Wednesday, December 31, 2008


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The Last Cigarette

My daddy stopped smoking on a Sunday morning in winter.
Standing by the wood heater that warmed our three small rooms,
He smoked the last cigarette down to ashes.

Inhale, exhale. The smoke spiraled up into the air
And we all breathed it in as we waited for Mama
To get our coats and her Bible.

The last cigarette burned down to Daddy’s fingers that had hung
Years of sticks strung with tobacco into rented barns.
Tobacco fed us ‘til Daddy gave up the farm
And moved us to a better life in town.

Inhale, exhale. A final smoke ring circled in the air above our heads.
Daddy opened the heater door and dropped the last cigarette
Into the fire.
Ashes to ashes, the past went up in smoke and a shower of sparks.

Then, bundled up against the cold, we began the walk to church—
Our breath like smoke on the frosty air.
Resolution: a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner; to make up one’s mind.
“But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king's choice food or with the wine which he drank.” (Daniel 1:8a, NASB)

By Hazel King
© 2008

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Most Important Day of All

There are two days in every week that we should not worry about, two days that should be kept free from fear and apprehension. One is yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed, forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed. Nor can we erase a single word we've said - yesterday is gone! The other day we shouldn't worry about is tomorrow, with its impossible adversaries, its burden, its hopeful promise and poor performance. Tomorrow is beyond our control. Tomorrow's sun will rise either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds - but it will rise. And until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is yet unborn. This leaves only one day - today. Any person can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when we add the burdens of yesterday and tomorrow that we break down. It is not the experience of today that drives people mad - it is the remorse of bitterness for something which happened yesterday, and the dread of what tomorrow may bring. Let us, therefore, live one day at a time! -
Author Unknown
Today is the most important day because it is the only one we have. What will you do this day that will draw you closer to Christ and to family and friends? Yesterday is a canceled check. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is the only legal tender you have. Spend it wisely.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Go Tell It On The Mountain

(Photo by Hazel King)

Just after his resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples and gave them a challenging assignment. “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 15:16) Their mission—if they chose to accept it—was to make Jesus known to all the world. At that time, the extent of the world was not completely known and the disciples must have felt overwhelmed at the magnitude of their task. Do you think they succeeded in their “mission impossible”? I think so. With “word of mouth” their only advertising tool, the name of Jesus is now more recognized than the world’s most famous celebrities. Even with all the electronic communications available to us today, word of mouth remains the most effective means of spreading a message. People respond more readily to a message delivered by someone they know, especially if it is based on personal experience. The message is heard because the messenger is known. You may think that everyone in your personal world has heard the gospel story. That may be true, but have they heard your story? Will 2009 be the year you accept the mission to tell others what Jesus means to you?

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” (Isaiah 52:7, KJV)

By Hazel King
© 2008

Friday, December 26, 2008

Life, Lemons, and Lessons

(Photo by KPC)

The baby in the photograph has obviously just had a sour experience, one he doesn’t care to repeat. A little lemon in a tall glass of sweet iced tea is good. Lemonade is a treat provided enough sugar is added to prevent lockjaw. Lemon by itself can be hard to swallow. The saying “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade” may be good advice but it isn’t always easy to do. So how can we deal with the lemons life throws at us? For one thing, we can look for the lesson. There is always a lesson in every experience. The sooner the lesson is learned, the less likely we are to make the same mistake again. Someone once said, “I may get bitten twice, but not by the same dog.” Bad experience plus lesson learned equals fewer repetitions. On the other hand, if we keep doing what we’ve always done, we’ll keep getting what we’ve always gotten. In the spiritual realm, each of us has particular weaknesses or sins that may be hard to overcome. We keep making the same mistake, or committing the same sin, over and over. God is loving and forgiving if we ask him, but each time we give in to sin we become less able to overcome it. Likewise, each time we resist temptation, we grow stronger and more able to resist the next time. Like the little fellow above, we can learn that some things in life are not as good as they look and just refuse to try them again.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7, KJV)

By Hazel King
© 2008

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Mary at Christmas

“And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:6-7, KJV)

He was finally here, the baby God had promised her. A baby like any other baby, yet like no other baby for he was God’s own son. A miracle—and she was part of that miracle. So was Joseph, for he had chosen to trust God and her that this baby was indeed a miracle and not cause for shame. Together, they marveled at all that had come to pass since the angel had told Mary she would give birth to the Son of God. And now here they were in Bethlehem and Messiah was here, just like the prophets had foretold. There were other prophecies, too, and they frightened her now as she held the baby close. He was so perfect, so tiny, and she loved him with all her heart that she was sure would one day be broken. But for now, he was hers to care for and watch over and love, and the joy of his coming overwhelmed her. She whispered his name—Jesus!-- and her heart was at peace.

By Hazel King
© 2008

(Photo by Hazel King)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Night Before Christmas

(Photo by Corliss Sinclair)

It was a night like any other night. The sheep had been fed and watered and were settling down. Occasionally a young one would bleat, briefly disturbing the quiet. The shepherds sat by the fire talking softly about this and that, nothing in particular. Just an ordinary conversation about ordinary things. Then, suddenly, the night sky was lit up like day and was filled with beings of such terrible beauty and brightness that the shepherds were terrified. Then the being spoke: “...Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger”. (Luke 2:10-12, KJV). And the sky was filled with even more angels, all singing praises to God. When the light faded and the angels disappeared, the shepherds were no longer afraid. Instead they were filled with great joy about the good news and went to find the baby of whom the angel spoke. As they walked toward Bethlehem, they spoke excitedly among themselves about what they had seen. It was a night like no other night. It was the night before Christmas.

