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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Hope in the Lord

Do you not know?  Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.Isaiah 40:28-31

Are you tired, lonely, or feeling lost?

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength!

Be wise today and always – rely and hope in the Lord.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tree of Life

What is the “Tree of Life”?
- It Brings Us Closer to God
- Spiritual and Eternal
- A Reward to all Believers

It’s mention at the beginning and end of time.
Genesis 2:9 - The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis 3:24
- After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
Revelation 2:7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

We are given more information about the tree to apply to our lives:
Proverbs 3:18 - She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.
Proverbs 11:30 - The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.

Be wise today and always - Got Hope?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hope Defered

Solomon, the world's wisest man said, Hope delayed makes the heart sick, but hope fulfilled is a tree of life. - Proverbs 13:12

What happens when we put our hope in something?
Plan on it becoming a reality
Dream about it
Become impatient

What happens when what we hope in doesn’t become a reality?
Lose Our Focus
Stop Trusting
Give Up On Hope

What happens when what we hope in is fulfilled?

Be wise today and always - hope in the Lord.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Hope Delayed

How many times in life do things not turn out as we planned or hoped for?

Hope in God’s eyes is not wishful thinking but means a “strong and confident expectation”.

Look at the promises that are made in Proverbs:
Proverbs 10:28 - The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.
Proverbs 11:7 - Hopes placed in mortals die with them; all the promise of their power comes to nothing.
Proverbs 11:23 - The desire of the righteous ends only in good, but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.
Proverbs 23:18 - There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
Proverbs 26:12 - Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.

Be wise today and always - - follow the Word and apply it to your life.


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Never Alone

God will never leave you, you are never alone.

 God’s Promise is kept in the New Testament.
Keep on loving each other as brothers. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and tod ay and forever. - Hebrews 13:1-8

 Jesus gives us His comfort and Promise.

1 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going." 5 Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" 6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him." -  John 14:1-7

Be wise today and always - take God's promise of peace and comfort to heart.

Saturday, January 26, 2013


Have you ever felt that that something or someone was chosen over you? That you have been replaced, abandoned, separated, or lonely?

God will never leave you, you are not alone

God will be with His people even in the midst of change.
Joshua to Succeed Moses
 Then Moses went out and spoke these words to all Israel: “I am now a hundred and twenty years old and I am no longer able to lead you. The Lord has said to me, ‘You shall not cross the Jordan.’ The Lord your God himself will cross over ahead of you. He will destroy these nations before you, and you will take possession of their land. Joshua also will cross over ahead of you, as the Lord said. And the Lord will do to them what he did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites, whom he destroyed along with their land. The Lord will deliver them to you, and you must do to them all that I have commanded you. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their forefathers to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” - Deuteronomy 31:1-8

God will be with us as individuals even when we feel alone.
Joshua as the Leader (Moses is gone - must lead a country across the Jordan to the Promise Land)
No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. - Joshua 1:5

Be wise today and always - turn to God when you are lonely.

Friday, January 25, 2013

God's Hope

Hope defined:

The feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best. “Hope” in Scripture means “a strong and confident expectation.”

What does the Bible say about hope? 

 It's in there 180 times - 34 in Psalms! Here are some of my favorites.

Psalm 9:18 -But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.

Psalm 25:3 -No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.

Psalm 25:5 - Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

Psalm 37:34 - Hope in the LORD and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.

Psalm 130:7 - Put your hope in the LORD(& His Word), for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.

Allow God's promise of hope minister to your needs today.

 Be wise today and always - praise God for His hope is sure.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Debt Paid

“He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”. – 1 John 2:2. Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection was for you, me, everyone. He was the sacrifice for all the sins of mankind!

Hebrews 9:27-28, “Just as a man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people: and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him”.

Jesus is waiting for us to call for help. He will pick us up with one nailed scarred hand and show the other to Father God. It proves the price was paid and our debt has been canceled.

Be wise today and always - praise Christ for paying the price for your sins.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Good Hands

In 1 John chapter 2 we see God’s protection - “If anybody does sin, we have One who speaks to the Father in our defense - Jesus Christ, the righteous One.
It is because of our relationship with Jesus Christ that we can stand before the Father and get to heaven. We would not stand a chance without Him.

