Doing something for Jesus every day

Dr. Phil McGraw has shared on numerous occasions on his daily television show how he gets up each morning and asks himself what he can do to make his wife’s day better, or more enjoyable, that day. There’s no doubt fewer marriages would end in divorce if each person asked themselves that question about their companion. 

As I was thinking about that statement the other morning after reading my Bible, I thought, “What can I do today for Jesus?” Immediately, I thought of the poem below. 

Christ has no hands but our hands to do His work today

He has no feet but our feet to lead men in the way

He has no tongue but our tongue to tell men how He died

He has no help but our help to bring them to His side.

We are the only Bible the careless world will read,

We are the sinner’s gospel; we are the scoffer’s creed;

We are the Lord’s last message, given in word and deed;

What if the type is crooked? What if the print is blurred?

What if our hands are busy with other work than His?

What if our feet are walking where sin’s allurement is?

What if our tongue is speaking of things His lips would spurn?

How can we hope to help Him or welcome His return?

                                                          —Annie Johnston Flint

Of course, I want to make my precious husband’s day better every day. I want to make it special and one he will long remember. At the same time I want do something for my Lord every day. I want to be able at the end of the day to look back at that which I have done and see things I have done especially for my Lord. 

Mr. Rogers penned the song, “There are many ways to say I love you.” The song states ways to express our love for others. May we look for ways each day to express our love for our companion and our Savior.

#christian-living, #good-deeds, #jesus-christ

What does the Bible say about rightly dividing the Word of God

By: Douglas M. Williams Sr.

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the world of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds” (Hebrews 1:1-2).

“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).

There are two main divisions of the Bible: the Old Testament and the New Testament. Even though all of these 66 divisions are God’s inspired word, we must understand that the Old Testament is not a law binding on us today. Jesus came and fulfilled the old law and gave us the new law of the New Testament (Matthew 5:17; Colossians 2:14).

The unity of the Bible shows that one mind guided the writing of the Bible and that was God as he directed men to write the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21). These 66 books were written by about 40 different authors. They wrote over a period of about 1500 years; living in widely separated parts of the world; speaking different languages; having various backgrounds; and obviously many of them not knowing each other. Yet, when all of their writings are brought together they are in harmony, showing their message comes from God. That message may be summed up in the purpose of the Bible as the salvation of man through Jesus Christ that brings glory to God.

Rightly dividing God’s word describes an important principle involved in properly understanding the Bible as we obey and apply its teachings to our lives. We must properly divide or distinguish between the commands God gave to people in the Old Testament, and the commands He expects us to keep in our Christian Age.

To be saved from sin and prepare for heaven we must believe in Jesus, repent of sins, confess our faith, be baptized, and live for Jesus.

#bible, #bible-study

What does the Bible say about hope

By: Douglas M. Williams Sr

“For we are saved by hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience” (Romans 8:24-25). Colossians 1:27 “…Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

The Bible speaks of the “hope of eternal life” (Titus 1:2; 3:7). We can look “for the blessed hope, and the glorious appearance of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).

Our hope is “an anchor of the soul” (Hebrews 6:19). And 1 Peter 1:3-4 reads, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.”

“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (1 Corinthians 13:13).

Hope is the moving force behind our activities. Sophocles stated, “It is hope which maintains, most of mankind.” Our world is one of hope! Martin Luther said, “Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.” The Bible says, “he that ploweth should plow in hope; and he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope” (1 Corinthians 9:10).

Hope of a crop encourages the farmer to drive the plow; hope of victory urges the soldier to fight; hope of winning makes the athlete run; and hope of the incorruptible crown inspires the child of God to run in the race of life (1 Corinthians 9:10).

Our hope is in God, and it is powerful! Our hope is obtained from the scriptures (Romans 15:4), and as long as there is life, there is hope. Our greatest hope is for eternal life in heaven. No matter how many times we lose in this life, we can look forward to an eternal life where we win and never lose.


#bible-study, #hope-and-faith

I’m scared

Honestly, I am scared. I am afraid of this virus and the danger I might face if I caught it, as well as the danger I might put Doug in if I caught it. We take precautions as best we can, but I am still afraid. I pray about it, and ask God to please protect us, and I’m thankful that He is protecting us. At the same time I know God expects us to use good sense during this time and follow the rules. 

Some say, and I know the Bible teaches, we are not to be fearful. I remember how Ananias pleaded with God when He came to him in a dream and told him to go to the house of Judas on Straight Street, and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. God said he was praying and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight. 

