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Happy Mothers Day, Mom-at-Heart

Happy Mothers Day, Mom-at-Heart

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there. Thank you for cuddling and consoling us, for teaching us about beauty, courage, kindness, and patience, for changing our stinky diapers, washing and feeding us, bandaging our cuts, and performing all those other sacrificial tasks too myriad to count, back when our only expression of appreciation was merely to quit bawling.

But let me also thank those of you who have lost your babies to miscarriage, childhood accident, disease, abortion, adoption, or difficulty in conception. My oldest sister was unable to bear children, and yet our childhood name for her was “Mommy Dianna,” as even then she exemplified to us what loving nurture was all about. Like you, she was a mother-at-heart, nurturing her siblings through warm hugs, kind conversations, words of wisdom, greeting cards, phone calls, emails, and Facebook posts, all the way from girlhood to her last day upon this earth.

And she’s not the only one. Each of you ladies are moms in one way or another. You’re just wired that way; love drives the beating of your heart. So to every woman reading these words let me say thank you. We honor you each and every day of our lives. Happy Mothers Day, Mom-at-Heart.

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

You’re a Big Deal to God

You’re a Big Deal to God

I once had a saltwater aquarium that housed, among other creatures, a seven-inch moray eel. But one day the eel was gone. I searched the tank high and low, and just couldn’t find him. (Or her? Not sure about that one. Who really knows, with moray eels).

Remembering that these little critters sometimes burrow into the sand, I lifted the rocks and corals and raked the place with my fingers. But…nothing.

Shrugging my shoulders, I left the room and headed into the bathroom to wash the salt off my hands. And prayed. Do you ever pray prayers like that, about little, nada things? Well I do, all the time, so I asked the Almighty Omniscient Master of the Universe,” Lord, where did my eel go?”

Immediately, it seemed, I heard or felt, or maybe just knew, the answer: “It swam up the filter intake tube and died.”

That. Just that. No fire-in-the-sky, no earthquake, just the proverbial Still Small Voice, if you could even call it a voice. But whatever it was, I chose believe it and immediately marched back to the aquarium, removed the filter tube, looked inside, and…voila. My eel.

I learned two important things from that seemingly insignificant incident:

1: God cares about everything that matters to us, no matter how great or small it might be. If it matters to us, it matters to Him. Period.

2: God answers our questions readily, often immediately, but it takes faith to trust that the voice (or intuition) we hear or receive is actually from Him, and act upon it.

So when you need answers, simply ask for them. And when they come, boldly act upon them.

The Apostle James put it this way: If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind (Jas. 1:5-6).

And remember, nothing’s too great or too small, ‘cause a big deal to God.

David

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Teamwork

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I went to an out-of-town church service yesterday where the pastor dealt out some real revelation. Most of us are familiar with the passage in Ecclesiasticus where the writer says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor; if either of them falls down, one can help the other up…and a threefold cord can’t quickly be broken.” (Eccl. 4:9-10) The verses are about teamwork, and we all know God’s into that. But the eye-popper for me was when the pastor turned to Genesis 1: 26 where God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, and in our likeness.” Us. In other words, God keeps His own advice. He not only advocates teamwork, He operates in it Himself. Yes, even God at the core of His nature and structure, is a team player.

What this says to me is that God never intended for us to be loners. “It’s not good for man to be alone,” He says in Genesis 2:16. And when we find ourselves that way, He’s willing to go to work to rectify the situation, as Psalm 68:6 promises, “God sets the solitary in families.”

I want to encourage you to strengthen your family relationships, your friendships, and even your business relationships. Life’s too big for any of us to handle on our own. After all, even the Lone Ranger needed Tonto.

And by the way, I want to thank each my partners, along with the pastors and churches that help me take the Gospel around the world. In the last year I’ve ministered in Mexico, France, Switzerland, Germany, and all over the United States. None of it would have been possible without your heartfelt help. May God bless you for your faithful friendship and support.

David

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Over the White Chalk Hills

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One night there went out over the stillness of an evening breeze, out over the white chalk hills of Bethlehem, a cry, a gentle cry. The sea did not hear the cry, for the sea was filled with its own voice. The earth did not hear the cry, for the earth slept. The great men of the earth did not hear the cry, for they could not understand how a Child could be greater than a man. The kings of the earth did not hear the cry, for they could not fathom how a King could be born in a stable.

There were only two classes of men who heard the cry that night: Shepherds and Wise Men. Shepherds: Those who know they know nothing. Wise Men: Those who know they do not know everything. Shepherds: Poor simple men who knew only how to tend their flocks; who perhaps could not tell who was the Governor of Judea; who perhaps did not know a single line of Virgil, though there was not a Roman who could not quote from him. On the other hand, there were the Wise Men: not Kings, but teachers of Kings; men who knew how to read the stars and tell the story of their movements; men who were constantly bent on discovery.