By Hazel King
© 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Two More Days Until Christmas

(Photo by Hazel King)

Two more shopping days until Christmas. Too much left to do before the day arrives. Hurry, hurry. There’s no time to waste. Drive to Walmart, to the post office, to the shopping mall, and the supermarket. Hundreds of hours and dollars invested, hundreds of miles driven. Two more days until Christmas; then it’s all over for another year. Whew.

Contrast that image with this one. It has been estimated that it took Joseph and Mary approximately three days to make the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, a distance of about 70 miles. It must have been slow going, with Joseph leading the donkey while Mary rode. I wonder what she and Joseph talked about as the donkey plodded slowly onward. They must have felt anticipation and perhaps a bit of anxiety as they continued toward their destination, the place where the prophets had predicted Messiah would be born. Yet they walked in obedience, believing in the promise of God. Two more days to Bethlehem. Two more days until Christmas began.

“And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.” (Luke 2:4-5, KJV)

By Hazel King
© 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

O Christmas Tree!

(Photo by Hazel King)

Once upon a time, Christmas trees were simple, with natural ornaments like pinecones and berries and strings of popcorn. Now, there are Red Hat trees, John Deere trees, Harley-Davidson name it, somebody has decorated it. It is all very unique and interesting but I’m still a traditionalist at heart. I like trees decorated with kindergarten crafts, family photos, and Baby's First Christmas ornaments. I like to see stars and angels and baby Jesus in a manger. I like to picture a heavenly host appearing to shepherds and singing hosannas. I like to reflect on the miracle of God’s own Son becoming one of us, an earth-dweller, with all our problems and messy emotions and limitations. It was not an easy task--it cost him his life. He was crucified on a cross fashioned from a tree. He did this to show us the love of the Father and to tell us about heaven—his home—a place where we, his children, can all live happily ever after in his presence. As you enjoy your own tree this season--however it is decorated--may the joy and wonder of Christmas shine in your heart now and forever.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6, KJV)
By Hazel King
© 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

He Was Born For You

The Bible says that Christ was born for you.
Luke 2:11 ...There has been born for YOU a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
This message is Personal. Christ was born for you. He was aware of you from the beginning of the world. He knew your name as he died on the Cross. He has a plan He would love to see fulfilled in your life.
This message is Powerful. It has the ability to save your soul and give you eternal life. The assurance that when you die you will go to Heaven. The world can not promise you anything like that. Not Government, Wall Street, Medicine, Science, only God can do this Powerful work in our lives.
This message has great Potential. It is like medicine that is prescribed for you. It is only good if it is taken in. It does you no good in the bottle. We hear the Christmas songs. We see the decorations, special church services, living nativities. All the earth is declaring the Glory of God but it is for YOU. For God so loved _________ that He gave His only begotten Son. Insert your name in that blank, go ahead read it again and insert your name. Do it out loud. That is the message and meaning of Christmas. Christ came for You. Christ died for You. Merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Do You Think I am a Fool?

1 The fool says in his heart, "There is no God."
Once there was a man who did not believe in God. One day while hiking in the mountains he fell off of a cliff. He managed to grab a branch and hold on for dear life. He called out for help; no one answered. He called out to God. God said, "What can I do for you?" "Please help me," was the man's reply. God said, "Why should I? You do not even believe in me." The man said, "I do believe; please help me, tell me what to do." "Do you trust me?" asked God. "Yes, yes, just do something. I am losing my grip."
"OK," said God. "Let go of the branch." " What?" said the man. "Let go of the branch?" "Yes," said God. "Trust me." The man looked down and then said, "Do you think I am a fool?"
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart....
Remember....If God brings you to it, He will get you through it.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Problem With Sand Castles

Have you ever watched children making sand castles? They laugh and play and have a great time and at the end of the day the ocean comes in and takes it all back. Really it's not so different from real life. We work and we build and we admire our little Kingdoms and in the end time comes in and takes it all back. In the Book of Matthew the Bible asks a very important question. What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? What are you building? Don't store up treasures here on the earth they will only wash away. Store up your treasure in heaven. What kind of treasure? Kind acts towards others. People you have won to Christ. The difference you have made in peoples lives. The example you leave behind for your children. Many of the things we do and invest in are all so temporary. Turns out the most important things in life, are not things at all. Think about it. The waves of time are getting closer everyday.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Someone's Knocking at the Door

When I was growing up, door to door salesman were a common occurrence. When they came to the door we sounded "Condition Red" and went into action. TV was turned down, lights turned off, and everyone remained still as if no one was home. I am sure the sales people were used to this pattern and even though they knew someone was there they also knew no one was coming to the door. In the Book of Revelation 3:12 we read these words "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with me."
In the same manner many people ignore Christ's desire to come into their lives. They pretend He is not there. They ignore the knocking at their heart, but unlike the salesman Jesus does not go away. He knows we are there and will continue to knock the rest of our life. He is persistent because He loves us. Christ also knows if we do not answer a terrible fate awaits us. Eternity separated from Him in a place the Bible calls hell. There is a message here for all of us. If you are not a Christian the message is to open your heart and invite Christ in. If you are a Christian the message is that maybe we are not persistent enough in sharing our faith. We give up too soon or don't even try at all to tell others about Christ. I read a statistic recently that 95% of Christians never lead another person to Christ their whole life. Can that possibly be true? In order to answer that question I suppose we all have to ask ourselves I in that 95%?