Whoa!!! Ananias said, “Lord, I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” Ananias was afraid, but he went and did what God wanted him to do.

I remember the replies Moses gave God when God asked him to go to Pharaoh to bring His people (Israelites) out of Egypt. Who would have ever thought of talking back to God, right?  After going back and forth with God several times, Moses finally said, “O Lord, Please send someone else to do it.” God’s anger burned against Moses, and He suggested Aaron go with him to speak, and that is what they did.

Moses and Ananias were desperate. They were fearful.

God knew. He knew about Saul. He had a plan for him…a great plan, and He needed Ananias to help with His plan. God had plans to get the Israelites out of Egypt and from under the rule of Pharaoh, the King. He selected these men to help fulfill His plan.

Who is to say that we haven’t been chosen for such a time as this to execute a plan God has to redeem his people from this sinful world? Lord, help us not be afraid, but trust You as we tread life’s highway.               

#bible-study, #faith, #fear

A rare invitation

Imagine for a moment that you received an invitation in the mail to a special banquet in which several important figures would be in attendance. The invitation also specifies that you will be able to choose with whom you want to sit when you arrive. Despite not knowing who the important figures will be, you eagerly make plans to attend. 

Now imagine it is the night of the banquet. Upon your arrival you are welcomed at the door. You walk into the large banquet hall and discover there are ten tables spread throughout the hall. At each table the important figures are seated on one side, and they are hoping you will join them on the other. You’re surprised, you recognize the figures at each of the tables. At that moment, the person who greeted you asks where do you choose to sit. Here are your choices:

Table  1 – Adam and Eve

Table  2 – Noah

Table  3 – Abraham

Table  4 – Moses and Aaron

Table  5 – Elijah and Elisha

Table  6 – David

Table  7 – Joseph and Mary

Table  8 – The apostles

Table  9 – Peter

Table 10 – Paul and Timothy

Imagine when sitting down at your table the important figure asks you to share the reason you chose to sit with them. What do you say? And then, when they invite you to ask any question or discuss anything you would like, what do you choose to talk about? 

Finally, after a period of time the person who greeted you at the door comes to your table and asks “Where would you like to sit next?”

Who do you choose?


What does the Bible say about a new life with Christ

By Douglas M. Williams Sr

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

At Romans 6:3-6, the Bible teaches that our old man dies or is crucified with Christ, that “we also should walk in newness of life,” as Christ was given new life when he was resurrected.

Before the salvation from sin that Jesus provided by his death on the cross, there was a separation between the Jews and Gentiles. At Ephesians 2:11-22, Paul tells us that Christ broke down that “wall of separation” in order to “create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace” (Ephesians 2:15).

We like new things, and Jesus has provided new things for us. We have the New Testament or covenant as Jesus made a “new covenant when He made the Old Testament obsolete (Hebrews 8:6-13). Jesus gave us “a new and living way” (Hebrews 10:20), that is shown in so many ways. Other examples are the new commandment of love in its greater meaning of quality and quantity; in speaking of the Lord’s Supper, Jesus said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for you” (Luke 22:20); Jesus is the “mediator of the new covenant: (Hebrews 9:15); Jesus is preparing new mansions for Christians (John 14:1-3), as the Bible speaks of “a new heaven and a new earth” and in this connection says that God will “make all things new” (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1,5).

Paul tells us to put off the old sinful man, and put on the new man (Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:8-10). In these passages Paul tells us to put away sinful things in our lives and replace them with good things as we read Ephesians 4:25-32 and Colossians 3:12-17).

How wonderful it is to think of the new life in Christ as we enjoy all spiritual blessings in Christ.


#bible-study, #christian-living

The greatest gift Daddy ever gave Mama

We all like to receive gifts. I’m thinking today of the gift my daddy gave my mother when I was a teenager at home.

From the time Daddy and Mama married, Daddy drank. It was all I didn’t like about Daddy when I was growing up. I loved Daddy, but I didn’t like his drinking.

Mama wanted to go to worship and take me, but she didn’t drive and Daddy didn’t want to go. She told me when I got my driver’s license she would buy us a car, and I could drive us to church. We looked forward to that time. At sixteen I got my license, and mama was true to her word. She bought us a car. I drove us to worship God at the Elba church of Christ. Daddy called us hypocrites and tried to discourage us.

