‘May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.’ 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 https://www2.bible.com/bible/111/2TH.2.16-17

I love this passage of scripture! May Jesus Himself and God our Father encourage you and strengthen you. Wow! That is a promise directly from God through His Word. And that is how He speaks to us: by the power of His Holy Spirit through His spoken and written Word. The Holy Spirit illuminates the life-giving words in the Bible. So when we read, pray and meditate on (think upon, ‘chew on’) the scriptures, God speaks His truth and life into us. And He wants to use us to be a blessing and encouragement to others!

Here’s another good passage on encouragement:

‘May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus,’ Romans 15:5 https://www2.bible.com/bible/111/ROM.15.5

Again, who encourages us daily?? God does! Through the power of His Holy Spirit and the truth in His Word, the Bible. God speaks to us directly through His Word. Have you ever heard or read a scripture that you were very familiar with speak to your heart in a totally fresh and brand new way? How does that happen?!? Hebrews 4:12 says, ‘For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. ‘ https://www2.bible.com/bible/111/HEB.4.12. God will bring to life the very scripture that you need right at that moment to minister to you.

So be encouraged today! God is with you and God is for you to help you overcome every obstacle and give you victory in every area of your life!

Be blessed,


Truth for today

God will give you a love that drives out all fear: ‘There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…’ 1 John 4:18 https://my.bible.com/bible/111/1JN.4.18.

Truth For Today

And a peace that passes all understanding: ‘And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.’ Philippians 4:7 https://my.bible.com/bible/111/PHP.4.7

Today’s Good Word: Praise!

Praise Him until the victory comes!

‘…Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. ‘ Psalm 42:5 https://my.bible.com/bible/111/PSA.42.5. Praise Him until the victory comes!

The caption above includes a phrase I heard my Pastor say after reading Psalm 42:5: ‘Praise Him until the victory comes’! The context in this passage of  scripture is that despite the bad things happening around us or adverse circumstances in our life, we should put our hope in God and praise Him for being our Savior! Perhaps the key word in the above passage is ‘yet‘. I circled it at the time I heard it. “…for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God”.

The 4 gospels also record the importance of praise, especially when encountering the Lord’s presence:

Matthew: ‘The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “ ‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise’ ?” ‘ Matthew 21:9,16 https://my.bible.com/bible/111/MAT.21.9,16

Mark: ‘Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna! ” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” ‘ Mark 11:9-10 https://my.bible.com/bible/111/MRK.11.9-10

Luke: ‘the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” ‘ Luke 19:37-40 https://my.bible.com/bible/111/LUK.19.37-40

John: ‘They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! ” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” ‘ John 12:13 https://my.bible.com/bible/111/JHN.12.13

And the whole Book of Psalms is filled with exhortations to ‘Praise the Lord’. The word or subset of ‘Praise’ is referenced 130 times in the bible. So ‘Praise’ must be very important if it is mentioned that often!

Psalm 34:1: ‘I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.’ https://my.bible.com/bible/111/PSA.34.1

Psalm 67:5-6: ‘May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you. Then the land will yield its harvest, and God, our God, will bless us.’  https://my.bible.com/bible/111/PSA.67.5-6

Psalm 68:19-20: ‘Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves…’  https://my.bible.com/bible/111/PSA.68.19-20

Psalm 71:8: ‘My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.’ https://my.bible.com/bible/111/PSA.71.8

And Psalm 150:6 says, ‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.’

So I encourage you today to ‘Praise Him until the victory comes’! Because God desires that we have victory in every area of our lives!

Be blessed!


What is your gift?

Helping Hand 2

‘We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. ‘ Romans 12:6-8 https://my.bible.com/bible/111/ROM.12.6-8

We all have different gifts. What is yours? The Bible details some of the more notable ones in Romans chapter 12. Gifts of serving, teaching, encouraging, to name a few. And in 1 Corinthians 12:4, Paul describes the spiritual gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit for the common good of all.

Our use of these gifts that God has given to each of us are vital to the overall spiritual health of the Church. Paul describes the Church as one body made up of many different parts. The body (the Church) cannot function well without each part. And each part needs the other. When each part is thriving, the body as a whole will be healthy and well. 1 Corinthians 12:18 says, ‘But in fact God has arranged the parts of the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.’