Monday, December 15, 2008

Hard Candy Christmas

(Photo by Hazel King)
My mother was four years old in 1929 when Wall Street fell, causing the Great Depression. Hard times? She’s lived them. She remembers Christmases when she and her six siblings received pencils for school and maybe an apple or an orange and a few pieces of hard candy. She does not remember such times with regret or bitterness. Those are good memories because the family was sheltered and fed and loved and together.

The current economic outlook is gloomy, with dire predictions that “it will get worse before it gets better.” We may face some hard candy Christmases of our own. And someday we, too, may look back and remember days of deprivation with something like fondness. There is something liberating about getting back to basics, lightening our loads, living life at its core. Food, shelter, clothing: What else do we really need? The Bible says if we have food and clothing, we should be content (1 Timothy 6:8). True contentment lies not in having what you want, but wanting what you have. Be thankful for hard candy. The taste can be very sweet.

By Hazel King
© 2008

Friday, December 12, 2008

Want to Hear Some Good News?

Looks like this guy could use some good news right about now.
Luke 2:8-10 (New American Standard Bible)
8 In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.
10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;
We all could use some good news right about now. When we listen to the news, all we hear is how bad the economy is, corruption in politics, murder of a child in Florida possibly by her mother, O.J. going to jail....finally, and professional athletes on the wrong side of the law...again. But, when we read this passage the Angel says "I bring you good news of great joy for all people." What was this good news, you ask? It was the coming of Jesus Christ. It was Good News then and it is Good News now. People need to hear it so we need to share it. Have you shared the God News with anyone yet this year? If we heard about a great Christmas sale we would share it, so why not tell people about the greatest free gift in the history of the world: Salvation through Jesus Christ. Free for us but cost Him His life. What are you waiting for? You and I have 13 shopping days before Christmas. That means we have 13 days to share the Good News of the Coming of Christ with people. Make up your mind to tell someone before Christmas comes and goes. People are Dying to hear some good news.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Look a Little Closer

Its the busiest time of the year. Travel, shopping, parties, special Church Services and TV specials. But, Do you hear what I hear? Do you see what I see? Do you know what I know? Look a Little Closer. Don't miss it. This boils down to a Birthday Party. One we have been celebrating over 2000 years. Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. What does that mean to you? Well it means we have been given a gift. The greatest gift we will ever receive. Purchased at a great price, non-transferable, lifetime and beyond warranty. Eternal Life. But in order for a gift to become a gift it must be accepted. You can purchase a gift, offer a gift, but for it to become a gift it must be received. Have you accepted this great gift? If so you do have something to celebrate. Now share the Good News with someone else. Good News of Great Joy a Savior has been born for YOU. It was the message to the Shepherds near Bethlehem and it is still the message for all of us. So, in all the Hustle and Bustle look a little closer and let me know what you see.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A Chance Encounter?

(Photo by Hazel King)
She was walking down the sidewalk as I crossed from the other side of the street. Tall and slim with her dark hair in corn rows, she glanced my way and slowed her stride. As I drew closer, she said, “Ma’am, can I speak to you?” She’s going to ask me for money, I thought, and she did. “Could you spare fifty cents?”

My answer was to ask how just fifty cents could help her. She replied that she asked only for fifty cents because most people weren’t willing to give much, if anything at all. She then told me her story about not being able to get a job and her health problems. She volunteered that she did not use drugs or alcohol and promised me that she would not use any money I gave her for that purpose.

Was her story true? I have no idea. Did I give her money? Yes. I had only a few dollars in my purse at the time, barely enough for a loaf of bread, but I gave it to her in the name of Jesus. I would rather be conned out of a few dollars than to turn away someone in need if I have the means to help even a little. It was not my responsibility to judge her, nor am I accountable if she bought alcohol or drugs with the money I and others gave her. I am responsible only for what I do. She thanked me with a hug and said, “When you go to church, will you please pray for me? Pray for Desiree.”

It was only later it occurred to me that this encounter with Desiree happened the same day The Christmas Guest devotion was published on this website. Isn’t it just like God to see if we really mean what we say? If this was a test, I hope I passed because I felt the love and compassion of Christ himself flow from me to this woman, my own “Christmas guest.” Will you, too, please pray for Desiree?

“… Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. ...Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.” (Matthew 25:40, 45, KJV)

by Hazel King
© 2008

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Left Behind

I have been in the Ministry almost 30 years. More than once I have remained at the Church with an Unclaimed child waiting for their parents to realize they were missing something. They would return embarrassed and usually the problem was that each parent thought the other had picked up the child. Well, this has been going on for sometime. It can happen to the best of us. As a matter of fact it once happened to Jesus.
Luke 2:41-45 (New International Version) 41Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. 42When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. 43After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.

During the Christmas Season we can get so busy that we realize we have left Christ behind. What should we do? There are three things

1. Realize that Christ is missing.

2. Remember where you left Him.

3. Go back and get Him.

Usually we realize he is missing when we stop reading our Bibles, stop praying, and neglecting Church attendance. Something happens to let us know Christ is not present anymore. We left Him behind. Go back and find Him, it is not hard. Resume your daily devotion, begin to pray again, and find a church where you can attend and be involved. He is there patiently waiting or you to return.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Helen Steiner Rice wrote a classic Christmas story-poem called "The Christmas Guest." It was about a man who had a vision that Christ would visit him on Christmas day. Conrad waited all day for the Lord to appear at his door but the hours went by with no sign of his expected guest. Three times there was a knock at the door. First, there came a shabby beggar. Conrad gave him shoes and a coat. Then a tired old woman came by. Conrad gave her food and a place to rest. Finally, a lost child found her way to Conrad’s door. He dried her tears and took her back home. By then, Christmas day was nearly over and Conrad was filled with disappointment that the Lord had not visited as he had promised.

