Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Heavens declare






As far back as I can remember, I've always had a hankering to look up into the sky at night and gaze at its wonders, especially when the moon is full.  
            
One doesn't have to look far into the starry sky, to be in complete amazement at the wonder of God's creative work.

Just to see the magnitude of the galaxies, the mass of the Milky Way; the billions of stars, its hard not to be reminded of His creative greatness.

 When we  are looking into the heavens, it's like God gave each of us a front row seat into the grand arena of His wondrous power.

 As mighty as all this truly is, it is nothing in comparison to the glory He displayed  when He sent His son to earth.

 At that time, God planted the brightest star in the East to announce His arrival to the world, He called people from different walks of life, to come see Jesus;  the lowly shepherds,  as well as the wise men.

 He's still preforming miracles today, as He did then, earnestly calling people to come and meet His son.

Many years have passed since that mystical night in Bethlehem,but they haven't changed His plan for mankind. 

Next time you're out at night and you're marveling at the moon, the stars, the galaxies, the Milky Way,  and the grand spectacle of His creation, remember.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Psalms 19:1

Coleman Schell

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Clean Slate




Being the second eldest of 10 children, naturally I was the second one to start  school, my memories are somewhat dimmed of that time, but  I can still remember some of it pretty well.

The name of our school was "Union" a one room school,  our teacher  taught  first grade through eighth, a little different than the school system today.

One of my vivid  memories of this school, was the black board, that hang on its back wall , this board was our teachers resource for communicating with us.

At the end of our assignments, she would ask for a volunteer to erase the board, when it was wiped clean, it was as if nothing at all had ever been written on it.

Which reminds me of what God does for us when we come to Him, confessing our sin and trusting Christ as our Saviour, the slate is wiped clean.

 First John 1:9  "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to for give us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

I was privileged to erase the black board clean in our school, but I can't do the same thing for anyone's life, only God can do that. 

A lot of water has run under the bridge since those early days of school, I don't know if our teacher Nelly Gilbert is still living or not, or how many class mates are left.

Today as I look back on those early years of my life, I'm amazed  how much they played a part in helping mold my life into what it is today.

And I am grateful to our teacher, and the ole blackboard assignments, she posted and erased.

 It may have been a crud way of teaching some may say, but never the less.

The, system worked, maybe as good as some of the teaching,  we have today.


Coleman Schell

Monday, June 16, 2014

OH ! THE WISDOM OF GOD




Some times the path of life seems lengthy and difficult, leaving us with little strength and will power for the journey.
         Maybe you're overwhelmed with sadness in your life today, the sorrow of a struggling child; the care of an aging parent; and many other troubles that come with life.
         "Surely"  you maybe saying God would not have me to walk this hard way; surely there must be an easier path for me to travel.
         But are any of us wise enough to know some other way that would make us better and wiser, perhaps the answer is a resounding "NO" due to our own understanding of life.
        Our Heavenly Father knows best; He tells us in --Proverbs 3: 5-6 "When the trials of life come our way."Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding; In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.
        We can humbly take the path He has marked out for us today, and do so in absolute trust, because He is wiser and more loving than we can ever know.


 


Coleman Schell



        

Monday, June 9, 2014

A Wonderful Father





A young person asked me the other day, 'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?'

'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him. 'All the food was slow
.

'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?'

'It was a place called 'at home,' I explained. 'Mother cooked every day and when Dad and the family finished their day of work on the farm, we sat down together at the table, and if you didn't like what Mother put on the table for dinner, you was allowed to sit there until you did like it.'


Father always made sure we had something to eat; might not be exactly what you wanted or expected, but dealing with that issue was your problem.

An humble man he was  for sure ,one who loved his family  very much and would do anything to protect them and provide for them .

I remember him as someone who would take time out from his busy schedule for a father son project.

 Once he taught, me how to make a wind-mill, and that meant so much to me,I was so excited I could hardly wait for us to finish the project and  to see if it would really turn with the wind as he said it would.

Other times we went fishing, did some rock hunting, planted a garden,  went horse back riding, walked to the country store, mended fences, milked the cows and many other things common to farm life.

The last day I got to spend time with him, was just before he went home to be with the Lord, it was his father sons event, we called deer hunting, a family tradition that Dad started when we were youngsters.

I certainly miss the slow cooked meals, the times dad spent with us as a family and the one on one times he some how squeezed in just for me.

Happy Father's day Dad, I am grateful for your love and  strong leadership you gave and  the many memories you left behind .

Blessings to all our Fathers and family's out there as you celebrate this special day. May your memories  be good and special to you as well.


Coleman Schell















Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Family





The family is the basic unit of society. When a family member becomes ill, the entire family is affected. The concept of “family” is more than people who are just biologically related.

The family is the most important institution in the world. It was God's idea in the first place. It was not the invention of sociologist or government bureaucrats who decided it would make society operate
more smoothly.

Families existed long before cities and governments, even longer than the written language.

Its in the family home where character and integrity are formed, values are made clear, and goals are set.

Today satan is attacking the family as never before. What can families do against such attacks?

Our best defense as always is the word of God. Read the Bible, together as a family, have family devotions, pray for one another.

Be on guard against the forces that tend to pull families apart.

And most of all make Christ the center of your home----
and your life.

Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established.   PROVERBS  24: 3


Coleman Schell