I am told that the truths that I share sometimes come across a bit too curt. Not that the truths shouldn’t be firmly held, but when I share them verbally my tone and expression and responses to the listener allow me to share the truth and the balance of grace at the same time (please listen to some of my audios for examples).

Whatever today’s topic, the full balance always involves the the following sweet coatings on the sometimes distasteful pill of truth of:

For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

1. You are not alone, Dr. Verle Bell joins you as the chief of sinners and in no position to judge your worth, dignity, security, future, or God’s ability to help you.

2. There is Hope!

3. If you are a saved child of God, you have worth, strength, and hope just because. You can’t lose it or increase it, you have them just because Jesus died for you and loves you.

4. There are no have to‘s for us but there are a lot of sure-would-be-nice‘s. These blogs are to help you grab ahold of all the sure-would-be-nice’s God has for you in the present.

5. If you never change, grow, fight the good fight, etc, You are still a winner, for we are more than conquerors- we forever remain in his love!

Stop to think, how many people have passed through this world without confessing with God that they are a sinner in need of salvation, asking for that salvation based on the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Since we have, as a result we are now immortals. The rest is just icing on the cake.

Now read on to get your share of the icing!

If you ask Him nicely, He might even let you lick out of the icing bowl, just as my Mom did when I helped her in the kitchen as a boy.


Tuesday morning Lois and i had to show up at metorpolitan hospital at 5:30 in the morning and I had a new bionic hip in by late that morning. The Lord gave me many opportunities to share the wonder of his Love and provision with the hospital staff, and He led me to an excellent surgeon. I’m told it should last the rest of my life if I behave myself. There is a long tradition of doctors being difficult patients, so He helped me work to reverse that preconception. By Wednesday at 4 they were discharging me to home. My awesome grandson Joseph, who is 10, is staying with me a Lois and helps me pick up things and cooked breakfast-tosaster waffles and scrambled eggs and TV dinner for lunch. Through your prayers and the supply of the Spirit of Christ I am recovering well.The Lord provided a power chair for 25 dollars at the PineRest thrift store plus 20 dollars for a couple bolts and bug spray. He also found us a 5ooo dollar electric wheelchair at Habitat for Humanity that was brand new. Someone had purchased it for his wife then she recovered. So Joseph and I went out for a spin on it today to enjoy the beautiful fall day.

See, prayer does make a difference and although I still feel as though a mule kicked me on my left hip, I can get around safely  and feel better than yesterday.

Love Brother Verle Continue reading


Remember the famous quote from president Kennedy? “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

I will have quite a few people who have promised to pray for me tomorrow when I have my new right hip put in. This will by my first ever surgery but it is comforting to remember that however it turns out, it is out of my hands and God is in charge and will either give me healing or grace to deal with it.

I was joking that quite a few of the prayers would probably go something like this “Lord it would be a real pain in the neck to find a new psychiatrist so keep him well, amen!” I also sense that quite a few prayers will be because people really like me and wish me the best. My co-workers in the partial hospital had the chaplain anoint me and they all put their hands on me and prayed for me.

The thing that struck me is why do we appreciate the Lord. Is it because he saved and pardoned us and empowers us. Is it about all he can do for us? Or do we happen to find him a true friend and are concerned for his pleasure and his glory to be great? In colossians 1:24 Paul says the our own sufferings are part of the suffering that Jesus took upon himself when he went to the cross.He is glad to bear our pain with us but what can we do for him in return?

Romans 12:1 says Offer yourself full of life as the one gift he will accept and be pleased with. Isn’t it awesome that he wants this gift–the gift of ME!

Don’t just love what he does for you – do for him what he wants you to in return GIVE HIM YOUR LOVE,keep with the first love-ever fresh and new, don’t get sidetracked by trying to give him labor or zeal. These will be abundant if you focus on just loving him.

I go to surgery early tomorrow 9 29 and am at rest in the Lord.

Your fellow lover of Jesus. Verle


Are you someone who just loves to do things for others? I’m sure this instinct flows from the Lord who’s very nature is to give. He gives life to all things and food and breath. He prepares us to be the right one to carry out HIS  tasks and prepares the tasks for us which give our lives depth and meaning.

The operative word is HIS tasks. My pastor was talking this past week and mentioned that we need to make sure we are receiving nurture and power and support and not just putting out. If you put out more than you receive you will soon be empty.

I would take it a bit further, for, without him, you can do NOTHING. So, do you have people and tasks in your life that he has given to you? Then your job, and mine, is to be a CHANNEL and not to think that we can do anything of ourselves.