When soft in the silence a voice he heard,
"Lift up your head for I kept My word--
Three times My shadow crossed your floor--
Three times I came to your lowly door--
For I was the beggar with bruised, cold feet,
I was the woman you gave something to eat,
And I was the child on the homeless street.
Three times I knocked and three times I came in,
And each time I found the warmth of a friend.”

God doesn’t always appear to us as we expect. The Jewish people did not expect their Messiah to come as a baby in a manger or riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. As Christians, we expect our Lord to return in the clouds with great glory and someday—maybe sooner than we think--he will. In the meantime, however, he may also come to us as someone in need, someone we can help or encourage. The Bible says that whatever we do for others, it is as though we do it for Christ himself. Let us watch for his appearance and ways we can serve him and others during this holy season.

By Hazel King
Photo by Hazel King
Copyright 2008

Friday, December 5, 2008


Notice the reflection of the buildings and bridge in the water. When it is still you can see them clearly, but if the water is stirred up, busy so to speak you could not see them at all. As 2008 comes to a close it might be a good idea to be still for a moment and reflect. During this season everything is busy, very busy. Take some time and look back. Did you accomplish the things you set out to do this year? Did you have a list of goals for 2008? How did you do? Don't have a list, well they say 3% of the people write down their goals the other 97% work for them. I do know this....If you aim at nothing you will probably hit it. Thomas Huxley said the secret of success was "Do what you are supposed to do, when you are supposed to do it, whether you feel like it or not." Why not take a few moments right now and reflect. It's going to get very busy today. Sorry have to run the phone is ringing.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Love One Another

John 3:16 For God so Loved the world that He gave......
Have you made your shopping list out yet? Some have already started and some won't start until December 24. It is so hard because we are trying to buy things for people who for the most part don't need anything. Well, not anything material. There are other things we can give. Some of those things are far more important than one more gift card or fruitcake. Do people really eat those? Here are some things we can give that will not only benefit the recipient but us too. Love.... make sure you let people know how much you love them. How do I do that you ask? Tell them. Call them up, go see them and tell them. Don't assume they know it. Then share some reasons why you love them. Forgiveness....the scripture is very clear that if we want to receive forgiveness we must give it to others. There may be someone this year who has really wronged you in some way. You are angry at them and with good cause. God has forgiven us so many times when we were wrong, shouldn't we do the same with others. There is someone who needs your forgiveness this year more than anything else. We are called on to Love one another. Volunteer your time, after all time is one of the greatest gifts we can give. Call and ask a soup kitchen if you can come in and work. You will receive so much more than you will give. Visit a homeless shelter, Domestic violence shelter. Many times the children in those shelters don't receive anything at Christmas. So before we go and spend money we don't have to buy presents for people who don't need them stop and consider a different sort of gift this year. For God so loved the word that He gave....Himself.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Do You Hear What I Hear?

During WWII American soldiers were going through a small European village searching house to house. They were looking for snipers, enemy soldiers, and civilians that might be hiding from the Nazis. In one basement they found an inscription on the wall. Evidently someone had been hiding there. There was a star of David drawn on the wall and these words...
I believe in the sun, even when it does not shine.
I believe in Love, even when it is not shown.
I believe in God, even when He does not speak.
Faith, it helps us to see the unseen. Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Faith also helps us hear things others might not. During this time of the year I hear God speaking loudly to all who will listen. He is reminding everyone of His Son's birth. Listen to the music in the Mall. Christmas songs that remind us why we celebrate this time of the year. Nativity scenes, greetings of Merry Christmas. Gifts given and received, reminding us of the the greatest gift of all...Christ. Families traveling to be with one another and share their love. God is not silent, He is not whispering , He is screaming to us that this is all about Christ. Can you hear it? Listen. Do you hear what I hear?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Psalms 46:2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change...
Change is coming, you can feel it in the air. The season is changing and so are we. That is the way God created it. Nothing really stays the same except God. This Christmas there may be new members of the family by marriage or by birth. There may also be those who are absent by divorce or by death. Many will have a different job than they had last year and, some will not have a job at all. As we gather this Christmas there will be stories to tell, news to catch up on. We are a little older, hopefully wiser and, most importantly maybe a little more aware of the one for whom the Holiday is named. That's right, Christ. The reason for the season. That first Christmas they brought gifts of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh. That's not really what Christ has on His wish list this year. So what does he want, you ask? You , the answer is he wants you. All of you , your heart, your life, your devotion, your eternity. So Give yourself the gift that keeps on giving. Give your Heart to Christ. If you need help in knowing how to do that write to me Merry Christmas. I hope I was the first to tell you that this year.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Leap of Faith

The skier in the photograph obviously has quite a bit of experience on skis. Or else he’s a novice who’s one nanosecond from a major panic attack. It takes huge doses of confidence or courage to strap skis on your feet and push off down a mountainside. Ideally, it takes many hours of training and preparation.

There is no how-to manual for life. We learn on the job, so to speak. We prepare ourselves as best we can, within the limits of our human understanding and knowledge. But things don’t always turn out like we planned. Moses was groomed to be a pharaoh but God called him to lead the Israelites out of bondage. Moses protested that he was unsuited for the position but God overcame all his objections. And Moses led the Israelites to the promised land.

