God is Our Refuge

God is Our Refuge
By: Rev. Joe Kramer

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
-Psalm 46:1-5 (NIV)

Alright so it has been a while since I have written anything (due to some life changing events).  So I have decided, for the time being, that I will post something small every day. Perhaps a small scripture and a few thoughts.

So this scripture has been on my mind today due to some problems we have been having financially as cars are literally breaking down and as Murhpy has seemed to move into the house (Murphy’s Law roughly states that if anything can go wrong, it will go wrong.)!

So this scripture keeps coming to me. Also, while I have you, could you pray for God’s provisions and grace? Thanks and may God bless you!

Today’s Positive Thought

I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
-Rev. 3:8 (NIV)

God places opportunities in front of us. The question is not, “will God give us an opportunity?”; but when He does will you thank Him for it and make sure that you do well with the opportunity.

Now before moving forward always make sure that God opened the door, and not you, before walking through it. So pray every time a door opens that it is truly Him that opened it for you.
-Rev. Joe Kramer

Today’s Positive Thought

Because of what Jesus Christ did on the cross we have the opportunity to come to God’s thrown room. We have no need of a middle man anymore. Unfortunately, sometimes we forget how we are supposed to come to Him. Take listen to what Steve Brown says about that. His illustration is fantastic! – Rev. Joe Kramer

[Going to God]

True Christians Talk and Walk With God

True Christians Talk and Walk With God
By: Rev. Joe Kramer

(4) John,
To the seven churches in the province of Asia:
Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, (5) and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, (6) and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father —to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
-Revelation 1:4-6

Today we aren’t going to spend a lot of time, nor are we going to go in-depth in the study of the book of Revelation. No, today is just some casual thoughts about our position in Christ.

First we look at who the author is, John the Apostle. He wrote this book and he was called the disciple whom Jesus loved. He was close to the Lord and was the only disciple to be present at his crucifixion. Jesus charged him to look after his mother after he had died and ascended into heaven. He could have opened this book (verse 4) with scathing rebukes to the churches (Because of what God showed him about each of their failures that come later in the book.) but he doesn’t. How does he open it? He says grace and peace to you from God. WOW! that shows love for sure!

The one thing in verse four that people don’t get is he says it is from the seven spirits before his throne. Now many people have offered an explanation. The most prominent two theories is that it is the seven facets of the Holy Spirit (c.f. Isaiah 11:2) others believe it to be the archangels. Personally believe it to be the Archangel because of the wording that is used here in this verse.

Now why is verse five there? To remind us of who Christ is and who we are in Him. Jesus is called a faithful witness. This means what He told us is true and we can take that all the way to the bank. Jesus is the first born from the dead. This reminds us that because of His death and resurrection, we too (if we are Christians) will rise from the dead in glorified bodies. Jesus will be the ruler of the earth during his one-thousand year reign and for all eternity. It says that He loves us and has freed us from the power of sin because of what He did on the cross and his subsequent rise from the grace and ascension into heaven. By His shedding of blood we are made right with a Holy and loving God. This is GOOD NEWS INDEED. If you don’t get excited by that then maybe you need to make sure you are in a “right” relationship with God.

In verse six we are told even more good news. We are called priests to serve God. You see only the priests could communicate and offer sacrifice for the people to God. Only the high priest could actually enter the dwelling place to offer sacrifice and then only once a year; but now John says we have access to God for ourselves thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice! I find it amazing that a powerful and loving ruler of all creation wants to speak and commune with me! don’ you?

This is good news! When was the last time you spoke to your loving father? When was the last time you went before a Holy God? We take this for granted too often, and it need to stop. You have been given access. why not use it? The choice is yours.

God is SO Good!

Today’s Positive Though
By: Rev. Joe Kramer

“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
-Luke 12:7 (NIV 1984)

Well, I was at a call for work on Friday and the older couple (in their 90s) asked me if I knew Jesus. I replied yes! They then proceeded to pray over me and for me! It was completely fantastic. We don’t rely on Holy Goose Bumps, but they are nice when they come, and man oh man did God move fantastically. I really needed that in my life.

Just remember that God know where you are and He knows who your are and will take care of you! May God Bless you in all that you do.

Today’s Positive Thought

Today’s Positive Thought
By: Rev. Joe Kramer

 

 

8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death is working in us, but life in you
2 Corinthians 4:8–12 (NKJV).

I was wondering what to write today for Today’s Positive Thought and then I came across a book about Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer stood up against the Nazi regime as a pastor and teacher. The following quote jumped out at me and I thought it would be good. The book is called “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy” by Eric Metaxas (you can get it on Amazon). The quote is as follows.

That is, we are saved, not by anything we do, but by grace. Yet if we have truly understood and believed the gospel, it will change what we do and how we live.

Have you lived like this? Has the Gospel changed what you do and how you live? If not, then why not? Will you allow it to change you today?

Today’s Positive Thought

Today’s Positive Though
By: Rev. Joe Kramer

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
-2 Timothy 3:16

A lot of Christians here this everyday, but they don’t really know it deep in their inner being. Why? Because they don’t read the word and let it soak into them on a consistent basis. On this Sunday will you ask God to help you to set up a daily quiet time so that God’s Word can mold and shape your life?

If you have a quiet time you will find that your life won’t feel so oppressive and out of control, because you will have the inner peace that only comes from God. Will you start spending time with God’s Word? How about spending more time with His Word? The choice is yours.