Pastor Tim’s Notes begin 3/5/2021
Cornerstone of Faith BLOG’s last posting is  February 2021, “A Day of Love.”   It has been my honor to share my thoughts, joys and struggles over the years but especially how God is always there; showing me the way through my life as I draw closer to Him. 


Ever wonder why you are here?  What is your purpose?  Do you know you were born for a reason?
 God didn’t create the world and walk away, He is active and patient, wanting a relationship with you.
No matter what you have done, or whatever are your thoughts, you are so important that Jesus was born to take your sins away, and He did this by his death on the cross.
The miracle is that death was not the end,  after 3 days Jesus was raised.  God is so holy, that our sinful lives create a separation from Him, but He came to us  as a baby and grew into a man; a man without sin.  
It was His destiny to take our sins away for the purpose of creating a “bridge” between you and God so we can having a relationship with our Lord.  
It’s simple, amazing, and powerful.  All you need to do is believe in Him, Jesus as your savior.  He lives, but God knew that as simple it is, we are weak, so to provide additional help He came to us, and poured out his spirit… the Holy Spirit.  All three are one, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
 “And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Acts 2:21).   

Do Not Lean on Your Own Understanding


Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.


Don’t Lean on Your Understanding 

(by Sharefaith)

The verse involves a positive–something you must do. But it also involves a negative–something you must not do. Don’t lean on your own understanding. Basically, the verse is telling us that we ought not to be self-reliant. We cannot pursue a course of action, a financial decision, a business move, a relationship, or an educational choice, simply based on our own understanding. It must be founded in our trust in God.

 (Self-reliance is such a deceptive trap. We begin to pride ourselves in something–our savvy, our looks, our intellect, our spirituality, our family, whatever. And when we do, it takes away our trust in the Lord. It has become trust in self. The result is a dangerous compromise that will lead to destruction.


Instead, Acknowledge God. In Everything.

The antidote to this self-reliance is found in the first command of the verse. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Which is developed in the next verse: “In all your ways acknowledge him.” The word “acknowledge” isn’t merely a polite tip of the hat to the Man Upstairs, or a few words of grace over your meal, or even perfunctory attendance at church to let Him know we’re still cool with what He’s doing. It’s way more. It’s allowing Him access, control, command, and involvement in all your ways.

What’s the result of this? Will God ruin your life? Will he be a Sovereign Killjoy? Will He rob you of fun? The verse ends on a promise. What is it?


He will make your paths straight.

The promise is put in the form of a metaphor. What does it mean to have straight paths? Several things. First, paths lead toward an end–a destination, a goal. Thus, trusting God wholeheartedly in every area of life gives your life a sense of purpose and priority. Second, it indicates that there will be a clear understanding of where you are going and what you are doing. It makes daily decision-making an easier and less painful task. You realize you are trusting Him. He, in turn, is making your paths straight. Thus, the way ahead is more apparent. Third, “straight paths” suggests moral purity. It suggests a life that has less of sinful compromise and more of wholesome attitudes, actions, and behavior.

That’s the kind of life that God promises. It’s the kind of life that you can have. It begins with trust. It involves acknowledging God in every way.