Three years later Daddy got sick and was hospitalized. The doctor told him he had to give up drinking if he wanted to live. Daddy gave up his drinking and asked if he could go to worship with us the next Sunday. We wouldn’t have thought of telling him he couldn’t go with us. I remember the Sunday well. When the invitation was being given, I looked over and saw my Daddy walking down the church aisle. He confessed living in sin 30 years. I knew 20 of those years at that time. Daddy stopped drinking and smoking at the same time. He later became a Deacon in the church and was faithful until his death at 78 years of age.

The story is longer and more detailed than this, but my point is Daddy gave Mama the greatest gift he could have ever given her on that day. He gave her the peace of knowing that he was a Christian, and he faithfully served God the rest of his life.

I like to think about heaven and going there one day. I like to think about the people in the Bible who will be there, and what it will be like to talk with them. But, I look forward to seeing Mama and Daddy again. I look forward to seeing Mama’s parents and maybe all of her siblings.

Yes, Daddy gave mother a wonderful gift when he rededicated his life and gave up his sinful life for a far better one in Christ. I suppose there just couldn’t be a better gift to give anyone at anytime of the year.

#christian-living, #life

Mama’s Pincushion

It really isn’t anything special, that pincushion of Mama’s, but it held lots of surprises for me recently. I use the pincushion now. Mama died in 2014 at 102.5 years, and I have her sewing machine and pincushion. Oh, I have other fancier pincushions…several of them, in fact, but somehow I feel closer to Mama each time I pick up her pincushion.

I don’t know if Mama ever had a fancy pincushion. I remember the day she told me she had made herself a pincushion. She was proud of it as she held it up for me to see, and that’s it pictured above. She made it from a bath cloth, I think, and stuffed it with polyester stuffing. It has served us both well.

The yellow pins are all mine. I use them when I block crocheted name doilies. I imagine there are still some of mama’s pins in the cushion somewhere. But the other night I felt something hard deep inside the cushion and decided to work it out to see what it might be. It was a needle. No doubt it was one of mama’s needles which she lost long ago. Finding that needle made me wonder if there were more, so I kept digging. Sure enough I found another one. Occasionally I stuck my finger, but I kept working needles out of the cushion until I decided I needed a medicine bottle to hold them. I surely didn’t want them loose on the sofa where I was seated. I got the medicine bottle and put the needles inside and kept digging. And then I started counting the needles. I found and rescued over 25 needles deep inside that little pincushion. 

Mama’s pincushion held lots of secret needles. I couldn’t help but think there was a lesson for us in Mama’s pincushion. Deep inside the much used and old pincushion were secrets, some sharp and some dull, but still secrets unknown to those around the pincushion. We might say the secrets were held in the heart of the pincushion, and that’s where the lesson is held. Just like us, deep within our hearts we have secrets. Some are dull and some are sharp. Some are good and some are bad. And the only difference is that we on the outside couldn’t see the secret sharp and dull needles inside Mama’s pincushion. But God can see the secrets deep within our hearts. He knows and He looks upon our hearts. There’s no hiding from Him. One day all secret things will be known. 

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my Strength, and my Redeemer” (Psalms 19:14).



Hooked on medicine

I don’t know what it is like to be “hooked” on medicine. I never have to take any medication for pain, not even a Tylenol. That may change tomorrow, but right now I am plugging right along and doing just fine according to all reports.

I have a loved one that is in pain all of the time. She takes medicine for pain, anxiety, nervousness, and anything else she can think of, it seems to me. Now she is hooked and has overdone it. She is no longer able to keep up with how much and when she has taken something. Plans are to send her to detox this week. I wish I could help her, but I can’t. She needs monitoring 24 hours a day. It must be a helpless feeling for her. I know it is for me.

You and I have a lot to be thankful for…

If we can walk without pain.

If we can walk and feel our feet or the sand in our shoes.

If we can stand up straight and walk.

If we can stand and walk without being dizzy.

If we can hear what others are saying.

If we can see the beautiful flowers in the summertime or the colorful leaves in the Fall.

If we can eat our food and enjoy the taste of it.

If we can feel pain when we cut or prick our finger.

If we can hold a loved one in our arms.

If we can feel the joy of a tender kiss.

Our health is so important to us. We have one body, one life, one temple of God. We are challenged to care for it properly. It is not just ours, but the Spirit lives within us as Christians. 

So much of our problems are brought on by life itself, but some are brought on by our carelessness. We have so much to be thankful for in this life, and in the life to come as Christians where there will be no more pain, no tears, no parting. All will be beautiful in that home that Jesus has gone to prepare for us. Let’s look forward to it with great fervor!                  


