Thunder and Lightening

As I write this it is storming outside. The night sky is ablaze with streaks of lightening and the whole earth, from my perspective, rumbles from claps of thunder. Large raindrops fall from the sky, water all of the thirsty creation around me. It is actually pretty amazing and awe inspiring to watch, feel, and listen to the storm passing through.

There are those that would claim this amazing spectacle to be just part of nature; some even proclaim it to mother nature or, sillier yet in my opinion, mother earth, just doing her “thing”. These same people would say that the amazingly complex, artistically designed planet we live on, that provides sustenance to all living things is an unexplainable accident. Denying a Creator, they reason that nothing made everything. With all the evidence of creation being perfectly composed by The Creator, I could never have enough faith to believe in such a ridiculous theory.

Romans 1:18-20

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Wrong Turn?

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means
doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the
man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”
– C.S. Lewis

These words from Lewis went along with a lot of the lesson and preaching I heard today, at least in my mind. There are so many roads and intersections out there today. It can be easy to get guided in the wrong direction, take a wrong turn, or get completely off course. False teaching and heresies abound as much or more today than at any time in history. And we have so much “political correctness” being shoved at us in the name of tolerance that more and more folks are getting turned down the wrong road. It’s true there are many roads that lead to one destination. But all of those “broad” roads lead to hell, not to Paradise.

PC it isn’t but the truth is this: There is only one way and that is through Christ Jesus. And thank God we have a map to lead us along the road: the Bible.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Tally Boards

When I was in the car business we had “tally boards” everywhere. There was a count of everything that was countable on at least one of these boards. Some boards were erased daily, some weekly, and others monthly. Because of this constant resetting of the counts there were a couple of catch phrases you would often hear from the managers. The two most prominent were “What have you done for me lately?” (often used the day after a salesman had had a very good day) and “From hero to zero‚Ķ” was often heard as the monthly totals were erased at the beginning of a new month. This served to remind us that each day or month restarted fresh. And more than once I saw those who were rejuvenated after a bad month by seeing it “wiped away” on the board. I also saw many more that sat back lax the month after doing well to have a terrible follow up month.

I think we are apt to have this kind of thinking in our walk of faith sometimes, too. Satan would like nothing more than to trip us up by getting us to dwell upon past failures. Thankfully we have had our tally of sins wiped clean by the blood of our Savior.

We must always remember that we should be seeking daily to grow closer to Jesus. Can we ever get close enough to Him while we are still walking in this life? I don’t think so. Never rest on your “race” here on this side of eternity. Always look forward to knowing God better and serving Him as He would have you to, with your eyes set on that eternal prize.

Philippians 3:13-14

13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

A Broken Key

This is one of those you might have seen already. But it’s worth reading again if have (or even if you haven’t).

A Brokxn Kxy

Evxn though my typxwritxr is an old modxl, it works quitx wxll xxcxpt for
onx of the kxys. I havx many timxs wishxd that it workxd pxrfxctly.

It is trux that thxrx arx forty-onx kxys that function wxll xnough, but
just onx kxy not working makxs thx diffxrxncx.

Somxtimxs it sxxms to mx that our church is somxthing likx my typxwritxr —
not all thx kxy pxoplx arx working propxrly.

As onx of thxm, you may say to yoursxlf, “Wxll, I am only onx pxrson, I
don’t makx or brxak thx church.”

But it doxs makx a big diffxrxncx, bxcasx a church, to bx xffxctivx, nxxds
thx activx participation of xvxry pxrson.

So, thx nxxt timx your xfforts arx not nxxdxd vxry much, rxmxmbxr my
typxwritxr and say to yoursxlf, “I am a kxy pxrson in thx congrxgation and
I am nxxdxd vxry much.”

This is what happxns to thx wholx church, and multiply this by many timxs
— thx whole thing just doxs not makx sxnsx!
So, don’t be a broken key – be a useful one.

– Author Unknown

1 Corinthians 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. (Read all of chapter 12 here.)

Flowers in the Sidewalk

The following was written by a list member. It was sent to me yesterday and with their permission I share it with you today.

“I was thinking of something from my childhood, about a time when me and my father had these cuttings from some petunias. We wanted to root them and make new plants. Well we went out and spent money on items that would make these cuttings grow into full strong flowers. We tried every thing we could think of but at the end of the week they withered and died so we gave up.

Later that week we were going to the library. As we walked along I looked on the ground and saw that cuttings from a hanging plant had fallen and with no special treatment had grown in a small crack in the sidewalk.

Well to me the flower is our faith and it does not matter what fancy things you buy or special care you give it, if you don’t have God behind and in all the things you do it will eventually wither and die. But with God your faith will grow and flourish even in the most difficult places.”

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.

Rogue Waves

Matthew 14:31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
(Read Mat. 14:22-32 for the whole account http://is.gd/cATLy)

Last night our pastor wrapped up a three week lesson on faith; this lesson was on big faith and little faith. The verses and discussion about Peter walking on the water stood out to me so I would like to share some of it with you.

The Bible tells us that Peter was walking along fine for a while; how far exactly we don’t know but for a few feet or more at least. Something in that storm caused him to loose sight of Jesus and begin to sink. One person suggested it might have been a large wave in the swell of the sea that rose up between them causing Peter to not be able to see the Lord for an instant or longer. This seems a plausible concept to me.

Today we walk by faith not by sight (1 Cor. 5:7) where as in the days of Jesus’ earthly ministry they walked by literal sight. I think that one of our greatest battles in our walk of faith is still those “waves”.

We don’t know when or where they will come at us from; the adversary uses many tactics to try to “sink” us. He will try to hit us from our jobs, finances, church family, and even our closest friends and family members. This is why it’s so essential to put on the “whole Armour of God” everyday.

The next time a “rogue wave” hits you hold on tightly. Though it may feel like you can’t see Jesus, He’s still there. And He will still the rough waters if your eyes of faith keep looking unto him.

Truth or Fiction

New age author and self-help guru Louise L. Hay once said “I am one with the power and wisdom of the Universe. I have all that I need.” She believes that we are all responsible for our own realities. In part, I agree with her.

I, too, am “at one” with the Power and Wisdom of the Universe. But I know that I am not that Power and Wisdom; the Mighty and Living God is.

I also think we are responsible for our ultimate reality: Where we will spend eternity. God gave us the choice to serve and love Him or to turn our backs upon Him and serve the god of this world. If we choose the former, through and by Jesus Christ we can be reconciled to God and have Heaven as our home one day. Or we can choose the latter and end up with the justice we deserve: An eternity of suffering.

The Bible warns us against false teachers and heresies. Scripture warns us about following after our own ways and minds. And God’s Word clearly lays out the only way to Heaven is by placing our faith in Christ Jesus.

It’s up to each of us to choose: Will we follow after the wisdom of this world (which the Bible calls foolishness) or after the only Truth?

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.