Daily Verse

"How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from you commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:9-11

Why do we try to conform God to our will? Live in His word and know true joy.

"Make me to know your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old."
Psalm 25:4-6

God reveals the truth of our time and all time to us through Scripture.

"The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the tstimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple: the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb."
Psalm 19:7-10

All the laws in all the books in all the libraries of the world are but a footnote to the law of God.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways ackowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

To know and understand God comes not through our intellect, but through the wisdom given to us by the grace of God.

"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart."
Proverbs 3:1-3

Don't measure success by society's standards. Use Christ as your measuring stick.

"The the LORD answered Job our of the whirlwind and said: 'Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding, Who determined its measurements - surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? Or who laid its cornerstond...?'"
Job 38:1, 4-6

When we measure God by our limited standards, we attempt to measure the elephant by weighing one strand of its hair.

"Philip said to him, 'Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.' Jesus said to him, 'Have I been with you so lon, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, Show us the Father?'"
John 14:8-9

Christ is God made flesh. If you want to know God, you must draw closer to Jesus.








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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Some sad news...

As of this evening Jason is no longer the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Spearfish. The church was having some financial difficulties and we had prayerfully and wholeheartedly researched a plan that would help to generate funds for the church, while leaving us with a building. A special business meeting was called this evening to discuss the direction that the church should take, but before going into the detail Jason talked about how Paul was comforted and strengthened by God. He also talked about how a church needs to be unified as one body always, but especially during difficult times. Unfortunately the church could not choose to become unified and we didn't even get to talk about the plan for the churches future. The meeting quickly was hung up on the fact that with only three families as actual members we all had different ideas. We did not think that the plan we had counseled about was the only plan and if someone else would have had different thoughts and a different course of action we would have been more than happy to follow that direction. There was no other plan of action offered, so it came down to either going with the idea of turning a portion of the building into 2 apartments or closing the doors. It would have taken a $40,000 loan, but thankfully the church is debt free...but they didn't want to go that route, so ultimately the church couldn't continue any longer. We are saddened because we believe God could really use this church and we were willing to be there to the very end. We are unsure what the 4 members of the church are going to do, because they chose to ask us to leave rather than make a decision about the current financial status of the church. I cannot say that First Baptist Church is no longer, you would have to contact one of the other members for service information.

We now are looking for other living arrangements in Spearfish and praying that God will guide and direct our lives accordingly. Our desire is to serve Him.

"May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ." II Thessalonians 3:5


Kelle said...

Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. beautiful family!