Somewhere Over The Rainbow

by Sharlyn Williams
He got up, and rebuked the wind and said
To the waves, “Quiet! Be Still!” Then the
Wind died down and it was completely calm.
~Mark 4:39
A few years ago, working for LAUSD was the bomb! I mean, I knew that I could increase my monthly income if I was willing to work extra. And I was always willing to work extra! It seems like those days are gone forever. Now it’s furlough days, and no extra work, really a forced illegal pay cut. Yet, I thank God for my job and keep moving forward. Rather than long for the “good ‘ole days,” I am looking for the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, the relative calm after the storm. In quiet moments I say to myself, somehow, someday, things will change. Deep inside I find myself singing the tune, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” I am desperately seeking a rainbow experience. Seek Christ, find the rainbow! Anyone here need a rainbow experience?



God’s Got A Remedy For That

by Sharlyn Williams
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. ~Romans 5:5
Under the old covenant, sin was forgiven through sacrifice; under the new covenant sin is forgiven through the atoning death of Jesus Christ, which brings forgiveness of sins. Jesus Christ’s death is God’s remedy for sin in our lives.


Tongues, Setting the World on Fire: Catch Your Words!

by Sharlyn Williams
Need to control your tongue? Ever tried to “catch” your word? What you say?
The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body.
It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire,
and is itself set on fire by hell.

 ~James 3:6
This past Wednesday, we had a fabulous bible study reviewing the power and volatility of the tongue. Pastor Charles nailed several concepts related to the importance of controlling our tongue. I began to wonder how many times in my life I had caused someone undue stress or pain because I failed to control my tongue. One statement that resonated with me was this one: If you can get your speech under control, you can get your life under control. “Lord,” I prayed silently,  “please help me live a controlled life! Help me to control my tongue.”