Remember the basic three prayers we should pray throughout the day?: SINCE I CAN’T–LORD HELP!  and SINCE HE WANTS TO AND WILL–THANKS! and SINCE OUR FEEBLE EFFORTS ARE THE CHANNEL OF HIS POWER INTO THE SITUATION–SHOW ME MY PART AND EMPOWER ME TO ACT. For we can do all things through Christ.

When the power of light enters a laser crystal, it is absorbed by the atoms and then re-emerges with the same power but changed by it’s stay in the crystal. The power is entirely from the light coming in but it is altered by the character of the crystal to be the exact color and nature to be useful to the designer. The light does not simply pass through but affects and empowers the crystal. And so it is with us. We must not only remember that the power and results belong to God but the part that I have trouble with is remembering that I, the crystal, need to be nourished and fed as well. I must RECEIVE and then pass on.

When I try to be a useful tool and let God help others through my efforts, but don’t allow my own needs to be met: then I am deep inside thinking that God is an abuser and user of  his children. The reverse is true. I have often observed God waiting to use someone until they are ready and are in the position of a fed beggar telling others where they found the food.

Let’s make sure we stay in the word, talk with the Lord all day long, take our days of rest, ask for help in our tasks,

Psalm 127King James Version (KJV)

127 Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

Verle’s translation: It’s a waste of time and energy to decide for yourself what is right and wrong (ASK GOD FOR GUIDANCE) to do anything in your own strength, to moan and groan about how hard it all is to get up too early and work late and whine about the labor. Instead if God asks you to do anything then get a good night’s sleep and whistle while you work and fellowship with him throughout then get a good night’s sleep committing the outcome to Him. The he might let you raise kids–the toughest job to not be uptight about and just do your part and leave the rest to Him.


As you know, there is a big debate as to when life begins. I believe that I covered my opinion on that in my christmas letter in which I pointed out that the Godhead took on the form of a single cell in Mary and thus human life must start when the single cell sparks to life.

But we were “sparked to life” a second time when we confessed our powerless sinfull state and asked God the father to forgive and give us new life. This He did on the strength of Jesus’ death and resurrection. We gave evidence of our agreement that we had died to the old and were raised to NEWNESS OF LIFE when we were baptised.

However we often act as though this second life has not yet begun. Perhaps we think that it begins when we die and go to Heaven.

As for me, I have been immortal since I was five years old and gave my life to God. I soon saw that aging and time-tension was foolishness for we immortals. This sense of timelessness has been a real boon in teaching me to rest. I have not only read the ending of this novel but found that it is beyond a triloqy beyond a series, it is my neverending story. So doesn’t it make sense to lighten up?

I watch the mortals around me and call them to enter this new everlasting existence, but they race around trying to make what they see as their  mere blip in time, seem significant.

What puzzles me is the frenetic, time oriented ,pace of my fellow immortals. Perhaps it is the changing appearance of what they see in the mirror. True, the outward man grows more worn out but the inner man is more creative, lively, filled with childlike wonder and with new maturity and tools to face life with. This whole body is like your first set of teeth. Did you get all upset when they fell out? Was it not a sign that you were getting “bigger”;something we fervently wished for? When we have worn out this first set of teeth, arms, legs, brain etc. we get a newer better model.

Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

If you had infinite money, would you be preoccupied with how much you had spent and how much you had left; or would you simply use it to invest in the tasks before you at the present moment. Time is like that. We have an infinite supply so don’t vex your spirit about it but do spend it moment by moment to help others and seek to know Jesus better and to advance the “youthification” of your inner man.

II Corinthians 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;


A fellow traveler in this valley of pain writes: “They say God knew everything about us before we were born; how our life was going to go; what we were going to have to go through, that’s what God knew..
Why is it that, when our plates are already full and overflowing there is always more to come?How much can a person take?

Yes I am really mad at God right now. I have been through too much..”

GREAT, how refreshingly honest you are. I’ve known so many people who are angry with God but pretend they aren’t.

Did you know that God likes it when you are angry with him? FOR I WISH THAT YOU WERE EITHER HOT OR COLD BUT YOU ARE LUKEWARM SO I WILL VOMIT YOU OUT OF MY MOUTH. Read Jeremiah 20. Even Jonah was mad at God, who then listened and talked with him and helped him deal with his feelings by sending an object lesson.

In fact, if someone claims they have never been upset at the way God runs things, I question the reality of their walk with the God that IS. If we are honest,(a big if) we often experience God as if he is playing cat and mouse with us.        Psalms 73

” Sure God’s ways work for others but not for me I’m totally wiped out.” Doesn’t God know that this life he has given me is just too much for me, or for that matter for anyone?