We don’t see ourselves as God sees us. We may think we’re unsuited for the plan he has for us. We may protest out of fear of failure but we need to remember that God makes no mistakes. If he chooses you for a particular task, he knows that you can succeed. Never let fear make your decisions or hinder your growth. When God nudges you to do a work for him, take that leap of faith.

“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?” (Isaiah 43:19a).

By Hazel King
Copyright 2008

Friday, November 28, 2008

Don't Give God the Leftovers

Thanksgiving is over. Now we are into the leftovers. They will be good for another day or two but pale in comparison to the feast you had yesterday. Many times that is what people offer God, the leftovers. Leftover time, leftover money, leftover talents. God gave us His best in Jesus Christ and we should offer our very best to Him. I hope as this year draws to an end and we prepare for 2009 we will all re-evaluate our Commitment to God. That we will offer Him our very best, our first fruits. If we do I know He will bless our efforts and 2009 will be our BEST year yet!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

What's For Dinner?

Aren't You Glad You're Not a Turkey?
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

There's No Place Like Home

(Photo by Corliss Sinclair, CT)
The traditional American dream is home ownership, a house with a white picket fence and climbing roses, a loving family inside. In today’s society, home sales are falling, the divorce rate is climbing, and the rose bush seems to have more thorns than roses. Some American families are more like the Osbornes than the Waltons. Like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, we seem to have been caught in a whirlwind that has whisked us away from everything that is safe and familiar. Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.

With the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season upon us, we long to return home to our families, however fractured they may be. We dream of warm kitchens, tables spread with good food and plenty of smiles and hugs to go around. We yearn for the true definition of home and family, a place where we are welcomed and loved. In this modern world, is there really still a place like that? Maybe, maybe not. But if we know Christ, we have a home in heaven that is beyond our most fantastic dreams. There is a table spread and a mansion ready. Best of all, there is Someone waiting for us with open arms. We don’t need the power of a fictional wizard to grant our heart’s desire for a real and lasting home. We simply need to “come home to Christ.” Truly, there is no place like home.

“However, as it is written: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1Corinthians 2:9, NIV)

By Hazel King
Copyright 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

It's not About You

Psalm 100:4
Enter His gates with Thanksgiving and His courts with Praise. Give Thanks to Him; bless His name.
As we continue our theme of Thanksgiving this week Psalm 100:4 reminds us to come before God Rejoicing and giving thanks not complaining and grumbling. I am sure God gets plenty of that all year long. So this week let us Praise Him for Who He is , Thank Him for what He has done, Worship Him as the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. It is not about us this week it is all about Him (actually it is all about God all the time). Share a positive thought with a co-worker today. When you come through the door tonight let your first words be words of Praise not complaints. Smile more. Look for the good in people. Choose your attitude and make sure it is a good one. Some will say oh this is just more of positive attitude philosophy and has nothing to do with God. Really? Then read Philippians 2:14 Do all things without grumbling or complaining. Have a nice Day and, help others to do the same.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Have a Voice of Thanksgiving

This week all the devotionals will be centered around the theme of Thanksgiving. Psalm 26:7 tells us we should have a voice of Thanksgiving and declare all of God's wonders. Many people begin to stress during the Holidays. They focus on all the travel, expense, logistics of who's house to be at for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It can become overwhelming if we are not careful. One of the ways to keep that from happening is to change our focus. So today let's focus on our Blessings. Get a piece of paper. You didn't do it did you. You want to hurry through the devotion and move on. That is part of the problem. Do you have a piece of paper now and something to write with? If so, write down 10 things you are grateful for. You do not have to limit yourself to 10. Share them with your family or a close friend. Focus on the Blessings today. Practice having a Voice of Thanksgiving. Your attitude will rub off on those around you, its contagious. This is only Day 1 of Thanksgiving week it's going to get better and better each day. I am thankful you read this I hope you are.

Friday, November 21, 2008

I Wish You Enough

My daughter Tara sent this to me on the Internet and I thought it was worth sharing.
I Wish You Enough

Recently I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure. Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said, 'I love you, and I wish you enough.' The daughter replied, 'Mom, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is allI ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom.' They kissed and the daughter left. The mother walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see she wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on her privacy, but she welcomed me in by asking, 'Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?' 'Yes, I have,' I replied. 'Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?'. 'I am old, and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is - the next trip back will be for my funeral,' she said. 'When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, 'I wish you enough.' May I ask what that means?'She began to smile. 'That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.' She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, and she smiled even more. 'When we said, 'I wish you enough, we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them.' Then turning toward me, she shared the following as if she were reciting it from memory.
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.
She then began to cry and walked away. They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them; but then an entire life to forget them.
I hope you all have a great weekend.
Jeff Nichols

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Giant CAT-astrophe

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of David and Goliath. You can find it in
I Samuel 17. I believe most of you are familiar with the story. The children of Israel would not go down in the valley to fight Goliath because he was too BIG. David did not hesitate to take him on because he did not look so big to David. It is all a matter of perspective. The children of Israel were looking at Goliath's size in relation to them. David was looking at Goliath's size in relation to God. We all have giants that we face and sometimes they appear to be so large they overwhelm us. But, if we could learn to view our problems as David viewed Goliath life would not be so difficult. Our God is a Great God able to do anything. If we put our faith in our own abilities and resources we often fall short. But if we can change our perspective and put our Faith in God and His resources Miracles can happen. If we would devote as much time to prayer and we do to worry many of Giants would disappear.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

How is Your Week?

Matthew 9:36 And seeing the multitudes, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast like sheep without a shepherd.

