Saturday, July 16, 2016

Verse of the Day

Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.  (Matthew 28:20)

Good Wins

"Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace.  All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire," says the Lord Almighty. "Not a root or a branch will be left to them.  But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays.  And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.  Then you will trample on the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act," says the Lord Almighty.  (Malachi 4:1-3)

Every time I turn on the news these days, I expect to hear about some new, horrific, horrible tragedy taking place somewhere in the world.  It’s become so prevalent that it can seem that evil is triumphing, but the truth of the matter, it will last only for a season.  The same evil that rejoiced over the crucifixion and death of Christ relinquished its triumph just three days later at His joyous resurrection. 
The evil taking place today will one day meet the same fate.  But until that day, those who revere the name of the Lord are called to continue to press ahead with a bold spirit – to keep the faith, fight the good fight, and finish the race – all in eager anticipation for the sun of righteousness that will rise with healing in its rays.

Verse App Archive

Good Wins - 7/16/2016
A Friend and a Brother - 3/2/2016
Thanks in Turmoil - 11/24/2015
The Greatest Commandments - 7/4/2015
The Choice - 12/24/2014
The Rescuer - 7/17/2014
Safety in Him - 5/20/2014
A Helping Hand - 7/4/2013
Side by Side - 5/24/2013
Love Thy Neighbor - 12/21/2012
The Gift of Mom - 8/24/2012
The Godfather - 8/3/2012
It's Still Father's Day - 6/8/2012
Standing Firm - 3/22/2012
A Call for the Ages - 10/28/2011
Doubting Thomas - 4/25/2011
It's a Wonderful Life - 12/17/2010
Safe and Secure - 09/20/2010
The Easter Gift - 04/05/2010
Fallen Teammate - 12/01/2009
Save the Date - 09/10/2009
The Lord's Perfect Timing - 07/16/2009
Confirmed - 04/04/2009
I Will Rise - 03/30/2009
Savior, Please - 12/31/2008
One More Lap for Dad - 07/25/2008
When I Am Weak, He Is Strong - 04/01/2008
Amazing Grace - 02/14/2008
Father's Love - 11/20/2007
(You Want To) Make A Memory - 05/03/2007
We Will Serve the Lord - 01/01/2007
The Ultimate Servant - 08/24/2006
Farewell Dad - 07/09/2006
Eyes on the Prize - 04/20/2006
The One and Only - 12/08/2005
Another Chance - 06/08/2005
If I Died Tomorrow - 04/01/2005
Isn't Easter Just Like Halloween? - 03/27/2005
The New Year's Resolution - 12/31/2004
Just Ask Me - 10/20/2004
The Passion - 03/01/2004
One More For Jesus - 11/12/2003
The Cost - 07/10/2003
Honor Your Parents - 06/08/2003
A Contrast in Kings - 04/13/2003
Do Not Boast About Tomorrow - 02/14/2003
The Golden Rule - 11/28/2002
A Taste of Evil - 09/11/2002
Never Alone - 08/16/2002
The Ultimate Consultant - 06/26/2002
Pressing Ahead - 04/15/2002
God's Time is the Right Time - 02/14/2002
The Best Christmas Gift - 12/18/2001
My Achilles Heel - 11/13/2001
Another Day in Infamy - 09/12/2001
The Challenge to Serve - 08/07/2001
Pay it Forward - 06/03/2001
The Joy of Easter - 04/14/2001
Around the Bible - 03/04/2001
Another Temptation - 02/03/2001
The Ultimate Potter - 12/26/2000
The Race to be King - 11/20/2000
The Competitive Fire Burns On - 10/23/2000
A Committed Heart - 10/02/2000
A Lesson in Love - 09/01/2000
A Break for the Better - 08/04/2000
A Powerful Encounter - 07/18/2000
The Wedding Day - 07/01/2000
Anxious for Nothing - 06/05/2000
Rest in the Lord - 05/21/2000
What Does it Mean to be Born Again? - 05/08/2000
One Year and Counting - 04/28/2000
A Call to Serve - 04/15/2000
Broken Promises - 04/05/2000
Fear of the Lord - 03/25/2000
Communicating with God - 03/15/2000
Salvation by Grace or Works? - 03/05/2000
You Reap What You Sow - 02/25/2000
My Greatest Love - 02/14/2000
A Hardened Heart - 02/06/2000
The Competitive Fire Within - 01/26/2000
The Power of Pride - 01/16/2000
The Second Coming - 01/05/2000
Jesus is the Reason for the Season - 12/25/1999
A Story of Suffering & Perseverance - 12/15/1999
Christ: The Humble King - 12/05/1999
A Time of Thanksgiving - 11/25/1999
How Far Would You Go For Christ - 11/15/1999
All I Have to Give is Christ - 11/05/1999
What Money Can't Buy - 10/25/1999
A Meaningful Life - 10/15/1999
The Glory of God - 10/05/1999
The Road to Salvation - 09/25/1999
Forgiving Others - 09/18/1999
Depression II: The Example of Job - 09/08/1999
God is Faithful - 08/28/1999
Crucified with Christ - 08/20/1999
Nothing is Hidden from God - 08/08/1999
Satan: A Powerful Adversary - 07/29/1999
Overcoming Depression - 07/17/1999
Finding True Happiness - 07/07/1999
Armageddon - 06/28/1999
Idolatry: The Forgotten Commandment - 06/18/1999
The Importance of Fellowship - 06/12/1999
Taking Responsibility for Our Sins - 06/04/1999
Christ the One Mediator - 05/28/1999
Turning the Other Cheek - 05/15/1999
Treasures on Earth or Heaven? - 05/10/1999
Judging Others - 05/06/1999

