Coming December 2015…Destination Jesus

A brand new Phone Tree Bible Study Group Sunday series is coming your way in December 2015!

Destination Jesus kicks off Sunday, December 6.

Make plans to join us and to stay connected.

Finding the Time to Find the Time

Whew! What a whirlwind it’s been here at the Phone Tree. A lot of exciting things are happening behind the scenes, and I know you’re going to love them. Join me in prayer, as I ask God to prepare the way for us to move in His new direction.

Until we commune again, I want to encourage you to find the time to find yourself before the presence of the Magnificent and Almighty LORD. You won’t regret it!

Scripture Delight-to-Go: Ecclesiastes 3 (A Time To…)

Stay tuned for more.

The Upside of Being Down

Is there an upside to being down? Can something positive be found even in that which is seemingly negative? Does good come, in any capacity, to that which is bad?

These were some of the thoughts that I had this morning. As I was considering the Bible and my present study emphasis, I could not help but think about the various people that were touched and influenced by Jesus. He was a vessel of love and hope to so many people. He showed compassion to all, not just to some. There was no person too low for Him to reach and teach. There is a lesson in that for us all.

As I continued to reflect on what I call the upside of being down, three words stayed with me — hope, deliverance, and promise.

By definition…

Hope: To trust in, wait for, look for, or desire something or someone; or to expect something beneficial in the future.

Deliverance: Deliverance is defined as “a rescue from bondage or danger.” Deliverance in the Bible relates to the acts of God, whereby He rescues His people from peril.

Promise: In the Bible, the promise of God is the declaration or assurance which God has given in His Word of bestowing blessings on His people. Such assurance resting on the perfect justice, power, benevolence and immutable veracity of God, cannot fail of performance.

Encouragement for the Day: In any case, situation, or event, Jesus Christ is and will always be the upside for those who are down. He is the messenger of hope. We can trust Him to bring to pass that which is most beneficial for each one of us. He is the means of deliverance for all. He has the power to free us from any and every stronghold that binds us. He is the agent by which the promise has been fulfilled. Salvation comes through no one other than the Son of God. Remember these things when you are going through your next storm or challenging experience. The simple truth is that there is an upside to being down.

Psalm of Reflection: Psalm 121

Encouragement for Your Day


A Faith & Family Book Recommendation|God Gave Us Sleep


Title: God Gave Us Sleep 

Author: Lisa Tawn  Bergren

About the Book: “‘Little Cub!” Mama called. “Time for bed.’

Little Cub is having so much fun building an igloo with her friends that she doesn’t want to stop for bedtime! Who needs sleep when there’s fun to be had? Mama patiently answers her child’s questions as she puts her to bed, explaining the importance of daily rhythms of work, play, and rest. As they talk through the fears that come with nighttime—and work through Little Cub’s endless stalling tactics—our favorite bear learns to realize that God gave us sleep as a vital gift.

This charming addition to the best-selling God Gave Us series, with its Arctic characters and relevant message, will help all little ones prepare for a peaceful night’s rest.”

Review: God Gave Us Sleep was an enchanting book. It presented a number of thoughts on the importance of rest and the God-connect associated with it. I loved how the story injected some of the humourous examples of how cubs might try to get out of or rather delay going to bed. I could totally relate. ☺️ I also liked how the story translated experiences that littles might face, such as having bad dreams, dealing with emotions when tired, and the importance of prayer when facing a problem.

This book would be an ideal family read aloud selection. There is so much rich discussion material. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

Rating: 4/5

Recommend: Yes

Status: Faith and Family

Audience: All

A complimentary copy of this title was made available for review via the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest critique. The words I have expressed are my own. I was neither compensated for my review, nor was I expected to submit a positive review. 

Trading Vices (A Vice is Still a Vice), Scenario #2

Walking around being comfortable with a vice is much like living a life that openly celebrates or applauds sin. That may be tough to hear, but it’s true nonetheless.

Some Hidden and Obvious Vices:












Breaking free from a vice is hard work. Thankfully, it is not an impossible task for the One who has divine power over all things. With God, all things are possible…especially when it comes to overcoming a vice.

If deliverance is what is needed in your life today, call on the Savior. He cares for you and He is not willing that you should lose yourself or perish in your sins.

Where Real Life Meets the Word of God:

Trading Vices…What Do You Have to Say About the Matter?/What Does the Bible Say About All of the Issues?

Scenario #2: An older gentleman who had been an “upstanding citizen” in his rural community and a model deacon at his home congregation was relocated to live with his granddaughter in a metro area for a short time, in order to receive treatment for an illness. While being cared for at his granddaughter’s home, he was visited by many members of her church. The well meaning members brought food, gifts and other items that they thought could be helpful. One afternoon, the gentleman’s granddaughter had a doctor’s appointment, so she asked her best friend and fellow saint to come over and sit with her relative. Her friend did not hesitate. When the friend went in to attend to the older gentleman and take him his evening meal, the man pushed the food tray away and made a rather negative comment about eating from the hands of a “n—–.” Eventually, the granddaughter returned and her friend informed her about what happened. When the granddaughter confronted her grandfather, he lied about what happened, saying that it was his word against her friend’s. He then gave her a rundown of his history and status in both his home community and church.  Is there a message of repentance, hope, redemption, and/or deliverance that can be shared in this scenario?

What do you have to say about the matter?

What does the Bible say about all of the issues?

(A Special Phone Tree BSG Post on Overcoming Vices)

#beanovercomer #allthingsarepossible #turntoGod #reallifemeetstheWORD

What I’ve Been Reading and Other Such Considerations