This week has been difficult so far. Many of my friends are dealing with great loss. People who are close to them have died or are dying. Sometimes it breaks our hearts to watch people go through hard times because we want to help and are not sure what to do. If we could take away their pain and suffering we would but many times all we can do is be there and let them know how much we care. If we feel that way what must it be like for Christ to feel the pain and hurt of people all over the world who are struggling. This verse reminds us that Christ has such compassion. If love is such a great thing then loosing someone we love has to hurt. Jesus compared many of the hurting to sheep without a Shepherd. Without a Shepherd they have no hope. How long do you think these sheep would survive without a shepherd. They wouldn't. The Bible compares us to sheep. It is not a very flattering comparison. Let's face it sheep are just not that smart. They wonder off, get in trouble, can not fend for themselves and are the worst fighters in the animal kingdom. You have never seen a football team with a sheep as a mascot. Sheep strike fear in the hearts of no one . They are very timid, shy, defenseless. Jesus feels great compassion for us. The best decision we can make is to allow Him to be our Shepherd. I hope each one of us can say, like King David, " The Lord is MY Shepherd." I find great comfort in that during times like this week.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Clear Sailing

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm
Publilius Syrus

These two pictures represent the extremes in our lives. Sometimes it is very peaceful and calm and other times we are being tossed about by the storms of life. When the going gets difficult you want someone at the helm who has been there before. Someone who has experience navigating the storms. When the clouds of difficulty and depression begin to gather, when the winds of adversity start to blow, when the waves of financial hardship and broken relationships come crashing down on you make sure you have Christ standing at the helm. He has been there before, knows what to do, never panics, focus on Him and not the storm and you will be OK. I promise.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Monday, November 17, 2008

You Never Know What the Next Tide Brings In

The Title of todays devotion is a line from the movie Cast Away starring Tom Hanks. In that movie he is stranded on an island. Each day he goes to the beach and collects things that have washed up overnight. He uses the materials to build a raft. When he found the final piece he needed he said " You never know what the next tide brings in." That is so true. Each day we never know what will happen, good or bad. This weekend I received a call from a friend of mine telling me one of his employees, only 38 years old with a wife and four small children, had been killed in an accident.
As I look at this picture it so peaceful, quiet, and calm, but who knows what the day holds for any of us. As you begin this week take the time to read the 23rd Psalm. It is good to know the Lord is MY Shepherd. He is watching over me to protect, provide, and guide me in the way I should go. Claim that promise today and when the week gets a little hectic come back and look at this picture again and know that the God of Peace is watching over you.

Friday, November 14, 2008

There is a Time for Everything

The passage you see in the picture is from the Bible. It is from the book of Ecclesiastes, chapter 3.
The passage begins by telling us there is a Season and a Time for every Purpose. We are about to enter that Season but there will not be much Time so I am Hoping you do not neglect it's Purpose. What am I talking about you ask? This is the time of the year that things get a little hectic. Two major Holidays close to one another. Thanksgiving and, Christmas followed closely by New Years. Already you are making plans. This year will be a little harder. Money is tight and people are not traveling as much as they were. They can't. Thanksgiving and Christmas usually involve travel and expense. Families and friends getting together to celebrate. Celebrate what? Thanksgiving, a time to reflect and thank God for His Provision and Blessings. A time to stop and reflect on all the things we really have to be thankful for. Make a list. I am sure we would all be surprised at how many things would be on that list. But somewhere in the travel and food preparation there will not be much time for Giving Thanks. Try this...At the thanksgiving meal this year go around the table before you eat and ask each person to just name one thing they are thankful for. I think you will find it will make the meal and the travel and the season a little better. Then of course there is Christmas. A time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ our Savior. But, somewhere in the shopping and traveling and buying gifts with money you don't have we will miss the Purpose of it all. Try this....On Christmas morning before all the gifts are opened stop and read the Christmas Story from Luke Chapter 2. It will give the Season much more Purpose if we take the Time. Or you could just rip open the presents because that's what it is really about anyway. By the way can you remember 3 things you received last Christmas? I didn't think so.
Jeff Nichols

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Swimming With My Dad

No, this is not a picture of me and my dad but, it did remind me of when I used to swim (really just ride) on his back. My dad used to swim in college and he was an excellent swimmer. So I would climb on his back and he would take me for laps around the pool. I did not care how deep the water was because I was with my father and he would not let anything happen to me. I am sure this little guy in the picture is thinking the very same thing. The analogy of course is that as long as we are with our Heavenly Father we do not have anything to worry about. For when we are weak He is strong. The only time we get in trouble is when we wonder away from Him and find ourselves in over our heads. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. He promises He will never leave us or forsake us. So enjoy the ride and stay close to the Father. Later Gator!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Don't Let the Upset Outlive the Sunset

As a minister it is my privilege to perform weddings. I believe it is the second biggest event in a persons life. The first one of course is accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior. At the end of each wedding I share some advice with the couple just before I pronounce them husband and wife. The advice comes from Ephesians 4:26 ..."Do not let the sun go down on your anger." In other words if there is a disagreement don't let the sun set on it and allow the problem to fester overnight. Work it out before going to bed so that when we get up in the morning we can concentrate on that days challenges. Sometimes pride gets the best of us and we don't want to apologize, or say I am sorry. Even if you are in the right it is a good idea to work things out before going to bed. This is also true of friendships and other relationships. Talking through a problem can many times prevent resentment from building. Resentment, if not dealt with, turns to anger and bitterness and even hatred. It is so easy to pick up the phone, turn off the TV, walk across to a neighbors and resolve whatever differences there are before they have time to grow into BIG problems. Its getting darker earlier now, better hurry.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Beware the Little Foxes