So what is your gift? And how are you using it? I believe mine is exhortation: to encourage others. So I encourage you: put your God-given gift into practice today to be a blessing to others. The body needs you!

Have a blessed day!




Sunday reflection

Thankful for a nice weather weekend! It was good to see people and families outside enjoying a pleasant Spring day this Sunday. After a wonderful Spirit-filled on-line Church service at 10am, we decided to visit our 2nd Granddaughter Willow – outside, about 10 feet away. That was hard, but of course necessary. We still made eye contact and enjoyed “socializing” with her and Mom and Dad from a distance!

Later in the day, I decided to take a jog since it was so nice out. Things I experienced while out for a run: a nice sunset; the fresh aroma of early Spring flowers; sporadic pockets of gnats (gotta work on running with my mouth closed more! #protein); people out walking and talking; overall, just taking in and enjoying the beauty of a new season.

Yes, the other “season” we’re in will pass. But take time to see the current beauty even in the midst of it all. A new season is coming. But bloom where you are planted today. And be thankful for God’s grace and beauty that He provides in the midst of the trial.




Thursday’s Word


John 1:29  The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!  https://www.bible.com/bible/111/JHN.1.29

The reason Jesus came:

To put it simply, Jesus came to fix that which was broken.  The bible says that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sin represents brokenness. Separation. Separation from God. Jesus is the bridge that takes away our sin and brings us back to God. Like a bridge, Jesus laid down His life for us so that we could come back to God sinless and clean, as if we never ever sinned. How awesome is that?!! It always feels good to be clean, doesn’t it?! Only Jesus can make us clean and take away our sins. He is the only one that can do this. And He does just that!

So be thankful and give Him praise if you’ve been washed clean by the blood of the lamb … “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

Be blessed!


Wednesday’s Word – God is always there!


Matthew 28:18-20  ‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”’  https://my.bible.com/bible/111/MAT.28.18-20

“And surely I am with you always …”. What a great reminder for us today! God is always there. He is never ‘not with us’. As a believer, Jesus Christ lives inside each one of us (John 14:20, 15:4-5).

Matthew 8:23-26 offers us another great reminder that God is always with us even in the midst of a storm:  ‘Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.’  https://my.bible.com/bible/111/MAT.8.23-26

The storm was raging … the waves were crashing. But Jesus was right there. Sleeping. On the boat – in the middle of a storm! There is so much here to take away and apply in our own personal lives. First of all, Jesus is right there with us in the middle of our storm. Truth. Fact. Scripture-proven. Second, He was sleeping! Not shaken or startled at all by what was going on around Him. Why? How? Well, yes, He is God and created the very winds and waves that were raging. And so He has all authority over those same winds and waves. But here’s the key: He was at rest with His Father who is always with Him … they are One. And in John, Jesus declares in a prayer that we can be one with Jesus and God the Father. A perfect union to let the world know how much God loves each one of us (John 17:21-23).

So be encouraged today, and every day, that God is always with us through His Son Jesus Christ, who made the ultimate sacrifice to bring us all together, as one!

Be Blessed!

Todd @10weather

God is faithful!


PSALM 108: 3-5  ‘I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let your glory be over all the earth.’ Psalm 108:3-5 https://my.bible.com/bible/111/PSA.108.3-5

God is so good! He is faithful in all He does! The key to having faith over fear is found in Christ alone and in God’s Word, the Bible. John chapter 1 tells us more about this ‘Word’. 1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.” The Word of God has always been since God created it. The Word is personal: it is always with God and in fact ‘is God’! He was with God from the very beginning. He = Jesus. So, the bible declares that the Word of God is in fact Jesus Christ Himself. So in order to be filled with faith, we need to to be filled with God’s Word and allow Jesus Christ to dwell within us.

