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2010 The Main Thing Blog Archives


Dec 22, 2010 — Believe Like Mary
Have you ever noticed the big difference between the angel's response to Mary and Zacharias, the priest, in the Christmas story? This scripture is what Mary's cousin Elizabeth, the priest's wife, said to her. At first glance the young girl and the priest More ...
Dec 14, 2010 — Wait Like a Champion
Have you ever stopped to think about what makes people feel afraid? Oftentimes it’s things from two general categories: shadows from the past and uncertainty about the future. But seems like every time God shows up with a big announcement the first thing More ...
Dec 9, 2010 — Take a Breather
Enter the season from Thanksgiving to New Year 's with Christmas between with a determined attitude to wallow in grace and joy! Complications and pressures of everyday, regular life can begin to take their toll as we finish the year and begin the new one. More ...
Dec 6, 2010 — Indescribable!!
Have you ever found the perfect gift for your friend or loved one? Or have you gotten a present for your kids that you are so excited about that you can barely wait until Christmas morning yourself? It’s hard to contain your joy as you anticipate theirs. More ...
Dec 1, 2010 — Overflow with Gladness!
“Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness” (Psalm 100:1-2). Make a joyful shout! This is one of the most important operating instructions from the Manufacturer of the human race! He’s not talking about a little “Prai More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Nov. 26, 2010 — Eating Leftovers
My mother's favorite painting was The Gleaners by Jean-Francois Millet, 1857. I bought her a small, gilt-framed version of it for Christmas the year I was baptized in the Holy Spirit. It hung in a prominent place in her home and went with her I think even More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Nov. 22, 2010 — Covering Feast
I wrote before of remarks a scholar of biblical languages makes about the imagery of the Hebrew phrase "pass-over" and how bird-like the picture cast by the verbs actually is. It gives an image of a great bird spreading out its wings over its nest, coveri More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Nov. 18, 2010 — Leaving the Oasis
When was the last time you really disappointed someone? Something you said or did offended or produced the opposite affect you intended? I recently ran into some folks in the throws of a deep personal loss and ensuing family crisis. I was humiliated to le More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Nov. 16, 2010 — Filtered
Have you ever “heard” something from the Lord in a way other than He meant it? It’s easy for us to apply a personal filter that can misconstrue what He says like we often do when we misunderstand what people are trying to say to us. That’s why real, perso More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Nov. 12, 2010 — Fly Over
"At midnight the man was startled and turned over, and behold, a woman lay at his feet! He said, ‘Who are you?’ And she answered, ‘I am Ruth, your servant. Spread your wings over your servant, for you are a redeemer.’” Ruth 3:8-9 More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Nov. 8, 2010 — Bird on the Wing
"As birds hovering overhead, so the Lord of hosts will cover Jerusalem; covering, He will deliver it, hovering He will save it" (Isaiah 31:5). More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Nov. 5, 2010 — Hello friends!
Just want to touch base with everybody taking time to comment on the blogs and thank you for the real main thing: that your lives matter and your faith is adding to Jesus' kingdom advancing to overwhelm darkness because He is always greater! We read you a More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Nov. 4, 2010 — Convinced
"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear” 1 John 4:18. We know an Oscar winner in Hollywood who is a strong believer and who once suffered from “agoraphobia.” For several years he was self-imprisoned in his house to avoid panic attack More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Nov. 1, 2010 — Exceptional
Except the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Except the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain (Psalm 127:1). More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Oct. 28, 2010 — Safe with Me
The one safe place is that one safe Person, Jesus, who laid down His life to save and preserve you. His defense is up for your sake. You’re safe with Him. More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Oct. 26, 2010 — On Guard
“…the blood shall be to you for a token on the houses where you are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you…” Ex. 12:13 More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Oct. 22, 2010 — Ready for Anything
This walk of faith is an expect-the-best-be-prepared-for-anything adventure. You can only live it fully when you hold nothing back. More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Oct. 20, 2010 — Kid-Like
Picture this: A four-year-old child and daddy. The child has just run headlong into a wall because he was looking backward thinking something bad was chasing him. Dad is standing in the doorway a few steps from the scene of the accident. Before the child More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Oct. 15, 2010 — Back to the Dentist
A one-time or ongoing relational offense can “infect” the root of your emotions. Over time a bitter pool can surround the offense and ultimately affect your “heart” life. More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Oct. 12, 2010 — Supernatural???
