Posted in Memorial Day

What should I remember this Memorial Day?

I remember my mom. Patricia Ann Frazier. Mom was born on August 6, 1939 and passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2006. She was 67.

She was loving, kind and truthful. Mom didn’t put up with lies, fighting or being rude to others. She loved angels and butterflies. Her favorite hymn was, “In the Garden.”

I remember my dad, Vitus Price Frazier. Dad was born on June 12, 1936 and passed away on Sunday, August 16, 2009. He was 73.

Dad was a working man for sure. He believed in hard work and I remember these words that he often said to me, “Son, whatever you do in life, do the best that you can do.” Dad was faithful to his job, even though he really didn’t like it much. He worked it for 27 years until the company moved it’s operations to Canada.

Dad had things in his life that he struggled with, these struggles would cause him to turn to things that did not bring relief but more problems and heartaches.

Just one month before he passed away, Dad accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. Now, all of the turmoil and struggles would be things of the past.

The great news is that both mom and dad knew Jesus Christ as their savior. There will be a glad reunion one day.

 

The Origin of Memorial Day

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.

(History.com)

We all have family and friends, that have crossed the boundary between life and death.

It is on this day that we pay special tribute to those who have gone to a better place.

Some of the memories are of people who have served in the military. They believed that freedom was worth giving the ultimate sacrifice of their life if necessary.

To the families of those that have made that sacrifice, I say thank you  for inspiring your family members to serve for a worthy cause.

 

Home of the free, because of the brave.

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A Memorial to Jesus Christ

Exodus 13:9

And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD’s law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt.

Deliverence from a life of doubt, and unbelief

There was a time in my kife that I was trapped by doubt and unbelief. I believed in God, that much I knew. Just when I believed in the fact that God existed I am not sure. I can tell you that as a small child I went to church; most every week. Of that I am sure.

At church I learned all of the lessons that a person is supposed to learn. I learned about the many different people of the Bible. I learned about the major events of the Bible. I read of the flood in the days of Noah. I read about David defeating the giant Goliath. I knew that Samson found his strength in the power of God

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As I consider these thoughts and images and think back to what I know about these accounts, I come to the conclusion that in all of these the major theme is deliverence.

  • Noah and the ark is more that just Noah bringing his family and some animals to safety. It is the plan of God for bringing man to a place where he again trusts and focuses on His saving grace.
  • When David defeats Goliath it is more that a young lad defeating a giant oppressor, the account tells of how through faith in God we can be victorious over situations in our life that look impossible.
  • The life of Samson is a great example of how the life of a believer is blessed when their faith is in the LORD, and what happens when God is not the focus of our faith.
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This Memorial Day weekend I want to take a moment and reflect on the time when Jesus Christ took me from the trap of sin and brought me into the presence of His love.

A Sinner needs a Saviour

On September 10, 2000 I realized that I needed a Saviour to save me from my doubt and unbelief, (these things are sin) and so by faith I believed the words of Acts 16:31. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

Exodus 13:9 is a reminder to the children of Israel that it was the strong hand of the LORD that delivered them from the bonds of slavery in Egypt, and it was by the strong hands of Jesus Christ who was nailed to the cross of Calvary that I was brought out of the bonds of sin.

There was nothing that my own hands could do to deliver me from either the penalty of sin (Death), the presence of sin (it is everywhere), or the power of sin (it is too strong for me to combat).

The hands of Jesus Christ can accomplish what no other hands can do.

You can be set free!

Posted in Bible Studies, Promises

The Promises of God

Bible Studies


This is the first lesson in a series of Sunday School lessons that I have put together in a series called “The Promises of God.” Each week my Junior class is going to examine some of the Scriptures that deal with the promises that the Lord has made to all of those that will follow His guidance.

Feel free to download and use these in your studies.

May the Lord bless you as you look into His Word,.

Posted in Bible Studies, courage

4 Biblical requirements to have courage

What is courage?

Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” John Wayne

1907-1979

“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”Winston Churchill

1874-1965

These are encouraging words and actions from some well known, and respected men and women.

Courageous People

Anne Frank

1929-1945

and her family living in secret and quiet to hide from the Nazis.

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

1822-1913

Leading slaves to freedom on the underground railroad.

Sir Edmund Hillary

1910-2008

Climbing up Mount Everest.

Rosa Parks

1913-2005

Refusing to give up her seat on the bus.

You can have courage, too.

Does the Bible tell us what it takes to have courage?

Bible verses about Courage

  • Joshua 23:6
  • Psalm 27:14
  • Psalm 31:24
  • Proverbs 24:11-12
The Eagle maintains focus until it gets the results it is seeking.

1. Keep Focused on The LORD

Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left; Joshua 23:6

I believe that if I am to experience a courageous life then I need to keep my focus on the LORD.

There are many things that can cause a person to lose hope in any given situation. One of those is the realization that we often have in understanding that there are just some things that we cannot accomplish on our own. I had to come to the point in my life where I could admit to myself that there are just some things that I am not capable of doing on my own.

Sometimes we must ask for help

“(To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth.) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  Psalm 46:1 KJV


Hand in sea water. Help! Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

1 Peter 5:7

2. Don’t Be in a Hurry


Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalm 27:14 KJV

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While the world around us moves and hurries to find strength and satisfaction, we as believers find our needs met by the Lord Jesus Christ.

All of these can be found in abundance if we will trust in the author and finisher of our faith.

Hebrews 12:2 KJV
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

3. Be Hopeful

He is Risen. Three empty crosses.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

1 Peter 1:3 KJV

(1 John 3:1-3) KJV
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
 
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
 
And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

4. Be Confident in the Lord


Proverbs 24:11 
If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;

 
Proverbs 24:12 
If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to everyman according to his works?

God will make all things right in His time.

Things that worry me

  • Finances
  • School
  • Work
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Life in general

Don’t Worry

2 Samuel 22:7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.

Psalm 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Posted in May 2019, Monthly Memory Verses

I Know Who Made Me


The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life. Job 33:4

King James Bible

Memory Verse of the Month – May, 2019

Why take a month for scripture memorization?

As I consider the words of this verse, there are three ideas that come to mind.

  1. The Spirit of God.
  2. The creating power of God.
  3. The sustaining power of God.

There is so much truth wrapped up in the seventeen words found in this verse that a careful study of what is contained in the words of Scripture will bring me many hours of drawing close to God through his word.

Therefore, it will be necessary to take a month out of the year to better understand the direction of the Lord as He guides me through His Word.

At that rate, I will have memorized and studied twelve verses per year.

While I may not be awarded any prizes for my efforts on this side of eternity, it is my firm belief that the spiritual rewards will greatly outweigh any temporal successes that I might achieve.

Look for the upcoming Bible Study on Job 33:4