I Corinthians 10;13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Doesn’t seem that way does it?

Watchman Nee said,” If the lawgiver on the throne gave these laws for us to keep that would have been unjust, but what if he gave these laws for himself to keep through our yielded bodies?” Galatians 2 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

God never intended us to go through our lives trying to be strong and trying toput up with the problems he allows. Instead he wants us to become dead to self and let him deal with our problems.


God gives no grace for us to be strong but does give grace for us to yield to him. ” Lord I can do nothing but if you strengthen me I can be in this situation and let you work your will.






We erroneously think that strength and feeling sad or feeling hurt can’t go together. I believe that God’s greatness is shown in part by his capacity to feel pain deeply and not be damaged by it . Have you ever tried to put yourself in his shoes? Imagine that you were the only person on the planet:(pastors often point out that Jesus would have died for just one lost lamb, just as the good shepherd left the 99 and went searching for the lost)  how well would you do at incorporating him into all you do so that he would feel wanted. worshiped, loved, honored etc.  As he shared in your life would he be thrilled at being taken along with you everywhere you go?

I believe that just as there is a God shaped emptiness in us that is only filled by him, that God has carved a YOU shaped emptiness in himself that he longs to fill with your love attention devotion and by sharing with you the life, emotions thoughts choices and creativity that he created in you. After all he has your name CARVED in the palm of his hand! Ouch! Why not a longing to have you as his own and a joy when you give yourself to him day by day.

And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption

Jesus wept.

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!Hosea 11: 7 And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt him.How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee as Zeboim? mine heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together.I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee

And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
As for me, I am glad that I do not have a high priest that is not intimate with pain and suffering but one who has not only been there but continues to be there in each of our valleys and triumphs: a God who not only wants me with his reasoning but also with his heart. A heart that I have the privilege to offer myself to with the confidence he wants me and delights in me.



You’ve heard the phrase, “your actions speak so loudly I can’t hear what you say”. The third commandment is to not take God’s name in vain.

When I was a child I figured that I didn’t have to pay attention to that one since I had no anger problem or tendency to cuss or swear. However, Jesus was good at taking the laws, we figured we could keep, and sharpening them up. For the law is a truancy officer catching us and bringing us to the non-upbraiding teaching of Jesus.

Never committed adultery? Have you ever looked at a beautiful member of the opposite sex and felt cheated by God’s portion and gift to you because you had no “significant other” or one that did not look or sound as nice as the one you were looking at? Yes? Guilty as charged? Then we are adulterers.

Never killed someone? Have you ever called someone a dummy or even rolled your eyes at their unbelievable ignorance? Guilty as charged? Then we are murderers.

Never taken His name in vain? Have you never reacted to a situation or moment’s trigger by forgetting all about God? Guilty as charged? Then we have SAID BY OUR ACTIONS that God and his word is irrelevant to the situation.

In all your ways acknowledge him. Without him you can do nothing. He counts the hairs on your head, how could he not know about and want to be part of every moment of your life. He is, after all, the most controlling being in the universe. He always gets his way in the end. However he seeks to grab ahold of the current situation through your yielded body members by getting us to act according to his assertive techniques: (which are not our techniques by the way)

Turn the other cheek, walk the second mile, give to him that asketh, if you have two coats share one, be hospitable to those who can’t or won’t return the favor etc. etc. etc.

Besides saying that God and his word are not useful for the current situation,

do you say (by your thoughts feeling investment of time treasure  risk and actions) that God is a poor provider so you must overwork and borrow to get by? That he is too busy or uncaring so don’t bother him with your problems?

That he has done a poor job of picking your family and church so don’t get real with them and see them as the enemy?

That his gift of labor to keep you out of trouble was actually a curse so you mope on Monday hanging in till “hump” Wednesday and starting to perk up on Friday because it is almost Saturday? Do you resent the ordinary and suggest that God should have given you a more “adventuresome” life?

Do you drag yourself to church suggesting that this was one of God’s more idiotic ideas?

Do you sit in the back rows, suggesting that you had better watch out or God will make unreasonable demands on your time and ask you to take risks with getting to be real with other Christians? Do you have a miserable “poor me” countenance thus proclaiming that God is a lousy husband? (1 Samuel 1:8Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?)

YOUR WORDS ARE STRONG AGAINST ME  saith the Lord, yet you say “What have I said against you?”

Malachi 3:13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?

14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of hosts?


Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.