The Light

 

There’s an old story of a man who was walking at night, and saw another man searching for something near a lamp post. Approaching, he asked the man what he was looking for, and the man, without looking up, replied, “My watch”. The first man asked, “Well, precisely where were you standing when you dropped it?” Continuing his search, the man pointed a finger in the distance and said, “Over there somewhere.” disbelieving, the first man said, “Well then sir, why are you looking for it here?” Finally looking up in frustration and meeting the first man’s gaze, the searcher replied testily, “Because sir, the light is better here!”

 Jesus Christ is the “Light of the world” not the light switch. Yet, so many people are trying to USE Jesus. They only want light when they cannot see their own way. They want Jesus to solve their problem. They want Jesus to fix their marriage or meet some other need. But they refuse the Light when He tries to direct their lives.

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Limitless – From limbless to limitless

Many outside of the Christian circle may not have heard of Nick Vujicic but this is someone they need to meet. Nicholas James “Nick” Vujicic is a Serbian Australian evangelist and motivational speaker born with  a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs. Nick is aNick rare speaker as he is more than candid with his own struggles as well as his victories.

  As I read this book, I was inspired by Nick’s tenacity. Limitless is an excellent devotional reading that does not promote  ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps” but rather looking to the unlimited power and strength God can provide to overcome all of life’s challenges.

The book is divided into short chapters that are easily read at one sitting. Perfect for those who have hectic schedules and excellent for personal devotions. Nick’s positive outlook on life, coupled with his passion to help people overcome their obstacles is contagious. While he is to be commended for his strength of character and  determination, He gives all the credit to God and God’s wonderful, limitless power and love.

Click here to download Chapter one:    http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/pdf/SneakPeek_Limitless.pdf

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Who is your closest friend?

During my sixty-seven years on this earth I have made some wonderful friends. Some I am able to stay in contact with. Others I have lost touch with or they have went to their heavenly home. While I value these friendships, there is a man in the Bible that had the ultimate friendship. His name was Abram and his friend was God! James 2:23

It is one thing to know about God and it is quite another thing to actually know Him! College students sometimes decide to audit classes rather than take them as registered students. Auditing means that they can sit in on the classes and listen to the lectures, but they don’t have to do any of the work or use the textbooks. Auditing students simply listen and observe. One tendency of half-hearted Christians is to audit the Christian life.

They might profess to follow Christ and even go through the motions of obedience, but they don’t really know God or live in His power. People cannot believe that they could have a relationship with God just as Abram did. But the Bible says, “…God plays no favorites! It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from—if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open.” Acts 10:34 (The Message)

You can experience a closeness with God that you have never had before. But it is up to you! When you seek Him with all your heart, He will be found!

Wasted

Wasted

There is no question that alcohol is a large part of our culture. If we go on a picnic, there must be alcohol. Weddings? Of course, alcohol is served. Family gatherings? We expect alcohol to be a part. 

I want to say up front that I am aware that the Bible does not condemn the use of alcohol but I believe the Bible would say that it is not beneficial for the Christ follower. I Cor. 6:12 At best the Bible would recommend moderation but most do not practice moderation. I often hear people use a term that perfectly describes their drinking experience. They say, “Man, did I get wasted last night!”  I believe that is a good choice of words. Wasted. How can someone say they had a good time and cannot remember what they did? Time nor space does not allow me to develop that thought to its logical conclusion. So allow me to briefly mention a couple of ways that excessive drinking is a waster.

  • It promotes wasteful spending. Proverbs 23:21 Americans spend $90 billion on alcohol annually. That is not including how much is spent on incidents involving alcohol, such as car accidents. The alcohol industry spends $2 billion a year on advertising. [Figures from Ask.com]

  • It promotes a poor testimony. ; 1 Samuel 1:12-16; Acts 2:13-15

  • It destroys families, physical and emotional health. Proverbs 23:29-30,

God gave us all things to enjoy. Ecclesiastes 9:7 “Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.”  But what God permitted in moderation, man took to excess and thereby sinned. Is drinking wrong? It is left for the individual to decide. Is excessive (what is excessive?) drinking wrong; according to God’s Word it is.

So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1Cor. 10:31

What are you worth?

It constantly amazes me that man has the tendency to swing to opposites sides of truth, whether it is theological, political, or philosophical. Some go to the extreme left, while others go to the extreme right. If I were to ask you, “What are you worth?” some would immediately respond with  how much money is in the bank, the houses they own around the world, all the expensive toys they have, etc. That is the materialistic view but is that what they are really worth?

Then there is the total opposite where man thinks he is worthless because he does not have much (if any) of this world’s goods. If a man is poor,  does that mean he is Worthless? To find what man is truly worth we must go to the source of all truth – God’s Word. In Psalm 8:4 we read, “what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” Good question! Why should the God of the universe even notice us! And that is my point.

The very fact that God cares for us show just how much we are really worth! Just the fact that we are God’s creation makes us priceless. Mark 8:37 The fact that God loves us and sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins gives us extreme worth. The fact is that whether you are a have or a have not, rich or poor, famous and unknown you only have worth if you have a personal relationship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ.

What are you worth? More than you can imagine.

Who are you walking with?

My wife and I enjoy walking together.  It is a time that we often communicate what is going on in our lives.  It is a time when we share concerns, goals, and things that will bring us closer together. We use it as a means of building a relationship.  But there is one slight problem, my wife walks much faster than I.  Which means  I am always falling behind. It is very difficult to communicate with her when I am three steps behind.walking-with-god

From the first book of the bible, we read that God walked with man in the Garden of Eden.  God knew that man needed to have fellowship with his God. Even after thousands of years, man still needs a personal relationship with God. I am concerned that many people I talk to say they have those personal relationship with God but their talk does not match their “walk.” Amos 3:3 In the New Testament, the word walk is synonymous with lifestyle. If we are walking with God our lives should show it. Ephesians 4:1 says “…I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”

And so the question before us is ” Am I truly walking with God and am I in step with Him?”

The Standard

To function in life, we need a standard. The World English dictionary defines standard as “an accepted or approved example of something against which others are judged or measured .” When you purchase gasoline for your car, you will see a seal on the pump that guarantees that pump will dispense the amount designated on the pump. The FDA has set a standard for the food you purchase. FCC has a standard of conduct for television shows that are broadcast. 


But when it comes to a moral standard, things become “fuzzy.” It seems everyone has their own standard for morality. The Bible says in the book of Judges that every man did that which was right in his own eyes. Judges 21:25 We’re not talking about people who chose to do wrong here. They chose to do right the Bible says; but they chose for themselves what was right. These are sincere people who said, “I want to do right, but I will decide what’s right.”


Unfortunately, that can only lead to chaos. What if I decide it is right for me to drive 75 mph through a school zone?  For life to have order there must be a standard for everyone. Twelve inches is a foot for everyone. Five thousand two-hundred eighty feet is a mile for everyone. But where do we get our standard on how we should live?

May I say, the Word of God should decide what is right!  No one has a right to decide what is good or evil.God has a right to decide what’s good and evil, after all He created us. Most people live by their own rules, instead of living by God’s rules found in the Bible. Some people even corrupt the meaning of the Scriptures in an attempt to justify their wickedness. Romans 1:25

When was the last time you consulted God’s Word for how you should live?