Chance Strickland • September 17, 2020
“Our sense of humor is a gift from God which should be controlled as well as cultivated.” -J. Oswald Sanders
“Next to virtue, the fun in this world is what we can least spare.” -Agnes Strickland
Criticized for including humor in a sermon, Charles Spurgeon said: “If you only knew how much I hold back, you would commend me.” Later writing on the subject, he said: “There are things in these sermons that may produce smiles, but what of them? The preacher is not quite sure about a smile being a sin, and at any rate he thinks it less a crime to cause a momentary laughter than a half-hour of profound slumber.”
Shanee Strickland • September 15, 2020
Reading: Genesis 4-7
Just for today, I will choose to faithfully follow the Lord, even when He directs me to do something I do not understand. Rain had never fallen from the sky, yet Noah obeyed faithfully God’s command to ‘build an ark.’ It may be that God is asking us to do something for the sake and protection of our families-even in times that we cannot understand, those are the times that we must trust.
Shanee Strickland • September 08, 2020
Reading: Genesis 1-3
Just for today, I will look around and enjoy God’s creation. I will not complain about the heat or the cold, the rain or the snow; I will take time out of my hectic schedule to reflect on the intricacies of His handiwork-then I will rest in the fact that His most amazing creation is me. The vastness of the universe and the design of the galaxies were created by the master Creator, yet, we are still His most beloved creation. That is how important you are to God.
There is a product that tells you to ‘love the skin you’re in’ and there is much truth to that. God didn’t create us all the same. Some of us have red hair while others have blonde… (well, if you are friends with Miss Clairol, then you can be any hair color you want!) Some of us are tall and others not so tall. Some have the ability to speak well and confidently while others are shy and struggle to find the right words in a conversation. We enjoy different things, and that is by design. God doesn’t make mistakes. I’ve seen a child’s shirt that says, ‘God don’t make no junk.’ Although that phrase may be grammatically incorrect, it couldn’t be closer to a Biblical truth. I am encouraged to know that even in my weaknesses, my imperfections, and my mistakes, I am still His creation, His GREATEST creation, and He loves me.
Chance Strickland • September 03, 2020
9 Honour the LORD with thy substance,
And with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty,
And thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
No matter how bad things may get, Christians are to honor God with what we do have. It may be less than we have had, but it is something. This proverb teaches that if we will do so, our barns will be filled with plenty and our presses will burst out new wine! For me today, a guy with no barn or wine press, this still has an application.
- Barns will be full…I will not go without substance.
- I will have a “barn” or at least some sort of shelter to put the substance (or just me and the family)!
My plan? I am going to “TEST GOD” with today’s Proverb and see what HE will do.
Shanee Strickland • September 01, 2020
As a lady, I think we sometimes set expectations for ourselves that we could never reach. We over-plan, over-schedule, and over-do it, which leads to frustration and burnout. You may feel overwhelmed by the things that require your attention. Take a step back and realize that life must be lived one day at a time. One moment at a time. One breath at a time. Just for today, realize that God knows your frame. You are His child and He knows your strengths and weaknesses. And He loves you — in spite of it all.
Chance Strickland • September 01, 2020
Keeping Christ Effective in your life….v.4
1. Circumcision was a works based justification. Those who depended upon it:
-Christ would profit them nothing v.2
-They would be a debtor to the whole law v.3
-They are fallen from grace v.4
2. In Jesus, we have ‘Grace by Faith’. v.6
-But Faith in Love
3. If the way were Circumcision, then why the Cross? v.11
4. Since the Cross…We now have Liberty (from the Law)
-Liberty is not for use to serve the flesh. v.13
-Liberty is to be used to serve one another in love. v.13
-The ENTIRE LAW can be summed up by, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” v.14
5. Walk in the Spirit vs. Fulfilling the lusts of the flesh. v.16-26
-Works of the flesh: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, revellings, etc. v.19-21
-Fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. v.22-23
Chance Strickland • August 29, 2020
In his book Knowing God Dr. J.I. Packer gives 6 Common Pitfalls we encounter when seeking/not seeking guidance:
1. Unwillingness to Think
2. Unwillingness to Think Ahead
3. Unwillingness to Take Advice
4. Unwillingness to Suspect Oneself
5. Unwillingness to Discount Personal Magnetism
6. Unwillingness to Wait
I can say at some point I have been guilty of some if not all of these pitfalls. A few simple verses that we all know can really help us in these times.
Psalm 37:4-5 Delight thyself also in the Lord; And he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; Trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Proverb 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he shall direct thy paths.
Chance Strickland • August 28, 2020
Proverbs 7:25 – “Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.”
1 – v.8 “…he went the way to her house”
Never go that WAY!
2- v.9 “In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:”
Never go at that TIME!
3- v.21 “…she caused him to yield…”
Chance Strickland • August 27, 2020
From Ezra 8:
To find a right way:
1) For Us v.21 (Ezra 8:21)
2) For our Children v.21
3) For our Substance v.21
V.23 – They fasted and God was intreated.
V.22 – They were ashamed to ask the king for soldiers to help against their enemy since they had publicly stated God would help.
V.31 – God’s hand was on them and helped.
From Isaiah 58:
1)Loose the bands of wickedness
2)Undo heavy burdens
3) Set free the oppressed
4)Break every yoke
From Matthew 6:
Fast secretly and let God reward you openly.