What does the Bible say about a Christian’s conduct

By Douglas M. Williams Sr

“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weakness, but was in all point tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15; Matthew 4:1-11).

“For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth” (1 Peter 2:21-22).

“And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin” (1 John 3:5).

“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them” (Matthew 7:12).

When we have a question about something, we should think about ‘what would Jesus do?’ We have seen the letter WWJD written on different places.

The above verses show us the perfect example of Jesus; how we are to follow Him; and always practice the golden rule.

Consider the following guidelines when deciding if something is right or wrong:

  1. The Personal Text: Will doing this make me a better or worse Christian?
  2. The Social Test: Will doing this influence others to be a better or worse Christian?
  3. The Practical Test: Will the results of my doing this be desirable?
  4. The Universal Test: If everyone should do this, would it improve or degrade society?
  5. The Scriptural Test: Does the Bible endorse it, or is it expressly forbidden by the word of God?

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

“Prove all things, hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22).                                       


#bible-study, #christian-living, #conduct

It’s the right thing to do

When mother passed away on a Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m., 2014, my brother Hoyt and his wife came the next day. I said, ‘Oh, you came today?” He replied, “It was the right thing to do.” They lived 60 miles or so away, and I thought they might wait to come to the viewing the next day, but they came earlier and it surprised me. But, as he said for them it was the right thing to do. I was thinking of that earlier and how we are confronted with choices in life whether we can choose the right thing to do or the wrong thing to do. For example:

If a person drops some money in front of you at the grocery store, would it be the right thing to grab it fast and say, “Finders keepers, losers weepers…it’s mine now,” or hand it back to them?

If a shopping cart is left out in the open at Walmart or the grocery store, etc., would it be the right thing to do to pass it by or stop and roll it into the store with you placing it in the proper place or using it?

If you find a person’s personal belongings in a shopping cart, would it be the right thing to do to turn it into the store’s lost and found department or find the proper owner if it is identifiable?

If trash has been dropped on the ground and you have to walk past or over it, would it be the right thing to do to pick it up and place it in a garbage container nearer the store or just leave it alone?

If a person at a checkout lacks a bit of change having the amount needed to pay for her items and you know you have it in your pocket/purse, would it be the right thing to do to offer to make up the difference or just say “that’s her problem?”

We make lots of choices in this life. Many have been hurt by people not doing the right thing in certain situations. Dr. Johnny Long told the Troy University band members, “The successful person picks up the paper on the sidewalk.” I suggest the successful person is the one who does the right thing always! We learned it in elementary school as, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” That’s Bible teaching.

Lord, help us always to do the right thing. In Christ name, Amen.


What does the Bible say about being in Christ

By: Douglas M. Williams Sr.

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, butaccording to the Spirit” (Romans 8:2).

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:26-27).

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3).

The word “in” is a little word, but very important and meaningful. The Bible speaks so many times about being “in Christ” as shown in the above verses. So, we can see the importance and necessity of being “in Christ” if we are to be saved and enjoy all spiritual blessings.

Redemption is “in Christ” (Romans 3:24); Paul writes to “those who are sanctified in ‘Christ’,” (1 Corinthians 1:2); and Paul writes to the “saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful ‘in Christ'” (Ephesians 1:1). In addition to Christians being new creatures “in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17), the Bible says that all Christians are “one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).

How are Christians in Christ, and how are all spiritual blessings in Christ? At John 15:1-6, Jesus uses the illustration of the vine and branches, Christ is the true vine, and His disciples are the branches. As the branches receive life-sustaining nutrients from the vine, Christians receive life and all spiritual blessings from Christ. If one is not “in Christ” they are not saved and do not enjoy spiritual blessings. But when one is “in Christ” it is like a branch attached to a life supporting vine, and they receive salvation, spiritual life and blessings, peace, fellowship, hope, etc.

How does one get “in Christ”? The Bible says that only baptism puts one “in Christ” (Galatians 3:26-27; Romans 6:3-4). But baptism must be preceded by faith, repentance, and confession (Mark 16:16; Luke 13:3;Matthew 10:32-33). The last thing one must do to be “in Christ” is to be baptized.

Are you in Christ?                                                  

#bible-study, #in-christ

What does the Bible say about preparation

By Douglas M. Williams Sr

“Prepare to meet your God” (Amos 4:12).

Jesus said, “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I got and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2-3).

Remember the rich farmer that the Lord said was a fool, because he was selfish and left God out of his plans. He was indeed unprepared to meet God!

