Where Is Your Heart

Recently, there was a bad car accident out on one of the local highways.  It wasn’t the typical busy big city main highway, but certainly busy compared to some.  The vehicle had swerved off the side of the road, over-corrected, swerved back to the opposite side of the road, hitting the guardrail causing it to flip over on its roof.

Lots of cars slowed down, and moved out of the way.  The cars were certainly diligent in cooperating together to uniformly move out of the way, forming a single file line in the opposite lane to get safely by.  Every single driver curiously looked at the accident as they passed by.  Most shook their head in disbelief, and pity.  Many shook their head in sadness for whoever was in the car.  Some drove by with simple curiosity.  One person driving by even sent up a prayer to God.

After what seemed like dozens of minutes having passed, all the cars were gone and the roadway was quiet once again except for the sound of a hissing radiator and one of the tires still rattling in a spin.

 

People went home, ate dinner, played with the kids, folded laundry, and told their spouses and friends about the sad accident they had seen earlier on the way home.  Everyone was curious what the outcome was; what the cause was…  Everyone was concerned for whoever might have been in the vehicle. Continue reading

To Be Like Father

 
When I was about 5 years old, I remember standing in my room one morning as my father was rushing around the house getting ready for work.  He walked in to my room, with his undershirt still to be put on and said something to me, which I don’t remember.  As he turned around, he flung his t-shirt over his head and walked out the bedroom door and on down the hallway.
 
“Wow,” I remember thinking.  “My father is sooo cool.  He just put his shirt on while he was walking!  And to top it off… he did it at the same time he was walking through a doorway!  That must take some skill.  I want to be like that!  He’ll really proud of me too!”
 
So, the next morning, I set out to do just like my father had done before me.  I carefully thought the whole thing through, plotted my course, and selected the shirt I would attempt to put on while walking through the doorway of my bedroom.
 
“Okay, here goes!”  I took my first couple of steps toward the doorway.
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How Far Will You Go

 

“Good bye mom, I love you!” seventeen year old Cassie told her mother as she walked out the front door and hurried off to school.  It was a day like any other, running late, homework to finish before afternoon classes, and normal teenage life in the high school to deal with.

While at school that morning, she handed her friend, Amanda, a note.

“It’s so frustrating to be patient and wait for God’s perfect timing.  It’s so hard to remember that his timing is not our timing.  That he knows best. I need to learn to trust, be faithful and trusting…and choose his will… P.S. Honestly, I want to live completely for God.  It’s hard and scary, but totally worth it.”

Little did either one of them know that would be Cassie’s last day here on earth.

 

On April 20th, 1999, Cassie and others heard the gun shots down the hall and hid underneath a lunchroom table as the two boys entered and began shooting.  One of the boys walked up to the table Cassie was hiding underneath, slapped the tabletop twice with his hand, and bent over to see her. Continue reading

We Can Know, The End is Near, Maybe

 

I was recently driving around town one day and drove past a huge billboard that caught my attention.  I glanced at it as I drove by, and I thought I misread what I saw.  I slammed on the breaks and put it in reverse (which, thankfully, I was on a back road), and read the sign…

 

Sure enough, it read, “Judgment Day, May 21st, The Bible Guarantees It,” followed by a website address.

‘Oh boy,’ I thought to myself, ‘this should be good.’  So, I went to the website later on that day to take a look.  At first glance (ignoring all the images, banners, scrolling text, and advertisements, of course), I thought it didn’t sound so bad… Parts of it read, “…While just about every church has a different idea as to what the Bible teaches concerning the end, they all seem to agree on one thing; no man can know the day or the hour of Christ’s return because the scriptures say that He is coming as a thief in the night…”  And then it was downhill from here.

The website goes on to say, “…But are they correct? Can We Know?… WE CAN KNOW from the Bible alone that the date of the rapture of believers will take place on May 21, 2011 and that God will destroy this world on October 21, 2011… Study the proofs that God has so graciously given in His Word showing us that these dates are 100% accurate and beyond dispute.”[1] Continue reading

Is God Forgotten?

Google has nearly 5.2 million digitized books now.  Recently, they came out with a database called Google Books Ngram Viewer, which is a ‘digital storehouse, which comprises words and short phrases as well as a year-by-year count of how often they appear…(it) consists of the 500 billion words contained in books published between 1500 and 2008 in English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese and Russian.’[1] It really is a fascinating thing, and someone can easily waste hours searching and comparing words and phrases off all kinds.  Of course, if that sort of thing interests you.

I thought I would take a crack at it and search for four key words: Jesus, Christ, God, Christian.  I searched between 1800 and 2008 and the results were very telling…

From the early 1800’s, books that mentioned God (out of the four words searched) ranked the highest.  Christ came in second, Christian came in third and Jesus, oddly enough, came in fourth.

