Psalms 73 – I almost slipped.

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold.  For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Psalm 73:2‭-‬3 NIV



I almost slipped.

Slipped from where? Our Christian walk in life.  Where were you when you almost lost your footing.  This is a confession of a person who for a time considered the temporary pleasures of sin and selfishness over Godly eternal realities.

When I saw…

“I envied the arrogant when I saw …”  The eyes have a powerful part in temptation.  What a wonderful part of our bodies to be able to see beauty and the wonderous creations of God.  Our eyes see the glory of a simple flower and a baby’s smile.  Our eyes see the wonder of love’s gaze as couple drink up the presence of each other.  We observe wonders that take our breath away and simple pleasures like  laying on the beach watching the waves and birds go about their never-ending routine.

Eyes – powerful lure to temptation


After  many trips all around  the Garden of Eden Eve walks by the tree Knowledge of Good and Evil without notice. But one time she stopped and looked at the tree. Eve “saw the fruit was good for food, pleasing to the eye, and desirable to make one wise…” Genesis 3:6.  Eve ate the fruit and so did Adam.  Their eyes were drawn to see things that were not true.  Their physical eyes led them to envy and desire.  Their spiritual eyes were overpowered by desire. Their physical eyes only saw the outward temporary pleasures.  It cannot see beyond the now.  Their spiritual eyes which can see beyond today and into the future was not able to overcome the pleasures seen and desired.


In this Psalms it’s the same principle.  Our physical eyes see what we think is desirable. We see pleasing and desirable things that other people are enjoying  and it may seem unfair that we are not allowed to join them.  I remember when I was struggling financially in the ministry.  Barely able to pay bills and we would visit family with large houses and money.  These were  good Christian people but I would fight my emotions of envy.  I knew I was where God wanted me but my eyes, my physical eyes would drink up what I did not have and could not afford.

Eye adjustments

It is not what we see physically that matters.  It is the eternal realities that determine our course.  One of the best verse in this Psalms is verse 17 “till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.”  When I entered into the presence of God I was reminded what I see is not what is eternal.  The physical pleasures that are present in  life are not eternal and can be destructive to the soul.


A picture I have in my office that came from my Grandma’s house shows the realities of our life on earth in eternal perspective.  It is below.  This is real.  I need to keep my eye on this reality.  One day we will see clearly with our eyes.  Until then be on guard.  Keep your lightnside bright. If you seem to stumble, get in God’s presence and allow Him to adjust your focus.

rapture - grandma

Is there something you are looking at that is causing you to slip in your Christian life?  Go to church. Get in God’s presence and allow Him to adjust your vision.

Romans 3:25 – atonement, propitiation

My sin was placed on Christ to pay the price required of sin.




Romans 3:25 NKJV   whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,


Romans 3:25 NIV  God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—

Romans 3:25 The Message  God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin. Having faith in him sets us in the clear. God decided on this course of action in full view of the public — to set the world in the clear with himself through the sacrifice of Jesus, finally taking care of the sins he had so patiently endured.

The Mercy Seat

The Greek word hilastērion is translated atonement, propitiation, clear.  This word is also used in Hebrews 9:5 translated the Mercy Seat.  Hebrews 9:5 NKJV  and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail.

In Exodus 25 God instructed Moses to build the elements of the Holiest of Holies.  One was the Mercy Seat.  It was to be made of pure gold.  Above the mercy seat were to be two angels with stretched wings covering the seat.  The angels faces were to look toward each other to the mercy seat.  The mercy seat was to set on top of the ark of the covenant which would hold the instructions God gave Moses.  This is the place where God would meet with Moses.

Exodus 25:22 NKJV  And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are on the ark of the Testimony, about everything which I will give you in commandment to the children of Israel.

God would meet with Moses above the mercy seat AFTER the sacrifice of an bull which would represent the cost of sin. Once a year a High Priest  would take the blood of a sacrificial bull and sprinkle it on the mercy seat to represent the sins of the people.  God, seeing the blood, would cover the sins of the people until Jesus paid the final price on the cross.   Atonement for all past sins.

Christ Jesus paid for us the final cost of our sins.  Now freed from our sin it is like meeting God above the mercy seat.  Christ’s mercy by taking my sin on Him.  He bore the consequences of my sin.  Now paid for I can go to God freely.  I have access to the very presence of God.

