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God’s Amazing Majesty and Glory and Power!

Today’s readings reminded me of the ultimate majesty and glory and power of God. Jesus reminded us of the ultimate victory over the devil, saying, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” (Luke 10:18, NKJV).

Moses declared the majesty and glory of our God:

“And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the LORD and His statutes which I command you today for your good? Indeed heaven and the highest heavens belong to the LORD your God, also the earth with all that is in it….For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe….You shall fear the LORD your God; you shall serve Him, and to Him you shall hold fast, and take oaths in His name….He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen” (Deut. 10:12-14, 17, 20, NKJV)

Listen to this song about our “Indescribable” God, by Chris Tomlin!

The Tragedy in Tucson

It has been my privilege to live in the great city of Tucson for the past two and one-half years. I shed tears several times over the past three weeks as I learned of the tragedy of 1-8-11, and the stories of those who were wounded and killed, as well as the stories of many heroes that day.

I was out and about enjoying time with my children on that sunny Saturday morning, when my wife texted me that congresswoman Gabby Giffords had been shot. I immediately felt a deep sense of shock and sorrow. A short while later, she texted me that the congresswoman had died, and then a short while later that she had survived.

Later, away from the children, I turned on the news, and began to absorb the enormity of what had just happened. Six precious lives were lost, my congresswoman and twelve others were wounded, and a community, a state, and a nation were shaken.

I have a precious, nine-year-old daughter (she turned ten on 1-19), and my heart grieves for another family who lost their precious, nine-year-old daughter in the senseless tragedy.

The healing has begun in our city. Today I went out for the first time since the shooting to the Safeway at Ina and Oracle, the site of the tragedy, and visited the memorial set up in front of the entrance to the store. I was greatly moved emotionally as I viewed pictures of those who were lost, and so many flowers, candles, teddy bears, and messages of hope.

It is impossible to understand why tragedies like this happen. Our hearts continue to grieve with those who have been victimized, and our prayers are with them and their families. There is hope and there is healing in Jesus Christ, and it is in times such as these that we can find hope and comfort in the Scriptures.

If you have been following along in the Bible Reading Schedule so far this year, you have recently finished reading through the book of Job, a man who suffered great tragedies. He lost his precious children, his health, and his possessions.

Yet in this book, when God answered Job out of the whirlwind, He chose not to answer the question of “Why?” God told Job, in essence, “Trust in Me.” In the end, Job persevered in his faith, though it had been shaken. God greatly blessed the life of this man after these trials.

In the New Testament, we have this marvelous promise, and I offer the words of Romans 8:28 – words of comfort, words of hope, and words of healing – to the victims and their families, to our community here in Tucson, and to the whole nation:

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (NKJV)

In the end, no matter what befalls us in life, God is working all things together for our good, and for His glory! This gives us “strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow.” When trials and tragedies strike, dear friend, look to Jesus, and you, too, can find His comfort, grace, and hope, knowing that He will carry you through.

Happy Thanksgiving to You!

Here is a wish for a most blessed and happy Thanksgiving from my family to you and all yours! I hope that the practice of giving thanks is a reality every day of the year for you, that you will acknowledge the blessings God pours out into your life every single moment of every single day, both in good times and in bad. Every next breath and every next heartbeat literally is His loving gift.

It was our distinct blessing and privilege once again to have four generations, representing ages from age 91 to age 6, gathered together this Thanksgiving day in Tucson! The gift of family is one of the greatest blessings of this life, and the moments to cherish together are truly gifts from above.

Above all I am thankful for my Lord and Savior who took my place and died for my sins that I might be forgiven and have a home in heaven! The gift He gave me is greater than all others, the privilege of having the testimony, “This is my story, to God be the glory, I’m only a sinner, saved by grace!”

And so I hope that you may experience His abundant grace through this holiday season and for the next year!

In Him,

Norm Enger

Resolutions for the New Year From the Books of Malachi and Revelation…

Here are some good resolutions to make for the coming year based on the last readings of the year from the books of Malachi and Revelation.

Malachi Chapter 1:

Offer the first and the best of all that you have and all that you are to the Lord this coming year.

God is a great King, indeed Lord of lords and King of kings, and He deserves our best.

Malachi Chapter 2:

Remain wholly committed to the marriage covenant which you made before God, and to the spouse you married.

Maybe you are in a broken or damaged relationship with your spouse. Renew your commitment to God and to the one you married.

Malachi Chapter 3:

Allow the “Messenger of the covenant,” our Lord Jesus Christ, to refine you and purge sin out of your life.

As we reflect on the past year, all of us have things that occurred that we are ashamed of, or areas in which we could have done better. Allow the Lord to purge the things that are displeasing to Him out of your life this new year.

