Saturated with the Word

…We must be saturated with the Word.  Whatever delights us directs us.  We saturate ourselves with the Word by meditating on it.  Meditation is to the spirit what digestion is to the body.  When we meditate on the Word, we allow the Spirit of God within us to “digest” the Word of God for us.  So, not only do we delight in the Word, it becomes a source of spiritual nourishment for us.

  • Warren Wiersbe.

Free E-Book Alert – The Race of Faith by R.C. Sproul

The quest for glory is highly motivating. How often we will try harder or run farther when glory seems within reach. We are even willing to sacrifice personal comfort for a chance at glory. Repeating “No pain, no gain!”, we will fight to push further. We want our lives to count. We want to be celebrated for pursuing something worthwhile.

There is a reason we experience this deep thirst for glory. In God’s Word we discover that we were created for glory. He formed our bodies and breathed life into us so that we might know the greatness of His holiness and stand in awe of it. Our hearts and minds were meant to be so impressed with God’s goodness, that we would readily worship and obey Him. In this way, we would reflect the amazing glory of God.

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This and That 08-20-16

Should Christians Forgive No Matter What? – Should Christians forgive someone even if he’s not sorry? Or does true forgiveness require repentance and a desire to reconcile? This Saturday, on Up For Debate, Julie Roys will explore this issue with Chris Brauns, a pastor who believes forgiveness requires repentance, and Remy Diederich who believes it does not. – Up For Debate with Julie Roys

6 Reasons We Shouldn’t Freak Out over Word Variations in our Modern Translations – In reality, there is no such thing as a strictly “literal” translation, since all translations involve interpretation, all translations must render Greek and Hebrew grammar in ways that are understandable in English, and all translations have places that are “functional” in nature. At many points a literal rendering of Greek and Hebrew word order, for instance, would sound like gibberish in English! – George Guthrie

Some Things You Should Know About Christians Who Struggle With Anxiety – This is the anchor of our soul: That our status before God is secure because it’s not dependent on our turbulent feelings, it’s dependent on the finished work of Christ, and when God looks at us, even when we’re being smothered by a wet anxiety blanket, he sees a beloved child, perfectly clothed in the full righteousness of Jesus Christ. – Adam Ford

The Book of Proverbs and a Winning Strategy for Candidate Trump – So, here’s my counsel: Start every day by reading one chapter from Proverbs out loud, together with your closest staff or family or advisers, if possible. Then note what Proverbs says about wise people and fools, examine your conduct and your words in light of what you read, and then ask God for wisdom. – Michael Brown

Free E-Book Alert – The Wiersbe Bible Study Series: 1 Peter

Often those with the deepest hurt appreciate grace most. Which may explain why Peter, the apostle who once denied his Savior, wrote a remarkable letter that celebrated the hope and grace found in Christ. Based on Warren Wiersbe’s Be Hopeful, this eight-week of study of 1 Peter contains fresh insights that help connect God’s truth with everyday life.

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Gospel Points – Tom Hoefling for President, Part 1


This week we are joined by Tom Hoefling as we continue our look into the 2016 presidential race. Mr. Hoefling is the America’s Party candidate and on the ballot in several key states. While the scope of our interview runs the gamut of different issues, it’s clear that this candidate’s passion is to defend the rights of the unborn. This is not merely a political issue in his mind. So, in this first segment we focus on the issue of abortion and the fight to uphold life. Trust me, you won’t want to miss this episode. Tom’s heart for this is inspirational and hopefully contagious.

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Frank Haney for Winnebago County Board Chairman


Today at the Winnebago County Fair I ran into Frank Haney, the Republican candidate for county board chairman.  We had met once before a few months ago.  We chatted for just a few minutes then as he told me about his campaign.  I recall, at that time, thinking this was a bright man with some good ideas and certainly a likable fellow.  Well, that was a few months ago.

Fast-forward to today.  Chatting with him at the fair, he asked me my first name claiming he new we had met before.  I told him my name, and as we took this quick photo, I couldn’t help but think this was a typical politician.  I mean, asking me my first name would allow him to look like he knew me without actually knowing.  He was trying to make a connection with a voter.  Nothing wrong with that, but its what you would expect.  Of course I didn’t say any of this out loud.

Then, he shocked me by saying, “Oh yes, we met at a Rockford Reachout Jail Ministry event last year.  We’re also friends on Facebook.”  I have to admit, as a pretty unremarkable person, I’m always impressed when people remember who I am.  Well, I was impressed with Frank Haney today.  He strikes me as a man who loves his family and wishes to serve his community.  He’s got a positive vision for the future of our county and desires a local government accountable to the people and run with integrity.

So, anyway, I hope you’ll join me on November 8 and vote Frank Haney Winnebago County Board Chairman.  You can learn more about his campaign here –

PS.  Frank, the kids liked your balloons.