What is the great “mystery once hidden now revealed” in us? If you’ve read Ephesians lately it makes you itch like crazy. Itch for the experience of supernatural things described there by Paul. So what is this supernatural experience and how do we get More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Oct. 6, 2010 — Go Together
Something supernatural happens when people get together with one heart. That's also the portal into answered prayer. Jesus said it, "If two of you agree as touching anything it will be done for you by My Father." More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Sept. 30, 2010 — Go!
I’m thinking of a Chinese strategy game called “Go”, (translated as “breath” in English). Go requires the opposite strategy as used in chess. Instead of individual pieces with special rank and power sacrificing everybody else to win, Go makes many one... More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Sept. 28, 2010 — Connections
It seems these days we humans tend to be more connected to our computer than our neighbor. In a recent interview former Disney CEO Michael Eisner said he had discovered that the real secret to building an empire are good partners. It is an interesting... More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Sept. 24, 2010 — Happy Place
Have you ever noticed you are more creative when you are happy? I read a book by a neuroscientist that discovered our brains tap into reserves of creative imagination and energy when we break the hum drum cycles that demand our daily focus and resources. More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Sept. 21 2010— Walled Cities
“Human history was shaped, perhaps, mostly by walls.” Did you ever stop to think about how the walls we put up effect our lives? More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Sept. 13, 2010 — Root Canal
Have you ever had one? It’s not pleasant but left unattended the problem can send infection to your heart. Bitterness works exactly that way. A one-time or ongoing relational offense can “infect” the root of your emotions. Over time a bitter pool can... More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Sept. 9, 2010 — Ticked Off
When was the last time you totally lost it and said or did something you regretted later? Folks all around us fall into this trap every day. Maybe you do. Even the Bible is full of examples of great people getting hijacked by negative emotions. More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Sept. 3, 2010 — Heart to Heart
When was the last time you knew someone was speaking from the heart? It moves you when the words you hear are sincere and true. Words like that communicate passion and conviction. On the other hand, you know it when someone is blowing smoke… More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Sept. 1, 2010 — It's Personal!
How can you be sure that it really was God’s voice that you heard? Have you ever been in a crowded room with lots of noise and chatter and suddenly heard the voice of a loved one? Mahesh says it doesn’t matter what is going on, he can always hear ... More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Aug. 26, 2010 — Gotcha' Covered
God made a special promise to everyone who will listen to His voice: “If you listen obediently to the Voice of GOD, your God, and heartily obey all His commandments that I command you today, GOD, your God, will place you on high, high above all the... More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Aug. 23, 2010 — Treasure Hunt!
Have you ever been on a scavenger hunt? Think for a moment of the rush of excitement as you and your team discovered the first clue’s meaning! Or your pleasure as you realized the clue was tailored to some unique activity or experience that only you... More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Aug. 20, 2010 — Easy Listening
Easy Listening Ever had a thought pass through your mind and wondered – is that God? It probably was! If the Bible’s true, then He is your Shepherd and is always leading you and speaking to you. But how? Think about learning to hear God’s voice as how More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Aug. 16, 2010 — Fish Bait
Did you ever wonder why Jesus sent Peter fishing when the tax collector came knocking? Wouldn’t it have been easier if Jesus had just pulled a coin out of His sleeve for Peter to pass on to the taxman? Peter was probably thinking the same thing! ... More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Aug. 12, 2010 — Walk on Water
Have you been feeling like you were sinking in the face of a big challenge? Listen to this. A young man in our church has dreams of becoming a surgeon. But his hearing was impaired at birth. ... More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Aug. 9, 2010 — Blessing Your Socks Off
Have you ever had one of those moments that you realized you were thinking too small? When God thinks about you, His ideas start big and get bigger. He starts great and goes on to better and better. That’s why Jesus said, “The works I do? You’ll do ‘em.. More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Aug. 6, 2010 — Flourish!
