The Future and Coming Events…

Phil 4:6, 7 “Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

The Future and Coming Events!

You now find yourself in a traffic jam on a main highway. And of course you are already running late.  (By the way in the book of Daniel it says that our pace will pick up in the latter days.) This is not supposed to happen. A moment ago, you were sailing along the Interstate. Now, as you inch along with hundreds of other cars, there’s bumper-to-bumper traffic as far as the eye can see. As your temperature rises you think about how this could have been avoided. If I had listened to the radio traffic report or if I had noticed the truckers taking off ramps for other routes.

It’s good to have inside information of what’s ahead for our lives, especially if it’s inside information on what’s ahead forever! You know, that eternity issue that is so very hard to visualize. If we only had some solid intelligence on what’s on the other side of the day we die, we’d know what road to take and what road to avoid. Thankfully, God hasn’t left us in the dark about what’s ahead.

In fact, Jesus gave us a dramatic, sobering report from someone who ended up on the wrong road. It’s the story of a beggar named Lazarus, who actually goes to heaven when he dies and a rich man who ends up in hell. Did you know that in scripture Jesus talks more about hell more than He talked about heaven? Maybe because He knows we wouldn’t want to believe it.

In Luke 16, beginning with verse 23, the Bible says, “In hell, where the rich man was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.'” The answer in vs. 29-31, “Abraham saith unto him, they have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, no, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, if they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”

Rather than guessing about what hell may hold we do have scripture to tell enough to hopefully awaken us to think about our eternal destiny and the destiny and friends, family and neighbors around us who may not have heard or accepted the gospel. There are no second chances, no relief if we ignore the gospel, no water to quench the fire. But God never meant for any of us to go there. Hell was prepared for Satan and his demons, but hell is the eternal death penalty for those who defy God and run their own lives. God had every right to just leave us condemned. But instead, because of His awesome love for us, He sent His one and only Son to take that death penalty for our sins when He died on the cross. Jesus experienced hell so we don’t ever have to.

God sends no one to hell. We do that by our choice to accept or reject Jesus and the sacrifice He paid for our sins. If there is one decision or choice where anxiety is appropriate it would that question. Where are you going when you die and based on what?

Don’t risk another day without Jesus as your Saviour.

Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the ends thereof are the ways of death.”
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.”

Matthew 6:33,34 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

She Locked Her Keys in the Car Humor…

Phil 4:6a”Be anxious for NOTHING …”

She Locked Her Keys in The Car Humor…

A woman was getting a pie ready to put into the oven when the
Phone rang. It was the school nurse:  Her son had some down with a high
fever and would she come and take him home? The mother calculated how
long it would take to drive to school and back and how long the pie
should bake, and concluded there was enough time. Popping the pie in the
oven, she left for school.

When she arrived, her son’s fever was worse and the nurse urged
her to take him to the doctor. Seeing her son like that – his face
flushed, his body trembling and dripping with perspiration – frayed her,
and she drove to the clinic as fast as she dared.  She was frayed a bit
more waiting for the doctor to emerge from the examining room, which he
was doing now, walking toward her with a slip of paper in his hand. “Get
him to bed,” he told her, handing her the prescription, “and start him
on this right away.”

By the time she got the boy home and in bed and headed out again
for the shopping mall, she was not only frayed, but frazzled and frantic
as well. And she had forgotten about the pie in the oven.

At the mall she found a pharmacy, got the prescription filled and
rushed back to the car. Which was locked. Yes, there were her keys,
hanging in the ignition switch, locked inside the car.

She ran back into the mall, found a phone and called home. When
her son finally answered, she blurted out, “I’ve locked the keys inside
the car!” The boy was barely able to speak.  In a hoarse voice he
whispered, “Get a wire coat hanger, Mom.  You can get in with that.”
The phone went dead.

She began searching the mall for a wire coat hanger, which turned
out not to be easy.  Wooden hangers and plastic hangers were there in
abundance, but shops didn’t use wire hangers anymore.  After combing
through a dozen stores, she found one that was behind the times just
enough to use wire hangers.

Hurrying out of the mall, she allowed herself a smile of relief.
As she was about to step off the curb, she halted.
She stared at the wire coat hanger.  “I don’t know what to do with
this!” Then she remembered the pie in the oven.

All the frustrations of the past hour collapsed on her and she
began crying.  Then she prayed. “Dear Lord, my boy is sick and he needs
this medicine and my pie is in the oven and the keys are locked in the
car and, Lord, I don’t know what to do with this coat hanger.  Dear
Lord, send somebody who does know what do with it, and I really
need that person NOW, Lord.  Amen.”