Both of these heard the cry. The Shepherds found their Shepherd, and the Wise Men discovered Wisdom. And the Shepherd and the Wisdom was a Babe in a crib – Archbishop Fulton Sheen

May you be blessed this Christmas,

David Stearman

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

A Force to be Reckoned With

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Matthew 17:20–Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

Sixty-five years ago, many considered the idea of nuclear power to be mere speculation. Some even dismissed the concept as fantasy or science fiction. My father was in the military during this time, and later divulged that before the first atomic bomb was detonated over White Sands, New Mexico, some scientists expressed concern that the explosion might trigger a chain-reaction that would result in the destruction of all matter in the universe.

All Matter. That’s everything. Wow. Talk about a bad day.

The objecting scientists’ concerns were eventually resolved, so on July 16th, 1945 they detonated the first-ever nuclear device in an event now known as the Trinity Explosion. Thankfully, the universe wasn’t destroyed; in fact everything functioned perfectly, as the researchers had anticipated. But the world did learn that day that nuclear power is no fantasy. It’s very real, and a force to be reckoned with.

Some people think that faith is fantasy as well, although I’ve personally witnessed its power in action many times. And I’m not the only one. There’s a multitude of empirical evidence to support the assertion that faith in God can heal incurable diseases, change immutable circumstances, alter the course of destiny, and supersede natural laws. Yes, faith is definitely real, and it’s a force to be reckoned with.

Hebrews 11:3 tells us that the worlds were framed by the word of God, and everything we see was made by means of the unseen. That unseen force God used to create everything was released by his faith in his own spoken word. Yes, faith-power is literally awesome, and when applied to life’s problems, has sufficient potency to blow those problems away.

So let me encourage you to proclaim God’s promise–his word–over your situation, and not to grow weary in so doing, for in due season you will reap (Gal. 6:9). Yes, faith-power is a force to be reckoned with.

Today’s Prayer: Lord, I believe your promises about my situation. Be it unto me according to your word. I will speak your promise over my life today, and hold fast in believing until my miracle comes to pass.

*The above post is from David’s 90-day devotional “Encouragement Explosion.” You can get it here: http://www.amazon.com/Encouragement-Explosion-90-Days-Uplift-ebook/dp/B00FRHXE68

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Posted by on November 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

God Will Make a Way

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The Children of Israel left Egypt full of hope, but their enthusiasm turned to depression when they learned Pharaoh’s army was on their trail. And then things went from bad to worse when their enemies cornered them by the Red Sea.

Do you feel like one of Moses’ followers, up against it, trapped in a veritable wilderness of problems? If you do, take heart; God is saying to you today what he said to them way back in the day: Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?  I will make a way in the wilderness. (Is 43:19)

Moses’ followers could never have dreamt of how God would save them. No one had ever seen the wide blue sea part before their eyes. And yet that’s exactly what God had planned for them–something no one had ever seen–and the Children of Israel passed over safely to the other side.

You may have no inkling as to how God might turn your situation around. Your circumstances may seem hopeless; the miracle you need, impossible. And yet the things which are impossible with men are still possible with God. So trust the One who promised, “Call upon me in the day of trouble and I will deliver you” (Ps. 50:15), even if you can’t comprehend how he could possibly pull it off. Because believe me, the God of the Universe really can come up with a way to bail you out.

Who knows, maybe he’ll do a new thing, something you’ve never heard of before. Or maybe he’ll fix things in a more conventional way. I don’t know what God’s got planned, but of one thing I’m assured: God can, and will, make a way in the wilderness for you.

David

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Draw a Bigger Circle

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Representatives of a Roman Centurion approached Peter, asking him to come speak with their commanding officer. Peter felt God’s leading to go with them, but still struggled to obey, since religious tradition forbade Jews mingling with Gentiles.

Nevertheless, he at last gave in and traveled to the the centurion’s home, where to his surprise, he found a large number of Romans gathered to learn about Jesus. Upon seeing the crowd he replied, “Now I realize that God is no respecter of persons, but in every nation, whoever fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him.” (Acts 10:34)

As a result of Peter’s insight and obedience, the entire Gentile world, (i.e. most of us reading this post), opened wide to receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

What if Peter had been narrow-minded and prejudiced? You and I would be lost today, that’s what. It’s so important that we keep our hearts open toward those who look, think, and behave differently than we do. Bigotry can assume many forms, including racial prejudice, national arrogance, and religious intolerance. When we find ourselves excluding all but a limited number of like-minded people, we know it’s time to step out of our narrow space into the greater world.

Pastor Paul Daugherty of Victory Christian Center Tulsa put it this way: “Draw a bigger circle.” I challenge all who read this blog to begin to associate with folks who are different than themselves. Mark Twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” But you don’t have to visit the ends of the earth to grow in love. Just travel outside the confines of the narrow circle you currently inhabit and meet all those other beautiful folks Jesus died to save.

David

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
 
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