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by Alec Niemi

My father was raised in a “Churched” family and my mother was not. She knew nothing about spiritual things until late in life. It wasn’t until after Dad had passed away that we found out about his spiritual life. He had been very involved in the church. Because he could read and write Finn as well as English he did a lot of translating for the church and even wrote articles for their church magazine. Yet the only spiritual leadership my father gave was in allowing us the freedom to go to Church or Sunday School but there was never any mention of God in our house.

Uncle Ike, Dad’s brother, showed us several of the articles that Dad had written and went on to say that Dad had been very much involved until he went into the army. For whatever reason this changed him and he turned his back on the Church.

Mom never gave any instruction because she had none to give. But I remember Aunt Jessie, Dad’s sister, writing letters every once in awhile that would include some encouraging words from the Bible. Mom would tell Dad, “It’s from your religious sister!!” He would just say, “Uh.” But Mom would read them and she would let us read them too if we wanted to. I would read them and always found them to be comforting. Although I wouldn’t tell anyone else that. They might call me a ‘religious nut’ too!

And I wonder how many people are the same way. If there was no spiritual instruction in the home where would the spiritual teaching come from? How do we react to ‘religious nuts’. Are we being ‘nutty‘ enough to give comfort to those around us? As a pastor I am always meeting people needing comfort. As a Christian, I know that the only real comfort comes through knowing Jesus. He is the one that calms the raging storms that come in our lives. It is through our faith in Him that we find true comfort.

My Prayer for you this week:

Lord I pray that you would rebuke the wind and the raging waters; that the storms will subside, and all will be calm. Give us faith. Amen
Luke 8:24 & 25

Have a great week!

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By Dr. Bill Bright

The good man does not escape all troubles – he has them too. But the Lord helps him in each and every one. God even protects him from accidentsPsalm 34:19,20.

Jerry was a new Christian and for the first time was hearing about the importance of the Spirit-filled life. His was a logical question, put to me following one of my lectures on a large university campus.

Does the Spirit-filled Christian have problems, testings, temptations like the non-believer and the disobedient Christian?” he asked.

No,” I replied, “the Spirit-filled Christian does not have the same kind of problems that the non-believer and the carnal Christian have, because most of the problems we experience in life are self-imposed. The Spirit-filled person is one who seeks to do the will of God and lives by faith drawing upon the supernatural resources of God the Holy Spirit for every attitude, motive and desire of his life.”

There may be many problems, such as loss of loved ones, financial reverses, illness and disappointments. The Spirit- filled Christian does not escape all troubles. But the Lord is always there with him, undergirding, helping, inspiring, motivating, encouraging, imparting to him wisdom – physical, mental and spiritual resources. Even when tragedy, heartache, sorrow and disappointment come, the Spirit-filled person knows that God is still in control.

Therefore, by faith and obedience to the command of 1 Thessalonians 5:18, he can say, “In all things I give thanks.”

We can know that God helps us in each and every trouble and that He even protects us from accidents.

Bible Reading: Psalm 35:1-9

Today’s Action Point: Today I will look for opportunities to remind myself and my friends that our loving God and Father is working in and through every problem we face each day, so that we might mature and become more like our Lord Jesus Christ.

How about you – have you discovered the  Spirit filled life?

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