But, by the late 1800’s, you begin to see a drop in the use of all of these words.  By 1900 the use of those 4 words in books had dropped more than 60% in 100 years.  The lowest seems to hit Continue reading

Coexistence, Tolerance and Truth

A few years ago, I began seeing bumper stickers surface the read, “COEXIST”.  The font of each letter was a symbol for various religions.

Coexist

I suppose one of the original objectives when this was created was to say that there are many religions in the United States, and we should all coexist, amidst the differences.

Maybe.

If this was in fact one of the original perspectives, I venture to say what happened very, very shortly afterwards was a slightly different viewpoint thinking that there are many different religions in the U.S. today, and we should all agree that they are all equal… that they are all fundamentally the same… that they are all right

But then something happened… something else surfaced more recently.  Because to say we should coexist, and believe that all of our religions are the same, or, all right, doesn’t quite stand on its own two feet. Continue reading

A Social Networking Prayer

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people in order to be noticed by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So whenever you give to the poor, don’t blow a trumpet before you like the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets so that they will be praised by people. Truly I tell you, they have their full reward! But when you give to the poor, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be done in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.  And whenever you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to stand in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they will be seen by people. Truly I tell you, they have their full reward! But whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Mat 6:1-6 ISV)

What do these verses mean to us?

Perhaps we read it and think, ‘Yes, that’s right, don’t be like those guys… thank the Good Lord I’m not like that!’ …or are we like those guys?

‘I’m glad that I don’t have to worry about praying aloud for all to hear so they will know how Holy I am,’ …or do we do that, maybe even unknowingly?

‘I sure don’t flaunt my giving (something, not just money) in front of others when giving to God’s house, or the poor, the hungry, a friend, a stranger, or those in need,’ …or do we somehow find a way to flaunt the fact?

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people in order to be noticed by them…”

Let’s think for a minute…  Are we sure to tell people how often we study God’s Word or do our devotional?  Do we tell people how to act right when they’re out of line, and then share with a bunch of friends how we rebuked or admonished that person in love?  Do we proclaim our love for God in a group of friends during conversation, or maybe even for no apparent reason?  You get the idea…

Do not misunderstand me.  What I am not saying is Continue reading

Who Are You

Billy Nicholson, an American Evangelist in the early 1900’s, tells a story of a man he once led to Christ on a street corner.  After leading the man to the Lord one day, he asked the man if he would come to the prayer meeting that night.

“Well, I’ve never been to a prayer meeting, I wouldn’t know what to do!” the man says.  Mr. Nicholson tells him it’s alright and hands him a Bible.

“Read the book of Acts when you go home and you’ll know what a prayer meeting is all about,” he says.  So the fellow went home and did as such.

That night, the two of them are at the prayer meeting.  Everyone is praying aloud, praying long prayers of petition and so forth, until later in the meeting, Billy pokes the man and asks him, “When are you going to pray son?”

“Well I don’t know what to pray,” the man said.

“Just say whatever comes in to your mind,” Billy says.

So the man began praying, “Dear God, dearest God… I want everybody in Hell to know who I am…” Billy gasps and grabs the man by the arm and leads him out of the room.

“What sort of a joker are you?  Everybody has been spending several minutes wanting to be known in Heaven, and here you are, wanting to be known in Hell.”

“I told you I didn’t know how to pray,” the man says.

Full Armor of God

“But what kind of a prayer is that?!” Mr. Nichols says.

“Well, Mr. Nichols, I read the book of Acts like you told me to, and in that book is a story about the sons of Sceva who are casting out demons.  One of the children of Sceva says to a demon, ‘In the name of Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out!’  Then the demon spoke back to the sons saying, ‘Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are you?!’(1) Mr. Nichols, I want the devil to know who I am!”(2)

Who are you?  Does the devil know who you are?

Now, I wouldn’t recommend going out and picking a fight with Satan himself.  He walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he can devour.  You don’t have to seek him out… he’s seeking you out… or is he?

Are you living your life for Christ to such an extent that the devil feels he needs to take you down, or, are you living a life, safe and secure in your own eyes, that he doesn’t even need to bother with you?

Let me restate that… do you live a life for Christ, or do you live a life for yourselves, comfortable enough with the thought that your own soul is bound for Heaven, and you needn’t do anything more?  Do you seek God daily?  Do you live… truly live for Christ daily?  If not, why would Satan need to bother with you?  You’re no threat to him.

But for the one’s who wish to truly live for Christ, don’t go to battle alone.  Don’t get so focused on the mission that you forget who you’re on the mission for. Continue reading