1 John 2:2 NIV  He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

1 John 4:10 NIV This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Christ is “the propitiation, atonement ” because by his becoming our substitute and assuming our obligations he paid our guilt, covered it, by the  punishment which he endured on the cross.

Hebrews 2:17 KJV

Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

Thank you Jesus!



Romans 3:9-31 – All have sinned, BUT…

All have sinned.  Everyone is against God.

Paul is summarizing the last 2  chapters with quotes from the Old Testament like Isaiah 53:6, and Psalms 12.  It summaries the state of man who has tried to attain righteousness on his own. It is hopeless.  The state of fallen man has no real desire for GOD. Their desires of fallen man have become twisted, deprived, violent  and self-serving. This summary ends with the darkest but truest statement from Psalms 36:1. “There is no fear of GOD in their eyes.”  This is abundantly true today.

Romans 3:21-31 is like a diamond


Romans 3:21-31 is like a diamond (Christ’s work on the cross) laying on a black cloth (man’s hopelessness and sinfulness).  The first word is BUT… This is a hopeful word. It says in spite of all the evil, shameful, immoral,  violent,  and self-confidence we have in our lost state, THERE IS HOPE.


Righteous is available for us from Faith in Christ.

The completeness of verses 23 and 24 is PROFOUND.   Romans 3:23-24 NIV for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, [24] and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  How great the gift of salvation for all mankind who were without any hope of salvation.

John 3:16

For GOD so loved the world (all) that He gave his only (all) begotten son that whosoever (all) believes on Him shall not perish, but (same “but” as in Romans 3:21) have everlasting life.  This TRUTH has to ramp up the wattage of your lightnside! Right? All includes you. All mankind in all the past for all our mistakes and sins…are all erased for all time by Christ’s all sufficient love and sacrifice on the cross.

Remember this today. Through faith in Christ you have forgiveness of sins always!

Fake News. Psalms 64

Today we are bombarded with fake news and real news. It takes a serious mind and attention to weed them out and then it’s not cirtain we believe the right article.

False accusations

What about false accusations, conspiracies and even threats? David had his enemies and many of the opposing forces spread lies as they sweet talked the people. They said “if I were king I would…”.

What do we do if we are in the cross hairs of accusations. How do we act when special interest groups target Christian groups because of our biblical stance?

Psalms 64

The Holy Spirit inspired David to write this psalms to develop a plan to deal with the false accusers.

Hear me God…

V1 Hear me, my God as I voice my complaint. (We express our fear and frustrqation only to God. Not gossip or try to enter into a battle of wits with the enimies).

V2 Protect my life from the threat of the enemy. ( Ask God for His covering and protection).

Enemy described to God

Verse 3-6 David describes the false beliefs of the enemy and their verbal arrows.

Psalm 64:3-6 NIV
They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim cruel words like deadly arrows. [4] They shoot from ambush at the innocent; they shoot suddenly, without fear. [5] They encourage each other in evil plans, they talk about hiding their snares; they say, “Who will see it ?” [6] They plot injustice and say, “We have devised a perfect plan!” Surely the human mind and heart are cunning.

They shoot and then God shoots

Psalm 64:7-8 NIV
But God will shoot them with his arrows; they will suddenly be struck down. [8] He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin; all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.

Allow God to work his plan.

It will bring GLORY to His name and you will find comfort in His presence.
Be patient and ponder what He has done. It will place a lightnside your life and home.

V 9-10 All people will fear; they will proclaim the works of God and ponder what he has done.
10 The righteous will rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in him; all the upright in heart will glory in him!

Let God shoot His arrows.

Our refuge and complaints belong with God. Let Him shoot back. Show love and kindness to enemies. Don’t shoot back on your own.

John 1:4-5 Life, Light vs darkness

John 1:4-5 NIV ” In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”



The word darkness has many meanings besides the absence of light.  It can be described as depression,  or a personality.  Darkness can also describe violence in thought or action.  Darkness can be the unwanted news  of a medical condition.  Darkness can also describe the character of a nation or a radical violent belief system.  Darkness is also in the soul of man without Christ.  Like a flashlight without batteries, the equipment is there but no “life” is in the batteries.

In HIM was Light and Life

Where can we find light for our minds, bodies, attitude, heart and future?  The answer is in John 1:4.  In Him (Jesus, Logos) is light and life.  The Greek word for life is zoe (ζωή). There are different layers of life.  One one level just waking up in the morning means you have life.  You are living and breathing.  But there is a mental and spiritual life that can be darkened even though physical life is present.  However, one fact need to be understood.  ALL LIFE (ZOE) AT ALL LEVELS COME FROM CHRIST.  It is through Christ that the seven billion people on earth are breathing. He give physical life as Adam was given physical life when God breathed life into him (Genesis 2:7).