God’s word exhorts us to prepare to meet God, and that heaven is a prepared place for Christians that live for God.

The Bible has much to say about preparation. David prepared for building the temple before his death. Noah prepared the ark for salvation. Ezra prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord. John prepared the way for the coming of Jesus. The Jews made preparations for the Sabbath day. Jesus taught the need for preparations in His parables as in the Ten Virgins. The Bible speaks about the things God has prepared for those who love Him, but that hell is everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

As noted above our greatest concern should be to prepare to meet God and receive an eternal mansion in heaven. This preparation is made by faith in Jesus that leads to repentance, confession, and baptism for the remission of sins. Then living faithfully for Jesus until the end of life (Matthew 10:22; Revelation 2:10).

The song, “Prepare to Meet Thy God” encourages our preparation by stating, “Careless soul, O heed the warning, for your life will soon be gone; O how sad to face the judgment, unprepared to meet thy God.”

Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people!


#bible-study, #spiritual-preparation

Preparing for winter

This week will mark the beginning of September, a new month which is one month closer to winter. When I think of winter I always think of the Apostle Paul when he was in Ephesus. Paul knew winter was coming. Paul assumes Timothy will come to him immediately and he sends Timothy this message, found in 2 Timothy 4:13:

2 Timothy 4:13, ESV: “When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.”

Paul knew winter was coming and he would need his cloak, or to us, his coat. He was making preparations for the cold weather (2 Timothy 4:21). He wanted to stay warm.

In addition to the cloak, Paul had left two other items in the possession of Carpus: scrolls and parchments. The scrolls may have been Old Testament scrolls or the Torah or other books, though this is uncertain. The parchments were flat, book-like materials, used for writing. These were either parchments already written upon or perhaps referred to blank parchment Paul wanted for writing new materials. Even during imprisonment, and facing the end of his own life, Paul is still emphasizing the importance of reading and studying the Word of God. (

Winter is coming! How are we preparing for the cooler weather coming on? What about the winter of our life? How are we preparing for it?

In the wintertime many of us naturally stay inside more. We know what staying inside really means now after the Covid virus scare, but what do we want to have with us during the winter of our life?  Think about the things you would want compared to Paul.

Paul wanted his cloak. He couldn’t function well being cold.

Paul wanted the scrolls. This could have been the O.T. scrolls, the Torah or other books. He wanted the best reading material available to him.

Paul wanted above all the parchments to be brought to him. He wanted to stay busy writing and teaching from where he was in prison.

Winter is coming. How are we preparing?

#spiritual-preparation, #winter

She wasn’t friendly

I wish mama had told me that everybody is not going to like me. I wish she had said everybody is not going to talk to me. I wish she had told me that everyone wouldn’t be kind to me. Somehow she missed telling me, and though I certainly am not blaming her, I had a rude awakening one day this past week.

We had taken some extra printers to donate at a thrift store for my cousin. I was standing outside the back door on the dirt ground waiting for Doug to finish signing papers and finishing the deal. This nice looking young blonde haired lady drove up and came and stood by me. She had a tiny bowl with what looked like a bank bag in her hand. She waited. I thought she might be an employee. I motioned to the door with my arm and hand and said, “Would you like to go inside?” She stepped forward, looked inside, and said, “No, I wouldn’t.” Okay. Nothing was being said so soon I looked up at the clouds and said, “That cloud looks as if it might be a rain cloud.” Nothing!!! Okay. She shifted from one foot to the other and I felt uncomfortable. Finally, when I realized Doug and the man were almost finished, I leaned forward toward him (their backs were sideways to us) and said, “Sir, there is a nice young lady waiting out here to speak with you.” “Oh, okay,” he said and turned to take her things. She turned and walked away leaving a bad impression on me. I watched to see what she was driving. A Mercedes. A white Mercedes. A white Mercedes sports coupe. I watched as she drove away and wondered what was going on in her life to make her shun me the way she did. It was hard to get it off my mind as we came home, and somehow I knew I would write about it.

She thought I was not in her league possibly, but she could have shown herself friendly. Jesus talked to the lowly, and I can hear brother Ira North’s strong voice saying loudly, “Condescend to men of low estate.” 

The Bible says if we want to have friends we must show ourselves friendly. And then there is the scripture that says, “Take heed when you think you stand, lest you fall.”

Jesus died on the cross for me. He loved me when I was not even lovable. He died for her even when she was not friendly. I forgive her for being unkind to me.

#friendliness, #kindness