Archive for December 2019


Trusting God 4

Monday –      Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks
Hymn: Good Gifts (recording) (printed)

Tuesday –     Where God Wants Me
Hymn: I Leave It in Your Hands (recording) (printed)

Wednesday – Wait
Hymn: Wait on the Lord (recording) (printed)

Thursday –    A Single Step
Hymn: I Only Want to Walk in You (recording) (printed)

Friday –          Keep Walking
Hymn: Thank You for Your Perfect Will (recording) (printed)

Saturday –     An Adventure in Christ
Hymn: Immanuel’s Land (recording) (printed)

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A Detail to Ponder

Here’s an intriguing detail I came across this morning in Genesis 18:14.

God had sent three angels to tell Abraham that, at long last, Sarah would bear him a son within a year. Sarah was listening at the tent door and laughed at the news. She couldn’t believe that she would have such “pleasure,” since both she and Abraham were past 90. In v.14, God (apparently through the angel) answered her,

“Is there anything too difficult for the LORD?” (NASB; NIV, “too hard”).

But another translation, and perhaps a more literal one, is

“Is there anything too wonderful for Yahweh?”

That translation makes my heart smile. It brings to mind a flood of marvelous blessings the Lord has poured out over the years. Truly, is there anything too wonderful for our God?

No Fear

When nagged by uncertainties big and small –
no fear.
In the grip of illness –
no fear.
In need –
no fear.
In loss –
no fear.
In change –
no fear.
In all my weakness and boundless ignorance –
no fear.
In the darkness –
no fear.

When opposed by forces far stronger than myself –
no fear.
When assaulted by temptation –
no fear.
When threatened by suffering –
no fear.
In the valley of the shadow of death –
no fear.

For my life is hidden with Christ
in You,
my Father,
my loving Savior,
my mighty Rock,
my sovereign Lord and
my everlasting God.

Nothing in this world,
seen or unseen,
can make us afraid
as we simply trust our Father.

Hymn: Mighty God, I Will Trust in You
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Christ the Lord Is with Us!

Christmas is a joyful celebration, and
God has invited

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The welcome call goes out to all –
The young may come,
The old may come.
The rich, the poor, we all may come,
For Christ the Lord is with us!

Jesus! Jesus!
God on earth! Man in heaven!
Jesus! Jesus!
Glory to God in the highest!

Forever God, forever man!
The promise comes!
Our heaven comes!
Now love completes what love began,
For Christ the Lord is with us!

The high, the low are all His own.
You doubters, come!
You guilty, come!
The holy life is flesh and bone,
For Christ the Lord is with us!

by Ken Bible, © 2009


Trusting God 3

Monday –      If God Is for Us

Tuesday –     Hymn: Be Still (recording) (printed)

Wednesday – Learn a New Response to Need
Hymn: We Need You, Holy God (recording) (printed)

Thursday –    A Relationship of Trust
Hymn: Blind Faith (recording) (printed)

Friday –          Faith: The Greatest Bargain in the Universe
Hymn: If God Is on Our Side (recording) (printed)

Saturday –     Ask for Wisdom
Hymn: Lord, How Good to Rest in You (recording) (printed)

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Fear God Alone

The Lord spoke to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people. He said…“Do not fear what they fear…The Lord Almighty is the one You are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear.”(Isaiah 8:11-13, NIV)

Father, You are Almighty God,
the sovereign Lord over all reality.
Fearing You,
I need fear nothing else.

You are wisdom and love,
so I want only Your will.
You are truth.
Everything else is false and fading,
unworthy of my desire and trust
You are all-in-all.
Outside You is only emptiness and nothingness.
Outside You all will change and die.
You are forever.
You are unchanging.
You are complete, and
I am complete only in You.

Father, often I come to You so anxious that
I ignore the comforting truth I crave,
even as You sing and dance and paint it all around me.
It is the unchanging truth that
You are all power and beauty, wisdom and love, and
that I have absolutely nothing to fear.

Hymn: The Fear of God
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You Came to Us

The almighty, transcendent God
made Himself
like us
so that we might be
like Him.

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Fountain of all, great uncreated Light,
Very God, high above!
Sovereign in power, Your will the final word,
Boundless life, burning love!
Lord, You laid aside all that God can be
And Your glory hid in simplicity.
In love You came, the Son of Man,
All You are as I am.

