Reflections on Taking Risks

Victoria Elliot

READ : Esther 8:3-7, Esther 4:13-17   The dictionary defines risk as exposure to danger, jeopardy. Many times risks turn out to be beneficial. I recently viewed the Dave Dravecky movie. I was impressed with the great risk he took in going back to pitch in the major league after experiencing the extreme cancer surgery in his pitching arm. Later, when amputation of his arm was necessary, how good it was to hear him say, “God had other plans for …

Reflections on Friends

Victoria Elliot

READ : 1 Samuel 18:1-6, Proverbs 17:17, Proverbs 18:24   Friends are a priceless gift from God. According to the dictionary, a friend is one person linked to another by esteem, respect, or affection. There is a saying, “Variety is the spice of life.” I have a variety of friends – old and young; tall and short; large and small; black and white. They all add spice to everyday living. With some, I share “fun times,” playing table games; with …

Reflections on Missions

Victoria Elliot

READ : Acts 16:6-10, Isaiah 54:2-4   The words in the Isaiah passage were addressed to the people of Israel when they were in captivity. But I would like to apply them to us today – the church! We are told to get a bigger tent (our sphere of influence must become larger). Next, we should lengthen the ropes which support this larger tent – and then strengthen the stakes to which these ropes are fastened. God wants the church …

Reflections on God’s Love

Victoria Elliot

READ : 1 Timothy 1:15, Ephesians 3:14-21   In today’s busy lifestyles, do we pray to know the love of Christ? In today’s Scripture Paul says it surpasses knowledge. Now, after twenty centuries of added insight into the truth of Christ, I doubt that there is any Christian who claims to understand fully the matchless love of God for a lost sinner. I am writing this on Valentine’s Day – but the most sublime example of human love is fragile …

Reflections on a Christian

Victoria Elliot

READ : 2 Corinthians 5:17, Mark 8:27-38   Recently I heard someone remark that he wouldn’t join a church because there were so many hypocrites in it. There ARE hypocrites in the church-but is it fair to judge a church by its poorest members? I don’t think so. A certain unbeliever once gave the following definition of a Christian: “He is a man whose great aim in life is a selfish desire to save his own soul; who in order …

Reflections on Tithing

Victoria Elliot

READ : Psalm 24:1, Malachi 3:6-10   Did you read the tenth verse in the Scripture? Do you agree that God is challenging us to prove that the verse means “we will be blessed by our giving”? I am thankful for my parents’ encouraging me to tithe while I was very young. Today the Lord has kept His promise to provide enough for my every day’s needs and even more! Tithing actually involves trust and obedience more than money. This …