Announcements

07/16/16: Latest Verse App released: Good Wins
03/02/16: Latest Verse App released: A Friend and a Brother
11/24/15: Latest Verse App released: Thanks in Turmoil
07/04/15: Latest Verse App released: The Greatest Commandments
12/24/14: Latest Verse App released: The Choice
07/17/14: Latest Verse App released: The Rescuer
05/20/14: Latest Verse App released: Safety in Him
07/04/13: Latest Verse App released: A Helping Hand
05/24/13: Latest Verse App released: Side by Side
12/21/12: Latest Verse App released: Love Thy Neigbor
08/24/12: Latest Verse App released: The Gift of Mom

Site Roadmap

04/28/1999 - "Frank's World" was born. My web ministry began with the creation of 3 pages: a "Home" page, a "Sports" page, and a "Verse of the Day" page. The initial intent of the site was to provide daily updates of God's Word, and the latest news on my favorite sports teams.

05/06/1999 - The "Verse Application" page was born. The focus of "Frank's World" changed when Dee recommended a page to help bring the "Verse of the Day" to life in one of the following 3 ways:
- Explain why I chose a particular verse.
- Explain what impact (if any) the verse has already had on my life.
- Offer potential applications of the verse in each of our lives.

This "Verse Application" page has served as an on-line journal; recalling my past, documenting the present, and looking forward to the future. Over time, it has become more and more personal, as I've become more comfortable with sharing my greatest trials and weaknesses. Hopefully, these experiences have been a comfort to you in your walk with the Lord.

11/12/2003 - "One More For JC" was born. After hearing a powerful message during a church service, I narrowed the focus of my web ministry to one purpose - reaching "One More For Jesus". In the message, a man shared the story of his father who had dedicated his life to serving Jesus. On his deathbed, his father struggled to get out of bed, and repeated nearly one-hundred times, "Got to save one more for Jesus!" He then turned it into a directive to his son: "Save one more for Jesus!" My desire from this day forward is to live my life with that same directive, serving each individual I encounter with an everlasting purpose for Christ. The site now has two new domains; accessible via http://www.onemore4jc.com/ or http://www.onemoreforjc.com/.

02/19/2008 - The new website design for "One More For JC" was released (blog format).

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A Friend and a Brother

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17)

I was blessed to be able to connect with five of my best friends this past weekend.  I’ve known them most of my life – some as far back as second grade.  From the first “Z Man!” it didn’t take long to revert to that child-like side of me – the one spewing one saying after another we made up some three decades ago – and loving every minute of it. 

We’re still the ultra-competitive bunch giving every last drop of energy to pull out the Monopoly victory or a win on the bocce court tucked beautifully in a California vineyard.  Nobody has ever summoned my competitive will more than these guys – either in the classroom, athletic field, or board game; and few have ever raised my frustration level as high (especially when at the losing end of something).

But few have ever been there for me as much as these guys – in the good times and the bad.  From dropping everything to attend my wedding, to dropping everything to be there for my Dad’s funeral (and then being the ones to pour my soul out to after putting up a brave face for months after losing him).

We’re all spread out across the country now and we may only see each other once every few years, but as the quote says:  "Good friends are like stars; you don't always see them but you know they are there."  Amen.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanks in Turmoil

“In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.”  1 Thessalonians 5:18

Dee and I began 2015 both sensing that the year was going to be filled with a number of challenges.  Sure enough as the months went by, the challenges came.  Although we expected some of them, it was the health issues that caught us off guard – particularly a two-week spiritual/mental battle I had at the end of the summer.

Within a matter of days, I went from the secure and unyielding man of faith that I’d known for decades, to a completely broken man lying in a hospital bed feeling lost and abandoned.  Although I was able to get back on my feet quickly, a few months later I still have questions as to what exactly happened, why did it happen, and will it ever happen again. 

However, in the midst of that turmoil, I know that if I lift my head just high enough I’ll be able to give thanks - even in this situation.  In my heart, I know that the Lord put a massive hedge of protection around me, and surrounded me with loving people that care – none more so than He.