When I think of flourish I think of God’s “garden of delights” (that’s what “Eden” means). Did you realize that super garden of Life was meant take over the planet? And Adam’s job as head gardener was “no sweat.” More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Jul. 30, 2010—Thirsty
Did you know that you are supposed to drink half your weight in ounces of water every day? If you get thirsty you are already dehydrated. There is nothing on the planet that doesn’t require water for life. More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Jul. 26, 2010 — Worry is Like a Rocking Chair
Are you anxious about something today? Someone once said, “Worry is like a rocking chair; it will give you something to do but won’t get you anywhere.” Jesus told His friends not to worry about their life, food, drink, clothing, or trouble arising ... More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Jul. 19, 2010 — What Door are you Knocking on?
When was the last time something unexpected came up and you did not have on hand what you needed? Where did you turn first? More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Jul. 13, 2010 — Life Prayer
Isn’t it wonderful that Jesus makes the most essential things simple. He broke our rules of engagement with God down to five basic things: family, worship, daily provision, forgiveness and a prayer to escape testing. More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Jul. 9, 2010 — Hope That Does Not Disappoint
The hope of Christians does not rest in this life. That may come as a real shock to those of us dwelling in contemporary Western culture. The believers who had been with Jesus understood this. Their exploits and fortitude sprang from this knowledge. More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Jul. 6, 2010 — Flying High
Facing insurmountable challenges? Feel like you need a fresh dose of faith? Then Mahesh Chavda’s classic teaching, “Your God is Bigger” is for you. Sometimes, the most important step in our battle is to get a glimpse of God’s perspective. This teaching... More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Jul. 3, 2010 — Day of Deliverance
There is one source for liberty: “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17). America’s independence was conceived by the God of the Bible. The historical record of our nation is plain: men and women who feared the Lord and held His w More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Jun. 28, 2010 — Bucket List
Do you have a list of certain things you dream to do in this life? Is your current situation too overwhelming to allow you to entertain fulfilling even one of the things on your “list”? Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no prophetic vision the people c More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Jun. 22, 2010 — Make-Over
When was the last time you found yourself in Gideon’s shoes: “Lord, if You are with us….where are all your miracles???” Someone has said, “The first prerequisite to knowing God is the willingness—indeed, the passion—to know Him as He really is... More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Jun. 18, 2010 — Going Green
Did you know that you see color because the wavelengths of light reflected from the object stimulate color cones in your brain? The color is neither in the object itself nor in the light reflection but rather the sensation inside your head and mine! More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Jun. 15, 2010 — Pierced
When was the last time someone unexpectedly picked up your tab at dinner? Remember the instant of surprise and delight you felt? First, their unsolicited, maybe undeserved, expression of kindness and generosity, not to mention the blessing on your... More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Jun. 12, 2010 — The Land of Why
The age-old question of anyone who experiences the unanswerable and unimaginable trials of this life is “Why”? Why, did this happen? Why didn’t someone prevent it? Why didn’t I do something different? More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Jun. 3, 2010 — The Best Graduation Gift
It seems like every weekend from the beginning of May to end of June is marked by a graduation. Another class of excited and hopeful graduates steps across the stage, closing one chapter and embarking on the next ... More ...
Bonnie Chavda
May 27, 2010 — Reaching Your Threshold
In all the preaching on Amos 9:11 (In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old) I don’t think I have heard a single message More ...
Bonnie Chavda
May 24, 2010 — Turn Around, Stupid!
Have you ever been disappointed or confused when your prayers weren’t answered in the way you wanted or expected? It is a common experience. We continually try to remake God in our image. We expect His ways to fall in line with our ways. More ...
Bonnie Chavda
May 20, 2010 — When It Pours
Have you ever found yourself in the middle of one of those seasons where it seems somebody opened the floodgates and said, “Okay, throw everything and the kitchen sink this way and let’s see how this guy, this gal, handles it!”? The old saying “when... More ...
