Sowing and Reaping

One of America’s fondest legends is that of Johnny Appleseed, a folk hero and real-life pioneer apple farmer in the 1800s. Johnny Appleseed’s real name was John Chapman. He was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, in 1774. His dream was to produce so many apples that no one would ever go hungry. He was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of PennsylvaniaOhioIndianaIllinois, and Ontario, as well as the northern counties of West Virginia.

What the country’s orchards are today has some roots in what Johnny accomplished. Does the Bible address sowing and reaping? Glad you asked.

Psalm 126:6 

He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

Galatians 6:7 

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

Give it some thought and start sowing.

Gary

The End of the World

The End of the World by Skeeter Davis

Why does the sun go on shining?
Why does the sea rush to shore?
Don’t they know it’s the end of the world?
‘Cause you don’t love me any more

Why do the birds go on singing?
Why do the stars glow above?
Don’t they know it’s the end of the world?
It ended when I lost your love

I wake-up in the morning, and I wonder
Why everything’s the same as it was
I can’t understand, no, I can’t understand
How life goes on the way it does

Why does my heart go on beating?
Why do these eyes of mine cry?
Don’t they know it’s the end of the world?
It ended when you said, “Good-bye”

It sure is sad when you don’t know the One who loves you unconditionally and will never leave you nor forsake you. Don’t go around singing old Skeeter’s song.

Hebrews 13:5 

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Give it some thought.

Gary

Wish To Be

Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. Thomas Kempis

Thomas had it right. However, there is One who can bring about real and lasting change and that is God.

2 Corinthians 5:17 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

1 John 3:9 

No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God.

Change is possible. Give it some thought.

Gary

Obedience

The story is found in 1 Samuel. A young shepherd by the name of David was asked by his father to take food to his brothers who were fighting in Saul’s army.  You probably know the rest of the story. This would be step one on the journey to kingship for a young boy.

Obedience in small things will lead to larger things if we are faithful. Never miss an opportunity to serve the Father.

1 Samuel 17:18 

Also take these ten cheeses to the commander of their thousand. See if your brothers are well, and bring some token from them.”

1 John 5:3 

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

Luke 6:46 

“Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?

If you hear the Father’s voice, do what He asks of you.

Give it some thought.

Gary

Route 161

We played ball on that front lawn with the neighborhood kids. The field was probably 30 feet by 40 feet in size. Sticks were used as the bases and the highway was a homerun hit. I don’t know why no one got hit by a car, nor why the adults didn’t say be careful of the road. It was just one of the things we did as kids and it was great. What does the Bible say about children? Glad you asked.

Psalm 127:3-5 

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Matthew 19:14 

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

 

Try to keep them safe, but let them be children.

Give it some thought.

Gary

Searching for Peace

The obituary was tragic because it said she died searching for peace. God has offered that to each one of us without charge.

John 16:33 

I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Isaiah 26:3 

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

It is heart wrenching to see individuals searching for something that God has provided abundantly.

Give it some thought.

Gary

Smell

What did the left eye say to the right eye? “Between us, something smells!”

Speaking of smells, the Bible has a great illustration of that which is an appropriate aroma.

2 Corinthians 2:14 

But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere.

Ephesians 5:2 

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

2 Corinthians 2:15 

For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,

Fragrant or putrid? Pleasant or repulsive?  Give it some thought.

Gary