The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

A Word every day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Wednesday, October 9, 2019.

When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty. Jeremiah 15:16

A Good Meal

I love to eat. I have friends that just eat for nutrition and don’t really care about food, I don’t understand them. I find real joy in a good meal. It can be a well-prepared steak from a downtown steakhouse, wings and mumbo sauce from my favorite carryout, or anything in between. If it is well prepared and delicious count me in. For me, a great meal is not only nourishment but it is also an experience. It is the sight of the dish almost glowing off the plate. It is the smell of the dish, wafting into my nostrils creating the expectation of things to come. The whole experience is just something I look forward to.

The Word of God can be just like that. When you begin to really cherish the word of God it becomes a different experience. Too often we only go to the word when we are in trouble or if we are in church, but what if we made it more than that? What if we decided to feast on the word of God? What if we decided today to every day approach the word of God with the expectation that it will not only nourish us but that we can also enjoy it? We can enjoy the melodious sound of the rhythm of the Psalms. We can be fascinated by the history contained in 1st and 2nd Kings. We can be brought to tears with the conviction found in the book of Revelation. We can find extreme joy in knowing the miracles of the book of John.

When we decide to really enjoy the word of God and feast on it what we find is that is it fulfilling in all ways, nourishing at all times and can bring us joy on any occasion. So today, take some time to not only use the word for perfunctory purposes but take some time to really enjoy it.

Be Blessed,

Rev

 

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

A Word every day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Tuesday, October 8, 2019.

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32

The Truth Is Out There 

One of my favorite television shows in the 90s was The X-Files. The show traced the work of two FBI agents who were tasked to look into what was called the X-Files. The X-Files were cases that involved unexplained and paranormal phenomena. These were the cases that didn’t make sense to anyone and that nobody else wanted because they wouldn’t lead to advancement on the FBI if you worked on them. Yet, the protagonist of the show, Agent Mulder, spent his career working on these cases because he believed that “the truth was out there.”

What I always admired about Agent Mulder was his unquenchable search for the truth. No matter what obstacle or what people said, Agent Mulder, wanted to know the truth. He wanted to know if there really were ghosts. He really wanted to know if people did have paranormal powers and if there was paranormal activity. But what he really wanted to know was if there are aliens and are we alone. While I was not particularly interested in the answers to those questions, I was interested in his undying need to know what the truth was.

Friends, in a world where so much is changing, the only thing we really have to depend on is the truth, and the truth is the word of God. The word of God does not change and it is the firm foundation that you can build your life on. It is not here today and gone tomorrow. It is not unknowable or unreachable. The truth is simply found in the word of God and the teachings of Jesus Christ. So take some time to be like Agent Mulder and no matter what happens keep looking for the truth, because it is the truth that will set you free.

Be Blessed,

Rev

 

 

 

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

A Word every day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Monday, October 7, 2019.

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Hebrews 4:12

It Works Both Ways

I remember the first time that I was injured while playing football. I had fallen and bumped my head was a little woozy. So I went to the trainer and she gave me an icepack to put on my head and relieve the pain and alleviate any swelling. Needless to say, it made me feel better and I was back on the field in no time. By contrast, later that week after several long workouts the entire team was encouraged to jump into the ice barrels to rejuvenate ourselves. When I jumped in that ice barrel I had never felt such pain in my life. It felt like I was being attacked by pins and needles and there was nothing more that I wanted in life than to get out of and away from that ice. But in the end, it did help with recovery and we were off to practice the next day.

As I looked back on those experiences I realized that the same ice that made my head feel better is the same ice that put me in excruciating pain. It was the same water, that had reached a temperature of thirty-two degrees Fahrenheit or less, comprised of two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen, yet it had two drastically different effects on my body. The same ice that was an agent of healing was also the same ice that was an agent of pain, but in both cases that same ice got me back up on my feet and back into the game. So while it was soothing in one instance and painful in the other, in the end, it was healing for my body.

The funny thing is the word of God can be the same way. The same word of God that may sometimes comfort you, may also reveal your sin and hurt your feelings. It is the same word, but sometimes it comforts, sometimes it corrects, sometimes it heals, sometimes it hurts, but it always makes you better in the end. So when you read the word of God expect that it will work both ways. It may make you feel better, it may make you feel worse, but it will always strengthen you and make you who God wants you to be.

Be Blessed,

Rev

 

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

A Word every day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Friday, October 4, 2019.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

Give Me A Light

As a kid growing up in New York City you don’t really know what it is like to be dark outside. You see New York is always lit up in one way or another. From the lights of building to the ever-present streetlights, to the lights of Broadway, the sun going down in New York doesn’t mean that it gets dark, it just means that it gets dim. New York is so bright that then you look up at the night sky it is not black with shinning dots of light created by stars. The New York City sky at night is more of a vibrant purple with the occasional red lights of a 747 landing at one of the airports in the city. So to say I was not prepared for the darkness of rural South Carolina would be the understatement of the year.

