The Biker

An old man sat at a red light on his moped. A burly biker rolled to a stop beside him on his huge chopper. The old man was impressed with the large, shiny bike and leaned over to look at it closer. He told the biker how nice it looked and that he imagined it must really be a fast one. About that time the light turned green and the biker decided to show the old fellow just how fast it was.

He rolled back hard on the throttle and popped the clutch, roaring off in a cloud of tire smoke and noise.

A block or so away the biker stopped and chuckled to himself about leaving the old guy and his moped behind in a cloud of dust and smoke, as he glances in his mirror behind him. To his amazement there was something come up toward; it was coming really fast too! It was the old man on the moped and he flew right by the biker, completely out of sight. As he sat there wondering about what he had seen that same dot appeared ahead of him. It was the moped screaming toward then by him and off out of sight again.

A few more seconds and the old man zoomed back into sight, a little slower now, and finally squealed to a stop beside the biker. Totally amazed by what had just happened the biker asked the old man how he could possibly do that on a moped. The old man replied that he had gotten his suspenders caught on the biker’s handlebars. And would he please let him untangle them before he sped off again?

The moral to today’s lighter side message (which isn’t light in and of itself): Be careful what you get caught up in.

Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines…For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; (Hebrew 13:9a; 2 Timothy 4:3)

To Know Him Pt. 2

Yesterday we looked at the importance of reading our Bibles. Today I found the following quote from Charles Spurgeon on the wonderous Book itself:

“The Bible is a vein of pure gold, unalloyed by quartz, or any earthly substance. This is a star without a speck; a sun without a blot; a light without darkness a moon without its paleness; a glory without a dimness. O Bible! it cannot be said of any other book, that it is perfect and pure; but of thee we can declare all wisdom is gathered up in thee, without a particle of folly. This is the judge that ends the strife, where wit and reason fail. This is the book untainted by any error; but is pure, unalloyed, perfect truth.”

This is such a true and profound statement. After remembering what the Bible is (God’s Word to man, His love letter to us) it would do us well to make the application of this Truth to our lives top priority.

God gave us His insprired Word not only so we may know Him and our Savior better but also to guide our lives by. If we apply His wisdom fervently to every aspect of our life we are bound to draw closer to Him and become more and more like Christ as we do.

Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

To Know Him

Bible study is a very important, or should be, of each believer’s life. Daily time spent in His Word is essential for our relationship with God and our spiritual growth.

Sadly, there are those that delve so into their study of Scripture they forget their real purpose of doing it in the first place. What good is it to know Hebrew and not know Him or to know Greek without knowing God? The Bible is God’s love letter to us. We should never become so academic in our studies that we loose perspective of the goal to know God better and become closer to Him as we read about Him.

Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

IE Day 2010

Churches Will Explore Internet Opportunities on Sunday April 25

Internet Evangelism Day is an annual focus day for churches. This year, it is scheduled for Sunday April 25. It’s an opportunity for any church to explore with its members the exciting opportunities for sharing the good news online. Ready-made free downloads – PowerPoint, video clips, handouts, drama scripts and music can be easily built into a presentation of five minutes or 50.

2010’s focus day will be the sixth to be used by churches around the world since the initiative’s launch in 2005. Over this period, digital media have developed dramatically, with the advent of YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, and the growing use of mobile phones to access online services.

IE Day’s website is also a one-stop resource covering many subjects including: how to build a church website that is ‘outsider friendly’, using Twitter in evangelism, and ideas for effective blogging.

Perhaps surprisingly, you do not need to be technical to share your faith online. And you can volunteer to be an email mentor to inquirers with several large online outreach ministries.

Internet Evangelism Day is an initiative of the Internet Evangelism Coalition, based at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton. It is supported by a wide range of Christian leaders and groups. “I am glad to commend Internet Evangelism Day,” says John Stott.

More information: http://www.InternetEvangelismDay.com

A Moses

Last night we sang a song in the choir that has as part of the chorus “my Lord will send a Moses to lead me out”. Those words have been ringing through my head with parts of Pastor Danny’s sermon since shortly after leaving the church; I’m just now, I reckon, figuring out how they are supposed to fit together.

Moses was a great leader, through and by God, to his people. Considering the messes they made for themselves with Moses’ presence, can you imagine how much worse they might have made things for themselves if God hadn’t sent him?

I think we are a lot like that today still yet. Oh we think we know what to do and what to say and so on, but how many times has our “wisdom” turned the thing we were so sure about into a muck? For me, I can say many times.

Our God is so all powerful and creative He can send us a “Moses” in many forms to “lead us out”; perhaps He will send an encouraging word by someone you don’t even know, or show you something right in front of your eyes to spark the right thought. He is the Creator of all things and the ultimate Artist, so don’t limit Him by your thinking on what that “Moses” might be. We only have to be willing to be obedient and to follow Him.

The next time you are in one of those situations look for the “Moses” He has sent to you and trust that our “Lord will lead you out”.

1 Cor. 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.

God bless,

Greg

Saints Gone On

This past week my grandfather would have turned 80 years old. He, however, is no longer with us but has gone on to be with the Lord and the saints that departed before him, including my grandmother. I don’t know about you, but at certain times, anniversaries, birthdays, and other holidays for example, I think more about just where these loved ones are, what they are doing and how blessedly happy they mist be. Today in my reading I found a piece written by Charles Spurgeon that gives a pretty nice idea of just how much better off they are than we. Let me share that writing with you:

“The saints in Jesus, when their bodies sleep in peace, have perpetual fellowship with him – ay, better fellowship than we can enjoy. We have but the transitory glimpse of his face; they gaze upon it every moment. We see him “in a glass, darkly;” they behold him “face to face.” We sip of the brook by the way; they plunge into the very ocean of unbounded love. We look up sometimes, and see our Father smile; look whenever they may, his face is always full of smiles for them. We get some drops of comfort; but they get the honeycomb itself. They are full of peace, full of joy forever. They “sleep in Jesus.””.

In my mind’s eye that is such a wonderful depiction of where those saints are now. And as wondrous as this image is, to me anyway, I know where they are and what they are experiencing is far better than that (Isa. 64:4; 1 Cor. 2:9).

2 Cor. 5:6-8

6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

The Choice

A man shared the Gospel with two young ladies.  When he finished he asked the first girl if she would like to pray and receive Jesus as her Savior; she said yes. After they prayed, he then asked the second girl the same question; she replied that she wasn’t ready to make that choice.

That young lady may not have realized it but she had made her choice; to reject Jesus. There’s no middle ground, no gray area in this matter; it’s completely black and white, crystal clear. If your answer to Christ is anything other than yes, you are rejecting Him and saying no to His grace. It can’t be worded much simpler than that.

Luke 11:23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.

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