Bonnie Chavda
May 13, 2010 — Talkin' Trash
Remember the last time your tongue got away from you? It may have been frustration or an offense of some kind that boiled over behind the back of the one who hurt you. Or it may have been an agreement with the acid words of a co-worker telling you... More ...
Bonnie Chavda
May 11, 2010 — Lasting Memories
Have you ever had one of those “senior moments” no matter what your age? We all process so much information these days. Sometimes I have to open my calendar just to remember today what I planned yesterday! God has a great memory. More ...
Bonnie Chavda
May 6, 2010 — Blessed Nation or Land of Fools
What is your number one prayer to God today? Let me challenge you to make it prayer for our nation. Today is the National Day of Prayer in America. It was founded by the Continental Congress in 1775 as “a day of public humiliation, fasting, and... More ...
Bonnie Chavda
May 3, 2010 — A Plug for Martha
When was the last time you heard somebody say something good about Martha of the Bible? She always gets a bad rap and everybody is swooning over her sister. But I noticed something — Jesus refers to his favorite house in Bethany as “Martha’s house... More ...
Bonnie Chavda
April 29, 2010—To Be or Not To Be
He said, “Walk in the light that you have in the grace that I give and leave the results to Me.” More ...
Dr. Bonnie Chavda
April 27, 2010 — In the Shadow of the Cross
One symbol more than all others signifying a single event in history to be paraded, depicted, reverenced or resisted by individuals or groups from nations, cultures, ages or causes is the cross of Jesus Christ. It will not be left alone. It shall not be More ...
Bonnie Chavda
April 19, 2010 — What We Need Now
God does lots of things by three’s. He is Three Persons in One and that is one of those “mysteries” the Bible talks about: mysterium. Things hidden before and now revealed in the fullness of Christ. Every human being is a threefold being: we have a body, More ...
Bonnie Chavda
April 14, 2010 — Hidden Presence
God dwells in darkness as fully as He does in light. Times of darkness and difficulty are times of His greatest revealing Himself to us on an intimate level. “Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone... More ...
Bonnie Chavda
April 12, 2010 — Going Black
“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But t More ...
Bonnie Chavda
April 7, 2010 — Material Matters 
“As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and h More ...
Bonnie Chavda
April 4, 2010 — He is Risen...and that means Something!
Salvation is not something we must earn or can earn. This “good news” is something God has done through the finished work of Christ and made it our own possession by the Spirit. We simply humble ourselves, believe like a little child and receive... More ...
Bonnie Chavda
April 2, 2010 — Cosmic Spectacle
“It is finished,” He cried. And He died. More ...
Dr. Bonnie Chavda
Mar. 29, 2010 — Overshadowed by Glory
It is important to learn to “move with the cloud.” When the cloud moves—move. And when He rests you relax. Take it easy. God leads His people like a shepherd does his flock. No pushing, no frantic hurry, no shouting. It’s peaceful and protective. More ...
Dr. Bonnie Chavda
Mar. 17, 2010 — A Father’s Words Tried and True
The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart. Proverbs 17:3 Solomon “made a thorough search, that he might arrange many proverbs in order” (1 Kings 4:32; Eccl. 12:9)... More ...
Dr. Bonnie Chavda
Mar. 14, 2010 — Knowledge of the Holy One
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For through me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. Proverbs 9:10-11. More ...
Dr. Bonnie Chavda
Mar. 4, 2010 — Incline Your Heart
“My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding if you seek it like silver... More ...
Dr. Bonnie Chavda
Mar. 2, 2010 — Prescription for Healing
“Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and medicine to your bones.” Proverbs 3:7-8. In three simple steps God gives the ingredients and the directions for His prescription for healing. I More ...