She was wiping her eyes when a beat-up older car pulled up to the
curb and stopped in front of her.  A young man, twentyish-looking, in a
t-shirt and ragged jeans, got out.

The first thing she noticed about him was the long, stringy hair, and
then the beard that hid everything south of his nose.  He was coming her way.

When he drew near she stepped in front of him and held out the
wire coat hanger.  “Young man,” she said, “Do you know how to get into a
locked car with one of these?”

He gaped at her for a moment, and then plucked the hanger from her
hand. “Where’s the car.”

Telling the story, she said she had never seen anything like it.
It was simply amazing how easily he got into her car.  A quick look at
the door and window, a couple of twists of the coat hanger and bam!
Just like that, the door was open.

When she saw the door open she threw her arms around him.  “Oh,”
she said, “the Lord sent you!  You’re such a good boy.  You must be a
Christian.”

He stepped back and said, “No ma’am, I’m not a Christian, and I’m
not a good boy.  I just got out of prison yesterday.”

She jumped at him and she hugged him again – fiercely.
“Praise be to God!” she cried. “He sent me a professional!”

Phil 4:6, 7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your
Hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

The Not so Little White LIE…

The Not so Little White Lie….

There is no and can be no substitute for honesty. God always knows our motives. The enemy is the master deceiver and this world is controlled by him until Jesus returns a second time to straighten our world out. Until then it is obvious that satan has convinced this world that the little white lie is ok. He convinces us that as long as it does not hurt someone or as long as it is justified in our minds it is ok. He convinces us that as long as it does not hurt someone it is ok. What does God say?

Col. 3:9 “Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;”

1 Tim. 6:5 “Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.”

That philosophy is found in our business world. What does God’s word say about bartering and how important is truth to our Lord?

Proverbs 20:14 “It is good for nothing cries the buyer; But when he has gone his own way, then he boasts.”

 Proverbs 20:23 “Diverse weights are an abomination to the Lord, and a false balance is not good.”

And where do we find the total of all truth?

John 14:6 “And Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life, no one can come unto the Father, but by Me?”

The truths Jesus lived and taught are found in;

2 Tim 3:16-17 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords…

Jesus, God for all…

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

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God of concrete, God of steel,
God of piston and of wheel,
God of pylon, God of steam,
God of girder and of beam,
God of atom, God of mine,
All the world of power is Thine!

Lord of cable, Lord of rail,
Lord of motorway and mail,
Lord of rocket, Lord of flight,
Lord of soaring satellite,
Lord of lightning’s livid line,
All the world of speed is Thine!

Lord of science, Lord of art,
God of map and graph and chart,
Lord of physics and research,
Word of Bible, faith of church,
Lord of sequence and design,
All the world of truth is Thine!

God whose glory fills the earth,
Gave the universe its birth,
Loosed the Christ with Easter’s might,
Saves the world from evil’s blight,
Claims mankind by grace divine,
All the world of love is Thine!

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Psalm 90:2 “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou has
formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting,
thou art God.

Redneck Fisherman’s Ode to a Valentine…

John 3:16a “For God so loved the world…”

Use with much caution and explanation…

For you who need help on Valentine’s Day

 

Redneck Fisherman’s Ode to a Valentine…

Kudzu is green.

My Dog’s name is Blue.

And I’m so danged lucky

to have a sweet thang like you.

 

Yore hair is like cornsilk,

A-flappin’ in the breeze.

Softer than Blue’s

And without all them fleas.

 

You move like the bass

which excite me in May.

You ain’t got no scales

But I luv you anyway.

 

Yo’re as graceful as okry

jist a-dancin’ in the pan.

Yore as fragrant as Mountain Dew

Right out of the can.

 

You have all yore teeth

For which I am proud.

I hold my head high

When we’s in a crowd.

 

On special occasions,

When you shave yore armpits,

Well I’m in hawg heaven.

I’m plumb out of my wits.

 

And speakin’ of wits,

You got plenty fer shore.

‘Cuz you are my woman.

I can’t ask fer more.

 

Like a good roll of Duct Tape

Yo’re there for yore man

To patch up life’s toubles

And stick ’em in the can.

 

Yo’re as strong as a four-wheeler

Racin’ through the mud.

Yet fragile as that singer

Named Naomi Judd.

 

Yo’re as cute as a Junebug

A-buzzin’ overhead.

You ain’t mean like no far ant

On which I oft tread.

 

Cut from the best pattern

Like a flannel shirt of plaid,

You sparked up my life

Like my Rattletrap Shad. (A fishing lure.)

 

When you hold me real tight

Like a padded gunrack,

My life is complete.

There ain’t nothin’ I lack.