Helpless You lay, the undiminished God,
Human child, flesh and bone.
What mighty power could bring all heaven here?
Loving Christ, You alone!
You have shown our race what we all can be,
For Your glory fills our humanity.
I hold this hope, though from so far:
All I am as You are.

Lord, we are one! The earth and heaven join.
All is light! All is new!
All join the dance and shout for holy joy!
We are free now in You!
Life is rich and deep and beyond all time.
Every joy is full, every breath divine.
Your glorious gift is now restored.
Loving Christ, You are Lord!

by Ken Bible, © 2008 by


Trusting God 2

Monday –      Whom Should We Fear?

Tuesday –     Live with the End in View

Wednesday – Run with Endurance

Thursday –    Immersed in God
Hymn: Speak, I Am Listening (recording) (printed)

Friday –          Faith
Hymn: By Faith in Jesus Christ (recording) (printed)

Saturday –     Come to Me
Hymn: Come (recording) (printed)

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“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.” (Luke 12:22-26, 31, NIV)

Our Creator offers us freedom from worry. He invites us to come to Him and trust Him with all our needs.

Yet we defend our right to worry. After all, isn’t it acceptable, even wise, to be “concerned” about some things?

But worry is no privilege. I think about what happens to me when I begin to worry. Peace of mind goes immediately. I get frightened about the future, and as I do, I focus on my own needs. Generosity, joy, and perspective are squeezed out. Selfishness, fear, and shortsightedness take over.

I have to be honest here: anxiety is not entirely a defeated foe for me. Work and family situations still gnaw at me occasionally. But the Creator has been patient and faithful in teaching me important lessons.

First, I’ve realized that anxiety is fear, pure and simple. Fear assumes a false reality. Fear assumes that God doesn’t exist, or that He has lost control of the situation. Fear forgets His power. It forgets His kindness and unchanging love.

Fear focuses on self, ignoring God. When I am anxious, my thoughts are on my own needs and my ability to meet them, not on God and His willingness to help me.

Second, I’ve learned through difficult experiences that I cannot make worry go away. I cannot will it away or reason it away (the Lord knows I’ve tried!). Even when I sincerely commit a problem to Him, it sometimes keeps coming back to mind.

But I’ve found that I can keep bringing the concern to Him, simply and honestly, each time it arises.

Further, I’ve found that when words and pretty promises don’t help, He himself is the greatest comfort. He is always with me, even when I forget Him. My Creator still holds my entire life in His hand. The One who made me is still working toward my good, even during the dark times.

When finances are tight, He reminds me, “I am your security, not money.”

When a long car trip is necessary in winter and I’m concerned about slick roads, He whispers, “I am your protection, not the weather.”

And when troubles sweep happiness out of my reach, He is still with me. He draws me to look into His face and say, “Jesus, You are my joy, now and forever.”

In the end, it is not some technique or memorized words that free me from anxiety. It is He himself, my Creator, my God. When He is with me, how can I help but rejoice? How can I help but thank Him, love Him, and trust Him with my life?

Creator, I know You love me. I come to You now with my needs and concerns.

Anxiety is self-centered.
Faith is God-centered.

Hymn: Lord, Why Am I Anxious?
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Star Hymn

“Star Hymn” traces the
star theme throughout scripture,
from the stars of Genesis 1,
to the Star of Bethlehem,
to the Bright, Morning Star of Revelation.
Especially meaningful for Christmas and Epiphany,
colorfully set to a familiar tune.

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The stars that flood the sky
In silence glorify
You, the One who gave the light.
Praise! Praise!
How they gild the darkest night!
Changeless, yet forever new,
O Father God, they sing of You:
Greatness all above!
Faithfulness and love!

Your star lit up the sky
Your Son to glorify.
He came down to banish night.
Praise! Praise!
Christ the everlasting light!
Now You call to every race
To meet their Sovereign face-to-face –
Greatness all above!
Faithfulness and love!

Now Christ the Morning Star
Brings hope to where we are,
Promising the coming light –
Joy, joy
Piercing through the darkest night.
Soon He’ll gather every race
To join You, Father, face-to-face –
Glorious God above!
Life and light and love!

by Ken Bible, © 2018