As Christians, Jesus Christ lives within us. He is mighty to save and empowers us by His Holy Spirit to have victory in every area of our lives. And He gives us peace by giving us Himself (Ephesians 2:14). Without Christ in our lives, we do not have this power or victory or peace. But every one of us needs it. If you would like to invite Jesus into your heart, you can do that today. This is called Salvation (Acts 16:31). Each one of us needs to be saved from our sins (Romans 3:23). Only the Lord Jesus Christ can do this for you. No one else. You can be saved by asking Him to come into your heart to be your Lord and Savior. Repent and ask Him to forgive you of all of your sins. He will come into your heart and wash you clean from all of your past and give you a new beginning in Christ. Thank Him for saving you!

This new beginning brings freedom. You are a new creation! (2 Corinthians 5:17). The bible tells us that you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free (John 8:32). And if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed! (John 8:36). Immerse yourself in God’s Word. This is where your freedom and victory will come from. Again, you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. And give Him praise! The bible says. ‘Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted…’ (Psalm 148:13). And ‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord’! (Psalm 150:6).

Be blessed!

The Blessing


Monday Weather Discussion

Good Afternoon!

Synopsis:  Current surface map http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/awc90f.gif shows a cold front has moved through East TN and is now pushing southeast into the Mountains.  Cooler and drier air will continue to work into our region behind this front with partial clearing this afternoon.  This front will return back north as a warm front tomorrow bringing more showers and milder temperatures later Tuesday.

This Week:  A very active weather pattern sets up for Tuesday through Thursday, with warmer air bringing in showers and thunderstorms Tuesday night into Wednesday ahead of a strong frontal boundary.  Some of the rainfall could be heavy at times, especially across Middle TN: Windy conditions are also anticipated ahead of and behind this cold front.  This same cold front will bring a brief shot of arctic air back into our region Thursday with temperatures falling around 30 degrees in about 3 hours time!  In addition to the rapid change and falling temperatures, rain is expected to change to snow Wednesday night into early Thursday morning as moisture hangs back behind the front http://weather.unisys.com/gfs/gfs.php?inv=0&plot=500p&region=us&t=3e.  At this time, around 1 inch of snow is possible from Knoxville north, with much heavier amounts > 4 inches well to our north up in Kentucky: We will continue to monitor and keep you updated.  The front moves through Thursday with clearing skies and much colder air remaining in place for Friday with morning lows in the middle teens and highs only in the middle to upper 30s.

The Weekend:  Good news!  Sunshine returns as does the drier weather this weekend!  Temperatures will be cooler-than-average but slowly warming with highs in the 40s Saturday and back into the lower 50s Sunday.  Morning lows will be cold in the 20s.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Todd Howell

Chief Meteorologist / WBIR-TV Channel 10 / @10Weather, @WBIRWeather, WBIRWeather Facebook, wbir.com

** In this day and time with all of the advances in technology and weather apps, there is a lot of misinformation floating around on social media.  My goal is to try to give you an accurate, responsible forecast that you can trust.  And one that will bring clarity in a social world full of weather information.

Monday Weather Discussion

Good Afternoon!

Synopsis:  Current surface map http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/awc90f.gif shows a cold front in the Central Plains moving slowly east.  Summer-like heat and humidity will be experienced east of this front, including here in Tennessee, for the next several days until the front passes through on Thursday.  This front will produce heavier thundershowers  along its path followed by much cooler air as it moves slowly east this week.

This Week:  Summer-like heat will continue Monday through Wednesday with highs in the middle to upper 80s each day.  The aforementioned slow-moving cold front will combine with an upper-level trough digging through http://weather.unisys.com/gfs/gfs.php?inv=0&plot=500p&region=us&t=3e to produce widespread showers and t-storms late Wednesday into Thursday.  Strong to severe storms may develop in Middle TN during this time as well.  The front will move through Thursday with clearing skies and much cooler air flowing in by Friday.

The Weekend:  Temperatures will continue to be cooler-than-average through the weekend with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s expected http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/610day/610temp.new.gif.  A quick-moving disturbance may bring a few passing light showers on Saturday.  Otherwise partly cloudy and cool conditions are expected this weekend.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Todd Howell

Meteorologist / WBIR-TV Channel 10

"guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long." Psalm 25:5