 

Yore complexion’s perfection

Like the best vinly sidin’,

Despite all the years,

Yore age, it keeps hidin’.

 

And when you get old

Like a ’57 Chevy,

I won’t put you on blocks

and let grass grow up heavy.

 

Me ‘n’ you’s like a Moon Pie

with a cold RC drink.

We go together

Like a skunk goes with stink.

 

Some men, they buy chocolate

For Valentine’s Day.

They git it at Wal-Mart.

It’s romantic that way.

 

Some men, they git roses

On that special day

From a cooler at Food World.

“That’s impressive,” I say.

 

Some men buy fine diamonds

From a flea market booth.

“A diamond’s forever,”

They explain, suave and couth.

 

But for this feller, honey,

These will not do.

For you are too special,

You old sweet thang, you.

 

I got you a gift

without taste nor odor.

Better than diamonds,

it’s a new trollin’ motor.

 

On the serious side. Remember everyday and

especially today to tell that special one in your

life; I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

John 3:16-18 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

The 10 Commandments….

Exodus 20:2a-6 “I am the Lord your God…

  • “You shall have no other gods before
  • “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.”

The 10 Commandments….

When you hear of someone worshipping an Idol you usually picture some statue with people praying to it and even making offerings to it. So when you are asked if you worship idols you immediately think that you are not in with those folks.  You see yourself as being good at least on the first two commandments of God having to do with idol worship. If we truly are keeping the first two then the other eight noted below should be easy. But if you are breaking the first two then the next eight are usually a product of that sin of idolatry. Look at them and you will see that if you are worshipping anything, person or statue and not worshipping God then breaking the other eight automatically in process. And remember that says we can sin with the mind as well as our hands. An example is anger. We can murder with the mind, commit adultery with the mind and sadly so it goes.

  • “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
  • “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
  • “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
  • “You shall not murder.
  • “You shall not commit adultery.
  • “You shall not steal.
  • “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
  • “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

So, the real question is whether idolatry is simply the worship of some statue or can it be the worship of other items or people including self. A preacher some 300 years ago gave the following list of 7 questions as a test to folks to see if they were worshipping idols. When you read it you will see that our nature or humanity is the same today as it was then so the test is as relevant today as it was then. I have added the verses that help me on each question and hopefully you also.

  1. What are you most disappointed with right now?
    1. Ex 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before me.”
  2. What do you sacrifice your time and money for?
    1. Mat 6:21 “for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”
  3. What do you worry about? What scares you?
    1. 2 Tim 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
    2. Mat 6:33-34 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
  4. Where do you go when you hurt?
    1. Mat 11:28-30 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
  5. What makes you mad? The following is an example of righteous anger…..
    1. Mark 11:15 “So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.”
  6. What brings you the most joy?
    1. Romans 14:17-19 “for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.”
  7. Whose applause do you long for?
    1. 2 Tim 4:7-8 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

 

So, how did you do on the quiz? And if you did not like some of your answers what are you going to do about it?

 

I John 1:8-10 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

 

It’s never too late to change your worship patterns.

 

Heb 12:1-2 “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Who do you Idolize…

I Cor 1:11-13 “For it has been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were you baptized in the name of Paul?”

Who do you Idolize…?

One of the quickest ways to fall away from your walk with the Lord is to put too much emphasis on a man or woman of God. God uses human instruments to plant the seeds of salvation. He uses human instruments to disciple us and help us grow in our faith. He uses human instruments to impact our spiritual lives. In a society that is prone to idolize others, such as entertainers, athletes, and successful people, we tend to elevate our leaders as well; i.e., we tend to place our pastors and Christian leaders on pedestals they don’t belong on. Our eyes must be focused on the Lord, and our emphasis on His Word.

–Dennis & Rauni Higley

The question for this morning is; “who or what is the source of your affections for the blessings & challenges you receive?”

One of the quickest ways to get into spiritual trouble is to start giving credit for things that happen in my life or to those around me to someone other than God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Note the verses above from I Corinthians. The church at Corinth found itself worshipping men rather than our Savior Jesus. If not careful we can fall to the same problem. Think about it for a minute.

When was the last time you gave credit for a powerful message to the speaker? It’s the same as giving the credit for the books of the Bible to the scribes rather than the Author. Did the Holy Spirit author them or was it Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke, etc? The scribes or messengers are blessed in that God allowed them to be used to pass on His truths, but they understand that the message of the scriptures is from God and not from them.

II Peter 1:20, 21 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

Be extremely careful who you give the credit to for the blessings and challenges of your life. Our God requires our whole being to worship Him and only Him!

Mark 12:30 “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”