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Without Excuse

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. 
Romans 1:20



I sat on our patio in awe of the beauty that surrounded me. The daffodils were swaying their bright yellow heads in the gentle breeze. The camellia bushes were showy with their red and pink blooms.  The sky was royal blue. A variety of birds were hopping around in our yard. How can people not believe in God?

Our Scripture for today, written by the Apostle Paul, tells us that we have no excuse for failing to seek God, to worship Him, and to thank Him. God’s eternal power and divine nature are clearly seen in His creation. God’s revelation of Himself in nature is available to everyone.

Nature shows us a God of might. Acts of nature and the birth of a baby give us evidence of the power of God. The petals of a tiny flower or the color of a beautiful bird show us evidence of a God who is a God of detail and order.

Creation alone is enough to give us a general knowledge of God. Therefore, Paul tells us that we are without excuse when it comes to knowing God. As we look around and see all that God made, we can clearly see His invisible qualities.

Are you guilty of rejecting the knowledge of God’s existence? Perhaps there is something in your life that you are putting in God’s place.

We cannot plead ignorance of God. We have seen what He is like from His world. God makes things plain to us. We must not suppress the truth.

Why not take a short break from your hectic schedule today and observe the things around you—beautiful colors, blue skies, a variety of trees and plants, sunrises and sunsets. God’s works prove His being.

Georgia Andrus

Don't Be Anxious

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 minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7   


Can you imagine never being anxious about anything? I can’t. In his book, “Day by Day,” Billy Graham says, “Historians will probably call our era ‘the age of anxiety.’” We become anxious when our hopes are not centered in God and His will for us.
Someone has said that the anxious person and the worrier are so preoccupied about what may happen in the future that they forget to live in the present. Is this true of you? I have to admit that I sometimes find myself in these anxious times. When this happens, we tend to make mountains out of molehills.

Much of our anxiety, I believe, comes from this electronic age. It keeps us so “wired” that we are too tense to find God in the midst of situations. In an airport recently, I observed people as they walked by. Nearly all of them were on their cell phones with frowns on their faces. Those sitting around me were glued to their IPads. We are never able to get away from work, worry, or phone calls when we load ourselves down with electronics.

In today’s Scripture, Paul counsels us to not be anxious about anything and to take everything to God. Don’t worry about anything but pray about everything! As Paul writes this passage, he is chained to a Roman soldier, guarded day and night. Yet, he has the peace of God. This peace comes when our hearts and minds are fixed only on God.

Maybe it is time that we set some boundaries on the time we spend on smart phones, smarts TVs, and all of those things that claim our attention.

Throughout the New Testament Jesus tells us not to worry or to become anxious. We are to fix our focus on God and His righteousness. When we trust Him, He will take care of everything in our lives.

Georgia Andrus

Real Peace

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” 
John 14:27


If you could ask God for anything in your life, what would you ask Him to do for you? I believe most people would say, “I’d ask for some peace in my life.”

All around us we hear the word “peace” being tossed about—peace talks, peace treaty, etc. People express their need for peace, but they are unable to find it in our society. The world can’t give us peace because it doesn’t have any peace to give.

Where can we find peace? Jesus Christ alone can bring lasting peace.  Only He can give us peace with God, peace among men and nations, and peace within our hearts. Peace is a gift from God to all Christians. Our Scripture for today reminds us that we don’t have to be troubled or afraid because Jesus gives us His peace.

Notice, also, that the peace Jesus is speaking of is not like that of the world. His peace gives us an inner quality that flows out of a right relationship with God. It is a peace that gives us calmness in the midst of trials or heartache.

Life is like a river. Sometimes our lives are smooth, and we flow gently along. Then, there are times where it seems we are living in a circle, like the currents of a river. We find ourselves overwhelmed with decisions to make, financial problems, or relationship problems.  God doesn’t want to see His children tie themselves up in anxious knots ignoring His gift of peace.

If you have not asked Jesus, the Peacegiver, to be your Lord and Savior, I hope you will refer back to the beginning of this website. You will find the steps to finding Jesus Christ.

It is God’s desire that we feel His peace at all times. This is a peace that includes joy and a feeling of purpose in every area of our lives.

Georgia Andrus

A Trip to the Zoo

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:1




It was a beautiful early spring day. The sky was cloudless, and the temperature was perfect for an outing. My husband and I decided to visit the zoo in our town.

We had not been to the zoo in several years, so we were astonished at the changes and improvements. Everywhere we looked, plants were ready to bloom. Animals were stretched out enjoying the warm sunshine.

As we strolled around, we would often stop and sit on a bench just taking in God’s beautiful world. It was calming just to sit and think about God, our Creator. How blessed we are to be surrounded by His beauty.

“We serve a powerful God,” I said to my husband. His reply was, “And we so often take Him for granted.” His statement is so true. If we don’t watch ourselves, we spend our prayer time asking God for something instead of thanking Him for what He has already doing for us. We sometimes tend to treat God like a Coke machine—give me this and this, God. We sat in silence just contemplating God’s greatness.

I felt as though I was walking hand in hand with God as I observed His plant and animal kingdom. I sensed His presence with me.  This trip to the zoo was just what I needed. Earlier that day I was feeling frustrated and anxious over my responsibilities. We certainly had no plans to go to the zoo, but I know now that God knew I needed that time with Him. I know that He put that idea into my head. 

Do you know why this day was so good for me? I stopped! I stared at nature! I took time for God! No wonder I felt so much better after we left the zoo. My mind was clear. My anxieties were gone. 

Why not take a break today and spend some time just looking at the beautiful world God has created for us. It will calm your anxieties.

Georgia Andrus

Peace Through Pain

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Hebrews 12:11


I woke up one morning to excruciating pain in my shoulder. Moving my arm caused sharp pain. It’ll be better in a couple of days if I rest it. Wrong! It just worsened. Before long, my range of motion became very limited. Unresolved issues in our pasts can severely limit us as well. Ignoring them won’t make them disappear.

It was time to get professional help. I called my doctor. We may need help to resolve our inner conflicts as well. God has placed competent people around that may be able to assist such as pastors, counselors, good friends, or maybe just you and Jesus.

Although I had no familiarity with the injury, the physical therapist did. So I thought it wise to follow her advice. She suggested several exercises that would help. As I moved my arm, the radiating pain returned. As much as I didn’t want to hurt, I knew healing would come no other way. Likewise, reaching into your past - though painful and uncomfortable - will
bring healing. I know it isn’t easy, but Jesus longs to heal your wounded heart.

I was expected to complete the exercises at home. I could have ignored the advice, but my healing would have taken much longer. Emotional healing is a process that takes time and effort.

After the first week, I could move my arm much farther in one direction. Now I had to work on moving it from side to side. That meant new painful exercises, as well as strength exercises. Although tempting, please don’t stop with a little healing. Persevere until you are totally healed.

Keep the goal in mind - harvest of righteousness and peace. The healing process can
be difficult and painful, but the peace and freedom that results is well worth it!


Thank you, Jesus, for coming to heal our broken hearts and free us!

Terri