Every summer I would spend time in my parent’s home towns with family. It was a wonderful experience, except I was not prepared for how dark it would be. Playing with my cousins and their friends on the family property or a neighbor’s property was an all-day affair. We would start early in the morning, break for lunch, pick back up again until dinner break and then play until it was time to go to bed. This was normal for me in New York as well, but there was one difference in South Carolina. The streetlights never came on. There were no streetlights. So when it was time to head home at the end of the day it was pitch black, can’t see your hand in front of your face dark. That’s when everyone, except for me pulled out their mini flashlights to find the path home.

It only took one day of being the only one without a light for me to realize that I needed a light too. So I immediately got my parents to take me to the hardware store and get me a flashlight so I could be prepared for the dark as well. Friends, as we go through the world there will be dark times. It is in those times that you are going to need a light to show you which way to go. In those times you won’t need a battery-powered light, you’ll need the word of God. In our dark times, the word will shine a light on our situation, illuminate a path out and keep our footsteps secure as we move forward. So don’t get caught in the dark hoping for a streetlight, bring the light of the word with you so you can always find your way home.

Be Blessed,

Rev

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

A Word every day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Thursday, October 3, 2019.

Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. 1 Peter 2:2

Got Milk?

In the 1980s there was a commercial campaign sponsored by American dairy farms called, “Milk, It does a body good.” The campaign was then followed by a second campaign called, “Got Milk.” Each of the campaigns was designed to get people to drink more milk and learn of the great health benefits that come from drinking milk. I thought the campaigns were absolutely brilliant because I am not a particular fan of milk, but knowing that milk would strengthen my teeth and bones got me to start drinking it again.

Considering the health benefits of milk you wouldn’t think that the dairy industry would need clever marketing to get people to drink milk, but that is not the case. The dairy industry started those campaigns because as people get older they simply drink less milk. When we are babies we love milk. We start off with milk as our only source of nourishment. Then it becomes our preferred drink with meals. Then over time, we move on from milk to water, soft drinks and other things leaving milk behind. This loss of milk also makes us lose the benefits that come with drinking milk, so the industry needed to remind us that milk does our bodies good.

In the same way, we have to remember that our spiritual bodies need milk as well. When we first become believers we are hungry for the word of God and the spiritual nourishment that comes with it. But like children growing up, often in our faith journies we move milk to a side dish and then sometimes forget about it altogether. When we do this we lose out on the spiritual building and equipping that can only come from the pure milk of the spirit. Without this pure milk, we can begin to feel run down and weak in our spiritual lives. So I want to encourage you today, to have some pure milk of the spirit. It will do your spiritual body good.

Be Blessed,

Rev

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

A Word every day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.  John 14:3

A Place For You

One of my favorite things to do is to stay in hotels. There is just something about crisp sheets, basic cable and room service that makes me absolutely happy. The only thing about hotel life that sometimes disappoints me in when I get to a hotel a little early and my room is not ready yet. That’s always a bummer. Typically, I have just landed from a flight or finished a long drive and what I really want to do is hit the showers, grabbed a bite and gets a little rest. But when the room isn’t ready there is nothing to do but to wait.

I remember one time that I must have looked particularly disappointed because the clerk at the desk made note of it. I wasn’t upset, just a little downtrodden, but she noticed and made a note of it. I know this because when my room was finally ready there was a nice basket of fruit, some bottled water and a note from the front desk clerk. The note said, “Mr. Willliams we are sorry that your room was not prepared when you arrived. We know it is disappointing to not be able to just walk into your room, but we wanted to make sure that it was completely prepared for you and that everything was just right. Thanks for your patience.” I was blown away. They didn’t have to do any of that, but they wanted things to be just right for me.

Friends, when Jesus ascended to heaven he went ahead to make everything just right for us. As believers, we are assured that when we cross over the Jordan, Jesus will have a place waiting just for us. So take heart, no matter what happens in this life, Jesus has made a place for you on the other side.

Be Blessed,

Rev

 

 

 

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

A Word every day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

You’re Gonna Make It

I GIVE UP! These are words that all of us have said at one time. They typically signify that you have done all you can, taken all you can, and are finally at the end of your rope. You have made the decision that this has gone on long enough and I would rather throw in the towel than keep up doing this. The only problem is, most of the time we give up too soon. We think we are at the end of our rope, but we really are not. We think there is no more that we can do, but we can. We think it is time to throw in the towel, but maybe it is time to hang in a little while longer.

Don’t forget, when the Apostle Paul wrote the words, “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” he was writing from prison. Paul was not writing as he was launching his ministry and looking forward to great things to come. When Paul wrote those words he had been beaten, jailed and run out of several cities because of his ministry. In other words, when Paul was at a point when he could have said enough is enough, I am at the end of my rope, I’m throwing in the towel, Paul said, I can do all things.

Friends, when you’re at the end of your rope and want to give up, that is the time to know that you can do all things. All things means you have the strength to endure disappointment and failure and keep going. All things means that when you want to give up, you still have the power to keep going. All things means that at the end of your rope, Christ has more rope to give you. So no matter what you are going through, and how bad it is, remember this, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. In other words, you are going to make it.

Be Blessed,

Rev