In Judges 15:4,5 there is a very interesting little story concerning Samson and some little Foxes. Samson caught 300 foxes and tied their tails together. He then tied torches to their tails and released them into the Philistines grain fields. Such small animals caused such great destruction. We must beware the Little Foxes in our own lives. Small things that become very Big things. An unkind word. A broken promise. Forgetting an anniversary, birthday special event. Not taking the time we should with our children. Communicating with our spouse on a regular basis about more than just logistical household concerns. Missing our daily devotional time. Not praying each day. Little things that can become big things and have devastating consequences. Pay attention to the small details today. They can pay big dividends.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Charting Your Course

(Photo by Corliss Sinclair)

Of all earth’s wonders, the oceans remain one of its greatest mysteries. Scientists are still exploring the depths of the sea and the myriad creatures and plants found there. In truth, there is an entire world under the surface of the water that most of us will never see and cannot imagine. No one but God could create the ocean, set its boundaries, and sustain its tides and waves. The ocean is an awesome exhibit of God’s power and majesty.

When we gaze upon the ocean, it goes on as far as the eye can see, to the horizon and beyond. Yet it is not without end. Waves from the same ocean crash upon the shores of a distant country. If we set sail, like Columbus in 1492, we will eventually reach land provided our boat is seaworthy and the winds are favorable. John Shedd once said, “a ship in harbor is safe—but that is not what ships are built for.” Surfers like to ride the biggest waves, so they head for the ocean when a hurricane is brewing. Why should we desire a haven of rest when we could have the excitement of an ocean crossing? If we remain on shore and gaze across the water, our view will never change. It is only when we launch out into the deep that we experience new adventures.

In the same manner, it is only when we commit ourselves completely to God that we experience the fullness of his power to change our lives. If we allow ourselves to be frightened by the vast unknown or fearful of the obstacles in our path, we miss the joy of the journey. Is God calling you to do a special work for him? If we allow him to chart our course and pilot our vessel, we are assured of his protection and blessing. So go ahead. Push off from the shore. Launch out for God.

“Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go” (James 3:4, NIV).

by Hazel King
Copyright 2008

Friday, November 7, 2008

Need a Hug?

Each morning I would walk down the hall of the College where I was teaching and and greet the students on the way to class. One morning I spoke to a girl and said, "How are you doing today?" She immediately burst into tears. I found a nearby vacant office and asked her what was the problem? She proceeded to tell me all the problems in her life and they were extensive. Relationship problems, bad health of her parents, financial worries. I listened and she cried. I then offered to have prayer with her and she went her way. Each day we pass people who are hurting. They may not say anything but behind their smile and polished exterior inside they are struggling. Sometimes they just need someone to listen. You don't have to fix it , just listen. Sometimes they need someone to pray with them. Sometimes they need a hug. Years ago I had a good friend and his wife who were expecting their first child. I received a phone call that they were on the way to the hospital, something was wrong. By the time I got their I found out they had lost the baby. My friend was also in the Ministry. As I entered the hospital room I just walked up to him and could not speak, tears filled my eyes and his. All I could do was hug him and we cried. Sometimes we do not have to quote scripture, have prayer, or explain the theological reasons for everything. Sometimes we just need to let people know we care. So, look for opportunities today to show your concern and love for others. Sometimes the pain is too much to BEAR alone.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Jesus is the Bridge

What a beautiful setting. But, what if you had to walk across this bridge? Could you do it? What if the bridge was not there and you had to jump across, could you make it? This bridge is a great picture of the divide between God and man. There is no way we could jump across. How can we get to heaven? Jesus said He was the Way in John 14:6. He does not send us across according to that passage He comes and gets us and walks us across. Psalm 23 also tells us God is with us in the Valleys of life also. It is all about trust. There was a man who had dropped his watch down a well and he was trying to retrieve it. He asked a young boy if he could tie a rope around him and lower him into the well to get the watch. He told the lad he would give him a hundred dollars to do it. The boy replied that he would do it and then took off running. The man yelled, "where are you going?" The boy shouted back, "I am going to get my father to hold the rope." Our heavenly Father will not let us fall. He will be with us in the valleys and in the difficult places of life. Who do you trust to walk you through it all?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

God Bless America

2 Chronicles 7:14 (New International Version)
14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
This is what Bible Scholars refer to as a Covenant Verse. A Covenant is also an Agreement, Contract, Testament, It is an "IF"....."Then" relationship. If my people will do these things Then here is what I will do, replies God. This is good advice for America. As Christians we should pray, seek God , and turn from our wicked ways. Most folks want God's Blessings while ignoring God's requirements. This is also good advice for individuals. If we expect God to act in our lives we must give Him more than lip service we must give Him Life Service. There is no better time than now to enter into a Covenant relationship with God. If you do, then you will begin to experience God's leadership and plan for your life.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Looking for Leadership, Truth, a Real Change. Then Look to the Cross

By the time you read my devotion tomorrow morning we will have elected a new President of the United States. Some of you will be very happy that your candidate won and others will be disappointed their candidate lost. I must tell you I am pretty disappointed with the whole process this year. Not just the Presidential Race but all the races I have witnessed. I would estimate that 9 out of 10 TV ads I watched told me nothing about what the candidate stood for but just negative information about their opponent. The one thing I am confident in is that no matter who wins today God is still on His throne and in charge of the Universe. No matter how much change we are promised God will be the same yesterday, today, and forever. That if I need to find truth I will always be able to find it in God's Word. If I need real Wisdom all I have to do is ask God for it. If I am seeking real leadership I do not have to look any further than the man who gave His life for me and you on a Cross 2000 years ago. If I want peace I will turn to the Prince of Peace. If I want hope for the future I will turn to one who gives us a future, and a hope.We have heard so many empty temporary promises that will fade as soon as these candidates have won their elections. I am glad we have a God who will be faithful to all of His promises now and forever. I don't know who you trust but I do not have to look any further than our national motto which appears on every U.S. coin..... "In God We Trust." Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. So no matter who occupies the White House God still occupies the Great White throne. Remember to pray for our leaders and may God Bless America.

