A Faith Dividend

Yesterday, God pulled back the curtain and showed me three young adults who exemplify Luke 2:52. Indeed, Natalie, David and Daniel grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all people. These three are the next generation of Steve and Judy McClaskey. I was privileged to hear them speak of their faith and their love for their father at the Celebration of the Life of Steve McClaskey (1957-2016). We all remember Steve’s smile. Surely, the heartfelt words of his children would have brought a broad grin to his face.

Three thoughts come to mind as I ponder the life and passing of our friend and brother in the Lord, Steve.

+ Micah 6:8. He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Steve was a Micah 6:8 man. He lived his faith in his home, his church, his community and his country. Each of the hundreds of the grieving souls present can say with confidence that Steve acted justly, loved mercy and walked humbly with (his) God.

+ 2 Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. Judy took this verse seriously. She made it a priority in her life as Steve’s godly wife to know God through His Word. Judy’s longstanding commitment to Community Bible Study strengthened her inmost being with the Truth of God’s love, His power for living a godly life, and His Sovereignty. I am really glad that Judy is a woman of the Word. God knows she needs the hope of the Scriptures this morning.

+ Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to the Father through him. There are no lesser tasks in the kingdom of God. For several years my husband Paul, has served as a Counter in our faith community. Steve was Leader of the Counter Ministry. That in itself testifies to his integrity. At Steve’s passing Paul is glad beyond measure for his relationship with his “counter” friend. His words: “I am so grateful that I counted with Steve all those years.”

As a vocation Steve McClaskey dedicated himself as a Financial Planner. Many in the gathering yesterday were his clients. Praise God that they too can say, “I am so glad that I “counted” with Steve all those years!” Yes, we do celebrate the life of one Steve McClaskey. Even more we celebrate the faithfulness of Steve’s God and the hope of eternal life. Thanks, Steve, for the Faith Dividend. May it compound in this generation and those that follow.

OPP(opportunity for action): The greatest gift that Steve gave to Natalie, David and Daniel is the assurance of his faith. It encouraged them to be children of the promise of eternal life as well. Do you want your child to grow in the likeness of Jesus? Teach your child to live in the hope of Jesus—His presence with them in this life and their presence with Him in the next.

I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes in him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned;  he has crossed from death to life.                                                       John 5:24

A Go To God


Who or what is your Go To? Is it a cup of coffee or a call to a friend…a chocolate bar or a shopping spree? Where do you find comfort or solace in the midst of the intensity of daily living. Where do you unwind? Where do you seek refreshment and courage for your next step?

As you ponder these Go To questions consider this: God wants to be your Go To. Every aspect of God’s character; every letter of His Word; every longing of His heart bids you to rush to His side. Listen anew to Jesus’ words… Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light  (Matthew 11:28-30).  Sounds to me like a cup of God is all we need!

Near the end of Jesus’ life on earth. Jesus expressed regret to the very people He came to save: O Jerusalem, Jerusalem…how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing (Matthew 23:37). Make God your Go To today. Do so for the sake of your eternal future and your present well being. Jesus longs to gather you and your beloved to Himself. Be gathered, dear one. No regrets here!

The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17)

OPP (opportunity for action): Our culture is gathering our children through social media. Give them an alternative source of acceptance. Be diligent in making sure that God’s Friend Request is all they need.      #Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Be a God is a Go To voice in your home.