There is a story about a poor boy many years ago who had heard that the great evangelist, Dwight L Moody, was going to be preaching for one night at a church way across town. The boy so wanted to hear him that he took off bright and early and it took him the whole day to get to that big church across town. When he got there he saw a big staircase leading to a big door. He made it up the stairs and as he was walking in the door a big hand came down and grabbed him, and said what do you think your doing? He explained that he had taken all day to get there a and he was there for the services. The big man said you cannot come in here looking like that so be gone!
The boy was crushed, but decided he had not come all this way to be turned back out to the street. So he tried the side doors, the windows, and all around the building, but could not find a way inside. He walked back to the bottom of the big staircase sat down and began to cry. He did not notice but another big man was standing in front of him. “What’s  wrong son?” he asked. The boy still sobbing explained what had happened. When he was through with his story the big man put out his hand, and said, “Take my hand and come with me”. He did and climbed the big stairs again, but this time the big door was opened and he was allowed in. He walked hand in hand with the man to the front of the church where the big man and him sat on the front pew. A few minutes later the service started , and the big man walked up to the pulpit as Dwight L Moody was introduced
Jesus Christ will do the same to us. We just have to put our hand in His!

Be wise today and always - put your hand in Jesus' hand.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sin Pit

1 John 1:8 says: “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us”. What this is saying that if someone came before God and claimed that he had not sinned recently then he would be deceiving himself & God’s truth was not in him. We all sin, but God has provided a recourse to our sins.

 In John 14:6, Jesus says, “ I am the Way, the Truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” That is our hope, and we have God’s promise that if we believe in His Son, Jesus Christ, that He will never leave us.

John 10:9-13, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As Scripture says Anyone who calls on Him will never be put to shame. It makes no difference if you are Jew or Gentile. The same Lord is Lord of All, and greatly blesses those who call on Him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”

When we sin if we take it to God & confess it He promises to not only forgive us, but also to purify us from all unrighteousness. So why wouldn’t we run to God & confess our sins immediately? Maybe we’re afraid, embarrassed, ashamed, or a combination of all three?

We are creating a spiritual “pit” when we do not confess our sins. We keep blowing it again and again. It is a viscous cycle that eats you up spiritually and takes you further from God. Run to God He already knows all about it. Confess your sin. He promises to forgive.

Be wise today and always - stay out of the "sin pit".

Monday, January 21, 2013

Lit Up

In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus tells us, “You are the light of the world

We used to live at one of the higher elevations in Butler Co., Ohio, and on a clear night the sky is awesome with countless number of stars. One thing that my wife watches is the moon, and no she isn’t a moon worshiper but a creator worshiper! In the course of 30 days the moon appears to change. Sometimes it is just a sliver of light. Then it will grow as the days go by to a quarter, half, then 3 quarters of light. Then especially it seems in the Fall the whole moon will be glowing an will light up our whole farm!
This is not light created by the moon. It cannot generate any illumination on its own. The light that we see is based on how the moon is turned toward the sun. We see a little or a lot. When it is positioned just right we get the whole effect.

I’m here to tell you that is how God wants us to position ourselves so that we will be turned just so right with God and on His path of righteousness that we will be illuminating the full light of Jesus Christ in our lives, in our homes, in our families, and at our church. We cannot generate any light of our own. It all comes from God’s son, Jesus Christ!

Be wise today and always - reflect the Son's light in your life.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Bask and Reflect

 Who is the light? In John 8:12 , Jesus said,”I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”.   -We are to follow Christ.

I graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1982. One of my best friends from High School  also went there. He was a Criminal Justice Major, and I a History Major. We always wanted to take a class together, but it never worked out. Until our Sr. year and final quarter before graduation. I needed an elective class and Gary was taking a class he said I could get in to. It didn’t matter to me so I signed up. It was a class on abnormal Psychology. I had no business being there because this was a graduate level class and the total of my training had been Intro to Phsyc.101 as a freshman. For 5 weeks I was totally lost, and was starting to become concerned because I had to pass this class in order to graduate. Then my opportunity came. 60% of our final grade came from writing a paper based on a case study of any theory that had been discussed. Since I didn’t understand much what was going on I chose BIRG. Which stands for Basking in Reflected Glory. Simply put this is when someone takes pride & glory for another individuals or groups achievement in which they had absolutely no hand in. A good example of that at IBC is Jerry Tillery with the KY Wildcats! My paper was about my boss at the time. He always spoke of his alma matter, Elder HS, and how exciting it was to play at “the Pit”. I figured he must have been on the basketball team, but in reality he play the clarinet in the band!

Why did I tell you this story? Because we are commanded to bask in the reflected glory of our Lord, Jesus Christ. In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus tells us, “You are the light of the world ..................” This is how we are supposed to live.

