Monday, March 23, 2009 4:00 a.m.
I’ve been listening to the Book of Daniel. God showed Daniel the end times. After seeing all that would happen, Daniel asked the Lord, “…what shall be the end of these things?” (Daniel 12:8). The Lord answered Daniel and said, “…Go thy way, Daniel”…and thou shalt “…stand in thy lot at the end of the days.” (Daniel 12:9 & 13). Each one of us shall stand in our lot at the end of the days. You may ask, “What does this mean?” Matthew Henry says, “Our lot is heaven or hell.” We shall all stand before God either at the Judgment Seat of Christ or at the Great White Throne. Each of us is assigned a lot in one of them. Matthew Henry continued to say, “We must every one of us stand in our lot at the end of the day. In the judgment of the day we must have our allotment according to what we were, and what we did, in our body; [it will be] either, ‘Come, you blessed,’ or ‘Go, you cursed;’ and we must stand forever in that lot” (Matthew Henry Whole Bible Commentary, p. 1156).
Thought for Today: May each of us choose the right lot and hear, “Well done good and faithful servant,…enter thou into the joy of the Lord.” (Matthew 25:21).
Monday, March 9, 2009 5:20 a.m.
Great Scott! We’re in the twilight zone! We had to change all our clocks yesterday. They had to go forward one hour because of the time change. Well, the alarm didn’t go off. Robot woke us up, but 20 minutes late. Marvin jumped out of bed startled. He walked to the patio door to let Precious out and the ADT alarm went off. I jumped out of bed to turn off the alarm and almost broke my hip. It still hurts. In a daze, Marvin walked out to the kitchen to make coffee, and the jar was empty. Wow! What a morning! Have you ever had a morning like this? I’m sure all of us have. David, too, had a bad morning. He woke up in the wilderness being hunted by Saul. He had no food to eat and his men were ready to stone him. But “David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” (I Samuel 30:6). That is what the Lord tells us to do when we are facing trouble. If you wake up in the morning and trouble is in the air, encourage yourself in the LORD, as David did.
Thought for Today: “The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.” (Nahum 1:7).
Monday, February 23, 2009 4:45 a.m.
Even the smallest disobedience to God will be met with discipline in some way. Usually by the loss of rewards. (I’m speaking to Christians now.) Moses lost the privilege of entering the Promised Land because he hit the rock twice instead of speaking to it as God told him to do. The Rock, which was a “type of Christ,” once smitten (crucified) needed not to smitten again. Every disobedience will bring consequences. Therefore, with that in mind, we must strive for obedience in all things. We must press forward looking for that reward once we hit the mark. Philippians 3:14 exhorts us to “…press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Obedience is the key. Obedience brings blessings and peace; whereas, disobedience brings correction and chastisement. But, we as Christians, must not be discouraged by this, for if we are not chastised for disobedience we are not God’s children. Our chastisement is proof of our sonship.
Thought for Today: “If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the Father chasteneth not?” (Hebrews 12:7).
Monday, February 20, 2009 4:05 a.m.
If you ever want to hide a sad countenance – go peel some onions. No one would know if you were crying over your circumstances or crying over the onions. I can’t peel onions without them burning and stinging my eyes. Yet, I endure the discomfort they cause because I need the added flavor they provide. Once an onion is cooked it no longer stings and burns, but adds a tasty flavor to whatever ingredients it is cooked together with. That’s the way we are to God. We, by nature, are layered with selfishness and pride; but, God endures us, and begins to peel us so He can use us to release a sweet savor once mixed with whatever circumstance He puts us in.
We are like little onions layered with selfishness and pride.
Some layers are thick and others thin, but God peels each layer one at a time.
He peels us so gently we hardly notice. Slowly He exposes our core.
Then He begins to cook us, turning us ‘or and ‘or;
Till we become sweet and tender down to the core,
Releasing a sweet savor, and sting no more.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 4:05 a.m.
It is raining today and we are suppose to have 50 mile an hour winds. The Lord can control us with the weather. All weather and all nature obeys God. He uses the weather for judgment. He uses the weather for blessing. He uses the weather for directing His children. I truly believe that God will send a snowstorm to direct one of His children. As the winds blow God leads. Isaiah 60:8 says, “Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?” This verse is talking about Israel returning to their homeland. Some are returning as a cloud being pushed by the winds of adversity. Others are returning as a dove who flies home for homesickness. Either way, as the winds blow God leads His children home.