Monday, November 3, 2008


There is a weather alert radio in my office that issues a warning when severe weather approaches the area. The system is tested on a weekly basis, causing the radio to emit a series of very loud beeps. The test is always on Wednesday, it is always between 11:00-11:30 a.m., and I am always surprised. Go figure.

Like the radio test that startles me every Wednesday, we are sometimes surprised by the storms that occur in our lives. God isn’t. We may quake and cower in the face of such natural disasters as the illness or death of a loved one, divorce, or financial crises, but God is never caught by surprise. Jesus slept in the bottom of the boat while a sudden storm raged on the Sea of Galilee. When the disciples panicked and woke him, he simply said, “Peace, be still.” His words calmed not only the wind and waves but the disciples’ fears.

When life’s trials catch you unaware, remember the words of Jesus and rest in the knowledge that he is with you and will see you through the storm.

By Hazel King
Copyright 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008

Working Together

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.
For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.
Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone?
And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.

We must work together . In order to do that there must be two essential ingredients...Trust and Respect. These two things must be present in marriage, friendship, business, and our Church Fellowships. Together we can accomplish great things. Love is important but I do not believe any relationship can survive without Trust and Respect. Pray that God will help you develop these characteristics in your life, and that you will be able to recognize them in others. The guys in this picture seem to have figured it out.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

One Out of One Dies

My dad used to say there are only two things you can be sure of....Death and Taxes. Well he proved half his theory in 1979, and I miss him, but I am not sure about the other half. After watching all the news concerning Corporate America and Wall Street I think some folks do avoid taxes.

I have been teaching in College classrooms since 1989. In one of my classes I referred to a Taca Airliner that went down in New Orleans in 1988, when I was a student there in Graduate School. The airliner lost all power. On the way down a minister stood up and shared Christ with the passengers. Many of them accepted Christ thinking they would be standing before Him in just a few minutes. One girl in the back of my class raised her hand and said, "Yes but if we knew we were going to die we would all make a decision concerning God." I paused for a moment and gave her brain time to catch up with her mouth and then in a few seconds she exclaimed Ohhhhhhh!!! That's right, she understood that one out of one die eventually. I read another statistic this week. It said 95% of those who claim to be Christians never lead anyone to Christ. Could that possibly be true?

Now go back and look at the first picture again. The airliner glided to a safe landing beside a Levee. If you look in the lower left hand corner of the picture you will see the 737. Test pilots flew the plane out a few days later. I wonder if there is anyone you need to talk to about this alarming statistic....One out of One Die. Happy Landings

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

This Little Light of Mine

I read a funny story concerning a Lighthouse and a Navy Aircraft Carrier. I am including the story below for your amusement and to make a point. Enjoy.
This is based on an actual radio conversation between a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier (U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln) and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995. (The radio conversation was released by the Chief of Naval Operations on 10/10/95 authorized by the Freedom of Information Act.)
Canadians: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid collision.
Americans: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.
Canadians: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.
Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.
Canadians: No, I say again, you divert YOUR course.
Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.
Psalm 119:105 Thy Word is a Lamp to my feet, And a Light to my path.
If we read and follow God's Word, the Bible, we will avoid many pitfalls in our lives. It is like a Lighthouse trying to warn us of dangerous areas we should steer clear of. Things that if encountered have the ability to destroy our lives and those who travel with us. Bad decisions, relationships, habits, addictions, and all sorts of jagged obstacles placed there by Satan to wreck our lives. But the strong light of God's Word illuminates the problem areas and allows us to sail around them untouched. Do not ignore the warning. If you see trouble ahead change your course now before it is too late. We should also remember in the New Testament God says we are the light of the world. We should let our light shine in such a way that it helps others avoid trouble areas. Maybe today we should sing the words of our childhood song:
This little light of mine
I'm going to let it shine
Let it shine,let it shine,
Let it shine.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Which Way Do I Go?

Sometimes life is like this maze, Confusing. We are not sure which way to go. Many times people use the trial and error method, which usually involves more error than trial. We seem like we are covering the same ground over and over again. It is frustrating. I remember in the famous story of Alice in Wonderland there was a time when Alice was lost. Alice asks the Cheshire Cat for directions. "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat. "I don't much care where-" said Alice. Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat. I think this dialogue describes many peoples lives today. They really do not know where they are going, and so it really does not matter which way they go. They are like the Children of Israel, just wandering aimlessly in the Wilderness until they die. Life does not have to be like that. We are created with a purpose, Jeremiah 29:11. We should consult with the giver of life and the architect of that purpose.....GOD. There is no magic formula, no secret chant, you do not have to be able to read Greek and Hebrew, you just need to ask for directions. Ask and you shall receive, Seek and you shall find, Knock and the Door will be opened. What are you waiting for? I hope it's not a Cheshire Cat.