Be wise today and always - bask in and reflect His glory.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Together Forever

Another  image in the Twenty-third Psalm is this: Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. The end of our journey through life on earth is to be with God forever. In baptism we are made members of the household of God already, and our destiny is made secure through faith. Sometimes the journey is filled with joy, and sometimes it is very sad and lonely. Yet the promise that God has already given us eternal life with him sustains us in our journey and gives substance to our hope.

The goodness and mercy that follow us are not something we achieve for ourselves. They are given to us by the sheer grace of God. Were it not for God’s forgiveness, our sins and mistakes would quickly disqualify us for eternal life. But with God there is goodness and mercy, supremely evident in his Son Jesus Christ. Our life on earth and our life with God forever are the product of his grace alone. 

Be wise today and always - know that we can never be ever seperated from God.

Friday, January 18, 2013


A great image comes from the Psalm 23 verse, Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me, your rod and your staff they comfort me.

God is frequently described in the Bible as being like a shepherd who protects, cares for and tends to a flock of sheep. (we being the sheep)

The rod is used by a shepherd to ward off evil and to direct the sheep as they walk. The staff with its large crook at the end serves to support the sheep’s body when it crosses a dangerous chasm. The Lord protects, guides, and supports us. He does not send us through the dark valley with a cheery promise to meet us again on the other side. He goes with us every step of the way.

Be wise today and always - you are never alone.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Hard Times

It would be so wonderful if God would simply promise to us that we would never go through difficult times. But we do go through great and terrible difficulties all of the time, and God constantly warns us of these dangers and difficulties in His Holy Word.

St. Peter wrote in his first letter (1 Pet
4:12) “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.”

The Bible constantly tells us that there will be difficult times in life, and Psalm 23 voices such a warning. It does not say, “God will keep you from danger,“ but rather it describes that there will come times, and they come for all of us, when we feel like we are walking through a dark, dangerous valley -- a “valley of the shadow of death.“

But what the Word of God does make very clear is that as we move through such times, God is with us. God is there to comfort us and sustain us.

“As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for YOUR rod and YOUR staff comfort me.

Be wise today and always - remember the Good Shepherd is always with you.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Man's weakness in accepting the truth is the devil's greatest strength.

Jesus was very clear on what He was instructing and offering to the world. To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:21-32

In Luke 4:17-19, “ the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

True freedom in this world can only come from Jesus.

Be wise today and always – accept God’s truth.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Jesus Christ is the Hope of the world! As we continue to look at 2013 being the year of hope, I think it's pretty cool the thousands of years ago the prophet Jeremiah wrote this and in 1611 English bible scholars put the number 20:13 to; Sing to the LORD! Praise the LORD! For though I was poor and needy, he rescued me from my oppressors. - Jeremiah 20:13.

Sing and Praise the Lord always. Regardless of your situation, as this year starts, know that God can rescue you from it. Amen?

This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. - Psalm 34:6

Be wise today and always - have hope.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Never Done It...

   When John Maxwell was a young Pastor he was asked by another Minister to come to his declining church to help them with ideas to stimulate growth. A group of leaders were assembled and Maxwell laid out a plan to help them reach their community. When he asked if there were any questions, an older man stood up and said, “What if we try theses ideas, and they don’t work.” Maxwell replied, “What you’re doing now surely isn’t working, so why not try something else!”
   I’ve heard it said that the last words of dying churches are “We’ve never done it that way before.” When translated it means “We’re not changing!” This attitude has been with us since Moses led Israel out of Egypt.
   We see in Exodus 17 that the Israelite community quarreling and grumbling about having no water. They looked at all the old ways for provision, but there were no rain clouds, no streams, no lakes, and no wells. They said that they would rather be slaves back in Egypt. What they failed to realize is that God doesn’t always work in ways we understand. Israel needed to (as does His church today) trust in Him. Moses went before the people as instructed by the Lord, and struck a rock with his staff. Water poured out from the rock, and provided for all their needs. God is able and willing to do that for us today, but we continue to look backwards instead of focusing on Him.
   Later in Numbers 20, the same scenario happened again. This time not only the people were quarreling, but the leaders forgot to listen and obey God. Moses and Aaron were told to speak to the rock, but instead Moses decided to “do it the old way” and struck the rock with his staff. They did get water, but Moses and Aaron were forbidden to go into the promise land because of their disobedience. The key to God’s provision and direction is our obedience. We must keep our focus on Him not the past.
   In Numbers 21 we see the nation quarreling and complaining again. This time the Lord sent venomous snakes that bit and killed many Israelites. The people confessed their sins, and asked Moses to pray to God for forgiveness. He was instructed to place a bronze snake on a pole, and anyone bitten could look at it and live. God’s people need to do that today. We must confess our sins, ask for forgiveness, and place our trust in the One who was lifted up on the cross; Jesus Christ, in order to have eternal life. By focusing on the Savior we must look forward because he is our hope and eternity.  
   Jesus didn’t die for us to be comfortable, but to be convicted in sharing the Gospel with a lost and dying world. We need to quit quarreling and complaining, and start listening and obeying. By forsaking our preferences and being directed by His purposes we will see many come into His kingdom. That is His hearts desire, and it should be ours also. 