Malachi Chapter 4:

Rejoice in the “sun of righteousness,” God’s Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and in the many blessings He in His mercy and grace bestows.

Revelation Chapter 22:

Maybe you are thirsty because you have been living in a spiritual wasteland this past year. If you are unsaved, say YES to the invitation of our Lord:

“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star. The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” (Revelation 22:16-17, NIV)

From my family to you and yours, we wish you the best year ever in your walk with the Lord! Happy New Year!

Do You Know? – New Gospel Presentation Based on Evangelism Explosion…

In the last couple of weeks we have changed our old Gospel presentation to a new one based on Evangelism Explosion International’s very effective presentation. I recently completed a course in this method of sharing the Gospel, so I am excited to place an adapted version up on this Web site.

If you are not a Christian, I invite you to read the new presentation and consider the claims of Christ. If you are a Christian, I invite you to use it as a tool in sharing Christ with your non-Christian friends and loved ones. You can view the new presentation HERE.

Wishing You a Blessed New Year!

We come to the conclusion of another year, and the beginning of a new one. It is my hope and prayer that you will find all of your sufficiency in Christ this coming year, and that this will be the most successful yet spiritually for you and all yours. May you find forgiveness for all the shortcomings and failures of the past year, and renewed hope and strength for the journey ahead. It is my prayer that you will receive spiritual strength and nourishment from reading and treasuring up God’s precious Word in your heart over the coming year, and that the tools on this site will minister to you. From me and my family to yours, we wish you a most blessed and happy New Year!

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you have read today’s Old Testament reading, you will find the inspiration for my favorite hymn of all time, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” The passage is Lamentations 3:22-23:

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness.

A few years back, when we left Mississippi, and left our former church, Broadmoor Baptist, the folks in the music ministry fulfilled a tradition by giving us a Baptist Hymnal, with kind words of encouragement and prayers written by various members for us, the departing family, above or below each one’s favorite hymn. The following kind words and encouragement were written by one of our dear friends, Susan W., on the page with “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”:

“I pray you will always be aware of God’s faithfulness in your life, clinging to the hope and knowledge of it in the valleys and celebrating it on the mountain tops. Philippians 4:4-7. Susan.”

What an encouragement for us all! Celebrate God’s goodness no matter what!

Philippians 4:4-7, the passage she quoted, says:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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.

And so from my family, who will be gathering together this day with four generations present in Tucson, to yours, we wish you a most blessed Thanksgiving!

We leave you with the words of the great hymn:

Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Words by Thomas O. Chisholm, Music by William M. Runyan

Great is Thy Faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.

Great is Thy Faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed, Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Great is Thy Faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed, Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Great is Thy Faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed, Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Welcome to Tucson!

The week of July 14, I took a week of vacation and relocated, for family reasons, to incredibly beautiful Tucson, AZ. Spectacular mountains surround Tucson, and it reminds me of the verse of Scripture, “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people.” No matter what, He is surrounding us and covering us with his love and care. Even if all else fails in life, He never does!

My employer was gracious enough to allow me to relocate and work remotely. God is truly good! – though I will miss seeing my work friends and church family back in the “Carpet Capitol of the World.” Those of you reading this…you know I miss you!

I have gotten settled in and am starting to adjust to the desert climate. We are in monsoon season, so I have been able to see a few good thunderstorms and downpours rumble through…something to remind me a little bit of back home in Georgia, I guess!

I have found a great church I am visiting, Sabino Road Baptist Church. The believers there are an incredibly loving and welcoming group of Christian folks. I will be playing my violin in the services, accompanying the singing, for the first time tomorrow. Two of the songs are a couple of my favorites, “Our God Is an Awesome God” and “God of Wonders” – fitting for this setting in Arizona, “the Grand Canyon state,” where the beauty of the creation truly testifies to glory of the Creator, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I Sing the Mighty Power of God

Thinking about the “Expelled” movie I saw tonight, I was inspired in the car on the way home listening to a beautiful hymn declaring how wondrously the Creation testifies to the glory of the Creator.

Psalm 19:1 states, “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.”

Here are the lyrics of this great hymn.

I Sing the Mighty Power of God

Words: Isaac Watts, Divine and Moral Songs for Children, 1715.

I sing the mighty power of God, that made the mountains rise,
That spread the flowing seas abroad, and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day;
The moon shines full at God’s command, and all the stars obey.

I sing the goodness of the Lord, who filled the earth with food,
Who formed the creatures through the Word, and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed, where’er I turn my eye,
If I survey the ground I tread, or gaze upon the sky.

There’s not a plant or flower below, but makes Thy glories known,
And clouds arise, and tempests blow, by order from Thy throne;
While all that borrows life from Thee is ever in Thy care;
And everywhere that we can be, Thou, God art present there.