Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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April 27

The Heat in the Kitchen

Do not be eager in your heart to be angry, for anger resides in the bosom of fools.
Ecclesiastes 7:9

We had asked two of our teenagers to clean the kitchen together. The first time I inspected their work, I found them arguing about who had done the most. I asked them kindly to keep working.

When I returned, they were bickering about who should sweep the floor. I intervened, got them quieted down and encouraged them to finish the job.

Finally -- the third time -- after I'd inspected their halfhearted, mediocre work, they gave me the lame excuse that they didn't really know what a clean kitchen should look like! My teenagers had been overtaken by some alien from another planet who had never seen a kitchen, let alone a clean one!

That did it. This normally unflappable dad flipped.

I went on a tirade about how disrespectful and disobedient they were. I flung a handy box of tissues at their feet in a burst of unsanctified rage. Then I stormed out the front door, slamming it shut behind me.

Standing there on the front porch, two profound thoughts came to me. The first: It's really cold out here. Why are they in there warm? I own this house -- they don't! But the second thought pierced me in places deeper than the cold could reach: My anger has gotten the best of me, and I'm acting like a foolish child.

I don't recall the exact words of the apology I gave to my children. But I do recall coming to an important realization: If I'm going to help these kids grow up emotionally and know how to appropriately express their anger, then I need to grow up myself.

God never said we shouldn't get angry. But He did warn us not to let anger turn into sin. Or as Proverbs 14:29 cautions, "He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is quickly-tempered exalts folly" (see also James 1:19).


What specific situations have set you off lately? See if you can isolate the main culprits and flashpoints. What is it that makes you lose it?


Pray that your heart will not be eager to be angry, that being "slow to anger" will be more your speed.

Verse for today

10 'For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.' Luke 19:10

Monday, August 31, 2015

What God Wants

When Robby was a little boy, he wanted to be a cowboy. He spent countless hours in front of the television watching reruns of Gunsmoke and Bonanza. He just knew that someday he would live on a ranch, wear a big cowboy hat, and ride the range just like all his cowboy heroes. When he was seven years old, Robby said, “Dad, I want to be a cowboy when I grow up. Will you help me be a cowboy?”
            “Sure, son,” said his dad, smiling down at his little cowpoke.
As the years went by, Robby grew into a fine young man. As you might expect, he outgrew his childhood fantasy of becoming a cowboy and turned instead to girls, sports, studying and preparing himself for a career in the business world.
            One day Robby went to his father again and said, “Dad, I want to go to college and get a good education. Will you help me?”
            His dad said, “COLLEGE? Son, you can’t go to college. When you were seven, you said you wanted to be a cowboy. So I bought you a ranch with 100 head of cattle! There’s no money to send you to college, besides, you need to take care of that ranch. It’s all yours.”
            “But DAD!” said Robby. “I was just a child when I said that! I didn’t know then what I know now! I don’t want a ranch! I want an education!”

Have you ever wondered why God doesn’t answer your prayers exactly the way you want Him to? Maybe it’s because we’re like Robby, and we don’t always know what’s best for us. There may be times in life when you feel that God is not listening, that He seems to not even care. Instead of grumbling about unanswered prayers, we should be thankful God doesn’t always answer our prayers the way we think He should.

God gives us promises throughout the Bible to remind us of His care for us and of His desire for us to pray to Him. God does not ignore our prayers.(Psalm 9:12) God honors persistence in praying (Matthew 7:7) God hears our prayers when they are in line with His will (1 John 5:14-15). A sincere prayer brings wonderful results (James 5:16).

God knows who you are, better than you know yourself and He also knows your needs. God knows if you are in need physically, He knows if you are distressed emotionally, He knows if you are empty spiritually, and He knows if you are struggling to understand life and all of the demands within. The promise of God in 1 Peter 5:7 is “Cast all your anxiety (cares, worries, problems) on Him because He cares for you.”

Now just maybe, you are not familiar with prayer, and you would like to learn more about prayer. Maybe you would like someone to pray with you, or you have a need that someone could pray for you about. We would love to pray with you and for you. Please  contact 250.769.5481 or email to if you would like us to pray. You are also welcome to join us every Sunday at Westside Alliance Church at 10 AM for our church service.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Thought for the Day

Our struggle with prayer is not that God doesn't answer, it's that He seldom answers in line with our plan or schedule. 

The fact that God's grace motivates His giving ensues that His gifts are best for us. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Thought of the day

If you actually lived today like there is no tomorrow. What would change?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

O Canada - Verse 4

Ruler Supreme
Who hearest humble prayer
Hold our dominion in thy loving care 

Help us to find 
O God in Thee 
A lasting rich reward
As waiting for the better day
We ever stand on guard

God keep our land
Glorious and free
O Canada we stand on guard for thee

O Canada we stand on guard for thee