Be wise today and always - Let’s do life God’s way.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Staying Clean

In today’s world it’s hard to stay faithful to His plan for our life. We’ll take a look today at two ways that you can keep the standard and stay morally pure.

5. Maintain Marriages.
Ecclesiastes 9:9 - Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun—all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun.
Remember it was God instituted marriage.
If there was more courting in marriages more marriages would stay out of court!

6. Magnify the consequences of your sin.
Proverbs 6:32 - But a man who commits adultery has no sense;
    whoever does so destroys himself.
-         There are long and short term consequences

Praise God that He will forgive us if we confess and repent from sin.

Be wise today and always – protect your life by doing it God’s way always.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Staying Morally Pure

In today’s world it’s hard to stay faithful to His plan for our life. We’ll take a look today at two ways that you can keep the standard and stay morally pure.

 Monitor your media intake.
Proverbs 15:14 - The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
- It affects your behavior (media bombardment)

Minimize the opportunity for temptations.
1 Corinthians 10:2 -“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.
- Recognize sinful areas and situations
- No one is immune (don’t minimize temptations)
- Choose your companions wisely
- Establish protective guidelines

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.- Psalms 103:3

When it comes to living for the Lord remember: It’s better to go over board than to be thrown overboard!

Be wise today and always – guard your mind and heart.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Keeping the Standard

I love this saying: If God can keep a fish from getting salty, He can keep us morally pure.

In today’s world it’s hard to stay faithful to His plan for our life. We’ll take a look today at two ways that you can keep the standard and stay morally pure.

 Make a commitment to God’s standard.
- We need to publicly affirm God’s moral standard.
2 Timothy 2:22 - Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

 Manage your mind.
Proverbs 4:23 - Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.
- Immorality starts in the mind before it becomes an action.

Be wise today and always – stay faithful.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Living the Word

Consider God’s instruction in Psalm 119:1-16 (NIV)

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.
Blessed are those who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart—
they do no wrong but follow his ways. You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed. Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands. I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me.
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart; 
do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
12 Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees.
13 With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.

Be wise today and always – live the Word.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Clean Slate

We all appreciate new beginnings and starting off with a clean slate. In our relationship with God He calls us to obedience in following His standards. We all fall short but praise God He has made a provision for forgiveness.

 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. - 1 John 1:9

What if you’ve violated God’s standards? What can you do?

1. Repent – agree with God and change

2. Receive forgiveness – restoration and release of your sin

3. Refocus and replace sinful activities with Godly ones

4. Request help daily – God is faithful

God’s way is always the best way!

Be wise today and always - start every day with a clean heart.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

No Burden

In Matthew 11:30 Jesus reassures us. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. What is Christ offering to us here?

 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Christ calls us to a profession of faith in him, and subjection to his ordinances, a yoke, in allusion to the law of Moses, and in distinction from it; and a "burden", with respect to the very heavy ones the Scribes and Pharisees laid upon the shoulders of the people, obliging them to a strict observance of them. Jesus removes this burden.

Will you accept God’s rest? 

Let's take a look at all three verses from the Message paraphrase Bible, and accept the hope God gives.

Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG) Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Be wise today and always – live and walk with God this year.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Soul Rest

In Matthew 11:29 Jesus says, Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Let’s break it down a phrase at a time and see what other verses say.

Take my yoke upon you
Psalm 23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.

And learn of me, for I am meek, and lowly in heart:
Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of
Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. - Zechariah 9:9
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” – John 14:6-7

and ye shall find rest unto your souls;
This is what the LORD says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, 'We will not walk in it.'-
Jeremiah 6:16

Be wise today and always – find rest in Christ.