Generations to Come

January 31, 2023 by  
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By Gillis Killam –

Every generation leaves something for the next, whether good or bad.

The New Testament opens with the genealogy of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, which is traced back through David and the nation of Israel to Abraham and to Adam. This shows how important generations are to God.

When God looked at the evil antediluvian world and decided to destroy it, He found only one man who was perfect in his generation. The world had become so corrupt that everyone but Noah and his family were contaminated by evil. God provided a way for him and his family to escape the sin of this world.

It didn’t mean that Noah was sinless when scripture says he was perfect; but he had protected his family and himself from the influence of toxic atmospheres that dominated a planet that gave birth to families that were murderous, socially evil, and filled with violence. Families were contaminated in their generations.

Originally God intended that families would promote His values and beliefs and pass on their faith in God to generations to come (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).

This should make us take a look at our world where the evils of the ancient world are the same as those that characterize the world today. Listen to the news and watch it on television. Worst of all they are the sins that condemned the world that are the same sins that are now deemed right and are classified as not evil. God’s patience with the antediluvians ran out and it will also run out for us. Read 2 Peter 2:1-10.

Now we are living in a world that is the same as that of the days of Noah. Jesus said, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man” (Matthew 24:37 NIV).

Before the children of Israel entered the land of Canaan, a land that was filled with evil, God gave a remedy for saving future generations. It was by teaching the children to “Love the LORD your God will all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5 NIV), and to “impress them on your children” (Deuteronomy 6:7 NIV).

Prayer: Thank you Lord, for past generations who have lived out their faith so that we have examples of how to live in a godless world. AMEN

What Happens when we Sleep?

January 11, 2023 by  
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By Gillis Killam –

God wants us to have a good sleep, but we need to lie down!

“Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves?” (Psalm 127:2 MSG).

God does wonderful things in our minds and bodies when we get the proper sleep. What may be problems on our minds, when going to sleep, take on a new perspective when we wake up, and our bodies are rejuvenated.

According to The National Sleep Foundation there are four stages of sleep, and in the third and fourth stages the following things happen: This is the deepest and most restorative sleep, blood pressure drops, breathing becomes slower, muscles are relaxed, blood supply to muscles increases, tissue growth and repair occurs, energy is restored, and hormones are released: such as growth hormone, essential for growth and development, including muscle development.

God works miracles while we sleep! He neither slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:4) but He is silently planning in love for those who trust Him.

God created Eve while Adam was sleeping (Genesis 2:21).

While Jacob was running away from the wrath of his brother Esau, he fell asleep on a stone, and while he slept God gave him a vision that showed him God was present with him, and that He had given him and his descendants the land on which he was lying (Genesis 28:10-22).

David felt abandonment when he said “weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5 NIV).

When Herod was seeking to kill the baby Jesus, God directed Joseph in a dream to flee to Egypt (Matthew 2:13).

An Angel spoke to the Apostle Paul in the night and told him what to do when the ship was sinking (Acts 27:23-26).

PRAYER: Forgive me Lord, for worrying about things and losing sleep. Help me to leave these troubles in your hands. Thank you for the gift of sleep! AMEN

So Much for Which to be Thankful

January 5, 2023 by  
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By Gil Killam –  

My wife was in the hospital for two weeks recovering from hip replacement surgery. The operation went well but the recovery has been very slow. We had lots of time to observe a lot of what was happening among the patients and nurses. There were many patients who were in worse condition than my wife. One woman who was in the bed nex to my wife had cancer and there was not much doctors could do to help. Her groans and her breathing made us know that she was suffering great pain. My wife began to think of what she was thankful for: illnesses that she didn’t have; her family; her children who are now grown and married, still loving and caring for her; her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Being in the hospital reminded us of how much we have to be thankful for! It gave us a new perspective about what is really important in life.

Paul said, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonian 5:16-18 NIV).

Have we ever stopped to give thanks to God in the midst of the suffering in our lives? This was Paul’s secret as to why we may be suffering: that you may have a ministry in comforting others in their time of need (2 Corinthians1:4).

A characteristic of the generation in the last days is ungratefulness. Along with this come pride, abusiveness, disobedience, envy and strife (2 Timothy 3:1-2).

If we were more thankful, many of our problems would disappear. If world leaders would be thankful for what they have, the more peace they would experience. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV).

Something wonderful happens to each of us when we say thank you. Note how people’s faces smile when they are appreciated.

PRAYER: “Thank you Lord for the tests you allow in my life. Help me realize you may be preparing me to help someone in need. Amen

God’s Power and Majesty Demonstrated in Nature

January 1, 2023 by  
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By Gillis Killam –  

I remember as a child living in New Brunswick, that my Dad purchased an old CN train station with living quarters, a waiting room, and a baggage room. The tracks had been moved to another location, and my father moved our family into this old station. The baggage room had a large door that opened to the tracks which had previously passed close to the station, and baggage had been picked up and dispersed through this door. The door had a large overhang where I would sit in the open door shielded from the rain and wind and watch a storm.

When a thunder and lightning storm came up there would be calm before the first thunder clap and then there would be a blinding flash of lightning that filled the sky and surroundings. Again another earth shaking thunderclap; and so it continued until the storm was over. I was so awed by this, and terror would strike me for a moment. Feeling the greatness of the storm, I would sit there quietly and wait until it all ended.

As I read Psalm 29 it brings to my mind the terror that would strike me for a moment, causing me to feel the awesomeness of the storm. Was this God showing His power?

David must have had something like this in mind when he wrote this Psalm of praise to Mighty God. He visualized large trees being split and the trunk of the large cedars of Lebanon lying wide open. He saw this as the voice of God. He also observed it in the desolation of desert, and among the animals. God was even enthroned over the floods. He said, “The voice of the LORD twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever. The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace” (Psalm 29:9-11 NIV).

This comforts me because He has been my God since I was very young, and I know that my life is in His strong hands.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands…Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19:1, 4 NIV).

The Wonder of It All

December 5, 2022 by  
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By Gillis Killam –

While waiting in the examination room of my eye specialist, I was awed by a colored graphic of the human eye. I studied it for a moment and was astounded at the intricacy of the creation of the eye. I wondered how anyone could deny the existence of a Master Mind that made this amazing organ that can send millions of pictures and messages to the brain that ensures I see where I’m going, that I can be alert to danger, and causes me to appreciate the wonders of God’s creation all around me.

So often I take the things of God for granted; just as Job who complained about things he knew nothing about. Sometimes I forget the wondrous life I have, being part of God’s glorious plan of salvation, and all the benefits that come with it. Job’s response to God’s inquiry shows me that I know so little of the awesomeness of God in His creation, and human life on this planet.

When I think that all this creation of the heavens and earth, the animals, plant life, man, and the intricacy of the system that God has put in place, and how it is all held together, I marvel at His great power.

We read in Colossians, “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth…all things have been created through him and for him” (Colossians 1:16 NIV).

The human body is a fantastic work of the Creator. Why should I ever question anything, or take all of this for granted?

When Job was questioned by God he acknowledged his insignificance and how little he knew. Acknowledging the wonder, knowledge and power of The Almighty, he surrendered to God’s will, without question. He repented for the questions he had levelled at God.

When I get a glimpse of the Creator’s work in the human body, and in the mountains and the forests, I too feel I need to repent of any questions.

PRAYER: O Lord, Creator of all things, I thank you for speaking to me through your creation and causing me to bow in adoration. O the wonder of it all that you should love even me! AMEN

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