Sin brought darkness but Jesus brings light

Adam was alive both physically and spiritually with God.  When Adam and Eve ate the apple in the garden of Eden a death or darkness came over their spirit and has been in this world since then.  The source of darkness is both our fallen natures and your arch enemy Satan who is determined we will never again see connect with true light or life from Christ.

BUT JESUS HAS COME TO THE RESCUE – THE SOURCE OF LIGHT FOR ALL MANKIND.  This life (zoe) is the light for everything.

It seems are nation is growing darker.  Remember the light is still shining.  The last part of verse five says the darkness does not comprehend the light.  Some translations says overcome the light.  Both are right. Darkness can never overcome or comprehend  the light of Christ. The purpose of the darkness is to try and keep you from the light.   [2 Corinthians 3:14 NIV] “14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is darkness taken away.”

Take a moment to listen to the song below.  Feel the light of God in the song.

youtube-logo  Light of the world.

 [Colossians 1:12-13 NIV] “12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,

Today, you can find light in the  darkness.

Christ is the source of your life and light.  Pray to God right now and tell Him of your darkness.  Then ask for forgiveness and guidance from Him. You will feel His light in your heart.  It is important to develop this source of light, like keeping fresh batteries in a flashlight.  Read the bible, pray find a church and get to know other people who are seeking life and light. This is how you live and grow with lightnside.


Matthew 5:9 – Blessed are the peacemakers.

Matthew 5:9 NIV
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

David had his Mighty Men( 1 Chronicles 11:10 ) who kept peace in his kingdom.  Deputy Jacob Pickett was one of Boone County’s Mighty Men who kept peace in our kingdom

We honor one of Boone County’s might warriors this week. Even in his death his organs are bringing hope and peace to others. We pray for his family, the Boone County Sheriff’s organization, all local police and emergency personnel, and the people of Boone County.

Psalms 62:5-8

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God ; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

Sorrow at heart? Psalms 61:1-3

Yesterday I was told a very good friend killed himself.

I’m still in shock and grief for family and community. So I go to the place of healing and strength. God’s word and His presence.

Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.

From the ends of the earth I call to you,

I call as my heart grows faint;

lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

For you have been my refuge,

a strong tower against the foe.

Psalm 61:1‭-‬3

Romans 3:7-8 Trapping God only traps yourself.

Someone might argue, “If my falsehood enhances God’s truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?” 8 Why not say—as some slanderously claim that we say—“Let us do evil that good may result”? Their condemnation is just!



In Romans 3:1-8 some intellectual people  want to show themselves to be smarter than God try to manipulate the gospel.  I imagine they , with a tongue in cheek, argue if God shows His glory more when a sin is covered then more sin brings out more glory.

Show me a coin

It reminds me of the constant attempts to trap Jesus in his own words in Matthew 22:15-22.  I love the example when Jesus is asked about taxes.  Is it right to pay taxes. Thinking there is no way out Jesus takes a coin and asks who’s inscription is on it.  Caesar’s they say.  Then Jesus blows their trap away by saying “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.

feel justified

The real goal is not to trap but to find a way to feel justified.  If we can use theories and deep thinking to twist scripture so we can feel justified by scriptures we will remain unchanged.  It is an attempt to turn the leading of the Holy Spirit on our hearts into a justified theory that our mind tells us we are ok with God.  Tough areas for us to grow through is forgiveness, love, submission,  selfishness and so forth.

manipulation of God’s word

Many people believe that once you say the words “I believe Jesus dies for me and is the son of God” then they are forever saved no matter their actions from then on.  Again this is mental manipulation of God’s word.  First, it is more than saying.  It is active believing and repenting and following Christ.  Allowing Him to change your life that saves you.  Yes, you will continue to sin,  but it will be slip ups and the Holy Spirit will convict you to repent and grow in Christ.  Salvation is not a one time purchased life insurance policy for heaven.  This is another example of Romans 3:7-8

Don’t try to manipulate  Godly truths – be transformed instead.

Let us read God’s word and believe.  Not try to manipulate God’s truths. But be transformed from Glory to Glory by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit.  Allowing the lightnside to burn brighter as you mature in Christ.