began

As we read the Bible, we learn about our history and discover our desperate need for rescue. Centuries passed when people looked and hoped but they did not see a Savior. But, when the time was exactly right the rescue began. The mission was meticulously planned and the details kept secret. We look back now in amazement at how it started. We celebrate the birth of Jesus and the rescue that began that holy night.

Don’t miss the special opportunity this Christmas season to share about the greatest rescue mission ever undertaken.

Tell the true story everyone needs to know.

Once we were all doomed

until

The birth of a baby

This is how the rescue began…


Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus


A Strange Way To Save the World


The birth of a baby This is how the rescue began...


Here is a post you might like to read – The Shepherd’s Way

Merry Christmas

Prayerfully,

Lynn

 

prayer, Quiet time

Daily Meeting

Are you spending some time alone with God each morning? If not, do you make time in the evening or some other time each day?

This post is especially for those who say they don’t have time to meet with God each day.

Surely you will agree that nothing on your agenda could be more important than time with God.

Perhaps you’ve experienced a great struggle to make it happen. Does it seem there are endless interruptions to your plan to have a quiet time with the Lord?

Sometimes expressing something in a different way is very enlightening. So I’m going to list a few different ways to say there isn’t time for meeting with God each day

  • I have more important things to do than spend time with God
  • I’m fully capable and ready to plunge into my day without consulting with the Lord
  • Jesus will have to wait
  • I’ll take the time to meet with God when I’ve done everything else I need/want to do

What do you think about those statements? If you are a follower of Jesus, I know you don’t agree with any of them. However, wouldn’t it be more truthful to say something from the statements above than to claim there isn’t enough time to meet with God?

The undeniable truth is that you will find a way to do what you truly want to do!

When meeting with God each day becomes your top priority you will find a way to make it happen.


What if you lack the desire to devote time to meeting with God? If this is the case, consider asking God to give you the desire to spend time with Him. You may soon be surprised by how quickly your desire can grow.


The next step for most people is simply setting your alarm clock for an earlier time.

NOTE: If you are not accustomed to spending any time with God at the start of your day, you should begin with a little time and add more as you go along. It is better to increase the time gradually than struggle with unreasonable expectations and end up quitting the habit before it can be established.

Day by day you will be investing your time in the best way!

You may want to check out Design Your Daily Quiet Time

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Bible, books, Jesus

First Week of October

If you missed it, please read last week’s blog post Fall Changes

Welcome to October!

I know that some parts of the United States have experienced snowstorms this week. That’s hard for me to imagine because here in Virginia, we are continuing to have temperatures in the 90s each day. The weather forecasters are saying that we will have a beautiful weekend with temperatures dropping into the 70s beginning on Friday! So I’m looking forward to enjoying some outdoor activities on Saturday.


This is the first week of the new Fall schedule. Here’s what was posted on the Facebook Page.

Monday

Question of the Week

Question of the Week

Please leave your answer in the comments below or answer on the Facebook page.


Wednesday

David Crowder Live: How He Loves & After All (Holy)

We will end the week with the topic of books tomorrow. But you can participate today 🙂

Friday

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Please don’t leave yet.

Take a moment to share your answers below.

This new Fall schedule is incomplete without your participation ♥

  • Who is your favorite person from the New Testament other than Jesus?
  • what will you be reading this weekend?

First Week of October

As always any comments or questions are welcome. If you would rather your comment not be posted you have the option of sending a private EMAIL

I hope you are walking every day with King Jesus. He invites you to come with Him today. Need to know more about this invitation?

Visit the following link >>> The Good News

 

 

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Fall Changes

A few leaves are beginning to turn, hummingbirds are starting their migration, and Fall allergies are in full force. But with daily temperatures still in the 90s, it certainly doesn’t feel like Fall where I live in Virginia. The arrival of the Fall season seems hardly noticeable, yet it is happening. Summer is gradually slipping away even while it feels as if it’s never going to leave.

Fall changes are coming

This season of natural change seems like a perfect time to introduce something new to the blog and Facebook page.

You can expect to see more activity, especially on the Facebook page. The following is the new Fall schedule starting on Monday, September 30th.

 Every Day with the King Facebook Page weekly schedule

Each week there will be a question posted on Monday. You can share your answer in the comment section found under the question any time during the entire week.

Wednesdays are going to be little surprises. There could be a video, a devotional thought, an excerpt from a Bible study, or something else.

Thursday is still the day you will usually find the new blog post.

On Fridays, the focus will be all about books.

  • Monday          – weekly question
  • Wednesday     – surprise
  • Thursday         -blog post
  • Friday              – about books

Some of what is posted on the Facebook page will also appear in a weekly email sent to those who are subscribed to this blog in addition to the regular blog post.

You will be able to participate by commenting. If you want to interact on the Facebook page you will be able to do so on the scheduled days. Of course, you could even jump in on both blog and Facebook 🙂

If you don’t want to miss anything you will need to make sure that you’re subscribed to this blog and following the Facebook page.

Hopefully, many readers will be interested to participate in these new activities.

Please comment below or EMAIL

Seasons change but in every season, Jesus Christ is always the same, yesterday, today and forever. (see Hebrews 13:8)

 

Fall changes are coming

Every day with the King through every Season!