Ecclesiastes 11:7-9; 12:1, 5-7, 13-14 (NIV) Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun. However many years anyone may live, let them enjoy them all…You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment…Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”- before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark…Then people go to their eternal home and mourners go about the streets. Remember him – before the silver cord is severed, or the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, or the wheel broken at the well, and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it…Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
Ecclesiastes 2:11 (NIV) “When I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.”
1 John 3:1 (NAS) See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are.
Proverbs 14:26 (TEV) Reverence for the LORD gives confidence and security to a man and his family.
Isaiah 54:13 (NCV) All your children will be taught by the LORD, and they will have much peace.
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Romans 5:2 (TLB) Because of our faith, he has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has had in mind for us to be.
1 John 4:10, 16 (NIV) This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins…And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
Ephesians 1:4 (TLB) Long ago, even before he made the world, God chose us to be his very own through what Christ would do for us; he decided then to make us holy in his eyes, without a single fault—we who stand before him covered with his love.
Proverbs 29:25 (MSG) The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in GOD protects you from that.
2 Corinthians 10:18 (CEV) You may brag about yourself, but the only approval that counts is the Lord’s approval.
John 5:44 (Phi) “How on earth can you believe while you are for ever looking for each other’s approval and not for the glory that comes from the one God?”
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (NIV) Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
A born teacher, Steve combines a depth of insight with unchanging biblical truths to provide messages that are both engaging & life changing. Married to Jean, his bride of 35 years, and the father of three adult children, Steve enjoys early mornings on his porch in study, time with family & friends at the coast, and playing Bluegrass music on his guitar.