Dr. Bonnie Chavda
Feb. 25, 2010 — In the Footsteps of Esther
Proverbs 25:5 “Take away the wicked from the presence of the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness.” This day in 2010 is the Fast of Esther that brings us to the Feast of Purim on the Jewish calendar. The books of Proverbs and Esth More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Feb. 23, 2010 — Come Under the Discipline of the Word
Proverbs 23:1-22 “When you sit down to eat with a ruler, observe carefully what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you are given to appetite.” The 23rd chapter of Proverbs sets forth a stern warning that the person who lacks training u More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Feb. 20, 2010 — Revive Your Conversation
The human brain is your personal chemist dispensing more than 100,000 chemical reactions every second. The brain essentially operates as your drug dealer and can therefore be your servant or your tyrant. At the same time it sends out measurable.. More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Feb. 19, 2010 — Under the Influence!
Isaiah names the seven fold nature of the Spirit as the abiding Presence that rested on Jesus. “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and... More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Feb. 16, 2010  — Casting for Direction
Proverbs 16:2-4 All a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD. Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. The Lord works out everything for his own ends— “Fly fishing is both an intellectual and More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Feb. 11, 2010 — Escape Route for the Righteous
The Bible puts our tongues in a singular category. As one of the smallest members of our body, our tongues are the most powerful. With it we wield good and evil, life and death, blessing and cursing. Our tongues affect our own destiny and that of others. More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Feb. 8, 2010 — Wisdom is a Person
Hearing, seeing, speaking are all expressions of personality. Proverbs introduces us to Wisdom as a person, imploring us to daily receive wisdom as our most highly valued possession. Wisdom says: “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His works... More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Feb. 5, 2010 — Beloved
“Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well.” Proverbs 5:15 The spirit of man is pictured throughout the bible as a fountain from which water flows forth. Teresa of Avila wrote about the spirit as a castle in which are many More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Feb. 4, 2010 — Travelling on Wisdom Way!
Each human life is a spiritual journey. Every great epic story ever written revolves around the idea of man on a journey during his lifetime. Some of the most inspiring stories are those of persons who have travelled life’s road, faced the greatest... More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Feb. 3, 2010 — Length of Days and Years of Life
How do you find enough time in a day to accomplish all you need? How do you lay hold of longevity in life? How do you possess perfect peace and contentment on the way? How do you have confidence that you will make a success of yourself? More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Jan. 21, 2010 — Nothing Can Get the Better of GOD Proverbs 21: 30 No wisdom, no understanding, no
Proverbs 21: 30 No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the Lord. “Hope” is the thing with feathers— That perches in the soul— And sings the tune without the words— And never stops—at all… These words from a 19th century poem by More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Jan. 20, 2010 — Inaudible, Invisible - but there never-the-less
Proverbs 20:12 Ears that hear and eyes that see— the LORD has made them both. Every person has the potential to fully live as one created in the image of the Invisible God. That means you are more than just organic matter and you have more to do with l More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Jan. 18, 2010 — Only the Lonely
During a recent trip I was sitting in the gate area of my next flight doing some “people watching.” The passenger area was filled with persons of every age, profession, ethnic background and demeanor. The thing that became most noticeable after a... More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Jan. 12, 2010 — Heal Somebody
“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” Proverbs 12:25 Did you know that you are potentially the source of someone’s healing today? You can do it with a good word from your mouth. Modern, technologically-savvy s More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Jan. 8, 2010 — I, Wisdom
“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.” Proverbs 8:12 Wisdom is a Person. In the same way Jesus is Truth, He is Wisdom: “you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God.” Wisdom speaks in the first person a More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Jan. 7, 2010 — Your Invisible Companion
“Talk to Wisdom as a sister. Treat Insight as your companion.” Proverbs 7:4 The men and women who discover new frontiers and forge a path for others don’t necessarily start out as pure risk-takers. Something else within, an ideal, a dream, a conviction More ...
Bonnie Chavda
Jan. 6, 2010  — The Wisdom of an Ant
“…she prepares her bread in summer, and gathers her food in harvest.” Proverbs 6:8 Even a tiny ant has been given an inner spark of inspiration and direction from her Creator that gets her up and moving, no grumbling, no sighing or complaining—no fear. More ...
Bonnie Chavda

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