Monday, February 19, 2018


Meditate with Power!


God’s Signature, Love!


I John 4:7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. 


Meditate on God’s Word!  One of the most powerful things thats happens when we become Christians is our new ability to love the lost. Once God opens our eyes to our former condition it is hard to not to extend that forgiveness to others in our lives.  Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. But—When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.[a] He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Titus 3:3-6 


Even though we may struggle with not liking everyone in our lives, we know in our hearts that we must forgive others as God has forgiven us. As Paul taught the early church to forgiven each other so we are to forgive each other. I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt all of you more than he hurt me. Most of you opposed him, and that was punishment enough. Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him. Otherwise he may be overcome by discouragement. So I urge you now to reaffirm your love for him. 2 Corinthians 6:5-8. So the signature or fingerprint of God is forgiveness and it is a good reminder to all of us, including Christians, that we need to practice and give freely what God has given us, love and forgiveness. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.13 And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. I John 4:9-13 

May our lives be a model of the love of God to others, believers and unbelievers alike. There is no difference to God as there should be no difference to us as God is love. Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. I John 4:7

Sunday, February 18, 2018


Meditate with Power!


God’s Greatest Gift!


Ephesians 2:8. God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.


Meditate on God’s Word:  I was searching for God in 1976 while I was working in the factory and I was empty and lost inside. I went to JC Penny’s and purchased a Living Bible devotional and God began to draw me to Jesus through reading the Word. I began a lifetime quest of trying to make it easier for people to be able to understand God’s Word by teaching 20 years ago. I was taught by Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel Church in Costa Mesa, California. He taught the Bible verse by verse, chapter by chapter and I learned to savor the grace and love and the power of God’s Word in my life. I never heard anyone teach with such love, grace, forgiveness and peace in my life so I decided 20 years ago to do the same for others. So in 1998 I started a website with the help of Jim, a friend at work called Christians Traveling Alone. The purpose of the first website through today is to encourage Christians to love and study God’s Word. The second objective was to share the simple message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a loving way to others the way that Pastor Chuck would do with every lesson he taught. The purpose and objective from 20 years ago remain the same in each lesson I share with you around the world.


Then in 2000 I started a Bible study at work with Tom and Dave where we met each week for over 10 years in spite of heavy travel schedules. Then it was time for a different approach to reach more people so with the help of Brian I started the blog that is still active today called. meditatewithpower.blogspot.com  Then in 2013 I received a vision from God after watching the History of the Bible series on TV to simplify the Bible under the redemption theme. That began a process in 2014 with another friend Brian, which led to theredemptionstory.org a compilation of 70 Bible references with illustrations from Genesis through Revelation that point to three words, redemption, forgiveness and Jesus. This project was made possible and was launched with my friend Paul at freebibleimages.org The Redemption Story is now available online in four languages and has been downloaded in over 70 countries since it was launched in 2014. There are two books, two short videos and a training booklet, available for free download at the redemptionstory.org 


So the greatest gift that God gave me in 1976 is available for free today if you accept it by faith. God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:8-10. So today as I celebrate my 65th birthday I can only thank God for HIs grace, forgiveness and mercy and hope that my story will encourage you to believe in the power of God’s Word in your life today. Next, to remember that God can and will anyone to share the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the hope and forgiveness Jesus offers to anyone around the world. If God can use me He can and will use you if you make yourself available. If you need help getting started contact me anytime. God is faithful!

Saturday, February 17, 2018


Meditate with Power!


Strength in Weakness!


2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”


Meditate on God’s Word: If there is one lesson to learn from studying the greatest men and women of the Bible it is that God’s power is always shows up in the darkest times. The Apostle Paul was one of the strongest apostles for Jesus and yet he struggled greatly as he preached the Gospel of hope through Jesus Christ. I have worked harder, been put in prison more often, been whipped times without number, and faced death again and again. 24 Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. 2 Corinthians 11:23-25 


He didn’t have an easy life, he didn’t fly a private airplane, drive an expensive car or live in a high rise condo. Much of his time was spent living as a simple tent maker, earning his way as he traveled from city to city and much of his time was spent in jail. I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not. 27 I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm. 2 Corinthians 11:26-27 


It is only after enduring such suffering and pain that he wrote the words that have carried more Christians through some of the most difficult situations in life.  Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 


So remember the words of Jesus to Paul as he laid in a dark prison cell after being beaten to near death. These are the words from Jesus that stayed with and endured Paul until the day he died. “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

Friday, February 16, 2018


Meditate with Power!


God Delivers His People!


I Samuel 14:23  So the Lord saved Israel that day, and the battle continued to rage even beyond Beth-aven. 