Thought for Today: It reminds me of this song:
“In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet, God leads His dear children along. When the waters cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet. God leads His children along. Some through the waters, some through the flood. Some through the fire, but all through the blood. Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song, In the night season and all the day long.” (George A. Young, published 1903).
Monday, February 9, 2009 4:05 a.m.
We all want to live forever, but that is not God’s plan. God’s allotment plan is to have his children home with him. He lovingly chooses the way for each one of us to come home. Our responsibility is to be His witnesses during the time given us here on earth. The funny thing is, we all will live forever. We are eternal beings. When this life ends we continue living, whether in heaven or hell. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection, and the life, he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live, and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” (John 11:25). So, do you want to live forever? You will! But only you can decide where that “forever” will be. Jesus wants us to live with Him, but first you must accept His gift of Salvation; for only then shall you live forever.
Thought for Today: Jesus says, “…I go to prepare a place for you…that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:4).
Sunday, January 4, 2018
“Unfortunately, in time of war, we have the experience that people with whom you have lived for many years as friend with friend will turn hostile toward you and regard you as their enemy, not because they hate you, but just because nation against nation is in an uproar.” (P.12). This is a quote from my father’s book, Under the Red Star by Mark Houseman. Under the Red Star is the true-life story of Marzelius Hausmann known as Mark Houseman, who was born in Russia during the Russian Revolution of 1917. It tells of the sorrows and hardships he and his family endured while being exiled to Siberia, and how he was orphaned at the age of 13. Under the Red Star follows Marzelius Hausmann’s daring escape from Communism and reveals God’s guiding hand in helping him became an evangelist of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have had the privilege of reprinting my father’s book Under the Red Star. If you are interested in reading the reprinted, unabridged edition, it is available on Amazon.com. Type in my publishing company, Rabboni Book Publishing Company and it, as well as my other books, will be available.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009 Noon
Marvin fed the birds this morning. It is nice to see them again. I quit feeding them because I was sick and it was zero degrees out; so they stopped coming. But they are back and such a delight to watch. We have two or three Cardinal families, two Blue Jay families, plus Black-eyed Juncos. They are gray with white bellies. Then, of course, there is the usual mix of sparrows. Matthew 6:34 says, “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them.” God feeds His birds and He feeds us. There is not one sparrow that falls to the ground but that our heavenly Father knows. And there is not one concern that happens to us but that our heavenly Father knows. As I watch the birds flutter around the bird feeder, I can’t help but know that God watches me.
Thought for Today: “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me” (Song by Civilla D. Martin, 1905).
Friday, December 12, 2008 4:30 a.m.
Today is very cold with a heavy frost. That means all the school buses are covered with frost. But one thing the Lord had done for me is that He has provided a light. Right above where I park my school bus is a street light. The heat from that light keeps my windshield and mirrors frost free. As Jonah thanked God for the gourd, I thank God for the street light. This street light above my windshield is a constant reminder that God ever leads with a light. Jesus is the light of the world. It may not be a bright light that leads us; it may be a star, but He ever leads us on. He is our beacon, our lamp, our lighthouse; He always gives enough light to lead us home. So often we look for a bright light to lighten our path, but it may just be a street light to lead us each step of the way.
Thought for Today: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
Thursday, December 4, 2008 4:45 p.m.
A shepherd stands on the green hills of Scotland and calls his sheep with his distinctive trill that the sheep know and will follow. As this shepherd’s trill carries much father than words, calling his sheep to the fold, so does the Lord call His sheep to the fold. Psalm 22, 23 and 24 are Messianic Psalms. They form a Trilogy.
Psalm 22 is the Good Shepherd who gives His life for his sheep. It is a Psalm of the crucifixion of Christ. It correlates with John 10:11, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep.”
Psalm 23 is the beloved Psalm: “The Lord is my shepherd.” It depicts the Great Shepherd who cares for the sheep. It correlates with Hebrews 13:20, “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the everlasting covenant.”
Psalm 24 is the Chief Shepherd who appears as King of glory and will reward His sheep. It correlates with I Peter 5:4, “And when the chief shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory, that fadeth not away.” I’m so glad I’m one of His sheep.
Thought for Today: “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” (Jude 1:24-25).