Meditate on God’s Word: It took the courage of one young man and his assistant to defeat and send the Philistine army running.  But while Saul was talking to the priest, the confusion in the Philistine camp grew louder and louder. So Saul said to the priest, “Never mind; let’s get going!”  Then Saul and all his men rushed out to the battle and found the Philistines killing each other. There was terrible confusion everywhere. 23 So the Lord saved Israel that day, and the battle continued to rage even beyond Beth-aven. I Samuel 14:19,20,21 


Jonathan’s faith in God helped his nation defeat the Philistine army. The key in this entire story is acknowledging God’s power in the difficult moment of your life.  “Let’s go across to the outpost of those pagans,” Jonathan said to his armor bearer. “Perhaps the Lord will help us, for nothing can hinder the Lord. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!” I Joshua 14:6  Just as Paul saw and realized how God helped him overcome difficult situations and when God didn’t step in directly He gave Paul the strength. Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11-13 


As Paul also taught believe God to do great things but when the answer is no or not now, let God’s grace carry you today. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 God always delivers His people, whether through pain, sufferings or hardships through HIs power and through His grace!


Thursday, February 15, 2018


Meditate with Power!


Trusting in God’s Power by Faith!


I Samuel 14:6 Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.”


Meditate on God’s Word:  In our lesson today we find a young man named Jonathan and his armor bearer, willing to face the army of the Philistines. In their own strength they would never do this but Jonathan knew that God’s power would protect them in a very dangerous situation. Because of Jonathan’s courage and faith in God, even his young armor-bearer had to courage to move forward.  Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.”“Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.” I Samuel 14:6-7 The faith of two young men caused God to move and an entire army to run away in fear.  Suddenly, panic broke out in the Philistine army, both in the camp and in the field, including even the outposts and raiding parties. And just then an earthquake struck, and everyone was terrified. 16 Saul’s lookouts in Gibeah of Benjamin saw a strange sight—the vast army of Philistines began to melt away in every direction.I Samuel 14:15-16


Is it possible that the faith of one person like Jonathan or perhaps even you could move the hand of God to help you or someone in your time of need?  But while Saul was talking to the priest, the confusion in the Philistine camp grew louder and louder. So Saul said to the priest, “Never mind; let’s get going!”  Then Saul and all his men rushed out to the battle and found the Philistines killing each other. There was terrible confusion everywhere. 21 Even the Hebrews who had previously gone over to the Philistine army revolted and joined in with Saul, Jonathan, and the rest of the Israelites. 22 Likewise, the men of Israel who were hiding in the hill country of Ephraim joined the chase when they saw the Philistines running away. 23 So the Lord saved Israel that day, and the battle continued to rage even beyond Beth-aven. I Samuel 14:19-23 

What giant or army are you facing today? What situation seems to overwhelm you? Whatever it is have the faith of Jonathan to believe that God can will reward your faith in Him and in His power to help you. And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:6

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Meditate with Power!


The Power of Love!


John 13:35 Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 


Meditate on God’s Word:  As the world celebrates Valentine’s Day we remember the words of Jesus to His disciples and of the Apostle Paul to the church.  First the words of Jesus. So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34-35 Jesus also defined love in another powerful example. If you ever wonder if God really loves you, meditate on and read these words“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. 10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! 12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  John 15:9-13 


Now spend some time meditating on these words from the Apostle Paul. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;[a] but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages[b] and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! I Corinthians 13:2-8 



Let the power of the love of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit speak, change you and transform you today, from the inside out from the words of Jesus. here is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  John 15:9-13

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Meditate with Power!


Never Fear, God is There!


Hebrews 13:6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”


Meditate on God’s Word: All of the great men and women in the Bible faced terrible and overwhelming times of uncertainty and fear. It is during these times we all need to be reminded of God’s presence and power. Because God has said, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.What can mere mortals do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6 One day King Saul and his men were facing an army of the Philistines with 600 men and his son Jonathan wanted to attack them. Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.”“Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.” I Samuel 14:6-7 


Jonathan was fearless because he knew that God’s power was greater than any army.   Jonathan said, “Come on, then; we will cross over toward them and let them see us. If they say to us, ‘Wait there until we come to you,’ we will stay where we are and not go up to them.10 But if they say, ‘Come up to us,’ we will climb up, because that will be our sign that the Lord has given them into our hands.”1So both of them showed themselves to the Philistine outpost. “Look!” said the Philistines. “The Hebrews are crawling out of the holes they were hiding in.” 12 The men of the outpost shouted to Jonathan and his armor-bearer, “Come up to us and we’ll teach you a lesson.” I Samuel 14:8-12 Then an amazing thing happened because God rewarded Jonathan’s confidence in himself and in God being able to help him defeat the entire army. So Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, “Climb up after me; the Lord has given them into the hand of Israel.”13 Jonathan climbed up, using his hands and feet, with his armor-bearer right behind him. The Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor-bearer followed and killed behind him. 14 In that first attack Jonathan and his armor-bearer killed some twenty men in an area of about half an acre.15 Then panic struck the whole army—those in the camp and field, and those in the outposts and raiding parties—and the ground shook. It was a panic sent by God. I Samuel 14:12-15 

So Jonathan’s step of faith was rewarded by God sending the spirit of fear into the entire army and they ran away. Our lesson is to remember that when faced with an immovable obstacle or overwhelming odds is to take the first step forward, knowing that you have God beside and behind with you as face the giants in your life! Because God has said, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.What can mere mortals do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6 Step forward in faith and watch God work!